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Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Disclosure: This #SundaySupper post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

Growing up, my family rarely ever ate sweets. Candy, chocolate or cake were for special occasions such as birthdays and holidays. Every day after dinner desserts during my childhood consisted of nature’s candy of fresh cut watermelon or some type of fruit salad.

As for my Scottish husband, the desserts in his home were the typical sweets you may think of such as chocolates and cakes prepared from scratch by his mum.  Twenty years together, my husband has ruined me for sweets and spoiled my children. After dinner, our kids expect (Dare I say even demand.) dessert as a reward for finishing their supper.

Yes, sadly I have succumbed to bribing my children with dessert for cleaning their plates. However, if I have to bribe reward my children with pudding (British for dessert), then at least I’ll attempt to make it a healthy dessert such as my Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler.

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Truthfully, any cobbler makes the perfect summertime dessert. Fortunately in Florida, we can find blueberries in the supermarket almost year round and reasonably priced, too. So, why wait for the summer to indulge in this healthy cobbler?

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The beauty of this gluten-free cobbler is that it is rich in fiber, antioxidants, healing properties and protein which are so essential for active and fit families.  Serve it a small scoop of frozen yogurt for calcium and an extra helping of protein, too.

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Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler

Healthy, gluten free cobbler full of fiber, protein and antioxidants made with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and quinoa.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 pints fresh blueberries, rinsed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp butter (or 2 Tbsp coconut oil for dairy free)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x11 baking dish.
  2. Rinse well and prepare 1 cup of quinoa according to directions on package. Once quinoa has expanded to two cups, remove from heat and allow quinoa to cool. Stir in cinnamon, butter, salt and brown sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, combine blueberries, maple syrup and juice of one lemon. Pour into baking dish.
  4. Spoon quinoa onto blueberries and spread gently to form a crust over the blueberries.
  5. Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Place on cooling rack and allow cobbler to set before serving.
  6. Serve with low fat frozen vanilla yogurt or organic vanilla ice cream.
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I am so honored to serve as this week’s #SundaySupper host sponsored by American Family Insurance and on my birthday too! Much like my Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler, it’s such a treat to lead this incredible list of healthy recipes and encourage parents to choose dreams of fit, active lives with their children.

Recipes for a Family Healthy Fit Lifestyle #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

 Get Up and Go Power Breakfasts

Salads and Healthy Snacks

Healthy Fit Lifestyle Dinners

Healthy Desserts

For more great healthy #ChoseDreams recipes, follow AmFam’s Health and Fitness Board on PinterestYou can learn more about American Family Insurance by visiting them on LinkedInYouTubeGoogle+, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

sundaySupper Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Pinning and Planning – Week of July 27 {Dinner Menu}

Since I’m hosting #SundaySupper tomorrow, I wanted to share my weekly Pinning and Planning dinner menu a day early, however, this week’s post is more than a day early. I’m also sharing my dinner menu from the beauty city of Madison, WI. As an added bonus, it’s also my birthday and I’m celebrating it with a run through the charming, hilly streets and lakeside capitol city. If you want to join me for a virtual run, RSVP via my Facebook event page.

Madison is an amazing place and this week’s Pinning and Planning post has been inspired by the gorgeous cheeses and garden vegetables I stumbled upon while visiting the Madison Farmers Market.

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This market was like no other I have ever seen. Our farmer’s markets back home in Florida seem so small scale and sad compared to the expansive, overflowing goodness at the Madison Farmer’s Market.

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With over 200 area farmers participating in this weekly event, it was obvious our farmers markets back home need to cultivate something more. Plus, all of the goods sold at the Madison are grown or produced by the person selling it. That’s what makes the Madison Farmers Market so unique and embraced by the entire community. It made me crave for something like this back home in Tampa.

