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mother’s day

We just arrived back home from our Mother’s Day vacay about an hour ago.  It was a fun overnight trip, but I am exhausted!  Too much driving methinks.

Anyway, last night my mom made enchiladas for dinner.  She custom made each of our enchiladas just the way we like it.  Sweet mom:)  Mine was stuffed full of sauteed spinach, onions, mashed black beans and diced green chilis all rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla and drowned in green enchilada sauce.  Delish!

This morning we spent time hanging out at the house, then headed out to take my mom out to lunch.  Mexican food was the meal of choice (again!) – no complaints about that!  I went with my favorite way to healthify Mexican food by ordering the taco dinner.  I subbed in steamed pinto beans for the meat and added lots of lettuce, tomato and salsa.  I also ate a bit of rice on the side and of course tortilla chips and guacamole.  Might have went a bit overboard on the chips.  Oops!  Unfortunately I failed to get a pic, so you’ll just have to take my word  – it was tasty!

After lunch we headed over to visit my Grandma and Grandpa.  Luckily, my aunt, uncle and cousins had the same idea, so we all ended up there at the same time.  Fun!

I am so very thankful for the moms in my life.  I am so blessed.

My mom is there for me anytime I need her. I always think of the zillions of times I’ve called her to ask for advice or even just to vent about something.  She never fails to listen for as long as I need her to, and she always gives the best advice.  She knows me better than almost anyone.  I don’t know what I’d do without her in my life.  She’s the best mom I could ask for and a heck of a grandma too:)  Right, Olive?

I’m also so very thankful for my mother-in-law.  She is the sweetest, most wonderful MIL I could ask for.  She loves me like I’m her own daughter and is always so supportive of Jon and I.  She’s selfless, sweet and darn funny:)  Don’t know what we’d do without her.  She’s off galavanting (love that word:) around Greece right now, so we didn’t get to spend time together today.  We were together in spirit, though;)

I hope that I’m able to be even half the mother that these two are.

Well, I’m off to get some grading done.  I’m still buried in essays, but I can see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  Just gotta keep chipping away!

Hope you all have a great end to the weekend and a great start to your week!

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spicy vegan chili

Another crazy day of testing at school.  There are only 27 days of school left…not that I’m counting or anything.

Have you ever been at a point in your life when you are at the brink of some big changes and you want to make them happen, but something (out of your control) is holding you back?  Yeah, me neither;)

I’ve been a bit “out of whack” lately, and I’m ready to be “in whack” again.  It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective, and I need to whip both into shape!

As promised, tonight I have a new recipe from Saturday’s fun in the kitchen.

Enter Spicy Vegan Chili. You guys know I’m a huge fan of meals that are delicious, fast, easy, vegan and of course healthy!  Also, husband’s enjoyment is a key.  This recipe most def. falls in those categories.  YOU should try it!

Ingredients

1 can light red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can organic lentils
1 can low sodium corn
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 onion, chopped
5 or 6 mushrooms, chopped
1-2 whole carrots, chopped
4 tbsp chili powder
ground red pepper to taste
2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt

Directions
Chop fresh veggies
Dump all ingredients into a large crock pot, set on low, and forget it!

If you don’t have a crock pot, you could also use a large stock pot.  You just won’t have quite the same effect of “fix it and forget it.”  This meal is great served with whole wheat crackers, blue corn chips or served over whole wheat pasta!  I made this recipe for just the husband and I because I love having leftovers.  This makes enough for an entire week of random lunches and dinners when you need something quick.  Another option would be to freeze a portion of it to have a couple of weeks later when you’re in a pinch.  Let me know if you try it!

I rushed home from work today to make it to a hair appointment.  Nothing too exciting…just a trim.  Obvs.  Because I couldn’t possibly go any shorter;)  Needless to say, I skipped out on my workout today, but I’m back at it tomorrow!

I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!  We will be having company all weekend starting Friday, so tomorrow night I’ll be super busy getting our house in tip top shape!  I’ll check in at some point though.

G’night!

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eatin’ cheap

Happy (end of) Monday everyone!  While Monday’s aren’t my favorite, it feels nice to have one day down and only four to go.  I’m not going to lie – work today was a bit on the stressful side.  It’s just hard getting back into the groove of things after sleeping in and doing only things I love for an entire week.  It’ll get easier, though, at least it better!!

