Workout Beast = Hunger Beast

Posted: June 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

I have a beast of a workout to share with you all this morning. Hold up. Let me clarify. This workout will not make you look like a beast. It will make you feel stronger than a beast. It will give you a hunger beast (aka that super hunger that sets in after hard training). A strong body to kick butt on my fitness endeavors? Me likey. A strong appetite reflecting a fired metabolism? Me likey that too.

I have only so much time to milk all I can out of my workouts. I like to go big or go home. Balls to the wall. Squeeze out every last drop. Okay, you get the picture.

I began my workout yesterday with my short, steady 2 mile run from my training plan. That run where I sorely missed my revamped workout playlist? Yea, that one. While completing my run, I dreamed up a circuit workout with a new mix of moves I wanted to try. I hopped off after my 20 minutes and got my self all set up in the weights area to bust out the little routine I came up with on my run.

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My subconscious apparently had something against me. It had it out for me when dreaming up this circuit. Clearly…

  • Speed Skaters20 reps per leg
  • Kettlebell Swings15 reps total with 20 # kettlebell
  • Wall Squat with Resistance Band Chest PressesI grabbed a heavy resistance band and looped it around these wood columns we have in our gym. I did 45 seconds of a wall squat up against the column while simultaneously doing chest presses with the band.
  • Planks with SpidermansI held a straight arm plank for 15 seconds, then completed 10 “spidermans” (pull knee out and up to the chest) on my left side. I held a plank again for 15 seconds and did the final 10 spidermans on my right side.
  • Toe Taps on the StepA drill where I shuffle my feet quickly, tapping my toes up on a step. 45 seconds.
  • Kettlebell Cleans10 reps per side with 20 # kettlebell
  • Wide Stance Squat with Upright Row – 12 reps with 10 # dumbells

The combination of complex moves that work the entire body, plyometric style drills, and new-to-me equipment (kettlebells!) gave me a much tougher workout than I expected. I went through the circuit three times…and still finished in around 20 minutes! Wham, bam, thank – you – ma’am subconscious!


I felt the effects of this workout later in the day when I craved a hearty and filling dinner. I wanted my favorite enchiladas!

Kill the Hunger Beast Enchiladas


  • 6 oz lean ground beef (or chicken or turkey)
  • 1/2 can refried beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken/mushroom soup
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice

Preheat oven to 350. Cook your ground beef/chicken/turkey. In a large bowl, mix the filling ingredients (meat through grated carrot). In a separate mixing bowl, stir the enchilada sauce, soup, and diced chilies to create the sauce. Pour 1/3 of the sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

Place approximately two large spoonfuls of filling mixture into center of corn tortilla. Roll and place seam-side down in the baking dish on top of the sauce. Repeat until you fill all your tortillas. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the top. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble.

You can easily make this recipe without the beef and simply use the full can of refried beans. We use the beef on occasion for added texture. You can also use your personal favorite enchilada sauce. I do the soup mix in mine to create a thicker sauce because I’m a freak about thinner sauces making my enchiladas too soggy. Overall, lots of ways to mix this up and I’m sure they will all taste good. Unless you add some chocolate covered grasshoppers or something crazy like that. But I trust you’re smarter than that.

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51 Comments to “Workout Beast = Hunger Beast”
  1. Tina, you are amazing! I’ve just started going to a gym but haven’t gotten into weights yet. I do some of the machines, but I concentrate on the bike and the treadmill. They offer yoga and zumba there too and I’m going to take advantage of them too. Your workouts always inspire me!

  2. I haven’t made enchiladas in ages. And I really can’t decide which I like better: green or red. They’re both good!

  3. My beast workout yesterday was Skipping. I did a circuit with skipping, spinning, stairclimbing, and running:

  4. I love/hate that kind of workout. Love it for the results I get, hate it when I’m actually doing it!

  5. Jolene says:

    YUM! I have been absolutely craving mexican food this week and that recipe looks awesome. I was a hungry beast last night myself but didn’t have much. Opted to concoct a Mexican egg wrap that did the trick pretty well though. Two eggs, pineapple salsa from TJ’s, avocado, some cheese, black beans and a low carb wrap. Super tasty!

  6. Katie says:

    It’s been a while since I have visited your blog, but I wanted to let you know that I love the new look and you look amazing! I’m all about the kettlebell’s and need to learn some new moves. The swings are my favorite. 🙂 PS: That breakfast looks HEAVENLY! Happy Friday!

  7. Congrats on your Fitness magazine interview!!! SO AWESOME :). I love circuit training…and that looks like a great, hard workout!

  8. Those enchiladas look great! I actually love them but have never made them at home! You’re recipe looks good and easy!

  9. Those enchiladas look like a yumfest for sure.

    That is QUITE the workout! You must have felt amazing afterwards.
    I really like that you linked to YouTube videos explaining them. I feel like I am not the most savvy with workout terms, so I like that I can just click and see what you mean!

