Easy BBQ Chicken & Reesey Piecey Goodness

Chicken is the number one go-to meal for dinner in our house! I especially love it because it’s so darn versatile and can be made in so many different ways.

Last night for dinner when we were trying to think of what to conjour up for a meal, we turned to the chicken thighs that were in the fridge and asparagus. I also had an intense craving for bruschetta, so I quickly ran to the store to get some fresh french baguette!

This chicken was easy peasy (as long as you know how to work a BBQ grill – if not, take some lessons!!) Seriously a life changing tool when it comes to cooking.

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Ingredients:

skinless boneless chicken thighs
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
Salt & Pepper
Soy sauce

Directions:

– Marinade the thighs in soy sauce, salt and pepper for as much time as you can. We were trying to cook these up quick time, so they were only  in the bag for about half an hour.
– Fire up the BBQ to a temperature of around 400. Once it reaches this temperature, put the thighs directly on the grill and brush with BBQ sauce.- After 7 minutes, turn onto the other side of the thighs and brush this side as well.
-After another 7 minutes, the thighs should be cooked through (but cut one in the middle just to be sure).

Enjoy the chickeny chicken!

And for dessert… I must share this recipe. I’m sorry in advance.

Colt saw this posted on Facebook off of someone’s Pinterest account and when he said Reese’s I was immediately convinced to get baking.

WARNING: These are no way shape or form healthy. If you want to resist the temptation, don’t read any further 😉

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Reeses Pieces Rice Krispies!

Ingredients:

7 cups mini marshmallows
7 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
7 cups plain Rice Krispie cereal
24 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Melt 4 Tablespoons butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in the peanut butter.
  • Pour the cereal into the marshmallow mixture and stir until completely combined. Press half the cereal mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan.
  • Place the 24 peanut butter cups over the top of the rice krispies in the pan. Spoon the rest of the rice krispies over the top and press down. Let cool completely.
  • Place the chocolate chips and remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir until creamy. You can heat it an additional 10-15 extra seconds, if needed. Spread over the top of the rice krispie treats. Let set. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter

Eats n treats

I’m layin’ out for you a typical meal plan in the life of Jamie! I don’t count calories ever, I just try my best to eat foods that make me feel good and that I know are healthy.

7:00 AM – wake up, breakfast time! GRAPEFRUIT as per usual. With a side of some random mushy yogurt goodness with some flax and almond granola and strawberries.

12:00 PM – LUNCH TIME for me. Finally caught a break from work. Looks like a left over burger from last night and a salad! These burgers were homemade, the juiciest most delicious burgs of life. Oh and a piece of kinders chocolate that was staring me down …

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3:30 PM – Always starving as soon as I get in the door from home. I tend to open the cupboard and fridge and scavenge for whatever good snacky thing I can find. It usually ends up being the same things… Crackers, apple, nuts… Today I opted for some cut up carrots, brocollli and some of this yummy sour scream Salsa Fiesta dip (Jamie APPROVED!)

6:30 PM – dinnaaaa time. My favourite time. Tonight = BBQ Chicken (we sure have been utilizing it as much as possible) with some rice and steamed asparagus on the side.

Night time snack – popcorn with some kernels seasonings. I have this almost every night and I kid you not. Tonights seasoning was KETCHUP!

The living is easy with chicken parmigiana pasta

This weekend passed by so quickly. We go the chance to finally pick up a BBQ! Colt has been dying to get one of these for months and now there is no excuses for not making dinner for him! Win-win for us both I would say. I’m excited to test it out for our first meal tonight. While Colt is feelin’ the steak, I’m really craving some BBQ salmon and asparagus, my favourites!

We also got out with the pups again to enjoy this weather. It’s been a balmy -5 celsius this weekend, yes this is very warm for Canadian winter time! So we’ve been pleased with that and I’ve been opting to take any chance that I can to enjoy it. The sun beaming down on me makes it all that better. And the puppies certainly have no complaints.

 

Once we got in they were both entirely tuckered out, so I took that time to get some cuddles in with the cuties!

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This is his “leave me alone mama I wanna nap” face! He gets sick of me trying to snap so many pictures all the time.

I’d also like to share with you a yummy recipe I tried out this weekend. Get ready for this…

 

 

Skinny chicken parmigiana pasta! 

Now I am not usually a pasta type of gal, but when we got in from adventuring around all day and on our feet, we were both famished and needed a meal that would leave us satisfied. I was craving this pasta and made it with a healthy twist (and Colt still thought it was amazing, go figure!)

