Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clean Eating Inspiration

I have run out of creativity with clean eating. I can't come up with any new ideas, and the thought of more turkey/quinoa/chicken/beans is just not appealing right now. Thankfully it's 2014 and the interwebs are full of inspiration and recipes to keep me going, here are a few of my favs:

Bloggers:


Whole Foods New Body. Ashley is a busy mom and her recipes involve simple, clean ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. My favorite feature of her's is What I Ate Wednesdays where she posts everything she eats with either a description or a link to the simple recipes.




Fit Men Cook: Harrison actually introduced me to this guy because he posts clean recipes all over Instagram, he's buff, and he makes it seem  like clean eating is a cool thing that buff men do, not just a girly fad diet (which is why Harrison was so anti-clean eating at first). Again, simple ingredients and quick recipes.



The Iron You: This guy has a lot of creative and funky recipes. Not always the simplest ingredients but I get creative and substitute ingredients when I don't feel like running to Whole Foods.



Popular Paleo: This girl has tonssss of awesome recipes and they're all nicely categorized on her site. Most paleo recipes are clean so I just cook whatever she says is good haha!

Instagram Accounts: Instagram is also a great way to get recipes. These people post pix with their recipes and they're usually pretty simple recipes (simple enough to fit into an Instagram caption at least).

Fit Men Cook
SammiBFit
HealthyFitnessMeals

I also search the hastags #CleanEating, #CleanRecipes, #CleanEats, and #FitFam regularly for some inspiration.

So tell me: What are your favorite recipe resources? Where do you find your meals?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Portabella(o?) Goatcheese Burgers + Worst Recap of Weekends ever

Soo this week October is going to be here, crazy right?? I am joining some friends in doing No Spending October Challenge and I'm excited to see how that goes. For now, I'm stockpiling on clothes and boots that I would normally buy in October as the season changes (post coming Thursday), is that cheating? So get excited because I'll probably be in a great mood since I (hopefully) won't be broke in October!

Anway, since grilling season is coming to a close, we've been trying to take full advantage of all things grill. Last week we tried this gem:


Servings: 2
Prep Time: 1 hour (marinating)
Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Portabella(o?) mushrooms ($6.00)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (I get the giant chunk of herbed goat cheese from Trader Joe's and slice it up and use a few slices for each burger)
  • Rolls (we use Udi's)
Combine the olive oil, vinegar, onion, garlic and salt in a large ziploc bag and shake it up to mix it all together. Add the mushrooms and allow to marinate for 1-2 hours.

Spray your grill with LOTS of non-stick grilling spray. These babies wanted to stick all over our grill. Place the mushrooms on the hot grill, gill side up, for 10 mins- no need to flip or anything. 

Put them on your rolls of choice (our portabellas were thin so we each put 2 on our rolls), top with goat cheese, onions, and your choice of condiments. I just used a little extra balsamic.



This was a great weekend in which I took one picture. Friday Harrison and I stayed in, took care of some wedding details, drank some two buck chuck and a delicious Fall Salad from Sweet Green with MD crab, corn, avocadooomgggg:

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Saturday I watched a freaking nailbiting game between UGA and Tennessee with a zillion Georgia fans at Public Bar.

Saturday night we cooked out and played hours of Cards Against Humanity.

Sunday I enjoyed the sunshine, I ran a bunch of errands and caught up on life stuff. And I took this one picture of the weekend:


Friday, September 26, 2014

How to throw a not-so-typical bachelorette party

When planning my bachelorette party I had one request: No tiaras/penises/sashes/cheesiness. Which left my friends with pretty few options in the decor/accessories department. HOWEVER, I have the best/most creative friends ever and they came up with some awesome alternatives:

Light Up Rings: My friend Maggie found these in the dollar aisle at Target and cleared it out. These were a great way to be not too tacky but still let people know that we are a bachelorette party and they should buy us drinks:



Finger Lights: Harrison takes these to every wedding, party, everything. He sent us with a box of these. At $10 for 80 lights, you can even afford to use them as currency and hand them out.



Posters: I used this picture on cards to ask my bridesmaids, and they blew it up into a giant poster to decorate our room. Me, as giant Beyonce. I really have the best friends. You can do this on Vistaprint and other photo sites.


Cheers, Bitches Banner: Etsy, Party City, and all kinds of stores have similar banners. Cheers, Bitchesss!



Custom Coozies: I love beer, I love coozies, and this neon pink made it easy to identify everyone with our party. Plus I really like the design- don't we look so classy?


Custom Napkins: These were such a fun detail!


Slap Bracelets: Not everyone knew each other, so I wanted to make sure there was a way for everyone to identify each other when we were wandering around the hotel, hitting the slots, at the club, or at the beach. Animal print slap bracelets, yes.


Tell me: do you have ideas for bachelorette parties that don't involve tiaras/sashes/penises?