Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash - Healthy, Dairy Free, 300 Calories

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Healthy living is a struggle, conquering cravings is one of the hardest things ever. The body wants what the body wants right?! And usually it's not a huge kale salad. ha! 

I've mastered the art of healthy Mexican, can get my Italian fix with oodles of Zoodles but the other night I was craving, craving, oriental food.. more specifically any type of Chinese/Japanese/Thai noodles that I could get my hands on. $40 later and waaay more sodium than I would need for the whole week, I felt disgusting and vowed to find a way to healthy the shiz out of some oriental, homemade dishes! 

Like I do for most recipes, I head to Pinterest. Usually I read a bunch of different recipes to get the idea of flavors, ingredients, measurements and then mix and match whatever I like to create a new, one of a kind recipe. but... I was shocked to see the lack of 'Healthy Pad Thai' on Pinterest. Most recipes included lots of soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and more. A trip to the store later, I decided it was time to experiment! 

I took the traditional oriental flavors and found some healthier options.. think liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and natural peanut butter, opting for local honey instead of brown sugar and using spaghetti squash as the base. It was a huge hit and now on repeat in our home! 

The recipe is SO easy too, you can add any protein you'd like (we chose chicken) and lots of veggies. With a 100 Calorie sauce, and spaghetti squash base, you're looking at about 300 calories per very filling serving. 

Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash
Serves 8

For the Sauce: 
2/3 Cups of Liquid Aminos (I get mine at Whole Foods) 
1/3 Cup of Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup of Sriracha*
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp Dried Cilantro + Extra for Garnish
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Juice from 2 Limes + Extra for Garnish
For the Pad Thai:
2 Spaghetti Squash**
3 Chicken Breast
2 Cups of Shredded Red Cabbage
2 Large Heads of Broccoli
2 Cups of Shredded Carrots
Crushed Peanuts for Garnish (Optional)

1. Dice chicken breast and cook in a skillet until no pink remains (all the way through)
2. While chicken is cooking, poke holes all over spaghetti squash with a fork and cook in the microwave 5 minutes on each side until it is very soft to touch, be careful they get very hot!
3. Combine all ingredients for the sauce and whisk together 
4. Remove seeds and shred spaghetti squash, add to the skillet with the chicken, veggies and sauce
5. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes
6. Remove from heat, top with additional cilantro, peanuts and lime juice. Enjoy! 

*If you're not a fan of spicy you could cut down the amount of Sriracha, this recipe is definitely on the medium scale of spicy. 
**This makes a lot of Pad Thai, but we believe Pad Thai is even better the next day. You can use traditional rice noodles or zucchini noodles for the base as well.

Notes: I've made this with rice noodles and with spaghetti squash and I swear you cannot tell the difference, so I would choose spaghetti squash every time! You could add more vegetables too such as onions, bell peppers, etc but it definitely isn't missing any flavor without these! 

Like any time I create a new recipe, I make it at least twice and I have friends over to taste test. This was a huge hit here and I hope you guys love it too! 

We move in six days, and we're finishing up packing the kitchen tonight so I don't have many meals left to cook here (if any!). I think the kitchen is the most bittersweet room to pack up, we've made so many memories in our kitchen here-- from teaching myself to cook (post coming on this next week!) to the insane amount of birthday parties, dinner parties, engagement parties, wedding parties, even our first Thanksgiving with half of my family & RJ's family, I have to say lots of craziness went down in this kitchen. Plus, all the recipes I've created in here that have become a part of your life too! I got so lucky to have such a great first kitchen and I cannot wait to see what the new kitchen holds!! 

Anyway, before I wash away in a river of my tears.. you must let me know if you try this and what you think! Remember you can tag me on Instagram (@RileySitton) and with the hashtag #OhYesPlz! Literally, nothing makes me happier than seeing you guys love a recipe I created. And in case you're wondering, this one is definitely hubby approved and perfect for date night! xo 

How to Stay Healthy-ish for the Non Stop Girl!

Monday, July 24, 2017

In an ideal world, I would have two months of no plans, no temptations, nothing to do but eat healthy, cook clean meals, work out non stop and get in the best shape. In reality, when it rains it pours aka when I'm kinda busy, I'm suddenly non stop busy and in true 'Riley Fashion' I keep piling things on my plate. 

