Weekly Recipes – Fall Stews

The leaves are changing…The air is cooling down…I’m busting out my sweaters and boots…so…that means it’s Fall, y’all!!!


And that means it’s time to get some stews cookin’ on the stove!  I LOVE having soup for dinner – add some homemade paleo bread, brown rice or quinoa (depending on the soup) or a side salad and you have a delicious and nutritious meal!

And…do you know what makes great leftovers for lunch???  Soup from the night before!

So, here you go…here are some clean-eating Fall Stew recipes for you!

Coconut Curry Chili

Source: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/under-45-minutes/coconut-curry-chili/


Serves: 4
Makes: 10 cups
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 27 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 1/2 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (2 cups)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped (2 cups)
  • 3 cups cooked kidney beans or BPA-free canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 cups jarred or boxed tomato purée (aka passata)
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a 4-qt pot, add curry paste, cumin and a bit of broth. Mash mixture and stir until paste is no longer in lumps. Add remaining broth, bulgur, potato and bell pepper. Set over high heat and bring mixture to a boil. Cover tightly, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Add beans, coconut milk and tomato purée to pot and stir. Cook, uncovered, for 7 minutes, until bulgur is tender and chili is thick. Stir in scallions and black pepper and serve.

Country Style Beef and Green Pepper Soup

Source: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/slideshow/bowls-of-comfort-hearty-autumn-soups/8/


Serves: 6
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes


  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 12 oz extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz fresh green beans, trimmed and broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed and patted dry
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a Dutch oven on medium-high, tilting Dutch oven to coat bottom lightly. Add beef and cook for 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Drain beef on paper towels; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in Dutch oven on medium-high. Add bell peppers and onion and cook for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown, stirring occasionally. Add beef back to Dutch oven along with tomatoes, beans, corn, cabbage, broth and oregano. Bring mixture to a boil over same heat, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until beans are tender-crisp.
  3. Remove Dutch oven from heat, stir in remaining ingredients, including remaining oil, and let stand for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250404/slow-cooker-stout-chicken-stew/


Servings: 8

Cook Time: 4 hours

  • 6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 2/3 cups Guinness beer or other stout (14-ounce can)
  • 1 pound whole baby carrots or large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 8-ounce package cremini or button mushrooms, halved if large
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed


  1. Combine 6 tablespoons flour with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken thighs in the mixture to coat completely; transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook until well browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side; transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Reduce heat to medium and repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and chicken thighs. Arrange the chicken in an even layer in the slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup flour over the bacon and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes more. Add stout and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Add carrots, mushrooms, onion, garlic and thyme, spreading in an even layer over the chicken. Pour broth over the top.
  4. Cover and cook until the chicken is falling-apart tender, 4 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low.
  5. Stir in peas, cover and cook until the peas are heated through, 5 to 10 minutes more. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Trim chicken, chop bacon; prep onion and garlic; defrost peas. Refrigerate in separate containers.

Squash, Chickpea and Red Lentil Stew

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249123/squash-chickpea-red-lentil-stew/


  • 3/4 cup dried chickpeas (or canned)
  • 2 1/2 pounds kabocha squash, (see Note) or butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  1. If you are using dry chickpeas, make sure to soak them overnight in at least two inches of water.  If you are using canned chickpeas, skip this step.
  2. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the peanut, cilantro leaves and lime juice into the slow cooker
  3. Cook on low for 51/2 to 6 hours
  4. Stir in lime juice.  Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do!!  Please share these with others AND comment on which one is your favorite!  I’d love to hear from you!!

Weekly Recipes: Crockpot AND Paleo

I am totally digging the accountability group we have going on this month!  Not only is it full of over 100 people working on their health and fitness goals, offering each other support and motivation, but there are TONS of crockpot recipes that we are sharing!

I typically use my crockpot once a week but since starting this group, I’ve been using it more like 2-3 times per week.  And guess what?  It definitely makes my life (and dinner time)easier.

Since I’m feeling inspired by this group, I thought I’d share some more crockpot recipes – all PALEO style!

Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa


Source: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2014/08/slow-cooker-green-chile-shredded-beef-cabbage-bowl.html

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef:
2 lb. beef chuck roast, well trimmed and cut into thick strips (I had nearly 3 lbs. of beef before  it was trimmed.)
1 T  Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or your favorite Southwestern spice blend)
2-3 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan)
2 cans (4 oz. can) diced green chiles with juice

Ingredients for Cabbage Slaw and Dressing:
1 small head green cabbage
1/2 small head red cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
6 T mayo or light mayo
4 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice (I use my fresh-frozen lime juice)
2 tsp. (or more) Green Tabasco Sauce

Ingredients for the Avocado Salsa:
2 large avocados, diced
1 medium Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, diced very small
1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I use my fresh-frozen lime juice)
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (or use thinly-sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro person)


Trim all visible fat and any undesirable parts from the chuck roast and cut into thick strips. (I save all those scraps to make homemade beef stock.) (It may already be in strips when you’re through trimming, but aim for same-size strips.)  Rub strips of beef with the taco seasoning.  Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan and brown the beef well on all sides.  (Don’t skip this step; the browning adds a lot of flavor.)