  10. ohh awesome workout! I can see why it would make you beastly hungry! 🙂

    I am all about enchilaladas I usually go red or mole but green is good too as long as it’s not too spicy! 🙂

  11. I’m a total enchilada fan. Red is my first go-to choice, with green coming up as a close second. Too tasty, I like to fill mine with black beans or sometimes grilled veggies!

  12. I love that you post your workouts. It brings out the inner trainer in me because I love coming up with the craziest stuff I can think of too! 🙂 I particularly love those planks!

  13. Michelle says:

    So I did this circuit this morning, and I love/hate it. It was intense! But that is what I loved about it! Thanks for sharing this!

  14. That workout DOES sound killer! I love it!

    I have an enchilada recipe that I absolutely adore, although I haven’t made them in a while. I guess I don’t crave them as much once the weather starts to warm up.

    Happy Friday, Tina! 🙂

  15. Haley Q says:

    Um it’s 8:40 am and I want your enchiladas! Are enchiladas considered breakfast food?!
    And props for trying kettleballs for the first time! They’re so daunting to me and I honestly had no idea where to begin with them, so thanks for some ideas 🙂

  16. Love enchiladas! Does type of sauce even matter?!
    Love that workout, sounds killer!

  17. Sarah says:

    I love enchiladas!! I’m a chicken enchilada girl personally. On EatLiveRun there’s a recipe for barbecue chicken enchiladas that I’ve been meaning to try forever. Yours look delicious too!

  18. Yep…there’s nothing like a beast of a workout to really wake up that hunger beast 🙂

  19. I love love love enchiladas!!! I prefer red sauce though, although I wouldn’t kick the green outta bed 😉

  20. Whitney says:

    Wow, Tina! Calm down! j/k!!! That looks super intense and I could see how you would be hungry afterwards. I’m going to try the ”spidermans”today. 🙂 Oh, and thanks for the kind wors yesterday. I was really beating myself up. ;( I haven’t lost another pound and its so annoying.

  21. Those enchiladas look AWESOME. I’m a big fan, but only when I make them at home bc the restaurant versions aren’t worth it to me!

    • Tina says:

      Ditto to this. They really aren’t worth it and always end up soggy to me. I would much rather have one of my beloved Cheeky tacos if I’m going to dine out Mexican.

  22. Enchiladas would cure my hunger beast any day! Looks delicious 🙂

  23. I love enchiladas and the main reason is because they are so versatile! I like chicken the best but I also love to experiment and add different things! 🙂

  24. I have never tried enchiladas before! Madness I know 🙂 Must change this soon, what would you say your favorite combination of veggies, protein and sauces would be? this recipe perhaps?

    • Tina says:

      Probably this recipe would be my favorite because it has the right texture for what I like plus some extra veggies hidden in there. I also like adding black beans into the mix but didn’t have those on hand for this recipe.

  25. Sarah R says:

    I love enchiladas, but they have to be made with corn tortillas. I also love green sauce, but don’t mind red sauce either. I’m not picky on the filling either.

    • Tina says:

      Yes – corn! They may be harder to work with and tear more easily, but they hold up better and just add a little something special. Corn for the win!

  26. I love enchiladas! Soooo good. I find that I eat Mexican food more often in summer. Maybe that’s odd, but it works for me!

  27. Amanda says:

    Ok. Even if I hadn’t read the title of your blog, I would have called you a beast for completing that workout! I am in heavy BEAST ENVY right now!

  28. Oh my! What a workout – I am mucho impressed!!!!! Enchiladas? LOVE THEM. I mean I just love Mexican food in general 😉 I prefer red sauce but am always open to any enchilada. For fillings? hmmmm….cheese is the best but I’ve had tofu before. That was good. Also, chicken of course!

    Congrats on being fit blogger of the week! How exciting 🙂

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  30. Mmm…. red sauce (really spicy red sauce). 🙂 Love the circuit workout!!!!

    • Tina says:

      I think that’s why I prefer green sauce – it’s always spicier. I do like red sauce though but have never come across a spicier version.

  31. Megan says:

    I LOVE your workouts – not too difficult, but yet gets the job done. I should start working on a plan of my own – I usually just do whatever Jillian tells me to on her DVDs 😉

  32. oh darn it! I wanted to look beastly, what a disappointment! 😛 Those are some great exercises Tina~I think it would be so fun working out with you especially since we have similar tastes in workouts. 😀

  33. Stellar circuit! That looks like it would be so much fun.

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  35. Great workout! I love doing circuit type workouts, they fly by and I love the intensity.

    I’ll eat enchiladas ANY way…Mexican food rocks! 🙂

  36. Oh man!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican food. This dish looks delish!

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  38. Tina, and I’m not just saying this, these are honestly the best enchiladas I’ve ever had, much less made! Thank you for sharing such an easy and delicious recipe!! : )

    • Tina says:

      Oh, wow! Thank you Danica. I sure do love them, but its nice to know others do too and I don’t just have weird tastes. 😉

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