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Tweakin’ Tuesday February 16, 2010

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This past week has been rough, full of excuses and thankfully done. Last week my son and I had the flu, I didn’t journal, didn’t drink much water, yada yada yada

Thankfully this is a long process and minor setbacks are just that as long as you catch yourself and turn a new leaf.  This weekend, after we had gotten better, after valentine’s day dinner I went out and bought myself a beautiful journal (please read expensive) and got myself motivated. Then Monday morning I weighed myself – I try to do this only once per week – and was so relieved to see that I had not gained any weight over the course of the week, I had actually lost a little bit. What a motivator to do better this week!

As for yoga – I know I said that I would try to do it at least twice last week. Well, this in my week of excuses did not happen. I did it once on Sunday morning and it felt great! I loved how relaxing it was, I almost felt as if I was walking taller after doing it. During the actual workout though I felt quite inadequate, I never realized how inflexible I was. This instructor was like gumby folding himself in half. I wasn’t able to do some of the stretches fully, but I know that I will get better with time and persistance. The thing I love about yoga (or pilates) is that I can do it at night – most aerobic or cardio will keep me up all night, but this actually will relax me and help me sleep.

So what do I plan for the next week?

write in my pretty & expensive journal

drink lots of water

yoga at least twice

Want a yummy recipe to try out this week? Try this recipe for Tuscan Pot Pie from Chatelaine Magazine. It is one of their tested until perfect recipes. I do have some recommendations to go along with it:

– poach your chicken in advance
– remember to take out your puff pastry to thaw the night before

This recipe makes a delicious dish and can be used as the blue print for many different variations (I’m thinking chicken curry one day). It will take you longer than the recipe boasts, and you will use many different dishes and cutting boards. It makes a super large dish of yumminess.   Enjoy!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Rockin’ the Kitchen Wednesday January 27, 2010

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Casserole Carrier by BoutiqueKarma - perfect for carrying & keeping your food warm

Life is anything but dull around here. Seems like every weekend we’ve been inviting friends and family for dinner. Last Saturday was no different.

We had 3 different couples come for dinner and we decided to make the same killer ribs we had the previous week (if its not broke – don’t fix?!). Well slow cooking ribs for such a crowd is no easy feat. We were lucky to have our old slow cooker on standby for the extra space. Once I had all the ribs out on the counter I realized that this was NOT going to work! I called my sweet mother to help and she was able to provide me with the extra cooker for the job. All afternoon I spent basting these delectable ribs as they cooked. We served them with baked potatoes, grilled asperagus, coleslaw and a beautiful ceasar salad.

I’m going to share with you my Slow Cooked Ribs recipe.. try it.. I dare you!

marinade:

1 c ketchup
2tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
3/4 c pineapple juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 cloves garlic minced (important to mince)
1/2 tsp chipotle chili

place your racks of ribs in your slow cooker, drizzle your marinade over. Cook on low for 4 hours, continually basting and flipping at least once.  Continue to cook on low with lid removed for another 2 hours. During this time baste  and allow the sauce to thicken and brown. I like to place my ribs on the BBQ afterwards just to get that extra smokey flavour and to get them a little crispy.

 

Wednesday – Rockin the kitchen! January 20, 2010

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This is the post that almost didn’t happen. I’m sitting here at 330pm, shivering in front of the laptop pumping it out.

I have cooked up a storm over the past week. I made that delicious dill meatball rotini recipe that I shared with you last week, made pulled pork for a new mom friend of mine, a batch of spaghetti sauce, ribs, etc. Amongst many no brainer meals.

The recipe which I enjoyed the most last week was the ribs. It was a small party in my mouth – delicious! I got it out of a slow cooker recipe book. I changed/substituted most of the ingredients – so I think I can share?! (oh god, unchartered territory for me). Give me your thoughts on this..

Well one recipe which is my old standby that even my picky 3yo daughter enjoys is this:

Sticky Chicken

1/4 c apricot jam

1 package of onion soup mix

1/4 c italian salad dressing

chicken pieces of your choice (I like bone in w/skin – has more flavour)

1. Stir up your jam, soup mix and dressing until it makes a nice sauce like consistency (add water if necessary).

2.  Marinate your chicken if possible, if not flip it around in the marinade and place in oven at 375 for an hour.

It should come out with a fab sticky sauce, a crispy top, tastes perfect with a rice side dish.  Seriously – if my instructions seem vague is that easy! I don’t think its possible to mess this recipe up, unless you used strawberry jam and that might even work?! Try it, you might keep this recipe for those nights you just don’t know what to make.  I even used this marinade on pork once and it was delish.

Enjoy!

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