Posts Tagged ‘Sweet Potato’

Happy Thanksgiving…Grateful…Recipes…& more!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
I absolutely LOVE the Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s a time where family gets together, reflects on what they are thankful for, cooks amazing food, exercises & enjoys being together.

It’s so important to be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you on this day.   Your family, good energy, CLEAN food, friends, laughs, sunshine, running partners, love, football, fun & the quality of your day.  So many people always want what they don’t have.  Take a look around you and be THANKFUL for what you already have. (this paragraph I wrote in my 2012 Thanksgiving blog but I thought it was so inspiring I would write it again)

I have so much to be thankful for this year.  Our daughter Charly is beyond a blessing.  Her arrival has brought so much joy, unconditional love & of course sleepless nights 🙂  We love her so much and are beyond grateful and blessed to be parents.

Now for the food!
If you haven’t followed my blog you don’t know about the amazing squash side dishes, sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce, paleo pumpkin pie & roasted turkey.

Here are a few of my favorites:
Roasted Acorn Mash
Roasted Turkey
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Amy’s tip of the day:
*EXERCISE – wake up before everyone else & MOVE MOVE MOVE!
*Eat a plate of food (yes whatever you want) but DON’T go for seconds…
*Eat a piece of pie but cut it in half…
*If you are going to drink like a fish…Eat like a bird!

Are you ready for the holiday season? Don’t wait until January 2nd to get fit – I CHALLENGE you to be more fit BEFORE the holidays than after. Lose those 2 pounds NOW, cut out dairy NOW, skip dessert NOW, do the last 3 reps NOW. Start TODAY!

ENJOY your Thanksgiving holiday!!

Amy Approved = Creating Harmony Through Fitness & Whole Foods

Follow Amy Approved on Facebook!

Post to Twitter Tweet This Post

Share
Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Amy "Approved" Recipes | No Comments »

Easy Summer BBQ

20130902-190538.jpg

BBQ is clean, easy, grain free & a quick meal to end the evening. At lunch I took out 4 chicken breasts. A few hours later once they were I unthawed I put them in a ziplock & added balsamic vinegar, dried cilantro & salt and stuck the chicken in the fridge.

At dinner time we started the BBQ, chopped the yam & sweet potato into wedges, added a dash of olive oil & salt & cooked away! We threw the chicken on, chopped up avocado & tomato and were DONE! Clean, easy, quick BBQ dinner and even better there were barely any dishes for Ben to do 🙂

AmyApproved = Creating Harmony Through Fitness & Whole Foods!!

Follow Amy Approved on Facebook!!

Follow Amy Approved on Twitter @shapeitup1

Check out Amy’s online fitness superstore ShapeItUp.com!!

Follow ShapeItUp on Facebook!!

Post to Twitter Tweet This Post

Share
Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Amy "Approved" Recipes | No Comments »

Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Prep time: 10 min     Cook time: 10 min    Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of shredded sweet potato or yams
  • 1/2 of an apple, chopped
  • 3 pieces of bacon, chopped (I like Applegate Farms)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup, optional
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Ghee, bacon fat or fat of choice

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, render / cook the bacon until it’s crispy. You can save the fat to cook the rest of the ingredients or pour off the fat and start over with a spoonful of ghee, coconut oil, etc.
  2. Add the sweet potato to the pan, cooking on medium heat until they begin to get golden brown.
  3. Add the apples and stir until they soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Season with the maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt, to taste.

Bonus: For a one-skillet meal, remove the hash to a plate, then quickly wilt some spinach. Remove the spinach to the same plate, then fry or scramble eggs in the same pan.

Thanks to Stupid Easy Paleo for this great recipe!!!

AmyApproved = Creating Harmony Through Fitness & Whole Foods!!

Follow Amy Approved on Facebook!!

Follow Amy Approved on Twitter @shapeitup1

Check out Amy’s online fitness superstore ShapeItUp.com!!

Follow ShapeItUp on Facebook!!

Post to Twitter Tweet This Post

Share
Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Amy "Approved" Recipes | No Comments »

EASY Crockpot Dinner

My favorite season of Fall is HERE…FINALLY!  After a few weeks of 90 degree October days I thought it would never come.  Super glad to see the leaves on the ground, the rain in sky & the cool feeling of Fall.  Reminds me of my home in Alaska…EXCEPT there is no snow on our mountains 🙂

So in honor of this Fall feeling (AND the fact that I still have no kitchen..) I thought an easy & warm crockpot dinner would be perfect.

INGREDIENTS:
*Serves 4 people – or in our case serves 2 with lunch leftovers
4 chicken breasts
3 large sweet potatoes
A bunch of brussell sprouts
Garlic salt
Pepper

Unthaw the chicken, add to your crockpot, along with enough water to fill 3/4’s of your pot.  Add as a little garlic salt & turn on high for a good 5-6 hours.  When you have about 2 hours to go, chop up your sweet potatoes into big round chunks & add them to your pot.  When you have about 1 hour to go cut your brussels in half & add to your pot.  Serve HOT!

I served ours with a side of Bubbies sauerkraut, salt, pepper & Ben used a little organic butter on his sweet potatoes.  Super yummy, warm, EASY & perfect for this feeling of FALL…

ENJOY

Post to Twitter Tweet This Post

Share
Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Amy "Approved" Recipes | No Comments »

Spicy Lentils with Sweet Potatoes & Kale

Spicy Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

serves 2-3

Ingredients:

1/2 cup green lentils

1/2 large carrot, peeled and small diced

1/4 cup small diced onion

1 tsp garlic,

1 stalk celery, small diced

1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped

1 bay leaf

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 serrano pepper

1/4 tsp sea salt (or, to taste)

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small 1/4-1/2″ cubes

2 tsp cooking oil

3 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock

Directions:

Heat the oil in a medium sized pot. Once hot, add the onion, celery, carrot and sweet potato and cook for about six minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and kale and continue cooking until kale wilts.

Add the lentils, bay leaf, rosemary sprigs, serrano pepper and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until lentils are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid.

Season with salt to taste and remove the bay leave, chile pepper and rosemary sprigs before serving. Serve with crusty bread.

Time:

45 minutes

Thank you to Eat, Live, Run for this great recipe!

Amy Approved = Creating Harmony Through Fitness & Whole Foods

Follow Amy Approved on Facebook!

Post to Twitter Tweet This Post

Share
Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Amy "Approved" Recipes | No Comments »