As you know I am training for a half marathon and one of the most important thing in my training is to stay consistent. 

When I'm on the go, unprepared or super busy, it's when I struggle the most with healthy choices. I made a promise to myself this year to really start taking care of my body and making better choices. I have been brainstorming this post for a few months and finally feel I have enough tips and kinda mastered the art of healthy-isa living while traveling. 


Making healthy eating choices is SO hard when you're unable to eat at home. If you live in the South you probably know healthy choices are few and far between, especially if you're also on a budget. 

My first tip is to be prepared. If you know you're going on a road trip, bring snacks, prepacked meals (lettuce wrap sandwiches are great for on the go), huge water bottles, nuts, etc. If you're a road trip snacker like me, I hit up Whole Foods for some healthy munchies.. grab a Larabar instead of the usual gas station candy bar. 

If you can't prepare, don't worry it happens! Look for healthy options.. I know, I know it's hard. Here's my go to list for healthy-ish eating on the go..

-Whole Foods
-Chick Fil A
-Target! They have some premade salads in the deli section, some have fresh produce or even better snack options than a gas station. 
-Starbucks They have some great grab and go options that are a million times better than fast food. I love the Thai Chicken Wrap
-Chipotle/Moe's/Salsarita Style Mexican Get a taco salad with grilled chicken, black beans, veggies and salsa as the dressing. May not be as healthy and sodium free as homemade but still better than other options. 
-Grocery Stores I know this sounds like a crazy pit stop on a road trip but a great place to grab premade salads, fruit, veggies and rotisserie chicken

Another way I like to be prepared is to check out a menu before we head to the restaurant and make a decision. If I choose before I'm starving, I'm more likely to make a healthier decision. Being prepared always leads me to better choices. 

Remember to drink LOTS and LOTS of water. A gallon a day! I usually grab a 50 oz water bottle and use it for a week or two (wash it in the dish washer) I love that it doesn't have a straw so it's easy to chug, I try to section it off 1 before lunch, one before 5 pm and 1 with my dinner. 

Also, try to make small changes at every meal and you will be surprised how it becomes a habit. If you do have to eat out, choose something healthy or choose a salad and split a side of fries with a friend, get grilled chicken instead of fried, etc. Also if you know you're going out for a big dinner/party, try to eat super strict during the day (healthy, lots of greens and proteins!) and try to choose the healthiest drink option available, avoiding sugary mixed drinks. 


Exercise can be both easier and harder while on the go. If you're on a long road trip, it's easy to feel restless. Try to get out and walk around at every pit stop and when you reach your destination, try to walk as much as possible. We're all guilty of the three block Uber, but seriously avoid it at all costs! 

When you are in a new city, use walking to explore as much as possible! Not only will you get to soak in your new surroundings but you'll get lots of steps in too. If there is a park or part of town you're dying to see, try to schedule a run or jog through it in the morning... killing two birds with one stone! If you get bored with running, see about renting bikes! So many cities offer cheap bike rentals which is so fun and makes for the perfect Instagram. 😉

If you're not a runner, there are so many great apps you can get for hotel workouts or just look on Pinterest (Pinterest = forever my true love), if you want a great workout in a short amount of time you should try Kayla Itsine's BBG it's KILLER

Besides finding a workout to do, it's mainly important to schedule when you will workout and stick to it like a meeting or deadline. Think about the end goal and how much better you will feel afterwards. Healthier, stronger and ready to go! 

What are some ways you stay healthy on the go?! I'm always looking for new tricks to keep up my sleeves! xo

What I ordered from the #NSale on a Budget

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's that time of year again, the time where it's hotter than ever but suddenly everyone is dreaming of booties, moto jackets and Nordstrom's new Fall pieces. We're crazy right?! Well we're also women and I think it comes with the territory. 😜

Don't get me wrong I love Nordstrom just as much as the next girl, but each year I often wonder if the Nordstrom sale is overplayed. Each year though I find myself combing through the pages and pages of new arrivals and adding way too many things to my shopping cart. I have to say it really is just that good. 

