TRY Something New

Hey, hey!

How’s it going?

We got more snow–and it really is pretty! It makes me want to cuddle up in bed, sip hot cocoa, and read a book…..

I did a bit of that last night after teaching BodyPUMP. Woot. I really love my relaxing evening time before bed during the weekdays!


As you know, I am a fitmixer Ambassador, and every month I get to share with you my answer in a blog post to a question we as ambassadors are asked.

This month’s? What would I like to try new in the year 2013, and how am I going to make it a reality…..

Try Something New

This one had me pondering for quite awhile!

Here’s why: I feel super blessed in the fact that I’ve realized many of my dreams, I am living every day doing what I want to do, and I have an amazing husband/family/friends by my side. What else would I NEED?

Well, to be honest, I don’t try out new recipes like ever. I mean I pin them like crazy, I oooh and ahh over them on Instagram & on blogs, but do I ever bust ’em out? NOPE.

{egg/spinach/cheese/whole wheat bread–a staple around here. easy.simple.}

I probably don’t make new recipes because I am:

  • a) slightly lazy
  • b) sort of intimidated by any recipe that is more than 5 or 6 ingredients; especially ones with ‘speciality’ items I’d never buy again
  • c) living on a budget (isn’t everyone?)
  • d) already in a great groove with recipes I have on hand
  • e) often finding myself without much time to look for, shop for, and prep new recipes

Here’s the craziest part–I like eating healthy! And we don’t eat unhealthy at all. I don’t make unhealthy meals ever, we hardly ever eat out, and we don’t ever drive through fast food restaurants on the days ‘I don’t feel like cooking.’ <–which weirdly enough, those days are quite often….

So of course this makes me not want to try something new if it’s already working, right?

And here’s the other thing, my husband is super chill when it comes to food, he’d eat about anything, so this of course fuels my apathy towards cooking: he’d eat whatever if I didn’t cook and be fine with it!

In all honesty, I cook about 2-3 times per week, but before you pass judgement, I cook in large batches so we usually eat each meal at least twice. (The pizza I made last week lasted 2 dinners & 3 lunches. BOOM).

I teach 3 nights per week, so I like to cook on Mondays/Sundays/Saturdays (and Sundays I usually make extras of beans/quinoa/turkey) with the 3 teaching nights (Tue/Wed/Thur) & Friday <–my ultimate weekend night since the week is over, being leftovers or ‘easy’ dinners like eggs, paninis, loaded salads, or smoothies.

So, for my TRY something new in 2013, I will try 1 NEW recipe each month (starting in February). Wahoo!!

I am totally scared now that I just wrote that. Whenever I commit to something, I do it. I am that girl. I am driven, and definitely a fighter when it comes to reaching any sort of goal that I set.

This should be verrrry interesting.

And I plan on being successful with this because I will blog about the new recipes I try each month…… they might happen on the last day of every month, but they WILL get made.


Win fitmixer Products!

And, as a part of this series with the fitmixer ambassadors, click over to this fitmixer post and leave a comment stating what YOU’RE trying new this year. When you leave a comment on that post, you’re automatically entered to win fitmixer product!! 


Have a GREAT day, you guys! <3

And here’s where I kindly, need YOUR help–in the comments here, link to a recipe you LOVE to make or have made from someone else, but it must be healthy (meaning at least 1 veggie), easy/simple, and have some source of protein in it. So, I ask YOU, what is a recipe that YOU just love to make??? And also, what are YOU trying new this year??<–I’m curious!

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  1. I’m intimidated by really hard recipes too!! Here is a really random but really simple recipe (and Jonny approved) Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Enchiladas

  2. I’ll definitely try something new and enjoy to have a healthy lifestyle. More on health and wellness for me this year, well probably not just physically but emotionally. :) Because I think they really work well together, right? :)

  3. I totally agree, I always want to try new recipes and think different foods look fabulous, but the reality is that it takes a lot of planning to do that. And if something calls for an odd ingredient that I know will be hard for me to use again, I usually steer clear because I don’t want to waste food or have something lying around in my cupboards for years. It’s definitely easier to stick to similar foods that I know will get eaten. But once in awhile, it really is fun to try something totally new!

  4. I’m a huge fan of easy, simple meals (hence my weekly KISS post). I think you made a great goal. One new recipe per month won’t be too overwhelming . . . and you never know–you may find some new recipes to add to your rotation that you really enjoy!

  5. Jessie says:

    I’m trying new recipes too! At least one a week and it has to make left overs for lunch or dinner. My favorite recipe is spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and chicken parm meatballs from sweet tooth sweet life. It’s so easy to make a double batch of them and freeze for nights I don’t want to cook :).

  6. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I also never follow recipes for all the above reasons. If there are more than a few ingredients I immediately move on… But here’s one recipe I followed about a year ago from Chelsey that I loved!

  7. Oh man, I’m totally the same way! I’m so intimidated to try recipes, I just won’t. I know if I do, that it really is never as complicated as I think and I usually love them. Guess I should go back to my pinterest board and get started;)

  8. I should totally incorporate more new recipes into my life, but routine is so EASY. :)

    It’s so funny that your question this month was about what will you try new this year. I made it my resolution at the start of the year that I would do one new workout a month – new being either BRAND new or something that I haven’t done in a long time/not in my routine. Gotta give the body a little shock now and again. :) This month is was RPM – my legs were jello, the bike seat was a rude reminder of years ago tri-training, and the class was PHENOMENAL. I burned over 1000 calories. :)

  9. I am the same way! I want to like trying new and different recipes all the time, I’m just lazy and stick with what I know and what’s easier for me! ha That pizza looks so delicious though! I love making my own pizza, doing my own toppings a whole wheat crust and not loading it up with cheese makes for a much healthier comfort food! ha

  10. You can TOTALLY do it!!! And I promise, you will feel empowered when you start to add recipes to your weekly rotation!


  11. I need to do this too! I always see great recipes but never venture out. Let’s do it together 😉

  12. Deborah says:

    I think we all get into comfortable ruts now and then, but I try to make new recipes often because I love to cook. Lately, one of my favorites is a spicy chicken stir fry:

    Serves 2 (really large servings)

    1 tsp olive oil
    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut into bite sized pieces
    1 lg onion – diced
    1 can sliced water chestnuts – i like the crunch :)
    2 tbs szechuan sauce – from a bottle (San-J makes a good one) – more if you like spice
    1 tbs soy sauce
    2 tbs almond butter or peanut butter – thickens the sauce and balances the spice
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    2-3 cups frozen broccoli

    In a large skillet, add the first 4 ingredients and cook til chicken is no longer pink. Add sauces and nut butter and stir to mix well. Add broccoli and rice to the top and cover until the broccoli is cooked to your desired tenderness. Stir and serve. This is usally enough for 2 plus leftover for lunch the next day.

  13. Danielle says:

    So many things to choose from and I love trying new things! This year I hope to really change up my environment by moving somewhere else when my lease expires – either closer to the park, and ideally larger and cheaper, haha.
    One of my FAV recipes that is just about as easy as they come is Coconut Chipotle Chicken (or Tilapia or whatever fish or meat you like, haha!)
    1 can of chipotle sauce (it’s a smoky chipotle sauce, smallish can)
    1 can of coconut milk – can use light
    heat those two things, then add in your chicken or fish. cook it all till done. serve over some steamed veggies and some yummy sweet potatoes on the side. YUMM

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