We aren’t headed North this weekend. In some ways that’s a good thing and other ways not.

PROS: I typically eat better, drink less, etc. when home than when in VT. We have the opportunity to get together locally with friends. It also keeps the girls happy when they don’t miss out on too much. The 11 yo has a dance convention all day Saturday in Boston and the 14 yo has an indoor track meet and indoor soccer game. I also enjoy a longer than normal CrossFit workout session on Sunday mornings at 9AM rather than 5:30 AM which is when I usually workout mid-week. I can take my time and don’t need to dash out to get the girls ready for school, etc.

CONS: VT is my home away from home that comes with more relaxation and a lot less distraction and need to do things. Things like schlepp the girls around to activities such as taking the 14 yo to her BF’s hockey game a half hour away at 8:30PM Friday evening or leaving here at 6:45AM Saturday morning to get my 11 yo to her dance convention. Things like go to the dump or do laundry. I enjoy relaxing by the fireplace with a baileys or glass of red wine. I like sitting at the dining room table with the girls and their friends coloring in “adult” coloring books for hours. I love the sunrise over Okemo mountain around 7AM.

The great news is that somehow the husband and I are pulling off going up there on our own next weekend. YAY! I can’t wait.

Until then… I have a lot of recipes to share for next week!

Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip & Chicken Satay Skewers: These are my contributions to a Super Bowl party we are attending. My answer to ensuring healthy options are available is to bring them. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken (PALEO): I’m tossing chicken breasts and a 16 oz. jar of Green Mountain Gringo salsa into the slow cooker. I’ll cook it on low 4-6 hours. I’ll remove the chicken, shred and mix back in with the salsa in pot. The family can have it mixed with brown rice and I’ll have it over wilted spinach greens.

Pizza Frittata (PALEO): I’m going to use this recipe for reference, but I’m planning a lot of modifications. I’ll use sweet italian sausage (rather than hot), Rao’s marinara, red pepper (rather than green) and skip the pepperoni and mushrooms.

Italian Spaghetti Squash & Ground Turkey Casserole (PALEO): This is a recipe I’m going to create next week. If it goes well, I’ll share the recipe next week. Basically, I’m planning to mix spaghetti squash, ground turkey, sautéed peppers and onions and Rao’s marinara. Stay tuned…

Roasted Shrimp & Veggies (PALEO): Thursdays have been becoming shrimp night around here. The husband is never home for dinner Thursdays and the girls like shrimp. So, this is a good night to incorporate some healthy fish into our diets.

 

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