Pork Tacos

Looking for something light and refreshing that is also quick to make. Try this delicious Pork Taco recipe from Cook Yourself Thin a show on the foodnetwork.ca that I absolutely love, and even bought the recipe books.

20130823_195014.jpg

Ingredients

 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
cooking spray
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
8 corn tortillas
4 tbsp salsa
4 tbsp greek plain yogurt

Directions

1. Combine the pork, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss in the pork
2. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat add the pork and brown for approximately 5 minutes then transfer to a bowl
3. In the same skillet saute onion and peppers until tender then add pork and its juices
4.  Put salsa and greek yogurt on the tortilla and top with pork and vegetables

Salsa

Who does not love salsa? I could eat it on anything chips, eggs, chicken, the list could go on. Here is a new recipe I tried out. It was so easy and delicious I honestly do not think that I will go back to store bought. Try it out!

20130905_143035.jpg

Ingredients

1- 23 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
1/3 cup diced red onion
2 jalapenos, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, washed {about 1 cup}
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt {or more to taste}
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions

1. Chop up the garlic, onion, jalapenos and cilantro

2. Toss in your blender, magic bullet or food processor and pulse for 2-3 times or until desired thickness.

3. Chill in fridge for about 10 minutes

If you want to try a delicious homemade chip recipe try this baked lime tortilla chip recipe and the original salsa
recipe over at Lauren’s Latest blog.

Another Door Will Open

Tuesday was  a challenge for me. It was the first time in 19 years that I did not start school.
The first time in my life that I wasn’t going back to school shopping  – even though I did pick up a few supplies because who can resist cute pens and highlighters? this girl can’t!

Anyways, Tuesday may not have been a first day of school for me, but it certainly was a first day.
Tuesday while in the lab I felt confident that I could do things that I put my mind to it. A new friend, and I hope your reading this and would consider me a friend to, texted me in the morning to wish me good luck. And honestly it made my day. This new friend and new opportunity would not have happened without one door closing and another opening.

Make time to reflect on your doors this week. Keep positive friends!! Things do happen for a reason and remember

20130901_180212.jpg

Keep smiling because you are quite lovely.

ps. I thought this picture was super cute – and totally me.
Two things that always make me smile. What makes you smile and brightens up your day?

20130903_124131.jpg

Motivation Monday

Things have been a bit crazy – but when aren’t they right? Anyways today’s Motivation Monday is all about finding your fit. Sometimes we try and try for things but we can’t reach them – like our toes in yoga, or we don’t get accepted to a program. However that old saying “practice makes perfect” is true. We need to keep pushing ourselves to achieve greatness and we will! Our bodies behaves differently each day and our minds may feel different about a situation each day. Regardless we need to honour or bodies and continue on our journey.

Recnently I was lucky enough to experience what’s called “tapas” in yoga. It is a deep meditation where you can put in effort to achieve self-realization and mental relaxation. Honestly it was such cool experience to be able to turn off my brain for a bit. The next time I practiced yoga I was able to achieve the crow pose-something I’ve never been able to do. The crow pose looks like this.

Anways the moral of the story is. We are always going to be faced with bumps in the road. When we get there take a deep breath and continue on your journey to success.

Wednesday Warrior

Todays Wednesday Warrior is all abput mixing it up and challenging yourself.  When’s the last time you tried a new routine or class at the gym? Probably a while if your like me. Yesterday I steppwd out of my element and tried the TRX training at goodlife fitness. Honestly, at the start it was intimidating but I really liked it. And plus om really sore today. Next time your at the gym pick a new class and break your regular routine.  This is great for your muscles as it gets them thinking in a new way and can help to break your plateau.
Want to check out what TRX is? Click the link for a short video.

Have a good day everyone!

Asian Inspired Quinoa

This quinoa dish is absolutely delicious! If you like quinoa and asian flavours, this is a treat for you. It is light, filling and tastes AMAZING – and yes it warrants capitals. I could eat this every day it’s so good. I wish I could take credit for the recipe however the original recipe is from Marilyn Smith’s cookbook The Vegetarian’s Complete Guide to Quinoa. Here is my version of the recipe – since twisting things up is my favourite.

asian quinoa

Ingredients

1/2 each orange and yellow peppers chiopped
1 head of broccoli
1/4 cup choppd green onions
1 package medium-firm tofu
1/2 white onion chopped
2 tsp garlic chopped
2 tsp ginger chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup quinoa
2 cup water
4 tbsp Hoisin sauce
2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

Directions

1. In a pot boil 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa on medium high
2. While the quinoa is cooking, sautee up oil, garlic, ginger and onions on medium
3. Once onions are translucent (apx 3 minutes of cooking) add in broccoli and onions
4. Once quinoa is finished add in tofu and let quinoa sit
5. After 2 minutes add in quinoa
6. Pour dressing overtop of mixture and stir together
7. Plate up and enjoy withe green onions on top