mimm: {pictures from our weekend}

Hi friends!

How are you?! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was so much fun. I will give you a little recap:

{As always, thanks Katie!!}

Dinner at Saint Ann’s with best friends… breakfast at Whole Foods… run on the Katy trail… lunch at Company Cafe and East Hampton… Kite and Key formal… driving back home… cuddling with my bestest furry friend.

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Check back with you guys soon.

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mimm: {randomness galore}

Hi friends!

Hope you guys all had a beautiful weekend. Mine was awesome! It was really, really relaxing and a nice change of pace compared to the craziness of last week. Except for not getting to spend the day with this guy on his birthday.

Is it Monday already?!? What kind of marvelousness have I been up to? As always, thank you Katie for hosting this!

Friday night I went to dinner at Mi Cocina with my godmother Kate and her two cute friends. I had a mambo and guacolmole with chicken fajitas! Mico hits the spot every. single. time.

I should have NEVER posted about my fall favorites on Friday because I am pretty sure that I cursed myself. It got so cold here this weekend. I woke up Saturday morning and was in a wretched mood. I hate to be cold. My plans for a nice long run went out the window almost immediately.

After lounging around for like ever and getting some homework done, I finally convinced myself to go to the gym. The gym. The dreaded place that I hate. Okay, I do not hate it… I even kind of like it once I am there… but the gym at school just reminds me of winter and I really don’t like winter. I LOVE doing interval runs outside here and then just doing some little free weights in my room. But since I would rather die than be cold, it looks like it is time to get back to the gym.

I babysat most of the day on Saturday…. Did I mention that I am the world’s coolest babysitter and the real reason I like to babysit is to play with the family’s dogs? It’s fine and normal.

Then we went to grab drinks for Hillary because she finished the LSAT!! YAY CONGRATS! GO HIL!!!!!!!!

Sunday morning I went to a new workout class with Mary Kathryn and then we had a 2 hour coffee date. The class was at Tread Fitness and I reaaalllyyy loved it. Expect to see more almond milk lattees around here… it was amazing. It was the perfect Sunday morning!

Mal and I went to the Galleria to shop for a bit but I did not get anything becaussseeee… MY MOM is coming TUESDAY night!! WOOHOO!! Can’t wait.

My parents are usually in Dallas quite often but with Rollins in California, since I am supposed to be like some old senior or something that doesn’t get homesick… they have had to split their time 😦 But I can not wait for her to come so we can shop, shop and shop.

I am in major need of a few things…especially for Vegas this weekend!!

What did I say.. VEGAS??!?!? Yes! I am so excited. Well, kind of. I am not sure if Vegas is really my scene (hence all of my really wild weekends ;)) but I think we are going to have a blast. Mostly all of my best friends are going and a ton of other friends from SMU! I know it will be great once I get there.

Well now that you are all caught up on my life.. because I know you guys anxiously sit around and wait for my Monday updates… I am off!!

Have a happy, healthy, yummy Monday!

mimm: {foodie pen pal round 2}

Hey friends!

I know I have been SO MIA lately. Coming back this week I promise!!

What is so Marvelous about this Monday?!? Well… today is my 2nd round of Foodie Pen Pals! I participated in this last month and  loved it so I decided to join again.

Wanna see what my AWESOME pen pal sent me?! I love Kim! She is awesome and has a great blog! Check her out at hungryhealthygirl.com.

We must secretly be best friends. Chips and salsa + brownies. All from Trader Joes= my heaven/ happy place/ I miss it SO much from this summer/ I am so normal.

And not just any chips… Sweet Potato tortilla chips!!!!! (You guys know I LOVE sweet potatoes)


And almond flour for baked goods! I LOVE almond flour and really love Trader Joe’s almond flour. I was so happy that she sent me more so I could replinish my stock since I am almost out of mine from this summer.

Must not forget the chocolate. You guys KNOW I LOVE chocolate!!