I must admit I had to purchase with extreme caution this year. With our move about a week away and the list of furniture we need looming over my head, I felt guilty purchasing anything! I tried to resist as long as possible, but Sunday morning temptation defeated, I placed my order..

Here's what made it's way into my heart cart.. 

Lash Enhancing Serum Duo // One of the messages/questions I receive most is about my eyelashes and honestly it couldn't be a better compliment. My sister and I are both obsessed with lashes and I could easily spend 30+ minutes applying the perfect mascara job. I have had fake lashes in the past and must say they were nice while I had them but ultimately not worth it in my opinion. First, they were HORRIBLE for my natural lashes. So bad that when I removed them, I literally had 4 lashes on each eye and a 'post wedding, sure RJ didn't know who he actually married' meltdown. I've been using this serum to grow my lashes back and it's a miracle worker. I couldn't resist stocking up while it's on sale. I justify this purchase by only using drugstore mascara but luckily I've found the best dupe -- Maybelline Volume Express

Airmax Thea Sneaker // I am fully behind this sneaker trend happening lately. I love pairing my sneaks' with anything and everything from athleisure errand outfits to date night in a dressed down dress. These all black beauties have the slightest snakeskin texture perfect for making a statement and the brown rubber toe is perfect to tie together a mix of neutrals (think a brown sweater with black leggings and a brown tote!). These are the perfect purchase that you can start wearing now and all year long! 

T3 Blow Dryer // I've officially deemed 'Purchasing a Higher End Blow Dryer' as graduating into your 20'somethings. Seriously, I used to grab the cheapest blow dryer possible at Walgreens up until a couple years ago. I finally splurged on a semi-decent dryer and the world changed. I never realized how big of a difference it actually makes!! I've been wanting to try the T3 dryer and shocked to see it in the sale. If you're curious why a nicer dryer makes for nicer hair-- think less drying time, better for your hair aka less damaging and this one is light weight so it won't hurt your arm! 

As crazy as it seems this is the perfect time to stock up on Fall jackets.. this year I'm loving moto jackets and couldn't get away from the sale without this Embroidered Faux Leather Jacket and this Faux Suede Jacket both are perfect for dressing up a white tee-denim short transition combo or any outfit this fall! I love the patchwork on the first jacket and you cannot beat the price on the second one!

Quay Needing Fame 65mm Aviators // These are my favorite sunglasses of all time and I almost died when I realized they were released in THREE new colors for Fall & part of the sale. At only $35, these oversized sunnies are cheaper than a night out. I had the hardest time choosing a color and tbh might end up purchasing another pair before the sale is over. Be still my Oversized Sunny Loving Heart

Choker Lace Shift Dress // I'm not one to look for trendy pieces in the #NSale, just because I like to use my money to stock up on transitional basics but this dress is so cute and the price is oh, so right. "Wear now and later" is both my love language and the perfect excuse to splurge, if you call $38 a splurge! I love the white but the blush is Fall's it color and perfect for any weddings on the agenda. 

Leopard Poncho // This is another piece that could be considered trendy but I am a lover of all things comfortable, casual and throw on-able aka a poncho that will dress up a leggings + tee combo or pair perfectly with a sweater dress. With a price like this and the unique oversized leopard spots, I could not resist this adorable piece!! Ps. this style poncho is my all time fave for traveling, it's basically like wearing an adorable, snuggle-y blanket! 

Moto Denim Leggings // These are such a great staple piece and only $30!! These babies look like denim but fit like leggings and make my inner lazy girl so happy. I love the way they can be dressed up or down. The #NSale is a great time to stock up on denim, shop all the sale denim here.

Crystal Embellished Slip On Sneakers // Ok, ok I admit I started slipping out of 'NECESSITIES' and into things that I would love to see in my closet. I eye balled similar sneakers all last year and couldn't resist when I saw these. Once again, anything that I can dress up or down and quickly throw on becomes a favorite of mine. I know I'll get a ton of wear out of these. 

High Waist Moto Athletic Leggings // Unlike the pair of leggings above, these are actual athletic material BUT are also cute enough to pair with sweaters/tops/etc. Win, win am I right?! I couldn't resist these for both half marathon training that leads to 'Why did I sign up for this?' date night drinks attire. 

