Pieces in Progress: Living fit, healthy, & happy!

What do YOU want to see on Minute Kitchen next?

Right now I’m debating between: Zucchini Oatmeal Mini Muffins, Cheesy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Chocolate Coconut Magic Bars, or Farm Fresh Roasted Veggies (all gluten free) but I’m completely open to other requests too! I’m cooking in the morning so what do you want to watch? :)

Have you seen Minute Kitchen yet? What do you think! It’s my new video series showing you how to make delicious, easy recipes that just happen to be great for you too all in 1 beautiful minute!

Risotto has always been one of my favorite “health” dishes because it is so delicious and creamy and satisfying that it feels like you’re eating something rich when really you’re eating a nutrient packed veggie-delivery-system! The great thing about risotto is you can really add whatever veggies you like/ can get locally. This is a great time of year to get zucchini (I actually only needed 1 zucchini to get all 3 cups worth!) so that’s what I went with but feel free to swap in whatever you like. Another great thing about risotto is it travels phenomenally well and tastes great fresh and as leftovers for the next few days. It’s so convenient I’ll often make a jumbo batch on the weekend then store it in single serving (16 oz) Mason Jars to grab and go with all week! It does take attention but it is so  worth the effort to have something this healthy AND this tasty!
Traditional risotto recipes call for stock (veggie stock in my case) not water, but I prefer water because the flavor of the stock can overwhelm the freshness of the veggies. If you have a stock you love the taste of though go ahead and use it! The rice will absorb the flavors of whatever it’s cooked with.
Here’s 5 more risotto flavor combos:
Lemon, zucchini, shiitake mushroom
Asparagus & oven roasted tomatoes (add them towards the end)
Arugula (add at the last minute), lemon zest, peas
Butternut squash & carrot (try adding a tiny bit of cinnamon & cumin to this one!)
Cherry tomatoes, green beans, lemon zest, & almond slivers
For more healthy, delicious (and gluten free!) one pot meals go here! :)

Risotto has always been one of my favorite “health” dishes because it is so delicious and creamy and satisfying that it feels like you’re eating something rich when really you’re eating a nutrient packed veggie-delivery-system! The great thing about risotto is you can really add whatever veggies you like/ can get locally. This is a great time of year to get zucchini (I actually only needed 1 zucchini to get all 3 cups worth!) so that’s what I went with but feel free to swap in whatever you like. Another great thing about risotto is it travels phenomenally well and tastes great fresh and as leftovers for the next few days. It’s so convenient I’ll often make a jumbo batch on the weekend then store it in single serving (16 oz) Mason Jars to grab and go with all week! It does take attention but it is so worth the effort to have something this healthy AND this tasty!

Traditional risotto recipes call for stock (veggie stock in my case) not water, but I prefer water because the flavor of the stock can overwhelm the freshness of the veggies. If you have a stock you love the taste of though go ahead and use it! The rice will absorb the flavors of whatever it’s cooked with.

Here’s 5 more risotto flavor combos:

  • Lemon, zucchini, shiitake mushroom
  • Asparagus & oven roasted tomatoes (add them towards the end)
  • Arugula (add at the last minute), lemon zest, peas
  • Butternut squash & carrot (try adding a tiny bit of cinnamon & cumin to this one!)
  • Cherry tomatoes, green beans, lemon zest, & almond slivers

For more healthy, delicious (and gluten free!) one pot meals go here! :)

Mediterranean Quinoa Jars- vegan, gf, & dorm room ready!

It’s back to school time and you asked for a dorm friendly meal so here’s my favorite! All you need is a microwave & cutting surface. I recommend checking out the local farmer’s market for the cheapest (and freshest!) produce then making these the same day. They should last about a week in the fridge! Of course you can customize them to have your own favorite veggies- this is ESPECIALLY good with oven roasted veggies if you have access to an oven! Best of all these jars are vegan, gluten free, and taste great at any temperature so go ahead and grab it on the run!

MAKE SURE you put the dressing at the bottom and quinoa on top so that it doesn’t absorb the dressing! Using less absorbent ingredients like peppers, onions, & tomatoes at the bottom will help prevent this.

Typed out ingredients & directions are on the youtube page here.

MAKES 3 SERVINGS (this will change based on the cheese you use! I use My Fitness Pal to calculate the recipe)
353 calories, 13g fat, 48 carbs, 14g protein

For more Minute Kitchen video recipes go here!

Minute Kitchen episode 4 is here! It’s back to school time so this week I decided to take a request for an easy, healthy, dorm ready recipe and this is it! The great thing about this dish, besides being vegan and gluten free, is that all you need to make it is a microwave and a cutting surface! The jars are totally customizable to your favorite veggies and will last about a week in the fridge so make them ahead and you’ll have amazing grab & go meals every day!
Each jar is 353 calories, 13g fat, 48 carbs, and 14g protein.
WATCH THE VIDEO & GET THE RECIPE HERE!
Minute Kitchen is my brand new cooking show. It teaches you how to make an easy, delicious recipe that just happens to be great for you too all in just 1 beautiful minute! Check out all the videos here, new videos go up every Wednesday!

