Burrito Bowl

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Throw in a margarita on the rocks and it doesn’t get much better than that! Eric and I always debate whether we love Qdoba or Chipotle the best for take out, they both have their strong points. But whatever one thinks you cannot deny the deliciousness of a Chipotle Burrito bowl! Yummm. Tonight we decided to copycat their recipes, it turned out perfect! Annnddd it was all detox/ clean eating friendly🙌

Here are all the recipes you’ll need to make your own burrito bowl at home. Trust me, it won’t disappoint.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice
ingredients
*2 cups cooked brown rice
*1/4c chopped cilantro
*1/2 lime, juiced
*salt and pepper to taste

After you have cooked your rice pop it into the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool. Next, take rice and mix juice and cilantro in.

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Blackened Chicken
This recipe was given to me through the Arbonne Detox Facebook group. Eric grilled it up on Friday and it was amazing!! We used the leftovers in the burrito bowl and it was perfect.

ingredients
*4lg chicken breasts
*2TB paprika
*1TB dried oregano
*1TB dried thyme
*1TB cayenne pepper
*1tsp Blk pepper
*1tsp garlic powder

Mix the spices together. Rub evenly on the top and bottom of chicken. Grill until the center temperature reaches 170 degrees.

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Pico de Gallo
ingredients
*4 roma tomatoes, diced
*2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
*1/2 onion, diced
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*2 limes, juiced
*1/4c cilantro, chopped

Mix ingredients together.

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Now it is one to assemble your bowl.
1.) 1/3c rice
2.) 1/4 avocado- I mashed ours and added garlic powder and lime juice to taste.
3.) 1/4c black beans (could switch in pinto)
4.) 1/2 chopped chicken breast
5.) lettuce, shredded
6.) 1/4c pico

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Amazing. Enjoy!

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Surviving Winter

Winter hasn’t been too bad this year. I realize we are only halfway through the season, but it’s just been pretty good to us. Last year at this time we were climbing the walls! Too cold to go out and play, too scared to take a newborn to play areas…it was hard. I really think I had a mild case of seasonal depression. This year as fall was nearing an end, I could feel myself becoming anxious and sick to my stomach, at the thought of winter knocking on our door. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised-so far so good!

One way we’ve been surviving the cold, is through an amazing gift from Mimi and Papa, a membership to the Indianapolis Childrens Museum. This in and of itself is a game changer! All three girls LOVE going there. There is tons to see and do. It takes multiple trips just to see it all. If you have never been, I truly recommend it!

However, the biggest way we are surviving the winter, is due to the fact that Liesel and Moira are older! They are more independent in all areas! For endless amounts of time they play together, alone, without Eric or I. They play dress ups, barbies, pretend. You name it. It is so nice to be able to complete chores, workouts, cooking- uninterrupted! And they can now play in the backyard without me!! This way they enjoy playing in the snow, while Emaline and I watch from the inside.

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It also doesn’t hurt that we enjoyed a 50 degree sunny day today!!

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Game Day Food

As mentioned in my previous post, Eric and I have been on the Arbonne Detox/cleanse. It’s been an intense (almost) 2 weeks. Filled with protein shakes, detox teas and, basically, no comfort foods.

2015/01/img_0257.jpg. I’m still in shock that I managed to convince the hubs to do the detox. But he’s rocking it!! Losing weight, eating healthy and exercising! His one plea was last Sunday when the Colts were going to be on. No beer? No pizza? He wasn’t pleased. That’s when we decided to make our own game food. Food that would appease our cravings, yet stay within the detox and clean eating guidelines.

First up, chicken wings. Few things hit the spot like a spicy buffalo wing dipped in some delicious ranch. Eric decided on a dry rub recipe. Omitting the brown sugar, of course. Here’s the recipe for 24 wings,(we halved it)

ingredients
* 1/2 c brown sugar
* 1 T chili powder
* 1 T paprika
* 1 T cumin
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 2 T garlic powder
* 1 T mustard powder
* 2 T kosher salt
* 1 T Blk pepper

Cover the wings in the rub and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the wings in a 500 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes. Boom, done. They had the perfect amount of heat and we barely missed the ranch😉.

Next up, fries. Sweet Potato fries

ingredients
*2 sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
* 1/2c coconut oil
* 1/2tsp kosher salt
* 1/4tsp pepper
* 1/4tsp paprika

Bake fries in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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Heat a saucepan on medium high and add in oil. Once oil is hot cook the fries until crisp, turning often.

Place fries in a brown bag and add seasonings. Toss until completely coated.

Lastly we enjoyed tons of veggies dipped in hummus. And there ya go, the perfect game day treat! Filling and definitely hit the spot!

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What will it bring?

As I sit here with my morning tea, I can’t believe it’s 2015! What will this year have in store for me, for Eric, for our family? This past year had it’s ups and downs and was a transitional year. One of learning our way as a family of 5. This new year brings on some much welcomed normalcy. We will be embarking on our second year as a family of 5 (with no plans to expand at this time) and it will be our second year going on year three in our home (by years end it will be the longest time we have lived in the same place for our entire marriage!!!)

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Christmas 2014

I’m still trying to figure out how this Christmas was somehow busier than last year?! And last Christmas I had a baby!! Our second Christmas as a family of 5, our second Christmas in our own house- it was wonderful from start to finish!

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Here is a look at our Christmas season. The girls loved it all! We kicked off the holiday with our annual trip to Stonycreek tree farm for our tree.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f32/39377069/files/2015/01/img_2326.jpg. At 8.5 feet it was our biggest tree ever. We felt a little like Christmas Vacation as it took up most of our family room😁😳

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Liesel and Moira school revolved around holiday themes and we enjoyed making a variety of fun crafts.

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One of the biggest differences this year was the baking! Since we have been trying to live life without refined sugars any baking I did was for others. This way the girls and I got to experience all the fun without having all the goodies hanging around to eat. We made cookies for our church cookie walk ( gingerbread, sugar, and peanut butter blossoms)

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f32/39377069/files/2015/01/img_2355.jpg. And cinnamon almonds as teacher gifts/neighbor gifts. I used this recipe from last year and altered it by decreasing both sugars to 1 cup each and increasing the amount of almonds to 6 lbs. they turned out great!

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Emaline’s stocking was perhaps the most time consuming of all the activities ( for me at least). Many of you know that I had made the older girls stockings using the Bucilla Stockings kits. This year I had a late start on miss Ems and had to hustle to finish it in time for her birthday on the 17th. Luckily I made my deadline, but phew it was difficult to say the least.

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Christmas is such a special time to Eric and I. We have always loved the time we spend together, alone. This year we enjoyed our evening Christmas movie marathons with a twist. Eric developed a Christmas movie screen shot contest on FB and IG

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f32/39377069/files/2015/01/img_2335.jpg. And we made these frames for our parents and grandparents as Christmas gifts

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f32/39377069/files/2015/01/img_2341.jpg. We are a great team! I love how the frames turned out!!

But Christmas is much more than just trees and stockings and presents for the girls. They really have a firm understanding of the true Christmas story! They can recite the nativity story by heart with songs. And they loved playing with our nativity set and role playing Mary and Joseph

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f32/39377069/files/2015/01/img_23281.jpg. In the evenings we would all read a family advent devotional and all of us enjoyed this special time! I look forward to making this time grow deeper and deeper as the girls grow and mature.

It was a magical season filled with lots of love, family, and time together. Looking forward to all 2015 has to offer! Blessing to all on this new year, XO

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