• Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie {Super Easy Recipe}

    December 17, 2013

    Good morning!

    Let’s get right to it because I have a delicious and insanely simple recipe for you guys, and I think you will love it!


    Yesterday started with a big bowl of pineapple-flavored Greek yogurt with sliced banana and homemade granola. Simple and delicious.

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    I broke for lunch around noon and threw together my favorite salad ever: mixed greens with roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese crumbles, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s the best.

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    After lunch, I dug into the Muddy Buddies Chex mix. I started with a small bowl, but then I found myself going back for handful after handful. So much for portion control!

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    I eventually decided to eat some “real food” instead of filling up on sugar, so I reheated some spaghetti squash with butter and added shredded cheese (Whole Foods “3 Cheese Blend” <–- so good), salt, and pepper. It was so tasty, I actually went back for a second bowl.

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    When Mal got home from school, we headed to CrossFit. I was so sore from Sunday’s workout (pull-ups when you’re pregnant are like doing weighted pull-ups!), but I figured moving around a bit would make my muscles feel better.

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    Last night’s WOD was a good one! The prescribed weight for back squats (225, 135) was pretty heavy for ladies, so I scaled down to 95 pounds. I definitely could have done more weight, but this workout was suppose to be FAST, so I figured 95 was a good balance of weight + speed for me. Wallballs (I used 14 pounds) seemed like they took forever, but I broke them into sets of 10s and just kept trucking along, set by set. I finished in 8:18.



    Last night’s dinner recipe is definitely a keeper! It came together in about 20 minutes, called for only 3 (!) ingredients, made a good amount of leftovers, and was healthy and delicious. Basically, it was a winner in all categories!

    Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie


    • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Melange (or similar 16-ounce vegetable medley)
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Garlic Potatoes with Parmesan Sauce (or similar 16-ounce frozen potatoes)



    1. In a large skillet, break up ground beef with a fork and cook until 75% fully cooked.
    2. Add potatoes and vegetables to skillet. Cover and cook for approximately 15 minutes, mixing occasionally.
    3. Once everything is cooked, remove from heat, and serve immediately.


    So easy, so delicious! This is a great weeknight meal, especially if you’re an evening exerciser and always come home starving for a satisfying meal.

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    After dinner, I enjoyed a couple of snickerdoodle-caramel chip cookies that Kerrie so kindly left for me at CrossFit last night. She is a good friend.

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    And yesterday’s 24 Days of Togetherness was drink eggnog together, so that’s what Mal and I did last night while we watched Safety Not Guaranteed.

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    Has anyone seen this movie? We randomly found it on NetFlix last night and decided to watch it because April, Nick Miller, and Pete (we watch way too much TV) were all in it, and they’re some of our favorite actors. It was a really great movie, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!


    Health News & Views

    When the holiday season rolls around, it’s always more difficult to stick to my regular workout routine. The weeks leading up to the New Year are always jam-packed with all sorts of obligations–from parties and other get-togethers to shopping and even baking sugar cookies. Of course, most of these seasonal responsibilities are a lot of fun, but they don’t leave me much time for exercise.

    Even though I might not be able to work out as much as I typically do, fitting in even a few workouts and moving as much as possible is better than nothing at all. That said, here are 3 ways to burn some serious calories–without even really trying–during the holiday season!

    3 Best Fat-Burning Moves for the Holidays


    Question of the Day

    If you could pick any time in history to travel back to, when would it be?

    I would absolutely, 100% pick the mid-to-late 1980s. I loved the music, fashion… basically everything about the time period. I was just a kid back then, and I always wished I was older so I could fully enjoy the 80s.

    P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a $100 gift card to Athleta!! I will pick a winner tomorrow!

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    { 58 comments… read them below or add one }

    mary @ minutes per mile December 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    we recently watched safety not guaranteed and loved loved loved it! so cute. i found it on this list http://confettimeatballs.com/10-netflix-instant-chick-flick-gems/, where i’ve gotten quite a few good finds.


    Shel@PeachyPalate December 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good workout!!! Are you planning on keeping it up throughout the pregnancy?


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Yes, of course!


    Casey @ stayingonpace December 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I would definitely pick the 60s – the music from that era is unlike any other. Also, the Shepherds Pie looks delish!


    Molly December 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    That is my kind of meal- throw it in a pan and scoop it in a bowl. Amen sista. Also, I seriously cannot be in the same house as that chex mix stuff. I cannot stop eating it.

