More Butternut Squash!!!!

Since last week I discovered Butternut squash, I decided to try more recipes with it.

Last time when I cooked the soup I roasted the rest of the butternut squash and it turned out great, so this time I decided to make the whole dish out of it.

you will need:

2 cups of squash

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 Leak

1lbs of chicken tenderloins

Spices to taste


Chop all the vegetables in same size cubes(about 1 inch squares), spray baking dish with Pam , set all the veggies in the dish , sprinkle with some garlic salt and roast them at 370 for about 30-40 minutes(until tender).As the vegetables roast, rub some spices on chicken tenderloins ( I like the Cajun spice )and grill on the Gorge Foreman grill until ready.

Set the meat aside, and mix with vegetables when they are ready.

Leave in the oven for another 5 minutes, for flavors to combine.


You can serve it with the side of hummus, or with a splash of low sugar barbeque sauce.





The soup that kicked my butt!!!!

Hey, actually that was peeling a butternut squash, that kicked my butt.

Friday was the first time I peeled butternut squash and didn’t realize that it is so hard to do.

If you have an easy way to do that, please let me know, I would really appreciate it.!!!!!!!!

After the squash was peeled and the soup cooked, it turned out delicious, so I want to do it again, but with less butt kicking:)

OK so my soup was, Rachel Ray inspired, I think she is a wonderful Cook, and I am going to try some of her recipes , but make them healthier.

Actually in this recipe, she used butter, flower and milk  , but I decided to use almond milk instead and it worked great.

Her show was just on when I was doing my cardio on the stair master, and since I always look for new inspirations for cooking, of course my attention was drawn to the recipe.

I didn’t have a chance to write it up, so I tried to memorize all the ingredients. Unfortunately at the end of the workout I didn’t remember it all, so I decided to experiment with what I did.

Here is, what was on my memory list:  Butternut squash,Red onion,Leak,carrots,parsnip ,bay leaf ,oregano,black pepper,chicken stock.

I didn’t remember the quantities,so here is what I used

1/2 of large butternut squash(peeled and cubed)

1 large leak

2 medium carrots

1 large parsnip

1/2 large red onion

5 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of chicken bullion

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of Tuscan spice( I didn’t have oregano)

5 bay leaves

1/2 cup of almond milk

After chopping up all the vegetables, I put them in the pan and covered with water and got into a boil, added spices , bullion and garlic(pressed) ,  reduced the heat and let it cook until the vegetables got soft. At the end of cooking I added 1/2 of almond milk and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.

This soup was a success in my eyes, I didn’t even ask Jamie to grade it, I liked it so much.

The good thing was that I didn’t waste the rest of the squash,  I roasted it in the oven in the casserole dish sprayed with Pam, I used a little of garlic salt to taste.

Baked it at 350 for about 30 minutes.Turned out great as well, making a great side dish next day.

Give it a try , and please let me know how you liked it.

PS. Please share with me the easy way of peeling the butternut squash!!!!





How about breakfast for dinner?!

Just yesterday night I came home after full day of work and I was totally unprepared for dinner.

for my defense, I feel like I am still catching up after the traveling to Kansas and snowboarding trip out west,so I haven’t really done a good grocery shopping trip yet.

What I had in my fridge was: egg whites in the carton, spinach, pico de gallo, goat cheese and hummus.

I decided that omelet for a cold winter night sounds great.

It took me 10 minutes to do it.


3/4 cup egg whites

3 tbs pico de gallo

1 oz goat cheese

2 cups spinach



Wash spinach leaves, spray the pan with Pam, saute spinach until for 2-3 minutes add pico and set aside.

Pour the egg whites on the pan, let it cook until eggs became white(not clear) arrange the spinach over  the eggs, add goat cheese  and more pico if needed, fold on both sides and let it cook for another couple minutes.

Serve with the tablespoon of hummus on the side.


