Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Body Step Launch & Easy Vegetarian Mexican

Hey All! Hope you're having an enjoyable week thus far. Yesterday night, we launched the new Body Step. It is a fun and FAST release. Few pictures from the launch:


I just finished up work and prepped our dinner for tonight, easy vegetarian quesadillas and "refried" black beans. For the quesadillas, I defrosted frozen corn and mixed it with black beans and chili powder:

I grabbed a bag of 2% milk cheddar cheese:


I then sprayed 1 tortilla with cooking spray and placed it on a hot skillet. I topped the tortilla with the cheese and then the corn/bean mixture. I sprayed a second tortilla and placed it on top of the mess, sprayed side up:

Cook until brown, flip, cook other side until brown. Remove from heat and cut into triangles.

I will serve the quesadillas with salsa and "refried" black beans. For the beans, I cooked up some chopped onions. I then tossed some partially drained, partially smashed (courtesy of my magic bullet) black beans, 1 teaspoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin into the pan. Cook over low heat for ~ 5 minutes. The result:


Deliciousness! Now, I'm off to teach Body Attack. How is your week going in terms of workouts? Have you decided to try out something new this year? I encourage all of you to give group fitness classes a try! They basically give you a built in set of workout buddies, a trainer, and they can be tons of fun! Experiment with different classes and instructors. Let me know if you find one that you like, My workout week is shaping up as follows:
  • Monday: Taught Body Pump and team taught new Body Step
  • Tuesday: Teach Body Attack
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Teach 45 minute Body Step and 45 minute Body Pump
  • Friday: Teach Body Attack
  • Saturday: Teach Body Step and Body Pump
  • Sunday: Off

56 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I make the same on a tortilla wrap as a snack all the time!! I love the cheesy, bean + corn mix. So yummy! Have a great night darling! :)

Julie said...

pa pa pa paleaaaase come to ny and teach classes here :) i would sign up for any gym you were teaching in haha. we don't have anything cool like body step or body attack. the best we have is spin and some boot camp style classes that are taught by whack instructors. no good workout there.

i'm so excited for you that body step is going so well! keep it up girl :)

love the mexicanos dinner!

Katie said...

Congrats on the launch! I love those tank tops. And I'm with Julie... please come to NY and teach a class!

Your quesadillas look 100% restaurant-ready! You encourage me to put a little more care into my presentation, even if I'm the only one eating it.

Julie said...

p.s. let's be eachothers cheerleaders to breathe and live a little! we'd make a stellar team fo sho.

Marissa said...

Those beans sound so good! I am going to try that sometime this week!!

Shannon said...

delicious indeed :) have fun workin that body!!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

I love love love group exercise classes but don't belong to a gym anymore so I miss out on them :( It would rock to take a class from you! I've never tried out any of the classes you teach (I actually hadn't even heard of them til your blog! :o)

I make my own refried beans the same way! I've only made them with pinto beans but black beans would be a delish variation.

homecookedem said...

Oh YUM!! That looks similar to my breakfast calzone, minus the egg! Delish!! :) I just love the combo of the black beans and corn. So good!!

I used to love group fitness classes when I was a gym member. So much fun!! :)

Angelalovesfood said...

you should post a youtube teaching is bloggies a few body attack moves! that would be wonderful :)

Angelalovesfood said...

*us, typo! hate it hate it

Pam said...

You are one busy girl..glad you are having fun! Mexican yum...one of my fav's!

Bee Happy!

Molly said...

Gotta love mexican food!
I love doing my weight training in groups, especially since I could talk for days about running but have no clue about weight training. Unfortunately my schedule only allows me to take those classes in the summer, so I'm on my own for a few more months.

Eve @ NutritionbyEve said...

Those quesadillas look amazing!! But then again I love anything with melted cheese :) The lauch looks like so much fun!

inmytummy said...

Yum, I love making Mexican food at home. I think it tastes so much better than at a restaurant.

Janetha said...

ah you are the cutest ever! i am with julie. come here and teach me :)

Alison said...

Those quesadillas look very tasty. My gym is having a Triple Challenge Saturday morning. If we attend all three launches of Body Attack, Body Pump and Body Combat we can enter a drawing to win all sorts of prizes. It's also a benefit for St. Jude's children's hospital. I'm excited and figure if I'm going to burn my body, it may as well be for a good cause!

Holly said...

Wow...what an easy and yummy meal!!! And the best part is, I have all of those things already in my fridge. ;-)

I want my gym to get Body Pump/Step classes SO badly. I might look into guest passes at nearby gyms that offer those classes. You just always make it sound so fun!!

Lauren said...

Glad the new classes are going so well. Girl you are on a Body Pump Roll!! :)

The quesadillas looks awesome! I just love mexican, especially quesadillas. Have you ever tried the Cooking Light, Shredded Zucchini and Olive Quesadillas? They are probably my favorite!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful week love.

Staci Dombroski said...

I make quesadillas just like that! Yummy :-) Great pictures!

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

I love those flower petal bowls, so pretty! Sounds like a deliciously healthy Mexican fiesta to me :)

teresa said...

i'm just loving the look of those quesadillas! great pictures of your launch!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

I love group fitness classes, they are so much fun! My favorite is this advanced step class at my gym that is full of lots of choreography and dance-type moves. It's a great workout. :)

Jenna said...