Loved this Foodie Pen Pal package!! Thank you again Kim for everything!

Hope you guys all have a marvelous Monday!

Question: Did any of you participate in this?!!? Tell me what goodies you got!!!!

*Thanks Lindsey and Katie for these fun link ups!

MIMM: {Our Goal}

Hi friends!

Can you believe it is already MONDAY?! Me either! There are so many marvelous things going on right now! So I wanna jump right into it. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

1. This weekend!! Date Party “Glow with the Flow” Friday night with Kappa, Pi Phi and Theta. It was SO much fun! Boulevard Saturday. Get my life together Sunday!

2. Check out my article for today’s Health and Fitness column: Start: ‘Real Food Fast’ on Greenville

3. Okay so let’s chat about something. Sooo… since being back at school I have definitely fallen off the bandwagon. Not like terribly and I usually eat healthy because I PREFER the healthier option, but I can not seem to get my munchy little fingers out of anything these days. There is absolutely NO reason for me to have multiple chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. I need to eat ONE and move on. Gross. Time to REEEEEEL it in and I have the perfect way!

You guys remember those days when I used to be able to run and run and run? Yeah.. I hardly remember them either. Saturday was the first time I have actually run straight without stopping for 4 miles. I am craving to get back into the running groove.

Soooo… P and I were talking about what we wanted to do about gifts, etc. this year we decided that we will spend our money on plane tickets and traveling to see each other! And when it comes to birthdays we will focus on doing something that the other loves to do.

Lucky for Parker my mind runs ninety gazillion miles an hour and I already knew exactly what I wanted to do for my 22nd birthday coming up in November. Like any other normal person would ask for…. THE TURKEY TROT! My birthday is the day after Thanksgiving and I have always wanted to do this (okay I really just want him to start running with me…).

Parker wants to get more into running so we can have something we enjoy doing together, and my short stumpy legs run a LOT slower than his… so we decided to do a “couch to 8K” plan.

Our goals: He will work on distance and I will work on speed.

Perfect, right?! I am hoping the running bug will hit me again. I already ran my .5 mile super fast and was done before I knew it (I also walked a mile!). Now I KNOW that these distances are not long at all.. but they are the perfect way for me to spend time building up speed and for P to have enough time to build his endurance! YAY!!! I can not WAIT!

*Note: I will do all of my other workouts normally and do these speedy runs in addition to my workout for the day 3 times a week since they are so short and will take me no time at all!!!!

Here is our little plan:

Off to class. Ugh is it really Monday!?!!!?

Have a great day!

MIMM: {Happy Birthday Mar Mar And I Really Am Back….}

Hi friends!

I am so sorry I am just now posting… I know you have ALL been just anxiously awaiting to read all about my life, right?! 😉

I officially get the worst blogger ever award! But I have just been having so much fun with my first week back and haven’t really had a minute to sit down to chat with you.

Let’s just right into what is Marvelous in My Monday!! As always, Katie you are the best for hosting this!

1. Friends. I have been having a BLAST since I have been back. I went out 4 nights last week which is like A LOT for me but got to see so many people and loved every second of it!!

Love all of my sweet friends!!

2. SMU Ambassador job. I literally LOVE it! My favorite part is meeeting people and getting to talk to them about my school that I love SO much. I could go on about SMU for days. This is a perfect little job for me… even though my outfit is kinda gooby 🙂

3.  Yogurt Bowls. This has been my number one craving for a week! Odd, I know. BUT so yummy, filling and satisfying.

4. KKG Food!!

I save tons of $$ because I usually eat all of my meals here!! And let me tell you they do not lack in taste…Our precious cooks are amazing. They cook everything from scratch and it is all SO yummy!! Mostly everything we have is healthy or “healthified” which is super nice. They really do make such an effort to cater to all of the girls and our picky eating.

