Quick Meatless Dinner

We are always looking for quick dinner recipes. Our new favorite quick dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday. We take 1 bag of frozen stir-fry vegetable mix, 1 bag of Gardein Chick’n Strips and toss them in a hot wok with 1T of oil. Then we like to add some brown rice and top with sriracha and voila!

 

My Happy Place

After much consideration, I am making a career change. I will be leaving my current role as an instructional technology trainer and returning to the classroom as a 4th-grade teacher. I am beyond excited and feel re-energized as an educator. I am eager to see how my four years of experience as an instructional technology trainer will influence my teaching in the classroom.

This decision would not be possible without the following:

  1. AdvoCare –  AdvoCare has provided the confidence in supplemental income to take a paycut to go back to the classroom. The energy from AdvoCare Spark will also come in handy with a class full of 9 and 10 year olds!
  2. My husband – His support has been paramount. As he says, “The classroom is your happy place” so he has been behind this decision since the beginning.
  3. My family and friends – I have the best family and friends and their support and encouragement has been awesome.

If you would like to help the students of my future 4th grade class, here are a few different ways.

  1. Consider donating to my Donor’s Choose project as we Re-image the Classroom this year.
  2. Consider volunteering 30 minutes each week as a mentor for a student in my class. Please contact me if you are interested in mentoring an awesome 4th grader!
  3. Consider helping us fulfill our class wish list through Amazon.

Valley of Fire Part 1

 

We now take a trip to Las Vegas every year for our anniversary, since we honeymooned there. We have also discovered over our years together, we both enjoy getting outside to hike and explore.

Here are some of our favorite stops at Valley of Fire. We entered the park on the west side and ventured to the east for our one day adventure to the park.

Beehives

When you first enter the park from the west, you past the Beehives on your right. M.G. loved crawling all over the rocks and even found a place to relax!

Arch Rock

As you enter the park from the west, Arch Rock is located on your left near Atlatl Rock. Arch Rock was been formed by million of years of water and wind erosion.

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl is a tool used to throw a spear. Petroglyphs here show how they were used. After a short climb up the stairs, you are face to face with the petroglyphs…How cool?!?!

 

Here are a few more pictures of petrified logs and elephant rock.

So these are a few of our favorite stops at Valley of Fire. Can’t wait to go back hiking in the West in the Fall!

Meal Prepping Made Easy

 

We started exploring meal prepping about a year ago.  We were looking for options to create easy go-to lunches and dinners.  We tried meal prepping for ourselves and we tried purchasing meals from meal prep companies.

A few benefits we have found for us include:

  1. We save money. We were spending $8-10 per person just for lunch and then most nights we were tired and ended up going out to eat and that was $20-30  for both of us.
  2. We save time. Meal prepping gives us back time. We don’t have to spend part of our lunch break during the work day sitting in traffic, skipping the gym. Also after a tough day at work, dinner is ready so there are no excuses to go out to eat or eat off track.
  3. It helps us meet our healthy and fitness goals. Our workouts are planned and our meals are planned making it a no-brainer and keeps us consistent.

We decided we wanted to share our meal prepping strategy with our friends; so naturally, we hosted a meal prep social!

THE PLAN

We found four lunch or dinner recipes we liked, added one breakfast option and one snack option. Our goal was to help our friends have a few meal to take with them to experience what it is like to have a meal prepped and ready to go.

Once we had the recipes, we put all of the ingredients into a spreadsheet to make sure we bought enough of everything. Then we used the Walmart app and Sam’s Club app to create our shopping lists.

THE FOOD

Broccoli Rice Red Pepper Egg Muffin – We found this recipe on Meal Prep on Fleek. We liked this recipe because it is an easy on-the-go breakfast.  It is also under $4. It is also a low carb and low sugar recipe which will help start your day on track for success.

Carnitas Burrito Bowls – We selected this recipe from Fit Foodie Finds because it has protein, vegetables and whole grains in every bite!

Jalapeno Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns – This is another recipe from Meal Prep on Fleek.  We substitute ground turkey for ground beef. This recipe also has a slight kick and is great for an on-the-go lunch or dinner.

Quick Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls – This recipe, by Crunchy Creamy Sweet,  has few ingredients for an easy and fast weeknight dinner.

Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables – This recipe by Averie Cooks is easy, fast and yummy. There are so many variations to fit your needs and taste.

No Bake Energy Bites – This recipe, by Gimme Some Oven, is delish and quick! This recipe can also be altered to fit your nutritional needs.

Share with us your meal prep tips!