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Actually, the entire town of Madison made me long for a small town, quaint artsy community that we seem to be lacking in our urban sprawl city of Tampa. Madison reminded me of so many Northern towns full of hills and gardens instead of plush green lawns. Community gardens are just as commonplace as city parks in Madison and I wish Tampa Bay embraced that idea.

So as I sigh a big sigh and dream of a vegetable garden in my front yard, here is this week’s dinner menu.

Sunday – My Birthday Dinner at Frenchy’s

Meatless Monday – Roasted Veggies and Pepper Jack Quesadillas

Tuesday – Ground Turkey Tacos

Wednesday – Chicken and Potato Empanadas

Thursday – Salsa Verde Burgers with Avocado Corn Salsa

Friday - Pizza

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of July 27 {Dinner Menu}What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

Family Healthy Fit Lifestyle Recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Disclosure: This #SundaySupper post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

This Sunday, it’s my turn to gather the family around dinner table by hosting the #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams event sponsored by American Family InsuranceFor this week’s #SundaySupper event we’ve compiled our best and healthiest recipes to encourage families to live a healthy fit lifestyle together and my contribution will be my Blueberry Quinoa Cobbler.

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As a mom on the run, I constantly strive to serve my family healthy meals and keeping my kids active all while maintaining my own marathon training schedule. I love that this week’s #SundaySupper makes it that much easier to find healthy, affordable meals for busy families.

If you’re looking for ways to fit fitness and healthy meals into your busy family life, then come join us this Sunday.  Here’s a sneak peek at the all the delicious healthy goodness.

Recipes for a Family Healthy Fit Lifestyle #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Get Up and Go Power Breakfasts

Salads and Healthy Snacks

Healthy Fit Lifestyle Dinners

Healthy Desserts

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Through a partnership with American Family Insurance, the Sunday Supper Movement is encouraging all families to take steps to #ChooseDreams and turn your favorite family recipes into healthy ones.  For more great healthy recipes, follow AmFam’s Health and Fitness Board on Pinterest.

Also visit American Family Insurance on FacebookTwitter, PinterestGoogle +Youtube, and LinkedIn.

 To find even more recipes and ways for “Fit and Healthy Family Living” join our live Google+ hangout on Saturday with American Family Insurance and Isabel of Family Foodie Google+ Hangout. RSVP here.

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sundaySupper Family Healthy Fit Lifestyle Recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Pinning and Planning – Week of July 21 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of July 21 {Dinner Menu}The lazy days of summer are slipping away quickly. I can’t believe the kids will be heading back to school very soon.  Between blogging obligations, the Food and Wine Conference and my family’s July birthdays, the month of July has been a blur for me.

This Wednesday, we’re celebrating Little Lion Man’s 4th birthday. Can you believe my little man is turning four?  Remember when I used to sing my best Minnie Riperton to Little Lion Man and he squealed. These days, he squeals EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! In less than a month, Little Lian be off to VPK five days a week and hopefully, he’ll potty train before that. (Don’t judge me because my children are late potty bloomers.)

On Wednesday, the whole family will gather to celebrate Liam’s birthday and I’m making a big batch of Baked Ziti. It’s the perfect potluck dish for a large crowd and my kids love it. Baked Ziti is a winner dinner!  As for the cake, Iron Chef Allan will bake a Lego cake at the birthday boy’s request  similar to this one, which was recommended to me by my friend and Sunday Supper sister Amy of KimChi Mom.

Amy made this easy Lego cake for her daughter’s birthday complete with Lego face cups. I’m totally stealing that idea!  How adorable is that?!

This Friday, I’m flying to Wisconsin to participate in a live Google+ hangout with American Family Insurance and Isabel of Family Foodie to share ways for “Fit and Healthy Family Living” and present yummy, healthy recipes like my Grilled Tilapia and Tomato Fennel Orzo. So, join us this Saturday for this live online chat and Google+ Hangout. RSVP here.