Some of my recent eats…

5. Bikram is BACK!! I have been twice since Thursday which = one happy girl. I took a picture after class for you guys but it was so tragic, you may never visit my blog again if you had seen it.

6. I am so excited about my Health and Fitness article this week! Check it out: SMU Health Spotlight: McKenna Cottam

7. I get to see THIS GUY in 4 DAYS!!!!

8. Happy Birthday Aunt Mary!!! Love you SO much! Have a great day. YOU ARE THE BEST! Miss you guys!

I hope you guys all have a happy, healthy YUMMY Monday!

See you tomorrow!

MIMM: {“Thank You God for Another Day”}

Hello there!

Today has been crazy and I am just now getting around to doing a post! How was your weekend?! I hope it was absolutely fantastic. Mine was filled with much needed time with my bestie and her family, too much food, lots of relaxing and sunshine!

Since today is MIMM, let’s talk about all the marvelousness going on right now. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

1. Obviously, our weekend at the Lake!! Thanks again KP for inviting me 🙂 I even proved to myself I can in fact still wake board… it has been almost 2 years!!

We had the BEST time catching up and I loved spending time with her parents and nephews. Growing up, Katie and I spent every waking moment together and when we get together… nothing really changes. Her Granny and Grandaddy came to the lake too and when I tell you they are so precious, words can not even explain it.

Saturday night we set out for the famous “Sunset Cruise.”As soon as we pulled out onto the lake and were staring at the most gorgeous sunset,  her grandfather said, “Thank you God for another day.” I will never, ever forget that moment. It is something I need to remember every single day. Talk about marvelous?!

2. I will be reunited with my best friends in 48 HOURS!!!! FORTY EIGHT HOURS!!! I am counting down every single second, minute, hour.

3. I am kind of sad to leave home because this little break between my internship and school has been fantastic. BUT I am reuniting with my family this weekend in North Carolina for my cousin, Jody’s wedding! I am so excited to see everyone and I know it will be a great week.

4. My sweet Daddy took Rollins and I shopping today. He absolutely INSISTED that we go. I got a ton of new outfits and a new pair of boots!! He is the BEST!!

New Boots!!

5. This picture is my family in a nutshell. Gosh I am going to miss them so much. We had our last family dinner together tonight before we all leave :(. It was so weird.

{This is my mom in this picture.. I know we look identical.}

6. My goals for Best Body Bootcamp this week are:

  1. Enjoy time with my friends and family!!!!!
  2. Fit in normal work outs when possible but not stress about it too much with moving in, etc!!
  3. Thank God for every day. For all of my blessings, my friends, my family, my animals and Parker. I do not deserve anything He has given me and continues to provide.

I think that is about it for now… Lots of marvelousness going on around here!

Hope you all had a MARVELOUS Monday!!

MIMM: {Home Sweet Home}

Hey friends!

Happy Monday 🙂 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did anyone do anything fun?!

Let’s jump right into what is Marvelous In My Monday shall we?! As always, thanks Katie for hosting this!

1.  Spending time with my sister!

Rollins flew to DC to ride home with me and let me tell ya a 15.5 hour car ride is a great way to catch up on life 😉

I took her to my favorite place to eat in Georgetown on Thursday night, Peacock Cafe and we went back to T Sweets for more ice cream.

Cheeseburger for Ro

Grilled shrimp ceaser for me

Peanut butter oreo swirl fro yo with oreos and reeses toppings for me and Coffee Oreo ice cream for Ro

Friday morning I got up bright and early to go for my last run on my favorite route. I am really going to miss this.

We hit up Dean and Deluca for iced coffees, loaded the car, made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s for some of my favorite things and hit the road.

We ended up stopping a little outside of Knoxville (a little over halfway) and stayed in a great little hotel. Saturday morning we were up and ready to go again!

Around the time we were almost to Birmingham, we were starving and I was in much need of caffeine. Starbucks to the rescue!

