Friday, June 15, 2018

Fit Friday - Baked Beans For Your Summer BBQ and Staying Hydrated

Honey Molasses Baked Beans are a must-make for your summertime BBQ's! Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness isn't killin' it this week (& let's be honest... every week really!!!) with these fit tips to stay hydrated!
  Honey Molasses Baked Beans are the ultimate baked beans made with pure honey!!! We loooveeee NATURAL ingredients around here. When we are put up against the choice of Organic or non-organic. Organic wins every. single. time. Honey Molasses Baked Beans are a must-make for your summertime BBQ's! www.cookingwithruthie.com I just can't get enough of organic in my life! The health benefits that come from it, definitely out weigh the slight price difference between organic and non-organic foods in my opinion. Honey Molasses Baked Beans is tasty, organic, and just what you're BBQ needs!!! Honey Molasses Baked Beans are a must-make for your summertime BBQ's! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Honey Molasses Baked Beans

Recipe Type: Sides
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry white beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 onion, small diced
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup water, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a dutch oven or oven safe pan with a lid heat over medium-high heat, add oil- once hot add onions, saute for 2-3 minutes until softened and caramelized.
  3. Add molasses, sugar, dijon, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and allow to simmer 5-7 minutes; stirring often.
  5. Add remaining water and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
  6. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes; stirring twice.
  7. Serve!

Honey Molasses Baked Beans is the yummy BBQ side that will make you get seconds!

  Summer means being outside, especially if my toddler is getting her way. So after playing outside throughout the day yesterday, than finishing the day off watching a tee-ball game in a toasty 98 degrees I found myself needing water and trying to get the kiddos to drink water. Staying hydrated in the summer can get a bit tricky.








We all know that water is a must and ideal. No, you don't have to drink a gallon a day but you do not to drink up.





There are plenty of other ways to make sure your body is hydrated besides downing the water all day. I just restocked my fridge and when we got home last night I handed the little guy a bowl of grapes as we turned on a movie to settle down for the day. Grapes don't cut it for your kids, well here is a list of other things my family enjoy that help me know they are getting water in without forcing them to drink up.








Much Peace & Love
 Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene  

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fit Friday - Rice Pudding Smoothie and Fit with Kids

Rice Pudding Smoothie is a delightful and refreshing beverage for your summertime! It’s Fri-YAY!!! Which means... It's Fit Friday! Whooop Whooop! Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness has got the workout that we need to start our weekend off in the right way!! Rice Pudding Smoothie is a delightful and refreshing beverage for your summertime! www.cookingwithruthie.com Rice Pudding Smoothie is sooo refreshing during these hot and fantastic summer months!! I don't know many people who don't absolutely love rice pudding. This is such a fun twist to rice pudding that you have got to try! Rice Pudding Smoothie is a delightful and refreshing beverage for your summertime! www.cookingwithruthie.com Rice Pudding Smoothie will rock your world and become your family's new favorite smoothie. When I was a live in nanny, the dad would make rice pudding for all of us. It was such a fun way for us to bond at night, after a long day of everyone being out of the house. Family time is the most important thing to me! I love to bond and connect over a good smoothie, treat, or meal! Rice Pudding Smoothie is a delightful and refreshing beverage for your summertime! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Rice Pudding Smoothie

Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into serving cups add a dash of cinnamon.
  3. Enjoy!

Rice Pudding Smoothie is a fun alternative on Rice Pudding for summer months!

    Summer is in full swing at my house. This was the first week of no school, sleeping in, lots of friends, and lots of time by the pool. That also means it has been a week of my trying to squeeze in workouts around everyone else's stuff. My friends with older kids or no kids are off hiking on these summer days and enjoying the season, I have to admit I get a bit jealous as I turn back to wrestling by two year old who has perfect the body slam.

Many of my mornings are busy teaching classes and training clients, this means I don't have the option to workout out until nap time many days. I have discovered that my five year old thinks Tabata is fun and loves to workout with me, especially if I let him pick some moves. So today we are doing a mid friendly Tabata workout. Kid friendly equates to sticking with the basics and a lot of jumping, he loves to jump.

