Hello beautiful people! Man, it’s been a whirlwind few months but don’t worry we didn’t forget about y’all! In December, Candice and I both went on little vacations but now we’re back, feeling refreshed and ready to bring you guys more killer recipes and posts. Before we dig into today’s recipe, I’ll tell you guys a little bit about my trip because it sure was a great one!
The Wednesday before Christmas we headed out to the west coast for a fun family vacation! We started off in San Jose (where Z’s brother and sister in law reside) and hopped around some areas nearby. We made our way down the coast to Garrapata park. Sadly, the trail we wanted to hike was closed but we had fun driving and stopping at different locations before grabbing lunch in Carmel by Sea at A.W. Shucks. It was a cute little restaurant with tasty seafood. After that we headed back to our temporary home and stopped at Big Basin on the way home. If you haven’t seen the redwoods before I highly recommend you do!! This was such a fun and amazing part of our trip. Following that, we headed back home and I got to sneak in a CF workout at the infamous NorCal CrossFit!
The next day we packed up all our stuff and we all headed to Lake Tahoe. Luckily, Z’s sister in law likes to plan just as much as I do so we had all our food planned for the week along with anything else we could possibly need while we were there. We settled in to the house we were renting and waited for their parents to get there. Now I won’t go through the details of every day but we were there for 6 days and I never once felt overwhelmed or ready to leave. We went on hikes, played TONS of cards, Yahtzee and Scrabble, hung out in the hot tub, played with Z’s nephews (who are SO dang cute!) ate too many cookies and genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. I was nervous about being away from my family for Christmas and spending a week with Z’s but it turned out better than I had ever expected. They treated me like I was family and made me feel so welcome, I will truly remember it as one of the best vacations. It was the perfect way to wind down the year and remember what’s really important to me going into the New Year.
The hardest part of the vacation for me was not going to a CF gym for almost a week. I know that makes me sound crazy but I LOVE the gym. Lucky for me I had prepared plenty of WODs ahead of time to do at the house. Some of them I took from the Fed and Fit Book, some of them I altered from my gym and a few I just came up with on my own! Below are a few that I was able to do at the house without any equipment besides a chair, a pillow and myself!
12 Days of Christmas WOD (Do it like you would sing the song)
1 HSPU (freestanding or strict)
2 tuck jumps
3 push ups
4 plank up downs
6 dips (on chair)
8 air squats
9 sit ups
11 jumping lunges
12 mountain climbers
12 min EMOM
Min 1: 4 free standing HSPU (practice)
Min 2: 00:30 sec Plank
Min 3: 12 V-up sits ups
6 mins of burpees
30 min AMRAP
15 Russian twists
15 air squats
Even though these were sometimes boring and I was doing them alone, I always felt better after I did them. I sometimes forget how big of an impact exercise has on my mood. I’ve found that usually it’s in mine and everyone else’s best interest that I get a workout in, LOL.
Alright, now on to the tasty and delicious stuff! Today I’m bringing you a perfect blend of sweet and savory with this cranberry apple turkey bowl. It’s a great one-pan meal that is quick and easy to make during the week. It can be a good pre-workout snack or a filling post-workout meal. I know we might be turkey-ed out from the holidays but I promise this dish is anything but boring! I hope y’all enjoy this cran-apple turkey bowl as much as I did!
- 2 apples, diced
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/3 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5# turkey breast
- 1# sweet potatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
- 2. Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.
- 3. Once turkey is cool enough to handle, cut into bite size chunks and set aside.
- 4. While turkey is cooking, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in butter and sweet potatoes. Cover and cook until potatoes just start to soften, about 5 mins.
- 5. Uncover pan and add in apples, cranberries, apple juice, spices and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce has reduced by half.
- 6. Add in turkey and incorporate until warmed through.
- 7. Enjoy right away or save for another day.