Boneless Beef Short Ribs

This post is long overdue! Easter weekend when I was visiting Tyler I decided I should make us something special for Easter dinner.  I was looking through the meat section and couldn’t decide what to get.  Poor Tyler gets sick of my always wanting chicken or turkey so I thought I should try something different.  Next to all the steak was boneless beef short ribs.  I have never had them before and had no idea what to do with them but there were reasonably priced and didn’t look too fatty.

After some time on pinterest I decided I would slow bake them.  I used The Kitchen Whisperer’s recipe as my guide and then went with what I had on hand.


Boneless Beef Short Ribs

  • 1.2 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 300 F.  Cut short ribs in half, season with salt and pepper and layer in the bottom of a small baking dish.  Mince 1/2 an onion and place it in a bowl.  Add the ketchup, bbq sauce, red wine, brown sugar and garlic to the mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Spoon sauce over short ribs.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 3 hours. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.

This recipe takes a long time in the oven but very little time to assemble.  It’s perfect for a nice relaxing Sunday evening meal.

IMG_6273I picked up this cut of meat as it was much less expensive than most of the steaks they had available and looked rather lean.  I always think it’s so odd that the most expensive steak cuts are always the fattiest.  I hear that it’s suppose to make it taste better but I typically prefer leaner meats.

IMG_6275 IMG_6277 IMG_6278 IMG_6279 IMG_6280Having spent hours in the oven on a low temperature these were so tender. Tyler, his roommate and I all really liked them.  We served them with salad and carrots but I’m sure they would be good with mashed potatoes, pasta, quinoa or rice.

Next time I make these I think I will double or tripple the recipe to make sure we have enough for leftovers.  We didn’t have any leftovers so I can’t say for sure but I think that they would be served cold on a lunch salad.  Sadly, this isn’t advocare challenge friendly or I would probably be making it again this weekend!

Have you ever tried boneless beef short ribs?

Have a favorite cut of steak?  I never know what to buy when thinking about making steaks and usually just get whatever is reasonably priced with little visible fat.



WIAW – Day 1of the Advocare 24 DC

Thanks to the wonderful Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!  I always love reading WIAW posts and getting ideas for new meals, food combinations people enjoy and of course all the recipes.  This week I’m sharing what I ate Tuesday.  Yesterday was the first day of my Advocare 24 Day Challenge.

I did a bunch of meal prep on Monday so putting together my meals for the day was really easy Tuesday morning.  For breakfast I had two scrambled eggs with an apple pear.  Costco had these apple pear things on sale this weekend so I figured I would try them, they are pretty good but I still prefer honeycrisp apples. Other snacks I had packed but didn’t end up eating are berries, rice cake, broccoli, peppers, hard boil egg whites and sweet potato.

Breakfast: Spark, 3 catalyst, fibre drink and eggs.  I had the pear an hour or so after.

IMG_6910Lunch: I went home for lunch and had a big salad with romain, cucumber, radishes, avocado and ground taco turkey meat.  I topped everything off with some salsa as a dressing. This salad was so tasty!

IMG_6915Afternoon snack and workout: 12 almonds, spark and 3 catalyst.  I headed to the gym as soon as I got off work.  I started with 40 minutes on the elliptical before doing a 30 minute core and upper body workout.  I finished off my session at the gym with 5 minutes on the elliptical.

Dinner:  I pretty much had an exact lunch repeat for dinner.  I already had everything chopped and ready to toss together so it came together really quickly, which was good as I was really hungry after the gym.

IMG_6917Evening snack: banana.  My muscles were a bit sore after the last two days and I had missed my usual morning banana so it was the perfect bedtime snack.  I really wanted a cup of hot chocolate, yes I’m strange and drink hot chocolate even when it’s really hot outside, but I resisted.  It’s funny, the hot chocolate was harder to resist than the panera bagels and coffee they brought into work this morning and the evening outing at a mexican restaurant my coworkers were going to.

Overall I would say it was a good day of eats!  You really can’t go wrong when your trying to eat clean, and i’m loving all the different colors.  I’ll see how the rest of the challenge goes but as of now it seems to be off to a good start.  If you have any questions about the 24DC or any of the advocare products please feel free to email me!

What was the best thing you ate over Memorial day weekend? 


Busy three day weekend

How is it that a three day weekend seems to go by just as fast as a regular weekend?  Maybe it’s because we were pretty busy all weekend, or because I’m starting the 24DC today and was wanting to make sure to enjoy some last coffee mornings.

My weekend started Friday when I left work to head out to the barn and try a new horse. My friend has him in for training and resale and thought I might be interested.  He looks so much like my old mare Tay and was a blast to ride.
IMG_6803Saturday morning began with a trip to the dog park. Bentley was mad when I came home smelling like the barn Friday night so we took him for a little play.  I was surprised how many people at the park would call their dog away as soon as it started to play with another dog.  None of the dogs there were acting aggressive and whats the point of bringing your dog to play if you wont let them play?

IMG_6811Bentley was so funny with the water.  Regardless of where he was in the park he would run over and almost chase the other dogs away from the water. I guess he was just a thirsty boy.

IMG_6823After the dog park it was time to get to work.  We had a tree removed this fall and although we moved most of the mulch there was a lot left to be moved.  We moved all the mulch and had plans to plant a new tree but there were still too many deep roots.  We ended up filling in the hole and planting some grass.   Yard work is no yoke!


IMG_6864Sunday morning Bentley was acting so sleepy!  I think he was tired having stayed up until Tyler and I got in the night before.  Saturday night we had met some friends at a local sports bar to catch up and ended up staying out way past my bedtime.  Once Bentley was awake we headed out to a park for a nice long walk.  I wanted to take him hiking but the two trails I found didn’t allow dogs.

