Sunday, March 31, 2013

Week 13- Healthy Home Revolution Review and Favorites

First, let me say a very Happy Easter to anyone celebrating!!!  Today, like many holidays, is a day that we gather as families, big or small, and celebrate traditions over food, drink, and laughter.   Food is a social event and holiday meals are the ultimate example of this.  Enjoy your gatherings and make many happy memories today!

Healthy Home Revolution Update and Review:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, re-pinned my recipes on Pinterest, and commented on Facebook.   I've lost 15 pounds and even fit into the jeans I wore when I first met my husband, my pre-kids days.  Awesome!!!  The best part is that I don't feel I've deprived my body of anything.  In fact, I feel quite the opposite.  I've been slamming fruits and veggies, mostly veggies, into my body daily.  Combine that with lean meats, high fiber whole grains, low fat dairy and the occasional treat (like our Friday pizza nights), my body is strong and healthy.  I still eat my favorite "splurge" foods every now and then, but I'm intentional about what I put into my body.  And exercise has become part of my daily routine.  I no longer ask myself whether I am going to workout or not; instead, I ask myself when my workout will fit in to my schedule that day.  It requires some planning, but it is all worth it.  Exercise has become such a large part of my daily routine that my toddler asks if we can exercise together when I pick him up from school.  He knows how to do specific exercises that I didn't know how to do at 30 years old. 

So in celebration of completing 12 weeks of life-style changes, I just wanted to share some of my favorites.  The Healthy Home Revolution has transformed what I cook for my family and how I look at exercise.  I hope that it has done or can do the same for you.

My favorite recipes from these past 12 weeks:
Although I don't cook 7 days a week, I have not repeated a recipe on the days that I have cooked dinner.  Most of the recipes I would make on a regular basis, but some really stand out as being AMAZING!  It was REALLY HARD to narrow it down to my top 5, so here are my top 7, in no particular order:

1) Italian Baked Chicken

2) Pork Carnitas
3)  Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki
4)  Chicken & Spinach Enchurittos

5)  BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

6)  Lemon-Onion Chicken with Spinach

7)  Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

My favorite new snack:
When I want something quick, fresh, healthy & delicious I make this super simple tomato and avocado salad.  I take about 1 cup of tomatoes (what ever you have - these Campari tomatoes were on sale at Trader Joe's), 1/2 avocado sliced, and salt & pepper to taste.  It's that easy!  And I just love it.

My favorite workouts:
 Here is a link to a previous post that contains my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE at-home workouts.  Enjoy!

And now for this week's menu plan.  I'm making some new things, and some recipes that I have previously posted.  As always, I'll post recipes as the week progresses.

Happy Cooking!

Week 13: March 31, 2013

Sunday-  Easter Dinner: ham, mustard sauce, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and asparagus

Monday- Meatless Monday: Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Shells, Caesar salad

Tuesday- leftovers

Wednesday- Garlic and Citrus Roasted chicken, brussel sprouts, and baked sweet potatoes (I've made this one before, but it's another favorite!!!)

Thursday - Crockpot Lentil and Ham Soup (this was one of my first recipes I ever posted!)

Friday- pizza and movie night

Saturday- date night

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