Friday, December 14, 2018

Fit Friday - Chicken Piccata and Speedplay

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a long time favorite Italian dish! Fun Fit Friday is here!!! Thanks Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness for keeping us healthy and strong over here! Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a long time favorite Italian dishes! www.cookingwithruthie.com Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is wanting to be a part of your festivities this Christmas break! It has great flavor and is matched with tender juicy chicken. It's a simple make and pleases any and all company! Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a long time favorite Italian dishes! www.cookingwithruthie.com I simply love how this Italian dish, Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce, is so versatile! It goes great with any side and will keep you and your loved ones full for the night! Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a long time favorite Italian dishes! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce

Well, between holiday chaos....I mean holiday fun and dealing with the season of sickness I have been using my treadmill at home a lot. I turn on Netflix for me, a movie for the toddler with plenty of snacks nearby and get to work. On her needier days I incorporate circuits that get me off the treadmill plenty and next to Nora. Today we are sticking to the treadmill and hoping Nora's movie keeps her enthralled.

I don't assign paces for this workout. Everyone has their own pace. You need to pick a pace that is doable and a challenge at the same time.

Much Love, 
Nichole, Ruthie & Madeliene

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fit Friday - Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes and a Friendly Workout

Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite winter dinners! My favorite time of the year and my favorite day of the week!!! Drum roll please... It's Fit Friday!!! Pure Clean Fitness here with Nicole! Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite autumn dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is flavorfully fabulous!! Easily find our Cinnamon Apple Butter here! And while you're at it.. don't hesitate to try our other Apple Butter recipes! Make this yummy Cinnamon Apple Butter and enjoy it in many ways! Enjoy it with Nachos, as a fun appetizer-- Crostini's (perfect for Holiday parties), and as a Turkey Pretzel Roll Sandwich!! Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite autumn dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com   Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite autumn dinners! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite winter dinners!
Ingredients
  • 2 pound pork tenderloin, fat and silverskin removed
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 6 red apples, cored and medium diced (approx 5 cups)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 3 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup medium diced apples
  • 1 cup medium diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Apple Butter:
  2. In a stock pot combine cinnamon stick, apple juice, and apples.
  3. Simmer for around 2 ½ hours over low heat. (Time may vary depending on heat level)
  4. Apples should be browned and translucent; puree in blender in batches.
  5. Pork Loin:
  6. minutes before ready to serve bake pork loin, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. In a small mixing bowl combine sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, thyme leaves; mix.
  8. Rub all over pork loin, place on baking sheet, roast in oven 35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.
  9. Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
  10. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  11. In mixing bowl toss sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper to combine.
  12. Evenly spread on prepared sheet, bake 35-40 minutes on rack under pork loin, stirring twice.
  13. To serve: heat saute pan with olive oil, sautéed diced apples and onions for 3-4 minutes, add apple butter to pan and heat through.
  14. Serve pork loin with apple butter sauce and roasted sweet potatoes.

Apple Butter Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is a health filled and flavorful weeknight dinner!


 Holidays is all about friends and family, right? So today we are doing a fun partner workout. Grab a friend, your husband, one of your kids, or if you are brave that random person at the gym you have been wanting to meet. Besides a buddy you will also need a weighted ball.


Cheer each other on! Have fun! Remember, friends that sweat together stay together!

Much Love, Nicole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, November 23, 2018

Fit Friday - Green Goddess Toast and Fit Tip of the Week

Green Goddess Toast is a culinary showpiece that will wow all your guests plus it's packed with amazing nutrition! Green Goddess Toast is a culinary show piece that will wow all your guests! www.cookingwithruthie.com Since today is Black Friday I'm sure most of you are headed out or have just gotten back from some of the crazy hustle and bustle of the epic holiday shopping extravaganza, so refuel and load up on awesome nutrition with our Green Goddess Toast! Oh my.... these are simple to make and SO good! Green Goddess Toast is a culinary show piece that will wow all your guests! www.cookingwithruthie.com Green Goddess Toast is like a tower of green deliciousness all layered up on the bed on sourdough toast! It's totally going to rock every one of your taste buds. If you love avocado, chevre cheese, mixed salad greens tossed in olive oil, and an over-easy egg on top. . . then our Green Goddess Toast is has got to be a part of your weekend brunch menu! Green Goddess Toast is a culinary show piece that will wow all your guests! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Green Goddess Toast

Green Goddess Toast
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
Green Goddess Toast is a culinary show piece that will wow all your guests! www.cookingwithruthie.comPrep time:
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Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted
  • 2 avocados, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups spinach, tossed with olive oil, salt/pepper
  • 4 eggs, cooked to desired doneness
  • 1 cup chevre cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • microgreens, to garnish
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place each toast on a serving plate, top with avocado slices, tossed spinach, an egg, 1/4 cup chevre cheese, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and microgreens.
  2. Enjoy!
Green Goddess Toast is a culinary showpiece that will wow all your guests!

