mackerel-and-mango-rice-bowl Time. Is. Flying. By.


And with a busy past few weeks, I’ve been loving meals that are quick, easy and stress free. Even better when it’s an easy clean up.

Usually, The Boy and I are okay with just eating a trash bowl – anything we can find in the fridge or freezer, added to rice or quinoa.

A couple weeks ago, I wanted something quick and simple, yet flavorful. My kitchen shelf was housing a can of mackerel that I purchased at Trader Joe’s months ago and still hadn’t used. And I had a mango that was going to go bad if I didn’t eat it that day.

mackerelandmangoricebowl So, the wheels in my head started spinning and I looked into what else I could add. I picked a couple things off the shelf and out of the fridge. Tossed it all into my trusty cast iron pan. And enjoyed the outcome so much that I knew I had to share.

If you haven’t tried mackerel yet, you must. It’s pretty firm, yet flakey. It’s loaded with protein, coming in at ~21g/serving. It’s high in calcium, magnesium, and niacin. Plus, it provides over 100% DV of vitamin B12 and D. Say what?! And it’s inexpensive.

This serving size of this rice bowl is 1 pretty big bowl with some leftovers. However, it could be for two, depending on how hungry you are! The Boy scoffed at me using mackerel, but ended up loving the dish when I let him sneak a bite.

mackerelandmangoricebowl If you are not a mackerel fan, I think salmon or even chicken would be a good sub. If you are no meat, go for mushroom instead.

From start to finish, I think this took about 20-25 minutes or less. And clean up was so simple! That is one of my least favorite parts of making most of the meals I eat. Hah.

And the lime! Guys, the lime makes this dish. It brings out all the flavors. Don’t skip it!


PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOOK TIME: 20 minutes



This hearty, yet light and fresh rice bowl is perfect for a busy night. It's nutrient dense, and full of bright flavors. Sure to satisfy!


  • 1 mackerel filet
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 fire roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 -1 cup chopped spinach, frozen
  • 1/2 cup white beans
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tsp onion powder
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1 lime


  1. Chop mango, fire roasted red pepper, and flake mackerel.
  2. Heat coconut oil, in pan, over medium heat.
  3. Add frozen spinach to the pan. Then rinse and drain beans.
  4. Once spinach starts to warm through, add the pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add mackerel and white beans. Add seasoning and let warm through.
  6. Add the coconut milk to the pan and let simmer. Milk should thicken and slightly reduce.
  7. At this time, add the mango and juice from 1 lime.
  8. Stir to combine. Place over a bed of brown rice, white rice, or sushi rice.
  9. Enjoy!

I had a little bit leftover and the next day added it to some spinach, leftover sweet potato cubes and pumpkin seeds. Amazing. Love a dish that can tastes delicious in a variety of ways.

So, tell me, have you tried mackerel? Are you a fan of rice bowls? What are you favorite add-ins?

– Jen.

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Make-your-monday-legendary Good Morning!

And Happy Memorial Day!
Do you have the day off today? I do and I am so pumped. Hopefully I’m still sleeping as you read this! It’s my first day to sleep in, in over a week. And by sleep in, I mean 8:30/9:00am. Gotta love getting older. I’ve got lots to do today – plan the next 2-3 weeks for my client and catch up on 2 chapters for Precision – but I’m excited for an extra ‘weekend’ day.

It’s been a pretty great weekend so far. Friday, I was up bright and early, teaching bootcamp at 5:00am. I subbed for the gym where I used to teach and had a busy morning of classes. In the past couple months, I’ve went from wanting to wake up by 6am, to waking up around 7:30/8am, when I’m not teaching. Having to get up at 4:25am two days last week was no. bueno. I did a bit of workout planning and prep during the day, along with a walk along the water.

IMG_2514.JPG water walk well hello monday Then The Workout Bud and I went out to grab our marriage license on the way to all-you-can-eat sushi. But, the clerk’s office closed before we got there and the traffic was so bad on the way to sushi, we decided to skip it and head to the mall instead.

We tried on a few outfits at Old Navy, where I had no luck. Shorts fit the quads but not the waist. The pair I am wear as I write are a Boyfriend pair from Old Navy. Since Boyfriend cut are supposed to be slouchy, I kept them. But same problem – good in the quads, loose in the waist! We ended up eating Qdoba for dinner, after we remembered there was one at the mall. We would eat there every day, if we could. After Qdoba, we came back to our house and went to our favorite restaurant across the street for martini’s and sweet potato fries.

