Yesterday was day three of Best Body Bootcamp and my favorite workout so far!! The workout included strength with super sets and ended with 20 minutes of cardio intervals. When I left the gym, I was nice and worn out and really felt accomplished. I love being a girl on a mission and going in with a plan.
I am really looking forward to the next 8 weeks of this program, especially since it will take me through Halloween and Thanksgiving which tend to be times that I indulge way more than I should. Hopefully with a set plan in place, I will be motivated to keep it under control!!
Let’s Talk Turkey
I hope you don’t mind but I am going to take y’all back in time a little bit. Well, okay…..only back to this weekend.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out “HoneyBaked’s New Recipe Turkey Breast” and it could not have come at a better time!
If you remember, on Tuesday I did a little complaining explaining about how life has been feeling a little crazy lately. I mean, I know it happens to everyone from time to time but during those hectic days that life brings, it sure is nice to be able to provide an easy and tasty meal to your family. For us, dinner is the one time that we are all able to gather and talk about our day and re-connect. Yes, I am one of those moms who pretty much insist we eat dinner at the table together. Every night.
On Saturday, after a tiring day of cheer, grocery shopping and errand running I stopped by the local HoneyBaked store to grab my “New Recipe Turkey Breast” along with a couple of sides and dessert. I’m not gonna lie, after a day of running around I was more excited about not having to cook than I was the actual meal.
That was until I got it home and stole a bite of the turkey. Guys, it wasn’t even warmed up at that point and my mouth was sending out a thank you note!!! The turkey was INCREDIBLE, especially with the crunchy HoneyBaked glaze that was on it. I called Lance to the kitchen so he could try it out as well and yep, he was definitely in agreement!!!
I am so not ashamed to admit that I kept stealing pieces of the turkey while the sides were cooking. The turkey comes pre-sliced and fully cooked so it was just too easy to pick one up and munch on it.
I was given the option to choose two of their many sides and that was a hard decision!!! I thought about going the traditional Thanksgiving route for this meal and getting stuffing or sweet potato casserole or even cranberry sauce but in the end I knew I would be eating plenty of that soon enough so I just chose what sounded good at the moment.
Potatoes Au Gratin and Green Bean Casserole.
When I picked these up they were frozen which was great since I had about a 30 minute drive home. When I got home, I stuck them back in the freezer but if I had read the directions, I would have seen that I could have placed them in the refrigerator since I planned to cook them that day. Duh!! On the back of the containers, it gives directions for cooking from frozen or from a thawed state. Obviously, the process is faster if they are thawed but it was seriously no biggie.
I was able to whip up the entire meal in less than 30 minutes. When I said I wanted easy, I wasn’t kidding. I took the really easy route and nuked it all in the microwave. Normally, I like to use my oven for stuff like this because I think it tends to taste more “homemade” if you will but I was more than impressed with the way the sides turned out.
Would you guess these came from the microwave?
I had some fried onions in my pantry so I topped the casserole with them for a little extra crunch. That is the best part of meals like this. The hard work is already done for you so adding a couple of your own personal cooking touches only makes it that much better!!
That right there is Lance’s plate. Sheesh, do you think he likes his pepper or what?! I am a lame-0 and took a picture of his plate instead of mine because you could see the pumpkin in the background. Hey…..I was trying to get into the Fall spirit. I think it is pretty obvious that as hard as I may try…….I will never be a food photographer .
After our turkey dinner, we had a little sumpin’ sumpin’ waiting for us that I was quite ecstatic about. I mean how could I not be, right? That is a whole lot of cheesecake for a family of four!!!
(I spy the pumpkin again!)
Since I was pretty much stuffed from supper, I decided to just take a couple slivers and test out more than one flavor. I went with the strawberry and the turtle flavored cheesecakes.
I was expecting to fall in love with this dessert but honestly, it was only so-so. I mean, there wasn’t anything not good about it but somehow it just didn’t blow me away. I ended up taking a couple bites of each piece and being done. If I had to do it again, I would get the cinnamon walnut coffee cake they offer. They had little sample of it available when I was picking up my order and it was mighty good!!
Overall, my family and I were super happy with the meal that we received from HoneyBaked. The turkey was phenomenal and if I were hosting a Thanksgiving dinner(I don’t, though ), I would have no reservations about serving up a couple of those and passing them off as my own. I kid……I kid!!!!
If you have a HoneyBaked store near you, you too can try out the new turkey recipe and receive $3.00 off with this coupon!!