Your Mexican meal looks amazing. You can't go wrong with wraps, beans and cheese! :)

I sometimes get intimidated by group classes. I know that it is silly, but I hate the feeling of others judging me and my fitness level. Silly, I know. Especially because every group fitness class I have been to is great!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Great quesadilla, I think I will make one like that tomorrow for lunch. I'd love to be in your shoes and teach a class of exercise daily!!

Dairy Free Betty said...

those look fantastic!!

Also I love those flower bowls!!!:) (I think I've said that before!!)

Britt said...

Yum! Great looking dinner. :-)

I cannot wait to get back to kettlebell classes, I miss them so much. I love my 6am class, everyone is so supportive and fun... despite the early hour.

ktbwood said...

okay i want those body step shirts even tho i dont even go there..def a poser but i LOVE them! you look so cute in it too! so exciting!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

the little flower bowls that you have are TOO CUTE! and so are you :)

but i am actually doing a guest post this week (tomorrow i think it's going up!) of a vegan mexican meal. I will send you the linkage when it goes up.

anwyay you look awesome in your gym attire sexy mama :)

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

I love your food!!! I have a can of black beans I could be using for a dish like this!

Yea I am using dry dog for Hudson - it is organic, but I feel I should be cooking him chicken and veg or something :|

Talk to you soon!

XXOO

Erin of Care to Eat said...

That is so creative, easy, and HEALTHY! Look SO yummy too.
Erica, how cute and teeny tiny are you :) Can I put you in my pocket?
I wish you taught here. I bet you're so fun and motivating!
Workouts have been great this week! On Sunday I did a bootcamp class, then on Monday I did a pilates DVD. Yesterday I just did cardio back and biceps. I love being able to walk Brody too. It's nice to get out and about!
Have a great day and STRETCH! :)

Krista said...

I wish I lived near you so I could take your class!!!

brandi said...

what a great and easy dinner!

glad the launch went well :)

Heather @ The Single Dish said...

Love you easy dinner, great for week nights. I make something similar myself. Love the tank tops!

BB said...

What a crew! Congratulations, the benefit is ours!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Those quesadillas look so awesome and delicious!

I hurt my knee running, so I am going to try to focus on weight training for the rest of the week.

I wish we had classes like body step around me. I would definitely try them out!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

So glad the class is going well, I love the tank tops!!

chrystad72 said...

I so wish I could try a body step class!! Looks like so much fun! Congrats on the launch as well. Love it! Awesome looking mexican quesadillas too. I love re fried beans in just about anything. Totally tasty girl. Have a wonderful day!!

Anne Marie said...

Congrats on the launch! Dinner looks fab!

*Naomi* said...

LOVE the swaety pic of you guys, super hardcore, thats what I am all about :) body step class is all about having a kick ass instructor which i am sure you are!!

mexican dinners are so fun! OLEEEEE :)

fittingbackin said...

oooh I love your refried black beans idea!! Clev!! Cute pics, too. :) Looks like you have great work friends!!

Casey@Spicyandsweet said...

How fun! And thos quesadillas look fabulous! :)

Paula said...

yes, please come teach me! Way to keep active and stick to it, when you teach ;) bueno dillas!!

Diana said...

Quesadillas are one of the best meals that take no time to make but taste like they took forever! Must be the cheese. ;)

peanutbutterfingers said...

yummy lookin' 'dilla! i love bodypump but have never tried bodystep. sound like a lot of fun!

Maria said...

I still need to try Step. I will try to make it next week. I am going to Combat in the morning. I am trying to take today off:) Great eats girl! I am trying to eat more beans. I do love them and they are quick and easy!

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Cute pics! Glad you like the launches!

Those quesadillas look fabulous!

Esi said...

I love group fitness classes! The classes at my gym are at strange times though so I can only go on Saturday. Anyway, love this dinner :)

Mom on the Run said...

I love your creation. I am still trying to find a gluten free alternative to tortillas. Rice is okay but they smell a tad weird to me.

I started back at Yoga today. Baby steps :)

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Yummo! I love mexican food! I especially love the black bean and corn combo!!! Mmm, mmm!

Lori said...

Love the refried black beans. Workouts are great this week. Keeping up with the 1/2 marathon training. Perhaps sometime in the future I'll get back to a gym membership and take part in classes again, maybe even get back into teaching them. I'm thinking about it. :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Hi Erica! Don't apologize for being a bad commenter, it seems to be a trend with me lately as well! Seems after a month of vacation things get somewhat scattered. Thankfully I am returning to more of a schedule!

I have been craving Mexican food for awhile now, I am going to go out to a new Mexican place sometime next week with some pals. :-)

Holly said...

thanks for the info on the refried black beans! that's one of those things i always buy and forget how easy they are to make!

yayyyyyy for body pump launch - y'all look so fit and cute!

bhealtheir said...

For some reason, I just love refried beans!

you look so cute in your workout gear!

can't wait for tomorrow- im going to see my sister and hopefully get my mind off this whole "ex-fiance" concept.

How do I win him back? That sounds desperate and pathetic but its not meant to be, I just don't know what to do or say right now!

Jenna said...

Yummy quesadilla!!

katie said...

Hi Itzy! :) I have a question: I have recently started Body Pump (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!) and was wondering about the weights. Ideally, I would like to be toned, but not big -- i.e. I'm a long distance runner and can't afford to have ginormo biceps. However, what happens when the weights I'm using at Body Pump start to get too easy? Keep using them? Or go heavier? As an instructor, I would love to know what you recommend. Thanks in advance! Happy New Year!

Kerstin said...

Mmm, quesadillas are my favorite and yours look yummy! Such cute pics too!