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Ingredients: 
2 servings

2 skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
2 cups whole wheat penne noodles
Small amount of oil for the skillet
chopped spinach, broccoli, onion, grape tomatoes and mushrooms (add as much veg as you’d like, I love LOTS)
seasonings – basil, thyme, pepper, dash of salt and garlic
marinara sauce – you can make your own with diced tomatoes, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sweetener or stevia OR purchase a low sodium version from the store!
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded low fat cheese to top

Directions:

– Boil pot of water on the stove with the penne noodles for 10-12 minutes (it will state on the pasta box exactly how long is recommended)
– in a skillet with oil, add the cubed chicken and cover. Make sure to mix them all up every few minutes to ensure there is no burning.
– While the chicken is in the skillet, in a separate frying pan, put all of your chopped vegetables in with oil and sautee. Dust your vegetables with the seasonings and continue to stir them up every few minutes. Keep them frying in the pan for about 10 minutes.
– Add the vegetables to your skillet with the chicken and sautee all ingredients together. Add in your marinara sauce and make sure that all ingredients are covered. Allow them to cook with the marinara in the skillet for atleast 2 minutes.
– Strain the penne noodles out of the pot and add them into the skillet with your chicken, vegetables and marinara sauce.
– Mix all ingredients and allow them to sit for a couple of minutes. Add any additional spices that you may want.
– Plate your mixture and top it off with as much or as little shredded cheese as you want.

Voila! Look at you – chef status. Enjoy 🙂

Trying new things

For someone who doesn’t often like to stray from my typical recipes and food choices, I have seemed to be on the adventurous side lately! You will never guess what I tried….

MOOSE MEAT!

This shouldn’t surprise many of those who live in Alberta, it seems to be a very common food choice in these parts. I don’t typically enjoy much red meat, but a friend of ours who also hunts his own meat actually butchered it himself and gave us enough meat to fill an entire freezer. First recipe that Colt and I opted to try were the moose ribs.

It was a pretty standard recipe and just had them cooking in the crock pot with a container of beef stock, basil, thyme, pepper and salt and a little cayenne and BBQ seasoning for roughly 10 hours. I have to say, they were very tender and tasted better than I had anticipated, but I’m still not the biggest fan. But hey – food is food!

For my breakfasts, I usually turn to a smoothie. It’s always the most standard banana, strawberry and orange, or peanut butter and chocolate! But since I’ve felt as though I needed to add some more protein into my diet, I purchased a sample pack of the vega protein smoothie berry mix too give it a try.

I mixed this in with a handful of frozen mixed berries and some vanilla yogurt. While it does taste fairly good, there is still a little bit of a chalky taste that is left over. This was to be expected because the powder is completely vegan and natural. But what I loved the most was the staying power. One package has 15 grams of protein which kept my hunger at bay and keeps me content!

Food aside, I also tried out a new upper body and cardio mix workout! Ohhhh baby I feel it in my muscles already today!

This is my workout from this morning:

It’s a great heart pumping workout and switches up enough so that you don’t get bored.

ipolkadot-background-2012wsAnd now it’s back to work for me, chat soon!

Weekend highlights

Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to work after the long weekend, it has been a much needed amount of time off, but for now I will enjoy what’s left of this night before heading to bed.

I’ll share with you some of my favourite moments of this weekend!

Beauty and the Beast play

For Christmas Colt had gotten us tickets to see the traveling Broadway play beauty and the beast, needless to say I was beyond excited! It made for a nice reason to travel to Edmonton together and get a little dressed up. And since I’m an absolute Disney fanatic, it pretty much summed up a dream date for me!


The play itself was so entertaining and I enjoyed how they mixed in some good humour. The dancing, acting and singing were so well performed and they had some great effects mixed in! My favourite song of the evening was ‘be our guest’ where they shot confetti out into the crowd!

Visiting my sister to bead

Since we were going to be in Edmonton for 2 days, I had to make sure I made some time to see my sister! We got a little crafty and sag down together, had a glass of wine, and make some beading bracelets just as a little activity to chat over. It’s so fun every time we catch up with each other!

David’s tea purchases

I gotta say, I don’t often go to the malls on weekends because they are soooo hectic – the parking lots, stores and lineups always seem to have me waiting for ridiculous amounts of time! But this weekend it was unavoidable as I had a list of things I was desperately needing to purchase. I ended up passing David’s tea while I was in there, and it didn’t look too crazy, so I opted to check it out and see if any teas caught my senses!