Free People Strappy Bralette // Let's be real, I don't really need any more bralettes but at $12 and Free People quality, I couldn't say no. These are perfect for little sundresses, tanks, open back sweaters and everything in between! 

Not part of the Nordy's sale but I had to share this amazing find!! I got two of these adorable accent chairs (only $130 each!) for our living room and was SHOCKED at the price. I can't wait for y'all to see our new house NEXT WEEK!! ahh.

What did you get from the Nordstrom sale?! There were so many good pieces it was really, really hard to control myself but I am beyond pleased with the outcome.

Happy Shopping! xo 

Life Updates, Moving Updates & More!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

| Gingham Set (Both pieces only $30 total!) | Bow Slides | Sunglasses | Purse Strap | HOME Mat

July has been a month y'all.

A fun, exciting, up and down emotional, life changing month.

I'm currently writing this from a lot down the street from your house, in my car with the dogs. This month is so upside down crazy, that I haven't really had the opportunity to create content like I usually can. Half of our house is in boxes and that's only half the problem considering I've rarely been home.

First, big exciting news!!! Baby Brooks is here! He was born on July 17th at 11:39 pm. Natalie is doing great and they are already home from the hospital. I was trying to make it back in time for the birth, but the most insane airport experience (different story, for a different day) left us in Orlando for his arrival.

B r o o k s   T h o m a s   C a h o
7 . 1 7 . 2 0 1 7
7 l b s  1 0 o z

He is an absolute doll though and I'm so proud of Nat. I am so excited to watch him grow and see what amazing parents her and Dillon are going to be. They are the cutest little family ever, ever, ever. You can already tell she is a natural and I'm so amazed by all her hard work and little mommy-ing. They are both so adorable together!!!

Now for some bad/good news. I know a couple weeks ago (last week? who knows?) that we sold our house... which is now only half way true. Bad news: the couple who purchased back out and it's back on the market.  Good news: we already have another offer and we are just pending an inspection to move forward!

This process is so bizarre. I wish I could pack myself up in a box and let RJ handle everything. We still move August 1st, so it's looking like the next couple of weeks are going to be crazy.

I also posted about selling some of our furniture and I received SO many messages about purchasing it and people looking to furnish their home, buying their first home etc. So I'm excited to incorporate so many home furnishing posts as soon as we move.

| Bow Top (Only $10!!) | Tassel Earrings

I hope to get back to recipes, interiors and more ASAP but in the meantime I do have a few things I can share with you guys!! Including the #NSALE that goes live to the public on Friday!! It's Nordstrom's biggest sale, where they release all the Fall 2017 items at a discounted price. I know it's hard to think about Fall as it's in the mid 90's currently but it really is the best time to stock up on some staples.


Gingham Set (Both pieces only $30 total!) | Bow Slides | Sunglasses | Purse Strap | HOME Mat | Bow Top (Only $10!!) Tassel Earrings | 

Nordstrom #NSale

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nordstrom's anniversary sale is here! In case you're unfamiliar, they pre release Fall 2017 items at discount prices! I know it's crazy to think fall when the weather is in the mid 90's but this is an excellent time to snag your favorite brands (think Tory Burch, Free People, Rebecca Minkoff & More)  at a majorly discounted price. 

Also! Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@RileySitton), we're popping into the Nordstrom in Orlando tomorrow before we leave and I'll be sharing some Insta-story try on sessions. 


Yes, Please Run Club: Week 3 & 4

Howdy runners! How's it been going? I'm personally dying over here. This Summer heat is no joke. Why did we decide to do this again?!

jk. Kinda. 

In case you missed it, last week we kicked off the Yes, Please Run Club taught by my Mama, aka Leslie the marathoner/Iron Woman/Superstar and shared week one and two of training! This is perfect for runners and non-runners alike or if you're somewhere in the middle like me!

Before I share this weeks schedule, tips and answers to some questions I received via social media, I wanted to give you an update on my progress thus far!

First, it's hot y'all. Running outside is so hard this time of year so I'm really trying to wake up early and get my runs done before it gets too hot outside. I have been doing a few runs at the Y depending on the weather/time of day and do find those to be much easier. Because of this, I asked my mom to give me one more set of weeks at the run 3, walk 1 pace just to make sure I'm not biting off more than I can handle. 

