Quick (and healthy) Weeknight Dinners

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When life gets crazy and chaotic it is a challenge to pull together a quick and healthy meal. We asked some of our Dailey Method owners and staff to share their go-to weeknight dinners. Here are a few ideas to add to this week’s menu.

Mexican Style Baked Sweet Potatoes from Jessica Long, owner The Dailey Method Barre Studio, Santa Rosa, CA.

We love to make Mexican-style baked sweet potatoes. Simply bake a sweet potato, slice in half and top with chopped red bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapeño, olives, guacamole, cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper. Delicious! (Our Marketing Director, Emily, was drooling over this recipe when Jessica shared it and made it for dinner last night. Pictured below with sautéed spinach and chopped cilantro).

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Whole30 Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Veggies from Tim Torres, co-owner The Dailey Method Barre + Cycle Studio, Washington DC

What you need:

2 lb pork tenderloin
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Combine the basil, rosemary, and oregano and pulse in a spice grinder until a powder forms. Add the garlic powder and salt to the spice mixture. Preheat oven to 450 F. In a large skillet, heat 1-2 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat. Spread the Dijon mustard over all sides of the pork tenderloin. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over all sides and rub the mixture into the pork tenderloin. Sear the tenderloin for 3 minutes per side (12 minutes total). Once seared, place the tenderloin in a baking dish and bake until cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).
Paprika and Cumin Roasted Vegetables
3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
2 cups turnips, cubed
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 red onion, sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the vegetables with olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray in a single layer. Roast for 25-30 minutes, shaking a few times during cooking, until vegetables are tender and cooked through.

Quick Mexican Pozole from Michelle Moezzi, Senior Graphic Designer for The Dailey Method

I do this veggie but you can add chicken. Any stock choice (veggie, chicken, etc), add hominy or garbanzo beans, onion, zucchini, green beans, corn. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook until veggies are tender. Add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or just the sauce!) to give heat and smokey flavor. Serve hot and garnish with cubed avocado, squeeze of lime and fresh cilantro.

Weeknight Frittata from Tarra Sachedina, co-owner The Dailey Method Barre Studio, Phoenix, AZ

After a busy day a frittata is a go-to for our house. You can throw in any veggies you have laying around (wilting greens…you bet!) super good if you brown up some sweet potatoes for the bottom, add in your eggs, cheese, veggies, whatever … and bake until done. So satisfying plus there’s usually leftovers!

Burger Bar with Grassfed Beef from Carly Goidosik, owner The Dailey Method Barre Studio, Birmingham, MI

I love this family-friendly option because it allows each person to customize their meal with little work. I made mine clean while my hubby & 3-year-old son made theirs… not so clean. Everyone is happy. It’s also a lot of fun for the kids since they get to create their own meal. You could easily do the same thing with turkey or even veggie burgers. It also pairs well with kombucha beer. Some of my favorite clean toppings: sauerkraut, guacamole, balsamic glazed portabella mushrooms, and Primal Kitchen chipotle mayo. If I have the time I like to make eggplant or sweet potato sliders in lieu of the bun. If I’m running short on time I throw over a bed of lettuce.

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2017 Intentions From The Dailey Method Owners

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“Energy flows where intention goes.”

– J. Redfield

 

As I discussed last week, January is the month to reflect and work on evolving the person you are, to be your Authentic self and to direct your energy towards what you want to manifest in the coming year.

 

We are constantly taken back by our Dailey Method studio owners, their authenticity, and how they continue to inspire and motivate in their communities. We have gathered some of their intentions for the year and would like to share with you how they are shifting and evolving in 2017.

 

CONNECTION                                 BALANCE                           MINDFULNESS                           SIMPLIFYING

 

Intentions around enriching connections with family and self…

 

I’m going to look up more throughout my day and notice the people around me. Make eye contact, say hello, connect. Step one started for me already by removing Facebook from my phone. Will still check it at home on my computer but I want to be less focused on my phone and more focused on the world around me as I move about my day.”

 

“Carve out time daily to do something for me. Even if it’s 15 minutes sitting to enjoy a cup of tea and silence or a nice hour long walk. More self-care!”

 

“To bring quality to the time I spend with the people that I love.”

 

“To enjoy my family and the fact that we have 4 generations living within 5 miles of one another. Create awesome memories for my kids with their grandparents and great grandparents.”

 

Intentions around finding balance in a fast-moving world…

 

“To be more patient; stop and take 3 deep breaths before transitioning to the next task throughout the day

 

Balance in work, play, family and social time!”

 

“Compare less, practice contentment, do my own thing in my happy place, my studio, and not so much what the fitness industry dictates.”

 

“To be aware of my needs and not afraid to prioritize them.”

 

Intentions around mindfulness…

 

“TO be present!”

