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Easy One Pan Dinner

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We came home from a very hot and grueling camping trip and honestly the last thing I wanted to do was cook a dinner but we were famished so this is what I threw together and y’all it is too good not to share!

Easy One Pan Dinner
Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Total Time: 1hr 15m
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
One dozen Baby Creamer Potatoes halved
2-3 cups fresh (snipped) or frozen green beans (I used fresh)
6 (2 lbs) boneless chicken thighs
1/3 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped baby portabella mushrooms
1/2 cup olive oil - split
1 TBS Coconut Aminos
3 tsp garlic powder - split
3 tsp paprika - split
Salt & pepper to liking

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with edges with 
parchment paper. In a large bowl add your chicken, olive oil, 
coconut aminos, 1 tsp garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper.  Let it sit while you work on the rest of the ingredients.  In a 
medium bowl mix your potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper.  In another medium bowl mix your green beans, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Spend the potatoes on one side, chicken in the middle and green beans on the other side.  Cover with foil and place into the oven for 1 hour.  When done (make sure your chicken is at least 165º 
internal) remove the foil and enjoy!

When you make this recipe please tag me @nourishingabilities in your social media posts so I can see it and share it with the rest of our tribe!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!

My Go-to Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (I like coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds (if you’d like it less thick, use less)
  • 2 TSP of maple syrup (use more if you like it sweeter). You can also use honey or stevia if you prefer
  • 1 TBSP of Cacao powder – this is where you can make it your own. Add other flavors like a nut butter or fruit
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • You can add a scoop collagen but it’s optonal

Put all the ingredients in a standard mason jar and stir. Place the lid on tightly and shake! Place it in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours to set. I like to leave mine overnight but it’s not necessary. Enjoy!!!

Camping in the Texas Heat

First off, it has been a hot minute since I have blogged but here I am.  I am excited to tell y’all about my camping adventure in the Texas heat.

Now when I say Texas heat I mean 102ºF-103ºF, so yeah.  We arrived at our campsite in Lake Brownwood State Park Thursday afternoon at probably the peak temperature of the day.  We are great planners like that lol.  Now I had done my research on this camping trip bc I am very analytical so I do like to plan and prepare.  All the pictures I looked at had TREES.  We were assigned to a camping spot and told it had a tree for shade right over the tent site so I was happy to get to the shade and not have to put everything together in the direct sun.  We finished check in and got to our assigned site only to discover that the supposed “trees” were mesquite BUSHES.  These beautiful plants were far from trees.  Just because a bush is taller than a human doesn’t make it a tree, just saying.  Plus, if you are unfamiliar with a mesquite bush, they are very scarce in their foliage so they don’t provide much shade even if they are tall. Thankfully we found a different site that did have an Oak tree and true shade.

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A Mesquite “Tree”

Continue reading “Camping in the Texas Heat”

My Take on Social Media

43517e467b67d78f284c459ff0d9c898Obviously you can find me on social media, so I am not 1000% against it.  With that said, I do wish it were not a necessary evil in the business world today.  If I could go back to the days before social media and I knew what I know now, I would never touch any of the social media outlets.

You have to understand my anxiety a little in order to fully comprehend that statement.  When I make myself available on social media I feel like it is the same thing as standing in a room full of people.  I may know most of these people but that doesn’t matter.  I am convinced they are judging me and analyzing everything I dare to “put out there”.  On the flip side, especially for business, I have to realize that when I put content out there for everyone to consume, it will be necessary for me to interact with each person that “likes”, “shares” or comments on the post.  This is time consuming and again it is like I am forced to have to face an extremely anxiety ridden situation.

Gosh, I know after reading that back to myself that seems very whiny and almost like one would ask why I even have a career like this if that is how I feel about interacting with people over social media.  I can understand that but for me, when I am making the choice to interact and engage, it’s my choice and on my time.  I know when I’m ready to make that phone call or when I have set an appointment with a client.  I am prepared.  There is no preparing for what people say, do or require when on social media.  It is the largest aquarium in the world and if you run a business you are required to swim.

I do manage my time on social media to an extent.  I really try to give myself “windows” of being on any one outlet but I, like many others, get sucked in and it can be an hour later and I am still on the dang app.  My problem is, I over consume most of the time and it leads to burnout.  Burnout is not a viable option when running a business.  I have to stay engaged because my clients or a potential client might need me.