Rollins talked me into getting the egg sandwich and said she loves it. P if you are reading this: I have found a fast food (is starbucks fast food?!) breakfast that I could eat every single day for the rest of my entire life. I honestly do not mind fast food if I am on the road with no other option (preferably Subway or Chick-fil-a) but if there is one thing I HATE it is fast food breakfast and this drives my boyfriend crazy. I have no idea why he thinks I am such a diva 😉

2. Dinner with my parents.

Corona Light with lime… much needed!

We went to my dad’s favorite, Papitos. He loves it. And this picture sums him up perfectly.

3. Sunday morning pancakes.

Have you guys tried these Kodiak Cakes? I am in love with them. They are literally just oats and wholewheat flour… they really can not get much healthier and it is nice if your not in the mood to whip up your own batter. Of course I doctored them up with a little cinnamon, vanilla and chia. Courtney always slices bananas in hers so I gave that a try as well. Topped with Justins honey peanut butter and tons of syrup this was an awesome little way to start the day. And my daddy liked them too!

4. Keifer’s with the fam.

If you are from Jackson, need I say more? If you are not from Jackson… well you should make a trip here JUST to eat at Keifer’s. I got a grilled chicken wrap with the famous feta and honey mustard sauce on the side. Heaven.

5. Hanging out with my cousin.

Cooking with Aunt Anne 101. We made banana bread and I taught her how to make a green muffin. We added some chocolate chips into hers which Aunt Anne just might be doing in hers from now on 🙂

6. My mom’s fridge.

Since I am poor, when I grocery shop for myself I have to be very specific about what I buy. I love being home and having all kinds of fruit and already grilled chicken to eat whenever I get hungry. Different kinds of ice cream bars, etc. etc. You get my point.

7. Sleeping.

I have nothing to do but catch up on sleep and hang with my family! I could not be happier.

8. Cuddling with Emma 24/7 all day everyday.

I love being home with my best little buddy and taking her on walks and getting plenty of quality snuggle time in.

9. Stay tuned for My Weekly Setup tomorrow!!!!!

10. Have the MOST marvelous, happy, healthy YUMMY MONDAY ever!

MIMM {Weekend with My Grandparents and Happy Bday RO!!}

Hey friends!!

Long time no talk 🙂 Sorry I was gone for so long… as soon as Grandmama and Granddaddy came into town I decided to use the weekend as a mini vacation so I took a break from blogging! It was nice to unplug for a few days but boy oh boy I have missed you guys!! And I know I have a ton of blog reading to catch up on today.

Let’s jump right into Marvelous in My Monday. I have LOTS to tell ya! As always, thanks to the beautiful Katie for hosting this!

1. I had such a MARVELOUS week with my grandparents!!

They were in DC for 5 days and it was amazing.The first 2 days their sweet friends from New York were in DC and it was so much fun getting to know them! We had dinner at my favorite Peacock Cafe on Wednesday night. I decided not to pull out my camera at dinner and snap picture of my food since I was just meeting their friends.

Thursday night I met them after work and we went to dinner with their friend’s family at a resturaunt called Old Europe. It was definitely the most different and unique place I have ever been to eat but it was a fun experience. Our waiters were so cute and the food was delicious. (It was a German place and I ordered salmon… I know, I know… but I do not know if Schnitzel is really up my alley!!).

Friday we went to Mount Vernon.

This was something I have never done before and it was awesome. I could have spent days there. I loved the house and the view. I told my grandmother that I certainly would not mind drinking my coffee and having breakfast on the porch at this house every morning while looking out on the Potomac River.

I was in love with all of the colors in the house (we could not take pictures). I had no idea bright colors were so in style. AND I had no idea Martha Washington was such a cook and hostess. I loved the Cooking with Martha Washington exhibit in museum that was all about how much she loved to cook for her family… they even had little brochures with some of her favorite recipes. I think Martha and I would have been great friends and bonded over a love of food 🙂

Overall, it was a great experience and I am so happy we went.