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Then before I fly back home to Tampa on Sunday, I’ll be celebrating my birthday with a virtual birthday run in Wisconsin and I would love for to join me. RSVP via the Facebook event here. To be my virtual running partner, just run as many miles as you can and then post a sweaty selfie on the Facebook event wall. Your sweaty smile will be the best birthday present ever!

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Then later on Sunday, I’m hosting the #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams Twitter event at 7 pm. Join us for more recipes and tips to live a healthy family lifestyle.

As for the Food and Wine Conference, it was even more amazing than last year and once again, my brain and belly was fill to the rim of goodness. I’ll have a full review of the event later this week, but I will tell you that my brief meeting with the Idaho Potato Commission and the Beef Council has me craving meat and potatoes. So guess what’s on the dinner menu this week?

Meatless Monday – Onion and Jalapeño White Cheddar Quesadillas

Tuesday – Steak Fajitas

Wednesday – Liam’s 4th Birthday – Baked Ziti with a Garden Salad

Thursday – Loaded Baked Potatoes, Cheddar, Broccoli and Bacon

Friday- Pizza

What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

Five Things That Make a House a Home

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lennar Tampa. The opinions shared are my own.

When my husband and I bought our first home, we were singletons making the transition into life as a couple. As a young couple, we didn’t think about building a family and how a growing family would fit, or not fit in our modest, quaint home.

After one child (never mind the three we now have fifteen years later), we quickly learned some valuable lessons which led to essential features that we now look for in a home.  Office space, functional living space, reasonably-sized bedrooms and a large kitchen that offers space for two amateur chefs who regularly entertain guests, are all basic features we now expect in a home to fit our family of five and extended family and friends.

For me, this breaks down into a nice little list.

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1.  Location, Location, Location!

Deciding where to hang your hat starts with selecting the right homesite. Before you decide on a homesite, drive through the adjacent communities at different times of the day and on different days of the week. If you commute, time the distance to work and notice traffic patterns on the major roads to understand how it will impact your drive to work.

Also, research the schools nearby. Even if you don’t have kids at the moment, check out the neighborhood schools for when you decide to build your family. Utilize online tools such as GreatSchools.com and FL DOE to learn how the schools perform. Thankfully, the schools in our area are excellent.

We love our neighborhood, but we always toy with the idea of buying a new home.  For our next home, I would love a slightly larger floor plan and to live on a caudle sac with a conservation view relatively close to where we currently reside.

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2. Community Amenities 

As much as I would love a home with a pool, the reality of building a pool just isn’t in the cards for us financially. However, we are an active family and we love to be outdoors.  Therefore, it is important that the community we live in offers a playground, trails, tennis courts, pool and a clubhouse.

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3. Selecting the Right Floor Plan

Confession: I have no spatial awareness. I will look at a floor plan and the measurements mean nothing to me. Although online virtual tours help, I still need to walk through the home to visualize how my couch would look in the family room. Can I picture my family noshing on meals in this breakfast nook?

Having lived in two homes now, I pay close attention to how the rooms are decorated in model homes.  Is there a twin bed or full in the bedroom?  How much furniture is in the room? Can you move around in the room? Unless you can afford buying all new bedroom sets for your entire family, you need to make sure that the furniture you will move in will fit the rooms.

To help take the guesswork out of visualizing how you and your furniture will fit in a home, Lennar offers an interactive tool, the Interactive Room Planner. With a large assortment of furniture options that can adjust to specific measurements, the Interactive Room Planner beautifully helps illustrate how all your furniture and family will fit in a home.

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4. Storage

As your family grows, so will your belongings. It’s amazing how much stuff one family will accumulate.  Not to mention, there are a ridiculous amount of holiday items like Christmas trees (Yes, we have more than one.) and other miscellaneous decorations. My family and I declutter only to make more room for more stuff.

For us, a two-car garage just doesn’t fit two cars and all our storage bins, bikes a second fridge and my husband’s carpentry and automotive workshop. We need a three-car garage just to store stuff and then maybe we could actually park a car in the garage.

