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

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Mini Turkey Meat Loaves w/Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans

Yesterday I prepped this delicious meal for myself and my husband with plenty of leftovers for our 3 kids, who all loved it too!

The recipe is below for 4 servings but I, of course, multiplied that. I made 17 servings for my husband and I and his are a double serving of the meat loaves (2 instead of only 1) plus all the extras you can see in the photos below.

I used 7-8lbs of Ground Turkey, 4lbs of Green Beans and 10lbs of Potatoes.

Meal Prepping can be quite intimidating at first but I assure you, it is very simple and such a time saver when you don’t have to worry about cooking lunch or dinner for the next 7-10 days.

I’ve created a Meal Prep Guide to help others understand and get started with prepping. It isn’t difficult, it just takes a bit of planning and it can definitely help you hit your goals. If you’re interested in the guide, it is only $5.00 and is in PDF format so it will be sent via email.

MINI MEAT LOAVES, GREEN BEANS AND POTATOES – 4 Servings

Prep: 10 Minutes  Bake: 40 Minutes  Stand: 10 Minutes

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 12oz. Fingerling and/or New Potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Fine Dry Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef (I used Turkey)
  • 8oz. Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 15×10 inch baking pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Place potatoes on 1/2 of the prepared pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine next four ingredients (through Garlic Powder). Add ground beef (or turkey); mix well. Shape into four 3-1/2 x 2 inch loaves.
  3. In a medium bowl drizzle the green beans with 1 tsp. Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Place loaves and green beans in the pan with the potatoes. Bake 20 to 23 minutes more or until loaves are done (160 degrees F) and potatoes and beans are tender.
  4. Spoon 1/4 cup barbecue sauce over meat loaves; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with potatoes and beans. Makes 4 servings.

PER SERVING:

  • 455 Calories
  • 18g Fat (6g Sat Fat)
  • 100mg Chol.
  • 805mg Sodium
  • 39g Carbs
  • 4g Fiber
  • 34g Protein

Recipe Credit: Better Homes & Gardens One-Pan Recipes

 

Crockpot Paleo Turkey Meatballs and Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

This weeks meal prep is Crockpot Paleo Turkey Meatballs and Garlic Parmesan Zoodles. This meal is full of flavor and really filling!

I used a recipe from Pinterest to make the meatballs. Link below.

Crockpot Paleo Turkey Meatballs

I saw a video on Facebook of the Garlic Parmesan Zoodles and quickly jotted down the steps so I don’t have a real recipe for that but I’ll share what I did.

 

 

Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

1. Zoodle your Zucchini (I use a spiralizer).

2. Add Ghee (clarified butter) and chopped garlic to a pan set on medium and allow Ghee to melt.

3. Add Zoodles to pan and cook for a few minutes before adding the shredded Parmesan, tossing Zoodles to help melt the Parmesan.

4. Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Here’s the problem I had…the Parmesan didn’t melt very pretty and was kind of clumpy. I think next time I’ll prepare the Zoodles the same way but only add the Parmesan once the Zoodles are done. The kick provided by the red pepper flakes was perfect!

I “plated” the food in my meal prep containers sans tomato sauce and additional Parmesan. I’ll only add those two elements when I’m ready to eat, as seen in this photo above.

Lunch. Easy. Healthy. Good. A quick tip…


Lunch. Easy. Healthy. Good. A quick tip (which ended up being a long tip, sorry) for those who are struggling to eat healthy while at home or when you’re in a hurry and starving.

PLAN FOR SUCCESS

I don’t just mean meal prepping but that helps A LOT! I also suggest you have healthy foods that you enjoy in your home at all times. Don’t run out!

I always have tuna, hardboiled eggs, ready-to-eat salad and a light dressing, protein bars, fruit, rice cakes, all natural peanut butter, protein sweets i.e. ice cream & cookies, no sugar added fruit popsicles and Smartfood or SkinnyPop popcorn.

When I meal prep, that’s usually just for dinner so what about breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast is easy! Eggs, egg whites, oats, frittata, protein pancakes, English muffins, fruit, etc. Lunch can be tough for me. I’m usually coming home from the gym and a few errands and have a cranky baby and (during the summer), two older children who would happily agree to any form of fast food. I CAN’T CAVE, I HAVE GOALS!

That’s when the foods I mentioned above and what you see in the photo, come in handy. I make the tuna when I’m not rushed or starving and I make enough to eat for lunch for 2 or 3 days. These can be done with other foods that are your favorite.