Crispy chicken

A lot of you are asking me for recipes for chicken that are a little more interesting than just grilled chicken. I am personally not a huge fan of breaded chicken breast, but Jamie enjoyed this one, so I decided to share it with you. Here are the ingredients: 3 egg whites 1lbs of chicken tenders 1 cup of rolled oats 1cup of oat bran 1tsp of your favorite seasoning Preparation: Put oats and oat bran in a container,in a separate container whisk egg whites with the fork, add the seasoning , dip chicken tenders in it one at the time  and place them in the container with oats and roll them in. Spray the baking sheet with Pam, preheat the oven to 380 degrees, bake until fully cooked .   Sweet potato fries: Ingredients: 1 big sweet potato, or 2 medium ones 1 tbs of olive oil Cut sweet potato into 1/3 of an inch strips, place them in the container, add 1 tbs of olive oil, cover with lid and shake well. place on a baking sheet and bake until crispy. Allison, thanks for reminding me about safety rules for cooking!!! Here is the safe temperatures for cooking different type of food Remember wash your hands every time you prepare raw meat!!!!! Danger Zone graphic

Woodstock’s Finest Battling It Out!

Hey Ya’ll, I am sorry I have been leaving you all out in the cold on the weight loss competition I have Rocking with my Boys from Woodstock! Well, I had them each write a little blurb about their week so take a peek…some really good stuff!

We will go ahead and start it off with My boy CHUNK…he has already dropped a 1/2 inch on his belly and his weight is down to 215.5! Nice work, looks like the TRUFFLE SHUFFLE CARDIO is paying off…down 2 lbs.

 Here is what CHUNK had to say…
“I was so effing sore by the 4th workout it crushed my ability to get the recommended reps in.  I am feeling revived and ready to get after it again today…watch out BIG HOUSE and BIG “S” – CHUNK is coming for YOU!

P.S. Totally slipped my mind, but my preggers wife made me eat pizza this weekend!”

This moves us right along to BIG HOUSE who tipped the scales at 156 lbs, one pound up from last week! Most the times this is bad, however, he is on a different diet…lean and mean and a little more mass is his goal! Take a peek at what the Big Fella had to say:

“One week in and I feel like I am off to a slow start. Left for Vegas on Thursday morning and got back Sunday afternoon. squeezed in a workout thursday morning before take off. Actually did get up and run down the strip one morning, but other than that standard Vegas for 3 days. Still feeling some soreness from early week workouts and walking from casino to casino. Had lots of time on the plane to read and study the workouts and diets. Now bring on week two, and CHUNKY QB and Big as”S” you guys better be working!”

Big “S” has come to play…as he weighed in at 225 this week…yes, he is already down 8 lbs! Hell yeah brother, I love it. Take a look at what he had to say:

“When you dropped this on me last Sunday the first thing that went through my mind was I have no time to do this with work and the new baby. When I started looking at myself in the mirror I said Big “S” you got lazy, no more excuses. Basicly I want to look good naked. It is not easy to find time to do the workouts, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. My schedule every week is; work from 6:00am to 5:15 when I get home I watch my little princess from 5:15 till 8:00 when My Queen is done teaching violin lessons out of our house. I get my cardio by walking and running my dog Lola every night and she couldn’t be happier to help. I squeeze in the workouts on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am sore, but it is a good burn. I am very curious to see if my calves or as you call them COWS will get smaller or bigger from working out and loosing weight. The diet part of the program was an ajustment. I seriously got hooked on sugar and candy bars for a quick pick me up during the afternoon. I can feel my body going through withdrawl, but it is all good. The one thing I have been teaching myself is to drink plenty of water and when it is getting late and I get hungry I drink a glass of water and GO TO BED. When I wake up I am no longer hungry. I am looking forward to wearing all the cloths I have bought and said I will fit in  when I drop the weight. By the way, you can let Chunky QB and Little House that the GIANT is awake and they are going down!”

Now, here is a little something from Yours Truly:

“Wow, back on the wagon to clean eating, insane workouts, and cutting my ROCKSTAR and MONSTER drinks cold turkey. I have had a few headaches every day due to NO caffeine, however, the massive amounts of water have been able to keep them to a minimum. I have been working out with a local high school athlete Timmy Mahoney so it is good to have a young energetic kid to go through this insanity with me. Yes, these workouts I am doing are no joke. Split days of Upper and Lower Body. I perform 1500 reps on lower body day and 1000 on upper body and mix in tababta training between each superset! BEGINNERS probably do NOT want to start here…I could barely move my arms or legs after the first two workouts so it is pretty intense. It will all be worth is when there is an 8 pack and lot so of lean shredded muscle come the end of this competition. I am truly enjoying the prep and the change and looking forward to changes these coming weeks. My weight was 203.5 lbs so I dropped 3 lbs and feel solid. Ready to crush the week and give these three guys a run for their money!”

