Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mexican Rice Recipe

Don't you hate it when you look in the fridge and can't find anything you want to eat?


Or, what about when you're scrambling between classes/work, and you know you're going to be starving later, so you're searching to have something prepared lest the food monster emerge from within your dark and eerie soul...? Anybody?

I just love when diet desperation blossoms into a beautiful kitchen creation.

I'm telling you, guys, this frozen cauliflower will work wonders. I've posted several recipes or little meals featuring cauliflower subbed for the typical bread/potato/rice carb, and you can bunch this one right along with the others. Maybe it's my tattered and abused palate but you just can't mess this up.

Mexican Rice (Feat. Cauliflower)

Ingredients:

  • Frozen cauliflower (1 bag)
  • Diced green chiles (1 can)
  • Bell pepper (I used one red one)
  • Mrs. Dash Chipotle Lime seasoning (tons of it)
  • Garlic salt


Optional:

  • I used some frozen okra (about 3/4 cup).
  • I added some pre-cooked chicken breast to it (awesome). I'd also try canned chicken.
  • If I had some, I would have thrown in some salsa.


Directions:

Mix all ingredients around in a casserole dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. The mushier it is, the easier it is to take a knife and chop it up like rice. Uncover the dish, chop up the ingredients, and serve with salsa, fat-free sour cream or even atop a bed of greens.

I wonder what it would taste like mixed with some beans???

If you or someone you know struggles with getting fit from the inside out, consider contacting me for fitness/nutrition consulting. If you're in the DFW area, stop by one of my classes at Cypress WatersRob's FitnessGranite Park or Orangetheory. If you're a girl, and you like to have fun, consider booking your next party with me. These and other services are provided by Amber Michelle Fit, LLC.


Pizza Poppers

My biggest struggle for my inner-fat-kid is the unique flavorishesness (new word) of the Italian cuisine called pizza. People all over the world crave the pallet-pleasing combination of cheese and bread. It doesn't matter if you're Italian, Greek, American, Mexican, African, Pomeranian ... We all desire a slice (or seven) of the most famous cheat-worthy meal of all.

But, we can't all afford to give into that craving every time we get it. In those instances, we make pizzalicious posers like this.




Seriously, y'all, this ain't your sister's cauliflower crust pizza (I happen to love making that but ain't nobody got the time for that when you teach umpteen classes a week). This is the bomb dot com.

Ingredients:

  • Tofu-like, egg-like, whatever-they're made from - Won ton wraps

For Sauceless Spinach & Cheese (makes 4-6)

  • Frozen spinach (one bag frozen)
  • Fat-free cream cheese (one 8 oz. block)
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, salt, garlic)
  • Cheddar seasoning/Ranch seasoning

For Pepperoni & Cheese

  • Canned tomato sauce (1 can)
  • Canned tomato paste (1 can)
  • Onion/Pepper mix (frozen blend) (1/3 cup)
  • Fat-free mozzarella
  • Italian seasoning
  • Reduced-fat turkey pepperonis

Directions:

Mix all components of each stuffing batch together in separate bowls. I cooked the tomato sauce on low in a sauce pan first. I cooked the spinach and cream cheese in the microwave for 5 minutes. Then, I added other ingredients as I filled the wraps.

Pinch the corners of the wrappers together with wet fingers (dipped in water). Place on greased baking sheet at 400 degrees in the oven. It took about12 minutes for them to get crispy and golden and scrumptiously super-cala-fraja-licious-expi-aladocious!

You can't mess these up! I'm like the equivalent to a four-year old in the kitchen! Watch this video on YouTube here. Follow my Youtube and IG channel for more easy-breezy beautiful recipes like this. You might catch some behind-the-scenes action from my all-star videographer husband too.

If you or someone you know struggles with getting fit from the inside out, consider contacting me for fitness/nutrition consulting. If you're in the DFW area, stop by one of my classes at Cypress WatersRob's FitnessGranite Park or Orangetheory. If you're a girl, and you like to have fun, consider booking your next party with me. These and other services are provided by Amber Michelle Fit, LLC.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free Fitness Classes in June!

I have been a home-owner and hobo in the past year, and I can now come full circle by becoming an apartment-renter at The Neighborhoods at Cypress Waters. Come check out my new crib (and more importantly new studio) in your next training session, private party or free class.

