Here are some things you can do while
Sheltering In Place. Enjoy!
Mexican Quinoa Skillet
2 tbs. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tbs. garlic, minced
2 cans black beans
1 can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/4 cups water
Sea salt, to taste
- Heat the olive oil over low heat in a medium skillet. Add in the diced onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté for five to seven minutes or until the onions are translucent.
- Add in the black beans, tomato sauce, quinoa, water, and spices. Simmer on low for 30 minutes or until the quinoa is tender.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Boats
Makes two servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
1 sweet potato
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/4 cup salsa
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a fork to poke holes all around the sweet potato. Place it on a baking sheet and bake until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes depending on size.
Alternatively, microwave the sweet potato for eight to 10 minutes, until cooked through.
Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise. With the fleshy parts facing up, cut a slit lengthwise down the middle of each half. Use two forks to split open the sweet potato halves so you’re left with little pockets.
In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the cumin and cayenne. Fill each sweet-potato boat with the avocado, followed by the black beans, corn, and salsa. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Excerpted from Frugal Vegan. by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee.
Published by Page Street Publishing Company.
Exercise at Home
15 Easy Workouts
That You Can Do From Home
Basic, but effective. Aim for 20 to start, and work your way up to 50 once you’re a pro. Do not tuck your feet under a chair or table for assistance, to get the maximum effect
These bite-size versions of the whole enchilada isolate smaller, deeper abdominal muscles in their motion. Shoot for three sets of 20
Lie on your back feet in the air, knees bent. Place your hands behind your head. Begin pumping your legs in the classic bicycle motion, vigorously, for one minute
Time to get your heart rate up. Making sure to raise your hands over your head each time, and keep the cardio going for at least one minute
Back straight, feet slightly turned out. Drop your seat to knee height. Do two sets of 10. Advanced/Dad version: do these with your kid on your back
This is the best quad toner in town. Start standing with your feet parallel. Take a big step forward with your right leg, landing with your knee bent and over your toes. Allow your back knee to drop down toward the floor while swinging your left arm forward for balance. Push off your right front foot to return to standing. Do two sets of 10 on each side
Bend your knees as if you are going into the squat position, tucking your arms like a downhill skier. Spring off the floor and straighten your legs in the air, before landing in a squat once again. Advanced version: When you push off the floor into a jump, add a half-twist so you land facing the opposite direction. Do two sets of 10
Drop and give us 20. Let your child sit on your butt for extra weight resistance
Lie on your back, knees bent, feet close to your butt. Push through your heels as you raise your hips to create a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Repeat 10 times
Hands down the best overall bodyweight toning move you can do. Rest on your elbows and toes, keeping your back and legs straight. Hold for one minute
Jog in place for one minute, lifting each knee as high as you can
Bavarian Split Squats
It sounds hardcore, but it’s just a regular squat with one leg resting on a chair seat or low table behind you. Focus on keeping your weight over your forward leg, and don’t let your knee bend further than your toes. Two sets of 10 on each side
Sit in a sturdy chair, hands holding the front edge of the seat. Push your butt forward until it is it suspended in front of the seat and your weight is being supported by your arms. Bend elbows and drop your hips toward the floor. Straighten. Do two sets of 10 dips
Face a wall and place your palms against it for balance and support. Rise up onto your toes and back down. Repeat 20 times. Advanced version: Let your kid ride piggyback for extra resistance
A modified version of the gym classic, you’ll need a heavy, low-to-the-ground object for this, such as two gallon-size jugs of water, dumbbells, or a duffel bag filled with shoes. Start standing, feet shoulder-width apart, back straight, knees slightly bent. Keeping your back straight, reach down and grab hold of the weighted object on the floor in front of you. Return to vertical position. Lower down; raise back up. Do 20 times.
Easy-to-Make Zesty Lemon Wreath
- silk greenery
- silk filler flower
- faux lemons
- 16" wire wreath form
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun & sticks
- floral wire
- wooden floral picks
Start by snipping the greenery bundles into multiple, smaller sections (Image 1). Choosing a broad-leaf-greenery variety, like faux magnolia leaves, will help provide a base for the garland while also filling in holes. For this project, we paired the magnolia leaves with silk pothos greenery and silk smilax. Separate the faux clippings into easy-to-grab piles (Image 2).
Begin creating the garland by working in sections. Combine the greenery sprigs into a small bunch, placing the broad-leaf greenery at the back (Image 1). Bind the stems together using floral wire (Image 2). Continue this pattern until you have enough garland to cover the wreath form (Image 3).
Attach the garland to the wreath form using floral wire. Secure the greenery in multiple spots around the wreath to ensure it stays put.
Fill in Holes
Fill in any holes by gluing in loose stems of greenery. Optional: Add in accents of wispy greenery throughout for a free-form feel.
Add Accent Blooms
To create dimension, glue in white accent blooms using a hot glue gun. Continue all around the wreath.
See a list of project ideas is intended to spruce up the house, sharpen the mind and bring the whole family together.
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