Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roasted Veggies with Bacon and Garlic

I hesitated about posting this recipe here, I mean, it's got bacon it in, which I know isn't the healthiest option.  But, in my flavor-loving defense, I used center-cut bacon and each serving calls for just one strip of bacon- unless you eat the whole pan in one sitting.  Which you might want to do.  After our initial serving at dinner on Monday, my husband actually brought the pan to the table and we finished it off straight from that bad boy!  It's that good.  

(serves 4)

brussel sprouts (about half a pound)
cauliflower (half a head)
small potatoes (6)
garlic (3 cloves)
center-cut bacon (4 slices)
olive oil (1 tblsp)
salt and pepper (to taste- I give it one small sprinkling, probably l/2 tsp)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  The veggies cook for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.  You cook the bacon and garlic on the stove under low-medium heat.  Then, combine.  Details below. 

Wash and pat dry your produce.  

Then chop the veggies into small, similar-sized pieces.  I halve the brussel sprouts, cut the potatoes into 6 pieces, and the cauliflower into about 1 1/2 inch chunks. 

Place the food onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.  

Cook for about 15 minutes, then take it out and flip the veggies.  Cook for another 15 minutes.  The veggies are done when they are fork tender.  Don't overcook or they will burn or get soggy. 

When the veggies are almost done cooking, dice 4 slices of bacon into small pieces and mince the garlic.  Over low to medium heat, cook the bacon and, when the bacon is almost done, add in the garlic.  Garlic burns easily, so you don't need to cook it for more than a minute or two.  

Using a slotted spoon, put the bacon and garlic mixture onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil.  

When the veggies are done, remove the baking sheet from the oven and mix in the bacon and garlic.  Now it's ready to eat! 

Oh yeah, this is good!  I'm already planning on making this side dish for Thanksgiving!  I know my family will love it!

The roasted vegetables on their own are very good- so leave the bacon off if you want to save calories and fat.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


So, I've been working out again (on my own- no trainer), but I learned so much while working out with him and have continued to do the type of workouts we did.  Our workouts consisted of "active rests" which sounds like a contradiction, because you really aren't "resting" at all between exercises, unless it's just to catch your breath.  So, if I'm doing squats, in between sets, I might do 30 jumping jacks, jump squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.  Or, I just move quickly between exercises.  

I tracked my workouts on my iPhone in the Notes app so I could share them with you.  I didn't always write down the "rest" exercise I did, or I was just going from one exercise to the next with little rest. You can add in anything that keeps your heart rate up- a lap around the gym, step-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, etc.

I start my workout with 30 minutes of medium-hard cardio (typically the treadmill at intervals of  incline at 15-18 and speed 2.5-3.0) or the stair master (set at intervals of 60-80).  (Once a week, I'm running with a group of moms around our local park, 3 miles, and I don't do weights that day.) 

Then, I do as much weight workout as I can fit into 30-45 minutes, depending on my schedule.  Below is what my workouts looked like last week. I'm doing glute kickbacks several times a week to work on building my booty. 

Squats- 65 lb x 15 reps (4 sets)
Walking lunges- 15 lb kettleballs each x 50 steps (each leg counts as one step) (2 sets)
     Push-ups- 15 (2 sets) 
Hip Adduction- 50 lbs x 20 reps (4 sets)
Hip Abduction- 50 lbs x 20 reps (4 sets)
     Go back and forth from adduction to abduction machine 
Seated leg curls- 45 lbs x 15 reps (4 sets)
Glute kickback- 70 lbs x 20 reps (3 sets) 
*1:15 minutes w/ cardio

Shoulder press- 10 lb each x 20 reps (4 sets)
Lateral raise- 7.5 lb each x 10 reps (4 sets)
Punches- 7.5 lb each x 10 (4 sets) *my favorite
Rear delt fly- 30 lb total x 12 (3 sets)
Glute kickback- 70 lbs x 15 reps (3 sets) 
*1:15 minutes w/ cardio

Curls- 10 lb each x 15 (4 sets)
Punches- 7.5 lb each x 15 (4 sets)
Dips (on floor bench)- body weight x 15 (4 sets)
21s- 20 lb barbell x (3 sets)
Dips (on machine)- 52 lb assist x 15 (4 sets)
Curtsies - 15 each leg 
*1:05 minutes w/ cardio

Pull-ups- 60 lb (assist) x 12 (4 sets)
Seated rows- 45 lb x 15 (3 sets)
Lat pulldown- 50 lb x 15 (4)
Glute kickback- 70 lbs x 15 reps (3 sets) 
*1:10 minutes w/ 36 min cardio (I went over)

It feels great to get back to working out!  There's a mom at my son's school who's become a good friend of mine and we encourage each other everyday with our workouts and eating.  We text each other after our workouts and it really helps to have that person to help keep you accountable.  Do you agree? 

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