Shrimp and Vegetable Risotto

One of my mom and I’s favorite meals to make is risotto with shrimp and vegetables.  We usually throw in whatever vegetables we have in the house.  This week, my mom started the risotto, then when I got home from work, we walked to the local farmer’s market.  We picked up some tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, and zucchini. The first day we made the risotto, my mom was too hungry to wait for the mushrooms and zucchini to cook, so we didn’t add it until day two.  Both dishes were delicious, but day two was much more colorful! Also, for those who think risotto is hard to make, it’s really not!

Shrimp and Vegetable Risotto

Serves 5-6


About 24 shrimp, pealed, deveined and shelled

1 small onion, diced

1 cup risotto, uncooked

3 cups chicken broth

2 medium tomatoes, diced

10 cremini mushrooms, chopped

1 medium zucchini, diced

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper


– Coat large skillet with extra virgin olive oil and toss onions into skillet.  Saute until softened. (Make sure to use LARGE skillet)

– Put risotto into skillet.  Add one cup of chicken brother and stir.  Keep stirring until almost absorbed, then add another cup of chicken broth.  Repeat again with the third cup.  Keep stirring until the rice is puffed up, soft, and chicken broth is FULLY absorbed.

– Toss chopped tomatoes in with the risotto.

– Chop shrimp up into 3 pieces per shrimp (or keep whole, however you like to eat your shrimp).

– Remove large skillet from heat and place medium skillet on heat. (Or if you’re good at multitasking, you can complete these next steps while the risotto is cooking.  Either way, you still need an additional skillet otherwise the large skillet will be too overcrowded for the shrimp and veggies to cook properly).  Coat the medium skillet with extra virgin olive oil.

– Toss the shrimp into the medium skillet, and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the shrimp is pink.

– Toss in the mushrooms and zucchini.  Saute until softened.

– Toss the ingredients from the medium skillet into the risotto in the large skillet.



This dish is so versatile because you can add in whatever you have on hand.  If you add garlic, add it in with the onions in the beginning.  For all other vegetables or add ins, do that after the risotto cooks.


Treadmill Interval & Overcoming Exercise Boredom

I have a confession: I get bored with workouts EXTREMELY easily.  On Monday I completed treadmill interval workout that I loved.  It pushed me just the right amount and I was really excited to have finally had a good workout again.  Unforuntaley, I just wasn’t into doing it on Tuesday (bored?).  I got through half then quit and went on the elliptical.

Working out is a huge mental game for me and I OFTEN have issues being pleased with my workouts and not allowing myself to stop along the way.  For the record, I physically don’t need to stop during workouts, but mentally, I somehow always need the break.  It’s very frustrating considering I ran a half marathon 2 months ago without stopping and for some reason, I now find myself needing to stop during a 3-4 mile run. 

Anyways, I hope to someday come back to this treadmill interval workout and find it just as effective as I did the first time.

Time (minutes) Pace
2 3.5
1 5.5
1 6
1 6.5
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
2 6.5
1 6
2 3.5

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Distance: 3.28ish miles

How do you overcome exercise boredom? 

Friday Favorites

Welcome to my first Friday Favorites post!  I’m excited to share a few of the things I’ve been obsessed with lately.

Starbucks Iced Passion Tea

The coffee where I work is less than desirable (and that’s putting it kindly).  Lately, I’ve been left with a horrible coffee aftertaste in my mouth from bad coffee, bad creamer (the powdered cheap stuff) and it leaves me wanting something iced and refreshing.  Enter passion tea.  I’ve been hitting up Starbucks on my lunch break and getting this refreshing drink.  Since I’m a special card member–green, not gold (yet..), I get free refills on tea when I stay on site!  Which is perfect if just one glass isn’t enough or if I’m still tired and want to refill with green tea.

What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?



Earlier this week I made my stuffed bell pepper recipe, which was delicious and left me with lots of leftovers!  I ended up cooking some shrimp and tossing it with the rest of the leftovers and had this for 2 more meals!  Tasted great.  Although, if you microwave quinoa as a leftover, I would HIGHLY recommend putting a paper towel over the plate–a lot of my quinoa splattered while reheating, leaving quite a mess. 

What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?