Put the strips of browned beef in the slow cooker and pour in the diced green chiles and juice from the cans.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until the beef shreds apart easily.  (If you’re going to be out you can also cook this for 6-8 hours on low.)  When the beef is done, use a large slotted spoon to remove it to a cutting board, leaving the liquid in the slow cooker.  Shred the beef apart with two forks and put it back in the slow cooker to absorb the liquid and keep warm while you make the cabbage slaw and salsa.


Cut the cabbage into very thin strips.  (We used a Mandoline Slicer with the 1.5 mm  blade to make really thin slices, but you can also cut it by hand.)  Slice the green onions.  Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco sauce to make the dressing.  (Taste to see if you want more lime or Green Tabasco and adjust to taste.)  Then put the cabbage and green onions into a bowl and toss with the dressing.


Peel and cut up the avocado, place in a bowl, and toss with the lime juice.  (Elise and Dara both have tips for cutting up avocado if you’re not that experienced doing it.)  Finely chop the cilantro (or green onion) and the Poblano chile and add it to the avocado.  Drizzle in the olive oil and gently toss again.


To assemble the bowl, put a layer of the slaw, then a generous amount of the spicy beef, topped by a couple of spoonfuls of the avocado salsa.  I served this with extra Green Tabasco for those who wanted a little more heat.


If this makes more than you’ll eat at one time I would only dress the amount of cabbage you’ll be using.  Refrigerate the ingredients individually and then warm the beef and toss the cabbage with the dressing when you want to eat the leftovers.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili with Apple Bacon Compote

Source: http://primalbitesblog.com/2013/10/23/crockpot-turkey-pumpkin-chili/


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups raw pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 16 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup strongly brewed coffee
  • ½ cup passata (tomato sauce, or tomato puree)
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large apple, skinned and diced
  • 4 slices nitrate free bacon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  1. Brown the meat in a large skillet in a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into your crockpot, plus the browned meat. Stir to combine and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6.
  3. For the compote, cook your bacon until crispy, then remove and put on a plate lined with a paper towel. Cook the diced apple in the bacon grease over low-medium heat, with a few tablespoons of water. Keep adding water to deglaze the pan, and sauté until the apple is soft and caramelized. Add the lemon juice and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Once the chili is thickened to your liking, serve it topped with the apple bacon compote! It’s also great topped with avocado.

Squeaky Clean Slow Cooker Beef Bourgignon



Source: http://thehealthyfoodie.com/slow-cooker-squeaky-clean-beef-bourgignon/

    • 900g (2lbs) grass-fed beef stew meat
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 1 small (1½ cups) rutabaga, peeled and diced
    • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary, whole
    • 2 Bay leaves
    • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
    • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 cups bone broth
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 227g (1/2lb) mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
    • 2 tbsp water


1.Pat the meat dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

2. Melt a generous amount of healthy cooking fat such as lard, ghee or coconut oil in a heavy skillet set over high heat

3. Add the meat in a single layer, making sure that the pieces do not touch, and cook until brown on all sides. Work in several batches if you have to so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Remove the cooked pieces of meat to a bowl to collect the juices.

 4. Once all the meat has been cooked and set aside, lower the heat to medium, add a little more fat to the pan if necessary then throw in the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is fragrant and becomes translucent
5. Add the broth, red wine vinegar and Dijon Mustard and bring to a simmer. Add the meat and meat juices back to the skillet, stir and kill the heat
6. Transfer to slow cooker, add carrots, rutabaga, mushrooms, rosemary and bay leaves
7. Cook the stew on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.
8. Once your stew is fully cooked and to your liking, ladle about a cup of the cooking liquid into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
9. Meanwhile, in a small container, mix tapioca starch and water together. Pour that into the boiling liquid and cook for a minute, whisking constantly, until thickened.
10. Transfer this thickened sauce back to the slow cooker and stir until well incorporated.
11. Serve immediately. (don’t forget to fish out rosemary sprigs and bay leaves)

