I have no shame when I say this: I gained 50 lbs. when I was pregnant. 5-0. To be totally honest, I didn’t look at the scale during my pregnancy…ever. Not at any of my doctor appointments, not at home…never. I didn’t really want to know. So I didn’t know…until my last doctor appointment. I figured I’d only gained like 35 or something…the “normal” weight gain. But I gained more than the “normal” and my son only weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. when he was born, so you can do the math on how much weight was left on my body afterward! Anyway, I wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight. Heck, I don’t just want to get back to my pre-baby weight, I want to be stronger and fitter than my pre-baby weight.
So I think it’s safe to say that I am currently on a fit kick. I’m working out daily – sometimes by myself and sometimes with Phil. I love working out with Phil. I’m not very good at pushing myself when I’m alone, so on days when my workouts are hard, I like to have him workout with me. Plus, it’s good spouse bonding 😉 And I’m also eating healthy. Healthy mostly means that I’m trying not to drink so many carbs (I love soda & Starbucks) and I’m trying to snack on fruits and veggies more (I hate veggies!).
I’ve found that it’s tough to eat healthy meals sometimes because there’s really a lot of prep work that can go into eating healthy AND I have a hard time finding healthy dinners that don’t have super weird ingredients! So I’m going to be sharing recipes when I find them because I love it when people post awesome recipes that they’ve found!
I made Beef & Broccoli the other night and it’s a great recipe because a) FEED ME BEEF…duh. and b) I made it in the Crockpot. I love, love, LOVE using my Crockpot. On busy days, all I have to do is toss the ingredients in and when dinner time rolls around, I have this amazing dish and my house smells so good.
Here’s the recipe:
Crockpot Beef & Broccoli
- 2 lbs. thinly sliced steak (I used Sirloin Steak – but any cut is fine)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups white or brown rice
- Put steak in bottom of Crockpot. Mix broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic & sesame oil in a bowl. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- 30 minutes prior to serving, add broccoli to crockpot. Stir together and cook 30 minutes in crockpot.
- In the meantime, cook the rice according to the rice directions.
- Serve beef & broccoli over the rice. Enjoy!
What are some of your favorite healthy beef recipes? I’d love to hear them!