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All About the Veggies

In 6 days I will be embarking on my Ultimate Reset journey.  This 21 day program is designed to reset your body to it’s “factory settings” (so to speak).  There’s a complete guidebook on how this is to be done.  Essentially you end up eating a vegan diet (which is totally fine with me since I could care less about meat!)

After the 21 days, it’s recommended to ease back into regular eating habits…so…in light of that…I thought I’d share some delicious 21 Day Fix Approved vegetarian recipes!

EGGPLANT ROLL-UPS

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into ¼ inch oblong pieces from end to end.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced, or 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1 cup of organic spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 4 tbs of goat cheese to sprinkle on top
  • 2 tbs oil
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place middle rack in the oven.
  2. Take eggplant pieces and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Salt the eggplant and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes and baste with oil.
  4. Take the chopped onion, minced garlic and olive oil and place into a skillet to saute until both the garlic and onion become translucent and soft, do this while the eggplant is roasting.
  5. In another small mixing bowl add in the cottage cheese, chopped spinach, basil, oregano, parsley, sauteed garlic and onion to mix thoroughly.
  6. Take a ½ cup of marinara sauce and using a spoon spread evenly on the bottom of the 2 qt glass Pyrex casserole dish.
  7. Pat your eggplant strips dry and place 2 tablespoons full of the cottage cheese mixture into the top of the eggplant and roll up. Place the eggplant roll up into the dish with the seam facing down.
  8. Repeat this process until you have no more eggplant and cottage cheese.
  9. Take 2.5 cups left of the marinara sauce and spread over the top of the eggplant roll ups.
  10. Sprinkle the 4 tablespoons of goat cheese over the top of the roll ups and place in the oven.
  11. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. serving = 1 eggplant medium sized eggplant rollup (some are smaller due to the end of the eggplant so the largest size you make I consider 1 serving)
  13. The 21 Day Fix containers = 1 green container, ½ red container, ½ blue container, ½ purple and 2 tsps

Source: http://www.inspiredhousewife.com/eggplant-roll-ups/

CHEESY SPAGHETTI SQUASH

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 16oz container of lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 jar of no sugar added marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while you cook your spaghetti squash. We typically slice the spaghetti squash in half, place it on a platter with a small amount of water and steam it in the microwave for 10-12 minutes until cooked.
  2. Scoop out the seeds, then use a fork to pull the spaghetti squash from the sides so it resembles spaghetti and place it into a bowl
  3. Add one container of cottage cheese, Italian herbs and one jar of marinara sauce to the bowl.
  4. Mix until well combined and then add to an 8×10 banking dish.
  5. Top with one cup of cheese and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the dish is warm throughout and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Slice casserole into 6 portions.

One slice counts as 2 green, 1/2 red, and 1 blue container. (serves 6)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/2/1/cheesy-spaghetti-squash-casserole

STUFFED PEPPERS

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup whole, peeled canned tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Herbs of your choice (we usedHerbs de Provance and oregeno)
  • 4 bell peppers, tops cut off and insides removed
  • 2/3 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and also start to make up your quinoa. Upon cooking, it usually doubles in size so keep that in mind while making your quinoa. Once cooked, remove from heat.
  2. In a saucepan, sautee sliced mushrooms until soft.
  3. Add garlic until fragrant then add the can of tomatoes. Use your spoon to break them up a bit.
  4. Mix in quinoa and your herbs.
  5. Scoop filling into each bell pepper.
  6. Pop them into a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  8. Put your oven on broil and place the peppers back in for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is toasted and bubbly.

This recipe counts as 2 green containers, 1 yellow, and 1/2 of a blue container. (serves 4)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/1/17/stuffed-peppers

CHUNKY VEGETABLE CHILI

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Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. chile powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
1 medium zucchini, cubed
6 Tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
3. Add chile powder, cumin, tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
4. Add zucchini; cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 10 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
5. Top each serving with 1 Tbsp. yogurt.

container counts: 1/2 green, 2 yellow

Source: https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/recipes/chunky-vegetable-chili

Chili Cook Off

I LOVE having chili in the Fall and Winter…whether it’s for a party, a football game or just because it’s chilly outside (hhahahaah – like my play on words) it is a staple at my house this time of year.