Mediterranean Beef Stew


Source: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2007/01/mediterannean-beef-stew-with-rosemary.html?m=1
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1-2 T olive oil (depends on your pan)
1 onion, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
2 lbs. diced chuck steak, cut in 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups meat, for stovetop cooking I might use a more tender cut of beef)
1 cup beef stock (use 2 cups for stovetop cooking)
1 can diced tomatoes with juice (I use Muir Glen organic tomatoes, 14.5 oz. can)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I use Fini brand)
1 can black olives, cut in half or fourth
1/2 cup garlic cloves, cut in thin slices (optional, but very good)
2 T finely chopped fresh rosemary (or use 1 T dried cracked rosemary)
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley (or use 1 T dried parsley)
1 T capers (or more)
fresh ground black pepper

Heat small amount of olive oil in heavy frying pan, add mushrooms and saute several minutes, until barely starting to brown. Add to Crockpot. Add diced onion to same pan, adding more oil if needed, and cook about 5 minutes. Add to Crockpot. Again, add more oil if needed, then add diced beef and brown well, about 10-15 minutes. Don’t rush the browning step. Add beef to Crockpot.

Add 1 cup beef stock to the pan and simmer a few minutes until slightly reduced, scraping off all browned bits. Add to Crockpot. Add diced tomatoes and juice, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, olives, garlic, rosemary, parsley, capers, and black pepper. Stir gently to combine, then put lid on Crockpot and cook 6-8 hours on low. (You could cook this 3-4 hours on high, but for a recipe with large pieces of garlic like this I prefer the low setting.) Serve hot.

If you do all the advance preparation the night before and put the combined ingredient in the refrigerator overnight, this could cook as long as 10 hours in the Crockpot while you’re at work. Manufacturers don’t recommend putting crockery liner with prepared ingredients in the refrigerator; store in another container so contents stay cold, then put in Crockpot in the morning.

For stovetop cooking: Follow steps as outlined, putting ingredients in heavy dutch oven type pan. Add one cup additional beef stock. Simmer on very low heat about 2 hours. Serve hot.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!  Please SHARE them and this blog with your family, friends, acquaintances and loved ones!

The Other 95 Percent

Did you know that 95% of people in the world will never reach their full potential?

That is A LOT of people who are choosing to live an average life…who are choosing to settle for mediocrity.


They will never have the life they want, the job they want, the income they want, the relationship they want, the friends they want, the house they want, the body they want….(the list could go on) because they are NOT willing to put the work in.

This is a sad and unfortunate truth.  How many people do you know who WISH for something different in their lives but are not doing anything about it?  They continue to do whatever it is they are doing to uphold whatever level of mediocrity they have achieved because they don’t know what else to do.  They aren’t willing to put in the work…to make a CHANGE…


It is all up to YOU.  The choice is yours…do you settle for what you have or do you GO FOR IT???

At the end of my life I want to be able to say, “I gave it my all.  It wasn’t perfect.  I wasn’t the best.  But I gave it everything I had.  No regrets.”

Change is scary – I get it!!!  It’s much easier to do what you’ve always done…or is it?

Is it easier to continue to be overweight instead of exercising and eating healthy?

Is it easier to continue being depressed than it is to go get the help you need?

Is it easier to stay in a job you hate than to find a new one?

Only you can answer that…but for me…it’s a no-brainer.  I would choose exercising, getting help and finding a new job any day over continuing to do something that isn’t working for me.

How do I know?  Because I’ve been there!  For years I’ve done things that weren’t working for me and I continued to do them because I just didn’t know what else to do.  Was I happy?  Hell no!  Was I always looking for something else?  Hell yes!

Finally, I found BeachBody and coaching and I knew deep in my bones that this was it…that this opportunity could be something HUGE – huge for me mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.


I have BIG dreams.  I have BIG goals and I will not stand in my way.  That’s right – I said “I will not stand in MY way.”

Are you willing to do what the other 95% are not?  And if you are…and when you do…people will judge.  They will judge and form opinions about what they don’t understand.

They will talk.  They will laugh.  They will point fingers.

But you know what?  LET THEM.

Because those are the people who will remain in the 95% while you, my dear, will be rising to the top 5%.


Weekly Recipes – Slow Cooker Breakfast Style

Mornings can be BUSY, right?!?

Whether you’re trying to get your kids out the door, yourself out the door, your spouse out the door or all of the above…it can be super hectic and difficult to do anything else other than throw a bowl of cereal in everyone’s face before they rush out the door.

Have you ever been guilty of this?

Me!  I have!

Want to know a secret to making your mornings easier?  Start the night before by throwing breakfast into the crockpot so it will be ready to go in the morning!

Here are 4, clean-eating slow cooker breakfast recipes!

