You guys. This dish is everything I have been needing in my life. I made a big batch of this on Sunday, and used it as my lunch for the week. I could have eaten it for every meal!
My sister got me a spiral slicer for Christmas, so I was able to put it to the test for this recipe. If you don't have a spiral slicer, you can use a regular slicer too. Also, you can adjust the ingredients as needed depending on how much you want to make.
- peeled and cooked shrimp
- 3 zucchini (sliced in spiral form or how you prefer)
- pint of cherry tomatoes
- olive oil for the pan
- garlic powder to taste
- black pepper to taste
- onion powder
- juice of 1 lemon
- fresh basil (a handful or so)
First, I spiralized my zuchinin to makes zoodles :)
Then, I put a little olive oil in a medium heated pan, and placed my shrimp in the pan. They are precooked, so I didn't have to keep them sizzling too long - just a few minutes on each side. Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Next, I added the tomatoes and lemon juice. I let all of that simmer until the tomatoes became a little soft.
After that, I mixed the zucchini noodles in with the shrimp mixture, and sprinkled a little more of the seasonings over everything. Lastly, add the basil, and mix everything together until nicely coated.
That is it! Simple, quick, healthy, and DELICIOUS!! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I can't wait to try out more recipes using my spiral slicer!
In our more-is-better world, it's easy to get caught in the over-training trap. But when it comes to your workouts, it pays to do less. I am certainly not telling anyone to quit exercising, but your workout schedule should have built-in rest days (and even weeks sometimes!). Not convinced? Here are 7 reasons why you shouldn't go to the gym every single day:
1. Your muscles grow when you rest. Lifting weights creates tiny tears in your muscles that can only repair during rest. This repair process is what makes your muscles stronger than before. While it's important to work your muscles (hard!) to stimulate muscle-building proteins, it's equally as important to give your body enough time to recover (usually until you're no longer sore).
2. Over-training can cause a weight-loss plateau. You know that working out too often or too intensely can lead to too much weight loss, but most people don't realize that it can also have the opposite effect. Thanks to your body's built-in protective mechanisms, over-training can cause a plateau in your weight loss or even weight gain (unrelated to increased muscle mass).
3. Trouble sleeping? You might be over-training. Needing excessive sleep to fuel your workouts or being unable to sleep, even when you're very tired, are both indicators that something is wrong.
4. Over-training can cause mood problems. Exercise can be a potent anti-depressant—studies show it works just as well as medication for mild depression. And we can attest to the mood-boosting power of the runner's high. But too much exercise can have the opposite effect, causing anxiety over workout schedules and depression from being chronically run down.
5. You'll feel exhausted… all the time! We all love the great energy burst we get from an awesome workout, but more exercise does not always mean more energy. If your workouts are regularly making you crash in the afternoon or drag through your day because you're so tired and sore you can barely move, then you're doing too much. Listen to your body. If it says, "I'm so sore that I dread sitting down to go the bathroom," the intense workout session you have planned might not be what it needs.
6. Over-training often leads to burnout. In the end, life is about balance. We all have limited resources—time, energy, money, physical reserves—and spending too much of them on exercise can lead to burnout. It's better to commit to a sane program that fits in with your schedule and goals than to go all out and want to quit after one month. Exercise is a lifelong pursuit, and it should make you happy. Find a balance that works for you—your body and your life.
7. Rest prevents injury. It’s common sense that resting is beneficial for injury reduction, but why? Well for starters, rest days prevent overuse. That extends from running to lifting and even walking. If you’re a regular runner, you know how much your legs and feet can take until you just need a day off. If you push it too hard without a break, your muscles and joints suffer from overuse and that’s where injuries can happen.
I hope you can all take away a few pieces of advice from this list. I know I can always use this reminder! It is easy to get into an over-training mindset, but in the long run it pays off to know your limits. and listen to your body. Schedule those rest days!
It has been a little while since I shared a book I am reading. Which is probably because, in all honesty, it has been a little while since I really got into a book. Just last week I started reading, Reconstructing Amelia - and I'm hooked.
A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter's life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.
Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.
Kate can't believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who's never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate's faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.
Seemingly unable to cope with what she'd done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of "spontaneous" suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:
She didn't jump.
Sifting through Amelia's emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall's roof that day-and why she died.
Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It's about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.
This recipe probably doesn't even sonstitute as an actual recipe becasue it is that simple and actually pretty run of the mill.
However, it is one of the best meals to prep ahead of time, and honestly you can eat it for any meal - even as a snack.
You can use any type of meat you like - in the photo above I chose chicken breast cutlets that I cut into bite size pieces. You can also choose any type of veggies you like. I went with a basic stir-fry veggie combo this time. Now, there are tons of yummy sauces you could add as well, but to keep it Paleo, I use olive oil and all of my favorite spices.
I think sometimes I can get kind of wrapped up in trying new recipes (which I love to do), but to make it a little easier on myself, some weeks call for a big batch of stir-fry prepare and set aside just ready to grab when needed.
What are your favorite foods to include in a stir-fry?
As I am sure you have noticed, or maybe you haven't, but either way I took a little break from blogging over the holidays. It wasn't necessarily planned for me to do that, but it happened, and I am OK with that.
I will be back in full force soon with some awesome new recipes, projects, outfit ideas, workouts, and more as we begin 2016.
Thank you so much for reading and following this little creative outlet of mine. I look forward to sharing more throughout the new year.
Happy New Year!