Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year Resolutions

Ok its been a while since I posted something about our family and all the stuff we were up to, so I wanted to share a little bit about our current happenings. The past year has been a difficult, amazing, trying, strengthening, beautiful, humbling year. We are so grateful for so many of you and the roles you played in our lives this past year. Can we ever say thank you enough. While it was a year of change for so many we cant help but be grateful. You always question what will make or break your family or your life and mold you to the person you want to be. I am so thankful for Stewart and his staying by my side throughout the year. WE grew together, the road was hard, the road was long and still not over, but he has been an amazing source of strength and wisdom. I am so grateful for such an amazing guy to be mine. Thanks babe...and now for some dang exciting stuff!

Stewart graduated with his degree in Exercise & Wellness from ASU...WWWWAHHHHHHHHHHHOOOO! It does not matter how long it took him, he did it with full time jobs, building a crazy big house, successes, defeats, 3 kids, scouts, church service, bishopric meetings, and a wife who needs her man. I am so proud of his accomplishments. He has a couple premed prerequisites and then we are off to Physical Therapy School. Congrats Baby you are amazing!

We acquired a new family member and she is the sweetest ever. The big guy in red dropped her off at our house on Christmas Eve and made two little girls the happiest around. Ashlyn truly believes in miracles! There was nothing sweeter than to see my little ones face light up bigger than I thought they ever could. They are so responsible with her and take such good care of her. We named her Kaiya and she is connected to Ashlyn's hip, just like we knew she would! LOL.

Last but not least, I wanted to share a few of our New Years Resolutions with you all. We started up on P90X again. As always it kicks our you know whats. I have a lot of people asking me lately (now that Stewy's official) how we workout and how we keep up our nutrition. Well, I figured I would try and give recipes occasionally. I would love to add one a day, because it has taken a lot of work to figure out how to keep a healthy, good tasting, cost effective, easy eating regiment together; so I thought you might enjoy it. Stewart and I looked into P90X a while back and started doing it. He made mention that this program was an awesome program. Its all about muscle confusion, so you don't have the plateau affect. Just recently he came home and said that in one of The Physical Therapy Journals, they stated that P90X was the best at home program, they even stated to quite your Gym membership and do this workout. That was super exciting! We can workout at home together knowing we are getting just as fit as if we were at our gym. Ok so on to the recipe.

I am going to be using a brown rice on top of a bed of fresh romaine lettuce. Use its juices as a little sauce/dressing. (PS. I add a little nutmeg do enhance the peaches)

Peachy Chicken with Broth & Peaches (it said red wine, but use broth as your substitute)

Lend this festive dish a naturally sweet and fruity twist. From Prevention Healthy Cooking.
Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:40 min
makes:4 servings

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons whole grain pastry flour

1 tablespoon olive oil (I am omit this and use water to saute it you don't notice its missing when the dish is complete, there is plenty of flavor)

3 shallots, thinly sliced

1/2 chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

2 firm ripe peaches, sliced ok I am using canned peaches and rinsing off the syrup, try and find light syrup

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil, sliced

1. Use hands to flatten the chicken breasts to an even thickness. Season chicken with pepper and salt. Coat with flour, patting off excess. (again for quicker meals don't press the chicken down just cook it I know it lends for a more even cooking, but I have three kids and no time for a little patty-cake with the bird)

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add 2 teaspoons of the oil. (go for the water) Add chicken breasts; cook 12 minutes, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 160°F and juices run clear. Remove chicken to a plate.

3. Add remaining oil and shallots to the skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until shallots soften. Add broth; stir to scrape up any brown bits. Increase heat to medium-high; add peaches. Cook and stir 2 minutes until wine reduced slightly. Return chicken and any juices on plate to the skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, or until chicken is hot. Stir in basil.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 85mg; Sodium 230mg; Total Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 8g); Protein 34g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 6%; Iron 10% Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2 Pyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils, 1/4 c Fruits, 4 oz-equivalents Meat & Beans, 1/2 c Vegetables *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
©Copyright 2008, Rodale, Inc.

This recipe can be found on http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/

Let me know what you think and I will keep adding great fast easy recipes to my posts!.


The Scotts said...

You guys are awesome! I'm so glad that we have gotten to know you this year. Congrats to you all about Stewart's graduation. That is so exciting!! Your new addition is so adorable. I would have given you ours. ha ha! Go P90X!! We want to start that soon. Woo woo good luck with your 5am workouts!

ToddSharaMykah said...

Oh boy whippin out the p90x! You guys rock! Great idea to post healthy recipies! Sounds like you guys have been busy busy. Congrats on the new addition, so cute! I bet the kids are great helpers!

Ami Bethea said...

I'm loving your recipes, keep them coming! I have to keep texting Shanon to ask her what has carbs in it! Where do you buy P90X? I would love to do it with Sean. Your puppy is so cute, I can see why you were so excited to get her! I mean, so excited for Santa to bring her. I've loved getting to know you too, and am so glad that I know I have someone I can call at 9:00 at night when I run out of butter :)

thequailfamily said...

Love haring about the updates with your family. Sounds like you guys are busy but happy :)

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