Deconstructed Taco?


That’s the best name I can think of for this quick, taco-like dish. This one won’t be winning any pretty awards but it’s delicious! Think of a taco minus the shell. 

Imagine dinner being ready in 20 minutes and none of your kids bitchin’ about “are there onions in there” or “what’s that green stuff”. Lol! JUST EAT IT! Beef, beans and corn, and then you add your toppings.👌🏼

Want the recipe, well here you go….

Note: Cut the recipe in half if necessary because remember, I’m feeding five.

INGREDIENTS:

– 4lbs Lean Ground Beef (Ground Turkey would work too)

– 2 cans Black Beans

– 2 cans (no added sodium) Corn

– 2 pkgs Taco Seasoning

Below are optional. You can also add avocado or maybe tomatoes as well depending on what you like.

– Shredded Mexican Style Cheese

– Shredded Lettuce

– Light Sour Cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. Add beef and taco seasoning to a large pot and brown on medium/high heat. Meanwhile, rinse/drain the black beans and corn and set aside.

2. Once the beef is browned, add the corn and black beans to the pot and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

And you’re done! Easy right? Now just serve yourself some of the meat mixture and add in your cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream and whatever else you like.

Enjoy!

Pot Roast – A Family Favorite

This is probably my favorite childhood meal, Pot Roast. Growing up it was just me and my mom (my sister is 9 years older than me and moved out the second she turned 18), so my mom didn’t cook too often. This was one of maybe 3 meals that she made. The others weren’t worthy of acquiring the recipe. LOL!

When I grew up and had children of my own I asked my mom for this recipe and I still use it to this day. And my kids, much like myself, love it too.

It’s probably some generic recipe found all over the internet but nevertheless, here it is…

 

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 3lb Chuck Roast (I always buy a bigger one, usually 5-6lbs)
  2. Carrots – Amount is up to you.
  3. Potatoes – Amount is up to you.
  4. 2-3 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (2 usually does the job)
  5. 1 pkg. Lipton Dried Onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Always prep/chop first, it just makes life easier. Peel and chop your carrots (if you have a larger roast you will want to make the carrot chops a little larger because they will be in the oven longer.) Rinse and chop your potatoes into 1” cubes, you can peel if you don’t like the skin but I leave the skin on which is why rinsing well is a must!
  2. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Cover a 2-3” deep pan with foil and place your roast in the center.
  4. Arrange chopped potatoes and carrots around the roast.
  5. Smother the roast, carrots and potatoes with the Cream of Mushroom soup and then sprinkle the Lipton Dried Onion over all of it.
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 325 degrees for 1 hour per pound of your roast.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Soup


Sweet Potato Soup, another yummy one that the whole family loves. I got the recipe out of the February 2017 Southern Living magazine but there were definitely some errors in the print so I’m getting partial credit for this one.

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

– 2 cups chopped Yellow Onion

– 1 cup chopped Carrots

– 1 Tbsp. chopped Garlic

– 3 lbs. Sweet Potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2″ cubes

– 2 lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2″ cubes

– 1-1/2 tsp. Salt

– 1 tsp. Black Pepper

– 1 tsp. Ground Cumin

– 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

– 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

– 7 cups Chicken Stock

*NOTE* I used my Dutch Oven to make this but any large pot will do just fine.👌🏼

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Chop everything first (Always. It makes this whole process a hellova lot easier!) I also measured out all my spices and put them in a small bowl so they’re ready to go as well.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch Oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes, Yukon potatoes, salt, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute, stirring.
  3. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Strain potatoes BUT, save your stock so put a large bowl under your colander when you strain.
  5. Transfer your potato mixture back into the pot if using an Immersion Blender or put small portions into a blender at a time; blend your potato mixture until smooth. Slowly add the chicken stock to your potato mixture until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. If you’d like, top your Sweet Potato Soup with toasted chopped pecans and plain yogurt. If you’re like me, eat as is because you don’t need all that fancy shit!

ENJOY!

Turkey Taco Bake 

The recipe below makes TWO 9×13 dishes because one serving is 1/4 of the pan. Say what!?!? I made this “mini prep” and since being a parent means I have to feed all these children 😉 I made 2 pans worth so they could enjoy too. Thumbs up all around BUT, I thought is was pretty bland. Next time I may use a pre-packaged taco seasoning pack and add more jalapenos and hot sauce.  This recipe does freeze well.