I happily left David’s tea with a couple of yummy smelling purchases and teas I am in love with! I am addicted to sweeter dessert teas, so when I saw birthday cake and smelt it I just had to purchase some! So thankful I did because it is absolutely delectable and will surely be the thing I need at night time to meet my sweet tooth needs! And how cute is it that it actually has sprinkles in it?

Lobster tail feast with my love

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On Sunday night, when we returned home, colt and I were looking to make a delicious and romantic meal together at home. Immediately we thought if lobster tAils because they’ve always been a favourite and are so savoury but also sweet and delicious. We roasted them in the oven and paired it with some home made bruschetta on a French loaf and asparagus simmered in balsamic! With a glass of wine, this has been my most favourite meal that I have had in a significantly long time. So so good!

Fitness:

I’ve managed to keep on track this weekend despite all the bouncing around! I woke up early on Saturday morning and put 6 miles in, practicing some splits and getting ready to get back into official training mode soon enough! Gosh I cannot wait for that day to come again. I NEED the goal to keep my motivation!

Then yesterday I did about a half hour cardio, trying not to keep track of the clock and just base it around how I felt. I did manage to push myself! I notice that sometimes when I base it around a distance, I might take a little longer and just keep to a steady pace easy cardio which isn’t the best for improvements but good for endurance.

Keep checking the blog because I’ll be posting some good workouts this week!

Weekend festivities and lemon baked salmon

This weekend has been COLD to say the very least up here in Canada. In Alberta this weekend, we’ve received a few cm of snow already and it’s looking like a winter wonderland outside!

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Yup, that’s me looking outside of my front window. We had expected soooome snow, but definitely not this much! Yesterday the fall was pretty crazy so our drive to Edmonton was postponed.

We will be heading out shortly today and hitting up west Edmonton mall, the Indiana Jones exhibit (weeee!) and then my sisters for dinner. 🙂 I’ll keep you updated on all that!

If you’ve been following my blog much, you’ve probably gotten a bit of understanding of my love of fish and seafood. YUM. and since living with colt, I haven’t been eating it as much as i used to. But last night we decided on my Classic lemony basil basa fillets with a side of mashed sweet potato and it was deee-licious! Colt loved it too!

It’s a simple recipe I thought I would share.

Ingredients

Bass fillet
Oil
Basil
Paprika
Lemon cut into slices
Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 Celsius
Lay fillets onto greased baking sheet and season them with squeezed lemon, salt and pepper, generous amount of basil and just a dash of paprika
Place lemon slices on top of fillets and cover with aluminum foil
Place baking sheet with fillets into heated oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of fillets
Then serve with lemon as garnish!

The presentation makes these bad boys seem so much fancier than they really are, which I like 🙂

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It was a hit!

Homemade pulled chicken stew

Hey friends!

Colt and I have really been utilizing our crock pot that we have lately. And so this morning I wanted to quickly share with you I slow cooker recipe we tried yesterday.

I loooove slow cooker recipes because you just plop it all in before work or at lunch time, and by dinner, tadah! A delicious warm meal all ready to eat. Easy or what?

Since we’d already made chili in our crock pot last week, and pulled pork before that, we opted for a stew! I was really not feeling a red meat meal, so we decided on a hearty pulled chicken stew.

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Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts
all purpose flour (1/3 cup)
4 carrots chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
1/3 white onion chopped
3 potatoes cut into the size you’d like
3/4 carton of beef broth
paprika, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper to season as you would like

Directions:

– cook the chicken and onion over the stove and season the chicken with the spices to your preference
– when chicken is completely cooked through, shred it with a fork and transfer into a slow cooker with chopped carrots and celery and potatoes
– add in the broth and flour mixture and stir until it is a good liquid consistency
– add in more of the spices according to your liking
– cook on low for 4-6 hours (or more!)

Then enjoy!
We had ours in the cooker for about 6 hours and enjoyed it with some homemade biscuits. DELICIOUS!

Things I’m Loving Monday 10

It’s been a busy and hectic Monday for me! Work this morning was filled with multiple meetings, followed by an afternoon of several wellness groups within the local catholic high school where I live. So let’s just get right to it, shall we? Things I’m loving this week…..

JENGAAAA

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Oh how I love classic board games! We got this one out from our box of old things and spent an afternoon this week just playing and and enjoying each other’s company and chatting away! So simple, yet so entertaining.