When I’m out and about and I know we may be eating dinner later or maybe I’ll get hungry while driving around or end up stopping for ice cream for the kids (that happens a lot), I ALWAYS have a protein bar with me. My healthier option. My favorite, Oh Yeah ONE in Peanut Butter Pie flavor. I HATE protein bars and it took me about 3 years of trying different ones until I found something I could stand.

If you think you can’t do it, if you think you’ll never like healthier options and always feel like you’re suffering for your goals, it does NOT have to be that way. There are ways to conquer your goals without the misery. Trust me.

My children ate Bagel Bites for lunch today. I LOVEEEEE Bagel Bites! But oddly enough, I was not tempted and I enjoyed my healthy lunch. This is a strange feeling for me still which is why I was inspired to write this insanely long post. (Sorry again)

Lastly, if you need help, accountability, or you want to bounce ideas off of someone, I’m happy to help.

London Broil w/Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

It’s August!! One of my favorite months because I was born in August. Yay!!

We have a delicious Meal Prep this week…

London Broil that was marinated for 24 hours and grilled to a beautiful medium-rare (the picture makes the meat look a bit more pink than it is in person). This was my first time (successfully) cooking on the grill. The last meal I attempted to grill was turkey burgers and they ended up becoming burnt turkey crumbles because they fell apart and into the fire.

Ingredients for the marinade per 2 pounds of London Broil are:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

 

Easy Meal Prep – Turkey Patties with Sauteed Asparagus and Mushrooms

 

Another easy Meal Prep idea for you guys. Here we have Turkey patties with sautéed asparagus and mushrooms. These are His and Hers, mine have the 3 patties (bottom of the photo) and my husband has 5 patties.

I honestly do not go into the grocery store knowing exactly how much of everything I need. I go in thinking, “I need a lot!” This prep made 16 meals and it included everything that you see in the ingredients photo.

Have a question or comment, I’d love to hear it. Let’s Chat!

 

 

New Week, New Goals


It’s a new week and for some you’re starting a new workout routine and/or meal plan today. I want to wish you loads of motivation and remind you that your health and fitness should be a lifestyle choice. This simply means, don’t do anything too extreme that makes you hate the process. It may take a few weeks to find your rhythm but you’ll get there.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.

Will Eating at Night Make me Fat?

Weight gain is ultimately caused by consuming more calories than you burn on a regular basis, not when you eat. Because of some peoples preference or schedule, many people eat late in the evening or right before bed. If someone gains weight doing this, it is simply a result of excess calorie intake and has nothing to do with timing.

The body doesn’t have an enzyme with a watch that after 7pm preferentially stores items, especially carbohydrates, as fat. We have have a certain number of calories that we can consume without gaining weight and as long as we don’t exceed that number, weight gain will not occur.

Let me give you an example…Let’s say that according to my height, weight and activity level, I burn 2,200 calories in a 24-hour period. I woke up this morning and had a quick 400 calorie breakfast and then headed off to work for a few hours, ran errands, picked up the kids and before I knew it, it’s 8pm and I haven’t had anything since breakfast. I finally sit down at 9pm and eat a large 1,200 calorie meal and immediately hit the hay and call it a night.

Will I gain weight?

Simply put, no. I consumed 1,600 total calories and I burn 2,200 a day. I am at a 600 calorie deficit so just because I ate a large meal at 9pm and immediately went to bed does not mean I will gain weight.

The lesson here is, figure out how many calories you burn a day and adjust your calories according to your goals. If you need help, please feel free to message me here.

Cheat Meal or Cheat Day?

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Cheat Meal or Cheat Day?

I could easily turn this question into a scientific equation filled with decimals, fractions and X, Y and Z’s to the 10th power, but it’s early and we don’t need all of that.

Honestly, when I hear people announce “It’s my CHEAT DAY” on social media, I kind of cringe; only because I know from experience that a lot of hard work can be undone in a cheat day.

It’s not difficult to understand that a cheat MEAL once a week will produce better results at the end of the week than if you had a cheat DAY each week. But unless I know how many calories you’re expending each day/week, and how many you’re consuming each day/week and on your cheat day, I really can’t say for sure how much damage you’re doing.

If you’re a die-hard fitness and nutrition junkie or if you’re competing in an upcoming show, of course a cheat meal will hinder your progress. If you’re on a journey to a healthy lifestyle and you don’t have any specific goals to hit, a cheat day will slow your progress but it’s not the end of the world.

Bottom line, each person, goal and situation is different. Do what works best for your specifics but if you consume 6,000 calories on your cheat day and you’re pissed about only losing 1/2 pound that week, it’s time to take a closer look at your nutrition.