Besides that, I'm really enjoying it!! I got some new running shoes (Brooks!) and it made SUCH a difference. My mom is answering some questions about running shoes below, but we're going to do a fullll post on it when I'm back in town next week and can really break it down for ya.

 Not going to lie, there are some days where I'm like "This is freaking nuts!!" but one thing that really helps me is thinking about the positives. 

I like to think about how blessed I am that I have two working legs, a healthy able body and the ability to run in such a gorgeous city. I know there will be one day where I'm old (or maybe even one day sooner) that I won't be able to run around so easily, and I want to appreciate it while I can. I also like to think about how exercising is a benefit for my body, making it healthier and stronger as I run and progress. Finally I think about the finish line, the big race!! Seeing all those kids at St. Jude and knowing I'm running it for them. 

That and Lil' Wayne Pandora gets me through my runs. 😉

Day Fifteen // cross train . Do strength, bike, swim etc today – equivalent to an
hour of movement.

Day Sixteen // Long run -- 5 miles continue your run 3 – walk 1 for this week.

Day Seventeen // off day… Rest, rehydrate, recover

Day Eighteen // short run – 3 miles run 3 walk 1 minute for the duration

Day Nineteen //  intermediate run - 4 miles – same intervals as before

Day Twenty //  cross train day equal to one hour. Yoga is also a good option

Day Twenty One // intermediate run – 4 miles – same interval as above

**Tip this week – you may find yourself getting hungrier as your exercise
increases. Keep fueling your body with healthy choices and stay away
from the junk. Running is not an excuse to eat whatever you want.
Think of your food as fuel. Better food in equals a more productive


Day Twenty Two //  cross train - same options as above

Day Twenty Three // long run – 5 miles – moving up run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute

Day Twenty Four // off day - rest, recover, rehydrate

Day Twenty Five // short run – 3 miles - run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute

Day Twenty Six // intermediate run – 4 miles – same interval as above

Day Twenty Seven // cross train – directions as above

Day Twenty Eight // intermediate run – 4 miles – run 5 minures/walk 1


Leslie's Tips:

  • CONSISTENCY - consistency in your time of day you run, consistency in getting your runs completed, consistency in your hydration and nutrition. In the beginning of a training plan –consistency is key to success. Each day is a building block upon the other. 
  • Remember for optimal success, runs should be completed before 8:00 am or after 6:00 pm unless you are one of the lucky ones who do not have to deal with the Southern heat and humidity.
  • We have also changed Riley’s days to fit in her schedule. I recommend your long run on Sunday and off day on Monday. Pick days to work around your schedule. Space out your runs and you never want to do two hard days back to back. Right now, that is not an issue as all runs are easy. (--Don't worry I don't think they're all easy!! Leslie is crazy!) 
  • Riley is staying on her 3/1 for one more week of training, if you are feeling good and ready to move on. Move your intervals to 5 run and 1 minute walk for the 3 rd week of training.

I love, love, love hearing that you ladies are doing this with us! It seriously gets us SO excited. If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me, DM me or just comment on my photos. If they're quick questions that I know the answer to I try to respond as soon as I can, but some I have to consult with Leslie about. Some questions got asked a lot so we decided to add them to the post!
What day did you start your schedule? Are you leading up to a race day, if so what day? 
I started on July 3rd, which is 21 weeks before my half marathon (December 3rd).

-What running shoes do you recommend? How do I find a good pair?
For running shoes, you need to go to a running specialty store.  They will access your foot and decide if you need a stability or neutral shoe.  They can help you pick out what works for you.  Run in the store with them on.  Do not pick a shoe based on color, pick on what feels right on your foot.  I like less of a shoe.  A lighter shoe with less seems like a better choice.  You do not want to have so much shoe that you can’t feel your run.  You need to know if your foot is striking correctly.  We will do a post next week on some good neutral and stability shoes.  Make sure you let the running store know what distance you plan to run in your shoe.  This is important.  You also need to go about a size bigger when purchasing.  You need some room and feet swell when running.

