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Happy Friday!

I had a really great week that was full of teaching and training. I onboarded a new PT client that I’m really excited about working with. I only take on new a client every six months or so and I always make sure that their goals/motivation/current life stage matches up with what I’m passionate about empowering women around.

My Friday was a little heavy. I attended one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching funerals I have ever been to (in support of a friend who lost her mother). My friend’s mother and her husband were married for 52 years. My heart broke wide open to hear her father speak about that today. It was kind of the perfect thing to hear before Valentine’s Day. They truly loved each other through all of life’s light and dark.

I wrapped up my day at the YMCA for BSS (Basic Safety Skills) recertification for everything from CPR to first aid to oxygen and AED. The Y requires annual recertification and it is painful. I had to spend 3.5 hours doing the same online course I do every year and 3 hours in person. It’s tedious but it’s important to know these skills in the industry I work in.

Okay, let’s lighten it up. Here’s what I’ve been eating this week.


Breakfast has been all about the smoothies because Trader Joe’s had my favorite frozen figs back in stock.


More smoothie! Blueberries, banana, figs, strawberries, cinnamon, plain greek yogurt, dates, almond milk and almond butter.


Salad with spinach, homemade spiced pecans, deli maple turkey, avocado, dried cranberries, feta and strawberries. Homemade honey mustard to top it off.


Tuna melt and fruit. I made the tuna with light mayo, plain greek yogurt, dried cranberries and pecans. I added avocado and havarti to put it over the top.


Salad with a turkey wrap. (OMG…I am so posting that wrap tutorial I owe you all SOON!)


More salad. I just really love salad for lunch.


I cooked dinner every night this week! This is citrus baked chicken with sweet potatoes and green beans.


It was my first time trying this chicken recipe and it was good. It makes such a huge difference when you cook chicken bone-in, skin on.


Top sirloin cooked in a cast iron skillet, shredded brussels with pancetta and stuffed potatoes.



Chicken with marsala mushrooms, roasted purple cauliflower and green beans.


Salmon, stuffed sweet potatoes and veggies.


And finally, coconut green curry.


Loosely based on this recipe.

What was the best thing you cooked this week? 

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  • Liv @ Healthy Liv February 14, 2015, 12:09 am

    The best thing I made (last weekend) was a big tray of olive oil and balsamic roasted veggies with sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, brussels sprouts, and cannellini beans.
    I’d never cooked with parsnips, rutabaga, OR brussels sprouts before, but I LOVED how it turned out! Roasting really does bring out something special in veggies! 🙂

    And yes, can’t wait to see how you do your wraps!

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:08 pm

      that sounds amazing! i love roasted veggies. parsnips and brussels are standards for me but i’ve neer tried rutabaga. thanks for the inspiration!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 14, 2015, 6:23 am

    I made my own baked beans this week which came amazing. I don’t even totally love or crave baked beans but somehow I ended up making them and they were delicious…I needed to get the shredded Brussels spouts from TJ. I buy easily 2 or 3 bags of their regular Brussels sprouts a week and roast them every day (obsessed) but it would be nice to mix it up a bit.

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:09 pm

      i never make baked beans either but my dad makes the BEST homemade baked beans. i always forget about them!

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life February 14, 2015, 9:10 am

    The best thing I made this week was Dijon and lemon salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower with turmeric. Still learning my way around the kitchen 🙂 I have a wrap for lunch multiple times a week so I’m curious to see how you make yours.

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:10 pm

      you’re speaking my language…that sounds amazing!

  • kristin | W [ H ] A T C H February 14, 2015, 11:51 am

    yum, I love green curry!

  • Tracy February 14, 2015, 12:48 pm

    When you make a large pan of chicken like the citrus recipe, do you freeze the leftovers? It looks like you only ate it once. Will you share a link to the recipe? Thanks!

  • She Rocks Fitness February 14, 2015, 2:43 pm

    YUMMY! I am about to start doing some meal prep for the week ahead, since I am chilling at home tonight. Throwing some goodies in the slow cooker; maybe some steel cut oats; and who knows what else! 🙂 That chicken looks divine and I am all about cooking stuff with the bone in…so much more flavor!

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:11 pm

      i’ve got to try the slow cooker steel cut oats! and yes…bone in makes an enormous difference in flavor!

  • Kristen February 14, 2015, 3:14 pm

    That salad looks great! Yum
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  • Jojo @ Run Fast Eat Lots February 14, 2015, 3:53 pm

    I made an eggplant “lasagna” with tofu ricotta. It lasted me most of the week, which was great because I didn’t have to cook

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:12 pm

      that sounds amazing!

  • Katie @ Live Half Full February 14, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I made buffalo chicken sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions this week. It was a delicious weeknight meal and was delicious for lunch!

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:12 pm

      yum! i love that idea! i never do sandwiches for night meals but i love them…i always think of them as lunch.

  • Allie February 14, 2015, 8:45 pm

    The best thing I made this week was this in the slow cooker:
    So simple and comforting in this horrible New England weather we are having! I’m not a whiz in the kitchen like you – I try to keep it as simple as possible. Anything that involves throwing ingredients in the crockpot and walking away is a winner in my book.
    I’ve never had purple cauliflower! Does it taste different than the regular stuff? Also what is in that stuffed sweet potato? It looks delish!

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:14 pm

      thank you so much for sharing that link! i’m so sorry for the weather you’re having. it looks terrible.

      purple cauliflower tastes exactly like regular cauliflower. and the stuffed sweet potato had cream cheese and pecans in it and maybe some brown sugar or maple syrup? i’m not sure. i didn’t make this dinner!

  • Tar February 15, 2015, 9:00 pm

    Hmmmm I made stuffed peppers and sweet pot fries and that was pretty good but I made truffles for Val day so those win for best thing all week !

    • Jen February 15, 2015, 9:14 pm

      love stuffed peppers! and homemade truffles sound divine!

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