Halloween crafting

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Take a look at these bad boys! I brought this craft into a classroom at one of the highschool’s special ed classes and completed them with some of the girls. They loved it and so did I! So fun. To be honest, I’m a sucker for anything themey! I’m loving also putting up the decorations and look forward to some serious pumpkin carving next week..

Log homes

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It’s pretty much a dream of mine to own a log cabin or home when I’m older. I love the rustic feel of it and to go home to a cottage feeling house would be sooo nice. They are so warm and comfy feeling when you walk into them! I spotted this one along the lake nearby and fell in love with it.

We spotted this beautiful home when in search of a good place to go on a little Autumn hike. The local lake was so calm and gorgeous!

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McDonald’s coffee

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I forgot how much I loved their coffee!! It’s the best little morning pick-me-up. Not to mention they have monopoly right now (however I haven’t won anything yet, what’s new…)

Steak dinner

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I don’t typically eat steak that often, but tonight my boyfriend made me a delicious candlelit steak dinner! The side of asparagus made the plate absolutely amazing.
In terms of workouts as of late – I have kept up with my daily cardio averaging between 6.5 km – 10 km. Today’s Jamie Eason workout was shoulders and abs and it felt gooooooood.

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Happy Monday ya’ll! 🙂

Jamie Eason week 3

Good morning!

I’m writing in order to update you on my progress with the Jamie Eason program. I’m in week 3 of phase 1 and am genuinely still enjoying it. The workouts are relatively easy and straightforward still, which is good for a girl like me who has almost neglected weight training in the past!

These workouts in combo with my own cardio workouts are making a difference in the way I look and feel- much stronger!

Week 3 incorporates 2 leg days- sooooo safe to say my legs are feeling like jello!! This feeling gets me pretty excited because I know I need muscle building in this particular area in order to really assist in upping my running pace.

The last 4 days I have done have been roughly 30-45 minute cardio sessions and strength workouts in this order: legs, back and bi, chest and tri, legs. And today will be shoulders and abs ( my personal favourite).

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Side note: colt and I played jenga last night and I forgot how much I loved this game!!!

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Later on we enjoyed pulled pork for dinner with a side of asparagus and mushrooms. I haven’t has pulled pork in sooooo long and I forgot how much I loved it! The shoulder was in the crockpot all day with chicken broth, baby rays BBQ sauce, onion and garlic, this picture does not do it justice!

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Great start to the weekend!

I’ve finally pretty much overcome my cold and stuffiness that I’ve been experiencing this past week. Which made for a very long week at work to say the least. I don’t think it helped much that I also had a lot of presentations to do for a number of health and social classes in the high school!

Talking non-stop + sore throat = not great/one manly sounding Jamie!

But luckily, yesterday after work I got a fabulous bicep and back workout in AND managed a great 5 mile run. I managed to reach over 8 km in 40 minutes which is an amazing time for me! Not  too bad, not too bad 🙂

I’m here to post my faaaabulous bi and back work out for you all to have a try with:

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Clearly the weights I used are not specified, it’s meant to tailor to whatever level you are at right now. However, I typically use 10 pound free weights for myself and between 20-40 pounds when using the machines. I ain’t the strongest gal in the world (yet) but I’m working on it!

After the gym and shower, I headed home and quickly whipped up a little something to eat before heading to my friends place. For dinner was a spinach and arugula salad with roasted mushroom, tomato and brown rice in a Thai dressing.

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Then it was time for a night out (in!) with some great friends. We stayed in with drinks and played some hilarious board games. I brought Tanner with me and he was reunited with his best doggy friend that he hasn’t seen in a while!

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The nights that I spend IN with my friends are usually my favourite. You reallyyy come to appreciate each other’s company a lot more.

My absolute favourite game that we played was one that I’m totally excited to share with you guys.. It’s called QUELF!

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I had never heard of this game before last night and am soo happy they introduced it to me!!

It gives a whole new meaning to the word RANDOM. It’s filled with hilarious trivia, ridiculous stunts you have to do (for example I had to go 3 rounds using NO hands whatsoever, others had to mime, rap a crazy poem, etc), other outrageous rules, costume creations, and other nutty stunts like balancing acts and turning yourself into a toilet paper mummy!! I seriously recommend this game to everyone and it will guarantee you a night full of laughs!

Today I’m shortly heading to the gym and then going out to culture days festival in town! Can’t wait!

I will catch up with you all soon!