OH Monday, how I kind of, somewhat, HATE when you arrive.
I don’t know what it is, but Mondays just really seem to be a bummer lately.
THANKFULLY this one only has like ONE more hour of work left in it- woo. hoo.
Ok, anyways, now that I’m done with my ‘Monday rant’ I have to tell ya what I made for dinner for the four of us last night. (Craig’s parents are here until Wednesday morning.)
I happened to come across Jess’ recipe for Crunchy Chicken Fingers last week, and I knew that was definitely in my ‘must make soon’ list! As I’ve said before, her site is one of my go to blogs for dinner recipes. Not only are they ‘healthified’, but they are delicious, and I have a fiance that LOVES her recipes. He always eats like 4 servings whenever I make something off her blog. It’s a win, win all the way around 😉
Crunchy Chicken Fingers (Via Jessica 🙂 )
(I just doubled the recipe for all 4 of us- I have some HUNGRY men on my hands!!)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup corn flake crumbs
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 450.
Spray each chicken piece lightly with cooking spray (it will help them crisp) and bake for 12 minutes. Flip and bake for 12 more. Let cool.
Along side the chicken fingers, I served Chipotle Sweet Potato fries & green beans with mushrooms.
Dinner was a HIT & LOVED by all!!
Make those chicken fingers, you’ll love them! The combination of the panko crumbs & the corn flakes makes the PERFECT crunch 😀
I’ve been the cooking queen these last couple of days that I have forgotten to share with you my workouts! No good! I have to say they have been pretty intense & I’ve become quite the sweaty beast 😉
Friday: TOTAL upper body workout + plyometrics between each set of reps
Saturday: 4 mile run with Craig & lots of lunges & abs @ the end
Sunday: Park workout/ Speed workout- Sprints, tricep dips on the park benches, incline push ups on park benches, lunges around the park loop, squats @ the end of lunge sets.
Is it just me, or does anyone else just LOVE park workouts??? I think that they are so fun, even though people give you CRAZY looks– LOL! They are like what the HECK is that girl doing?!!? I love the light post to light post speed workout, using the different things in the park for workout moves. (like benches to do dips)
The weekend was full of good food & great workouts 🙂 It’s all about the balance in life 😉
-Warm up 5 min cardio of choice
(I did 5 minutes at 6.5)
–Superset 2: Step-ups on the right (10), on the left (10), sumo squat and crunch (10), left (10)– repeat 2 times
(I used 15lb. DB each hand for the step-ups & a 6lb. medicine ball for the sumo squat & crunch exercises)
–Cardio blast: 5 min. Start at an easy jog or walking pace with 5-6% incline. Add 1% incline every minute until you have reached 5 min (if you need to take it down before then, do it)
(I started at 5.7 pace with a 5% incline, then increased the incline each minute until I was at 9%- which was 5 minutes)
–Superset 3: Pushups (12- start in full plank and drop to your knees to finish if you need to), bent-over wide row (15)- repeat 3 times
(For the bent over row, I used a 30lb. barball)
–Superset 4: Stability ball back extension (12-15) and Stability ball crunch (hold a weight at the ends with both hands,keeping your arms close to your ears to make it more challenging- 15)- repeat 3 times
(For both of these exercises I used a 10lb. weight)
–Cardio blast: 5 min sprints. Go for 1 min at an easy pace, 30 seconds at a very challenging pace, alternating for 5 minutes total.
(For the easy pace I used 6.5, and for the challenging pace I used 9.0)
-Cool down (5 minutes), stretch.
AWESOME workout. I LOVED every minute of it. I actually lost track of time, and was done before I knew it…and felt good!! I LOVE the combination of full body weights & cardio- those are always my favorite workouts.
I can’t wait to try Week 2 Bridal Bootcamp!! Printing that off today 😀
This morning’s breakfast:
Sorry about my repetitive breakfasts & lunches. I know it’s never exciting to read about them…but they work for me, that’s why it’s hard to change. But I do change the fruit, depending on the season 😉
So, I just found out that Randy Moss was CUT by the Vikings! Can you believe it!??!?!?! Craig always keeps me updated with the latest sports news & he just texted it to me. I was in SHOCK! I mean, he JUST joined the Vikings.
Crazy, I tell ya, just crazy!!
Anyways, I’m back to work..for a bit.
I think tonight we are having leftovers…or getting take out. (One tonight, and the other tomorrow) I need a cooking break for a bit & we have a fair amount of leftovers!
Catch ya later!