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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

5 Easy Healthy Meals

Because I'm trying to get back into good shape before Jordan's first birthday, I've been sticking to a diet that's 40% protein, 35% carbs, and 25% fat.  It's the same thing I did during my 40-Day Challenge, except I upped my protein by 5% and lowered my fat 5%.  I got good results then, so I'm back at it!  I needed to after ALL the food and sweets I ate during the holidays! 

During the day, I still pretty much follow the bikini meal plan (because it works and is so easy to do, although that plan called for 5 oz protein at each meal, and I eat 4 oz now). I always have grilled chicken breast on hand, cooked rice and veggies and I'll usually make one meal a grilled fish. Breakfast is a protein waffle, protein pancake, or oatmeal.  But, to keep it interesting, I'm trying new things cooking different recipes for dinner.  


The first two meals I made, I took inspiration from my friend Natalie, although I took a couple shortcuts to make less work for myself. I love her food posts and she always seems to be making healthy, colorful food.  You will seriously want to bookmark that page- it has tons of recipes broken down by category.

You can also check out my Pinterest page - Food//Healthy & Food//Dinner for more meal ideas. 


It seemed appropriate to start the new year with a crunchy detox salad, full of vibrant veggies.  *See Natalie's post here.






Salad:

Assemble the following ingredients into a bowl, then toss together and drizzle with dressing.
- 1 head of romaine shredded
- 1 small bunch lacindo kale shredded
- 1/2 head purple cabbage chopped
- 1 cup carrots chopped (about 3 carrots)
- 1 cup celery chopped (about 3 celery)
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes diced
- 1/4 cup red onion diced
- 1/2 English cucumber diced
- 1/2 cup chopped silvered almonds
- 1 cup chickpeas

Dressing: 

(I used Maple Farms Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette, but you can make your own using the recipe below).

Shake all to combine or whisk with fork
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper



This recipe required a few steps to get all the components together, but it was worth it.  Instead of making the spicy mayo from scratch (just mayo and hot sauce), I used remoulade sauce I already had on hand.  See Natalie's post here.

I got the stainless steel taco holders at my niece's school fundraiser, but they sell them on Amazon. 

Ingredients: 
- 1.5 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp ( can also sub flounder, mahi or grouper)
- 1 lemon 
- shredded cabbage
- 1 lime
- 1 avocado
- 1.5 cups diced fresh pineapple
- 2 jalapeños diced
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce  (we use sriracha) 
- flour shells

SHRIMP:  I used frozen pre-cooked shrimp and just thawed it in a colander.  Once thawed, put into a large plastic bag and drizzle with olive oil, juice of a lemon, and several dashes of hot sauce and salt and pepper. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes.

SALSA:  Combine chopped pineapple, jalapenos, and red onion into a small bowl, and season with salt and pepper. 

AVOCADO:  Mash the avocado and season with salt, you can drizzle with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.

CABBAGE:  Place the shredded cabbage in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, squeeze the juice from half a lime over and let it sit. 

SPICY MAYO:  Mix mayo and hot sauce together, use more hot sauce if you like it spicy.



The pineapple jalapeno salsa from the shrimp recipe above is an awesome combo of fresh sweetness from the pineapple and hot kick from the jalapenos.  We had leftovers, so I topped my grilled mahi mahi with it the next day and ate it over rice. 


I buy frozen, individually-wrapped mahi mahi and either put it in the fridge to thaw, or if I want to eat it quickly, put it in a bowl of water for about 10-15 minutes until it's thawed through.

To cook it, just season with Old Bay, spray your pan with cooking spray and cook over medium heat for a few minutes on each side and let rest for a few minutes before eating.  

Cook your rice according to package directions. 


This is a dish that would make a great game-day appetizer or snack.  I ate 6 oz. of shrimp and made it a meal.  The recipe was found in one of my favorite cookbooks, Food52, 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks. It couldn't be easier to prepare.  I love food where you just assemble, marinate, then cook!

Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a pic when it was done, so this is how it looked after it was done marinating.  



- 1/3 cup Srircha
- 13 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp sugar
- salt and pepper
- 2 pounds large shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined

MARINADE:
Combine first 7 ingredients into a one-gallon plastic bag and mix.  Add in shrimp and let marinate in fridge for 2-4 hours or longer.

Heat grill to medium-high and skewer the shrimp (4-6) per skewer and grill until pink, 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove shrimp from grill, de-skewer, and pile on a serving platter.  Sprinkle with minced cilantro.

*I used frozen, precooked shrimp and let thaw before marinating.  Also, I cooked on the stove top in a skillet and didn't skewer on the grill. 




As good as the above Spicy Shrimp was, I think the Honey Garlic is my favorite.  It's tangy and sweet and I added Sriracha to give it a little bit of kick.  This would be good with broccoli, but we didn't have any on hand, so we ate it with rice and green beans.  This recipe is from Sally's Baking Addiction.


- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tblsp minced garlic
- optional: 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 pound medium uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined (*I used frozen, precooked shrimp and let thaw before marinating.)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- optional: chopped green onion for garnish (*I garnished with sesame seeds and added Sriracha to the marinate)

MARINADE:
Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl.

Place shrimp in large zip-lock plastic bag and marinate in fridge for 15 minutes up to 8-12 hours.

I shook off excess sauce and broiled the shrimp under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with rice and veggies. 



I ordered Oprah's cookbook, and tabbed several recipes I can't wait to make, but this Vietnamese Chicken Salad was the first one.  The Miso Glazed Cod was another one and I'll share that tasty dinner soon. It was my husband's favorite!

With the Vietnamese Chicken Salad, I took a shortcut and used store bought peanut sauce- it's my favorite with lots of peanut flavor, but it's on the spicy side, so you can add lime juice and the tiniest amount of water or more peanut butter to dilute the spiciness. 



Salad:

- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced diagonally
- 2 cups thinly sliced sugar snap peas (I left this out)
- 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced diagonally and cut into matchsticks (I bought precut)
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup roasted cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 tblsp black sesame seeds

Toss together. 

Dressing:  

- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice or to taste
- 1 serranto chile, seeded and minced
- 3 garlic cloves, grated on Microplane
- 1-inch pieced ginter, grated on Microplane
- 1 tblsp agave nectar
- 3 tblsp fish sauce
- 1 tblsp toasted sesame oil

I just grilled the chicken in a saute pan with cooking spray, a few minutes on each side until cooked through, but this recipe calls for you to poach the chicken.  After the chicken is cooked, shred by pulling apart with two forks, or use a food processor and pulse a few times.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

This & That & (Weekend Recap & New Dining Table)

Hi! How was your weekend?!  I started mine with hot yoga again and let me tell you, this time it was HOT!!  The first session we were in a huge room and it took it much longer to heat up and even then, it didn't feel that hot.  But this time, it was a small room and immediately when I walked in, the thermostat said 96!  I was sweating so much the entire time, I couldn't even keep my face wiped dry! But, the class seemed to go by faster and before I knew it, the hour was up!  I really enjoy this new way of working my body, so I'm gonna keep going! You just feel really good when you're done.  

Zella Top XS | Capri Pants (size up) | Sports Bra (2 for $60) Nike Free Flyknit Shoes (best lightweight running shoes) 

Saturday night, I got the chance to go see Seinfeld perform and, of course, he is hilarious!  I laughed so much I cried all my mascara off!  I particularly love all the marriage jokes and how he made fun of men's instincts (NONE!) with baby!  Ha! It reminded me of this post!  The opening act, Mark Schiff, was equally as funny and I urge you to go see them if you get a chance! 

