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Alright Lady, vacation is over and Christmas hasn’t started…

I really have not much good to report on the weight loss front…

I have been snacking like nobody’s business.  It’s been one of those things where you’d think I couldn’t do much harm because we don’t have much to snack on, and I end up eating Hubby’s chips that I don’t particularly like or semi-sweet chocolate chips to cover a chocolate craving!

Ugh!

I’m still making pretty decent meals for dinner.  We had some delicious baked fish with broccoli the other nights and a great Lentil soup from a recipe from Kristin J (Hubby loved it, but the way, and actually added another full tsp or more to his bowl a crazy!).  Lunches, however, have been pretty bad.  I lose all motivation after I get the kiddos fed and end up snacking until dinner.

This will change!  I will be meal planning tomorrow because we have so much delicious healthy foods just waiting to be prepared.  I have a kitchen full of chicken, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, acorn squash, avocados, lettuce, celery, carrots, etc!

By the way, does anyone have a good acorn squash recipe?  I keep buying them because they’re so cheap but the kiddos haven’t really enjoyed them yet… 

I know I will be making my favorite Black and White Bean Salad/Salsa because I crave it and know I will snack healthy when I have it on hand.

I’ve also been wishing for a good avocado recipe and I can’t decide between my favorites: Pasta with Avocado “Cream” Sauce or Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce.

 

Ok, so I won’t be totally down on myself. I am currently good-sore from a great circuit workout I did Monday night for Elf for Health (love my new Elf – she’s an event producer from NYC and has a totally interesting life!)  I need to do more of that!  I blame the time of the month and the holidays right now for my lack of control in the food department, but what’s my excuse for the lack of regular activity?  I’d say kids and being a busy Momma, but that just means I need to prioritize!  Maybe for tomorrow’s Elf for Health challenge “Me Time” I will get Hubby to take all the kiddos downstairs so I can get a workout in, that is if I don’t do it during nap time.  Those nap times are so precious for so many things, though!

Which brings me to my final bit of news in this extra long post.  I finally purchased my domain and paid for *gulp* three years of hosting! Yikes!  Now I need help transferring over to WordPress without going crazy, so I think I need to spend even more to get a professional, and a great design wouldn’t hurt.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I think price might end up being the deciding factor here…

Ok, so let me hear it!  What were your non-scale victories for the week?  Any web design or meal planning advice for me??? Are you also doing Elf for Health?  What’s you “Me Time” plan?

Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

As requested, I’m sharing this fabulous recipe for Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce. It’s already been pinned a couple times on Pinterest, so I figured I better get the recipe up soon!

I was searching through Pinterest for recipes for pork chops and I happened to have an avocado in the fridge that I forgot to use on taco night. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! A healthy recipe too? It was my lucky day!

I found this fantastic recipe from taylor made by taylor bee. Check out her site for the full recipe. I was missing some of the ingredients and made some substitutions but they still turned out great!

Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

Ingredients

Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp jalapeño powder (the recipe called for chili powder but I didn’t have any and happened to find jalapeño powder in my spice-addict husband’s stash)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

Avocado Lime Sauce
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp lime juice (maybe less, I just squirted my little faux lime into the bowl until I thought I had enough)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1) Combine the cayenne, jalapeño powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub over both sides of pork chops.
2) Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Plate and tent with foil for 5-10 minutes before serving.
3) In a bowl, mash 1 avocado with a fork. Add in the yogurt and lime juice. combine ingredients and slowly whisk in almond milk until desired consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4) Plate pork chops on a ed of rice and peas and top with avocado cream sauce.

That’s it! I didn’t find them too spicy, so I might add a bit more jalapeño powder next time – maybe the chili powder is a little hotter – anyone know??

The sauce is to die for and helps tone it down if you do decide to add more spice. Remember, the capsaicin from hot peppers boosts metabolism by heating up the body and causing it to burn more calories. Anything that boosts my metabolism sounds good to me!

What do you think? Are you going to give this easy and super tasty recipe a try?