INGREDIENTS:

▪️2 cups uncooked Brown Rice

▪️2 Yellow Onions, chopped

▪️6 Cloves of Garlic, minced

▪️2 Jalapeños, chopped

▪️48oz (3 pkgs.) Lean or Extra Lean Ground Turkey

▪️2 Bell Peppers (any color), chopped

▪️3 Limes – Squeezed for fresh juice

▪️4 Tbsp. Chili Powder

▪️2 tsp. Oregano

▪️1 tsp. Thyme

▪️Hot Sauce to taste (you’re gonna want to use this if you like a little kick)

▪️2 cups Shredded Mexican Four Cheese

▪️2 – 15oz cans of Tomato Sauce (no added sodium)

DIRECTIONS:

1️⃣Cook Brown Rice according to box instructions and set aside.

2️⃣Let’s get everything chopped, minced and juiced so it’s ready to go! Chop/Mince onions, garlic and jalapeño and set aside in same bowl. Chop peppers and set aside in same bowl. Juice limes and set aside.

3️⃣Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 9×13 baking dishes with cooking spray.

4️⃣In a large pot set to medium/high heat, sauté Onion, Garlic and Jalapeños until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.

5️⃣Add ground turkey to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add peppers and continue to cook until the turkey is no longer pink.

6️⃣Drain turkey mixture and return to the pot. Add lime juice and seasonings stirring to combine. Then add tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of cheese and hot sauce (if using), stirring well.

7️⃣Split the turkey mixture into the two baking dishes and top both with the remaining cheese. Cover each dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

8️⃣Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and the edges are bubbling. Let it cool 10 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

 

MACROS for my exact ingredients…

46g Protein

29.5g Carbs

14.4g Fat

439 Calories

Egg Roll In a Bowl

   

EGG ROLL IN A BOWL

This may look gross but if you pass this one up, you’re missing out!

I hate coleslaw so I was iffy about this one but it is so good.👌🏼 Recipe below makes 10 servings of 1 cup each. Cut recipe in half for less servings. (Duh! But I gotta say it.)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2lbs Ground Sausage (I used Sweet Italian Sausage for extra flavor)
  • 2 bags Coleslaw (cabbage & carrots – near the bagged salads)
  • 10 Cloves of Garlic – minced
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, brown sausage over medium heat.
  2. While sausage is cooking mince garlic and combine in a bowl with ground ginger and soy sauce. Whisk so ground ginger doesn’t clump and set aside.
  3. Once sausage is cooked through, add coleslaw to the pot and mix to combine.
  4. Add soy sauce mixture to the pot and mix to combine. Allow mixture to cook 5 more minutes or until cabbage is slightly wilted.

ENJOY!

Baked Chicken Breasts with Whole Grain Penne Pasta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

My least favorite meal prep because it’s SO.MUCH.FOOD. Stupid complaint right? I know. I’ve started taking out some of the chicken and eating it as a snack to help me get it all in during the day.

I should note that I eat A LOT of food to maintain/grow my muscles and my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is about 1750 calories a day. That’s how many calories I burn a day just by being alive, breathing, blood pumping, blinking, etc. I could lay in bed all day doing nothing and burn that many calories. Pretty cool huh!

Meal Prep details….

Baked Chicken Breast with Whole Grain Penne Pasta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

MY PORTION:

– 7oz Chicken Breast

– 4oz Penne Pasta

– 1 cup Brussels Sprouts

MACROS:

64.5g Protein

86g Carbs

5.6g Fat

605 calories

Breakfast Casserole 


Super easy recipe below and tastes great! Only advice, don’t fall asleep if you choose to make it the night before.😴 This is the second one I made since I forgot to set a timer for the first one and fell asleep. It wasn’t until 1:25am that I realized the burnt cheese smell wasn’t from my sons late night snack. OOPS!😬

INGREDIENTS

▪️24oz Frozen Hash Browns

▪️10 Cooked Turkey Sausage Patties – crumbled

▪️16oz Cubed Ham

▪️8oz Mexican Shredded Four Cheese

▪️13 Large Eggs

▪️1 Cup Milk

▪️1 teaspoon Salt

▪️1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

▪️Cooking Spray

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add frozen hash browns, cooked sausage, ham and cheese to a large bowl and mix to combine. Pour mixture into 9×13 baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with the milk, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the hash brown mixture.
  4. Bake for 60-75 minutes uncovered. The center should be set and the edges golden brown. (My oven is old and mine took 75 minutes.)

ENJOY!

Baked Risotto with Portobello Mushrooms

Baked Risotto with Portobello Mushrooms

The credit for the photo to the left goes to Better Homes and Gardens, this recipe is out of their Skinny One-Pan Recipes magazine from 2016. All other photos were taken by me.

