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Back at It {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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Was anyone else all messed up with the the holidays in the middle of week somewhere? I can tell you one thing, I don’t mind working just two days at a time!

It’s that time of year, where the cliché is to get back on track… And since I’m finally no longer on “vacation“, I thought I’d take the opportunity to make some plans for the week.

Since my surgery in March, I became discouraged, lost my Not on a Diet / healthy living mentality and gained back about 20 lbs of the 36 I lost. Ouch. Time to find a new way to adapt without running. Or at least build up my strength again. No more pouting, Carrie.

So here’s this week’s plan. One day at a time…

planning

The last time I checked, today’s high was supposed to be -12 degrees.

That’s right, -12.

And that’s before any windchill factored in…

Sounds like a night for chili!

Food:

MondayChocolate Chili
TuesdayCrockpot Carnitas topped with shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions and guacamole
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayChipotle Black Bean Burger with guacamole and tomato
Friday – Poker Night – Happy Hour at Mediterranean Cruise Cafe. I like the Chicken Kabob Munchies. They are all veg and protein and just 5 bucks during Happy Hour.
Saturday – Dinner Out
Sunday – TBD

Lunches – Leftovers from the weekend, leftover chili, leftover carnitas + one piece dark chocolate + one piece fruit

BreakfastsSlow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Fitness:

Walking 45 minutes on the treadmill every day except Friday. I have also uncovered my exercises I was given when I was in physical therapy. Back at it!

What are you making this week?

Cheers~
Carrie

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The Easiest Two Ingredient Crockpot Recipe {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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Last week, I made the easiest Crockpot Recipe ever. {That sounds a little redundent, though, doesn’t it?} But the best part about it?

ROB LOVED IT!

I found it on this Facebook post link by Katie from Runs for Cookies. There are a lot of great ideas there; so just go grab a few!

But for now, I’m going to type out directions for the simplest Crockpot recipe you’ll ever make. Seriously. I’m going to list directions as if it was an actual recipe.

Carnitas

(Makes 4 – 6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Pork Tenderloin (I used 1.5 lbs)
  • Jar of Salsa Verde (I used a 12 oz Trader Joe’s jar)

Method:

  • Put pork loin in Crockpot
  • Pour jar of salsa over loin
  • Cover
  • Put setting on low and let simmer all day

I let ours simmer from 7am to 4:30pm. Then I shred the meat and put it on warm until we were ready to eat, which was somewhere between 6 and 6:30pm.

It was perfect! This meat is so versatile. You can eat as is. But here is what we did:

  • I put it on a plate for Rob and topped with shredded cheese and dollop of sour cream. He raved over it.
  • I made mine into quesadillas by heating a corn tortilla in a pan spritzed with olive oil, removing it to a plate, heating another corn tortilla, topping with a little cheese, then the pork and the previously heated tortilla. Once the cheese is melted and the tortilla slightly crunchy, remove and cut into triangles. I served mine with a little Spicy Wholly Guacomole.

BUT… There are so many other ways to enjoy. Here are a few ideas:

    • Wrap in tortilla.
    • Put in tacos.
    • Make a plate of nachos.
    • Serve over rice.
    • Use red salsa instead of green.
    • Add black beans for even more protein
    • Use a can of tomatoes with garlic, onions and other seasonings to make it Italian.

I forgot to take a photo when I cooked it, but here are the leftovers I brought to work, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. I enjoyed it with some black bean chips that came in one of my Food Boxes.

Carnitas

I’ve been trying to turn many chicken recipes into pork ones since Rob is allergic to poultry. I get nervous when I try new ones, not being sure if the pork will dry out. But this one worked with pork chops. And after the success with the above recipe, I’m thinking I can do these Slow Cooker Chicken recipes with pork, too!

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Last week was a strange one. I cooked {if you call that Crockpot recipe cooking!} only that one day. Then we sustained on leftovers, some easy eats, and dinners out with family in town! It was wonderful. But my fitness was minimal, too.

But here’s what’s in store for this week!

planningIt’s going to be another strange week with appointments and such after work. So these are my ideas for the week. I have all of the ingredients, it’s just a matter of choosing each day which one is easiest depending on how I’m feeling.

Dinners:

Lunches:

  • Leftover Meatballs from the weekend
  • Any leftovers we may have this week
  • Soup

Snacks:

  • Piece of fruit, applesauce, piece of dark chocolate, almonds

Breakfasts:

Fitness:

  • Walking. Lots of Walking. Since it’s going to be a strange play-it-by-ear week, let’s say at least 30 minutes 5 out of 7 days.

What’s your favorite Crockpot recipe?

Please share it in the comments!

Cheers~
Carrie