the new year always brings in goals and resolutions. I think this a healthy tradition. it gives me time to think about how everything in the past year has gone, what I liked, didn't like, want to change, and want to continue. 2011 was one heck of a year... the good, the bad, the ugly all happened. we are now one month down in 2012 and I don't quite know how I feel about it except that I know I am going to try to make the best of it.
I have a goal to run a 10k this year, after not EVER running in my life I think that I can do this. my goal for 2011 was to live a healthy, active lifestyle. I enjoyed working toward this goal and still am every day. part of continuing on in that goal is being aware of what I put in my body. I have used the fabulous pinterest to help me in this journey. here are some recipes I have found either through pinterest or another pin I saw on pinterest led me to the source... I am going to try to make more healthy food and let you know how it goes!
yes, the name says it all. this is the best white chicken chili I've ever had. it was truly a chili, not a southwestern chicken soup with beans. I made a few alterations as I cooked it (broiled the chicken instead of poaching, less garlic, and beer instead of broth), because that's how I roll, but it was hands down my favorite ever. I will for sure be making this again. spicy, yet not over powering, thick and hearty. yum!
yum. for a girl that does not like pancakes, like at all, these were great. I loved them. they were tangy. they tasted like sour cream and had a much less cake like texture than other pancakes. I would love them with a hot berry compote, but my maple syrup did just fine. the hubs didn't love these as much as I did. he loves pancakes though. he missed the fluffy cake like texture and said, "meh, they're okay". so for me they were a hit, for him they were a miss.
in trying to eat more healthy this was one of my first recipes to try. I have some go to salads, but needed something to change it up. the flavor was layered-- the pears, bacon, craisins, and dressing mixed together extremely well. I added some shredded chicken and ate it with a glass of wine to balance out the salad and make it into a meal. this will make it into my go-to salad recipes.
a recipe that comes from the deen brothers as a lightened up version of their famous mother's famous recipe strikes my interest right away. this soup does not disappoint. I am a girl that loves soup, not any old soup, but a thick, hearty, warms the soul type of soup. yes, this met my requirements. this is the same soup I made a few weeks ago and posted here on the blog without knowing the source. my mother-in-law knows her soups too. I just went to the grocery store tonight and found the italian turkey sausage I haven't been able to find yet. so I'll be making this one again, SOON.
the flavor was awesome. the ingredients seemed easy enough. but the time it took me to make this recipe was not so great. mondays are long days for me. I have a meeting every monday until 5 a half hour away from home. so, if I were to make this multi step recipe (that dirtied a lot of dishes) I will do it on a weekend. now, don't get me wrong, the hubs and I LOVED the flavor, and the calorie count was awesome, but the time was a lot.
so, week one of new recipes and some healthier choices went great. it's a work in progress and the initial planning takes a little more time, but I'm now finding some new things in the grocery store and loving the new adventure. I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
**all photos from the original source named for recipe**