100 Calorie Egg Muffins

I am officially back from vacation and back on the healthy bandwagon. Dylan and I just spent a long weekend in Charleston for my 33rd birthday, and it was nice because 1) 33 is a pointless age, and 2) the weather was in the high 50s/low 60s in Charleston while it was something like two (2!) degrees at home, with that “feels like -18” nonsense. Noooooo thank you. It was a wonderful romantic getaway and we definitely ate and drank our way through our mini-vacaton, and because of that we were ready to get back home and settle into a routine of healthiness. I thankfully avoided that whole ‘January 1st’ resolution buzz; I am a big fan of jumping on the healthy bandwagon, regardless of what day of the year it is. And I totally understand that January 1 is a logical time to press refresh on goals; I want everyone to succeed, I just want to make sure that my usual elliptical at the gym is still open when I get there is all. But because of my January 9 birthday I tend not to get on any bandwagon on the first of the year because let’s be honest – I’m not eating salmon and baby carrots and pretending that there isn’t a BIG glass of wine (or four) in my near future.

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Broccoli White Cheddar Gratin

It’s Monday. We should all be out of our food coma’s by now and back in our routine’s. It’s never fun coming back from a 3 or 4-day weekend, but before we know it Christmas will be here and we’ll have more time off. In the meantime, we definitely have a solid 2-3 weeks of eating well and exercising that we can get in. I believe in balance. I worked out every day last week (even on Thanksgiving) so I could enjoy both of my Turkey Day meals I went to. And I even lost weight! (I’m not questioning the Thanksgiving gods on that one). Either way, no matter how your turkey day went, every day is a new day to start over!

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Steak Tex-Mex Bowls

Happy post Thanksgiving! I hope your holiday and your Black Friday went well (if you’re into that sort of thing, anyway). I prefer to keep my shopping online if I can, particularly at this time of year. The last two weeks have been crazy – my full-time job has been busy, to say the least, and I’ve hit a pretty good groove with my workouts. As a result I’ve been going to bed around 8:30-9pm each night – so old! But I’m getting back in my routine and made these amazing steak tex-mex bowls the other night that I had to share!

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Kung Pao Chicken with Zucchini & Soba Noodles

Not surprisingly, I’m a meal planner. I have stack of recipes a foot tall I want to try, and every day that I log into any social media account I easily add between two and five new recipes that I can’t wait to try. But even worse than my recipe wishlist, which I fully accept will never be gone, is my pantry of unused items. Ingredients that I just had to have and quickly forgot I own. After going on a kitchen cleaning binge about a month ago and throwing out expired ingredients that I completely forgot about, I made a pledge that I was going to start chipping away at those left-out ingredients and start using them. So as I have been meal planning I have been looking for ways to incorporate recipes I want to try with ingredients I need to use.

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