-How do you motivate yourself to get up and go running? 
When running in the morning, you need to do some planning.  Lay all your gear out the night before, if you need coffee – have coffee pot prepped and a light breakfast ready to go.  Something quick so you can get out the door.  Runs under 5 miles can be done on an empty stomach unless you feel woozy or faint.  Get to be a little earlier the night before.  Set your alarm and don’t HIT SNOOZE.  Hop right out of bed and get moving.  Remember to treat this as work – u wouldn’t be late for work so don’t be late for your run!  Think of your end goals, the only way to reach them is to put in the work. It will take about 2 week but this will become a habit and will get easier over time!

- I'm also hoping to run a half marathon this year and I am a vegetarian, what are some good foods to get protein since I can't eat meat?
First, I am a vegetarian because I just really don’t like meat.  Even when I was small, I can remember my mom forcing me to eat the meat on my plate as I happily gobbled up my veggies.  With this said, I will often eat a really good steak or some occasional chicken or seafood.  I get a ton of my protein from eggs.  I pretty much each eggs or egg whites every morning.  I also eat hard boiled egg whites in my salad or as a snack.  Egg whites only have 17 calories per white and excellent source of protein.  I love a post run smoothie full of veggies with a shot of protein.  Almond milk and greek yogurt can give you a good protein boost and are great snacks.  I eat so many different types of beans in a week it is crazy.  I love beans and they are full of protein as well as nuts.  Nuts with some dried fruit are a great snack but if you are worried about calorie intake, they can be high in calories.  Peanut butter – great but also higher in fat and calories.  I love tofu, whole foods has some great tofu already prepared in their cases which are easy to buy and add to salads or veggie/rice mix. Protein bars can have a lot of protein but you just need to find one that is lower in sugar so you are basically not eating a glorified candy bar. We're going to do a post soon with our favorite meals/snacks/drinks to have while training and will go into more details/break downs!

Ok whew! SO much info. I hope this is helpful for you guys!! I'm currently in the Bahamas and without my phone (shocking I know!), see you babes next week and enjoy your weekend. xoxox 

7.7.17 The Friday Fill In

Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy Friday!! With 4th of July being on a Tuesday this week, my body clock has been all out of whack. I thought Wednesday was Friday and yesterday was Sunday, it was a whole mess!! I hope everyone had a good holiday, I'm excited to be chit chattin' with ya with some home updates, recent buys and a new two step recipe that I could eat all day everyday. 

These cinnamon roll waffles. OMG Y'all. I swear I could eat these forever and ever. They're freakin' delicious and so easy. You start with a can of cinnamon rolls and a waffle iron. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray and place a cinnamon roll on each section of the iron, pull the lid down and cook for about 4 minutes (you can lift up the lid to check). After you've cooked all your "waffles", place the icing in the microwave for about 10 seconds, drizzle and enjoy!!

These are so much quicker than traditional cinnamon rolls and somehow taste better too! I usually throw some turkey bacon or sausage in the microwave and have a quick lil' breakfast.

We're headed somewhere tropical next weekend and I'm so excited to escape this rainy weather! Fingers crossed it doesn't follow us!! I've had the best luck stocking up on Summer pieces that are mostly under $25 #CanIGetAnAmen A few of the pieces are $35 and one pair of sunnies that are the best quality, oversized and only $65 such a steal!! Click to shop everything below

All the home decor! I'm so excited to be moving soon and share a full home update post with you but in the meantime I couldn't help but spill a few pieces I've already ordered. First, some exciting new!! Our house is under contract!! We had so many family and friends to bury a St. Joseph statue to help our home sell quicker and thanks to God and Amazon Prime, our home sold in just 12 days. I laugh because I was able to order this St. Joseph sell your home kit off Amazon and it's so different from when I would go to the Catholic Store with my Grandma when I was little. 

I told myself I wouldn't order too much decor until we were in the new house just to help moving go easier but I could NOT resist this gorgeous area rug for $125.. talk about a steal! I also ordered these chairs for a fun vision I have for our kitchen, I'm nervous about how it will all look together but for the price I couldn't resist. I'm pretty proud I've only ordered two things (+ an antique dresser I couldn't pass up a few weekends ago) and in the meantime I'm saving allllll the pins. 

Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend? I think ours will be pretty low key, starting to pack up our home and hanging out with pups! Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for more easy recipes, home updates and more @RileySitton. 

