Beef Enchilada Instant Pot Meatballs

The only thing traditional about my meatballs and sauce is the meat – it’s beef.  While Italian spices are nice, southwestern spices like cumin are ground chipotle pepper are twice as nice. And, rather than slaving away all day in the kitchen with a slow-simmer, I’ve cut the cook time into a tiny fraction of old-school recipes thanks to the Instant Pot.  Check out my recipe for Beef Enchilada Instant Pot Meatballs because, yee-haw, it’s what’s for dinner in 30 minutes.Beef Enchilada Instant Pot Meatballs

 

You know you need this easy Instant Pot dinner recipe in your life, read on!  Continue reading

Farmhouse Winter Veggie Beef Instant Pot Soup

 Boost nutrition while warming up from the inside out with my Farmhouse Winter Veggie Beef Instant Pot Soup – all in under 30 minutes! In the winter months, I absolutely love coming home from a long run or day’s work to a comforting, soul-soothing pot of soup, stew or chili. However, so many of my old family recipes take hours upon hours to complete — ain’t nobody got time for a slow-simmer these days! Farmhouse Winter Veggie Beef Instant Pot Soup

Farmhouse Winter Veggie Beef Instant Pot Soup uses the Instant Pot to cook quickly under pressure and replicate the deep, rich flavor of those traditional all-day dishes our grandmothers, mothers and other matriarchs so lovingly made. Read on to get all the details and full recipe: Continue reading

Baked Balsamic Beet Purple Sweet Potato Chips

When that craving for salt & vinegar chips strikes, make your own – they so much better for you than store bought! My Baked Balsamic Beet Sweet Potato Chips turn crunchy in the oven, rather than being fried in hot oil -that’s just some clean eating common sense.

Baked Balsamic Beet and Purple Sweet Potato Chips

My baked chips also avoid the super-processed way vinegar and salt are added to packaged chips (basically a vinegar powder is made and bound to a starch like maltodextrin and then coated on the finished chip). Instead, after slicing or spiralizing the roots and tubers very thinly, the “chips to be” are just tossed with a bit of quality balsamic, good EVOO and coarse sea salt. Read on the get the recipe and all the deets. Continue reading

Run Zooma Texas Half Marathon (or Relay, 10k, 5k) + Giveaway

On my unscientific, completely subjective yet always spot-on scale of race rating, ZOOMA Women’s Race Series ranks really, really high – a 10+! ZOOMA love isn’t mine alone – even Shape Magazine names it one of The Top 10 Women’s Races!  While ZOOMA puts on women-centric running events all around the country, but I must say to run ZOOMA Texas race (happening March 10, 2018 just outside of Austin) is near and dear to my heart. Mild Central Texas spring weather, gorgeous countryside (think pecan groves, bluebells and views of the Colorado river), and loads of Lone Star State hospitality fuel some of the fondness.Run Zooma Texas & Knix Wear Giveaway

After ZOOMA Texas being on hiatus for a couple years, it’s ZOOMA Texas is BACK ON at the Lost Pines Hyatt Resort and BETTER THAN EVER. To celebrate, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for a free race registration to any distance race (Half, Half Relay, 10k or 5k) in ZOOMA Texas on March 10th AND some (literally) supportive swag from a sponsor – winner’s choice of bra and undies from Knix Wear. Read on to get more deets. Continue reading

Fruit & Veggies are Super Foods with Powerful Juice + Juicer Giveaway

This post and giveaway sponsored by Hamilton Beach. However, all opinions, ideas, recipes and enthusiasm remain my own.

So, it was National Drink Fresh Squeezed Juice Day yesterday and I missed it. But, really ANY day is a great day to add a small glass or shooter of fresh fruit or veggie juice to your diet. Especially this time of year, flu and cold season, when the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in certain juices, alone or in drink recipes, can help boost your immunity and overall well-being. And, oh YAY, I have a juicer giveaway for you.Jars of Fresh Juice -- Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor Giveaway

Read on to get recipes (including Hot Grapefruit Ginger Green Tea) and learn about the Premium Big Mouth®  2-speed Juice Extractor from Hamilton Beach. I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for one of these bad boys.  Continue reading

Sweet Potato Grits | My Farmhouse Delivery

This post is sponsored by Farmhouse Delivery, I received products/services in return for my editorial consideration. 

There are a few no-fail ways to win my heart. Keep me company on a long run without complaining, agree that I need another pair of cowboy boots for my collection, or send me a massive box of locally-sourced, organic fruits, veggies and other fine foods so that I can save time creating healthy, nourishing meals to fuel my active lifestyle.Farmhouse Delivery

So, let’s chat about the latter, being “gifted” with local Texas produce and other home state food supplies and sundries from Farmhouse Delivery. Farmhouse Delivery partners with local farmers and ranchers to deliver the cleanest, highest-quality, sustainably produced food to my front door – and yours! Farmhouse Delivery helped me mastermind some beautiful, body-boosting meals to feed my family this week. Read on to learn about my experience with this delivery service and get my recipe for Sweet Potato Grits and meal inspiration. Continue reading

A Dozen Days of Soup for Everyone!

January is National Soup Month and, of course, I’ve been celebrating my favorite course (either as a meal starter or main dish) with in all the ways that I see fit! And that means, ladling up lots of wholesome, hearty and holistically nourishing goodness into bowls, mugs and thermoses. I love ALL the soup and I have A Dozen Days of Soup for for Everyone! You get soup, and you, and YOU get soup (Oprah style).A Dozen Days of Soup - including all sorts of dietary options including paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian and more.

As I rifled through my soup recipes (there are so many more than I’m sharing today, just search “soup” in the upper right bar), I noticed themes – meal prep suitable, medicinal spices like turmeric and ginger, gluten-free noodle and grain options like rice vermicelli or quinoa, and unique interpretations on traditional favorites. Some of the soups are vegan, some are loaded with meat – just like I love ALL the soups, I love ALL the foods. Read on to get the recipes for a dozen days of soup! Continue reading

How To Achieve Long Term Health & Fitness Goals

 
 

Achieving short term health and fitness goals, like finishing your first 5k or getting down to your goal weight, can provide significant sense of accomplishment . . . and I’m not here to knock that high. However, the feel-good can be just as fleeting as the achievement, especially if you’re not committed to long term health and fitness goals. Those changes that brought you across the proverbial finish line today need to be part of your day-in, day-out life . . . forever. How to Achieve Long Term Health and Fitness Goals

I’m sure you’ve seen a barrage of statistics about failure when it comes to achieving long term health and fitness goals. How quickly weight is gained back, how soon after joining people stop going to the gym, how many New Year’s Resolutions are broken before February — some say as many as 80%! Read on to find out how to your turn your main focus from immediate changes driven by guilt or obligation into a lifetime of health and fitness fueled by lasting behavioral changes and an acceptance of the peaks and valleys in the journey.  Eating well (and enough protein) is part of the process and I also talk about a protein snack that fuels my hustle. Don’t miss it! Continue reading