Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quinoa, Ground Turkey & Chickpeas

This recipe was inspired by my supervisor when I forgot my lunch last week. She shared her homemade lunch with me - quinoa, turkey, and garbanzo beans. While she makes hers slightly different, I liked it so much, I came up with my own version. It's hearty, filling, but not heavy. Try it alone or with some sauteed whole wheat naan. Yummy! 


1 cup Quinoa
chicken broth (optional)
1-2 yellow onions, chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, chopped
olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 can lite coconut milk
1 can garbanzo beans
frozen green peas
shredded carrots
curry powder
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

Note: I added the majority of the spices at the end and did it according to taste. 


1. Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to package instructions. I cooked 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp.butter and a pinch of salt, but you can replace the water with chicken broth for added flavor. Set aside. 
2. Add onions and garlic to a large skillet or Dutch Oven and saute in 1 tbsp olive oil until onions are soft and fragrant. 
3. Add ground turkey and a dash of the curry powder, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.  Cook on medium high until turkey is no longer pink. 
4. Add quinoa and coconut milk to the turkey and onion mixture. 
5. Add the garbanzo beans (you can keep or discard the juice), frozen peas, and shredded carrots. 
6. Add spices to taste, and let simmer until desired consistency. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fit Chicks: The Tummy Tuck

I bookmarked it, I pinned it, and two weeks ago, I finally did it: The Tummy Tuck Workout. And trust me, it will kick your butt... er...abs.

Compliments of Fit Chicks, this is such an awesome workout.


  • Complete each exercise in each station back-to-back, rest 2 minutes, and proceed to the next station.
  • If you're advanced, repeat each station once before moving to the next. 
  • If you cannot complete each station without resting in between the movements, try this: For Station 1, perform 45 seconds of spider man planks, rest for 15 seconds, perform the plank hold for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, perform 45 seconds of plank to push up, rest 15 seconds. You'll basically be doing 1-minute intervals instead (45 seconds ON: 15 seconds OFF / 30 seconds ON: 30 seconds OFF). 
  • Keep at it. It will get easier, and your abs will love you and you'll love your abs. 
  • For further details on timing and exercise instructions (please make sure you're doing all of these movements correctly), check out Fit Chicks: The Tummy Tuck Workout page. 

Station 1

Spider Man Planks: 45 seconds
Plank: 30 seconds
Plank to Push up: 45 seconds
Plank: 30 seconds
Plank Leg Lift: 45 seconds
Plank: 30 seconds
Mountain Climbers: 45 seconds
Plank: 30 seconds
Rest for 2 minutes. Proceed to next station.

Station 2

Bicycle Crunch: 45 seconds
Side Plank (right side): 30 seconds
Side Crunch (left side): 45 seconds
Side Plank (left side): 30 seconds
Side Crunch (right side): 45 seconds
Side Plank (right side): 30 seconds
Mason Twists: 45 seconds
Side Plank (left side): 30 seconds
Rest for 2 minutes. Proceed to next station.

Station 3

Leg Raises - 15 reps
Reverse Crunch - 15 reps
Super Mans - 15 reps
Reach Unders - 15 reps per side
Rest for 1 minutes and repeat.


Sunlit Pose

Friday, May 4, 2012

Makeup Tip: How to Clean Makeup Brushes

I don't necessarily mind cleaning makeup brushes. It is essential after all - dirty brushes breed bacteria and cause breakouts, but it's one of those annoying little tasks.
The day I had "clean brushes" on my to-do list, I happened to find this gem of a tip in Self Magazine. I absolutely love it. It's easy and my brushes are cleaner than ever!


To Clean & Disinfect Makeup Brushes:

1 cup of water
1/2 tsp of tea tree oil
and a dollop of baby shampoo.

Swirl your brush in the mixture, rinse, re-shape and let dry.