White Chicken Chili

We love to cook on Sundays at our house.  Today we have a big pot of White Chicken Chili brewing.  We just purchased an upright freezer this winter so this recipe is perfect for us.  You may want to cut it in half.

6  boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c Patron
juice of 3 limes
zest of 1 lime
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Whisk together the tequila, lime juice and zest, cumin and cayenne.  Pour over the chicken and marinate for 4 hours.

3 white onions chopped
7 garlic cloves minced
2 4oz. cans diced green chili peppers
1 1/2 Tbs cumin
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp ground cloves
8 cups chicken stock
4 cups grated Mexican cheese blend
2 16 oz. cans white kidney beans
2 16 oz. cans butter beans
2 16 oz cans great northern beans
olive oil

Recommended Toppings
chopped scallions
grated Mexican cheese blend
sour cream
sliced avocado

Saute onions in olive oil in a large saucepan.  Add garlic, chili peppers, cumin, cayenne, white pepper, and ground cloves and cook 2-3 minutes.  Add chicken stock and beans and bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Heat grill (indoor or outdoor, I use a George Foreman)  Cook chicken. If you used an indoor grill make sure to reserve the juices and add them to your pot. Cool chicken and then chop into bite sized pieces.  Add chicken and grated cheese to the pot.  Cook long enough to rewarm the chicken.  Salt, only after tasting.  The cheese may have added enough salt.  Serve with recommended toppings.

To make a lighter version you can cut the cheese to 1 cup and top with plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (which is what we always use). 

Stop Watching Start Living

I hear a lot of crazy remarks about my lifestyle.  People love to MSU – Make Stuff Up. These same people who make up stuff about how I get things done also make up stuff about why they can’t get more done.  What kind of stuff am I talking about?  Reading, writing, working out, volunteering, you know the kind of stuff that has the potential to make you more successful and more fulfilled.

I have been subject to lots of imaginary made up stuff about how I can possibly do everything I do in a day: work, kids, life, running…  I was talking to someone this week who told me that they shared with other people (really?) that my mom lived with me and took care of the kids, errands, etc.  Crazy!!! 

There is one very easy secret to how I get it done.  Once revealed you will see how very easy it is for you to get more done. 

It won’t be popular with Disney, Lowe’s, Time Warner and the like.  Nope, but it is effective at facilitating a more rewarding and fulfilled lifestyle.

Here’s the secret.  I don’t watch TV.  OK, I watch a little TV.  Very little, but I don’t have a regular regimen of can’t miss TV.

Complete this chart of your favorite TV shows watched regularly.  Include those you record and watch later.  If there isn’t enough room on this chart for all of your favorite shows then here’s some news for you:  CNNreports on TV watching.

LENGTH (minutes)
Total time spent watching TV each week

If you have filled in even one box on the above chart then you can say you have a habit.  A habit is defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.  Since habits are hard to give up and even harder to start then we rather think of replacing one habit with another.  If we can shift our habits from those that are less productive to those that can be more fruitful then we can find more success and fulfillment.

30 minutes watching TV = 35 calories burned

30 minutes walking briskly = 135 calories burned

30 minutes running a 10 minute mile = 300 calories burned

Calories needed to lose 1 pound about 3,500 calories burned

You can watch 3,000 minutes of TV to burn enough calories to lose 1 pound, if you can avoid the TV munchies, or you can walk briskly for 780 minutes, or run for 350 minutes.  Heck, you can dance around your living room and burn 240 calories every 30 minutes.

Replace just 30 minutes of TV daily with 30 minutes of reading and you can easily put away a book or two a month.  I’m not talking Harlequin or E L James.  That’s replacing junk with junk.  Read something inspirational, motivational, or educational.  Here’s a great resource that can get you on your way to earning your PersonalMBA .

Do more with less time.  I found a VolunteerGuide that has recommendations for you to make a difference in just 15 minutes.

Here’s a great Ted Talk on success.

What To Do With Frozen Lobster Claws

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  We had our celebration a day early and while grocery shopping I came across frozen Lobster Claws.  I bought them thinking I could just Google directions on how to serve them.  No luck.  If you see them, buy them.  They are so yummy and here’s how to prepare them.  It took me two tries to perfect this.

Previously Frozen Lobster Claws (with arms)
  1. Defrost completely
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Bundle claws together and wrap in aluminum foil
  4. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes
  5. Shells should be pink when they come out
  6. Enjoy!

…then drink Shakeology for breakfast the next 7 days :).

p.s. Where to buy lobster claws?  Most grocery stores have them in the frozen section.  I found mine and Costco.  They have them with the frozen seafood, but if you’re lucky, you’ll find some that they have already thawed in the refrigerated seafood section.  Less time for you and they cost less, added bonus!

The Path That Lead Me To Insanity

The path that lead me to Insanity . . . On October 21, 2012 I completed my 5th marathon.  I blew away my goal time and shocked myself finishing in 4:03; 19 minutes faster than my previous PB.  The self gratification of that feat is indescribable.

Friends had asked me to join them in P90X and held off their start date so that I could join them on November 1st.  Over the next 90 days I watched
my body transform into it’s most fit state ever.  The muscle tone and firm core, that I could not get from running 50 miles a week, was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

My hubby joined me in P90X and was also ecstatic with his results.  He wanted to do it all over again as soon as we finished, but I urged him to try Insanity with me because of the shorter workouts.


Day 1 – fitness test. 
Day 2 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  I felt like this guy after the 10 minute warm up
Day 3 – Cardio Power and Resistance.  I almost didn’t die during the warm up.
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery – Who does this many squats during recovery?  This is INSANE!
Day 5 – Pure Cardio – This is where the name Insanity comes from.  OMG I thought I was in shape.
Day 6 – back to Plyo Cardio – The warm up is getting easier.
Day 7 – REST (not really in my vocabulary)

By day 8 I wasn’t feeling like I was going to die anymore in the warmup and really started to enjoy the workouts.  I don’t want to compare P90X to Insanity until I complete the program.  Until then here are some basics

P90X vs. Insanity

Fitness Goal
Tone and build muscle
(ladies, lean muscle not bulk)
Improve cardio conditioning and lose weight
Time commitment
75 minutes +
40 minutes +
Program length
90 days
60 days
Workout type
Muscle confusion
Interval cardio training
Pull up bar and weights or resistance bands
Tony Horton
Shaun T.
“bring it”
“dig deeper”
12  workouts
Plus 2 additional workouts
Plus 5 new workouts
Nutrition guide
10 workouts
Plus bonus Fast and Furious workout
Nutrition guide

Fave Breakfast – Sausage Sandwich

My job, heck my life, takes a lot of energy.  It is super important to start out with a good breakfast.  Here’s one of my favorites to get me going in the morning.  I was super surprised the first time I tried the Morning Star sausage patties.  Except that they are greaseless, I would have never known that they are meatless.  So delicious!!!

From the P90X Nutrition Guide – Breakfast Sandwich

1 lite whole grain English muffin
2 Morning Star sausage patties
1 oz mozzarella
(I find all of these ingredients at Costco)

Prepare the sausage patties
Lightly toast the English muffin
Assemble the sandwich open faced and place under broiler to melt cheese

350 calories
12 g fat
32 g carbs
33 g protein
8 g fiber

Don’t worry about those carbs.  You get to subtract the fiber count from the carb count for a new carb total.

What’s your favorite meal of the day?

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