 

“Focus on being versus doing.”

 

“Be present in the moment and make a difference to at least one person every day.”

 

“To use stillness and mindfulness to create more inner peace and balance in my life.”

 

Intentions around simplifying…

 

“Live simply. Less is more.”

 

Whether you are looking to channel your 2017 energy inward towards the best self possible, focus on more around you, or both – we hope that our owners have inspired you to work towards what you want to see this year!

January Word of the Month : Authentic

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“You were born to be real, not to be perfect.”

– Claire Baker

 

As we move out of 2016 and into 2017, I chose “Authentic” as the word of the month because I want to practice evolving myself, not changing who I am. January is typically a month where we chastise ourselves for past actions and set intentions for the things we want to change. But instead of trying to be something we’re not or do things differently, why not embrace exactly who we are first and then from that place of self honesty discover how to be that best version?

To be authentic is to aspire to be real, genuine, pure, truthful and original. We should still be accountable for our vulnerabilities and imperfections, but do so with self compassion. That is when authenticity makes us truly beautiful.

In a world full of the artificial and unreal we yearn for what’s real. And what could be more real than facing and embracing what’s already inside of us? That takes courage and honesty.

 

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we really are.”

-Brené Brown

 

How to thread your authentic self into your Dailey practice?

  • Be real with yourself, leave all judgement at the door – for yourself and for others
  • Avoid excuse and denial and instead recognize and develop
  • Work on yourself from the inside out- not the outside in
  • Accept your abilities and push yourself, find how deep you can go
  • But also accept that sometimes you need to back off
  • Love your body and what it is capable of every day
  • Say thank you to yourself before you go to bed at night

 

The best way I can be authentic is to practice self recognition and through that – self love. I know this isn’t always easy. Of course there will be times when we say or do things that are counter to who we are. We’re human and we’re on a journey to find the proper balance. We can aspire to recognize and not deny our failings, but rather than dwelling on them or insisting we’ll never do that again (a quick set-up for a blame and shame cycle), look inside and see who you truly are and see the beauty that is there. We all have that inner light within us and if we can focus on that we will be the true beautiful kind and loving soul that resides within us. Authentically. And then that beauty can be passed on to others.

 

“When you show up authentic, you create space for others to do the same.”

– Author Unknown

 

Authentically yours,

Jill Dailey

Holiday Recipes & Traditions From Our Owners

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What’s not to love about the food and festivities this time of year? We tapped into our family of Dailey Method owners to discover some of their holiday favorites. Our mouths are watering just thinking about them. Take a look for yourself and see…

 

Starters       Main Course       Desserts         Holiday Spirit         Traditions

 

Just Getting Started

Steak Gruyère Popovers

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Seattle studio co-owner Michelle Carpenter kicks off her holiday meal with these delicious bites for something small and savory her loved ones can grab while mingling.

 

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Owner Carly Goidosik from The Dailey Method Birmingham gives her guests a little love (and heat) by starting off with spicy, healthy cauliflower bites.

 

The Main Event

Crab!

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Santa Rosa, California owner, Jessica Chilvers, does not shy away from this local favorite.  She adds a bit of San Francisco sourdough, butter and pairs with a nice chardonnay for her favorite meal of the year.

 

Yam Stew

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To warm up on Christmas Eve in Bloomington, Illinois, owner Kim Thompson prepares a hearty stew for loved ones. Sweet, savory and spicy – there’s a bit for everyone.

 

 

Pan-seared Chicken with Porcini-Chestnut Sauce and Steamed Spinach with Orzo

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Christina Vance of Dailey Method Colleyville, Texas turns a fun family tradition of roasting chestnuts with her children into a DELICIOUS meal. Behold Pan-seared Chicken with Porcini-Chestnut Sauce and Steamed Spinach with Orzo

 

Homemade Ropa Vieja

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Alessia McIntosh, owner of The Dailey Method Loudoun in Virginia,  holds a Cuban feast each year that would not be complete without this mouthwatering dish.

Ropa Vieja

3lbs of flank steak

12 cups of water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 onions

4 cloves of garlic

2 medium tomatoes-quartered

3 green bell peppers sliced

pinch of saffron, cumin to taste, 3 bay leaves,

2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce

1 cup vino seco

 

1)Place flank steak, water, and salt in a deep pot and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for an hour until beef starts to shred. Using a slotted spoon set beef aside to cool. Reserve water used to cook beef.

2) Once beef is cooled shred using hands until meat is in strands.

3) In a large pot or Dutch over heat the olive oil and add onions cooking for 2 min. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, tomatoes, green peppers, salt, saffron, cumin, bay leaves, tomato sauce and shredded beef. Cook for 4-5 min stirring occasionally.

