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Homemade Frozen Chicken Burritos

Hold the phones, people. I am posting a RECIPE!!

Back when this blog was born, I was pretty much posting at least one recipe a week, with very few posts dedicated to fitness and even FEWER dedicated to running any distance further than 2 miles. Oh how things have changed

To tell you the truth, when I started blogging, I was working a job that wasn’t extremely demanding time or energy-wise, and I actually had enough spare time some days to write or read blogs at work, or at least browse Pinterest for recipe ideas. I was also living at home with my parents in those early blogging days, where I had access to a much better stocked kitchen.

So when I got home from work, I was stoked to test out the recipes I had seen that day, or experiment with whatever I had in the kitchen.

However, as I’ve expressed before, lately all I have the strength or ambition to muster up for dinner when I get home is a plate of cheese and crackers with some green stuff (sometimes) and a glass of wine.

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(sadly one of my better rounded evening snacky meals…)

Though my dinner situation is pretty sad, I can usually get something reasonable together for lunch. Usually. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t rely on frozen Amy’s burritos at least 1-2x per week. Of course one of my goals this month was to not eat out as much at lunch and to eat real meals for lunch and dinner…but I’ll share more on that at the end of the month! ;)

One week that I did particularly well at this goal was earlier this summer (before I started drinking playing softball on Sunday afternoons) when I actually took an hour one afternoon to get my act together and do some meal prep. Not only did it take less than an hour, but I totally had 4 microwave-ready meals that were healthy and ready to go that week.

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Amy’s frozen burritos are good, but there’s nothing like knowing everything that goes into your food!

Also, can I just say it’s a serious testament to how truly busy I’ve been that it took me nearly 2 months to post this recipe? #WorkingGirlWhoLovesHerJobProblems

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This is more of a guideline and an idea for lunches than an actual recipe. The weekend that I made these, I happened to have a bag of broccoli slaw, pinto beans, and frozen corn. I added chicken because I knew I’d need to pack some protein after my morning workouts, and cheese because, well, I am me after all.

DSC_1002I put my burrito-wrapping skillz to the test (my favorite are Mission Carb Balance tortillas, or pretty much any La Tortilla Factory tortillas), shoved these suckers in the freezer, and voila- ready to go meals all week.

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Try these – or your own favorite combo of toppings – this weekend!

Homemade Frozen Chicken Burritos
Makes 4 burritos

2 chicken breasts
taco seasoning (or make your own using salt & pepper, cumin, garlic powder, chile powder, and cayenne pepper)
2 cups vegetables (I used a combination of onions, broccoli slaw, and corn. It would be great with zucchini, bell peppers, or anything you have on hand!)
1-13 oz can beans, drained and rinsed
4 tortillas, soft taco or fajita sized
~2 oz cheese of choice (or about 1/2 cup grated)
oil, for cooking
aluminum foil, for wrapping
toothpicks, if needed

Start by cutting chicken into bite-sized pieces. Generally this is really easy to do if you have scissors meant for the task…or a really sharp knife. Once done, coat with seasoning and let sit while you prepare the next steps. While chicken is “marinating”, prepare your veggies by cutting also into bite-sized or smaller pieces (if they didn’t already come pre-cut). Drain and rinse beans and grate cheese.

Heat about 1-2 teaspoons of oil on pan at medium-high heat, and add chicken. Cook about 3 minutes on one side before turning to other side. After another 3 minutes, add in your veggies and cook until softened.

Meanwhile, lay out 4 squares of aluminum foil with a tortilla on each. Put about 1/3 cup pinto beans on each tortilla. When veggie and chicken mixture is done, evenly divide between the tortillas and sprinkle as much cheese as desired on top.

Roll burritos tightly, securing with toothpicks if needed (I did). Add another tablespoon of oil onto the pan and, once it is hot, place each burrito on the pan with the side with a loose tortilla facing down to “seal” it shut. Repeat with each burrito.

Wrap in aluminum foil and place in freezer!

To eat, heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until heated through.

What is your go to frozen meal?

Do you meal prep?

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Bipolar Weekend in Photos

Looking back on my weekend, I feel like it was a little bipolar.

Spent Friday at work eating cookies and champagne (long story) and Friday evening eating all.the.tacos… then spent Saturday morning running 8 miles.

Spent Saturday night dressed up and drinking wine and pink cocktails with the girls…then spent Sunday drinking beer at a football game.

I think weekends like this are extremely indicative of me and my interests…AKA all over the place ;) Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

I feel like I probably say this every time I post a weekend recap, but this weekend was seriously the best.

It can’t be a bad thing that each weekend seems to be better than the last, right? Even though I didn’t recap it, I promise last weekend was the best too ;) Let’s jump right in…

photo 1 (1)On Friday night, Russell and I set out on a 24 mile bike ride. My big 30 mile ride to benefit Best Buddies (donate HERE!) is in just under 3 weeks!