But three kids also means three times as many things and a family of five means five mouths to feed. Storage space inside the house is also a must! We have bundles of board games, piles of shoes and stacks of jackets and clothes.  Each child needs their own place to store their belongings. As for my husband and I, we don’t share well. Therefore, his and hers closets are a necessity in the Master Suite.

Also, with two cooks in the kitchen, we need plenty of large cabinets. For years, I have longed for a walk-in pantry to store our dry-goods, entertaining dishes, platters and small kitchen appliances.

As for the laundry room, it should have a set of cabinets to hide detergent. The laundry room should also provide plenty of space to sort dirty laundry, fold clothes as they come out of the dryer and room to hang drip-dry clothing, as well as discarded shoes and backpacks.

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5. What’s Included?

It’s the next natural question when looking for a home. Upgrades are expensive. Once you start adding in granite counters, large maple cabinets, fixtures and flooring the basic price of the home quickly starts to climb. When you start to factor in window treatments such as blinds, it can be an unforeseen cost. When upgrades and even functional items like window treatments are included, you are offered a more realistic price for a home and can avoid newspaper shades.

As a Mommy Certified Blogger for Lennar, follow me as I discover how a Lennar Tampa community fits my criteria for making a house a home.

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2014 Lutz Independence Day Run 5K Recap

Once again, I went into a race more concerned about my looks than my performance. And once again, I showed up to the Lutz Independence Day Run in full stunner apparel wearing my red, white and blue tutu and a new Firecracker shirt I bought from one of the vendors at Iron Girl.

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My personal life has been so hectic with trying to entertain the kids while they’re home for summer break. I’ve not been eating right or sleep well or even hydrating properly and that all makes for a bad combination whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon. Therefore for this hot, humid Fourth of July race, I had no intentions to PR. I just hoped to finish under 30 minutes.

My kids decided to pass on this race and I can’t say blamed them. It was crazy hot.

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I bumped into Daffodil outside packet pickup and we headed to the start line. 

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I took a few selfies and some older gentlemen teased me. “Can we be in the selfie?”

“Sure! Get in here!”

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Sadly, no one sang the National Anthem to start the race. Only a faded foghorn sounded the official start and we were off.

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Daffodil and I paced together for about the first mile until we reached the first water station.  At that point, I needed to walk and catch my breath. The heat and humidity was really getting to me. I grabbed two cups of water and watched Daffodil set off while I walked a bit longer.

For races like this in the heat, I should really carry my hand-held Nathan. Relying on water stations when I am so dehydrated is a recipe for disaster.

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The course followed the same residential road it follows every year. Only this year, none of the residents or spectators ran sprinklers for the runners.  I missed that mist. Catching a small sprinkle from a hose works wonders for me during a hot, humid 5K, but not this year. This year, I trotted along wishing for just a drop of water.

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As the course wound back to the start, I spotted several floats gearing up for the Independence Day Parade which follows shortly once the race ends. Staring at floats made me thirst for ice cream floats and thinking of ice cream floats made me long for a cool refreshing drink like lemonade water.

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Hot and bothered and wanting to be done, I struggled with the next mile but promised myself not to walk until I reached the water station. Once I came upon the oasis, I grabbed three cups of water. I dumped one on my head and gulped down the other two.

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Feeling a bit refreshed, I tried to get my pace back, but it wasn’t happening. I was really struggling. Then, I caught a whiff of something and it gagged me.  Over in the distance, I caught a truck spraying the field with some kind of chemical which choked me. Great.  Now, I was struggling to run and breath. With less than a mile to go, I coughed it out and tried to get my head back in the run.

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As I turned the final corner, I captured a few final photos and then I spotted Marcia and Patrick cheering for their favorite Striders. Of course, there was no cheering when she saw me snapping pictures, rather she scolded me. “I see you snapping!”

