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Chicken with Portabella Mushrooms,Tomato and Spinach

September 4, 2013
Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

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1 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 teaspoons olive oil
small red onion, thinly sliced
6 ounces of chopped portabella mushroom caps
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced or 2 cups grape
4-6 cup fresh spinach

 

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Heat oven to 400° F.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

 

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Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

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Add the garlic, tomato, spinach, and some salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

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Return the chicken to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

This is a SUPER easy meal!! ready in less than 30 min!!! I usually have to double this recipe for my family!! ENJOY!!!

Foods I eat

Stuffed Peppers!!!!!

July 15, 2013
Stuffed Peppers Recipe

My amazing sister dropped this dinner off at our house and it immediately became a favorite! She originally saw a version of this on line and then made it healthier!!! Thanks to her  I get to share this with you! Enjoy!!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Easy + Healthy Stuffed Peppers!!
 
I tend to vary this recipe and use up leftovers!! Any meats and veggies work!!
Ingredients
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Chopped garlic,
  • Lean cut of steak
  • Provolone Cheese!!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Clean peppers, cut off tops and remove innards and place in pan
  3. Over medium heat toss onions, mushrooms,garlic, thinly slices steak and salt and pepper to taste.(I also chop tops of peppers)
  4. Fill peppers with meat mixture
  5. Top with a slice of provolone cheese. (I use extra thin provolone slices by Sargento)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown
  7. Serve and enjoy!!!!

About Lisa, Lifestyle

It’s Just Not Fair!!!

May 9, 2013
Over came fear
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Celebrating ONE YEAR Cancer Free! A long hike to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Make careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Do not compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6: 4-5 ( The message)

Sometimes things just seemed so unfair!! My friends could eat a big cheeseburgers, fries, heaping plates of nachos and fancy desserts all the time and somehow stay slim and trim. I could look at a candy bar, just smell some pizza, or simply  bake a cake and gain weight?!?!? Who could understand it all?  It all seemed overwhelming, complicated and mostly so UNFAIR!! It  made me so MAD!  It made me want to give up, TO QUIT!   This is, I believe  why all my life I have yo-yo’d between 210-260. I got caught up it comparing my self to others. One day I could hear myself say ” It’s just not fair” on another day I would hear myself say “at least I’m not…” Both very dangerous things:: Envy or Pride. Instead of giving up, or settling for less than your best when these things occurred I needed to take my eyes off others and focus ONLY on what the Lord has given me to take care of:: MYSELF! You see, I believe that comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential. Just when I was about to reach a goal of under 200 pounds it would all become way too hard for me & oh so very unfair. I would quickly end up feeling defeated and Quit! I beg you, if this sounds like you,  you need to stop this!! Don’t let the deceiver win. Early on in my time at the ranch I learned I needed to take care of myself. I only needed to watch what I was eating, how much I was working out, how much I was or was not losing. If I would just always do my best and focus on Him, I never needed to wonder or worry if it was enough. If I gave my all, 100 percent I had to trust it was good enough. So I stopped comparing myself to others and focus ONLY on what I needed to do and it happened….I met and exceeded every goal I had set.   We all need to deal with our insecurities and stop comparing ourselves to those around us. We need to learn to stay true to the course God has set before each one of  us….Trust the process. We need to learn to just  trust God. I know how simple that sounds yet it is so very difficult to actually do. I believe with all my heart the Lord is in total control. I also believe God plans to use each and every one of us in mighty ways!! His dreams are much bigger than our own (probably why I exceeded everyone of my goals)!!  God wants you to be in the best shape possible to accomplish all His  plans! God is NOT comparing you to others and you shouldn’t either.

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OverComing Fear halfDome

Lord, I start by asking you to forgive me for my jealousies and insecurities. Keep my eyes focused on you and not on others. Help me not to worry about what others look like, have, or do. Help me to not compare myself to them but to place my trust in you. Thank you for valuing me. Please give me the strength I need to become all you have dreamed up, all you desire me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Foods I eat

Southwest Chicken and Beans

May 3, 2013
SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND BEANS

I do have an amazingly easy recipe for you! This southwest chicken and beans is made weekly at the Rambo house!! I typically make this on a night I plan on being a little later at the gym. I love that dinner is just about done when I walk in the door!! My husband and kids have even declared this a new FAVORITE!!! WIN-WIN in my book!!!

Okay so there are a few reasons why I love this dish…

1. You can literally throw it all in a crock pot in the morning (in less than 5 minutes).

2. It’s healthy! And easy!!!

3. You can freeze the leftovers. Just place the chicken in a freezer zip lock bag and pull it out when you need a quick meal.