 The next few weeks are all about family, at least they to me they should be....kind of. I was listening to a stepmom podcast this week, The Stepmom Club, and the woman being interviewed was talking about the importance of self care. She of course was talking about for stepmoms, but self care is important for all and this time of year it is no different. These next few weeks will be full of family fun and chaos, but you can't forget about you during these next few weeks.

I don't mean that you need a day at the spa or a daily massage. I am simply saying that you need to take care of you in order to keep your sanity. Most days for me this comes in the way of a workout, but there will be days when an hour at the gym, on the treadmill, or on the road where this isn't possible. Those are the mornings I get up 20 minutes early in order to have a cup of coffee in silence or while reading. Anyway you slice it, you have to find a few minutes to breathe.

So today's fit tip isn't a new workout, it isn't a list of dos and don'ts. It is simply a reminder:

Much Love, Nichole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, November 16, 2018

Fit Friday - Roasted Cauliflower and Core Workout

Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make... you'll hardly believe how good it is! Pure Clean Fitness here with Nicole! Tune in today for an awesome core workout!! Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make! www.cookingwithruthie.com Southwest Roasted Cauliflower will make those Cauliflower haters, love Cauliflower! It's easy to make, great tasting, and fits into almost any meal as a great side! Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make! www.cookingwithruthie.com Southwest Roasted Cauliflower would be a fun addition to or replacement of a veggie tray! I'm even thinking of bringing this baby out for Thanksgiving! Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make! www.cookingwithruthie.com  



Southwest Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe Type: Sides
Cuisine: American
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 6
Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower, greens removed, washed and drained, left whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust according to spiciness)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, minced
Instructions
    Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is the tastiest and easiest side dish to make! www.cookingwithruthie.com
  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
  2. Place cauliflower head on baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl combine sea salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, minced cilantro; mix.
  4. Drizzle and rub with  the olive oil over the cauliflower to coat.
  5. Using hand apply spice mixture evenly over cauliflower.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
  7. Place on serving plate, slice as you eat.

Southwest Roasted Cauliflower is a side everyone loves!

  Our core is our power house. Having a strong core isn't about looking awesome in a crop top or having a bikini body, it's about having a strong power house for all of your daily movements plus some of those not so daily ones. Running strong isn't just about solid legs. Wrestling your kids isn't just a test of patience. Taking your not-so-well-trained dog our for a walk isn't just about trying to make sure your shoulder stays intact. These are all examples of reasons you need to strengthen your core.
Today's workout is an interval workout focused on core. That means pushing hard for a set period of time, taking a short breather, and doing it again. When I say hard that means pushing that means completing as many reps as possible in the allotted 45 seconds as you can, with perfect form!
As always, don't forget to warm up and cool down. These are two things easily over looked but never should be.


Much Love, 
Nicole, Ruthie, & Madeliene  

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fit Friday - Parm Pine Nut Artisan Loaf and Speed Play on the Treadmill

Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is so simple to make and perfect for your Thanksgiving and Holiday dining! Pure Clean Fitness here with Nicole! I don't know about you guys... but Fit Friday makes my whole week! Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is so simple to make and perfect for the holidays! www.cookingwithruthie.com Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is EASY. I know, I know that we say that all the time... but literally, the easiest bread in the history of bread!!! It is NO knead, a few ingredients, and literally just needs to sit on your countertop overnight before baking. No, I'm really not kidding or exaggerating. Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is so simple to make and perfect for the holidays! www.cookingwithruthie.com The best part is... that it tastes like you spent all day making it! It is crunchy on the outside and uber soft on the inside. Fab-u-lous!!! I remember eating this as a kid after high-school. I would smother it in home-made jam and just be so content. :) Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is so simple to make and perfect for the holidays! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf

Recipe Type: Sides
Cuisine: French
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 1
Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is so simple to make and perfect for the holidays!
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1½ cups hot water
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, stirring by hand, add water and mix until moistened, cover entire bowl with saran wrap that has been generously coated with cooking spray.
  2. Let sit for at least 12 hours.
  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface, add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and pine nuts, gently knead to incorporate, pull sides in, and flip the loaf over.
  4. Cover again with the same saran and let raise for 45 min or until double in size.
  5. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F with ceramic dutch oven and lid in the oven.
  6. Carefully place dough in dutch oven, sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded parmesan on top of dough, replace lid, and cook for 25-27 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

Parmesan Pine Nut Artisan Loaf is the easiest.. yummiest.. bread, in the history of bread!!!

 
 Brrrrr! My house is cold this morning. I finally broke down yesterday and turned the heat on for the sake of my little ones, specifically my two year old that loves to run around naked. I know the temptation is to snuggle in and turn on Netflix when that cold hits, but there are alternatives. Working out when it is cold outside is a great way to get warm, and if you are running on the treadmill to work up a sweat without the frigid temps you can still enjoy your Netflix! Today's workout is fueled by cold temps and the desire to watch Netflix!

Today's treadmill workout uses race paces, paces that you may not know and that is just fine. You can still get this workout done and done well without having those exact paces. If you have at least one of those numbers use it and adjust accordingly. If you are going from scratch you are going to go straight from feel.