V-Neck Tee XS ($24) | Bootcut Jeans (budget version) | Heels | Hoop Earrings | Kendra Scott Boone Ring |  Lipstick (Brave) | Gloss (Tickled Pink) | Nail Color (Lanai-ing Around) New Fave!! | Faux Leather Reversible Tote

The V-Neck Tee is back in stock and in a new pretty color (called 'grey mist', but it actually looks like soft aqua) after selling out so quickly during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It's super soft and think and looks good with a small tuck in the front. I'm tempted to buy it in black and heather grey too!

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I make a quick trip to Nordstrom this weekend, and have a big dressing room post coming up for you on Friday.  Here's a sneak peek at one of my faves!  This faux leather moto jacket is 35% off, normally $98, but on sale now for under $60! It's soft leather with a slim, shorter cut with super cute zipper detail.  I love the edgy chic style and it comes in 4 colors.  Definitely size up though, because it runs small.  I'm wearing size Small here. 



This suede moto jacket was also killer!!  It comes in this vibrant red and four other colors, but I'm really dying over the light tan called "coffee bean".  It's so luxe and soft on and gorgeous!  The collar, belt and zip sleeves are all special touches that make it unique- although the belt is removable.  I'm wearing size Small in this one, but would actually go with my usual size XS so it would be more fitted.


But it's been so warm here lately, I don't even know if I'll get a chance to wear a jacket again anytime soon! I'm sure you guys up north are OVER the cold and snow (I remember when I lived in Ohio that the novelty wears off quick)!  I was in shorts this week!


The criss cross detail on this top is a nice change from your basic tee.  It's incredibly soft and fits TTS (I'm in XS).  I liked it so much, I bought the long sleeve version too. 

If you want more outfit inspiration, I post my daily outfits on Instagram, follow me @honeywerehome and you can shop right from there without LikeToKnowIt.  Just click the instagram pic on my blog right sidebar and all the links to what I'm wearing will pop up! 


And I did get the nueLash in the mail and started using it, so I'll update you on how it works to grow your lashes after I've been using it for a month.  My lashes are pretty short now that I've taken my lash extensions off.


On Sunday, I shared how our new round dining table looks in the breakfast room.  You can see the breakfast room 'before' here.  It was our family Christmas gift after my husband confiscated our old wooden rectangular table for his office.  I love the way our family fits around the round table and I feel like it's encouraged us to eat our dinners together more.  It's easier now that Jordan pretty much eats dinner everyday at about 5:00, so we all eat together as a family of four.  

I have a post tomorrow featuring easy, healthy meals! And I will post this month the homemade meals I made for Jordan as a baby and now that she's 10 months old and able to feed herself more.

Dining Table | Similar Chairs | Rug | Mirror | Barstools | Drapery Fabric Kravet Pelagos Mist (I had them made)

I searched forever for a round table and went back and forth a lot because I wasn't sure a 60-inch table would fit our space, and I thought a 48-inch table would be too small (espeically since we often have a friends over).  So, I took a chance and ordered this 60-inch table and it fits pretty well!  It's a little tighter than I'd like on the side near our kitchen counters, but still works.  

For now, our formal dining room chairs are here, but I ordered these side chairs that will go better and open the space more visually.  We'll probably keep four at the table for everyday, and the other two will go on the side of the table behind the couch.  I'll do a full reveal after the chairs arrive! 

As for the marble, I was initially concerned it might be too much marble since our kitchen counters are also marble, but the base is wooden, our floors are dark brown as is our kitchen island.  I felt like I wouldn't know for sure until I got the table here, so I took a chance and ordered it and love how it lightens this room!  You do have to be somewhat careful with marble, so if the kids want to do art projects or something like that here, I'll have to use a tablecloth. 

A piece of furniture like this is a big investment, so I wanted something we'd be sure to use and love for many years to come!  Our old table lasted 7 years until my hubby took it, but it held up well and I'm sure he'll get lots of use out of it for his office.  Before ordering our table, I considered this (54-inch), this (near identical pedestal base), and this (under $800) - all round options, but without the marble top. 

Y'all have asked a lot about the round rug, espeically when it was under the stairs.  In that place, it held up really well, but here, where it's getting a lot of traffic and I'm always sweeping and vacuuming crumbs up, it's not doing as well and starting to fray.  I'd say it's not really meant for a high traffic space.


