For the love of (peach) salsa!

Hey friends, how is your week starting out?  We started out a little rough Monday, the little miss has an ear infection and I banged my knee pretty hard falling out of a yoga arm balance (I totally thought I had it….not quite).   Fortunately the little lady is feeling better and other than a bruise, my knee is fine.  Despite the rough start, it is hard not to be in a good mood, because the hubs is graduating this week!!!!!!  I am so proud of him and looking forward to all the celebrating.

Speaking of festivities, doesn’t this peach salsa look like it’s ready to party?

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As I have mentioned, our little peach tree is quite the producer.  The kids and I love peaches, but there is no way we could just eat all these peaches.  We give plenty away, but  I am always trying to find new recipes for them.  Peach cobbler is a must have for me (it reminds me of my grandma), but I try to find other uses as well.

I was playing with the idea of a peach salsa, because I wanted a way to use them outside of desserts and breakfasts.  This salsa turned out great!  It is a fun, fruity alternative to traditional salsa, that can be paired with chips for quick snack.  It is also an excellent topping for chicken of fish.

salsa fixins

Peach Salsa

This recipe makes about 4 cups of salsa, perfect for a party or meal prep.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Roma tomatoes – de-seeded and diced.
  • 4-5 peaches (average size – our tree produces little baby peaches, so I actually used about 8) – peeled and diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper – diced
  • 1/2 red onion – diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro – chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Add all ingredients in a large bowl and fold together until well incorporated.  Taste and add additional lemon/lime juice or salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour prior to serving.

peach chicken

Let me know if you have any unique peach recipes I could try out.  Hope you have a great day!

 

 

Weekend recap

Hola!  How was your weekend?  Happy Mother’s Day to any mommas out there.  Hope you all got to spend some time with loved ones this weekend.

We had a great weekend over here.  The hubs was actually home a lot (he has worked a lot of weekends recently) and it was awesome to get to spend more time all together.

Saturday started with a lovely breakfast, that I forgot to take pictures of, with my in-laws.  It was so nice to spend some time together and catch up.  Afterwards I was off to teach class, I had an obstacle course style workout planned, which I thought was a blast!

Saturday afternoon I introduced my little dude to Chutes and Ladders while the little miss was asleep.  We didn’t quite make it through a game, but it was so fun to spend some time connecting with him one on one.

chutes and ladders

I also got to open some early Mother’s Day presents from the babes.  Handmade kiddo presents just melt my heart.  I was emotional opening them and I get misty eyed every time I have caught a glimpse of them since.  They are just the best!

mday presents

Sunday morning I had every intention of sleeping in, but ended up being the first person in the house up.  Fortunately there was coffee and these beauties to start my day with.

crepes

The hubs made homemade crepes with strawberries, whip cream and sausage.  It was amazing, such a special and decadent meal to start the day!

After breakfast we hit up the farmers market.

Those chips on the right are made out of beets.  We didn’t end up bringing any home today, but we maybe headed back for some soon.  They taste awesome, and are low cal and low sugar.  We did end up bringing home some of those cherries though, as well as a delicious smoked white cheddar.

cheese and cherries

Sunday afternoon/evening was spent enjoying a lovely dinner with my parents, and celebrating my awesome mom.

What were the highlights of your weekend?  I was so happy to get some down time with the hubs and kids, and to celebrate my beautiful mom and MIL.  I also spent some time playing with some peach recipes, more on that later this week.

Hope you have a great day!

It’s Friday – Happy Mother’s Day weekend

Happy Friday friends, we made it to the end of the week!  How was your week? This week has been a busy one.  I have been working hard, teaching classes, spending time with the hubs and babes and had a couple of friends dates this week.  So awesome times, but it has just been flying by!