This little extravaganza took up most of the day and we met back up for dinner at Sequoia a really nice restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront.

I had heard some great things about this place and I am so happy we went. I decided to stray from the usual order of red wine and started with the Berry Sangria.

Perfectly refreshing and I want to re-create this ASAP. We also had an appetizer of fried oysters which were really good. I hate raw oysters but love them any other way.


For dinner, Grandmama and I ordered the Rockfish with veggies and Grandaddy had the pan seared pepper corn tuna. I had never heard of Rockfish but it is a light flaky white fish. It had a great taste and the sauce was some kind of lobster cream sauce.Oh my gosh, so good. I forgot to take a picture of the bread but I definitely annihilated the basket while dipping it into my cream sauce. For desert we had the key lime pie.

AMAZING!! It was one of the best dinners with the best company I have had in a long time!

Saturday morning we started at the National Cathedral. It was really, really beautiful. We ended up doing a tour which I am so glad we did because otherwise I would have missedthe significance of what everything stood for. And our tour guide was an expert on the place so he had lots to tell us.

While I was there I saw this banner that really stood out to me: “My House shall be called the House of Prayer for all People.”

I know I do not talk much about my faith on my blog even though it is a huge part of my life…I never want to come off pushy and I am usually very private about it. But this really resonated with me and I wanted to share it. A church should be a place where any and ALL people feel welcomed because ultimately it is not our house, it is Gods. I think sometimes we tend to get so caught up in “church” that we forget the reason for being there… and I really thought this summed up what the first and foremost priority of a church should be perfectly.

After our tour we headed to Tyson’s Corner, a mall I have heard a TON about! We had lunch in the little Neiman’s Cafe as soon as we got there. I forget how much I love these dang popovers with strawberry butter. Don’t worry, I had 2 🙂 (I am sure you did not expect any less…) and then had the grilled chicken wrap on wheat that came with a side of fruit and salad. I ate every last bite. Sorry I was haaannnggrryyy.

Grandmama and I walked around for a little while and while we did not have much luck, it was fun just looking! She got the cutest pair of royal blue little jeans… I hope one day I look as good as her in skinny jeans… or just as good as her period. I made her try on this Burberry coat for fun… How CUTE!!

After our shopping trip, I think Grandaddy needed a drink. We headed to the rooftop of the W Hotel and had a drink. It looks out over the White House and all of the monuments/ museums… you can definitely see everything form up here.

View from the roof!

It was a little too sunny and hot so we went next door to the little bar at the hotel Willard. It was perfect! We ordered appetizers (crabcake sliders, spinach and artichoke dip, and margarita pizza) which were so filling it turned into dinner. I left stuffed. Again.

Bar at the Willard

Sunday morning we had planned to go to church but found out there was no air conditioning in the church, and it was way too hot outside so we went and walked around neat the White House instead. We ended up stopping in the visitor center and watching a movie on the White House. I am honestly so happy we did this… we got to see every room in the White House and it gave a description of each room and its meaning. Grandmama and Grandaddy said it was better than the actual tour they had a few years ago.

We headed to Old Ebbitt Grille for brunch/ lunch. It is right by the White House and has been a very happening little place for many years. I was kinda in the mood for something plain since I had eaten SO many rich things over the course of 5 days… so I stuck with the grilled chicken sandwhich (sans the bun) and fruit.

We still had a few hours to kill before they had to be at the airport so we went to the National Portrait Gallery. It was SO beautiful and we did not even get to see half of it… but I am glad we did it and I want to go back!! I could look at art work for days.

I was so sad to see them go. We had SUCH a FUN weekend! It was amazing to get to spend one on one time with them and I am so happy they came. I will always remember it as one of the best weekends. I am a lucky girl to have two sets of such incredible grandparents. I went to bed last night feeling very happy and very blessed.