Before I go, I also received this from one of the guys and chose to NOT post who wrote it, I encourage you all to comment and let me know who you think said it…I was laughing my ass off so I hope you like it too!

 ”Hey Craig, can you please ADD have “lots of crazy sex” to our workouts and resend the documents to us? I would like to post it on my fridge. I appreciate it!”

Is this classic or what? It is true a good healthy session can burn more calories than you thing…I’m just sayin’!

On that note, I am going to sign off and look forward to hearing what you all have to say! This has been a blast and I look forward to the weeks to come.

I will post pix in next post…enjoy and see you soon!

SB Manimal

The truth

The truth

Hey, today is the day that I decided to prove to Jamie, that I can stay consistent with my cooking.

The truth is that I am one of those people who love coming up with new dishes and many times I can almost come up with something from nothing. It comes easy to me to be creative with my cooking, yet the cooking is not complicated, no gourmet meal or anything.

Most of my dishes are healthy and easy to prepare, but that is exactly where I get in trouble sometimes.

Sometime I experiment with substituting some ingredients (butter for apple sauce for example in baking) and many times I am very successful.

There have been times that I went too far though (ask my husband), and the food didn’t really turn out that great:)

Another down fall is, that I have really hard time sticking with the recipe (even my own), and always try to change my ways, therefore some of my dishes might taste great the first time, and not as great second time around.

Anyways, that is the reason that I finally decided to challenge myself and actually write my experiments down, and test the results. My husband Jamie will be a judge (believe me, he can be brutally honest), and I will post the recipes that have reach the B+, or A grade.

I will do two recipes a week (it will be a lot of cooking if Jamie doesn’t like itJ), write them down, and then repeat them next month.

We want to see how they turn out the second time around and if I can follow them to a T.

Wish me luck!

On today’s agenda, since it is getting cold outside:

Chili       and

Modified banana bread -that one It will be a totally new experiment, so let’s cross our fingers, I will try to stay low fat, low sugar, gluten free:)

I will post the results in a few hours.


Beat The Fast Food Cravings

No matter how much you get used to eating healthy and how dedicated you are, you will have cravings.  They may be sweet or they may be salty, but they will definitely be there, tempting you to cheat. Every now and then it’s ok to step outside of your diet but it’s best if you can do it without really breaking your healthy eating rules. Here is one recipe you can use the next time you get blindsided by the craving for a burger and fries.  We found this recipe on the Oxygen Magazine website.

Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Chips

Ready in 30 minutes • Makes 2 servings 


  • Non-stick olive oil spray
  • 1 medium sweet potato, sliced thinly (1/8″ thick slices)
  • Sea salt, to taste (optional)
  • 8 oz lean ground turkey
  • ¼ cup salsa, divided
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 whole-grain, thin burger buns, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Spread sweet potato slices on baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through, stirring once halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly spray a large sauté pan with olive oil spray. Mix ground turkey with 2 tablespoons of salsa, divide in half and form each half into a patty. Cook patties over medium-high heat until lightly browned on one side (approximately 4 minutes). Flip burgers over and continue cooking until done, approximately 3 more minutes.
  3. On half of each bun, place a lettuce leaf and 2 tomato slices; place burgers on the opposite bun and top with remaining salsa (1 tablespoon each). Place lettuce and tomato side on top of burger and salsa and serve immediately with the sweet potato chips.

Nutrients per serving:

Calories: 353, Total Fats: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 150 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 41 g, Dietary Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 27 g, Iron, 2 mg


Healthy Summer Sides: Tomato-Peach Salad

Summer is a great time of year to be more active and it’s easier to get more fresh fruits and veggies.  It is also a great time to be sabotaged by hidden calories.  With all of the summer ‘salads’ and casseroles come almost twice the calories.  We decided it would be a good idea to give you some healthier summer side options.


Toss tomato and peach wedges with red onion slices. Drizzle with cider vinegar and olive oil; season with sugar, salt and pepper.  You can also try adding a bit of cayenne pepper and cinnamon to add a sweet and spicy flare to this salad.


It’s simple, it’s refreshing, and it’s loaded with vitamin combinations that you don’t normally get which result in a great nutritional boost for your body.  The best part is you didn’t have to add whipped cream, mayonaise, or a pound of cheese to make it taste good.



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