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As Marcia shook her finger at me, I sprinted to the finish line and I came *this* close to top ten.

Chip Time 30:22
Gun Time 30:34
Div Place 12/42
Overall  292/584

Only a handful of the Striders ran the Lutz Independence Day Run, but we represented, especially Jolene who placed first in her age group and Daffodil who walked-ran her way to an under 30 finish time.

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After the race, I stayed for the post-race raising of the flag and to chat with Uncle Sam on stilts.

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But honestly in my opinion, nothing says “America” like red Solo cups and a red, white and blue tutu.

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Marvel Universe Live! {Review and Giveaway}

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

IN TAMPA!

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Marvel Universe Live! kicked off its tour in Tampa on Tuesday night with a dress rehearsal. My family and I were fortunate enough to experience this never seen before living comic book.

This action-packed superhero ensemble includes 25 of Marvel fans favorite characters from superheroes  to super villains. With fireworks and an amazing light display, Thor begins the show with a mighty blow of his hammer shattering the Cosmic Cube before it enters the hands of evil, his brother Loki.

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To Thor’s dismay, Loki harnesses the power of the fractured pieces to embark on world domination and the ultimate destruction of Earth.  Other super villians enter the scene as the Marvel super good-doers stop Loki’s evil plan.

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The super team combs the dessert, climbs the Himalayans and battles on top of the statue of Liberty to protect Earth and defeat the villains. With high-flying acrobatics and motorcycle stunts, the audience follows along on a high-speed, high-stakes adventure.

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From the fight scenes to the fireworks, my children were captivated by incredible action scenes. Even my husband and I enjoyed the show, despite the corny 1980s Saturday morning dialogue. Be prepared for sad puns and over used super speeches, however, you will look past the bad puns when you witness the pyrostunts. Marvel Universe Live! has turned up the heat on family entertainment and live performances. This is no Princess on Ice performance!

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Marvel Universe Live! will be fighting evil in Tampa until Sunday, July 13. For tickets, visit the TampaBayTimesForum.com.

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Win tickets to the Friday, July 11 evening performance in this flash giveaway.  One lucky winner will four tickets to the 7pm Friday evening performance. To enter, name your favorite Marvel Superhero.  Follow the Rafflepcopter prompts for additional entries. Flash giveaway ends Thursday, July 10 at 11:59 pm.

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Visit TampaMama and DadScribe for additional chances to win Marvel Universe Live tickets.

RANdom Tuesday Thoughts About Some Exciting News, Being a Superoo, Mommy Certifiable and My Training Runs

Some very exciting things unfolded for me last month that will provide some amazing adventures. Based on my Trekaroo reviews, I was selected as a Superoo.

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What that basically means, I will be covering special assignments and reviewing the best family-friendly travel spots in Florida on behalf of Trekaroo. I am so excited about this Superoo status as it will open more doors for me and offer me the opportunity to grow my repertoire as a travel blogger while networking and learning from other outstanding travel bloggers.

mommy certified Lennar RANdom Tuesday Thoughts About Some Exciting News, Being a Superoo, Mommy Certifiable and My Training RunsAlso last month, I was selected as a “Mommy Certified Blogger” for Lennar Homes of Tampa. As part of this agreement, I will visit Lennar communities, review floor plans of homes and their overall energy efficiency and explain how Lennar Homes are mommy approved by meeting my expectations of what I look for in a home. I am so honored and proud to have been selected for both and I hope I can deliver and meet both companies’ expectations.

July is such a crazy month for us around here with three July birthdays. Then, because I’m bored or something, I’m training for a marathon, planning another Danny Did Fundraiser and I’m attending the Food and Wine Conference next weekend  all while trying to entertain my children over the summer  with “Camp Mommy”.  And of course, there’s housework. Did you get tired just reading all of that or what?

Seriously, I’m exhausted. I just need to survive July.

