Yaay! I have officially entered the blog world. I would love your feedback from day to day as I start to gear up my discussions. I thought Sunday would be a perfect day for me to start since at our house that is the day that we typically start the preparation for a busy week.
I describe a typical Sunday in our house in one word – productive. I’m up by 5:30AM listening to the music for my 7:30 flywheel class. My daughter is up by 6:00 ready to eat, and my husband is showered and ready to go just in time for me to walk out the door to teach. Today was no exception. Riders this morning were amazing. So hard to get up early on a Sunday. Especially after the big two year birthday party at Flywheel Charlotte the day before.
In case you missed it, the studio did their first ever quad ride. Not the muscle. I’m talking four instructors (Matt, Adam, Denise, and I).
Picture this: mega prize giveaways, whoops, a chant starting on the left side “fly”, on the right side “wheel”. That happened! Not a class to miss. I have never seen a group of riders work so hard. We steamed up the room and ended the birthday celebration on a tremendous note.
With all of that said, I was super excited to teach this morning. Following the ride, we hit up Sunday brunch at a new place, Another Broken Egg Cafe (off Sharon). We love a big Sunday breakfast. I had the Skinny Omelette, no goat cheese, with a side of turkey sausage. See below. A great protein packed meal! I will caution this is an expensive breakfast compared to what we are used to. You can find healthy brunch options in Charlotte without spending this much money.
To gear up on food for the week and avoid the Sunday afternoon rush, our next stop was the grocery store. I can’t tell you how much the grocery store entertains my daughter. I love to take her out of her car seat, point out things to her, let her touch things, and even tell her about foods. I probably look crazy. Anyways, it is supposed to get cold again in Charlotte this week, so we opted to do a crock pot today that should last us a few days. You will notice a key focus here is saving time. We do leftovers.
Crockpots are perfect because they take little preparation and practically no hands on time. You can also make things up as you go depending on what you have in your pantry. Today, we opted for a chicken bean combo with a TON of veggies. See image below of what the combo looked like when we turned the crock pot on.
So, here is how we got there. Add to the crockpot (in no specific oder):
– 1 16 oz package frozen corn
-1 16 oz package frozen peas
-several peeled and chopped carrots
-several pieces of sliced celery
-2 16 oz cans of black beans (rinse before adding)
-1 16 oz can of light red kidney beans (rinse before adding)
-2 14.5 oz cans of unsalted diced tomatoes
-1 chopped onion
-2 chopped jalapenos
-2 sliced green peppers
-1.5 pounds of diced chicken (almost cook completely over medium high heat prior to adding)
Oh, and don’t forget seasonings. We don’t skimp here. When we travel, we have grown accustomed to picking up spices from other places. Today we added seasonings from Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA.
I told you we don’t skimp. Season well to get the biggest bang out of this dish. Mix all ingredients well. Turn the crock pot on low for 8 hours and you have a meal for several days!
I have to tell you it is also CHEAP. My receipt, which included milk and bagels for the week was $46.25!!! Can’t beat that. Try it, even alter it. Let me know what you think!!