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 :D
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 :D
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 :D (<– 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 :D 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!!