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August Goals

Hi all!

I’m not gonna lie…I’ve been having a real hard time coming up with content to post lately. I think I’ve mentioned that a lot of my job involves writing newsletters, blog posts, social media, and the like, so when I come home and want to relax after a long day at work (I left my apartment at 5:45am for 6am bootcamp yesterday and, after leaving the office at 6pm, I stopped on the way home to run errands before returning around 7pm…. Long. Ass. DAY!)…writing more isn’t exactly the number one thing on my to-do list. (Usually the first thing on that list is to grab a glass of wine and some cheese. I wish I was kidding.)

So although I’ve been keeping up with many of the things I’d typically blog about — I’m still working out 5 days per week, and ~attempting~ to make 3 healthy meals per day — sometimes I just don’t have the energy to talk about it. Plus, I’m pretty sure a post about my workouts would just be a bunch of workout selfies in a row, and I think you’re all sick of those ;)

[[also, I lied...At least two of my dinners each week consist of french fries and IPA at the dodgeball bar. And allllll the ketchup ;) ]]

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However, one way this blog has always been helpful for me is that it is a great tool for keeping myself accountable. When I was training for my half marathon, when I decided I wanted to give myself a monthly budget (HAHAHA, says the girl who splurged on a Rebecca Minkoff purse last week)…even when I recorded New Years resolutions that I more or less felt pressured to follow through on solely because I posted them for the world to see.

So in the spirit of accountability, and because I saw it on Christina’s blog, I’m posting some August goals. Plus, come September 1st, I will have a built in topic to write about! Look at that, a double whammy. Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

Happy Monday! You may be extremely surprised to hear that I had a really fun weekend, filled with food, drinks, and minimal exercise. (sarcasm)

Today is the first day in over a week that the high temperature isn’t between 99-104, so even if it is Monday, it doesn’t feel like God’s oven outside sooo things could be worse. I did spend a fair amount of time in the sun this weekend though (if my red shoulders are any indication), which you will see: Continue reading

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Flashback/Fitness Friday – Color Run Edition

Last year, I did the Color Run.

color runI was still somewhat fresh off a rough breakup, had started using running as my therapy, and was SO STOKED that I could run 4 miles at a time.

I impulsively decided to go for it. I registered on site at the packet/tshirt/bib pick up location, and was excited to do something fun and active with new friends — I only knew 2 people in the group I was “running” with. Continue reading

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Treat Yourself Tuesday

Hey look! A blog post that isn’t just pictures of my weekend! (Never fear, you can always just check my Instagram for plenty of those!)

I did have a fun weekend full of all the same fun activities I’m always doing (long run, drinks, softball, dodgeball, REPEAT!), but you’ll just have to take my word for it. :)

Today, I’m linking up with my favorite lady Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday. As Becky puts it, Treat Yourself Tuesday is a way to reflect on the ways you’ve treated yourself lately:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!” Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

It seems like these weekend recaps are the only kind of posts I’ve been able to consistently post lately — sorrrrryyyyy.

No matter how busy I am with work (and life), there is always one constant: I will always document everything I do with pictures. I have always been the ‘one with the camera’ ever since high school…I used to take pictures at school and post them on my friends’ MySpace walls for everyone to see. YUP, MySpace. Hows that for a throwback?

Anyway, that is why I will always post these weekend recaps. If nothing else, this blog serves as a great place for me to document my young adulthood and all the fun it contains.

So without further ado… Continue reading

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Would You Rather…

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I’m copping out today, guys.

I haven’t been super great about churning out regular content on the ol’ blog lately…or really at all since I started my job back in January, if we’re being honest. I do enjoy documenting my life via photos in my Weekend posts, but that’s not really all I want this blog to be about. As much as I’m sure y’all love my pictures of dodgeball/pre-run selfies/mimosas…

Couple that with the fact that I’ve started taking on a lot of writing assignments at work that tend to include blog posts, newsletters, social media, and the like…sometimes I just need to veg out and not write write write the same kinds of things as soon as I get home.

That’s why when I saw Janetha posted this “Would you rather” survey a couple weeks ago, I had to jump on board. Would You Rather is always a fun game, and I enjoyed filling this out! Of course, it sat in my drafts pile for weeks while I found the time to actually fill it out and pick pictures to make it slightly less boring… ;) But it’s here now…enjoy! Continue reading

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Weekend in Photos

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Hi there! I am clearly a little late in posting my weekend update on this lovely Monday. Blame it on a crazy busy Sunday and a busy day at work today. But it was a great weekend filled with a ton of good food and drinks, balanced out by a couple of super active days — I got in 15k steps on Friday and 25k on Sunday! So it had to be documented :)

It started off on Friday evening with an impromptu happy hour with Shannon – Continue reading