Slow- Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats


1 1/4 cups steel-cut oats (not to be replaced with quick or rolled oats)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 apple, diced with skin
3 tablespoons almond butter
4 1/4 cups unsweetened soy milk (can use almond)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts)
1/2 cup raisins


  1. Add all the ingredients except for 1/4 cup of the nuts and 1/4 cup of the raisins to a glass bowl that will fit inside your slow cooker. Give it a good stir, and place the bowl in the center.
  2. Carefully fill the slow cooker with water, to about 1 inch below the rim of the glass bowl. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. In the morning, remove the lid and stir up the oatmeal. Scoop out about a 1-cup serving, and top with a sprinkling of nuts and raisins.
  4. Store uneaten oatmeal in the fridge.

Tip:  Add Greek yogurt to this delish dish if you want some protein!

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Slow-Cooker-Pumpkin-Pie-Steel-Cut-Oats-35883531

Cauliflower Hash Brown Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole



    • 12 eggs
    • ½ cup milk
    • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 head cauliflower, shredded (I buy mine already chopped)
    • additional salt and pepper to season the layers
    • up to one small onion, diced (can omit or use less)
    • two 5 oz packages pre-cooked breakfast sausages, sliced (I used turkey sausage. Can also omit, or use about 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage cooked and crumbled, or bacon, turkey bacon, vegetarian sausage crumbles, or chopped ham)
    • 8 oz., or about 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Grease or coat a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly beat together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place about a third of the shredded cauliflower in an even layer in the bottom of the slow cooker, and top with about a third of the onion. Season with salt and pepper, the top with about a third of the sausage and a third of the cheese. Repeat the layers two more times.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the contents of the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until eggs are set and the top is browned.

Tip:  Serve with a side of sliced tomatoes and avocados!

Source: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/hash-browns-slow-cooker-breakfast-casserole/

Slow Cooker Huevos Rancheros



  • Nonstick spray
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 12 ounces shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 10 ounces taco sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Scallions, avocado, cilantro and lime, for garnish


    Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick spray.

    In a large bowl, beat eggs with half-and-half, 8 ounces of the cheese, pepper and chili powder. Stir in the garlic and chilies. Pour into the slow cooker and cook (covered) on low for 2 hours. Check occasionally to make sure the edges are not burning.

    Remove lid and pour taco sauce over the eggs, using the back of a spoon to evenly cover the eggs, as you would sauce on a pizza. Scatter remaining 4 ounces of cheese all over, replace the lid and continue cooking on low for 15 more minutes.

    Let cool slightly, then cut into wedges and serve over warmed tortillas. Garnish with sliced scallions and avocado, chopped cilantro and a squirt of fresh lime juice.


Source: http://www.oprah.com/food/Slow-Cooker-Huevos-Rancheros-Recipe

Slow Cooker French Toast



  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% milk, (almond or soy will also work)
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 9 Slices whole grain bread


  • 3 cups finely diced uncooked apple pieces (Honey Crisp or Gala are both great in this recipe)
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup diced raw pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Add the first 6 ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Add all the filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir to coat apple pieces, set aside.

Cut bread slices into triangles (that’s in half, just triangle shaped). Place one layer of bread (6 triangles) on the bottom of the slow cooker, add ¼ of the filling and repeat until there are 3 layers of bread. Add the remaining filling to the top.

Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and cook on high 2 to 2-1/2 or low 4 hours, or until bread has soaked up the liquid.

3 Bananas (diced) can be substituted for apples.

Note: Drizzle with 100% pure maple syrup if desired.

Tip:  This would be a great recipe to make on the weekends when you know the kids are going to sleep in (if you’re lucky because mine don’t).  You can have this cookin’ while they are snoozing away

Source: http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-french-toast-casserole/

ENJOY these recipes and don’t forget- SHARE them with others!

Weekly Recipe Round (up) 26

Hey y’all!

I’m actually getting this post up on time for a change!!!

I try to get these recipes up on Sunday but you know…life happens…and well…

Do you have kids?  Have they started school and all of their after-school activities?  My daughter started school a month ago but her after-school activities are starting up now.  She has Daisy’s, cheerleading and dance!  And then there’s my son, who has music, story time and play group.  Can you say – “Mama doesn’t have a whole lot of time to cook?”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it!  I love being home with them, being able to take them to all their activities but it requires a lot of organization and time management on my part…which, as it happens…neither of those are my forte.

BUT I have discovered something that helps me tremendously – the crockpot!!!!  It is a HUGE time-saver and there are so many HEALTHY and TASTY recipes you can make!!!

Here are 4 you can make this week!

And- BONUS- they all have 21 Day Fix Counts!

