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I love throwing things together that I find in the fridge. While eating a dinner the other night of egg whites, quinoa, black beans, smashed avocado and salsa all mixed up in a big bowl, I wondered why I hadn’t thought to add taco seasoning to my bowl of yumminess.

With the fridge still stocked with cooked quinoa and black beans, I came up with this little creation, and I decided I’d share.

3 Taco’s = 10 PointsPlus


1/2 C. Broccoli Slaw mix

1 tsp Chipotle Infuse Olive Oil (Any Olive Oil is fine)

2 T. Bell Pepper, chopped

1/4 C. Corn, cooked

1/4 C. Black Beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 C. Cooked Quinoa (I like to cook mine in Chicken or Vegetable Broth for more flavor.)

1 tsp Homemade Mexican Seasoning (or any taco seasoning)

2 Wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese, Creamy Light Swiss (The Queso flavor would be awesome in this!)

1 T. Salsa, and a little extra for topping

1/4 Avocado, Smashed

Lime Juice

Sea Salt

3 Mission Brand Yellow Corn Tortilla’s


Heat Olive Oil in skillet. Add slaw mix and bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add corn, black beans and quinoa and stir until heated through.

Add taco seasoning, cheese wedges and 1 T. salsa. Stir, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes so the cheese can melt.

While the cheese melts, smash the avocado and add lime juice and sea salt to taste. Mix well.

Remove lid on quinoa mixture and press cheese wedges into mixture with a spatula. The spatula should help things mix well.

Divide into three corn tortillas and top with Smashed Avocado and Salsa.

Black Bean Quinoa Taco's

Black Bean Quinoa Taco’s

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

So, I’ve realized during my “Four Week Chicken Challenge”, that I really haven’t been cooking very much lately, and I don’t really seem to have a lot of chicken recipes in my cookbook! I have been cooking, but I have been making simple things, and the same things. I like to throw a bunch of veggies in a skillet with some Olive Oil, salt and pepper, and then toss in some cooked meat of some sort. I like to throw something simple on the grill and eat a salad with it.  It’s not really cooking. I mean, I guess it is. It’s just not a big variety, and it’s far from fancy, and there really is never a recipe involved.

I have been trying to eat more fresh food and less processed foods. I try to keep my fruits and veggies to fresh or frozen and avoid the canned goods. I should eat a low sodium diet anyhow, so this has been really good for me. I do still keep the pantry stocked with canned goods and sauces, but I just use them less and I try to buy the low sodium, or salt free, then season my food myself. I have been eating very little bread, tortillas, chips, pizza and potatoes. When asked by my “coach” about the Chicken Challenge, I didn’t think it would be that difficult to come up with 20 different ways to prepare chicken, and really, that isn’t my challenge. My challenge, I am discovering, is coming up with 20 different ways to prepare chicken that are…..

1. Easy.

2. Quick.

3. Include Fresh Ingredients

4. Little or No Carbs (I realize some are fine, I just don’t want a potato dish or a pizza all the time)

I’m no good at creating recipes. But I am pretty good at following directions, so I can follow a recipe pretty well. I really can’t even boil eggs without looking up how you’re supposed to cook them. I can never remember if you are supposed to boil water, then add the eggs? Or put the eggs in cold water, then bring them to a boil? Do you leave them on the heat, or remove them? Yeah, I know. You ALL probably know this. Today, I put the eggs in cold water, brought the water to a boil, covered them, then removed them from the heat, let them sit for 12 minutes. Perfect. That’s how I did it today, but I KNOW I have boiled them ON the heat before. Oh well. I’m sure it works a few different ways. I’ll look it up every time anyhow.

Needless to say, I have been really busy on Pinterest and the Internet trying to find recipes that include chicken, appear to be easy, are fairly quick and include fresh ingredients….oh, and don’t include a lot of carbs. And you know what? It’s kinda hard!

I found this one a few days ago, Italian Chicken, and I was really looking forward to making this for dinner. It does have a small jar of artichoke hearts in it, but mostly, it’s fresh ingredients, and the pictures looked AMAZING!! Click HERE for the recipe! I’m excited to make other recipes from this site too!

 I used (4) 6 oz. Chicken Breast, making this recipe 4 servings.

1 Serving = 10 PPV




I bought some Basil Garlic Pasta at the Farmer’s Market this weekend, and I thought Mike would really enjoy it with his Italian Chicken.