We are in party planning mode over here and I'm smitten with how the invites turned out! I ordered them from SwankyPress on Etsy. 


I also got Jordan this cute birthday outfit (minus the socks).


She's having a garden party, so I was thinking of maybe setting the tables something like this:


That grass placemat is too cute!  It's going to be a small party with just family, so we won't need too many. 

See you tomorrow with some healthy meal options!  Have a great day & thank you Martin Luther King, Jr. We 💜  you! 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend Steals | Plaid Poncho & Major LOFT Sale

Happy Friday friends!  This was my first week back working out with my trainer three days and I was dying!  He's ramping up the intensity of our workouts, and I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my meals.  I'm going to do this for the next five weeks until Jordan's birthday!  I can't believe how quickly her first year is going by! 

For today's Weekend Steals, I'm sharing this plaid poncho ($88, $44 with free shipping) that I wore over the holiday break, but didn't get to share the pics with you until now!  It's nice and oversize (almost too big for us petite gals, but still works).  It's like getting to wear a cozy blanket outside!  I'm wearing the ivory, but it comes in 3 other great colors. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How To Fold & Organize T-Shirts

While the majority of our household organization is my territory, even my husband gets the urge to clean out and organize in the new year!  He's been on a roll with his home office and closet #gobabe!, and I thought it might be useful to you if I showed you how I organized his t-shirt drawer.  


Monday, January 9, 2017

This & That (and Lash Extensions)

Happy Monday friends! We've got the first full week of 2017 behind us now and we're starting to get back into the swing of things over here.  But, I still didn't finish the project post I was hoping to have ready for you today, so I thought I'd just share some highlights from this last week.  

First off, it got COLD here.  We've had such a mild winter here that we were begging for cold weather and it finally hit hard! But, just as quickly as it came, it's supposed to get back up to the 70s soon! 

When you don't get cold weather often, you love to bundle up!  I finally got my Hue wide waistband leggings and now I see what all the fuss is about!  They are awesome!  The wider waistband means they are super comfortable on your middle and you don't even realize you're wearing them!  The fabric is nice and weighty and the XS fit me perfectly with extra length at the bottom for you taller ladies.  I can already tell they'll definitely be a Fashion Fave for 2017!


Friday, January 6, 2017

WEEKEND STEALS | Cable Knit Fringe Poncho

Happy Friday friends!  How was your first week of 2017?  It's been getting the last remnants of Christmas decorations put away over here.  I thought we had gotten everything, and then I realized James room still had everything left in it so we put that away last night.  He's like me and sad to see it go, but I tried to tell him that it will make it that much sweeter when we decorate for Christmas next year!  

If you missed it, I wrapped up 2016 with my most popular posts on Fashion, Home Decor & Organization, Fitness and Baby & Family this week and today, it's back to Weekend Steals! 🎉 I've got lots of sale goodness to share with you so let's get to it!  

I've gotten hooked on ponchos lately and the Cable Knit Poncho 💯 I'm wearing below is on sale for $18! The website says it's almost sold out, so in case you can't snag it before it goes, I found similar neutral ponchos here (40% off) and fringed here for you to check out.  I especially love them with this Striped Turtleneck for a bit of contrast.  The turtleneck is a loose style so it's really comfortable and looks great alone or layered.

Cable Knit Poncho ($49.50, $17.99) | Striped TurtleneckBlue Aviators | Rebecca Minkoff Tote | (old boots) Similar Boots | Jeans 40% off

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Recap - FITNESS

Onto our fourth and final day looking back at 2016!  If you missed any of the posts, you can get caught up on Fashion Faves hereHome Decor & Organization here, and Baby and Family here

Today is our Fitness day and not a moment too soon! Yesterday, in a total act of rebellion, I made the most delicious double chocolate chip espresso cookies and ate three! Yikes!  But, I'm also eating healthy meals too and am back on the workout train! 


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