Hello friends, and Happy New Year! I had ever intention of getting a post up earlier this week, but decided to enjoy my last two days of break relaxing on the couch, catching up on Bravo and creating Pinterest Inspiration Boards to finally finish our Master Bedroom and my Home Office. Rather than making resolutions this year, I have decided to write down small goals for each month and reflect back on them at the end of each month. Many of this months goals are career and blog related but also wanting to clean up my diet a bit from a few holiday indulgences.
Holiday Break Eats
Speaking of holiday indulgences, I thought I would link up with Jenn from http://www.peasandcrayons.com, Laura, and Armin for What I Ate Wednesday to share some of my delicious and not always healthy eats from the second part of Holiday break. You can read all the highlights from the first few days of Vacation HERE in Part 1. While being home I tried to keep my meals balanced. I still had my normal Shakeology smoothie for breakfast and typically either some Power Oatmeal or Veggies and Chicken for lunch. But I also took advantage of having some extra time in the kitchen to cook and bake.
Our first night back after traveling for Christmas we just warmed up some of the leftovers my mom sent home with us, thank you mom, they were a lifesaver that night. After unpacking, laundry, and a late night trip to the store I had no desire to cook.
Healthy Vacation Eats
Once life seemed back to normal I was able to roast some chicken and veggies during the day for lunches. I also washed, then massaged some kale with lemon and olive oil. I was so confused on the whole ‘massage’ thing at first, totally get it now. Makes the kale have a completely different texture! Also not feeling the traditional apple slices I had a halo orange to satisfy my mid afternoon sweet tooth.
Wednesday night we went up to the high school to watch a boys and girls bball tournament, we got home pretty late, but I was able to quickly whip up these Chicken Spinach and Feta Meatballs with zucchini noodles. This was such a delicious recipe, I will definitely be making them again. Luckily I made a double batch so we are having the leftovers from the freezer this week.
Pizza is Life
Another dinner highlight was Friday we decided to have a homemade pizza night. We bought store bought dough for convenience and then chopped up green pepper, onion, and mushrooms and cooked some Italian sausage. We made one deep dish in a skillet and one pizza on the stone with the same toppings. I couldn’t decide which I enjoyed more. But the crust on the deep dish is amazing. We put the toppings in the skillet in the opposite order, meat & veggies, cheese, sauce. Definitely give this a try if you haven’t already.
New Years Eve
For New Years Eve we had a few friends over to watch the football games. Tom was hoping for an Alabama win and me Ohio State, at least one of us got our New Years wish.
For Game Day food Tom used his New Masterbuilt Smoker he got for Christmas to make chicken and ribs.
While I prepped all the appetizers and sides. Charcuteri board, chips and salsa, Loaded Potato Skins, Mexican Sweet Potato Skins, Kielbasa and kraut, Cheesy Artichoke Dip with pita chips, and veggies all perfectly accompanied the delicious smoked meat.
Oh and how about homemade Chocolate Pudding Pie for dessert.
Needless to say we had leftovers for days.
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What recipe have you been wanting to try lately?
Did you make any New Year Resolutions or Goals?
Deep dish or regular pizza?