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Recipe: Mini Chicken Pot Pies

There’s nothing I love more than an idiot-proof recipe! Last week I made mini chicken pot pies for a pot luck that I had with some friends. If I can make this… anyone can.

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Here’s what you need:

  • Pillsbury Grands
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Frozen peas, corn, carrots combo
  • Pre-cooked Perdue chicken

First you want to pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and you need to microwave your peas, corn, carrots combo so they are cooked and ready to go.

Second, take your pre-cooked chicken and either chop or shred it into smaller pieces. This really depends on preference. Personally, I enjoy pot pies with little chunks of chicken in it but I know others who like it shredded.

Next, place your cream of chicken soup, your veggies, and your chicken into a bowl and mix. This is important because you want them to all be together. The first time I did it, I placed them into the crust one by one and it came out a bit layered.

Time to pull out the Grands! Each of the Grands are already pre-cut so you will see exactly how many pot pies you can make. Cut each of them in half so you have a top and a bottom. Using a cupcake tray make a mini pie crust with one of the halves.

Once lines, you can pour in your pot pie mix. Each pot pie only needs a small amount to fill to the top. Once filled, you can place the other half of the Grands on top of each pie and place in the over.

Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the Grands look golden. Cool off and FEAST! Enjoy the portion-controlled, idiot-proof meal!

Fitness Review: Power Play

Details: 555 8th Ave, Rm 902, New York, NY 10018 – (212) 564-0500 – revinmo.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 4/5
Overall class: 3/5

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for this class, and this was not it! The class was mostly stretching, balance, and abs. I was pretty sore from previous work out classes when I came in so this was exactly what I needed. Loved the use of the yoga balls and weights but the balance boards were crazy difficult. I wasn’t 100% sure I was doing everything right but when I was, I felt it.

Would I recommend to a friend? Depends what you’re looking for…

Fitness Review: Core RxN

Details: 33 W End Ave, New York, NY 10023 – (212) 561-5435 – pedalnyc.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 4/5

First things first… if you plan to take a class at this studio, make sure you give yourself PLENTY of time to find the place. The address is super confusing and the studio is hidden behind a bunch of stores and a huge building. It was only by miracle and walking into 2 wrong buildings that I was able to find it!

As for the class, it was a lot of fun and very intense. The studio is known for spinning but I tool a core class that seemed more total body to me. You used the TRX, sand weights, kettle bells, and more. The teacher was super fun and motivating and really gave good moderations for people who were new. I had a lot of fun and felt incredibly sore the next couple days!

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

Fitness Review: Boxing

Details: 47 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 – (646) 684-4912 – bodyspacefitness.com

Studio: 5/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 4/5
Overall class: 4/5

Holy crap, this studio was gorgeous. You ride up this dinky elevator only to be brought to this gorgeous studio. Body Space Fitness has everything. There were treadmills, spin bikes, rowing machines, ropes, TRX, sleds, and more. I was very impressed.

I was there for boxing and the class was very small – just me and two others. It was essentially a private lesson but he worked us hard. I mentioned that I had taking a kick boxing class once before and the teacher took that to mean I knew what I was doing… I did not. Even though he didn’t explain everything as much as I would have liked, I still worked my ass off and got an incredible workout.

You can tell that Body Space Fitness is a place for everyone. While my class was filled with beginners, another class was going on nearby called “Training for Warriors” which made CrossFit look like a walk in the park. You should definitely check this place out.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

Fitness Review: Muay Thai Kickboxing

Details: 500 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018 – (646) 450-8966 – fitnessfightcamp.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 5/5

I absolutely loved this class. Slightly hard to find (there’s an elevator, and stairs, and more stairs… I was confused) but once there it was a blast. As a newbie who has never taken a kickboxing class before I was basically given a private lesson. Laurel, the teacher, walked me through every step of the process from including how to use the equipment and how to do the moves. By the end, I was sweating and had let off a lot of steam. It was an excellent workout and it was a lot of fun!

Would I recommend to a friend? 100%

Fitness Review: Slip n Slide Workout

Details: Revolution in Motion, 555 8th Ave, Rm 902, New York, NY 10018  (212) 564-0500 revinmo.com

Studio: 3.5/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructor: 4.5/5
Overall ClasS: 4/5

I was really nervous for this class because I had no idea what to expect. Basically, the workout is done on this ice-like mat. There are barriers so you don’t fall off and special slips to wear over your sneakers to help you glide.

The class was small – there was no more than 7 of us. The instructor knew it was my first time and walked me through everything. I love getting individual attention to make sure my form is right. Which, even with his guidance, I wasn’t sure it was. The class was HARD. It was using muscles I wasn’t used to working. The class focused on legs and core, and when I woke up this morning I was sore from my neck down to my lower abs.

This class reminded me a bit of Pure Barre, because it’s one of those classes you will not perfect every move in the first class…or even in the first week of classes. 

Would I recommend to a friend? Sure, but I’d warn them not to get frustrated when they couldn’t do all the moves!

Originally posted on Just Donk It.

