19/52 Recipe Review

Oh my God, how did I get so far behind? K, I’ll try to make this short and sweet.

I have no idea what got into me today or why I picked this particular recipe to pursue. It’s a Wednesday, hump day, and I spent mine cleaning the house and doing laundry. Super fun right? I guess I just wanted something I love, and I LOVE meatballs! So what’s a girl to do? Well this girl made Ina Garten’s Real Meatballs & Spaghetti. The babe is otherwise known as The Barefoot Contessa and as I’ve mentioned in previous posts…we’re best friends who live next door to each other during the summer months in the Hamptons. I steal herbs from her garden, she steals my fresh pies cooling on the windowsill. We drink crisp white wine on her covered porch after riding along the highway filling our bike baskets with fresh produce and flowers from street vendors. Sometimes Gwyneth pops over and snuggles up next to me on the porch swing and invites us both to try out one of her new recipes with Chris and the family. Then someone yells “Mom! I’m hungry” and it’s over. Anyhoo…at least, for RJ’s sake, it wasn’t a sweaty dream about me and Tyrion Lanister…again.

BACK TO THE FOOD!!!

11/10. Perfection.

BOOM!

BOOM!

I know the thought of making meatballs seems like a HUGE task but it surprisingly is not. The most time consuming thing was frying the meatballs and to be perfectly honest I think I might try baking them next time. If I do that, this meal will be almost as easy as making a turkey sandwich. I won’t say that literally but I’m not kidding you…even the sauce was done in an extremely short amount of time.

The recipe calls for red wine so I HAD to crack a bottle and since I’m only recently drinking it again (was off it for some reason after Knox was born) I was happy to indulge. I even had a Gwyneth moment by letting Knox join me in the prep and dish washing. I can sleep tonight not feeling like the worst parent ever which is my usually lullaby.

My lil kitchen assistant.

My lil kitchen assistant.

 Try it! You’re a dink if you don’t!

PS: For the fresh bread crumbs I used my Vitamix and it worked perfectly. I didn’t even wash it after…a few crumbs in my shake tomorrow won’t hurt anyone. #ILOVESHORTCUTS

http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=100&S=0

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Distrikt Movement

Yesterday one of my best girls Tanya took me to a class she’s been talking a lot about at Distrikt Movement on Dollarton in North Vancouver. I was a little hesitant because I knew it involved boxing and I always feel so uncoordinated (I have bailed face down an average of once a month since I started to walk) and my hand eye ain’t so great either. But surprise me…I LOVED it!

Me & Keighty after she KICKED MY ASS!!!

Me & Keighty after she KICKED MY ASS!!!

First of all, when I walked into the Distrikt it felt very New York. And I mean that in the best possible way because who does’t love New York and who doesn’t want to feel like they are working out there 100% of the time? The interior design is rad, the details are straight up style and the staff are awesome and obviously fitness genius, answering any questions I had. The class Tanya and I took was the Tight Club (Punch Out) which was lead by the cutest Keighty Gallagher who also developed “Tight Club” I believe. Let me just say, I had one hell of a time getting out of bed this morning. Holy shit m*tha f&$kas! I do feel great. I’m going to go for a run tomorrow with a little Tracy Anderson after. And I will definitely be back to one of her classes soon. We are looking to go back on Friday and want to bring a few more bodies so who’s in? Get a hold of me girls cause seriously, I loved the music, the energy, the instruction, the atmosphere and the location. I love that parts of my body I never really knew existed are hurting because this means I’m working everything. And I LOVE the idea of my ass lifting off the floor if I keep on keeping on. Follow Keighty @tightclub and Distrikt @distrikt on Instagram for more deets. You won’t be disappointed.

Me & T after sharing sweat in dem gloves.

Me & T after sharing sweat in dem gloves.

Here’s a link to their website…they also have yoga and dance and more: http://www.distrikt.ca/home.html

Oh…and thanks for taking me T! I owe you one.

 

 

One Thing I’ve Learned

I had to remind myself this week that I simply have to get off the couch (so to speak). This is something I discovered over the past year and it is one of the most important lessons I have learned through my SkinnyFat adventure.

I have been struggling lately with pursuing a really great workout and I am a professional at finding every excuse in the book to delay a good sweat. In fact I had to commit to a couple classes this week because I was feeling like I needed to get out of the house and reignite the excitement and the energy that comes from a killer workout.

When I say “I had to remind myself to just get off the couch”, I mean… I just have to do something. Getting motivated for a walk around the block is much easier than the motivation required for a 1 hour workout so that’s all I have to focus on when I begin…I’m just going to walk for a bit. Generally, once I’m half way around the block my brain is clearer, my heart rate is up a bit and I almost always decide to jog the rest of the way. In fact, my walk evolves to two blocks…maybe three then four and so on. Just getting out the door is the first step to a nice increase in heart rate and even if it ends being “just” a walk around the block, it’s just that and I can rest easy knowing I did something.

Keep on keeping on.

KP

18/52 Recipe Review

10/10! It’s easy and short on ingredients. It’s super delish. It can be used in so many ways. And…it takes like 5 minutes to make.

Well it doesn’t get any easier than this.

From the fridge to your belly in under 30.

From the fridge to your belly in under 30.

I am lucky in the sense that my children LOVE avocados. I always have a couple on hand because I know Knox will take an avocado with a squeeze of lemon or lime and a sprinkle of salt over any granola bar. I often make this Avocado salad and serve it as a side dish…it’s my “go to” and it’s all mine baby.

Make it in under 7 minutes easy.

  • 4 Avocados cut into large chunks (gotta have left overs for my turkey sandwich tomorrow)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lemon (just 1/2 if it’s a large one)
  • 1/2 smallish white onion
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • rock salt (to your taste…I like lots)
  • pepper (to your taste…I like a little)

Throw all of the above into a bowl and toss gently. Keep in mind, as far as the citrus goes, you want to taste along the way and add as you see fit. I like lots of lemon and lime and salt so I go hard. This is very much like a guacamole I know (and can also be used as one) but there is no cilantro and I cut the avocado up large so the kids can eat it with a fork. Serve it on some shredded cabbage with chicken and beans, squish it onto some toast, serve it next to a burger or just eat a little bowl full, mid afternoon for a snack. The other night I served it with a quesadilla and some organic mexican turkey sausage. Ridiculously quick and easy and all were content under this roof.

 

TA 2014

Last week was super nuts so sorry for not posting. I’m all over it for the next few days…get ready. I have two fabulous and ridiculously easy recipes coming your way and a couple extra tid bits (love the guy/girl who invented that phrase…tid bits…the best).

Today I’m yapping about a new workout that is coming at such a good time for me. Tracy Anderson is releasing a new Dance Cardio program “Unleash Your Inner Pop Star” and I am in desperate need of it. One year…six months ago even, I was in love with my program (Hip, Omni, Ab & Glute~centric) “Metamorphosis” by Tracy Anderson but I am in a lull with the cardio portion of each. I love busting a move to my music which I BLAST to “sweat it out” but lately I’ve been passing on the dance cardio portion due to boredom and have either gone straight to the Muscular Structure or, just recently thanks to the great weather, I’ve been running beforehand. I want to up the anti and dancing is my favourite way to burn calories. Here’s a little preview courtesy of  Goop.com of what’s to come and it might seem a bit complicated but it’s really not. I’ve nailed this portion already and am dying for more. 

Peace out and love!

KP

Side note: SLOW TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT!!!! Puh-lease…I’ve got a lacrosse practice to get to!