Slow-Cooker Meatloaf (21 Day Fix Approved)


6 servings

1 cup rolled oats
2 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup organic no-sugar-added tomato sauce
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tbsp. mustard
2 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Spray slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Crumble ground beef over mixture and stir well to combine.

Shape into an oval loaf; place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 5 to 6 hours.

(Optional:  Whisk a little ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl; spoon sauce over meat loaf.  Continue cooking on Low until heated through, about 15 minutes.)

Remove from slow-cooker and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Source: http://christinepechulis.blogspot.com/2015/02/slow-cooker-meatloaf-21-day-fix-approved.html

21 Day Fix Counts: Each serving counts as 1 red, 1/2 a yellow, 1/2 a blue, and a smidge of a purple — for the tomato sauce.  Just eat 4 less grapes next time!! 

Tip:  Serve this with a side salad and mashed cauliflower

Yield: 8 servings

21 Day Fix Portions (per 1 cup serving): 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Blue

Italian Tortellini Soup


Servings: 8

  1. 1 onion, chopped
  2. 5 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 2 quarts low sodium organic chicken stock/broth
  4. ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups spinach leaves
  6. 1 can (28-32oz) crushed tomatoes
  7. 1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
  8. 2 tbsp pasta (or tomato) sauce of choice (I used Classico)
  9. 1 package refrigerated whole wheat 3-cheese tortellini
  10. ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Saute, onions and garlic in a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil until tender. Season with a little italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  2. Add sauteed onions and garlic to the CrockPot along with ingredients 3-8. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or all day.
  3. Right before dinner time, cook the tortellini according to package instructions (should take about 7 minutes in boiling water). Then add to the soup.
  4. Use a GREEN container (or 1 cup) to portion your soup. Then add the parmesan cheese to each bowl and fold in- adds the perfect final touch!

Source: http://honeybeehomemaker.blogspot.com/2015/03/italian-tortellini-soup.html?m=1

21 Day Fix Counts: 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Blue

Tip:  Serve this with a side salad or some homemade Paleo bread

Another tip:  Save the leftovers for lunch the next day!

21 Day Fix Crockpot Turkey Chili


Servings: 8


1 lb lean ground turkey
1 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup yellow pepper, chopped
1 cup orange pepper, chopped
1 cup red pepper, chopped
1 4oz can mild chopped green chilis
2 cups navy beans
2 cups pinto beans
2 cups kidney beans
2 cups Turkey broth (can use chicken or vegetable)
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce (all natural, no sugar)
1 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Cilantro for garnish
How to make 21 Day Fix Crock Pot Turkey Chili:
Sautee onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add ground turkey, and brown until cooked through.
Add garlic, stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Transfer to slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Serve garnished with cilantro.
Source: http://www.carrieelle.com/21-day-fix-crock-pot-chili/
21 Day Fix Counts: One serving equals roughly 1 green container and 1.5 reds
Tip:  This would go PERFECT with some paleo cornbread or on top of baked sweet potatoes

Slow Cooker Maple and Mustard Chicken


Servings: 8


    • 6 large red potatoes, cut into 1/2″ – 3/4″ cubes
    • 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
    • 1 Tbs maple syrup
    • 2 lbs chicken breasts, trimmed
    • salt and pepper, to season
Maple-Mustard Sauce
  • 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


    1. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup mustard and 1 tablespoon maple syrup, set aside.
    2. Add the potatoes to your slow cooker, then drizzle with half of the maple-mustard mixture.
    3. Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides then place on top of the potatoes, drizzling with the remaining maple-mustard mixture.
    4. Cover and cook on low for 4 – 4 1/2 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken, let cool a few minutes then refrigerate.
    5. Your potatoes won’t yet be fully cooked. Give them a stir and crank the slow-cooker up to high for another 2 hours or until they’re cooked through.
    6. Meanwhile, stir together 1/2 cup mustard with 1/4 cup maple syrup and set aside. When ready to serve, warm in the microwave.
    7. Once the potatoes have fully cooked, you can either throw the chicken back into the slow-cooker to heat it through or you can heat it in the microwave. When chicken is hot, let it rest for a couple of minutes, then slice and serve with the potatoes and the warmed Maple-Mustard Sauce.
Each serving is 3/4 cup sliced chicken, 1/2 cup potatoes, 1 1/5 Tbs sauce

21 Day Fix Container Counts: 1 RED, 1 YELLOW, 2 tsp maple syrup

Source: http://thefoodieandthefix.com/slow-cooker-maple-mustard-chicken-potatoes/

Tip:  Serve this with a side of your favorite roasted vegetable


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