4) Add reserved water and vino seco, bring mixture to gentle boil and reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 20-30 min. Remove bay leaves and serve over hot rice.

 

The Sweet Spot

 

Lemon Bars

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Emma Updike, studio co-owner in Boulder, Colorado brings the sweet and the sour during the holidays with her lemon bars. Yes, the end of a holiday meal IS bittersweet.

 

 

Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

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In Ottawa, Canada Sarah Thompson brings together the nutty and the sweet with these appropriately-named and insanely delicious Turtle Cookies

 

 

Plätzchen Cookies

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Owner Dorina Montgomery of The Dailey Method Calgary brings home a beloved German tradition of baking all sorts of “Plätzchen” cookies. Simple and delicious.

 

The Real Holiday Spirit

The Autumn Cocktail

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While you are cooking, don’t forget to try Leanne Kurtzweil’s, co- owner of The Dailey Method Northbrook, Illinois, favorite holiday spirit – the Autumn Cocktail, complete with apple cider. (No need to ask how you like them apples…)

 

Rich Traditions

Beyond the food that inspires us are the traditions our Dailey Method studio owners share with their families. Here are a few that we absolutely love:

“We always go cut down our own Christmas tree in the woods (Christmas Tree Farm). The actual cutting is second to all the snowball fights sledding and horseplay…” -Jamie Rigby co-owner of The Dailey Method Ottawa

“Palachinka Pancakes! We make them every Christmas morning and serve with powdered sugar and a variety of jams.” – Kerry Corcoran of TDM Berkeley

“We wear matching pajamas on Christmas Eve (our dog wears them too!)” -Kelli Stuart of The Dailey Method Napa

“Trimming the tree party. Dinner is a plethroa of appetizers, decorate the tree with ornamets, watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music.” –Taryn Fischermann of The Dailey Method Newport Beach

“Zoo lights in Chicago – it’s the BEST!!!!” -Tami Conway of  The Dailey Method Chicago (Bucktown & Lincoln Park)

“We just eat a LOT.” –Tm Torres of The Dailey Method D.C.

 

From our Dailey Method family to yours….happy, happy holidays. We hope you #burnbrightdailey.

Getting in The Zone and Back on Track

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My A game. I know what it feels like and when I am bringing it, but just like a game it’s a combination of plays that get me there. It is so easy to fall off track and out of the zone over the holidays, this week I thought I’d share some of the tips I find most helpful in getting back on track in order to bring my A game year-round…

Focus – It literally means to find your center of attention. When I am busy, I always try to focus on what is most important to me in the moment. If I am spending time with my family, that is exactly where my focus should be. In class, I focus on getting the most possible out of the hour I have given myself by drawing my attention inward (especially during Savasana.) To nourish my body through the season’s activities, I focus on what will give me the most energy and keeps me feeling my best.

Forget All-or-Nothing – Imagine if the world’s top athletes said “Well, I didn’t do my best so I will just start again next year.” Not a chance. So why do we find ourselves with the all-or-nothing mentality this time of year? If I have a day where I’m not eating the way I intend, instead of saying to myself that I will start again Monday or in 2017, I always remind myself that NOW is the moment to do better, eat better and feel better. Didn’t make it to class today? Do not throw in the towel, luckily you have a whole schedule of classes to choose from tomorrow. (Or you can even stream a 30-minute Dailey Method class when you get home!) It’s okay to derail now and then, just be kind and allow yourself to get back on track.

Find Balance in Your Schedule – Like probably everyone else, I tend to overcommit during the holidays. With all the holiday parties, family events, kids’ activities, I am constantly running from one thing to the next. It’s okay to be selective in where you commit your time. Last week I gave you Tips on How to Stay in Shape When You Have No Time. If this includes prioritizing your schedule so that you are putting ME time or family time aside, it’s okay and can actually make you more effective. Remember – quality over quantity! Saying no isn’t always a bad thing.

Feed Your Mind With Positivity – Getting and staying in the zone is so much easier when you support yourself and your abilities. When I reinforce the things I’m doing well, I’m giving myself fuel for more good things to come. This includes not beating yourself up for things you wish you had done differently. Instead, use these as opportunities to grow, and move on. Replace your “I should” with “I will”.

Fun! – Your A game shines when you have fun. Be sure to enjoy what you are doing. When I want to adjust my eating habits, I don’t deprive, I explore! Try a healthy new soup recipe, stay in for date night for an interactive cooking session with someone you love, or take a trip to a new farmer’s market to see what you can find. In class, find Joy (our WOM) in your workout. You would be amazed at how much letting the fun in can keep you present and motivated and actually help you deepen your practice.

So be kind to yourself this season, keep consistent and allow room for small bumps along the way. It will help you to keep feeling amazing in 2017. In fact, maybe that’s why they call it your A game…

Bring it!

-Jill