Easy & Healthy 3 Ingredient Homemade Empanadas

Thursday, July 6, 2017

First, like anything great in life I have to credit my mama. She made up a version of these empanadas/quesadillas/heaven and I was so excited to try them. She's a vegetarian so I added chicken and took out the cheese which just means so many different variations of these are delicious!! 

I start by whipping up some of my famous skinny fiesta chicken aka Mexican crack chicken. It's so easy, so good and so addicting. We usually make a batch once a week and keep it on hand to top cauliflower rice burrito bowls, taco salads or tacos!

The rest is even more simple, a tortilla filled with cooked sweet potatoes, rinsed black beans and shredded chicken. Pinched, baked, enjoyed, really enjoyed these things are so good.

Something about the citrus-y, super juicy chicken mixed with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and the crunch of the baked tortilla make these a little bit of heaven without any of the guilt!

The absolute best part -- they can be reheated!! I've been making a batch of these and taking the leftovers for lunch. Cheaper and healthier than the frozen organic burritos I loved to eat and they taste even better.

You could add anything you like in the empanadas but honestly they don't even need much! The creaminess of the sweet potato leaves you happy without cheese and the bursts of flavor will satisfy all your taste buds. I like to top mine with a little bit of tomatillo salsa, greek yogurt and maybe an avocado if I'm super hungry.

Makes 2-3 Empanadas

2 Chicken Breasts, uncooked and thawed 
4 Limes, juiced
Cilantro (You can use fresh or 3 Tablespoons of dried)
1 can of Diced Tomatoes + Green Chiles
3 Tortillas
2 Sweet Potatoes
1 Can of Black Beans
Spray Oil (I like to use avocado oil)  

For the chicken:
1. Preheat the oven to 450
2. Place chicken breast in the baking dish
3. Top with the remaining ingredients
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it is cooked all the way through (no pink, I usually take mine out around 20 minutes and cut it into small pieces so it cooks faster)
5. Shred chicken with fork and knife, place in a bowl or tupperware and pour juice and contents from the baking dish with the chicken. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

*If you are using a crock pot combine everything in the crock pot, cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5. Shred the chicken and return to juice
6.  Cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave, skin on for about 8-10 minutes. Once cooked remove all the potato from the skin and place in a bowl. Use a fork to gently mash the potatoes
7. Drain and rinse a can of black beans
8. In a tortilla, place a spoonful of sweet potatoes, black beans and shredded chicken -- drizzle some of the juices over it too for extra flavor! 
9. Fold the tortilla in half and use a fork to press all the edges together 
10. Spray both sides with the oil and place on a cookie sheet
11. Once all are finished, bake for 5 minutes on one side, flip and bake 5 minutes on the other side
12. Enjoy! 
I know this seems like a lot of steps, but it's actually very easy! Especially if you make the chicken ahead of time or if you make it in a crockpot. You can have dinner ready in 20 minutes from start to finish, #OhYesPlz

I'm not kidding when I say we make these once a week now, I could eat them every single day! You have to let me know if you try them and if you add anything that makes it even more delicious.

Yes, Please Run Club: Half Marathon Training for Beginners [Weeks 1 + 2]

Monday, July 3, 2017

In January, like many years before, I listed off some some what random and scary resolutions -- the scariest? 

Run a half marathon. 

I'm not a runner. I enjoy walk/running short distances for cardio. The farthest I've ever gone is four miles (a lot less than the 13.1 that is a half!). I come from a family of runners though, in fact my mom has completed the Iron Man three times. An Iron Man is a triathlon that is 140.6 miles!! Crazy I know

Anyway, I have officially signed up for the St. Jude Half Marathon this December!! I'll be talking more about why I've chosen this race and more later. Today I'm here to introduce you to my training journey and invite you to join.

My mom, Leslie, offers training as her career in Memphis and I'm so lucky to have her in my back pocket for any training I may need. I thought it would be fun to share this journey with you too! Even if you're not looking to train for a half marathon, this plan is an excellent way to become a runner.

We're going to start out with a walk/run combo. Not only is this less intimidating, it's actually how my mom began running many years ago. The scheduled timing of the walk and the runs help build your endurance and keep you pushing through your tired moments to make you stronger.

