Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I’ve been on a health kick lately and have been wanting to try new things while keeping the calories at a minimum. I threw out the idea to Kelly that I want to have stuffed bell peppers for dinner this week and he asked if we could do poblano peppers instead. He’s a picky eater and doesn’t like bell peppers. So, I figured why not and try something new. Well, we made these stuffed poblano peppers this week and oh. my. gosh.

They definitely have a different flavor than bell pepper, but we both preferred it over what we had made in the past. They were so easy to make, filling, and low in calories.

I highly recommend you give these a try!

Ingredients:

4 poblano peppers (halved and seeded)

1 pound lean ground turkey (or beef)

1 packet of taco seasoning

2/3 cup of water

1 can of low sodium black beans

2/3 cup of frozen corn

1/4 shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375*. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and bake your poblano peppers for 7-10 minutes.

This will soften the peppers a little bit.

In a large pot, pour some olive oil and start browning your turkey over medium heat. Once your turkey is fully cooked, add the taco seasoning and water. Stir it up and let that sit for about 5-7 minutes until most of the water is gone. Next, drain and wash your black beans thoroughly and add them to the pot. Add your corn and sprinkle a bit of salt. Mix all ingredients together and turn your heat down to low.

Take your peppers out of the oven and gently add your meat, beans, and corn mixture into each pepper half. Pour a tiny amount of salsa on top of the mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

After they are done baking, pull the peppers out of the oven and sprinkle cheese on top of each pepper half. Put the peppers back in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

There you have it!

This recipe is so easy and will definitely be making an appearance in our house again soon.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

How was everyone’s Valentines Day??

Ours was super low key. We celebrated in style this past weekend with a fancy dinner and fancy cocktails so last night was nice to hang out and catch up on Vanderpump Rules. I made a home cooked meal and we each enjoyed a glass of champagne (or two). Kelly surprised me with a dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries when I got home which is always a pleasant way to come home 🙂

Anyway, we finished up the evening with a small bowl of some homemade strawberry ice cream and it was too good not to share with y’all. The homemade aspect makes things fun, but it’s also got such a rich and fresh taste to it that store bought ice cream can’t beat.

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I will warn you, though. This recipe is not very easy on the hips, ladies. It’s extremely rich, but well worth the splurge in calories. Trust me on this one. Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups of whole milk

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons of Mexican vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

8-10 ripe strawberries

Instructions:

Heat heavy cream and milk over medium heat on the stove top and continually stir. Stirring will help avoid the milk from curdling. Once the mixture becomes warm, add your sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk together over the heat until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer cream mixture into a bowl and cool it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You want it just cool enough so the mixture won’t melt the cylinder that’s frozen in the ice cream maker.

While your cream mixture is cooling, smash up about 8-10 strawberries in a bowl until it has the consistency of a thick jam. I like to leave a few large bits of strawberry to enjoy small bites of strawberry in the ice cream.

After your cream mixture is cooled, transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker, slowly add the smashed strawberries, and churn the mixture for approximately 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is up, your mixture will be very thick. Transfer your ice cream into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for about 2-3 hours or until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Next, spoon a few scoops into a bowl and enjoy! This was a delicious way to end our evening and the color matched the theme of V-Day quite perfectly. Kelly loved it as much as I did.

How did y’all spend your Valentine’s evening??

xx

Crispy Cheddar Chips

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It’s no secret I’m a lover of food and if you tell me that something has cheese on it, I’m in. Cheese is one of my favorite things to eat on top of pretty much anything, and even by the slice off a block if I have a chance. Well, yesterday I had a craving for something savory and salty, but I didn’t want to spoil my dinner and I wanted to limit the calories I ate for a snack. So, with that being said, I decided I would give a new recipe a try.

The grocery store that I shop at sells these little cheese crisps in a carton for close to $7.00 a package and I thought it was such a simple concept for a hefty price. I gave them one look and thought, “I can do that!” So, in the midst of my salty craving, I tried this recipe out and luckily it was a success! It’s delicious, gluten free, low carb, and make in a total of 10-12 minutes.