Did someone mention "free?"

Yes! All classes held at Cypress Waters will be free for residents and their friends/family for the month of June. Check out which classes you can attend by viewing my coaching schedule below.



Other classes include sessions at Orangetheory Fitness. If you have a question about class or an idea for class, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'm always open to new ideas and welcome feedback from my fearless and fit friends like y'all!

If you would like to be on my contact list for the most up-to-date changes to schedules and sessions, please email me and let me know. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Called to Love, Not Compete

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
On stage during the Ronnie Coleman Classic.
Last week I competed in my fifth fitness show, a competition where athletes are compared according to muscular physique and overall attractiveness. The division I compete in, called “Bikini,” is the newest division to these bodybuilding shows, and often compared to a beauty pageant. I like to say it’s a beauty pageant for girls who lift weights rather than girls who run.

In all five of my fitness shows, I have been disappointed with my placement. After months of killing it in the gym, sacrificing weekends, eating saltless fish and endlessly explaining to friends and family what the heck I’m training for, I can’t help but feel a little disenchanted with losing. Rejection is a tough beast to tackle — especially five times in a row.

I keep getting this nauseating feeling .... This is it? This is what I’ve been training for? … Did I miss something?

Fortunately, God is faithful. He has placed encouraging people in my life to remind me why I train hard physically and spiritually. I have to remember why I started training for fitness shows in the first place. My motivation and goals may not be the norm … like training to win a local show, take top 2 or 3 at nationals, and then be rewarded a pro card, going on to be a sponsored athlete and shoot scandalous yet sexy advertisements for whey protein in my booty-bearing Nike shorts.

My husband and I are all hugs with our friends from the gym after finals.
I’d still be sitting there with a trophy and pro card, saying, “Uh, so what can I do with this lil doo-hickey again? Do I get a free gym membership?”

For me, the fitness shows were a pit stop on my journey to get fit from the inside out. 

Sure, they have helped me set a hard goal to achieve a certain level of fitness at an appointed time, but they are not the mountaintops for which I’ve been striving. I’ve been caught up in the hype of being on stage, performing for my own glory instead of staying true to why I started … for God’s glory.

Prejudging at the Europa Supershow.
The past two weeks have been a good measure of my trust in God and more importantly, his patience with me. I’ve been convicted of drawing my worth from what other people think about me and trusting myself to perform well enough in everything I do, that I can make people like me … that I can make people want to exalt me.

What I need to fall back on (and what I’ve been reminded of after losing again) is that every time I’m exalted, God slips into the background. But every time, I’m on my knees, God receives the glory.

You see, we have to understand that we all have a calling on our life, and those who honor God with that calling, he will honor (1 Samuel 2:30). Once I understood that my value as a fitness trainer is not defined by whether or not I win a fitness competition, my worldview changed. I don’t want to live my life well for the betterment of my self, but I want to help others live well (1 Corinthians 10).

Honoring the calling God’s given me involves enriching other people’s lives by them just being around me. 

People should be brighter, happier, full of life, just being in our company because we are so saturated in God’s presence.

What I’ve come to realize is that these shows have had a tendency to steal my joy and make me move out from underneath God’s covering. If there’s still a place for these competitions in my efforts to honor God with my calling, I’m totally open to it, but I’m not going to purposefully train for a show just to compete and compare myself to others. I’m going to train because my body does not belong to me. It belongs to God, which means I need to work my butt off to keep it clean and in prime condition.
“Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19, The Message) 
Everyone has a ministry, a message and a mission, and for some reason, God revolves those elements around fitness and the body for me. 

Today, it’s relatively easy to see how God is working all things out for my blessing. ... Not everyday is as clear. Some days I feel frustrated and tired and sore, and I may even question God. But instead of comparing myself with those around me or the other trap — comparing myself to what I think I should be — I’m choosing to do three things with my calling. I’m going to trust God steadily, hope fervently, and love extravagantly. Everyday is a journey, and the closer I get to God, the clearer it becomes to me of who I am.

If you or someone you know struggles with getting fit from the inside out, consider contacting me for fitness/nutrition consulting. If you're in the DFW area, stop by one of my classes at Rob's FitnessGranite Park or Orangetheory. If you're a girl, and you like to have fun, consider booking your next party with me. These and other services are provided by Amber Michelle Fit, LLC.
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