family dinner

Hey hey! How was the weekend? Hope you had an amazing one. Ours was the perfect mix of relaxing, fun, fitness, and… very little on the chore/productivity front. We’re hoping to use today’s off day to catch up on some things around here. I’d love to hear what you were up to!

Me and Uncle E at the kitchen island

Friday night, my Uncle E (the mastermind behind this vegan sushi, lavender salmon, and the best past salad ever) came over and we cooked family dinner for everyone. He asked me to pick up some steak and chicken, and that he’d bring over the remaining ingredients.

The house we’re renting has an incredible kitchen island, which was quickly filled with crab puff supplies. He told me, “Here’s how you make a crab puff. Now make 300 of them.”


making crab puffs

The crab puffs were super easy to put together. I added a mixture of chopped crab meat and cream cheese to the wonton wrapper, and pinched it up like a little basket.

pinching the wonton wrapper

Once they were ready to go, the frying party began. We fried them in vegetable oil until they were golden brown and crispy, then topped with chopped scallions.

uncooked crab puffs

Uncle E frying crab puffs

Me frying crab puffs

fried crab puffs

While I was wrapping and frying the crab puffs (and fearing that I’d catch something on fire in the frying process), Uncle E was busy slicing, dicing, and chopping for the stir fry.

chopped veggies for stir fry

veggies cooking

He stir-fried tons of veggies (cabbage, onion, mushrooms, broccoli, red bell pepper) along with some chicken, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. He added scallions and fresh cilantro to the mix. On another burner, udon noodles were softly boiling in chicken broth, and he pan-seared sliced steak with lemon juice (KEY), a little soy sauce, salt and pepper. After the steak was cooked, he stirred in the noodles, and added chopped scallions and cilantro.

The house smelled amaaaaazing.

udon noodles with scallions and cilantro

While he was working the burners, he dictated an AWESOME dressing recipe for our house salads. I’ll make it again so I can share it on the blog this week -I need to measure everything!- but it was carrots, ginger, oil, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. It was like a ginger green goddess dressing, and


Cooking with Uncle E is one of my very favorite things. I feel like I have to take notes the entire time, because he’s teaching me so much along the way!!

Uncle E and me

(The jelly on my sweater was a gift from Miss P. I gave her a PB&J sandwich to eat in the car, which was a huge mess haha, and ended up wearing her in the Ergo and smearing jelly all over myself. #momlife)

A picture of the final feast: surf, turf and turf.

stir fry dinner and salad

I have a lot more pics to share from this weekend, so I’ll be back soon, and also have some fun fitness-related content for the blog this week. Also, mark your calendars: Winter Shape Up is starting two weeks from today on January 30!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see ya very soon. 



PBB Advanced is out, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share it. Postpartum mamas who are back into their fitness routines and want to take things to the next level: check it out here.

Post Navigation:


  1. Sara on January 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

    You and your uncle look so much alike!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      thank you! definitely related 🙂

  2. Nathaly @Nathycure on January 16, 2017 at 7:00 am

    That food looks delicious! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      it was! hope you had a great weekend too 🙂

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on January 16, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness – that looks delicious! Guess we’re having stir fry tonight. Yummin! Nothing could be better for this beautiful, snowy day in Denver. 🙂

    This weekend, we were back up skiing in the mountains – just like every weekend for us, but this time with two friends visiting from other states. It was so much fun, but the home cookin’ definitely is making me feel the need to eat a bit healthier for the next few days, ha.

    Thanks for sharing that deliciousness!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      that sounds amazing!!

  4. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I can’t wait for that salad dressing recipe! I’ve made some great Asian style salads but the dressing always falls flat.

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      same! this is by far the most flavorful one i’ve had

  5. Lindsay on January 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

    That salad dressing sounds YUM! Also, I’m super stoked about WSU!!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      YAY, can’t wait!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 16, 2017 at 8:31 am

    What a fun way to spend time with the family! Dirty or clean…haha

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm


  7. Tammy on January 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Mmm looks yummy!! Would love to see pics of the new digs like you did when you moved to San Diego! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      i can definitely do that!

      • Tammy on January 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

        Awesome! 🙂

  8. Alana on January 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Aww, that looks like a fun night! I can almost smell the stir fry, yum. Looking forward to the recipe for the dressing, sounds really fresh and light!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      yes, it’s so good! hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  9. Crystal on January 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

    That meal looks soooo good. Your uncle is so handsome, good looks run in the family 🙂
    I’m excited for the shape up, whoo hoo!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      he is a good-looking guy 🙂
      thank you! so excited!!

  10. Dakota campbell on January 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I’d love a recipe for the crab puffs and that dressing! Everything looks amazing!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      we didn’t really have a recipe for the crab puffs; everything is in the post that we did! just mix crab meat with cream cheese, fill the wrappers, and fry. they were super easy!
      i’ll share the dressing soon- i’m making it again tomorrow!

  11. Alissa on January 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Exciiiiiited for Winter SU!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      YESSS! so glad you’re joining in

  12. Mrs. McNutt on January 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    It looks like an enjoyable time. Oh ho I wish I could cook like this.

  13. Lauren on January 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This looks amazing — I want to make crab wontons!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      they were so good and super easy to make!

  14. Amy S on January 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I can barely look at these pictures because I’m super hungry right now and everything looks SO YUMMY! I wish I could transport the plates from my computer to my kitchen 😀

    Also excited for Winter Shape Up – yay!

  15. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on January 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    That dish looks amazing!! So cool that you and your Uncle share a passion for food and cooking : )

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.