Pesto Chicken & Potato Salad

Summertime is right around the corner and my salad cravings are kicking in. My all time favorite salad is potato salad! I’ve always thought it was the hardest to make until this past winter. My Aunt Carol taught me how in 10 minutes! And to go along with a good potato salad, I made some pesto chicken in the crock pot that turned out to be one of my favorite crock pot dishes!

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Ingredients:

8-10 yukon gold potatoes- boiled, peeled (if desired) and cubed

4 eggs- boiled and shredded (cheese grater)

5-6 celery sticks – chopped

5-6 green onions- chopped

10 petite dill pickles- chopped

1 tbsp. celery saltIMG_2628

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Poke holes in potatoes with a fork. Boil potatoes and eggs for 30-40 minutes (until potatoes are soft enough to stick knife through).

2. While eggs and potatoes are boiling, chop celery, onions and pickles.

3. Once eggs and potatoes are done, let sit for 15-20 minutes to cool. After cooling,                                                                             peel potatoes (if desired) and cube. And shred the eggs (with a cheese grater).IMG_2629

4. Mix potatoes, eggs, celery, onions and pickles in a large container.

5. Add mayonnaise and celery salt and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Pesto Chicken

Ingredients:

3-4 chicken breasts

1 packet ranch dressing (powder)IMG_2625

8 oz. pesto sauce

1 cup chicken broth

Directions:

1. Put chicken in crock pot.

2. In a bowl, mix ranch dressing, pesto and chicken broth.

3. Add mixture to chicken and stir.

4. Crock pot on high: cook for 4-6 hours. Crock pot on low: cook for 6-8 hours.IMG_2626                                                                                                                                                         Follow me on Twitter and Pinterest for more recipes and workouts! Happy Easter!

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Couscous Shrimp Salad with Fresh Veggies and Homemade Vinaigrette!

I’m usually not a fan of trying something new (food wise) but I did tonight! I’ve been hearing a lot about couscous on the Food Network so I decided to try it out. I found a recipe that I liked, but added my own veggies and dressing to it! And of course I threw in some shrimp because it’s delicious in any salad. It’s in the fridge now, so I’ll let you know how it turns out when I serve it for dinner!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredient:

3/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, crushed

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

-In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

-Put in the fridge to chill.

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Couscous Shrimp Salad with Fresh Veggies

Ingredients:

2 cups couscous

2 cup boiling water

1 tsp ground cumin

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 1/2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

-Pour water into saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then immediately fluff with a fork (otherwise it will clump).

-Put in fridge to chill.

-In a large salad bowl, toss together the shrimp, cooled couscous, red and yellow bell peppers, tomato, parsley and feta cheese.

-Whisk vinaigrette to blend, then pour in about half of it over the couscous. Toss to coat, add more vinaigrette to toss thoroughly without drenching.

-Refrigerate at least 90 minutes before serving.

-ENJOY!

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On a beautiful, motivated and sunny day!

In my previous blog, I talked about how hard it is when you’re feeling lazy and it’s too windy or snowy to workout or go for a run. This blog is about the exact opposite! When the weather is perfect out, 65+ degrees, sunny and no wimage(1)ind, motivation comes so easily. My absolute favorite thing to do is take either my grandpa’s border collie (Ky) or my brother’s mutt (Carter) for a hike! Reno is a great place to go on hikes. I stick to my usual Patagonia trails but if you’re ever close to Susanville, CA, a great hill/mountain to hike is Mo (it’s on Hwy 139, about 3 miles past the hospital, on the right and before the turn to head out of town).

This hike is only 1.25-1.50 miles long but it’s more than a 2,000 foot elevation gain. Mo is a training hill used for firefighters to hike up with full gear (35-45 lb. pack). They must make it to the top in under 60 minutes or they’re cut. It’s a tough one but once you get to the top, the view is gorgeous!

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Here she is… It doesn’t look like much but once you start up  it, you’ll understand.

There are 5 old dirt roads that are   evenly distributed throughout the hike. After the second road, you’ll come to a 200 yard flat strip that they call the “flats.” This where YOU catch your breath and firefighters cut their time by jogging across it! The third-fifth roads are complete hell so pace yourself. If you want a good workout on a beautiful day, Mo is the place!

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Another hike that I love to take my brother’s dog, Carter on is Patagonia. It’s a great place to go for a moderate but long hike! I would recommend testing out Patagonia before Mo.