Essie Lavendar Nail Polish

Unfortunately, the name of this nail polish escapes me, but I’m still obsessed with it!  I love Essie and wish I could every color in its colleciton.  I bought this one a few months ago and still love it.   Currently, I’ve been super busy and my nails have been polish free for probably 4 days–definitely the longest they’ve been bare for awhile.  Will definitely have to paint them this color soon!

What’s your favorite nail polish color?

Egg White Omelet with Veggies

Confession: I’ve had this two times in a 3 day period–once out for brunch and once at home.  It tasted so good!  I sauteed up some zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and then added some tomatoes in and topped it with salsa.  So good, so fast, and so easy!  Another confession: I didn’t take pictures of my omelets, so that lovely picture is not mine 😦

What’s your favorite way to cook up some eggs?

Too Many Resolutions?

Is anyone else suffering from the problem of having too many resolutions to keep?  The problem is, I currently have so many, that it’s getting to be unrealistic to keep all of them.  Should I ditch one?  Should I try to meet all of them half way?  Advice on the issue would be fabulous.

My current resolutions are:

Be able to do the splits by the end of summer

No more pop/soda

Run 40 miles a month


I recently started my first 40 hour a week job and it’s taking an energy toll on me more than I thought.  I love cooking, and that’s become less of a priority, which is bumming me out.  Not to mention the fact that I’m trying to keep all these resolutions!  My running one is going alright so far, but then again, I’m only 6 days into the month.  The splits goal has definitely gone by the wayside–I haven’t done the stretches since that first time!  The pop resolution is so-so.  I’ve definitely cut down, but find myself unable to resist at family functions–which this summer is filled with.  I have cutdown though, so I definitely consider that a success.

I guess my big question is: should I ditch a resolution (most likely doing the splits and becoming more flexible) so I don’t set myself up for failure?  or should I just suck it up and put the time in even if I don’t feel like it after a long day.


Summer Running Goals

I recently completed a 10 month training program for a half marathon and ran the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 28th.  I did better than I had hoped for (1:54) and want to contine my running bug.  My goal is to run 40 miles a month.  This wan’t too hard to complete for May since I wasn’t working for most of it.  Actually, I have yet to complete it, but I’m pretty confident I will since I currently have run 39 miles and am planning to work out after work today. 

My goal will probably be difficult and take some real effort to complete for the rest of summer because I have now started working from 8:30-5 Monday through Friday.  I’m not the type of person to wake up extermely early in the morning and get my workout over with, so that means I’ll have to push myself to get it done after a long day of work. 

I have found that setting concrete goals helps me accomplish things.  So here I go–I will run 40 miles a month for at least June.  I plan to readjust or reset my goal for July and on once I see how this goes. I haven’t had a real 40 hour a week job yet, so I’m worried how tired I’ll end be, but wish me luck!

Do you have any summer fitness goals?

How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule?

New Swimsuit!

I went shopping yesterday and got a new swimsuit that I’m really excited about! I haven’t bought a new swimsuit in awhile because I don’t wear swimsuits that often, but this summer my family is going on a trip to the Bahamas so I figured that would be a great excuse to buy a new suit! Here it is:

Now I just have to make sure I keep a flat stomach until August when our trip is so that I can feel great showing off the neon colors!

I got the suit at H&M and both pieces together were about $30–such a deal!  Where is your favorite place to get a swimsuit?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

I spent part of Memorial Day Weekend at my Grandma’s lakehouse in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  A lot of my family was there, so I decided to bake some chocolate peanut butter brownies from a recipe I found here.  They were simple to back and turned out well!  The batter was pretty thick, so I really had to spread it in the pan. I got a little lazy with appearance, so the top isn’t super smooth and pretty, but  taste is more important, right? They tasted good enough that I couldn’t take a picture once they were cut because they were already eaten!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies


1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8X8″ pan with cooking spray. (I only had a 9X9″ pan, so I used foil to make a smaller pan).

– Combing flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

– Combine sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Slowly add flour mixture and beat until just blended.

– Mix in peanut butter and chocolate chips by hand.

– Spread batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until toothpick comes out of center with just a few crumbs.  Cool on wire rack completely before cutting.

What’s your favorite brownie recipe?