You know what you make a house a home? I’ll take a home that cleans itself by washing all the dishes and putting them away or sucks up all the dog hair and dirt and magically spews it outside or washes, dries, folds and puts away all the laundry. Can I have that? Where is that home? Now, that house would be Mommy Certified for sure!

As for my trainings and workouts, no one can do that for me. That’s all me. Of course, I’m so tired lately that it has been a struggle to get up and run, but I’m hanging in there.

Last Wednesday, I had my very last Body Back session. As I expected, Regina tortured us with a doozy of a workout for the last session. We did 100 reps of a variety of exercises.

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You know how working out is supposed to invigorate you? Yeah, not so much for me after that last class. I was broken and truly exhausted. I could hardly move and I struggled with each exercise. It might have to do with the fact that I ate rich heavy foods at a sneak peek tasting at Roux the night before and drank way too many cocktails. Plus, I’ve not been sleeping well. But I survived and I’m really proud of my progress.  Now, I just need to maintain it.

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Thursday, I slept in and didn’t work out at all and I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt about it. Friday, I ran the Lutz Independence Run 5K. It was crazy hot as you would expect for a Fourth of July race in Florida. I did o.k., not great. I know it’s because I haven’t been eating well, sleeping well or hydrating properly. I’ll have a full race report later this week.

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Saturday, I slept in again because it was a holiday weekend. Don’t you just love my excuses? Well, you will be pleased to know that I ran 10 miles on Sunday on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail with my Chicago Marathon running partners:  Daffodil, Chrissy and a new friend, Victoria.

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Time 10:47
Ave Pace 10:43

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The UTBT is a gorgeous trail. I love mixing it up because I become bored running the same routes. Field trip runs are the best, especially when you’re running partners are up for running in new places.

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Funny enough, we ran into a bunch of other running friends along the UTBT. Looks like lots of runners like to run different places too instead of the same old, same old.

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Monday, Allana tagged along for spin again. I love that she enjoys the class and I have a spin buddy for the summer.  It also gives her a chance to become a more efficient rider by learning proper pedal strokes and techniques.

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Today, I skipped out on speedwork with the same excuse. I’m tired.  However, I made it to Express Body Pump for a two leg workout tracks. Yay. That’s what I get for being tired and skipping out on speedwork.

Tomorrow, I’ll make up missing speedwork with a 4.3 mile tempo run and a 7 mile run on Thursday. With my daughter’s birthday this weekend and LEGOLAND on Sunday, I’ll need to plan my long run (14 miles) for Friday. No excuses and no sleeping in!

Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. The recipe and opinions are my own.

In an attempt to eat healthier, my family and I began incorporating a weekly “Meatless Monday” and a plant-based diet into our dinner menu. At first, my family fought the new, healthy change, especially since a meatless menu would force them to eat more greens. Once my husband and three children realized that meatless dishes would include hearty vegetable alternatives like portobello mushrooms, they were on board.

 Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Then, I took our healthy Meatless Monday meals one step further by trying incorporate carb-free alternatives, such as mashed cauliflower. By steaming and “mashing” cauliflower with bit of parmesan cheese, it helps mask the vegetable which often turns kids’ (and husbands’) noses. Of course, before they even tasted, my family fought me, but once they tried it, they loved it.

By substituting cauliflower for is starchy counterpart, I cleverly fed a vegetable that is rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin C.  Plopping some cauliflower on top of a portobello mushroom, I offered my family a double dose of potassium in one Meatless Monday #WeekdaySupper.

And then, I threw some steamed arugula at them.  Oh the horror of eating heart healthy veggies! 

 Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

 Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Once my family could overlook the added green, they learned to love the richness, flavor and color the arugula added to this white earthy, healthy meal.

 Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

With adding arugula to this already healthy dish, it delivers even more vitamin A, K and C as well a calcium and iron.  Plus, in the heat of the summer, arugula also helps hydrate your body. This one gluten-free, Meatless Monday #WeekdaySupper delivers a stack of superfoods that packs a healthy punch, which is so important for growing children and a long distance runner like me.  One portobello cap (or two because their carb-free and so healthy) fuels me to run multiple miles and continue to #ChooseDreams of running more marathons.

