Okay so these recipes may have a little more than just a side of protein, but the vegetables take the spotlight! Vegetables should always take the spotlight in any meal. I love vegetables and am always excited to try them in different ways. Over the break my mom and I went out to lunch to a local restaurant called the Pizza Grille and I had one of the best lunches I've had in a while. It was an eggplant roll with raisins, pine nuts and ricotta cheese, topped with a pesto sauce and placed in a marinara bath. It was so filling and my taste buds were in heaven! Talk about a great combination!
Not only are vegetables tasty and can be cooked so many different ways, but the color gives the dish such an enticing appeal!

Now onto my dishes...These are fairly simple to execute and not very time consuming either. They will definitely be on the docket for me in my house next year on the quick fixes list! First is what I called my Egg Fiesta Fritada!
Egg Fiesta Fritada
3 egg whites
~1/4 cup broccoli, spinach, tomatoes and onion   
2 tbl. salsa
1/4 of an avocado
sprinkle of cheese of your choosing
1. Combine all the vegetables, except the avocado, into a hot skillet and cook until tender.
2. Add egg whites...flip when bottom is cooked
3. After fritada is cooked through take off skillet and top with salsa, avocado and cheese!


Shrimp Salad
Spinach
1/4 cup cucumber
5 cherry tomatoes
1/4 of an avocado
1 tbl. red onion
Shrimp
topping of blue cheese
Balsamic vinaigrette 
1. Its a salad so there's one step...combine!!

I loved the shrimp and avocado combo! And this dressing is perfect cause I don't like to use a lot and I didn't need a heavy dressing on it.
See lot's of veggies! I suppose you should expect that from a vegetarian...

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God Bless and don't forget to eat your veggies!!
 
 
This whole blog writing and school at the same time is not going as easily as I expected. I do have a post for you guys today which I have been thinking about for awhile.  There are a handful of exercises that come to mind that I just do not enjoy doing, but I do them anyways because I know they work! Some of these exercises I do personally love, while for others they are their necessary evils. Here we go...

1. Lunges
Any form of them I do not care, I do not like them.  You've got your alternating front or back lunges, lunges with weights, side lunges, jumping lunges, etc. Unfortunately for me, the list goes on and on.  There are always new lunge techniques I find and force myself to do. Lunges however torch your leg muscles like the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings, so for that reason I do them! And you should too!
http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/fitness/cardio-blast-00412000069806/page5.html

2. Mountain Climbers
I don't know what it is about them, but they are just a struggle for me. They are great because they are cardio and core strengthening. I am not always so affective at pushing myself with this exercise, but I sure do listen if Jillian Michaels wants me to do them!
http://exercise.about.com/od/cardioworkouts/ss/cardioexercises_3.htm

3. Burpees
I have to be honest I love to hate this one! It is great for HIIT workouts and just hits everything. It gets the arms involved with a lot of leg and core work and on top of that it gets your heart working. I haven't done a set of burpees for longer than probably 1-2 minutes without resting so this is most likely an anaerobic workout as well! Hop aboard the burpee train and you will not regret it!
http://livingfitoc.com/shape-up-with-burpees/

4. Squats
Squats are great because they can be varied, just like lunges, but the key to making them an evil is adding on the weight! I am pretty confident in all our fit selves that we can do squats without weight, easily. It's a great dynamic warm-up, by the way. Add on the poundage and feel the legs burning!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xbHxFFdOXjY/UNteTYXtvWI/AAAAAAAAAMs/WmB3k6hdSXQ/s1600/Barbell%2520Squat%25201.jpg

5. Push-ups
Yes ladies you heard me right! Drop and give me 20! And I don't mean the girly on your knees kind. Just because we are women doesn't mean we need to modify workouts so they are easier. We may not be able to do as many reps or put as high of a weight on as men sometimes, but we have to push ourselves to a competitive level and that means military style push-ups! Now gentlemen I am sure these are easier for you, but you keep reppin out those push-ups. We'd all like to have nicely toned arms, back and core muscles, wouldn't we?!

http://www.rippednfit.com/workout-routines/the-15-minute-train-anywhere-workout/attachment/jab/
http://getfitguy.quickanddirtytips.com/why-are-push-ups-a-good-exercise.aspx

That is all I've got for you today! Any that you think I missed? What workouts do you love to hate?

P.S. I was recently home and made a couple of dishes which I will try and post within the next week or so!