SO are you ready?! Every two weeks, I will post the upcoming two weeks training schedule, you'll receive it a week before so you have time to map everything out. In addition to the actual training schedule, my mom will be sharing tips on fitness, nutrition and more. We will also be doing some Instagram Lives with my mom to answer any questions y'all have.

I'm so excited for this adventure together! 

Week One & Two -- all runs easy and building base
Day One // Run  long -  4 miles  aprox.  40-50 minutes.  Run 3 minutes/walk 1 minutes for duration.  Use a watch and keep it consistent
Day Two // Off
Day Three // Run 3 miles – Aprox 30 – 40 minutes – same as above walk/run times as above
Day Four // Cross train – Go to barre, bike, swim, elliptical, etc.  Equal to 60 minutes. 
Day Five // Run 3 miles – Same walk/run times as above
Day Six // Run 3 miles same walk/run times as above
Day Seven // Cross train - Go to barre, bike, swim, elliptical, etc.  Equal to 60 minutes. 
Day Eight // Run  long -  4 miles  Aprox 40-50 minutes   Run 4 minutes/Walk 1 for the duration
Day Nine // OFF Day!
Day Ten // Run 3 miles – Run 4 minutes/Walk 1 for the duration
Day Eleven // Cross train  - Work out equal to 60 minutes (aerobic or strength)
Day Twelve // Run 3 miles - Run 4 minutes/Walk 1 for the duration
Day Thirteen // Run 3 miles as above - Run 4 minutes/Walk 1 for the duration
Day Fourteen // Cross train - Work out equal to 60 minutes (aerobic or strength)

A few tips from Leslie:
  • Decide what is the best time for you to train.  Are you a morning person, afternoon, or night?  Most people prefer and perform better at a particular time of day.
  • Look at your calendar every Sunday evening.  Note all activities that you have the upcoming week.  ( work meetings, lunch with friends, kid activities, etc).  SCHEDULE YOUR WORK OUTS ON YOUR CALENDAR.   Put them in on date and time and then TREAT THEM JUST AS IMPORTANTLY AS A WORK MEETING THAT YOU CAN NOT MISS
  • It will take about 2 weeks to develop a habit.  Once you start following this plan regularly, it will become second nature to you.  Just another part of your day such as waking up and brushing your teeth.
  • On days when you feel like skipping your work out – make a deal with yourself and just start or say I will cut the work out in half.  Most of the time, starting is the hardest part and once you get going, you will complete the workout 
  • Find a friend to train with you, meet each other for runs, keep each other accountable.  This makes it more fun but will also help you stay on track.
  • Remember your final goal.  If you want to be successful at a race, lose weight, etc.  You have to put in the work to see the results.
  • If you have questions about training, fueling, equipment – don’t be afraid to seek out and ask someone who is trained in this field.  Most people love to help beginners.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate is key when running and starting a program.  Before, during, and after.  In summer heat – you need about half your body weight in ounces of water a day.  Monitor your urine, it should be the color of light yellow to clear
  • On short morning work-outs, you can go without eating before but have a small protein snack after within the first 30 minutes.  Egg white with toast, chocolate almond milk, protein bar, greek yogurt all good choices.   Any work an hour or more you will want  to eat something small before the work out.  ( toast with peanut butter and half of banana, half of bagel, oatmeal, etc)  
  • Any work out over an hour, you will need to take in nutrition during the work out.  Gu is my favorite.  Training is the time to figure out what works best for you.  You never want to try something new on race day!
  • NEVER TRY SOMETHING NEW ON RACE DAY.  Eat the same breakfast you always eat before your long runs, take the same gus, drink the same things.  Do not wear new shoes, sports bra, shorts, etc
  • Stretch and foam roll!  They will be your friend.

I'll be back next week for the next two weeks of training and then after that we will be on track for every two weeks! I use the app 'Simple Interval Timer' to time my run/walk periods and it's so, so helpful!! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and comment any questions you have!! My mama will be in town this week and we're going to do an Instagram Live to talk about everything/answer questions/say hi! To make sure you never miss a week, click here to subscribe to Yes, Please in your Inbox -- no spam or obsessive emails I swear! 

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