The marathon mile should feel solid and doable, if you are struggling with it you need to slow it down.
Each pace after that should be at least 30 sec per mile faster. For example; if I raced my marathon at 8:30 minute miles (7.0), I can guesstimate my half marathon pace to be about 8 min miles (7.5), my 10k to be 7:30 minute miles (8.0) and my 5k pace to be about a 7 minute mile (8.5). You may find that this is too easy or too hard, adjust as needed. But work hard, work strong, and get warm!


Much Love, 
Nichole, Ruthie & Madeliene

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fit Friday - Autumn Overnight Oats and 10-1 Circuit

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats are simple to make and will keep you full all morning! Let's start this Friday off with Fit Friday brought to us by Nicole from Pure Clean Fitness! Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats are simple to make and will keep you full all morning! www.cookingwithruthie.com Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats is a healthy and yummy fall breakfast! It's perfect for right after Halloween-- to get some goodness back into our bodies (and our children's) after all of that candy!! Who had a great Halloween?! We sure did! We laid low and it was nice.. although not exactly what I had planned. I dressed up as Dorthy for work which was super fun then spent the night with my boys. :) Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats are simple to make and will keep you full all morning! www.cookingwithruthie.com Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats says bring on Fall and Winter baby!!! We are ready over here!! Wooo-hooo! (I'm secretly one of those people who can't wait for it to snow...) :)   Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats are simple to make and will keep you full all morning! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 fuji apple, shredded
  • 1 asian pear, shredded
  • 2 cup plain milk kefir
  • 1 cup pumpkin yogurt (I like trader joes)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 2 cup rolled whole oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut sugar or adjust according to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • additional fruit and nuts to garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl with a lid; shred pear and apple.
  2. Add milk and yogurt; gently stir to combine.
  3. Add dry ingredients; stir until incorporated.
  4. Rest overnight oats in the fridge for a minimum 2-3 hour or sit overnight.
  5. Adjust moisture with additional milk if necessary.
  6. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with additional fruit.
  7. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats are simple to make and will keep you full all morning! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Overnight Oats is a warm & cozy fall breakfast!


 It has been a week of holiday fun, birthday chaos, and a lot of work. With those three things on the plate working out as not been front and center and it is time to get it going again. My brain needs it to clear out some cobwebs and my body needs it because everything feels better with movement.

Today we are having fun with circuits. I have decided to go from 10 reps down to 1, most of my clients like getting smaller in the rep count versus larger. In between each round we are pushing our heart rates for just a couple of minutes.

Don't forget to conveniently discard warm up or cool down. These are important parts to any and all workouts!


Much Love, Nicole, Ruthie, & Madeliene

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fit Friday - Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Apples and Healthy Holiday Tips

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples will bring a big smile to everyone at your table! Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is here for Fit Friday on this fabulous Fall day! Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples will bring a big smile to everyone at your table! www.cookingwithruthie.com Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples is superrr delightful and savory! I'm throwing my sister a bridal shower this Saturday and this will be one of the dishes I serve!! I can't wait to make it and share it with all my friends and family! Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples will bring a big smile to everyone at your table! www.cookingwithruthie.com Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples is the perfect appetizer, side, or dessert for gatherings, events, and family dinner!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
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Serves: 10
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples will bring a big smile to everyone at your table!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plain fat-free greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4-5 apples, cored and sliced
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl; using a hand mixer beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add yogurt and pumpkin; mix until smooth.
  3. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon; mix until incorporated.
  4. Place in serving bowl and refrigerate until serving.
  5. Garnish with a couple of shakes of cinnamon.
  6. Serve with apple slices or graham cracker sticks.
  7. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples will bring a big smile to everyone at your table! www.cookingwithruthie.com

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Apples is so delicious and a must try this fall!

Next week Halloween is here, we all know what comes next....Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Yes, it's true, the holiday season is here. Today's fit tips won't be anything new to most of you, but it is a good time to take stock of what we need to do in order to stay healthy this holiday season.

If you follow me much or come to any of my clients you may have noticed a shift this year in my vocabulary and thoughts. It wasn't a huge shift, I have slowly been getting here over the years and I am still trying to figure out the best way to be coach and trainer with this thought pattern. What am I talking about? Intuitive eating, living a healthy, happy, balanced life that is not consumed with dos and don'ts of what you are eating.

Intuitive eating doesn't mean you get to eat anything and everything you want. Nope. It means you learn to listen to your body and your heart (some of those wants will definitely come from your heart and that is just fine).

You are going to find five tips that I felt I needed to have for me and mine. You aren't going to see no sugar, no treats, no family memories on this list. Instead of telling yourself no enjoy it for what it is. My grandma makes Turtles every Christmas and has since I was little, instead of saying no to this chocolate, caramel, sugar goodness I enjoy one, just like I have done every year since I was a little girl.

Be smart in your choices (food, sleep, and exercise) and you will find that you can come out this holiday season healthy and happy.

Much Love, 

Nichole, Ruthie & Madeliene