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Here are four of my FAVORITE child recipes – HEALTHY and TASTY of course!

All Meat and Veggie Chili – Paleo Recipe

Source: http://www.laurafuentes.com/paleo-chili-recipe-all-meat-veggie/

 

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Prep time: 

Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil
  • 1½ cups onion, diced, about 1 large onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery, about 1 stalk
  • 1½ cups carrots,peeled and diced, about 4 medium carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 cups zucchinis, diced, about 2-3 medium zucchinis
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. In your seasoned skillet or 5-6 quart large cast iron pot, brown beef and garlic. Cook over medium heat until beef is thoroughly cooked and browned. Drain off excess fat, set aside.
  2. Add oil, onions, celery, carrots, and seasonings to the skillet and cook until translucent over medium-high heat, about 5-7 minutes. Once onions are golden and veggies are midway cooked, add zucchini and cook for 2 minutes, making sure you stir everything well.
  3. Add cooked beef, tomato puree/sauce, and tomatoes into the pot and stir well. Bring everything to a boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Check on the amazing mixture every so often and stir. Serve immediately.

Tips:  I serve mine with brown rice or paleo cornbread and green beans

Whole30 Chocolate Chili Recipe

It may sound weird…but it’s good…..I promise!!

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Source: http://www.andreatooley.com/2014/10/whole30-chocolate-chili/

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef  (I used 90/10 lean beef)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted, chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth

Directions: 

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. 2. Add your diced onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooked onions to your crockpot.  Next, add the beef to the same pan that had your onions.
  4. Cook the beef until just no longer pink.  Transfer the beef and all the juice to your crockpot.
  5.  In a separate bowl, mix together all of your spices.
  6. Pour the spices into the pan and cook for just a minute until fragrant.
  7. Then, add your tomato paste and beef broth.
  8. Stir until the tomato paste, beef broth, and spices are all combined, about 2 minutes.
  9. Pour the sauce into your crockpot.
  10. Finally, add the tomatoes to your crockpot.  Give everything a good stir, cover, and cook on high for 3 hours.

Tips:  serve with avocados and jalapeños

Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Source: http://peasandcrayons.com/2015/10/healthy-vegetarian-quinoa-chili.html

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10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn [frozen or fresh]
  • 1 can spicy chili beans with sauce [15 oz]
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed [15 oz]
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, plus extra to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa [red, white, or a mix of both]
  • 1.5 cups water or veggie broth
  • EXTRAS:
  • diced jalapenos or cayenne pepper for a kick
  • veggie broth or tomato sauce to adjust chili thickness
  • all the toppings your heart desires 

Instructions

  1. Chop your peppers and onion and mince your garlic.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or a large pot on medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions, peppers, and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes to tenderize the veggies.
  4. Next add crushed tomatoes, corn, chili beans, black beans, and spices; stir to mix.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes.
  6. While your chili simmers, rinse your quinoa.
  7. Add quinoa to a small pot with water or vegetable broth to boil [1.5 cups] and bring to a rolling boil.
  8. Once boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting and cover [with the lid propped open a bit to vent] for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy. Fluff with a fork and add to the pot of chili.
  9. Total cook time for the chili will be about 25-30 minutes but feel free to leave it simmering on the stove for a little longer, on the lowest setting, if desired to mingle the flavors even further.
  10. Scoop out a bowlful, pile on the toppings, sit back, and enjoy!

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Source: http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2015/11/seriously-the-best-healthy-turkey-chili/

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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken (99%)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream
Instructions
  1. Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Next add in ground turkey and break up the meat; cooking until no longer pink. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for about 20 seconds.
  2. Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. Garnish with anything you’d like.
  3. Makes 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.

I hope you enjoy all of these recipes!  Don’t forget to share this blog with others – sharing is caring!

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

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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)

Instructions:

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/

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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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

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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

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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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!

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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

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Ingredients

    • 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

Instructions

  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

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Ingredients

  • 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

    Directions

    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

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Ingredients

  • 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

 

  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

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/

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Weekly Recipe Round (5) Up

weekly menu 5

Here is your weekly dinner menu – Round 5!  As always, I’m excited about this week’s menu because I LOVE sharing these HEALTHY and TASTY recipes with y’all!  And I LOVE getting messages from people letting me know they have tried these recipes and liked them!!