2. Happy Birthday Ro Ro!!!!!!! I am so so so proud of you and I love you so much. I can not believe you are 19!!!! I am excited to see where life takes you… I know you have a very exciting journey in store 🙂 See more about just how much I love my sister in this post.

Yesterday Rollins posted this about my mom on facebook and I wanted to share it with you guys because this could not be more true. I can not tell you how lucky we are to have the best MAMA in the entire world!! (And Dad too of course!).

Here is the link to the video.. this girl has a phenomonal story: Raising an Olympian – GABBY DOUGLAS

3. I have even more to tell you guys but I am sure you are sick of reading already… I will see you tomorrow!

Have a MARVELOUS, happy, healthy, yummy Monday!!

Question: Did anyone have any fun meals or workouts this weekend?!!!!!!!!

MIMM: {Happy Birthday Lil Gil}

Hey friends!

How is life?!! anything new?! I can not believe how fast the weekend flew by and that I only have ONE more weekend left here in DC!

Since I missed last week’s Marvelous in My Monday, I wanted to make sure I got to participate in the fun this week. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

1 . My weekend was absolutely MARVELOUS! If you are not caught up… I went to the beach on Friday with some of my intern friends from NBC. We had so, so, so much fun and it was a great little get away. Even though the weather was cloudy Saturday, we had a wonderful time hanging out together (and escaping the DC heat). The town is so stinking cute and local. Plenty of great talks, laughs, drinks, eats and I even got in a nice little run Saturday morning on the boardwalk! Katherine’s house was amazing and it was so nice of her to have all of us. A perfect weekend!

Good Morning!

Katherine and I

How cute is she?!

Mini bagel with PB + banana + chiaaa

2. Speaking of great eats… I have officially discovered the MOST MARVELOUS ice cream flavor ever invented. Mint chocolate chip with cookie dough pieces and crushed oreos. I know what you are thinking. It can not be real. ME TOO!!!!!! One day Parker will open an ice cream store just for me and have this flavor 😉 (It’s fine that he does not know that is in his plan yet…)

3. I start best body bootcamp TODAY! I have been wanting to do this ever since the last one and I am excited to have a little change in my routine. I am going to obviously continue listening to my body and not going to push it… but I am really pumped to have something new! The first 2 weeks (first phase) looks MARVELOUS and almost 500 people have signed up so there will be plenty of support in the blog sphere!!

4. The most marvelous thing for last: IT’S MY GILLLLLLSSSS BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Mally GIL! I love you so much. Finally legal 🙂 I hope you have the best day ever! Wish I was celebrating right there with you!!!!!! XOXO thanks for always being such a good friend! YOU DA BESSSTTT! I am so happy you “picked me” (HAHAHAHAHAH!!) You really are such a great friend and I can’t thank you enough for always being there for me!

For old time’s sake……

Happy Monday friends!

MIMM: {Loads of Fun}

Well HELLO all my favorite people!

How was everyone’s weekend?!! I hope fabulous.  I worked on Saturday but I still had plenty of time to get in some relaxation time and good eats 🙂

It is time for another Marvelous in My Monday! Wow, I can not believe how fast last week flew by and I hope this week flies by just as fast because I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND! Per the usual, I have all kinds of randomness about what is Marvelous this Monday so here ya go! Thanks Katie as always for hosting this.

Banana Bread. I woke up on the 4th CRAVING banana bread. I was tempted to go and get a fat piece of sugary, buttery banana bread but knew that the rest of my day would be filled with tons of sugar ;).  So, I turned to Katie’s blog because I knew she would have something I could work with. I used the recipe from her single lady banana muffin, doubled it (because I did not have a mini loaf pan) plus added/ changed a few things around my own goods. It turned out heavenly (thanks to her!!). You really should try this it was delicious.  Perfect breakfast paired with fruit or for a little snack!

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Great meals with cute friends this weekend.