IMG_6834The place we ended up going was beautiful with nice mowed paths, running streams and some shade. Bentley is overdue for his haircut and seemed to get a little hot so after our trips to the creek we cut our walk off after about 45 minutes.

IMG_6835 IMG_6843 IMG_6849 IMG_6855We were hungry for an early dinner Saturday and used a groupon for a new Indian restaurant.  This restaurant didn’t have the lentils I usually get so I went with tandoori chicken and garlic naan.  It’s wasn’t as good as our usual Indian restaurant but it was still a fun dinner out.

IMG_6863Sunday started with breakfast, obviously :), a trip to the gym and some cleaning around the house.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, a core workout and 20 minutes on the bike.  The bike turns me into a sweaty mix so quickly!

After cleaning around the house for awhile I headed out to the barn to ride Tay and the horse I’m looking at.  I rode Tay first and went on a nice trail ride with a friend at the farm. After the trail ride with Tay I rode the baby horse around the arena again trying to figure him out.

IMG_6872 IMG_6877 IMG_6878 IMG_6881 IMG_6889After our rides we went to play with Jen’s baby!  Raindrop is the cutest little foal and so curious about everything.

IMG_6896 IMG_6899When I got home from the farms I finished some food prep to get ready for the week and tried to find something to watch on TV.  There is nothing good on TV!  I need to make it to the library soon.

Whats your favorite baby animal?

Has anyone heard of hiking paths that don’t allow dogs?  Bentley’s should be allowed everywhere!


Salsa Chicken


One of my favorite foods is Mexican.  I love most all ethnic foods but most of them seem a bit intimidating to make at home. Mexican happens to be one of the only ethnic foods that i’m brave enough to attempt to cook at home as its so easy.  It’s especially easy when you can make it in the crock pot! I’m starting the Advocare 24DC on Tuesday and hoping to use the long weekend to get a bunch of healthy food prep done.

IMG_6341Salsa Chicken: 

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  • 1 can diced tomato and onion mix
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Place chicken, chicken broth and beer in crockpot.  Cook on low 6 hours or until chicken is fully cooked and easily shredded with a fork.  Remove chicken from crockpot and shred.  Discard chicken broth and beer.  Add shredded chicken back into crockpot along with salsa, black beans, corn, tomato and onion mix, spices and cook for an additional hour or so.

I know the extra step of cooking the chicken separately seems to defeat the purpose of using a crockpot but I think it helps to keep the chicken extra tender.

I took this to my class pot luck a month or so ago (so glad class is now done) and everyone really liked it!  For class everyone just added it to their plates along with all the other random food options.  I have been using the leftovers over salad and mixed with scrambled eggs.  I have a feeling I will be making this a lot this summer.  It’s great cold and just so simple to make.  It’s nice to have quick ready to go meal options in the summer when there are nights that it’s just so gorgeous outside that you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

The advocare 24DC is a lot about eating healthy, clean and real food.  I’m going to focus on my portion sizes and eating a bit more protein than I have been recently.  With all the graduation celebrations and sugary treats I’m excited to get back on track. My face and stomach haven’t been too happy with all the sugary treats.

If anyone has any favorite clean eating recipes please share! 

Know of a good sugar free BBQ sauce?  I Love BBQ sauce but my favorite one, Sweet Baby Ray’s, has quite a bit of sugar.



Thankful Thursday Thoughts

I’m linking up with Amanda today to share some of my Thursday thoughts.

I’m glad I have a fully charged compute as I’m currently typing this Wednesday night in a hotel room in Louisville .  I’m up in Louisville for some training and although the weather seemed fine when we got back from dinner it turned nasty pretty quick.  I got in a quick walk/run on the hotel treadmill.  After my quick walk/run I hopped into the shower.  The power went out as soon as I had my hair all full of shampoo.  Standing in a dark hotel bathroom without power is kind of scary!  Thankful thought #1.  Generators! The power wasn’t out for long before the generators kicked in.

I’m also thankful for free food!  We are always fed very well when at training and this time has been no exception.  A huge turkey sandwich, pasta salad, cookie, chips and pickle.  I ate way more than I should have but that white chocolate macadamia nut cookie was so good!

IMG_6764I don’t think I could ever really express how thankful I am for my parents. Monday night I had a note that I had a package waiting for me at the post office and took advantage of a break late Tuesday afternoon to run to the post office and pick it up.  I was shocked to see the beautiful pearl earings and necklace sent for my graduation gift.

Not only do I think the necklace is beautiful but I thought it was so sweet that my mom mentioned that it was a three strand one for a reason.  One strand for each of my graduations (high school, college and grad school).  What a fun and thoughtful idea, thanks mom!

IMG_6757I’m thankful for the kitchen creativity I have gained through reading blogs.  Thanks to many recommendations I have now tried and love coconut oil fried plantains and coconut oil on sweet potato.  I had half a plantain and coconut oil with some egg whites for breakfast the other day, so filling!  I have always loved sweet potatoes but eating them with coconut oil is new.

IMG_6751 IMG_6761Lastly I’m thankful for good friends!  Bentley HATES thunderstorms and luckily my friend who is kind enough to watch him for me made sure that he got extra cuddles all through the storm.  Another one of my good friends has found a new horse for me to possibly look at :)  I haven’t seen him yet and am trying to not get to excited but it’s nice to know that others are helping me with the search as well.

IMG_1526An old picture but how could I not end with a picture of this big cutie! This monster is currently in serious need of a haircut, I hope I’m able to get him in this week.