    Time period- 1940s, pictures of my grandparents falling in love in their young 20s during that time period give me chills, it looks so romantic and classy.


    Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog December 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I’m in love with that Muddy Buddy Chex Mix…I got the Peppermint Bark flavor. SO GOOD.

    Also, the recipe inspired me for dinner tonight, so thanks!

    If I could go back to any time in history….hmmmm. I think I’d go back to the 60’s. Seemed like a great time period where lots of pretty powerful thing happened. On the plus side, no social media to make us feel like we’re always “on call” but on the negative side, no healthy living blogs!


    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige December 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

    This is something that is right up my alley! Yum! Unfortunately, my husband dislikes any kind of scrambles/skillets like that. He’s a weirdo 😛


    Linda @ running4two December 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Hmm, I would probably go back to the mid to late 1800s. I love that time in our history and I think the dresses are so beautiful.

    That salad really does sound amazing!

    Trader Joe’s has the best stuff doesn’t it?


    Sarah @ Sweet Miles December 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    That’s such a tough question!! I’ve always loved the beautiful dresses and old timey clothes they wore waaaaay back when, but realistically, I think going back to the 50’s or 60’s would be cool, I’d love to experience the things my parents got to experience when they were my age :)


    Sanaz @Run for Cake December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    70’s. My favorite fashion look for sure. I am so type A that I could use a little laid back peace love and happiness in my life.
    That Shepard’s pie looks delish! I am all about quick weeknight recipes. If its easy to make and delicious you are so much more likely to cook at home which is 99% more likely to be healthier than eating out.
    I will definitely try your recipe out! Thanks 😉


    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I’ve been obsessed with the Victorian Era for over a decade now so that’s definitely where I’d time travel to!
    Then the 1980’s to have some vintage John Stamos.


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Haha! YES!


    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I would probably travel back to college. That is where I met my husband and I just remember the feeling of enjoying every moment and those “grown up stresses” weren’t there :) but honestly even though this has been a tough year I am pretty happy with where life is right now!


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good call! I would go back to college too!!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I have NO control when it comes to Muddy Buddies…SO good but so dangerous! my cousin makes it every year and gives it as a gift to everyone on Xmas Eve. It’s always so good and definitely a favorite!


    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties December 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I want to go back to the 80s, too! I was born at the tail end of the decade so I didn’t get to experience much of it… I want to know what the hype is all about! :)


    tracy December 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    better check with doc but pregnancy=no soft cheeses! stay safe!
    and mid-late 80’s of course – that’s my growing up time. if not in u.s. then shanghai in ’20s


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    It was pasteurized! :)


    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food December 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    That salad is one of my faves too! Something about that combo is just awesome. Love all the TJ finds too!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Hmmmm that’s a hard question! I might travel back to the 1950s, I just watched Grease last week so it’s on my mind! haha


    Kacie @ Lace up with Kace December 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I would love to live in the 20s and get to wear all of the dresses like they wore in the Great Gatsby!


    Tara December 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    That meal looks too easy and too good! I am so overdue for a TJ trip and need to stock up.

    I would definitely go back to the 40’s/50’s. I love swing dresses, I love the simplicity of life back then, everyone seemed to be courteous to each other and you could actually talk to strangers….
    (remember when ALL stores were closed on Sundays? I really miss that, I think especially these days when everyone is ‘plugged in’ 24/7; a day that makes you slow down and enjoy a simple day is so needed!)


    Ashlee@hisnhers December 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    You had so much delicious food yesterday! A lot healthier than a lot of pregnant people I know in real life haha.
    I am SO glad I discovered the 24 Days of Togetherness last year. My husband and I have had so much fun with it over the last 2 seasons. Friday was Cook a 4 Course Dinner and it was a blast!


    Olga @ BrooklynBeet December 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Wow, great dinner, and so easy! I’ll have to pick that up on my next trip to TJs.

    I would definitely go back to the 1860s and do all I could to prevent Abraham Lincoln from going to that play…I have a little obsession with him…


    michelle kim December 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    LOVE how easy this recipe is! Also, I walk by TJ’s on my way to school everyday, so this is perfect for me :)


    Kimberly December 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I hear ya on the pullups when pregnant!!!! At 25 weeks, stringing 10 together is a miracle and 5 is now the norm! I keep telling myself that if I can safely keep it up for the next 15 weeks, that HOPEFULLY a bar muscle up will seem like nothing once this little girl is here, ha!


