Humor Me-Let’s Play Mad Libs

Feb. 15, 2015 - I woke up and thought to myself, “Why did I have one extra glass of wine last night? And WHY did I feel the need to eat too much?” I had made a yummy dinner for my family to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I admit-I stayed up late by myself watching Jimmy Fallon reruns while enjoying that extra glass. Plus I have that horrible tendency to eat the leftovers as I clean up the kitchen. Combined, it was enough to make me feel sluggish the next day and I regretted it. And P.S. I do this ALL. THE. TIME. I’m a stress eater, and even when I cook really healthy food, I tend to eat too much.

As I prolonged getting out of bed and examined my terribly unimportant habits, I asked myself a question that I hope you’ll ask yourself too. Fill in the blank with your favorite vice/obstacle:

Q: "Amanda, what would my life look like if I stopped overeating and I stopped drinking for a year?” (Fill it in with your vice here.)
A: “I would feel so good, but what if I’m not fun anymore??? (I’m not kidding. This is what I said to myself!) And what will happen if I don’t eat all of that food? I’ll be missing out! (Seriously, these are the voices in my head.)”

Q: “If you know you’ll feel better, then why don’t you just do it Amanda?”
A: “Because it’s hard!!!”

Q: “Why?”
A: “Because life won’t be as fun anymore!!!”

Screeeech!!! Fast forward a week and one trip to the emergency room later for my son. Guess what arrived? A big dose of PERSPECTIVE! As I had lots of time to think while waiting for answers, it was all crystal clear. Changing how I eat and drink is not hard! Worrying about your family’s health is hard! I needed a swift kick in the you-know-what!

People always say it’s hard to change habits like eating or exercise, but you know what’s really easy? Making changes when everyone else around you is too. When I started my little wellness movement at work in January, it became easy to make changes because we were all doing the same thing.

So who’s with me? Who wants to make an easy change this year and join me? My goals?
-Continue eating really well, and stop eating before I’m full!
-Knock off the wine/cocktails and save it for celebrations only. I mean really important ones, like 6 times a year or less.

I’d love to have you join me. And I promise I’ll still be fun. ;) Set your goals here and let’s do it together!


This Week's Recipes


Mexican Tortilla Soup with Roasted Chicken

Mexican Tortilla Soup with Roasted Chicken
I don’t usually use a ton of leftovers to make other dinners  (I love eating them for lunch though), but this recipe is the perfect complement to my Roast Chicken recipe. Take as much or as little leftover chicken as you have and throw it in this soup.
  • tick Dairy Free Option
  • tick Easy Entertaining
  • tick Make Ahead
  • tick Chicken
  • tick Gluten Free


2 tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp ground cumin
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
3 cups shredded chicken 1 28 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can black or pinto beans, drained 2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped tortilla chips or strips
1 avocado, cubed 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low. Add the onions and sauté them until they are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a generous grinding of pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
Add the chicken stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the shredded chicken, beans, lime juice, and cilantro and return to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls, top with cubed avocado, shredded cheese, and several tortilla chips.


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  • Heather Wallis says:

    An absolute hit at my house! Amazing! My husband requires gluten-free; my son requires lactose-free...makes coming up with new dinner options a challenge at times. This was fabulously easy, and absolutely delicious. Thank you!!!

  • Sara says:

    Very good!! huge hit with the family the only suggestion i would make is to add only half the juice from the tomatoes

  • May Chone says:

    This soup was so easy and fast to make and delicious!!! I didn't have any left over chicken so I put 2 chicken breast in the oven while I prepared the rest of the soup. Loved it.