I’m Getting Married in 5 Days!

10 Dec

Bethenny’s Vegan Taco Recipe

4 Oct

According to Skinny Girl Bethenny, its National Taco Day!

Here is her recipe:


  • 1 pound ground meatless crumbles (I use Yves)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 whole wheat crunchy taco shells

Taco Topping Options:

  • Salsa verde
  • Guacamole
  • ¼ heart of romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 cup vegan shredded “cheese”
  • Chopped tomato


  1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and put over medium heat.  Place meatless crumbles in pan.  Add all the other ingredients, sauté to warm and combine flavors. Stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the meat is browned.  Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bake the tortilla shells according to the instructions on the package (generally about 15 minutes)
  3. To serve, put the meat, tortillas and toppings on the table and pass the plates.  Everyone can enjoy assembling his or her own taco.

Sounds good to me!

Toned Town

3 Oct

So apparently they don’t make CrossFit for poor people. I went to the closest CrossFit gym the day I wrote the post about it. I talked to the guy there and I was so excited to start! Then the dude tells me I have to take a “Fundamentals” class… for $150. And then I’d have to pay for the month of CrossFit after that- another $150. Um no thank you, my gym (which is awesome) costs $30/month. So, it’s back to BodyRock for me! BodyRock has a new girl doing the workout videos. She’s pretty aggravating- she half asses all the work outs and she’s not into them, she grinds my gears. BUT the work outs are still good, she’s just not my fave.

This month I am doing 12 minute BodyRocks then weights after. Monday I did this BodyRock (I changed it up just a little) and legs- squats, leg press, leg extensions, lying leg curls, something else (I can’t remember the name- I’ll come back and put it later)

Workout Breakdown

One of my friends asked me to explain the moves- so here’s my attempt of doing that!

Set your interval timer to 12 minutes. 50 Seconds Work / 10 Second Rest minute rest in between rounds.

1. Butterfly Elbow to Knees  (like jumping jacks but bring your elbows and knees together)

2. Spidermans (like mountain climbers but open your hips and put your feet more to the side as opposed to straight back)

3. Knee To Opposite Elbow Up and Down Planks

4. Ball abs (in plank position, place feet on Bosu ball, pull ball in to meet your hands, so your butt goes straight into the air)

5. Walking Pushups (do 2 push ups moving right, then 2 moving left)

6. 10 Switch Lunges 10 Squat Jumps using the weight

7. Star Abs (lay like a star with weights in both hands, bring hand up to meet opposite foot)

8.  Ball abs and push up

9. Toe Touch Abs

10. 5 Squats with weight 2 Hops Knee To Elbow

11. Plank Jump Over

12. 10 Pogo’s 5 Per Leg (stand on 1 leg, bend and touch ground and jump up)

Then do a million decline abs and leg raises!

Hello Blog, Remember me?

3 Oct

OMG I can’t believe it has been SO long since my last post! I’m the worst blogger ever! I’ve had so much going on lately. Work was really busy for a while, my sister came and visited me in Virginia, we had a wedding shower in Louisiana. I finally have a few minutes today to write… for fun! I have ZERO recipes to share at the moment. But I do plan on making pumpkin soup next week! And potato soup for Corey soon… Neither of which will be vegan… Maybe I’ll discover a vegan option… Maybe not.

So, for this post I just want to share a few things from the last month that I have been MIA. I’ll post a great work out after!

Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana









(That’s my future brother-in-law on their street in Mandeville, LA)

I went to my first pro-baseball game! Yankees vs. Orioles. The Yankees have been my favorite baseball team since forever!

















My sister came to Virginia!






















We had to break in to our new house through the balcony door!

Our friends threw us an amazing Wedding Shower!




















The current book I’m reading! It’s really good!

To CrossFit or not to CrossFit?

23 Aug

THAT is the question of the day!

So, it has been a long time since I’ve written- I’ve been crazy busy at work and I haven’t had much time to try out new recipes because… we bought a house!! And all my money is now going to cute, fun house things-instead of food! Like the shower curtain I bought before I measured the actual shower… The shower curtain is 10 inches too short. Boo. It’s so cute. I bet I can find a way to make it work…

Annnyway back to the question of the day! It’s about that time where I’m getting (bored? I think that’s the wrong word) restless (that’s better) with my current work out routine. I switched it up a couple of weeks ago- Instead of doing a bodyrock every day, I did mainly weight lifting for 2 weeks. And for the next two weeks, I was going to go back to bodyrock. Then go back to weight lifting. That sounds great and all but I want to try something else. And I think that something else is CrossFit.

Oh yea get it CrossFitters! Get strong in your CrossFit bikinis!

I’ve done some research and while CrossFit seems like a total cult to me… I’m actually kind of into that. I love work out freak friends! Oh yea… I’ve just read some more. Total cult. Oh well I’m willing to be brain washed to look good! I’ll do whatever it takes! I’ll do my WODs and AMRAPs and EMOMs!!  Take my eyes but not my abs! Haha just kidding. But not really.

See, this- not normal

Sooooo… I’m going to look into finding a CrossFit gym this weekend! Maybe ONE day I’ll achieve my life long goal of doing 20 perfect pull ups!!!!!


A FEAST for your Eyes

7 Aug

Your hot bod = a hot boyfriend with a hot bod


Oh yea Baby! That good lookin, muscle bound, hunk of deliciousness is alll mine!

Black Bean Cookies!

2 Aug

DON’T knock this recipe till you try it… Andrea!! These really are amazing! They are basically the same concept as the chickpea cookie dough!

I got a craving for cookies the other day while I was writing an article about childhood obesity… not weird. My friend, Whitney, told me about this blog and I discovered this recipe among many other delish sounding recipes! It might sound weird but I’m telling you- even the dough is good!

I didn’t have a few of the ingredients he had like the coconut palm sugar or the rose hip powder. In place of those, I used truvia and cinnamon- I think I used way too much cinnamon and a little too much cocoa. Next time, I’ll add 3 tablespoons of cocoa and add and taste and add and taste till it seems right. I’ll do the same with the cinnamon- probably add a table spoon- add, taste, add, taste. You get it.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) cooked black beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (we used almond)
  • 2 tbsp oat milk (or any plant milk)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut palm sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp rose hip powder (can be substituted with some rice flour and cinnamon)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Rinse the beans thoroughly in cold water. Drain them, save 20 beans for decoration and add the rest to a food processor together with oil, nut butter and milk. Blend until smooth. Sift together sugar, cocoa powder, rose hip powder, baking powder and salt and add to the bean mixture. Run it again until all is combined. The batter should be similar to a thick mousse. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon 9-12 evenly distributed dollops of batter on it. Use a spoon or a finger to form the cookies into round shapes, 3-4 inches/7-10 cm wide. Bake for around 20 minutes (they should still be a little soft when you remove them from the oven). Set a side a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

I think this recipe is awesome. My dear friend, Andrea, saw a picture of these delicious cookies and oh so rudely called them, “discust”. She is dumb. They are yum.

Just kidding I love you Anj! Your new website for elle looks GREAT! Send me some clothes!