I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is re-create dishes from restaurants. For example, the minestrone soup from Olive Garden, or Outback’s Alice Springs Chicken. I like trying to figure out the ingredients that they use while I’m eating different dishes. Tonight I thought I would make Chipotle’s Burrito bowl (for Craig) & the Chipotle Salad (for me). I found the recipes for some of the Chipotle basics on Kristen’s blog.
I followed her directions exactly for the rice, beans, & pico de gallo. The directions below are taken DIRECTLY from her blog. If you want prettier pictures, she has some on there
Cook 1/2 cup brown rice according to package directions. (I just used Uncle Ben’s microwave-able brown rice) When done, finish with:
- Small pat of butter
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- Sprinkle of chopped cilantro
In a microwave safe bowl, heat up 1 can drained and rinsed black beans with:
- Splash of chicken broth
- Dashes of chili powder, cumin, oregano & cayenne pepper
Whip up this easy Pico De Gallo with:
- 1 tomato
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 small red onion
- Sprinkle of chopped cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 lime
I just used the slow cooker for the chicken. I cooked the chicken breast in slow cooker. Before leaving for work, I threw them in there & cooked them in chicken broth (just enough to cover them). I let them cook on low for about 7 hours. Once I got home I shredded them & then added the spices that Kristen suggested:
(dashes of each)
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Salt
- Onion Powder
Whenever I get something from Chipotle, I ALWAYS make sure to ge the guac with it…even if it is a bit more
Here’s what I used in mine:
- 1 ripe Avacado
- 1/2 diced tomato
- sprinkle of onion powder (about 1/2 tsp.)
- sprinkle of garlic powder (about 1/2 tsp.)
Mash the avacado, then add all of the other ingredients to the mashed avocado. Mix well & chill before serving.
I figured I would just put all of the stuff out & let Craig pick out what he wanted, rather than make one for him. I made myself a nice big ol’ salad out of all of the ingredients. The only thing I forgot that Chipotle always has is sour cream…but that’s because I don’t eat sour cream- I really don’t like it one bit. Thankfully Craig didn’t mind.
DELISH!! It really does taste like Chipotle. You should try it, really..it’s so easy too
Now for the exercise part of my day! I always have a hard time finding new exercises for my biceps & triceps. They are some of my favorite muscles to work, but I always feel like I tend to go back to the ‘traditional’ bicep/ tricep moves.
Some of the ‘traditional’ biceps moves in my book are:
-Alternating bicep curls
Now, please don’t get me wrong, these are GREAT moves! I just like to change things up so that my muscles don’t get used to those moves. So the other night I spent time searching for some new bicep & tricep exercises. You see toned arms are one of my ‘must haves’- especially before May 27th, 2011 (<– that’s my wedding day!) I think I’m on my way, I’ve definitely noticed some changes–>
October 2010 (excuse the bug eyes- lol!)
I have lost a little weight too- between October & now, but I have not tried to. It is just from my workouts- doing more weight training & cutting out un necessary snacks. (like frozen yogurt everynight after dinner) I am NOT trying to lose weight- just trying to get more definition in my arms. The person I really admire is Jessica Biel. She has great definition in her arms, but not too much.
Anyways, here is a new workout I did on Tuesday morning for biceps & triceps. (you can adjust it accordingly for your personal preferences)
*Warm Up: 10 minutes on elliptical- 20 crossramp, 5 resistance
1. Reverse Grip Barbell Curls- 3 sets of 25- 20lb. barbell
Superset with overhead tricep extensions (holding on DB)- 3 sets of 12- holding 20lb. DB
2. Bicep Curls- up from the side- 3 sets of 12- 10lb. DB each hand
Superset with Bench dips- 3 sets of 12- body weight
3. Incline DB Hammer Curls- 3 sets of 12- 15lb. DB each hand
Superset with ‘nose breakers’- 3 sets of 12- 20lb. barbell
4. Alternating Curls- 3 sets of 12- 10lb. DB each hand (would normally do 15lb. each hand, but my arms were getting TIRED at this point)
Superset with tricep kick backs- 3 sets of 12- 7.5lb. each hand
5. V- Bar cable curls- 3 sets of 12- 40lb.
Superset with one arm over head cable tricep extensions- 3 sets of 12 (each hand) – 20lb.
Finished up with an ab circuit– did this 3 times.
1. 25 Bosu ball crunches- pulling 40lb. behind head (used cable machine)
2. 12 Incline situps- holding 8lb. medicine ball
3. 12 (each) Side to side oblique incline crunches- holding 8lb. medicine ball
4. 20 Bench tuck crunches
5. 15 regular crunches
Good news- my biceps AND triceps are sore! This RARELY happens, so I’m thrilled I’m definitely going to be coming up with more workouts for biceps & triceps- to kind of switch things up.
Do you have a favorite bicep/ tricep workout? Or a favorite bicep or tricep exercise? Please do share!!
Anyways, I’m off. I MIGHT be taking Friday off of work- haven’t decided yet- so I want to make sure I have everything caught up..just in case I do decide to take off Hope you have a FANTASTIC day!!