Minute Kitchen episode 4 is here! It’s back to school time so this week I decided to take a request for an easy, healthy, dorm ready recipe and this is it! The great thing about this dish, besides being vegan and gluten free, is that all you need to make it is a microwave and a cutting surface! The jars are totally customizable to your favorite veggies and will last about a week in the fridge so make them ahead and you’ll have amazing grab & go meals every day!

Each jar is 353 calories, 13g fat, 48 carbs, and 14g protein.

WATCH THE VIDEO & GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Minute Kitchen is my brand new cooking show. It teaches you how to make an easy, delicious recipe that just happens to be great for you too all in just 1 beautiful minute! Check out all the videos here, new videos go up every Wednesday!

Piecesinprogress on Instagram! It has daily updates with recipes, grocery shopping, cute pictures of Joey (usually behind the scenes with her investigating my food photography haha!) and more! Come say hi! :)

Piecesinprogress on Instagram! It has daily updates with recipes, grocery shopping, cute pictures of Joey (usually behind the scenes with her investigating my food photography haha!) and more! Come say hi! :)

Here it is, the monster of at home workouts. It might look like your average equipment free, do anywhere plan but trust me, this one is a killer! I originally intended this to be 3 repetitions of the first cycle but as I led my XC team through this plan, I quickly realized that was pushing it haha. You can certainly attempt to do the longer version and as always modify this to meet your body’s needs!
This is designed to have 1-2 minutes of rest between each cycle but try to keep rest between exercises to 15-30 seconds (at most).
(And all my college friends out there, if I hadn’t made this for my team I would say this was made for you because it is perfect for dorm rooms! You can do it with minimal space, there’s no jumping to bother neighbors, and you can adapt the length of time to fit your schedule!)
For more at home, equipment free workout plans go here!

Here it is, the monster of at home workouts. It might look like your average equipment free, do anywhere plan but trust me, this one is a killer! I originally intended this to be 3 repetitions of the first cycle but as I led my XC team through this plan, I quickly realized that was pushing it haha. You can certainly attempt to do the longer version and as always modify this to meet your body’s needs!

This is designed to have 1-2 minutes of rest between each cycle but try to keep rest between exercises to 15-30 seconds (at most).

(And all my college friends out there, if I hadn’t made this for my team I would say this was made for you because it is perfect for dorm rooms! You can do it with minimal space, there’s no jumping to bother neighbors, and you can adapt the length of time to fit your schedule!)

For more at home, equipment free workout plans go here!

It has been a LONG day- teaching a 6 AM yoga class then a full day of cross country coaching (I have an amazing at home workout for you guys based on the core routine I made for my kids today!), and my first day of grad school- and I am exhausted. I’ll be back tomorrow with one of the best total body at home workouts I’ve pulled together in a while BUT if you’re looking for some healthy food inspiration tonight check out Minute Kitchen! These videos are my pride and joy haha! A new recipe is going up on Wednesday- completely dorm friendly (read: all you need is a microwave) lemony Mediterranean quinoa salad jars!

What’s Minute Kitchen you ask? My new series of 1-minute cooking videos teaching you (beautifully) how to make my favorite easy, healthy recipes! Click the links to check out the video! I’d love your feedback so I can keep improving them each week!

imageVideo Here— Nutrition per brownie: 80 calories, 2g fat, 12 carbs, 5g protein

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Video Here— Nutrition per 2 Tbsp: 30 calories, 2g fat,  3 carbs, 1g protein

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Video Here— Nutrition per serving: 290 calories, 5g fat, 52 carbs, 8g protein

It’s time for another smoothie roundup! This time it’s all about classic, creamy banana based protein smoothies. I purposely didn’t put a specific type of protein powder in because you should use the one that you like best! Personally, I usually use Tera’s Whey but when I want a vegan options I go for Vega One. Sadly they are both very expensive so if you want to skip the powders all together but still want the protein add in your favorite Greek (or soy) yogurt instead! It’s cheaper but still gives you tons of refueling protein.

For more delicious, healthy smoothie ideas go here!

These brownies are the triple  threat: they’re filled with chocolatey deliciousness, get double the protein from both beans and protein powder, AND are a snap to make (confession: I usually just make them entirely in the blender haha). Oh and did you notice they’re gluten free too! It’s a great recipe for picky eaters or just anyone who wants a tasty treat that’s sneakily good for them too!

Makes 16 Brownies
80 calories, 2g fat, 12 carbs, 5g protein

Minute Kitchen is my brand new youtube show dedicated to teaching you how to make easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be great for you all in 1 beautiful minute! New videos go up every Wednesday so let me know if you have requests!

Minute Kitchen episode 3 is here! Check out this awesome recipe for (gluten free) black bean protein brownies. So easy, absolutely delicious and with 5g of protein per 80-calorie brownie they’re actually pretty good for you too!
Have you watched my new cooking series Minute Kitchen yet? What do you think of it so far? Any requests for next week’s episode? Let me know, new videos will be posted every Wednesday!

