Back on the organization train

Hey, hey!¬† Hope you had an absolutely fabulous weekend ūüôā

Just a super quick post to share a video that I put together of an organizing project I was working on over the weekend.¬† My dresser drawers were a hot mess, but I’ve straightened them up a bit.¬† Here is a link to the spring-loaded drawer dividers that I purchased from Target if you’re interested (I couldn’t find this item on Target’s website, but I found it on Amazon and other sites).

I’ve decided to get back on track with organizing projects, as this is one of my big goals for 2012.¬† Do you like or hate these posts?¬† Let me know!!¬† ūüôā

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This week’s meal prep

Good morning!

My hubby was out of town over the weekend, so I thought I’d take advantage of a quiet Sunday by prepping some food to have throughout the week.¬† Here’s what I came up with.

Hard boiled eggs:

Turkey zucchini muffins (EDIT:  scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe!):

A batch of steel cut oats (one container will go in the fridge, and the other in the freezer):

Some cucumber and tomato salad:

Some asparagus dip, courtesy of Peas & Crayons:

And the shrimp and crab ceviche that I talked about in this post:

Click here to see this week’s meal plan and how I plan to incorporate these foods into my week!

Turkey Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 of an onion, diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (I shredded mine with a box grater)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1¬†lb.¬†package of ground turkey (I used 93% lean because it was on sale, but 99% lean would be even better!)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce (optional – if you like spicy!)
  • 1 teaspoon of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes (optional – if you like spicy!)
  • salt and pepper (approximately 1/4 teaspoon of each)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to¬†400 degrees
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat
  • Add the onion, red pepper, and garlic, and until the onion starts to become translucent.¬† Add the shredded zucchini and cook for about 2 minutes more (enough for some of the moisture to come out of the zucchini)
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked ingredients with all other ingredients on the list, with the exception of 1/4 cup of the ketchup and the sriracha sauce (if using)
  • Mix everything together well, and then with a 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop out and place into muffin tins which have been sprayed with olive oil spray or non-stick cooking spray¬† (NOTE:¬† for me, this equaled out to 8 muffins total)
  • Mix the reserved 1/4 cup of ketchup and the sriracha sauce together and spread on the top of each muffin
  • Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the muffins are cooked through
  • Let cool, and then remove from the muffin tins with a spoon – they should pop out easily
  • TIP:¬† Place a sheet pan on the rack underneath your muffin tins in case any “juices” from the meat bubble up and spill over while it is cooking

Nutrition (based on 8 muffins, 1 muffin per serving):

  • 133 calories
  • 8 grams of carbs
  • 5 grams of fat
  • 12 grams of protein

Did you do any meal prep for your week?  What did you make?

Take that, Taco Bell!

Today I was inspired to make something new, and I drew my inspiration from – of all things – a Taco Bell commercial.¬† You see, The Bell (or “The Smell” as we used to call it in my college days) is currently running an ad promoting its new Cantina Bell menu, with recipes developed by Chef Lorena Garcia.

In the commercial, Chef Garcia is slicing and dicing and chopping up all kinds of fresh ingredients.¬† At one point, she grabs a big ol’ handful of fresh cilantro and starts chopping away.¬† Honestly, what I made today probably has zero of the same ingredients (minus probably the cilantro), but just the same, I have to say that Taco Bell inspired me to take a run to the border of my kitchen and see what kind of ingredients I could throw together for my own (healthier) Mexican-inspired meal!

I realized that I had a bunch of ingredients in my fridge and pantry that I could throw together for a “ceviche” type dish, so….that’s what I did ūüėČ

Shrimp and Crab “Ceviche”

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of shrimp.¬† The size of the shrimp is up to you – I happened to have frozen, shell on, tail on jumbo shrimp in my freezer
  • 1 pound of imitation crabmeat (or if you feelin’ fancy, go for the real stuff)
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 big handful of fresh cilantro, chopped (thanks Chef Garcia!)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 2 cups or so of Spicy V8 juice
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • ketchup, to taste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • corn tortillas
  • chili powder
  • olive oil spray

Directions:

Boil de shrimp in a big pot of water for 3 Р5 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through.  Drain, spray down with cold water to cool off the shrimp, and then peel them.  I roughly chopped my shrimp into bite size pieces:

Next, also chop up the crabmeat and add it to the shrimp in a large bowl:

Add your onion, cucumber, and cilantro and gently mix it all together:

Now add your tomato products:

I eyeballed the measurements…just add enough so that the mixture isn’t too “tight.”¬† Also, I did not add salt to this recipe, as the tomato products (particularly the V8 juice) already contain plenty.¬† Finally, finish with a hit of fresh lime juice, let the¬†flavors marry for a while in the fridge,¬†and voila:

I enjoyed mine with some homemade tortilla chips (corn tortillas that I cut up and sprayed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and chili pepper.  Throw them in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees to crisp them up):

Here’s my best estimation of the nutritional value per serving (minus the chips):

163 calories
16 grams of protein
23 grams of carbs
1 gram of fat

BAM!¬† I’ll take that over some 760 calorie burrito any day!!

Sweat it Out: July Workout Playlist

So excited for a new playlist!¬† I spent FOREVER dealing with iTunes problems this morning so I’m glad to finally post this for you today!

Click the image below to¬†be directed to this month’s July 2012¬†workout playlist in iTunes.¬† Then put some shoes on, head out the door, and get MOVING!

July 2012 Workout Playlist:

  1. The Fire –¬†The Roots & John Legend¬†
  2. Get Some (Remix by Beck)¬†– Lykke Li <– I used my powers of investigation to figure out this song after hearing it on a car commercial – it’s da bomb
  3. Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta & Sia
  4. Bailando Por El Mundo (feat. Pitbull) РJuan Magan
  5. All I do Is Win –¬† DJ Khaled
  6. Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia
  7. Hands in the Air (feat. Ne-Yo) РTimbaland
  8. Wild Heart – Sabi
  9. Scream – Usher
  10. Runaway Baby РBruno Mars
  11. Promises РNero
  12. Little Talks РOf Monsters & Men
  13. Pontoon – Little Big Town <– My summer theme song ūüėČ

Click here for other monthly workout playlists!