With warm up and cool down this is a great 30 minute workout. I don't expect my little guy to hang with me the whole time, but I picked all things that he can do and he hangs with me most of the time. Our warm up and cool down often involve a walk around the block, again I picked something that totally works for his five year old mind.



Love always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fit Friday - Dutch Babies and Swim Time

Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are the perfect way to start your weekend!  It’s time for some Fitness from Miss Nichole over at Pure Clean Fitness for Fit Friday!!  Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are the perfect way to start your weekend! www.cookingwithruthie.com Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are ohhh my gosh YUM! They taste as good as they look!!! Don't believe me?! Give it a try yourself!! :) Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are the perfect way to start your weekend! www.cookingwithruthie.com Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are my go to Saturday or Sunday breakfast from now on! For me personally, there is nothing better than sleeping in on the weekend, making a delightful breakfast with my family, and enjoying it together. Especially now with this amazing weather we are getting, we LOOOOVE to eat our breakfast outside on the porch. Perfection at it's finest!!  Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are the perfect way to start your weekend! www.cookingwithruthie.com   Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies are the perfect way to start your weekend! www.cookingwithruthie.com  

Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Heat DaTerra Cucina 11 inch Vesuvio fry pan to medium-high heat.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet, saute; stirring for 2 minutes until caramelized
  4. Add coconut sugar and 1 cup of blueberries; stir and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove DaTerra Cucina 11 inch Vesuvio fry pan from heat
  6. Prepare batter:
  7. Combine in blender milk, eggs, flour, and sea salt.
  8. Pour batter into DaTerra Cucina 11 inch Vesuvio fry pan .
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes until browned and puffed up.
  10. Top with additional blueberries and coconut flakes and serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Dutch Babies will be your new favorite Saturday breakfast to enjoy with your loved ones!! :)

  The pool is open and my kids are loving it. Being outside in the sunshine and at the pool makes me antsy for pool workouts. I don't do them often because the road is generally calling my name, but I love it every time I get in and start in my lap lane.

The pool is inspiring today's workout. We are keeping it simple and getting in the water. This is a beginners workout, if you are more advanced or just feeling great add on some sprints with recoveries.


When it comes to swim workouts it is hard, it is supposed to be hard, but you have to keep on swimming! All too often I have clients that swim for workouts and swim for time. "I swam for 30 minutes," gets reported with a smile. In talking that means one lap with five+ minutes of recovery or chat time. You need to keep your heart rate up, and enjoy the feeling!!!

Happy Fit Friday and have a great weekend!! 
Much Peace & Love- Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fit Friday - Yogurt Sauce and Memorial Fit Tips

Its Memorial Weekend and this Fit Friday is the beginning of not only the holiday weekend, but also the kickoff to summer. Enjoy!

Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is light and flavorful and will pair beautifully with your summer dinners!  It's time for some Fitness from Miss Nichole over at Pure Clean Fitness for Fit Friday!!  Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is light and flavorful and will pair beautifully with your summer dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is the sauce to our Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken from last Friday! It's simple delicious and the perfect dipping sauce for so many BBQ summer recipes! Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is light and flavorful and will pair beautifully with your summer dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is flavorful just like our Thai Chicken Flatbread with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. They are both so yummy I can't decide which one I like more! If you love yogurt sauces, you'll LOVE these!! Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is light and flavorful and will pair beautifully with your summer dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com



Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce
Recipe Type: Sides
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mint, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • pepper and sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:
  2. In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic, cilantro, mint, and lemon juice; mix to combine.
  3. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Allow flavors to meld.
  5. Serve with your favorite dinner!
  6. Enjoy!

Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce is simply delicious and is the perfect sauce for anything!