Another reason I’m excited about these?  I got them from a variety of sources this time!  Why is that exciting?  Um…I’m not really sure honestly…But I am excited about them nevertheless.  Variety is always good, right?

Before I get to the meat of this blog (pun intended, ha ha) I just wanted to add in a quick bit of advice.  In addition to eating healthy, it’s important to stay active too!  Eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet along with regular exercise is a recipe for a healthy body AND a healthy mind!

I hear from many people that most of their struggle involves eating healthy – whether it’s portion control issues or late-night snacking (I am guilty of having both issues in the past).

My intent with these weekly menus is to help you with that particular area of struggle!   But don’t neglect the rest of the equation –>

(at least) 64 oz Water + Rest + Good Nutrition + Regular Exercise = Happy Lifestyle!

 

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato

stuffed sweet potatoes

Source: Nutrition Guide from Hammer and Chisel Workout Program

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 med sized sweet potatoes, washed and pierced with a fork

½ cup black beans

1 ½ cup shredded roasted chicken breast (or you could ground turkey meat)

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

1 dash sea salt

2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 35-45 min, or until tender. Make a slit in the top (so you can stuff it)
  3. While the potatoes are baking, combine all the ingredients (except cilantro) in a saucepan and stir constantly until hot (4-5 minutes)
  4. Top sweet potatoes with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Tip: Serve this with a side salad – tomato, cucumber and avocado salad (1 ½ cup chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced, 1 avocado diced, 2 TBSP minced red onion, 2 TBSP minced parsley, 2 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP red wine; mix all together in a bowl and add black pepper to taste)

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

bbq brisket

Source: http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-bbq-brisket.html

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

5 lb beef brisket

1 3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use organic but you can also make your own)

2T coconut sugar

2t Worcestershire sauce

2t black pepper

1t garlic salt

1t seasoned salt

1/2t onion powder

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together (except brisket)
  2. Place brisket in the crockpot
  3. Pour sauce on top
  4. Cook on low for 9-10 hours
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Tip: Serve this with a side salad, corn on the cob, green beans, cauliflower mashed “potatoes” and/or paleo cornbread.

Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

sweet potato black bean chili

Source: Newsletter from my organic produce delivery

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

1 TBSP plus 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 medium- large sweet potato, peeled and diced

½ large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 TBSP chili powder

4 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground chipotle chili powder

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups water (I used vegetable broth instead)

2, 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

4 tsp lime juice

½ cup fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan
  2. Add sweet potato and onion and cook until onion is soft
  3. Add spices and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  4. Add water (or broth) and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until the sweet potato is tender, 10-12 minutes
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes
  7. Stir in cilantro, if desired
  8. Eat and enjoy!

Tip: Serve this with some chicken apple sausage or chipotle meatballs (for you meat-lovers) and a side of roasted asparagus

stufed chicken bell pepper

Chickened Stuffed Bell Peppers

Source: Fixate Cookbook

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 medium red (or yellow, orange, green) bell peppers, cut in half, seeds removed

Tsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ lbs raw chicken breast, chopped into ¾ inch pieces (you can also use ground beef or turkey meat)

1 ½ tsp of chili powder

1 ½ tsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 cup all natural tomato sauce

1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

5 TBSP of chopped fresh cilantro, save some for garnish

2 TBS fresh lime juice

1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Optional topping: organic salsa

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375F
  2. Place bell peppers, skin side down, in a large baking dish and set aside
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet
  4. Add onion and cook until translucent
  5. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute
  6. Add meat of choice and all seasonings. Cook through
  7. Add tomato sauce, beans, cilantro and lime juice. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally
  8. Divide the mixture evenly between the bell peppers and cover lightly with tin foil
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Remove foil
  10. Top each pepper evenly with cheese and bake another 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted
  11. Sprinkle with cilantro and salsa, if desired

Tip: Serve with a side salad of greens, cherry tomatoes and ¼ of an avocado and/or roasted sweet potatoes and guacamole

 

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