At Patagonia there are hundreds of trails to take that will take you miles and miles on steep, flat or gradual hills. You can download an app on your phone to show you all the trails to take! It’s a great workout and perfect for your dogs to burn some energy! Take water and snacks because you could be out there all day exploring. And Patagonia is also a great place for trail running!

Please follow me on Twitter and Pinterest for more workouts, hiking spots and recipes! Check out my peer, Rachel Roen’s: Golden Hiking blog for more great places to go in Reno!

 

 

On a snowy, lazy, rainy and windy day…

Rainy days. Lazy days. Snowy days. Windy days. Everybody has one of these days every so often. You don’t want to run because it’s too windy, or you don’t want to workout because you’re feeling lazy. It’s so nice to take a day off but you’ll regret it.

TScreen shot 2013-03-11 at 1.53.39 PMhe easiest thing to do is make excuses, those excuses aren’t going to get you anywhere near the body you want! I’ve come up with this treadmill workout (for the days that are too windy or snowy to run in). It’s a great 35 minute sprint workout that will leave you sweaty, feeling great and happy that you drug your butt to the gym!

The hardest part of getting motivated on lazy days is actually getting to the gym. Once you’re there, the motivation kicks in and you think, “Well I’m already here, might as well get a workout in.” Any workout is better than no workout! First step is getting to the gym, everything falls into place after that.

After finishing my treadmill exercise, get the abs a workout in!

50 Russian Twists w/ 15 lb. dumbbell/medicine ball/plate (25 each side)

50 Bent-Knee Hip Raises

25 Butt-Ups

50 Dumbbell Side Bends (25 each side- I use a 30 lb. dumbbell)

50 Elbow to Knee (25 each side)

Repeat 3-5 times!!! Click on link for a how to.

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Healthy Sweet Tooth

Hello, my name is Kylie and I am addicted to sweets. They are my weakness. If I see somebody eating ice cream or a cookie on TV, I crave it immediately. And once that craving is on my mind, I can’t get rid of it. I have to have it and I have to have it now! I eat very healthy during the day, get my workout in, then I throw it all away with sweets… Over the years I’ve discovered some amazing recipes that fulfill my sweet tooth (teeth) and I’m more than happy to share a couple with you, so you can stay on track, stay fit and not regret having dessert a few times a week!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies via Picklee

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Ingredients:

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)

3 large egg whites, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large  baking sheets with nonstick spray. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.

Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 (I halved the sugar here) cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.

Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. On low speed, add dry ingredients into meringue mixture.

Mix lukewarm chocolate mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff).

Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.

2 Ingredient Cookies via The Burlap Bag

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Ingredients:

2 large old bananas

1 cup of quick oats

Directions:

1. Mix the 2 ingredients together thoroughly.

2. Add extras that sound good at the time: chocolate chips (don’t go crazy), cinnamon, peanuts, almonds or whatever you want!

3. Since all bananas are different sizes, the needed measurements can vary. If it seems too runny and the cookies would flatten out too much, add in more oatmeal. And make sure to not add in TOO many mix-ins as the cookies won’t hold together very well. Grease the pan!

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes!

These recipes are easy, delicious and healthy! A couple weeks ago I posted some other “sweet” snack recipes that you should check out as well! Follow me on Twitter @kypolan and check out my Pinterest boards for more recipes and great workouts that I follow!

Run. And never stop.

Running. If you’re 10, 26, 43 or 67 years old, you can run. It may be at a slower pace than others but it’s still getting yourself outside and going for a run (or jog). Others may disagree but I think that running is the best workout a person can do! It’s great for your lungs, health, weight, happiness and much more. It’s a great way to relieve stress, think things through and just relax.

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Photo credit: My Life as Wife

If you’re not a runner, then start by walking. I found this great way to get from couch to 5k from the blog My 30 Spot! The best way to get motivated and stay motivated is to sign up for a race and train for it! Races aren’t free so you’ll have to pay and if you’re anything like me, which is too competitive, then you won’t let yourself go to that race without giving it 100%.

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Photo credit: My 30 Spot

Just try this out! Once you get running in your blood, you won’t want to stop. It helps you shrink all those problem areas and is great for your body in general. In all my “workout” blog posts, I promise you that a sprint, treadmill or trail workout will be included! All my workouts are based around running and cardio because that’s how I stay fit, healthy and happy. Please follow me on Twitter @kypolan for more workouts and recipes to help you reach your goal!