I started off this morning with a green monster per the usual.  I am seriously addicted to my morning GM.  Unfortunately, I am almost out of Amazing Grass.  Jon and I are trying to really buckle down with our budget for the rest of the month, so I may have to go without my grass for awhile (gasp!).

These pics are actually from yesterday.  I only wish I left for work late enough to take pictures in the natural light.  Yea for Sundays!  Besides,  I wore the same outfit, so it’s basically like I took it today:)

Lunch today was leftover Veggie-tel and an apple.

Later I munched on some baby carrots for a snack and then followed that up with Whole soy yogurt and a mix of sliced almonds and Back to Nature granola for toppings on my commute home.  This granola will definitely be up for a review soon because it’s really one of my faves.

I planned on making it to the gym today, but work got in the way.  The teacher I plan with called while I was driving, and we proceeded to try and work out some school stuff for the next hour.  I was sad to miss my workout, but Jon and I made up for it by taking a nice nap when we got home!    Hey, the first day back is hard, ya know?

Tonight we took a trip to the grocery store to get a few things that will last us the next week and a half.  I planned out four meals that are pretty economical, and they don’t taste too bad either!  I’ll be sharing them throughout the week. I’m not always the best at economical grocery shopping (i.e. nut butters), but we are really trying to make some changes around here, so I’m going to be focusing a bit more on how to eat cheap and healthy!

First up for tomorrow will be a recipe I call Mexican Fiesta Pasta.  If you like Mexican food, you’ll love this!  It’s cheap, it’s easy, but it’s clean!  Here’s a teaser;)

Have a great night everyone – on to Tuesday!

You may be only one brave decision away from the most important turn in your life.” – Beth Moore

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on a scale of 1 to 10…

Hello!

Tonight is going to have to be a quick post because I’ve spent way too much of my time watching The Biggest Loser and grading projects for my sophomores, and I’ve got to head to bed!

I started my day off with overnight oats, primarily because we are out of soy milk, so I couldn’t make my usual green monster.  Last night I mixed up 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup soy yogurt, 1/3 cup water, a heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin and cinnamon.  I set it in the fridge overnight, and then this morning hubby added in sliced almonds and some blueberries.  Yummo!  I always love having overnight oats!  I usually really enjoy them cold, straight out of the fridge, but it was so cold outside this morning that I decided to heat them up.  They kept me warm all the way to work!!

*good oats…bad, bad pic

Dinner tonight was our usual Tuesday night enchiladas, aka “our addiction.”  We LOVE this meal.  Jon and I honestly just cannot get enough of Mexican food, so obvs. we have to healthify it.  I like our version just as good or better as the restaurant version we used to get so often.  I feel a heck of a lot better after eating this one though!

* this pic is so bad I almost didn’t post it.  Don’t judge the ‘lada because of the sad iPhone pic.

1 Stacy’s whole wheat tortilla (more on these later)
2 slices of portabello mushroom
sauteed spinach
chopped onion
diced green chilis
nutritional yeast (protein)
green enchilada sauce

Wrap it all up and pop it in the over for about 10 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a gooey, smokin’ hot enchilada.  Add a big scoop of homemade, healthy guac and a small side of refrien beans – perfection.  If you love Mexican food, you would love this meal, promise.

Question for tonight: do you have levels of healthiness when you think about the food you eat?

Let me explain.  Even though all the food I eat is clean, I still put it in levels in my mind for some reason.  For instance, sauteed veggies over spaghetti squash would be about a 10 on the scale of healthiness, whereas my vegan enchilada meal is about a 5 or 6.  In reality, neither meal is “not clean” or unhealthy in any way, but I still put these “labels” on my food sometimes.  Does anybody else do this?  I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing, but it’s kind of curious.  Just wondered if I’m the only crazy person food labeler out there.

That’s it for now, friends.  I’ve got to get to bed – I’ve got a busy day ahead involving a english department meeting over lunch, meeting with my principal during my planning period and a workout + hair appointment after school.  Gotta decide whether to grow it out or keep it short.  Ahh, decisions decisions!!

Night!

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expect the unexpected

Hiya blog friends (haha – I love pretending someone is actually reading:)!  You will not believe what the hubs and I did today…or I guess I should say “did not do” today.  I haven’t known you guys very long – ha!- so this will be a little insight for you as to the kinds of things we McCoys often do.

