Even though I’m sad the holidays are over, it’s been nice getting back into a routine and cooking again, too. On Sunday, Matt made us a big veggie scramble – my favorite.
This was basically all the veggies in the world (sautéed until tender) + scrambled eggs + avocado, put in at the end. So good!
On the side, a latte, obviously. In a cute new mug Matt got me for Christmas! :)
Matt ended up making a ton, so I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day, Ezekiel wrap-style.
I love the Ezekiel wraps because they have a nice chewy texture and are really nutritious (sprouted grains/legumes so higher in protein, and no weird additives), but they tend to fall apart, so I wrapped it in foil before eating it. Problem solved!
On Sunday afternoon, I was inspired to do a little more cooking/food prep for the week. First, I threw together another batch of Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites – I love these as snacks, and Matt likes them for breakfast.
Next, I busted out our crockpot to make an easy dinner for that night.
My friend Jessica has been raving about this recipe for Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken, so I decided to give that a shot, but left out the dried onion, since we didn’t have any. I also used this awesome super garlicky olive oil instead of plain olive oil + minced garlic. Matt and I picked this up in the Mosaic district over the weekend at Ah Love Oil & Vinegar – love that shop! We were there seeing the movie “Her”, which was really good, by the way! Made you think.
I threw some sliced sweet potatoes (I scrubbed the outside clean, cut off the ends, and then left the skin on, since it was easier) into the crock pot, too.
4 hours on high later, and dinner was served.
Man, I love crockpots. It may not be pretty, but it was really good! Balsamic chicken + sweet potatoes:
Plus a side salad with baby kale and spinach, chopped pepper and celery, and some kidney beans I randomly had in the fridge. And balsamic vinaigrette FTW!
All together now.
I’ve been enjoying the leftovers this week with the leftover roasted asparagus I made on Monday night to go with our fish topped with Roasted Almond & Kale Pesto!
And now, speaking of food, I have an exciting announcement: mark your calendars for January 27, which is the start date of a fun “Winter Shape Up” challenge I’m co-hosting with my blog buddy Gina!
Gina, who is a personal trainer, has been hosting this Winter Shape Up on her blog for a couple years now, and reached out to me this year about partnering to share the nutrition portion of the challenge. I was happy to come on board! The Winter Shape Up is NOT supposed to be a strict diet or extreme weight loss plan or anything like that; it’s just aimed to inspire you guys to kick off the new year by taking care of yourselves and focusing on healthy living and staying active. Here’s what you guys can expect for the 4 weeks of the challenge:
- A private Facebook group for participants to motivate/encourage each other
- Weekly meal plans and grocery shopping lists (from me) and day-by-day workout plans (from Gina, including videos)
- Great giveaways
- Lots of fun!
And the best part is that it will be 100% free for all of you, thank you to some awesome sponsors that we’re getting on board to support the challenge (and to provide the giveaways). We’re both working hard right now to get our weekly content ready to go for all of you, and so excited to be kicking things off in a couple weeks! Who’s in? :)
Have a great day, everyone!