I only made one batch of 12 in the event that it was a fail, but you can make as many batches of chips your little heart desires.

Here is how I made these yummy cheddar chips…

Ingredients:

Approximately 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375*. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cut the paper to fit onto the sheet evenly. Next, eyeballing your measurements, sprinkle small piles of cheese on to the baking sheet.untitled-3

Make sure you put about 1 inch in between each pile to account for the cheese to spread as it melts in the oven.

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Once you have your cheese sectioned on to the baking sheet, place in the oven for 6-8 minutes.

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untitled-6Once you take the cheese out of the oven, it may still be bubbling which is just fine. As soon as it comes out, place each chip onto a paper towel to set. The cheese will harden up once it’s off the hot surface of the baking sheet and then becomes crispy.untitled-7

Yum!

After it’s sat for about 1-2 minutes, your chips are ready to place on a serving tray for you or your guests to enjoy. It’s that easy!

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I gave one to Kelly as a taste test and he was sold! Very simple and yummy snack that was a hit. I have a strong feeling these will be making an appearance in our house again soon.

xx

My Weight Loss Update | 5 Tips for a Healthier You

In recent months, I’ve found a new passion for health and a desire for a better me. I will be honest and say that the pressure of wearing a gorgeous wedding dress in front of 150 people at the end of the year weighs heavily on me. But, I’m happy that the pressure of my wedding day has found me because I have great determination to get in better shape than I am now for my wedding day. With that being said, I have no exact number in my mind or loss of inches I’m striving for. Although I believe a great way to work towards a goal is to have specific goals in mind, I don’t want to feel disappointment if I don’t hit that specific number by a certain deadline. However, I do know I have a vision for how I want to look and a way I want to feel and that’s what I’m working towards. Ultimately, I want to feel my best and work hard at reaching that goal until the big day and beyond then.

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Now, I would say that it’s been since the beginning of May that I have been trying really hard to focus on my health and shedding any extra weight I can. It’s been a solid 2 months which is longer than I’ve devoted myself to a healthier weight than any time before. Believe me when I say I’ve occasionally woken up frustrated because I feel like I have zero progress and that I’m working hard for nothing. But, then I get on the scale for a check-in and I’m pleasantly surprised. Would I like for the weight to come off a little quicker than it is? Sure. But I remind myself that it’s a process and it will pay off in the end.

What I want to do today is share what I’ve been doing to focus on shedding weight at a healthy and steady rate. I’m not following any sort of strict diet or workout regimen and am learning as I go. I remind myself, “This is a process. This is a process.” I learn new things along my journey regularly and know I will continue to do so moving forward. Here are a few tips I have for anyone trying to shed extra weight and things that have helped me along the way:


  1. First and foremost, I’m drinking a ton of water. I never focused on my water intake before and this step alone has helped me out incredibly. I make it a point to drink at least 3 liters of water a day. I do this 1) because hydration is a key factor in keeping your muscles functioning properly 2) it can help curb my appetite by tricking my body into thinking it’s more full than it is and 3) it helps shed extra toxins and water weight that I may have been holding. I have a new love for water and will do a whole post about it on another day. But, my strongest bit of advice would be to drink more water. Period. (On a side note, I want to add that I have limited myself to drinking alcohol only 1 day a week.)

  2. Log everything you consume in a food journal. This has been so beneficial for me because it helps remind me what I have already eaten for the day and keeps me on track to make smart decisions throughout the day. Even when you aren’t being strict about your diet, logging it in a food journal helps because it will show you how many calories really are in those mozzarella sticks that you wouldn’t have thought twice about had you not needed to log it. Yeah, guilt can set in because the nutritional facts are a lot worse than you expected, but you will learn that the next time there is an opportunity to eat them and you’ll maybe want to order a healthier option. Or not. It’s all about balance. Logging your food is always a good idea when trying to lose weight because it holds you accountable and conscious of your eating habits. I use an app on my iPhone called MyFitnessPal and it’s technology is way more advanced than it used to be. It measures macro-nutrients of your food, calories, and also reminds you to log your food if you may have forgotten. You can add friends through the app to help keep each other accountable. If you want to add me, my username is: marylsnodgrass.

