Roasted Green Beans

It rained last night so we were not able to grill. Sad times. Instead, we fired up the oven to roast some green beans to go along with one of my favorite dinners – Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken. This chicken is cooked on the stove top and it turns out SO good! Mike got a fancy new meat thermometer which really helped us know when it was ready, without having to cut into it. You can see him in action with the thermometer here. :) I also threw some red pepper into the pan once the chicken was resting and added some rice to round out the meal.

IMG_9344Roasted Green Beans are SO easy to make and such a quick and simple side.

Start by washing the green beans and snipping the ends. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Toss to coat the green beans. Place on a baking sheet and into the oven that has been preheated to 425 degrees. Cook for 12-15 minutes, giving the pan a shake about half way through.

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IMG_9343We ate them too fast to get another better picture :)

In other news, I did the damn thing at lunch and ate an entire burrito bowl at Qdoba. It was worth it :)

IMG_9341Again, I was half way done before I even thought to take a picture of this deliciousness! I will be recreating this at home very soon and when I do I will share the recipe!

Dining Al Fesco in The City!

We finally got to use our new grill! We live on a first floor apt in the heart of center city Philadelphia, where outside space is limited. We are lucky enough to have some outside space in the form of a back alley way/patio, which is where we have out container garden. The area is fenced in but still could be accessible so we had to get a grill that could be kept inside when we weren’t using it. This left us with electric as an option. This is what we got and here it is with our yummy dinner on it!

IMG_9328I just love grilled veggies!

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Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Good Morning! How was your weekend?! Mine was spent running errands and relaxing. Our washing machine is broken right now and while we are waiting for our replacement to be ordered and delivered we have been forced to go to the laundromat. Two days and eight loads later, everything is clean, folded and put away. It was quite a task not being able to do it in the comfort of my own home. Also did some grocery shopping, meal planning and tended to my garden. Then it was time to relax in my sweats and work on my latest cross stitch project. I’ll post a picture tomorrow!

Garlic Balsamic ChickenI also made this delicious and savory Garlic Balsamic Chicken. The marinade for Garlic Balsamic Chicken is easy to make and requires only three ingredients (plus salt and pepper) that you most likely have on hand. Make it for dinner tonight!

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My new fitness program!

Hi all!

So the new Beachbody workout program I got is the 21 Day Fix! Is anyone else doing this program? I am on day 10 today and so far so good. If you aren’t sure what this program is, please google it! I am not a Beachbody coach and am not trying to sell this program so I don’t want to provide any specific links. But basically, this is a 21 day program where you workout every single day, focusing on a different muscle group each day. The seventh day is a relaxing yoga workout and is like a “rest” day. This program is great because it comes with a meal plan like no other program has before (to my knowledge). You get color coded containers that represent different foods (veggies, fruits, proteins, grains, oils, etc) and you figure out how many of each container you can eat to lose or maintain your weight. You can eat just about whatever you want as long as it fits in the container – pretty easy! You can even have wine and chocolate! It took me a few days to get the hang of planning my meals out this way and I haven’t really experimented with too many new meals (yet) so I haven’t had too much to post here.

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