 
 Happy Fit Friday on this Memorial/Summer Kick Off Weekend! We are antsy to get outside and play, no school to worry about, and plenty of warmth coming our way. And we are starting the weekend off right with a healthy recipe from Ruthie and some fit tips from yours truly, I also might sneak in a short workout.

Let's talk a few healthy fit tips first:

1. Plan a wingman early on. Someone that is fitness and minded and will help you stay on the right track.

2. Take a healthy side dish to share with everyone.

3. Limit your alcohol intake. You don't need to spend the entire weekend drinking, its totally not worth it.

4. Drink lots of water. This will help with the snackage, the alcohol, and it will be warm outside.

5. Be sure to get your workout in. I will be heading out the The Remembrance Run 10k, my little guy will be heading out for a 1 mile race, and my hubbie will be heading to the Crossfit gym for Murph. You can also head out for a hike, bike ride, or other fun outside time either solo or with the family. If your weekend is just too jam packed keep on reading for a short Tabata workout to sneak in early.

Quick Tabata reminder; Tabata is an all out interval workout. Each round is 4 minutes of 20 seconds on with a 10 second breather.


Happy Fit Friday!! 
Love always, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fit Friday - Tandoori Chicken and Wedding Worthy Workout

Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken is authentic and so simple to make at home!  Enjoy this healthy meal and some health fit tips from Nichole over at Pure Clean Fitness!! Grilled Tandoori Chicken authentic and it's so simple to make at home! www.cookingwithruthie.com Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken gets us ready for summer and grilling season!! Mix it up at your next BBQ and enjoy these Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken! Summer is my absolute favorite time of year!! Who else loves it?! Grilled Tandoori Chicken authentic and it's so simple to make at home! www.cookingwithruthie.com I can’t decide if the best part is... days on the lake or at the beach, long summer nights, awesome weather, or amazing food! All I know is that Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken makes any summer activity better! I love how easy it is to prepare beforehand (all of that marinating gives it an Aaaah-mazing flavor) and take it anywhere to grill! Grilled Tandoori Chicken authentic and it's so simple to make at home! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken separated into 2 drums 2 thighs 2 breasts- butchered and skinless.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tablespoons ginger, minced
  • ⅓ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ cup scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup melted butter for basting
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Starting with the chicken score it by cutting slits into the meat ½ inch deep- several over each piece uniformly; set in fridge until use later.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine lemon juice and sea salt.
  3. Coat all of the chicken in the lemon juice mixture; set in fridge to marinate for 2 hours.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine ginger, garlic, yogurt, cream, garam masala, fenugreek leaves, and cumin.
  5. In a medium sauce pan heat the oil until almost hits the smoke point (shimmery) and remove from heat.
  6. Add paprika, cayenne pepper, and turmeric; mix until combined and set aside until cooled.
  7. Once cooled add to the yogurt mixture; mix well.
  8. After the chicken is marinated coat the chicken in the yogurt mixture; and set in the fridge to marinate for another 8 hours.
  9. Once the chicken is marinated; heat the grill to high and generously coat grill with cooking spray.
  10. Once hot place chicken on the grill, cooking for about 6-8 minutes or until brown with char marks.
  11. Cook each side for 4-6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  12. Baste with melted butter during grilling of desired.
  13. Serve warm with rice, lemon wedges, and yogurt sauce.

Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken will knock your socks off this grilling season!! 

  Fit Friday is here and it is wedding day. Don't pretend like you don't know what I am talking about, you all know exactly what I am talking about. With wedding season in the air we have a workout fit for any bride-to-be, or bridesmaid, or wedding goer, or dress wearer, or  really any summer loving person.

Today's workout has a little bit if everything. It has some running that you should push hard and deep for. With the resistance work it is sometimes tempting to focus on speed and not the quality, fight that temptation! Make every single movement count.


I always tell my spin classes, "You come into every workout with a goal. Get ready to work for that goal today!"