Fitness Review: Pilates

Details: 43 W 46th St, Fl 3, New York, NY 10036 – (212) 302-5651 – your-movement.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 3/5
Overall class: 3/5

This class was not meant for beginners. It was supposed to be, but it wasn’t. Part of the problem was the class was filled with regulars. It was clear from the moment I walked in that I was the odd man out. It appears that all the students come every week (and may even work at the same office?). As a new person I was hoping to get acclimated to the class, meet the teacher, get an intro, but no. 

Instead I was positioned in the back of the studio. Yes, I chose the spot but had I have known that I couldn’t see the teacher or hear anything over the music (which was right next to me) I would have probably chosen a different spot. 

The class itself wasn’t awful. It was a typical pilates class mostly done on your back. The class was only 45 minutes, which went by very fast, but the moves themselves were hard. I wasn’t sweating but my muscles were shaking.

Would I recommend to a friend? Skip this one.

Weight Watchers 100 List – Part 1

A few months ago I started a journey on Weight Watchers. Frankly, I’ve drank the kool aid and I’m a full believer in the system. Rather than create a new year’s resolution to lose weight (like I have for every year since I’ve known was a new year’s resolution was), I’m going to take a page out of the WW book.

One of the things they encourage is creating a 100 list. Essentially create a list of 100 reasons for why you want to lose weight. Thinking of 100 things was not easy and I doubt I will accomplish all these things in a year, BUT there’s no time to start like the present! Let’s kick off 2014 with some lofty goals:

  1. Have pictures I’m proud of.
  2. Be referred to as “the skinny one.”
  3. Feel confident naked.
  4. Spend less money eating out.
  5. Become a better cook.
  6. Make food shopping a more regular occurrence.
  7. Have a flat stomach.
  8. Take pictures in a bathing suit.
  9. Enjoy shopping for bathing suits.
  10. Enjoy shopping for jeans.
  11. Run a half marathon.
  12. Run a marathon.
  13. Finish a Tough Mudder.
  14. Beat my time in the Spartan Race.
  15. Wear tight fitted t-shirt.
  16. Wear crop tops.
  17. See my hip bones.
  18. See my collar bone.
  19. Not feel self conscious sitting on a guy’s lap.
  20. Not feel self conscious being lifted.
  21. Feel hot getting changed at the gym.
  22. Have an awesome before and after picture.
  23. No need to do the skinny arm.
  24. Love mirrors.
  25. No more thighs touching.
  26. Look like the girl who goes to the gym as opposed to the girl that needs to be there.
  27. Halloween.
  28. Selfies.
  29. Easily crowdsurf.
  30. Be a hot bridesmaid.
  31. Be a hot bride.
  32. Sit in a bathing suit and not worry about rolls.
  33. Sit and not worry about my jeans cutting off my circulation.
  34. No more unbuttoning the top button.
  35. Never look a fit person again and think “ugh I hate you.”
  36. Order clothes online.
  37. Go to the beach.
  38. Inspire my family.
  39. Sit on someone’s shoulders at a concert.
  40. Be strong.
  41. Have stamina running.
  42. Better circulation so I’m cold less often.
  43. Be the envy of my friends.
  44. You have no bad sides.
  45. Being on top and not worrying about how you look at that angle.
  46. Live in an any-story walk up.
  47. Live a long and healthy life.
  48. No muffin top.
  49. Be the girl at the bar guys buy drinks for.
  50. Never say the phrase “does this make me look fat?” ever again.

51-100 coming soon…

Fitness Review: Core Synergy Conditioning

Details: 434 Avenue of the Americas, Fl 5, New York, NY 10011 – (888) 825-3531 – joffreyballetschool.com

Studio: 3/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructors: 4.5/5
Overall class: 4.5/5

This was an excellent total body workout. It started with abs and focusing on core in a very pilates-style warm up. There was some strength building in there as well with burpees and push-ups regularly sprinkled in. It even had some cardio where we were literally running around the studio. Finally, it ended with some much needed stretching at the barre.

I loved the pace of the class and the moves. Sadly, the timing messed it up a bit. We started the class late and as a result we didn’t get to do all the combinations the teacher intended. Not only that but when I looked at the clock I realized that the class had ended early. Maybe if this class started on time (and ended on time) we could have done the entire class.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes.

Fitness Review: Ishta Yoga

Details: 56 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 – (212) 598-4800 – ishtayoga.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructor: 4/5
Overall Class: 4/5

I really enjoyed my Open Flow class at Ishta Yoga. Located right near the Union Square subway stop, I found the class to be different from the many other yoga classes I’ve tried in the past. It was a mix of poses and vinyasa, focused on opening the chest, muscles, and mind.

The room was perfectly lit and quiet. They provided all the necessary equipment including blocks, straps, and a blanket. I felt immediately comfortable as soon as I entered as the instructor asked my name and if I had any injuries. Class started exactly on time and ended a few minutes past the hour. 

Throughout the class I didn’t feel pressured to keep up or do something my body couldn’t physically do. Everyone in the class was at different levels and the instructor respected that, which I appreciated. She came around and adjusted each student as need be, without being pushy or judgmental and encouraged the class the whole way through. I especially liked when the instructor asked us to visualize shapes and colors to help focus on alignment and openness. Class ended with meditation and I left the class feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Would I recommend to a friend? Absolutely.