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Kwickie Kebobs and a “Hurts So Good” Workout

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A couple of days ago, I asked what you would like to see more of on the blog.  The top two things…

  1. Quick Meal for After Work
  2. Super Sweaty Workouts

So, here is a little bit of both!

First let’s start with dinner…

Dinner

This week has been extremely hot here in Indiana (104 degrees!) and I have really been craving summer foods.  One food that never fails to scream summer to me is the kebob.  My mom always makes kebobs during the hot months, and the foods being skewered vary every time!

I decided to keep things fairly simple last night and opted for shrimp and squash.  This little meal that is so good it seems like a treat, came together in just about 15 minutes…can’t beat that!

Kwickie Kebobs

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 6-8 oz of shrimp (the size can vary, I went with medium)
  • 2 small squashes (summer, or zucchini)
  • 1/2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • wooden skewers

Directions

The night before you want to serve the kebobs, chop the veggies into semi-large pieces slightly bigger than the shrimp.  Place in a baggie with the balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.  Shake and allow to sit in the fridge over night.

If your shrimp is thawed you can do this with the shrimp too!

The following night, when you come home or decide that you are ready for the kebobs, place wooden skewers in a shallow pan of water so that they don’t burn.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Then, remove the squash from the bag and begin to skewer the shrimp and the squash, alternating in any pattern you like!

Place in the oven, bake on 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes, checking to see when the shrimp turn pink.

Once the shrimp are pink, remove from the oven and enjoy!

This meal would be great over brown rice or barley!

Now, onto the sweaty workout…

Super Sweaty Cardio Intervals

Thursday mornings, before heading into work, I start my day by teaching a 60 minute cardio interval class.  I have found a format for this class that the students really enjoy (they always tell me how class flies by!), really gets us working up a sweat, and allows us to have fun!

Yesterday’s workout was killer, and I mean that in the best way possible.  We were sweating after the first round, and really had to push through to finish.  It was that “hurts so good” kind of a workout.

Standing Crunch:  Stand with your arms lifted above the head holding a medium sized weight (8lbs), bring your arms down to one hip while lifting that knee up to your chest.  Place your foot back on the ground, lift your hands back above your head and repeat on the other side.

Monkey Jumps: Begin in a low squat position with toes slightly turned out and fingertips on the ground.  Push up through the heels jumping high and reaching arms overhead, land back in starting position.  Really keep that butt down!!

I hope you all enjoy your Friday, and have a great start to the weekend!

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