Much Love,
 Nichole, Ruthie & Madeliene

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fit Friday - Mother's Day Side Dish and Treadmill Plus a Bonus Workout

Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs for your Mother's Day! 
 Hi Hi it's Fit Friday-- Yay!!! It's Nichole time from Pure Clean Fitness here to give us the scoop on this weeks workout! Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs for your Mother's Day! www.cookingwithruthie.com Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs looks Oh Em Gee Amazing!!! I adore this dish. It is SO tasty and would be a great side for any Mother's Day meal!  Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs for your Mother's Day! www.cookingwithruthie.com Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs tastes even better than it looks. Not to mention that it is super healthy and super delicious! Definitely our favorite combo around here. :) Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs for your Mother's Day! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs

Recipe Type: Sides
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 1 each meyer lemon zest
  • ¼ cup meyer lemon juice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl toss the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, ¼ teaspoon sea salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool, transfer to a bowl, and toss in the grated Parmigiano cheese.
  5. Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette:
  6. In a medium bowl whisk the lemon zest and juice, cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and slowly whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of oil.
  7. Bring a large salted pot of water to a boil, cook beans until tender approx 4-6 minutes; drain well.
  8. Toss beans with the vinaigrette.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  10. Transfer the beans to a serving platter and sprinkle with the bread crumbs.

Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crumbs is quite fabulous for Mother's Day!!

  For many it is racing season, it is that time of year where we are heading out in masses to get our run on. As a momma of four and a co-owner in two businesses (my husband being the other owner) I don't get to race as much as I used to, but  I still get out there and I cherish every single one of them. But also as that momma of four and co-owner in two businesses training is a bit iffy at times, the treadmill comes in handy.

So let's talk about today's treadmill workout. For treadmill workouts you need to find a base pace, a pace that you can maintain for a long run. That will be the pace that all of your speed work will be based off of. Warm up to that pace and don't forget to cool down.


Our extra boost move is going to be man makers. I like to use 15-20 lb dumbbells when I am rocking out this move.


It's going to be a fun one folks. Get to it and enjoy it.

Much love, Nichole, Madeliene & Ruthie 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fit Friday - Street Tacos and HIIT with the Basics

Welcome to a fantastic Fit Friday!

BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are so good you'll never guess they're vegan! Cinco de Mayo and Fit Friday... What a great day!!! Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is up!! Wooo-hooo! BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are so good you'll never guess they're vegan! BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are one of Madeliene's favorite Mexican dishes. She CRAVES Mexican food constantly after living in Puebla, Mexico for 18 months, she just can't get enough!!! We love these tacos and they are sooo yummy for Cinco de Mayo!  BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are so good you'll never guess they're vegan! BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos will go great with any of our other Mexican dishes that we pull out for Cinco de Mayo festivities!! Do you want to know something funny?? People in the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo more than people in Mexico do. What?!! Who would of thought. Try these other tasty dishes this year! Strawberry Mango Guac and Lime Chicken Fajitas! BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are so good you'll never guess they're vegan!   BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos are so good you'll never guess they're vegan!



BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 ounce) can green jackfruit, drained
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
  • 12 white corn tortillas
  • 2-3 ears of corn, shucked, grilled, and cut from cob
  • 1/2 cup red onion, small diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, rough chopped
  • lime wedges to serve
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat add jackfruit, bbq sauce, and 1 teaspoon lime juice, and minced cilantro; stir to combine.
  2. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  3. When ready to serve warm corn tortillas on grill or griddle.
  4. Layering two tortillas; add bbq jackfruit, red onion, grilled corn, and cilantro leaves.
  5. Serve warm and Enjoy!

BBQ Jackfruit, Roasted Corn, Cilantro Street Tacos will rock your Cinco de Mayo this year!

  Summer time is calling my name. That means summer time is calling for my summer body. My tank top, shorts, and bikini body. And we all know what that means, that means we are getting a sweet sweat sesh today!

Let's do this folks! Let's get our heart rates up. Let's get out of our comfort zones. Let's earn the body that we want.


We hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo!!!  Happy May! :) Love always, Ruthie, Madeliene, and Nichole