This recipe is incredibly easy and delicious! I’ve made it a few times and the only tweak I make is that I add more chicken because I prefer more protein in my Risotto.

TIP: Use a Fresh Roasted Chicken from the grocery store and save time. I prefer the “no salt added” chicken if available.

THE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 6oz. Fresh Portobello Mushroom caps, halved and sliced (2-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 – 14.5oz cans Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked Arborio Rice (hidden amongst the others in the rice section)
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Italian Parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 2-quart square or rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic and cook until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Stir in rice and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake, covered, 35 minutes or until rice is tender.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients, chicken and parmesan cheese, and top with parsley if preferred.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS (1-1/4 cups each)

MACROS (for the exact ingredients I used, pictured below)

  • 268 Calories
  • 28g Carbs
  • 16.2g Protein
  • 10.3g Fat

BBQ Chicken Sliders

I’m not mad at this Meal Prep at all. Insanely easy and 🌺HAWAIIAN ROLLS🌺 Yes, please!

I threw 9 chicken breasts in the crockpot with some water and cooked the chicken low and slow for about 7-8 hours. I shredded the chicken and then added Sprouts brand Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce. The kids (and the hubs) are all over this.

If you don’t have a Sprouts store in your area or you’re not able to find that brand in your local grocery store, try to find the healthiest version of BBQ sauce that you can find. I use Sprouts brand because there is no sugar in the sauce.

You can also make your own BBQ sauce. This Whole 30 approved version is pretty good and can be found here.

MACROS for 1 Cup of Chicken & 2 rolls
Protein – 48g
Carbs – 45g
Fat – 9g
Calories – 435

If You’re Struggling with Your Fitness/Health Goals, or Starving, PLEASE READ!

Confused by the image below? I don’t blame you, it’s a little crazy looking; but scroll down and read the information below the image. You’ll be happy you did.

These printouts are from my personal body scan that I do at a local nutrition shop. I’ve been doing these scans since January 10, 2015 at the same location, using the same machine.

On November 12, 2016 (the left image), I discovered that my calorie counting alone was no longer working because I lost 3 pounds of muscle and gained 3% body fat since my previous scan on October 25, 2016. Please Note: Calorie counting is a GREAT way to lose weight and it worked for me for a very long time.

At the discovery of the fat gain and muscle loss, I decided that it was time to start counting my macros (protein, carbs, fat). I have avoided macro counting for a while for two very good reasons…

  1. I was progressing fine with calorie counting alone, losing fat and gaining/maintaining muscle.
  2. I know how tedious macro counting can be and if I didn’t have to, I wasn’t going to. Because sanity matters people. 😉

I calculated my macros for my protein, carbs and fat and since implementing this new lifestyle change a little over a week ago, I have done pretty good at hitting those numbers. Not perfect, but good.

The printout on the right is from today, December 1, 2016. There is less than 3 weeks between the two images and check out those numbers!!

From November 12, 2016 to December 1, 2016 I gained 2.2 pounds (that doesn’t matter and I’ll explain why below*), BUT my body fat percentage went DOWN from 25.2% to 22.1% and my muscle went UP from 74.5 pounds of muscle to 79.6 pounds of muscle.

In less than 3 weeks I put on 5.1 pounds of muscle and dropped my body fat a little over 3%.

*Let’s talk Body Composition. The number on the scale doesn’t tell me how much fat or muscle I have or even how heavy my bones are and how much my organs and blood weighs. And in addition to that, it also doesn’t tell me how hard I work in the gym, how smart I am or what my worth is on this planet. DON’T GIVE THE SCALE SO MUCH POWER! Because I gained muscle and lost fat, my body composition has improved and physically I will appear leaner because although muscle weighs more than fat, it takes up less space. So that increase in the scale doesn’t bother me one bit!

When figuring out what my macros should be, I ended up with an additional 600 calories a day that I could eat. I don’t know anyone who’s on a fitness journey who would hate to hear the words, “Eat More Calories”. I’m sure those words may be scary but it works! And the proof is in the paperwork.

I knew immediately what changes needed to be made in order to correct my muscle loss and fat gain but you may not know what to do. If you’re frustrated and struggling, if you’re hungry and on the verge of quitting all together – DON’T! I can help you. And me helping you doesn’t mean that you have to start counting macros and buy a food scale. Me helping you may just mean that you need an adjustment to your caloric intake. 

Let’s fuel your body with the nutrients it needs and with exercising and patience, you’ll be on your way!

Contact me TODAY!