Friday night: Sushi Zen. Oh. my.gosh. My roll was amazing AND with brown rice. Love places who let you order brown rice (it is the little things in life my friends….).Saturday night: Peacock Cafe (my favorite!). Instead of the salmon I have had the past two times,  I had the grilled shrimp ceaser salad. AWESOME choice! And far too many of my skinny frozen margs following dinner….

Sunday: Brunch at Chadwick’s and Sweetgreen fro-yo.

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You guys. I can not tell you how much I appreciate each comment, compliment, email, text, etc. from you telling me that you are trying a recipe or workout, love a certain thing about the blog, making a lifestyle change and all of the other encouraging things I get from you on a daily basis . I struggled for the longest time figuring out how to blog in my own voice and caring what others would think about me. The more support I continue to get from you makes my heart smile! Thank you all for being such an inspiration to me. As readers, I am always here to help YOU pursue a healthy lifestyle or offer words of support and encouragement as well, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Eating Clean and Sweating Dirty.

Love this challenge from Katelyn! It goes along perfectly with My Action Plan (expect an update THIS WEEK!!). I love seeing everyone’s pics from the day of workouts and clean eats. And while eating clean and sweating dirty, there is ALWAYS room for little treats :). I took two days off from working out this weekend because I felt like my body just needed rest! Definitely the best decision because I was able to bust out a great workout this morning before work.

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Thursday night’s dinner was literally comfort in a bowl. I got quite a few comments and likes on my instagram when I posted this dinner so I wanted to be sure and share it with you guys ASAP. For some reason,  my appetite was off all day Thursday but by the time I got out of work, I needed food IMMEDIATELY. Comfort food. A few weeks ago, I bought a box of Annie’s whole wheat shells and white cheddar on sale, and tonight was the night to break it out. Per usual, I made my own substitutions too!

Chicken Sausage-Veggie-White Cheddar Pasta Bowl

Ingredients:

Chicken sausage link

1/3 cup of Annie’s wheat pasta shells

1 ½ tsp of the cheese mix that comes in the box

1 tbsp unsweet almond milk

Zucinni and Squash

Mushrooms

Kale

Sprinkle of Parmesean cheese

½ tsp olive oil

Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil cooking spray

How to:

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Once you drain the pasta, pour in 1 tbsp almond milk (or any lowfat milk will work) + 1 ½ tsp of Annie’s cheese mix. Let this sit on low heat while you prepare everything else.

2. While pasta is cooking, cut your chicken sausage into small pieces and spray skillet with olive oil. Cook for 5-6 minutes on medium and start chopping your veggies.

3. Set sausage aside when done and toss all veggies with ½ tsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sautee until they are nice and soft. (I keep spraying mine with the olive oil cooking spray because I think it adds more flavor).

4. Transfer everything into the pot with pasta, sprinkle parmesean cheese and stir everything around. Add salt and pepper as your please.

5.Put in a big ole bowl. Sprinkle with a little more parm cheese. Serve!

LoveMintChip Tips: This serves one but could easily be doubled, tripled, etc. Enjoy!

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Green Muffins from STUFTMama’s blog. I LOVE this! It is amazing. The only thing I switched was instead of coconut flour (I am too cheap to spend this much $ on flour)… I used whole wheat. And I added a tsp of chia seeds (obviously). Topped with almond butter and peanut butter (because who can actually decide between the two?!!) and some warm blueberries…. a perfect, perfect snack.Don’t be scare of it (click on the link to her blog for the recipe)!

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Food prep on Sundays. I love when I actually do this!! I made a big batch of quinoa, cut up a lot of veggies, cooked a few pieces of chicken, and made some Fitnessista amazeballs for snacks. Ready for a week of clean eats!!

While I was at it.. I made some shrimp “fried” rice!


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I get to see this guy in FOUR DAYS! 🙂 FINAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLYYYYYY!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!