This week I have been excited about the weather.  It has been uncharacteristically cool this week, and I have been soaking up as much outdoor time as I can.  We even got some light rain showers earlier in the week.

storm clouds

I also got to enjoy a lovely friend date on Tuesday evening.  We had Poke bowls at a new place in town.  Did lots of chatting, and ended the night with some ice cream.  I was so nice to catch up, and I now want to eat Poke bowls all the time.

poke bowls

This week we also got the first round of peaches harvested off our little tree.  We still have peaches ripening, but I am so impressed with how many peaches that little tree has produced!  I have lots of peach recipes ideas, so prepare for peach related goodies to come!

peaches

Last but never least, Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms, moms-to-be, grandmas, aunts, teachers and other lovelies that do so much to take care of their loved ones!

Special shout out to my mom and MIL, who are always there for us.  My mom continues to surprise me with thoughtful things every day.  Case in point, look at this adorable new look the kiddos’s bathroom got…courtesy of grandma.  We love it!

What is om your agenda for the weekend?  I am looking forward to some relaxing and family time  I anticipate awesome eats, and the best company:) I am hoping for lots of baby snuggles this weekend as well.

Hope you all have a great one!

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Secret Ingredient Brownie Bites

Hi friends, hope your day is off to a great start.  Since the weather is so nice right now, and that is such a time limited commodity here, I decided to skip Turbokick last night in favor of a jog around the block.  The beautiful weather and this sunset in the background was the perfect setting for it.

sunset

Afterwards I came home and polished off the last of these little bad boys.

brownies cooked

My delicious little secret ingredient brownie bites, made with…..

black beans!

I was very hesitant to make a baked good with beans.  I love beans, but they just were not speaking to me in brownie or cookie form.  BUT, I have had a mean sweet tooth recently. I wanted something healthy to indulge the sweet tooth, but that also would pack a nutritional punch.

I also had impulse bought this at Trader Joe’s, and wanted to try it out (the flour, not the succulent).

coffee flour

These little brownie bites are rich and chocolaty, but also give you a little dose of protein and fiber.  Plus, they don’t taste like beans at all.  True story, I had the hubs try them before telling him what was in them.  He approved!

brownies up close

Secret Ingredient/Black Bean Brownie Bites

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coffee flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • optional: sprinkles for topping (nuts or shredded coconut would also be delicious)

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease mini muffin pan with coconut oil or cooking spray.  Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a blender or food processor (I have tried both, and found it easier to thoroughly blend in the food processor).  Blend until you have a smooth batter, about the consistency of pudding.  You may need to scrap/push down the ingredients once or twice and continue blending to get everything well mixed.  Once smooth, fold in the chocolate chips.  Spoon into the muffin pans and add sprinkles or any other desired toppings.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Per brownie bite: Calories: 57, Fat: 2g, Carbs: 10.3g, Protein: 2.6g, Fiber: 4.1g

*I used a mini muffin tin for these, if using a regular muffin tin, they will need to cook longer.

brownies done

A day in eats…

A Monday to be exact.  Happy Wednesday!  If you are a Monday-Friday peep we are half way through the work week (woot woot)!

I thought I would share a day of eats with you today.  This is from Monday, which was actually a pretty typical week day for me, food-wise.

Started my day with the usual coffee, protein powder, collagen, almond milk combo on the way to class (notice the long sleeves, weird little May cold front in AZ).

coffee shaker

A couple of hours later I had some peanut butter and chia overnight oats with strawberries on top, plus more strawberries on the side.

overnight oats with strawberries

I was feeling pretty snacky all day, so mid morning I had a packet of Trader Joe’s Trex Mix.

trail mix

Followed by a picky plate lunch a couple of hours later.  Hummus, whole wheat pita, carrots, grapes, and a few black olives.

hummus plate

Before going to pick up the kiddos, I also enjoyed a Coconut Chocolate RX Bar.  I need to make another batch of my homemade RX Bars soon.

rx bar

While making dinner, I snacked on some more carrots and hummus.  Then feasted on a quick sausage, sweet potato and kale hash, sautéed with leftover bruschetta topping from book club (yes to using up all the leftovers!).

mon dinner

Dessert was this little beauty, courtesy of my friend Annie.  It is a mini apple monkey bread, and tastes like what dreams are made of.

apple monkey bread

How is your week going?  We have been rocking and rolling over here and the week has just been flying by.  I have a new healthy snack/dessert recipe for you guys tomorrow, see you then!