Here is how I am trying to reframe this situation to make it more positive and less stressful.  I decided to put this blog post out so my audience would have the chance to understand why I go “quiet” sometimes.  I have started to use a scheduling service in which I can create all my content in one day, usually Sunday, and not have to worry too much about it during the week.  I’ve decided to only create content Monday – Friday since my business is not open on the weekends anyway.  I will make a conscious effort to use the “stories” feature at least five times a day during the week.  I will go “quiet” every weekend and probably for a whole week once a quarter.  I will reframe interaction with my audience in a way that is positive and encouraging.  I will not stress about it and create negative energy where there isn’t any.  I welcome comments, questions, shares, and likes as they help me understand what content my audience enjoys and wants more of.  You will see my life but not my whole life.  I am always going to be real and raw at times.

I feel like I have come soooo far in my journey and my anxiety is much better than it was when I first started blogging.  I thank you for taking the time to read this post all the way through.  It was a little ranty and probably more of a “dear diary” entry than anything but thats okay.  Feel free to leave comments (seriously, I WANT you to, I really do).  Let me know if you have any social media anxiety or if you struggle with it like I do.  I know I can’t be the only one.

My Top Ten Favorite Podcasts – they are not what you’d think….

Ok, I’m sure everyone is thinking I listen to nutritional & mental health podcasts nonstop but that is not even close to the truth.  While, I do enjoy one occasionally, you will probably be surprised to know my favorite podcast genre to listen to is True Crime.  That’s right, deep down I’m what you would call a Murderino.

I know it’s unorthodox and very taboo to talk about the subject of murder and crime but perhaps it’s my own twisted and crazy past that feeds the need to know that others have witnessed the worst of people and yet have managed to function. Continue reading “My Top Ten Favorite Podcasts – they are not what you’d think….”

The “UnNamed” Journey

So I’ve been on a bit of a journey for a while now.  I’m not sure what to call this journey but I know it has consisted of lots of self sabotage, body shaming/body obsessiveness and a roller coaster of emotions.

I have always been fascinated by how my body responds to different stimulus whether it be exercise, diet or environment.

I started very early with a pattern of self harm as a child because of abuse. My main go to was biting myself for the longest time.  As I grew up I switched to another form of self harm that was definitely more accepted but it served the same purpose.  I began exercising to the point of self harm but it didn’t begin that way. Continue reading “The “UnNamed” Journey”

Eating Out CLEAN

 

I am so excited to share my strategy for eating out while eating clean.  Let’s define clean first.  Clean eating is eating real food that has been properly prepared and is known to be nutrient dense. I have been eating this way for many years so I have had to learn through trial and error all the tricks to getting a clean meal at a restaurant and which restaurants I can trust along the way.  It doesn’t seem so hard now but I can remember when I first started, it was the most daunting thing about eating out.  Now I feel confident I can go into any restaurant and find something to eat.  I have yet to starve.

I know not everyone will be local to me but this guide will include places I have personally eaten.  I will be giving the criteria for each meal I chose at these establishments so hopefully you can translate them into any place you might visit.

Let’s dive in!

My picks for a quick, inexpensive meal are Newk’s and Chipotle. At Newk’s I love to get their Shrimp & Avocado Salad. It comes with a dozen broiled shrimp, avocado, arugula, tangy feta cheese, sweet grape tomatoes, green onions and a lemon basil vinaigrette but  I use regular oil & vinegar they provide at their awesome condiments station.  I like to add peperoncinos to my salad as well.  Sometimes I will ask them to hold the feta but I can tolerate it on occasion.

Probably the one place I frequent the most when I need to get a quick bite to eat is Chipotle.  I can trust their food is fresh, responsibly sourced and delicious.  Plus, they are like Subway for the clean eater, meaning you can find one in almost any city.  When I go to Chipotle I will always get a salad, hold the dressing.  I add either Carnitas or Chicken, white cilantro-lime rice if I feel up to it or if I had a grueling workout that day, fajita vegetables, pico, red and green chili salsa and a side of guac.  My salsas serve as my dressing.  This is a favorite for sure.

I have a couple of options for a date night or a business lunch/dinner.  I love the food scene in Austin so I chose it for my first pick. Continue reading “Eating Out CLEAN”