I continue to play catch up with my blog. Since we got back from vacation, we have been going nonstop. We flew back late Sunday evening and went straight to work on Monday, so dinners last week were quick and easy recipes (which eventually turned into take out by Thursday night). I posted my “in a hurry” taco salad from last Monday, but I also wanted to share one of the other diverse meals that I made during the week (again taking less than 20 minutes to put together).
My husband and I are big fans of Thai food (very spicy); however, if you aren’t careful Thai food can be very unhealthy for you. With just a few tweaks, I turned this recipe into a hearty, healthy meal. To save time, I bought two bags of premade stir-fry vegetables. In one of these bags, you typically get a decent portion of snap peas, broccoli, broccoli slaw and carrots. Regardless of how big the bag looks when it is in the refrigerator, the vegetables shrink as they cook. Two bags works in a large sauce pan. I also picked up the following ingredients:
- A bottle of Sweet Chili Sauce
- A bottle of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- Approximately 1-1.5 pounds of chicken
- 1 package of Ready-To-Serve brown Rice (2 bowls)
To make this easy recipe, follow these steps:
- Heat large saucepan on medium-high heat.
- Add 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce and chicken. Brown chicken until it is cooked entirely through.
- Add both bags of vegetables.
- Add 2 tbsps low sodium soy sauce.
- Add 2 tbsps sweet chili sauce.
- Stir mixture, cover, and let cook for 10-15 minutes (or until vegetables are tender).
At this point I typically do a taste test to see if I need a little more soy sauce or chili sauce. Remember, if you are cooking for others who like their food more or less spicy, you can opt to add additional seasoning to their bowl upon serving. Sometimes, we will also throw some Sriracha sauce on top! How green and delicious does this meal look?
I was certainly motivated to get my eating back on track last week. I was also motivated to get my workout routine back. Y’all, being sick added onto a ten day trip out of town, meant that I was off my routine for almost three weeks! Torture. If you follow my blog regularly, you know that FiA (Females in Action) and Flywheel are two of my key regular workouts. I was back at both last week.
Wednesday I squeezed in a forty-five minute Tabata workout at the Metropolitan FiA bootcamp. Let me just say, I went to my first FiA workout only a few months ago, and I can tell that I have already made some lifelong friends. Over the course of me being out, I truly missed this group (and they missed me). I want to thank all of the amazing FiA athletes that not only noticed that I was missing, but took the time to reach out to make sure that I was okay. I am happy to be back with the group.
If you are unfamiliar with what a “tabata” workout is, let me give you an idea. Two words – high intensity. Pick any exercise. Over 4 minutes, go as hard as you can for 20 seconds, then rest 10 seconds. Do that 8 times. After a quick warm up, we started our tabata workout, completing 4 sets of exercises over 4 minute periods each:
- Box Jumps
- Alternate mountain climbers with frog jumps
- Run back and forth across the field
- Alternate plank jacks and burpees
We followed this up with abs and hip exercises. Planning a tabata workout is not easy. The “Q” (person who leads) did a great job engaging the transitions through music. I have to admit that I was tired after this workout. It is funny how much harder you work when you are pushed by other people. I ordered some FiA apparel a few weeks ago that finally arrived! As soon as I get it, I look forward to sharing some pictures!
Finally, I want to finish this post (and wrap up about last week) by saying how great it felt to be back on the bike. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous. Maybe not nervous, but I had the butterflies being back the first day. I really struggled over the time that I was out accepting that fact that I truly needed to take some time off from the job that I felt so passionate about. I never realized how much I enjoyed teaching until I was forced to take a break. With that said, the support from the riders at Flywheel has also been tremendous. Thank you for showing up to support me all weekend long! We have a lot of good times to look forward to.