We slept in until about 8:30 am, then headed to the gym shortly after.  I had piyo (pilates+yoga) this morning, and Jon had his usual cardio workout.  After our lovely time at the gym, we came home, showered, got ready, and jumped in the car to head to the city (about an hour away).  We had two tasks for the day – I had a baby shower of a college friend to attend, and we wanted to return a few things we received for Christmas.  So, there we were in the car, me all dressed up, when we realized that we didn’t grab the bag of “take back stuff” from the house.  Bah!  I was so mad at myself.  It’s just like us to do something like that.  Little did I know, things would only get worse.

Before Jon dropped me off at the shower, we had to run to Target to buy a gift.  We always end up buying gifts for showers on the day of, and that is seriously a habit I want to break!  So, we got the gift, jumped back in the car, running late of course, and headed to the shower.  As we approached my friends house, I started to get an uneasy feeling. Why, you ask?  Oh, maybe because there were NO cars there, and I was 10 minutes late!!  Oh, that’s right….the shower is actually 2 weeks from now!  No one is celebrating, playing baby name games or eating cake…and here we sit in the street…FAIL yet again.  So, basically, we drove 2 hours to accomplish 2 tasks, and we ended up accomplishing none!

So, let me introduce us again.  Hi, we’re the McCoys, and we thrive on doing really dumb things and wasting lots of time. At least we do it together though;)

Really, though.  It took me about 10 minutes to get over being mad at the world, then I decided to just get over myself and try to look at the bright side – at least I finally didn’t buy my shower gift on the day of the shower.  Win!

Okay, onto my eats.  Last night Jon and I were really craving mexican food.  A month ago we would have jumped in the car and sped to our nearest favorite mexican establishment (we have multiple), but that was the old us.  The new us decided to healthify a mexican feast on our own.  Here is our creation.

Hers: whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, chopped green chilis, chopped mushrooms, little bit of veggie shreds, onions, and green enchilada sauce.

His:  whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, shredded chicken, onions, chopped green chilis, low-fat mozzerella cheese and green enchilada sauce.

I also whipped up a batch of my favorite homemade guac – 2 organic avocados, chopped onions, garlic powder, ground red pepper, chopped toms, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.  We had it with these organic blue corn tortilla chips and some refried beans.

This meal was excellent – and it really hit the spot!  This is a perfect example of how you can  A. make healthy food taste awesome B. prepare clean versions of old favorites and C. make a vegetarian and meat eater happy with little hassle!

Fast forward to today – which was really wacky in terms of eating times.  After I got home from the gym, I threw together the most fabulous bowl of oats.  This included 1/3 cup oats, 3/4 cup water, one heaping spoonful of vanilla soy yogurt, splash of almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, about 1 tbsp almond butter and a sprinkle of clean organic granola.  These were some tasty oats, even though I didn’t eat them until about 10 o’clcok.

We decided that since we had a late breakfast, and the shower (uh huh)  was smack dab in the middle of the afternoon, that we would just throw in a larabar (cashew cookie – my fave) for a snack and then have “linner” around 4 when the shower was over.  Well, I had just finished off the last crumb of my larabar when we realized we were lone attendees to the non-existent shower, so we decided to wait about an hour and then go eat.  About 3 hours later at 4:30 (due to shopping) we landed at PF Changs.

This was only my third time to go to PF Changs, but I always love it!  The ambiance is so relaxing and it reminds me of our days in southeast Asia.  I have to praise my husband here for a moment because he went all vegetarian with me so we could share an appetizer and an entree.  Isn’t he sweet?  So, we settled on the tofu lettuce wraps for our appetizer (Ah-may-zing!)  and the “Buddha’s Feast” for our entree.  Both dishes completely outdid themselves!  And score one point for our waitress – she surprised us by bringing out their eggplant appetizer for us to try.  I’ve never had that happen before, have you?  It was so nice!

Buddha’s Feast consisted of stir fried tofu, broccoli, asparagus, carrots and snap peas in a vegetarian sauce with brown rice with 210 calories for half the dish (without the brown rice) and 15 grams of protein – I can live with that for a restaurant meal!  Apologies for the picture…all I had was my little point and shoot camera.

There may or may not have also been a stop through Orange Tree on our way home for some (dairy free) yogurt:)

All in all it was a great day!  I just love days off when I get to spend so much time with my favorite person and NOT work on school stuff.  Can’t beat it, really.  I hope you all had a lovely Saturday as well.  I’m off to bed pretty soon so we can wake up in time for our chuch’s early service.  Until tomorrow…

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