Minute Kitchen episode 3 is here! Check out this awesome recipe for (gluten free) black bean protein brownies. So easy, absolutely delicious and with 5g of protein per 80-calorie brownie they’re actually pretty good for you too!

Have you watched my new cooking series Minute Kitchen yet? What do you think of it so far? Any requests for next week’s episode? Let me know, new videos will be posted every Wednesday!

Minute Kitchen Episode 2- Lightened Up Guacamole. This has always been one of my absolute favorite recipes because it just tastes so good (not to mention that it’s also vegan and gluten free).

This recipe makes 2 cups of amazing guac and comes out to just 30 calories, 2g fat, 3 carbs, & 1g protein per 2 Tablespoons! Get the written out ingredients & directions here.

Minute Kitchen is all about showing you how to make easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be great for you in a beautiful way & in less than one minute! I’m kicking the show off with 3 videos in 3 days then a new episode every Tuesday!

Minute Kitchen is here! This is the first video- Indian Inspired Fried Rice- it’s vegan, gluten free, and ready in under 15 minutes! What do you think? I’d love your feedback! Minute Kitchen is all about showing you how to make easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be great for you in a beautiful way & in less than one minute! I’m kicking the show off with 3 videos in 3 days then a new episode each week!

Minute Kitchen has arrived! Go to my new youtube channel here to check out the first video- Indian Inspired Fried Rice. It’s vegan, gluten free, and ready in 15 minutes or less. Minute Kitchen is all about showing you how to make easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be good for you in a beautiful way and in less than one minute! Especially since this is the first video I’d love any feedback so check it out! :)
I’ll be posting a new recipe every week but to kick things off I’m doing a special 3 videos in 3 days, check back tomorrow for the next Minute Kitchen video!

Minute Kitchen has arrived! Go to my new youtube channel here to check out the first video- Indian Inspired Fried Rice. It’s vegan, gluten free, and ready in 15 minutes or less. Minute Kitchen is all about showing you how to make easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be good for you in a beautiful way and in less than one minute! Especially since this is the first video I’d love any feedback so check it out! :)

I’ll be posting a new recipe every week but to kick things off I’m doing a special 3 videos in 3 days, check back tomorrow for the next Minute Kitchen video!

Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.
They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.

Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!


BREAKFAST
I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).
Banana Spice Chia Pudding 170 calories, 3g fat, 27 carbs, 9g protein
Berry & Date Yogurt Bowl 165 calories, 0g fat, 30 carbs, 19g protein
Chia & Banana Spice Yogurt Bowl 246calories, 3g fat, 35 carbs, 20g protein
Mango Coconut & Granola Yogurt Bowl 225 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 20g protein
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars 98 calories, 4g fat, 12 carbs, 6g protein
Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding 175 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 9g protein
Raspberry Pineapple Yogurt Bowl 133 calories, 2g fat, 16 carbs, 13g protein
Strawberry Fields Chia Pudding 165 calories, 3g fat, 23 carbs, 9g protein
Strawberry, Tart Cherry & Granola Yogurt Bowl 246 calories, 4g fat, 32 carbs, 20g protein

MAIN DISHES
What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!
**Black Bean Rainbow Salad 272 calories, 10g protein, 37 carbs, 11g protein (salsa, sauteed veggies, spinach, avocado)
**Brown Rice Sushi Bowl 265 calories, 9g fat, 36 carbs, 10g protein (avocado, edamame, carrots, nori)
**Brown Rice Fiesta Bowl 340 calories, 13g fat, 45 carbs, 16g protein (tempeh, salsa, beans, peppers, avocado)
Chilled Pad Thai Jars 312 calories, 9g fat, 50 carbs, 8g protein
**Edamame Rainbow Salad 240 calories, 9g protein, 23 carbs, 14g protein (tahini dressing, zucchini, nori, cabbage)
**Loaded Mexican Rice 280 calories, 2g fat, 56 carbs, 11g protein
**Mediterranean Brown Rice Bowl 312 calories, 12g fat, 42 carbs, 9g protein (avocado, zucchini, hummus, spinach)
Pesto Quinoa Jar 250 calories, 6g fat, 38 carbs, 15g protein
Quinoa Burrito Jar 308 calories, 6g fat, 45 carbs, 17g protein
**Quinoa Rainbow Salad 293 calories, 9g protein, 44 carbs, 9g protein (hummus, tomatoes, spinach, avocado)
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Jars 275 calories, 6g fat, 46 carbs, 11g protein

SNACKS
What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!
Magic Bars 125 calories, 7g fat, 15 carbs, 2g protein
Black Bean Brownies 80 calories, 2g fat, 12 carbs, 5g protein
Parmesan Chips (per chip) 7 calories, 
Vanilla Almond Protein Date Truffles 55 calories, 1g fat, 10 carbs, 3g protein
Zucchini Oatmeal Mini Muffins 42 calories, 1g fat, 8 carbs, 1g protein

Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.

  1. They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
  2. They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
  3. They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.

Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!

BREAKFAST

I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).

MAIN DISHES

What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!

SNACKS

What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!