your meals & moves! erika g.

by Janetha on February 6, 2010

in meals


  • my name: Erika
  • where i live: I am from Boston, MA (well a little town in the suburbs, but Boston sounds better!)
  • my blog: Dancing Around the Kitchen
  • my move: Picking a favorite move for this was easy.  The meals part, not so much, because I love so many different things!

As you can guess from my blog title, I love to dance.  Mostly ballet, but I will try anything once.  I am so the clumsy white girl in hip hop, but it is too fun to care what I look like!  My favorite move is a series of moves done in ballet barre work.  Much healthier than the other bar I like to belly up too…  Ballet barre work combines a lot of isometric moves, flexibility, and cardio.  It is a great overall workout and a lot of people do ballet moves without realizing it.  Squats?  Turn your knees and toes out and you are doing a ballet plie.  Because I do not have any recent pics of me doing ballet, here is one of my little ballerina in a plie, she is totally working her glutes as she squeezes on the way down and up as well as stretching out her calves in the same motion. Same as a squat though, keep your knees over your toes so you don’t get hurt.


  • my meal:
  • Pepper Steak Over Rice

    • 3 cups cooked brown rice (try quinoa too!)
    • 1 lb steak tips – fat trimmed
    • 1 T paprika
    • 2 T butter (I use less)
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 2 green peppers, sliced
    • 2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
    • 1 ½ cups reduced sodium beef stock
    • 2 T cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

    Brown the meat in the butter, add garlic and beef stock.

    Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Stir in onions and peppers, cook for 5 minutes.

    Combine cornstarch, water and soy sauce, stir into meat.

    Stir until clear and thickened.

    Add tomatoes, cook for a couple more minutes and serve over rice.

    If you use lean meat and up the veggies, this can be a pretty healthy comfort food meal.

    Thanks Janetha for hosting the mini-posts (mine seems kind of verbose though!) and have a great time in Jamaica!


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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Such a beautiful picture of you Erika! Yes, plie squats=good move for sure. I have heard sooo much about the barre method, etc. Obviously, generations of dancers can’t be wrong: dance moves are killer in a good way.

terri February 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

erika! i LOVE the idea of doing ballet moves….i took ballet when i was 4 -6 and loved it even then! my parents still swear that the ballet rid me of my chubby toddler rolls!!!! i am going to try your recipe also! thanks for a great post while janetha is away! xoxo ~terri

Michelle February 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

My mom used to make a recipe so similar to the one you posted! Brought back memories :-) … And I recently had plie squats (with a weighted barbell over the back of my shoulders) added to my legs workout.

Bekah February 8, 2010 at 5:31 am

Yeaaah Dancing around the kitchen! Love this picture of Erika as a little girl.

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