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I found what looked to be a delicious soup on Pinterest and could not wait to give it a whirl. So much of the time, what you find on Pinterest is pretty much just a pretty photo or novel idea. Not this time! I had a feeling about Cookin’ Canuck’s recipe for Fisherman’s Soup and my instincts set me in the right direction.
Every so often, I develop a new blog crush. My longest one-way relationship was with The Pioneer Woman. My newest? Cookin’ Canuck of course! I love that she is super down to earth, totally adorable and she’s been through a weight loss journey herself.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded & diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ⅛ – ¼ tsp dried (crushed) chile flakes
- ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 can (28 oz.) petite diced tomatoes (juices included)
- ¾ cup vegetable broth
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1¼ lb. firm white fish (such as tilapia), cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ lb. medium shrimp, shelled
- 2 tbsp capers
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and peppers are tender, 7 to 8 minutes.
- Add the oregano and chile flakes, and cook for 1 minute. Add the parsley and white wine, and cook for 1 additional minute.
- Add the tomatoes and vegetable broth, and bring to a simmer.
- Add the tilapia pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fish is almost cooked through, about 4 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp is barely cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in capers and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.
The worst part of this soup was peeling the shells of the shrimp. Follow the recipe and get shelled (meaning no-shell) shrimp. I could have never married a food critic or adventure loving eater like Anthony Bourdain. Shelling the shrimp was super traumatizing.
Now, off to get in a workout. Dallas is helping me stay on track with exercising; we have a calendar to mark all our workouts. One month and I’m rewarded with a mani/pedi and he gets a new Wii game. After my four month (16 week) DAMY plan is over, I have made Jy promise me a big, fat, long date in San Francisco. Time to go sweat and forget about the WORST picture of me posted on my dentist’s Facebook page. Seriously, the worst. I had to ask them to take it down it was so awful. Talk about a tearful motivation.
This is the BEST time of year to shed pounds. I don’t just think it, I have seen it! Do you know anyone losing weight right now? I bet you do. It’s after the major holidays, before summer and a fairly boring time of the year for food. I’ve talked a lot about DAMY in the past. Whenever someone asks me what I mean by DAMY, I take a minute and let them know that the program owners are Dave and Amy, hence the name. Ah ha. Ok, got it.
So DAMY programs are health programs, plain and simple. There are a couple of different types, depending on where you are right now. If you are someone with more than a handful of pounds to shed or someone who is fairly new to a seriously healthy lifestyle, you want the Method Program.
If you are like some of the chicks I know, who understand that eating healthy doesn’t mean Lean Cuisines for lunch and you are already exercising regularly, you’ll want the Bikini Body Program.
I always laugh when I see magazines claim they can get me bikini ready in 6 weeks. Really? Can you? That’s a big claim, my friend. If you tell me I just have to do three days of cardio and two days of leg lifts before I am bikini ready, perhaps you are a candidate for Lasik eye surgery.
In the past, I have posted some of the reasons why I went off track with DAMY. Now that I am back on the program, I am feeling much better and want some friends to DAMY with me!
You will never see a bikini photo of me on this blog, that just ain’t gonna happen. But, let me show you how much better I looked after two short months on the program one year ago.
DAMY gave me energy, helped my mood, made me MUCH stronger and took off a good 20 pounds. Too bad it couldn’t hide my bra straps in my photos.
I’ve posted before about gaining weight after 6 months off of DAMY and how I should have finished adapting the lifestyle before trying to go my own way. So, once again, I have a before photo. Here we go:
I’ll be posting a progress photo the day before Easter and then again at the end of April. If you want to join me in a healthy lifestyle (and shed serious pounds), let me know! I’ll be having a party after 12 weeks on the DAMY program and you never know what kind of prizes I might be offering as goodie bags for showing up!
As for Amy Layne and her street cred, click on the link to check out one of her two pages in this month’s Oxygen magazine!
Wanna see all of Amy’s Oxygen articles? Head over to her site, you’ll find so many resources on her blog. She offers recipes and plenty of before/after photos and testimonials to get you excited.