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  3. I know this one may sound obvious, but it’s so important, and it is to stay active. This one is hard for me because I loathe working out. I don’t enjoy cardio workouts because I tend to get bored, and I hate lifting weights even more because I have no idea what I’m doing. But, I have a goal that I want to reach and I’m not going to reach it without working out on a regular basis. When we moved to Houston, we were fortunate enough to find an apartment we loved across the street from a gym. Once we got settled, I got a gym membership and tried out a few of the classes. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with a class that is taught on Mondays and Wednesday. Through March and April, I saw some results but not much. I learned that a 45 minute workout twice a week wasn’t going to do much for me. So, on the days there was no class, I put my headphones in and went on a jog. I found a nice path that I enjoy and I see it now as “me time”. Since I started working out about 4 times a week, that’s when my results started to really start showing. There are days where the last thing I want to go is put on my tennis shoes after work to go workout, but I do it and always feel amazing afterwards.

  4. Green tea. I’ve never really been a tea drinker. I am a sole believer in black coffee and will love it to my grave, but I read an article that green tea is extremely beneficial in lowering cholesterol and naturally eliminates triglycerides that your body is storing. I will say, it’s no magic pill, but it does help curb my appetite for a snack in the afternoon and is a bit of a healthier alternative than the cup of coffee I would be drinking in it’s place. It does have somewhat of a bitter aftertaste, but it’s not overpowering to the point that I’m forcing it down with a disgusted face. I enjoy it. Fat loss is a specific goal of mine and I have seen results with the combination of healthy diet, exercise, and green tea. It doesn’t hurt to try, right?

  5. Keep a positive attitude and remind yourself daily of your goals. I know I said it earlier, but there are definitely bad days where I just want to order pizza and drink red wine to comfort myself and relax after a long day. But I know when I get that craving and if I were to buckle and cheat, I would feel incredible guilt and I would erase a lot of hard work that I put forth to achieve results. I’m not exactly sure how much weight I intend to lose and I’m not exactly sure how much more strict I want to be or if I even want to ease up a bit. Like I said, I am learning as I go but as long as I keep a positive attitude and remind myself of what I’m working towards, it will motivate me to keep the path and that results will eventually follow. No matter how big or small. What I do know is I feel healthier than I ever have before and love it.

Everyone’s journey is different and everyone will achieve results in different ways and at different times. I’m learning a lot about myself and my body along the way that success is not achieved overnight. If you have any tips, tricks, secrets, or overall encouragement send it my way! I love hearing different bits of success that people have and I hope to motivate someone with my story. Trust me, I have quite a way to go but I’m excited to see how my hard work will pay off. I appreciate the kind words from everyone along the way and hope to continue to surprise you all!

xx

Baked Chimichanges

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Well, the weekend is over and I’m back to the weekly grind. In hopes to make your Monday a little better, I want to share this awesome recipe that Kelly and I tried over the weekend. With calories in mind, we are trying to cut back where we can. Well, I was craving Mexican food on Friday so we decided to give this recipe a try. These baked chimichangas were DELICIOUS and, even better, they’re baked. With them being baked instead of fried, you save tons of calories alone by avoiding the oil that comes with deep frying them.

Assembly is pretty easy and it’s a fun recipe to make with your husband, partner, or a friend. You HAVE to try them.

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded white meat chicken

1 cup of your favorite fresh salsa

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

4 flour tortillas (8 inch tortillas)

1 tbsp. melted butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400*.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, salsa, cheese, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Once it is evenly mixed together, set aside. Then spread out a tortilla on a flat surface. Spoon 1/4 of the chicken mixture onto the center of the tortilla. Gently fold the tortilla together and make sure all corners are tucked away, as well. Once it is tightly folded, place the chimichanga into a baking dish with the seam of the tortilla facing down.

Complete this with the other tortillas until mixture is gone. Brush melted butter over the top of your chimichangas and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Place your chimichangas on a plant and garnish with fresh salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

Like I said before, these were absolutely delicious and packed with flavor. We will definitely be making these together again!

xx