It’s finally Friday!! I am actually really excited to not have any plans for the weekend. Not even a set run planned. It’s definitely a nice feeling after how busy things have been for the past month.
I just wanted to pop in this morning and share two great things I discovered this week. They’re pretty much unrelated, but both worth trying this weekend if you are looking for a new glute burner or a warm, hearty recipe.
First we work out, then we eat.
I learned this exercise from one of the barre workouts I did earlier this week. We did this move for close to 5 minutes on each side and my butt was on fire by the end!
1. Lay on one side, propping yourself up on your elbow and bend your bottom leg behind you. Form a straight line from head to toes and keep your hips facing forward.
2. Lift your top leg a few inches up and flex your foot.
(this is just a screenshot, not the actual video, but this is the barre3 website)
3.Lift leg up an inch or two and pulse here for up to 1 minute. Make sure you’re squeezing your glutes while you do this.
4. Hold leg in starting position and pull knee into chest and then push back out. Straighten leg and reach slightly behind you. Repeat for 30 seconds.
5. Repeat this sequence two more times and then switch sides.
Ok so now for the recipe. This isn’t something I created on my own, but I kind of came up with my own way to cook it. Here is the original recipe: Super Easy Butternut Squash with Ground Beef and Onions.
You should head over and check out the recipe but it’s really as easy as it sounds. Here is how I cooked it: I melted coconut oil in a larger frying pan, added cubed butternut squash with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, cooked it until very soft. Moved to a crock pot set on low. Added chopped onion to the same frying pan with a little more oil, sautéed for a minute or two then added beef and cooked until no longer pink. Seasoned with more salt, pepper, garlic, powder. Added beef/onion mixture to squash in crock pot and mixed it all up. I added a spinach/kale mix which wilted as it mixed with other warm ingredients. It was probably ready to be eaten at this point but I let it sit for about 45 minutes on low and his really allowed the flavors to come out I think. I served it with greens beans, but it’s probably enough on its own or you could do any other veggie you want!
Sidenote: Rob typically doesn’t like when I cook meals in the crock pot (after I made like 5 meals in a row in there one week) so when he saw the crock pot on he made a face. But once he started eating it he admitted it was good and wanted seconds!
I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture! However, it probably wasn’t very photo worthy- just a big blob of squash and beef! Instead, let’s look at a picture to remind us of warmer days…
What do you have planned for the weekend?
Do you ever modify recipes to make them work for you?
What’s the hardest workout you’ve tried lately?