Let’s do this together, I need some more DAMY pals! Get yourself the most valuable E-book out there and get on the plan. Her plans come with free, personalized coaching from Amy herself, no generic stuff! The plans will get you to eat real food without chemicals, exercise like you have never before (meaning smarter) and become totally inspired to live the best life you can.
Take your before photo TODAY!
Happy last week of 2012, FoFo friends! I vowed all December to not have the attitude of “I’m so glad it is over!” I didn’t vow hard enough I guess, because I am glad we are quickly rolling towards January. It isn’t necessarily all the shopping and wrapping that knocks me out, it’s the ridiculous amount of time I spend running quick errands or buying groceries. It’s all the extra cleaning and baking, balanced with keeping a cheerful demeanor and ensuring I squeeze in every tradition my five year old can remember. He can remember a lot of them! The class party, field trip, church parties, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties and decorating, it’s all so much fun, but exhausting too!
I haven’t really kept it a secret that I have been battling the weight I put on after working so hard this spring to take it off. Between a pulled neck and a head cold, I haven’t been able to really give it the big start I have wanted to. Luckily, I am now set up for success and ready to say goodbye to the pounds that don’t belong to me.
Starting with, protein shakes! I wish I took a photo of the shake I am drinking right now, it’s great! Dates are the best way to sweeten a tart smoothie and I’ll have to remember to post more about that. For now, check this out:
The mother of all Christmas gifts! The Vitamix 6300. It’s beyond amazing and it’s proof that my parents can buy my love. Just kidding, I loved them first and actually now feel a little bad they spent that much money on me and Jy.
Stop! Grammar time!
I’m pretty sure it was my friend Jody who taught me this trick, remember it, it’s good!
If you are unsure whether to use I or me in a sentence, take out the name of the other person (or object) and see which sounds best. If you aren’t sure whether you should say, “The cashier gave Max and I a free cupcake” or “The cashier gave Max and me a free cupcake”, use the trick.
The cashier gave I a free cupcake.
The cashier gave me a free cupcake.
Now you know to say, “The cashier gave Max and me a free cupcake.”
Back to regular programming.
I found a nice See Jane Run gift card in my stocking. The hilarious errand of the day involves this gift. I’ll be taking my boys with me today to be fitted for a sports bra. Please, please pray for me.
My fridge and pantry are both stocked and I am ready to make 2013 my healthiest year yet. Not too late to DAMY with me!
Some Fresh & Easy Notes
If you can find this tea, you must buy.
It tastes like a wintery, magical Hallmark movie, that’s pretty much the only description I can come up with. Delicious find from Fresh & Easy. Oh! I almost forgot, I wanted to show you what F&E sent me!
The Fresh & Easy holiday party was on a weeknight and I wasn’t able to attend, so they sent me a goodie box instead! I had already made two boxes of the Ginger Bread Mix, which is super simple and totally yummy, the whole family loved it. When the box arrived, we were just about out of the Jolly Java Peppermint Coffee too, so the timing was perfect. This coffee doesn’t taste like overtly sweet, it just has a hint of pep to it, no pun intended. Jolly Java is great for bleak, rainy mornings. The caramel corn was new to our house, but quickly devoured. Can you see how 70% of the bag is gone?! And you KNOW I love me some coupons!
I am heartbroken about Fresh & Easy being bought and possibly resold by Tesco in the coming future. Hopefully, someone will figure out a way to keep the doors open with a bit of restructuring.
A Kick in the Pants
I’ve been able to drink some Peet’s Holiday Blend for the past couple days, as Jy scored it in our family’s White Elephant gift exchange. I love this stuff! It’s seriously the best. The best. Sorry Auntie Didi, I love you and I love Starbucks, but this stuff rules!
Now, I am off to spend my sports bra and Sephora gift cards (hand cream, woot-woot!). I’m strapping my BodyBugg back to my arm and saying adios to my tight jeans (which used to be my loose jeans). Shake off your latke hips, your egg nog bootie and poundcake thighs with me!
I hope you live no where near me, friendly readers. I’m learning how to run. Yeah, you read that right. It is NOT pretty! So much bouncing and hunching over. If you see me, pretend not to recognize me, ok?