Quick (only 20 minutes) treadmill workout

Why hello Tuesday! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.  It is surprising cool here right now, so I am enjoying the brief break from the heat.  Southern AZ was in the 90s last week (and I think it might have hit 100 one day), but we are expected to stay in the 60s today.  It is a lovely break before the hot, hot heat coming in the summer.

So, I have a confession to make.  I do not exactly love running.  I don’t mind running per se, but it would be a stretch to say I looked forward to it or anything.  I somewhat enjoy the treadmill portions of a Orangetheory class though, and I don’t mind a jog with a friend.  But anytime I try to run alone, I am like 5 minutes in and trying to find a reason to end it early.

While there are plenty of other activities and workouts I could do, I still love the idea of running.  I also feel like it gives me an instant snapshot of how my endurance is that day, and I usually feel pretty great afterwards.  With that in mind, I have been playing with different types of runs, and ways to make running more enjoyable for me.  One thing I have found that helps, is to go with a Orangetheory style run, with varying tempos.  This breaks it down for me, so instead of focusing on the whole time I want to run, or how far I’m going, I just focus on getting through the next minute or so of my base pace or push pace.

This 20 minute treadmill workout flew by for me!  This is a great little cardio workout when you are short on time, or to pair with some strength training.  You could also easily make it a 25 or 30 minute workout by repeating minutes 10:00-15:00 once or twice before moving on.

For your base pace go with a comfortable run or jog, one you could maintain for a while. Your push pace should be 1-2 miles faster than your base pace.  So for example, if your base pace is 5.0 mile per hour, your push pace would be 6-7 miles per hour.

Copy of ACORN

Let me know if you give it a try.  Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap

Hey friends, how was your weekend? Any big Cinco de Mayo or Derby events?  Our weekend started out super sweet with the babies.  My son was snuggling his baby (below), and telling the hubs that he was “hugging baby, because she is special to me.”  baby

Meanwhile, the little miss yelled “I love you” in her sweet little baby voice when the hubs had to leave for work.  My heart could not have been happier.

The rest of the weekend was a nice mix of social, fun time and getting stuff done.  I enjoyed a Pita Jungle lunch date with a good friend.  This Chicken Avocado Pita Tostada was amazing.  I want to figure out how to recreate the black bean crema on it, and put it on all the things.

pita jungle

I also got to catch up with some other friends Friday evening, which was much over-due, it was so nice to see them.  Saturday the hubs and I tagged teamed chores.  The kids enjoyed the first splash pad of the season, and we got to meet our friends new baby (not even a week old).  He was so, so cute and sweet.

The evening ended with my fur baby and I finishing up 13 Reasons Why.  Have you watched it? I enjoyed the show, but some parts were pretty hard to watch.

mogs 2

Sunday was a busy day of cleaning and preparing for book club.  Trying to get the house ready to entertain with two small children is always a challenge, but we (more or less) had everything ready in time.  We even managed to squeeze in a family lunch outing earlier in the day, which was a nice treat.

I forgot to snap a pic of the full spread, but here is my contribution to the book club feast.  It is a potluck style event, mostly appetizers and sweets.  There are some wonderful cooks in it, and the goodies are always amazing.

bruschetta

What do you have going on this week?  This is looking to be a pretty busy one over here, so I am planning to focus on sticking to our meal plan and getting in some workouts where I can.  I will be back with a quick treadmill workout; as well as a healthy snack/dessert idea later this week.

Hope you all have a great day!