I’ve Made Some Changes and Mexican Bake Night

First things first

You all may have noticed a few minor changes around the ol’ Chocolate Medals lately, or really since the New Year.  As 2013 was wrapping up, I started noticing (feeling?) like my blog was becoming a place I “had to go” three times a day, at least during the week.  I felt like I was a disappointment if I didn’t, and wrote even when I didn’t have much to say.

I love Chocolate Medals, it’s my little internet home and where I’ve connected with SO many amazing and inspiring people.  When I started to feel like the quality of the blog was being affected, I knew that I needed to make some changes.  Since then,  I have posted twice, and sometimes even once a day.  With intention. While I recognize that I’m not writing anything Earth shattering over here, I do feel like while I am writing less, I am writing MORE.  Better.  And that’s what matters to me.  

The community that I have connected with via the blog (family and friends at home, as well as all the new people I’ve met all over the world that have become fast friends) are the most important thing to me.  I want to give you guys something worth coming back to :).  So I hope you all don’t mind the fewer posts, and keep coming back.  And while we’re at it, PLEASE email me (chocolatemedals@gmail.com) with anything you may want me to address here!  I’d love your ideas and opinions.

This was actually sparked today when I realized that my gmail had been “spaming” my wordpress emails. . . so I was missing comments.  I was going through all the ones I missed over the past week or so and was overwhelmed with how much I love you guys 🙂

Moving on . . . 

Tonight was a SPECTACULAR dinner that USED to be a regular in the Jara household.  MEXICAN BAKES!  These are GREAT garbage meals (look at my EASY MEALS tab to find more of these meals) for whatever produce is left in the fridge . . . and a great new way to do Mexican.

Mexican Bake

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  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 2 roma tomatos
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Chips/tortillas for garnish
  • Cheese for topping (I used cheddar and colby)
  • Side greens of choice

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  • Preheat oven to 350 and boil water
  • Cut your sweet potato into bite size pieces and steam for 20 minutes
  • Prepare your bacon (we grilled it)
  • Begin layering your bake (you could easily use a ramekin but we used french onion bowls)
  • Start with refried beans as your base
  • Add the veggies and bacon however you like
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • ENJOY!
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Building the beautyWe eat too much pizza:  I posted the pictures of prepped veggies on instagram and my twin automatically through pizza night.  Upps 🙂  #lifeisallaboutbalance


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Finished product 🙂 Beautiful

Have a great night guys!  Almost the weekend 🙂

Question of the Night:   Your opinion.  Is less sometimes more in the blog world, or do you like constant posting?

Still Greenin’ It

We’re finally making progress, but we are STILL working on using up all the greens we had in the house this week.  I guess that’s what two DOUBLE loads of greens will do for ya.



Tonights greens included:

  • romaine
  • arugula
  • jalepenos
  • celery
  • salsa
  • salt and pepper
  • dill
  • olive oil

I am LOVING the freshness that using simple olive oil and spices adds to salads lately.  I don’t know the last time I used a real salad dressing, and I am A-OK with that.

Our main dish was the star of the evening though.

Tuna Steak and Steamed Carrots


I marinated the tuna with simple dill and low sodium soy sauce.  Tuna and soy may have been made for each other. . . I’m just saying.

For the carrots, I prepped them with salt, pepper, dill and some parmesan  before steaming them for about 25 minutes.

Everything was SO fresh and just TASTED healthy tonight.  You gotta love that.


All together now.

Quick Workout Sesh

Because I had a few minutes. . . and because I’m just cray cray . . . I ran to the gym after work and got in a quick ab work out.  Let’s be honest for a second.  My stomach was feeling LESS than flat after the holidays, hence the focus lately on weights/abs.

Oh, and if you follow me on twitter you know I’ve also been drinking water with lemon and mint in it everyday at work (hot and cold. . . warm it almost tastes like tea) and it has done WONDERS for any digestive issues I may or may not have been dealing with lately.  Again, just saying.  Wonderful.

Quick Ab Workout:

  • One easy mile warm up
  • 100 incline sit ups

Yup, simple but effective.  I’ll have that 6 pack in no time (Jokes).

And now, my friends, it’s time to watch Dispicable Me 2 with the fam.  Anyone seen it?


Hungry Day

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re just HUNGRY?

Today was one of those days….constantly hungry even though I ate totally normally.  Whomp whomp.

I kept it in control for the most part, dodged the Christmas cookies (I eat enough for dessert), added a banana and some extra trail mix and called it a day.

Thankfully the husband was in the mood for a healthy dinner, so I loaded up on greens, veggies, steak and a good piece of bread.  We literally finished everything fresh we had in the fridge and saved left over lasagna for tomorrow.  High five to us!

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Todays salad included:



  • Arugula and Romaine for greens
  • lemon juice and sriracha to dress
  • Roasted broccoli
  • Roasted carrots
  • Fresh heirloom tomatoes
  • One large white onion
  • Split a large steak
  • Side of sesame bread
  • Caesar dressing

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  • Chop the greens
  • Dress with lemon, sriracha, salt and pepper
  • Add fresh tomatoes
  • Start the onions, broccoli and carrots on the grill
  • Add the steak (15 minutes)
  • Grill the bread (5 minutes)
  • Enjoy

Good way to end a hungry day.

Well…until dessert :).