I decided I would give Quinoa another try. I have tried it several times, prepared several different ways….side dishes, breakfast bars and alone. Mike always seems to like it, I just haven’t been crazy about it. A few friends had suggested that I cook it in chicken broth for a side dish recipe  instead of water, so I decided to give that a go. Uh….HUGE difference! After cooking it, I topped it with just a little bit of Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkled just a tad of Kosher Salt on it. I really liked it!

I totally forgot to take a picture of my tasty Quinoa. I hope you know what it looks like!

Mike had his Italian Chicken over pasta, and I had mine over Quinoa. We tasted each others, and agreed, we both preferred the Quinoa!!

As I was cleaning up the kitchen, Mike was finishing off a small second helping, with the Quinoa. This is what I heard….

“Mmmmmmm, that was really good!”

So……. I’m all smiles!!


Life was back to normal Tuesday and I feel all healthy and back to myself. I even made it to the trainer! It was tough because I hadn’t exercised at ALL since last Wednesday!!!!


The days eats…..

Breakfast (I wasn’t sure if my stomach was all good yet)


Lunch – Avocado Egg Salad

Click HERE for that recipe!



My Dinner


 Mike’s Dinner




Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.


The food I ate and it’s PPV


Breakfast = Toast, Better n’ Peanut Butter, Banana, Coffee with Skim Milk (4)

Lunch = Avocado Egg Salad with Tomato (7)

Dinner = Italian Chicken served over 3/4 Cup Cooked Quinoa (14)


Total = 25


Today’s Exercise = Trainer Session


How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 4

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0




“love the life you live, live the life you love”


I found this recipe last Fall when squash was all over the produce isle, and I was trying to attempt eating foods I don’t usually eat. I LOVE this recipe!

I must admit there is a little work to this recipe, so I should by no means call it easy, but it is so good, I HAD to post the link to it!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Well, crap!

June 26, 2012

Today was a little busy crazy constant… my physical schedule and in my head.

Lots to do at home this morning……trying to leave the house before noon, then a busy afternoon ending with a 6:00 pm Bootcamp, which I came soooooo close to skipping!

Here’s breakfast…..

5 PPV of yumminess with a couple of cups of Jo……

Then things just got outta hand. My first problem is that I need to go to the store, but with going to the lake and all the fun we had over the weekend……WHO’S HAD TIME FOR RESPONSIBILITIES???

Canned chicken for lunch…gross. 5 PPV
This pita was nice and fresh though…..probably make a good snack later?

Snack later…(left over lake crackers…..I never buy crackers anymore)…….
But they are the HEALTHY crackers!

Then I had some hummus and the other half of that Pita…..crap! 4 PPV
It was really, really good. The pita was so fresh and soft!

No pic here……too busy eating…… 🙂

Then I had a Vita Muffin…… of these, but in Banana Nut flavor……
Again….. 4 PPV
They are good for you! It’s a VITA muffin for crying out loud!

Then I had 2 of these!
Again!! 4 PPV!

This honesty is KILLING ME!

At this point, I know I need just a salad for dinner.

So I am going to have salad for dinner……

And a couple of fries…….

And this Chicken Hot Dog Thing…..on a Bun! 10 PPV!

So…..finding the positive here in my day…..


Now I am just hoping to maintain on Friday……

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 5
Lunch = 5
Snack = 4
Snack = 4
Snack = 4
Dinner = 10

Total = 32

Activity Points Earned Today = 3
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = -11 (I am now eating earned activity points……not good news for Friday)
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

I might post this one allll week long! 🙂

All kidding aside, my eating the last few days has kind of sucked! I have another busy day tomorrow, and making it to the store will be tough, but I will NOT go over my 26 points, and I WILL make better choices by eating more fruits and veggies…..

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Mom’s Taco Salad

February 19, 2012

My mom had a lot of staple dinner’s growing up, and this is one of my favorites, but modified just a bit.

I like to combine lean ground beef and lean ground turkey. I dice one onion and cook it with my beef and turkey. If you don’t have one of these handy little tools to chop up your ground meat, I highly recommend it! Mine is Pampered Chef and it was $10. It really chops the meat up fine and that’s how I really like my taco meat! Makes me think Taco Bell!

My mom would always add a can of kidney beans, but I love black beans,so that’s what I add.

A few other changes I have made…….Reduced Fat Cheddar, Fat Free Catalina (the dressing is what makes this Mom’s!), nonfat Greek plain yogurt, and I really don’t miss the nacho Cheese Doritos ( ok, sometimes I do, but this is so full of favors, I can go without).

Add your taco meat and beans to a big bowl of lettuce and top it off with some bell peppers, shredded cheddar, Fat Free Catalina dressing and spoonful of nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream!

My plate is 10 PPV, but make sure you measure it all out for your own serving!

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