Food time again!

Here is another great recipe that I wanted to share. It was quick fun, and made me smile. 🙂

Look at all that delicious goodness

Look at all that delicious goodness

Bleu Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, Butter Noodles, and Asparagus

Bleu Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • Bleu Cheese or any good creamy cheese of your choice
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Seasoning
  • EVOO

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the chicken breasts in half but not completely. Don’t split them. Just enough to open the chicken breast. I then pound the chicken to a little more than a 1/4 inch thickness. Season the inside with salt, pepper, seasonings of choice. Place a few Sun-Dried tomatoes on one of the halves (take the oil off) and then cover the tomatoes with the bleu cheese. Close the chicken and season the outside. Drizzle with EVVO, place in a pyrex dish and cook for about 45 mins depending on the thickness. Do the color of the juices test to determine doneness.

The rest is up to your discretion. The noodles are simple, boil until soft, toss with butter, garlic and seasonings. The asparagus I saute like any other veggie but you can steam them and season.

Let me tell ya, this was a GREAT meal. 🙂

JG*

My Trainer only means the best…

For  Valentine’s day my trainer thought it would be a good idea to give me functional gifts instead of things like chocolate and candy that would seriously derail my training. Before he met me at the gym he texted me: “I have some surprises for you!” At this point I have come to know that this cannot be anything that I’d actually enjoy.

But alas! It was (kinda). I have a strong aversion to water and my trainer knows this. I don’t like it. I especially don’t like tap water, or anything that didn’t come from a bottle. But we’re in a recession and buying 40 bottles of aquafina isn’t really in the budget. So, my trainer first presented me with the wonderful and fabulous:

Brita Water Filter!

Brita Water Filter!

Seriously. How cool is he?

The next surprise meant that he was serious. He got me a Workout Log which is similar to this but I write in which workouts I do myself and it came in a book. It’s very detailed and it allows me to remember what workouts I need to be doing, how many reps, etc. Additionally it also helps him keep tabs on me. The sneaky man…..

The last surprise was dreadful, but I’ve learned to appreciate it.

That's me and that's his 3rd surprise

That's me and that's his 3rd surprise

That’s right a jumprope. Oh the pain and the misery. But luckily this was just for the 5 min cardio warm up. It looks easy as I was reminded of my elementary school years in which we had to jumprope for a certain amount of time for our fitness tests, but trust me. It aint what you think. But I’ve come to love this, better than being on the treadmill anyday!

Hope you all enjoyed my surprises as much as I did. 🙂 Next stop is another run!

JG*

the importance of sleep

i think that people sleep on the important of rest and sleep while on the quest for healthy living. i’m one of those people.

yesterday as you guys saw, i was up and at em at the wee hours of the morning working out. i ate really healthy yesterday but i didn’t go to sleep until 11pm almost midnite. this morning i thought that i was going to get up early and tackle another workout–cleaning my apartment–but my body had a different agenda for me. and rightfully so.

according to a study done at harvard, there is a strong correlation between chronic illness and sleep loss. they give these top 6 reasons why it’s especially important for women to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

so the old adage of “i’ll sleep when i’m dead” seems a little more cryptic because death will come quicker without sleep. 

so what does this mean for dear ladebelle? i think i may move my workouts to the evenings!

 

xoxo

ladebelle

A workout is a workout

No matter how you do it! Get it in! 😉 

 

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Me looking a mess as always. I took this picture after the West African dance class I took at the Alvin Ailey studio. Those who know me and know how much I love dancing, can probably understand how honored I was to walk in and take a class here. I went to NYC last weekend and couldn’t WAIT to get to the Alvin Ailey studio. It was an hour of fast-paced instruction and dancing. I was sweating even in the 40 degree weather! 

I want to encourage my ladies to get out there and do what you can to get your daily workout in. It doesn’t always have to be in the gym on the treadmill, or running 3 miles. Take a really fun class at your local YMCA or even go to a fun salsa club. Getting your heart rate up is an important part of getting your cardio and will ensure that you are burning calories all throughout your day! 

If you are in NYC or will be soon, please make sure you stop by the Alvin Ailey studio, and if you have seen or will be seeing (like me!) their 50th anniversary show in your area, let me know how it goes! 

 

JG* 

“Running for THEIR lives!”

Good Eats!!! w/Pics!

Seared Salmon with Parmesan Risotto and Sauteed Squash, Zucchini, and Onions

 

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This was my dinner last night. I’m sure that overall it was healthy, so I’ll share the recipe below!

 

Salmon:

  • 2 salmon filets 
  • Jerk Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Essence of Emeril or Seasoning Salt

Season the salmon about 30 minutes before you are going to cook it. I season a few hours ahead and let it rest in the refrigerator. When it’s ready, put enough Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the pan to cover the bottom of the skillet. Sear salmon over medium-high heat for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until it is cook through! And that’s it! Throw a little extra salt & pepper on there for added kick and you are good to go!

Sauteed Veggies

  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash of Sugar
  • Seasoning Salt

 

Dice the onion and slice the squash and zucchini, then cut the slices into 4 pieces. Effectively, dicing the veggies in large chunks. I then season the veggies and toss in a bowl to make sure it’s coated. I use a little sugar even though the squash is sweet, and it’s awesome combined with the saltiness. Pour some EVOO in the skillet and saute until the veggies are soft with a little bite, and a little translucent. 

Risotto

  • 1 3/4 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon saffron powder
  • 3/4 cup white wine (I use a sweeter wine, but I think most use dry)
  • salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

 

Melt half of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Saute the onion in the butter for about 8 or 9 minutes until it gets a little soft. Then saute the rice in the pan over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes it should start to toast a little. Keep stirring though so it doesn’t get stuck to the pan.  Then start pouring the chicken stock into the pan slowly. Like 1/2 a Cup at a time. Each time, wait until it has absorbed. Do the same with the white wine. Add the saffron, the rest of the butter, and 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 4 or 5 minutes. This is probably the most “unhealthy” part of the dish. 

Pretty much done after that, and you can put the rest of the cheese on top! 

 

Enjoy the dinner!

 

Chef JG*

Alone (kinda) at the gym

“He who shall not be named” gave me a workout to do when we weren’t running. It isn’t so bad, but I did do a video blog of my evening alone in the gym. Couple of points I’d like to note from the video. 

1) When I first go to the gym, it was empty. Perfect

2) Later, a random lady came in to talk about Barack and how things have changed. Talking Politics makes me nervous with strangers. 

3) The loud T.V. show in the background is in fact “All of Us” 

4) My ability to edit and combine two different videos, is horrible at best. 🙂

 

Enjoy. 

 

 

JG*