IMG_2508.JPG clothes well hello monday Regular martini’s, with the olive, are so not tasty. Probably one of those acquired taste drinks. I had one with amaretto and cranberry and it was pretty tasty. After drinks and fries, we ventured over to play Cards Against Humanity with his bros, which was super fun.

IMG_2510.JPG friday night well hello monday Saturday, I agreed to sub not one, but two BodyWorks classes. I fueled up with a couple eggs + banana before my first class, and two dates with cashew butter before the second one. My concoction of water + coconut water w/aloe juice (thanks Trader Joe’s) + Citrus Fizz kept me well hydrated through both hour long sessions. But by the end of the second class, I was ready to be done. I met The Boy for pancakes right after.

IMG_2512.JPG class and pancakes hello monday Our friends had their wedding on Saturday and we got all dressed up for it. Now, I SWEAR that I read the invitation and it said the wedding started at 5:30pm. Since I have been running late these days, I made sure that we left so that we would get there at least 10 minutes before it started. Well, when we talked in there was hardly anyone there. And they were both at the front taking pictures. I was just thinking they were maybe running late with pictures and it would start soon.

wedding well hello monday No. It started at 6:30pm. I told The Boy that I’m the keeper of the calendar and there are a TON of things on it at all times. So, mixing up the time for one event wasn’t too bad. It was an outdoor wedding at this beautiful state park, so we got to walk around and enjoy the weather.

IMG_2519.JPG state park The funny thing is that they tied a fisherman’s knot, instead of a unity candle – which we are doing. They had pulled pork, mac n’ cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and lemonade – all of which we are having, sans the coleslaw. And their colors were navy, a pale peach and a pale pink + ivory – and ours are gold, navy, and peach. And they are going to Charleston for their wedding – which is where we are going! Hah. We didn’t even really talk to each other about wedding planning either, so it’s not like we borrowed ideas from each other either.

wedding monday She was so wonderful and gave me her bouquet since I’m getting hitched in 2 weeks. She was at a wedding two weeks prior and was given the bouquet by the bride as a ‘good luck’ gift, so she returned the favor. Aren’t they beautiful!

flowers well hello monday

Sunday, I taught yet another BodyWorks class, this time a completely different workout, and boy, did my glutes and hammy’s feel it! I had such trouble with my music, but ended up getting it fixed and still lead a great class. After teaching, I booked it on over to my mom’s house to do some wedding planning. We got everything on our list at the Dollar Store and almost everything at Target. Plus, finalized our rehearsal and day of plans, checked out the slideshow and even tried to get the tablecloths ready. We are trying to figure out how to steam and transport the tablecloths, without them getting wrinkled or creased. I’ll take any ideas you got!

I was also given a gift of my grandma’s wedding bands! My grandma passed away when I was in fourth grade, but she was a huge part of my life growing up. My dad, aunt and uncle all decided to pass the rings along to me, to have a part of my grandma (and grandpa) with me on my special day. I’m so happy to have them and wear them for the wedding. rings-well-hello-monday After a full day on Sunday, The Boy and I ordered pizza and watched some MASH. He played his new zombie video game (with the sound up. Sounded like a real zombie attack in our apartment for hours.) and I did a bit of blogging, workout planning and Master’s program researching. And watched New Girl. It’s my latest obsession.

The link love is a bit sparse today because my week was crazy and I didn’t get to dive into my Bloglovin’ feed. Plus, I had a bit of stuff life stuff to update you on. There are still some good links for you to enjoy though!

on fitness topics: 10 that are highly debated

on listening to your body: what does it actually mean?

on taking quality workout photos: with a self-timer (I still just want someone to follow me around and take all the pictures for me!)

on smart phone photography: 5 tips

on being enough: breaking up with negative self-talk

on being called ‘real’ all the time: what it feels like

on my ‘Must Try Workout’ list: one. two.

on my ‘I want to eat ALLLL the food’ list: one. two. three. four.

So, another exciting thing happened this weekend. I found out yesterday that one of the winners of Mommy Run Faster BlogFest ticket contest was not able to use the ticket. And was the next randomly selected winner. Which means…


Guys. GUYS! I am so freaking pumped. I need to find a roommate and get my ticket and choose from a crazy amount of amazing workshops to attend. But, I’m going! Woo! SO STINKING PUMPED And I cannot wait to meet some Blog Friends in person!

Anyone else going?

If you have the day off (and even if you don’t), don’t for get to make your Monday, LEGENDARY.

What was the best part of your weekend?
Are you going to watch American Ninja Warrior tonight too!?

– Jen.

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