Slow-Cooked Southwest Chicken and beans

Ingredients::
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can mild green chillies
2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 container of fresh salsa
4 Table spoons of taco seasoning

Directions::
In a 2- or 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the beans, tomatoes, chillies, chicken, salsa, and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Just before serving, Remove Chicken,Shred with two forks. I then spoon out beans and tomatoes. Serve with brown rice, all the taco fixings or I enjoy mine over mixed greens!…. And lots of Hot sauce!!!!

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Family, Foods I eat, Lifestyle

My NEW food rules!!

April 30, 2013
My new food rules!

Before biggest loser I had 3 food rules:

1.What make a good thing better:: Add bacon!

2.What makes a good thing better:: Add cheese!!

3.What make a good thing better:: Deep Fry it!!

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My  15 new food rules after Biggest Loser:

These are the rules I followed to lose 108 Pounds!! I never broke one rule or had a single cheat! With discipline you can do it to and get amazing results!! I have been told that 80 percent is diet, 10 percent exercise, and 10 percent genetics! I believe it, you can totally win this battle by controlling what you put in your mouth! I feel so good about life and the physical changes I have made, and the way it has positively effected my family. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to feed them right! I want you to feel it too!!!! To know the true  joy of it like I do!! Decide to eat healthy! Come along with me and truly live your life for the first time! I am so glad it did! You will never regret it!! Start making powerful eating choices right now, do what you can, follow the rules you can RIGHT NOW, then add more as you can!

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1. Eat 5 or 6 small meals everyday. 150-350 calories at a time! Never exceeding your calorie budget for the day!

2. Eat every 2 to 3 hours.

3. Food Pair:: Always eat a lean protein and a complex carb at every meal.

4. Drink your water!! 3-4 liters a day! I only drink water, hot tea and black coffee.

5. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast.

6. Carry a cooler loaded with your food for the day. Never get stuck! NO EXCUSES!!! (I will post about My Box soon!!)

7. Avoid ALL over processed, refined foods…especially white flour and sugar!

8. Eat healthy fats! you need fat! No saturated or trans fats.

9. NO alcohol….it is sugar!

10. Just STAY AWAY from calorie packed foods that have no nutritional value! Do NOT even open the door!! DON’T EVEN TASTE!!!!!!

11. Eat lots and LOTS of vegetables and fruits!

12. ALWAYS measure your portion sizes! don’t guess, you only cheat yourself!

13. If you put it in your mouth track it! I am all about the calorie counting!! Food Journal. I use my FitnessPal.

14. Eat  breads and Starches at beginning of the day, NONE after lunch!

15. NEVER ever eat after 7:30 pm!! Close down the kitchen….if it becomes a battle, JUST GO TO BED!!

 

Clean out you kitchen!! Make your home a safe place with ONLY healthy food choices. You will be amazed at the effect it will have on your entire family!! We are feeling stronger than ever! Join us……You will be glad you did!!!

20130430-214101.jpgTop Picture was taken in July just a month before I went to the Biggest Loser Ranch. The bottom Picture was taken the day after Finale!!What a difference 6 months make!!

About Lisa

Biggest Loser Casting Tips

April 27, 2013

I have been to 3 casting calls….each one was different! First was a last minute decision to go at the Minnesota State Fair for season 11, got the first call back then nothing. When season 12 came along I got an email from a casting director asking me to come to a casting call at the Mall of America and to bring a family member. So of course I did!!!! With VIP pass in hand off we went…… 

Casting tips:

1. Dress to impress:: You need to think of this like a job interview. Put your best foot forward. Look good!!!(not slim)

2. Be yourself:: They know what they are looking for, and they know fake. It’s their job!!

3. Be heard:: If you have something to say, in a respectful way make sure casting hears what it is.

4.Do Not be shy:: It’s your one chance!! Meet as many people as possible.

5.Speak loud and clear:: They can’t cast you if they don’t understand you!

6.Make eye contact:: It is important. It shows you are a confidant person.

7.Have Fun:: Smile, show your personality!!

8.Know why you are going:: Prepare a quick sentence or two on why you are there. PRACTICE IT!

9.Write Clearly:: Your short application you fill out there, make sure they can read it. keep answers clear and concise.(you can go online and read long application to get an IDEA of what may be on short application)

10.Bring a Picture:: A clear full body picture showing what you have to lose!!

I did not get a call back season 12, so I put together another casting video….. I believe it was much better than my first one!! check it out!!!

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What I can say is I have waited in a long hot line for hours and hours, and I have gone with a VIP pass in hand walking right up to a casting table. I would give back a VIP pass every day!! I had so much fun, laughing, singing, sharing stories, playing games, and getting to know the people in line. After my last casting call in Chicago for season 14 we decided we should all go out dinner together (because the 7am-4pm time in line just was not enough)!! Enjoy it, It is part of the process!!! Good Luck!!