    Danny Lake December 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The food you eat daily looks amazing! Very similar to what I have, especially for breakfast! Although I replaced the yogurt with milk!


    Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I would have to agree with you on the era. I was not even born in the 80’s but I love everything about the decade! I LOVED the hair and actually still get perms because I love the look so much! Looks like you had some really yummy eats yesterday!


    Becky December 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I love this meal! I am always on the lookout for nutritious, fast dinners for during the middle of the week! I think it would be fun to see what the 20’s would have been like. Before the Great Depression in 1929 though.


    Beks December 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I LOVED that movie. It was really clever and original. I loved how you didn’t know if he was nuts or telling the truth until the very end.
    If I could go anywhere in time, I’d probably go visit Jane Austen during her early writing days. Yep. I’m a literature nerd. Or, I’d go to 1940’s New York and take up swing dancing. Or 1920’s New York to learn the Charleston. Dances were so much better back then. Why and How did we get stuck with twerking?


    Kara M. December 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    OK, seriously, my spaghetti squash always comes out watery. What’ your cooking method?


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 11:50 am
    Kara M. December 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    @Tina: Thanks!


    Dana December 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    That cookie sounds YUM. And that Shepard’s pie…great idea! I 110% agree with you on going back to the 80s! I always said I would have loved to have been in high school during that time! :)


    tracy December 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    OK..this is not meant to be mean…Love you and love your posts…but c’mon…I’m in suspense….as a new mom…I’m desperate to hear! Are we going to get some more pregnancy details here soon?!? :)


    Tina December 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I’m working on the post! :)


    tracy December 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    @Tina: Yay!


    Lisa December 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    @tracy: I am dying for a pregnancy update, too!!


    sally @ sweat out the small stuff December 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    1997 without a doubt. I learned what love truly felt like that year.


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit December 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Good day of eats – yum! I HATE wallballs. I can’t imagine doing sixty of them. Ouch!


    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self Discipline December 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Oh that’s looks like a great workout!!
    Snickerdoodles w caramel chips…sounds delish! Never heard of caramel chips.


    Ashley December 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    That dinner looks SO good!! What an easy, great way to have a meal that seems to indulgent!

    I’ve been curious since you let us all in on your little secret ;). . . your eating hasn’t seemed to change too much. Any fun cravings/aversions? Have you noticed your eating changing?


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    LOVE this idea! I need to try making a vegetarian version, possibly with lentils!


    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change December 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Need to watch that movie now! Its been jumping out at me on Netflix…and maybe its because April is in it!


    Ashley @ Broc Blog December 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I dont know exactly when but I think Id go to a time when people were less glued to their phones… maybe to the Jurassic period before phones were invented.


    jen December 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of historical romances so the 1800’s Victorian Era would be awesome and I love Victorian houses!


    Sim @ The Micro Harvest December 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am so in love with the 90’s. Everything about it! the TV, the movies, the hair, the flannel :)


    Becky @ Life Outside The BOX December 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’m a night time WODer after work so this recipe will be added to my “go-to quick and easy recipe list” Thanks for sharing!


    Steph @ pjsandyogapants December 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I loved that movie! It was just so funny, yet heartfelt. Does that make sense? And I love the tree at your box :)


    Annette@FitnessPerks December 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    That meal does sound easy–sweet, thanks!

    I would go back in time to the 1950’s. I think it would be so fun to be a part of the baby boom & that excitement of the economy being back after the war.


    Mahealani @ Spending Time With Salad December 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Oh damn, that’s a killer workout! Burpees and wall balls are 2 of my 4 “CF horsemen of the apocalypse”. (The other two being box jumps and HSPU.)

    If I could, I’d go back to the 70’s. The fashion, the music, the politics. It was a fascinating part of history.


    Alana December 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Tina, do you have any kids?


    Ashlee December 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I love that movie. I found it the same way. It’s so cute and heartwarming. I’d go back to the 1960s where the nation was changing, to experience the music, the life…


    Jodi December 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I loved that movie! Very underrated.


    Jessica w December 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    we also loved safety not guaranteed such a good movie


    Nemesia Ramolete December 21, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Muddy Buddies are the BEST and so ADDICTIVE!!!


    Meredith January 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I just made the deconstructed shepherd’s pie last night and it was delicious! Thank you! I added some garlic powder, salt and pepper to spice it up a bit. It was perfect after a long day at work (it took like 20 mins total to prepare) and it warmed me up from the snow we got in DC last night. Thanks again and happy new year!


    Tina January 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    So glad you liked it! :)


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