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Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

 Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Portobellos stuffed and stacked with steamed arugula and mashed cauliflower that will satisfy your most carnivorous family members.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4-6 large cap Portobello mushrooms
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse and gently remove dirt from Portobello mushrooms. Brush mushrooms with olive oil and lay mushrooms on baking sheet cap side down. Sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes or until soft. Flip halfway through.
  3. While portbello mushrooms are roasting, rinse and trim cauliflower into medium size florets. Add to double-boiler to steam. Cook until fork tender and crumbly.
  4. Once full cooked, move cauliflower to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of salt, 1.2 tsp ground black pepper and parmesan cheese. Blend until soft and smooth; set aside.
  5. Heat a tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet on a low heat. Add garlic and simmer until fragrant and golden brown. Add arugula and sauté until wilted.
  6. Remove portobellos from oven. Layer about a ¼ cup of arugula on top and top with ½ cup of mashed cauliflower. Serve as is or finish off under broiler for about two minutes for a golden brown crust.
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8404230378 f78c6dfe98 o Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams Want more healthy, quick dinner ideas? Check out these amazing #WeekdaySupper meals for some pinspiration!

Meatless Monday – Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellas by Run DMT

Tuesday - Loaded Mediterranean Sweet Potato Fries by Neighborfood

Wednesday - Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak by Country Girl in the Village

Thursday - Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Friday - Tex-Mex Shrimp Skillet by The Weekend Gourmet

Pinning and Planning – Week of July 6 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of July 6 {Dinner Menu}I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had such a fabulous Fourth of July hanging out our friend’s house. Our lives are so busy these days, but it’s wonderful that we can pause the madness for a bit and just spend time enjoying each other’s company and catching up.

These were the first friends my family made when we moved to the area over eight years ago and over that time, these friends have become our extended family.  Over the years, we’ve celebrated new babies and watched our children grow from preschool playmates into high school students.

This Fourth of July was more than celebrating our country’s freedom. It was also our chance to celebrate how much we mean to one another and our friendships with some fireworks and great food.

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Speaking of great of food, I will be sharing my first ever #WeekdaySupper post for the Supper Supper Movement tomorrow (Monday). The recipe, Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos, is something I have been working on and refining for some time and I will finally be sharing it tomorrow. YAY!  So stop by again tomorrow to see this really tasty Meatless Monday dish.  For your viewing pleasure, here is a sneak peek.

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It would appear that the Iron Chef genes have been passed onto another generation, because my youngest daughter, Emmalynn, has requested a cooking birthday party for her 9th birthday. She planned a lovely hands-on kid-friendly menu for her friends including Fruit Kabobs, Mini Caprese Salad Skewers, Pizza and Create-Your-Own Sugar Cookies.

Basically for the pizza, Iron Chef Allan will throw together some dough for the girls to roll and flatten and the we’ll offer the girls a variety of toppings for them to create their own personal pizza to their liking. Then, for dessert and the Create-Your-Own Sugar Cookies, we’ll make a basic sugar cookie batter and the girls can mix their own ingredients (mini M&M’s, colored sprinkles, etc.), to add their own flare to each cookie.

As for all the other tasty things we’re cooking up this week, here’s how our dinner menu looks for the week.

Sunday – Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Turkey Burgers

Meatless Monday – Grilled Summer Veggies and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday – Tilapia and Sweet Potato Hash

Wednesday – Chicken-Mushroom {and Spinach} Quesadillas

Thursday – Mojo Roast Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh

Friday – Healthy Chicken Salad with Bibb Lettuce

Saturday – Chef Emmalynn’s Cooking Birthday Party

What’s on your dinner menu this week? What recipes are you pinning and planning? 

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