Monday, January 30, 2017

Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes

Comfort food at it's finest, but let's face it... that big bun on any sloppy joe just adds lots of calories and carbs and little nutrition.  So if you're looking for a healthier alternative or you're following paleo or whole 30 plans, this is perfect for your dinner table.

My girl's thought these were good.  My husband ate all of the leftovers.  And I just loved that it was easy to prep and gluten-free!

-4 washed sweet potatoes
-1 lbs lean ground turkey
-2 large carrots, chopped
-1/2 large onion, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, diced
-8oz fire roasted tomatoes
-1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
-1 tbsp ketchup
-1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
-sea salt, ground pepper & salt to taste

1. Place sweet potatoes in a baking dish and bake for 45m or so at 400 degrees
2. In a separate pan on the stove brown your lean turkey, once cooked begin to add your chopped & diced veggies, plus your canned fire roasted tomatoes.  Let this mixture cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.

3.  Then add the vinegar, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and stir.  Add seasonings & stir.  Simmer on low until ready to serve.
4. Remove cooked & cooled sweet potatoes and slice them in half, lengthwise.  Smash open with a fork 1/2 a sweet potato and then top with the sloppy joe mixture.

Makes 8 Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe Boats.
21 Day Fix/Portion Fix Conversion
1 yellow
1 red
1/2 green

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Home Gym Baby

When we were designing our home one of the first rooms we allotted space for was our home gym.  I mean, we were building our dream home afterall... I was going to get my dream gym!  Tons of room to move around while doing 21 Day Fix or PiYo or ChaLEAN Extreme streaming from Beachbody on Demand and of course, plenty of room to swing around free weights and get under the squat rack. And it turned out perfect.  In fact, it ended up being a gym I loved spending time in, daily.

I've joined gyms before and quit.  Or just stopped going.  I hated getting there or being there or just having to take the time away from work or family to make it there.  Having a home gym in my basement meant never having to leave home or make up an excuse as to why I wasn't gonna workout that day.

And just to keep things fun... this was my boldest paint choice in the entire home!

The word wall was an after thought.  I mean, I knew I wanted one, but we just ran out of time before our home was featured on Parade of Homes, so I purchased it this past fall.  And then it sat in the gym in an huge roll for several weeks.  Finally, before Thanksgiving, Jeff and I got brave.  We decided to measure and layout the word wall one Sunday afternoon.  Six hours and nearly one divorce later, it was done.  We love how it turned out though and now our gym feels complete!

So beyond some fun paint, a big mirror, cushy flooring & inspiring words, what do you need?!  Well, I happen to love access to Beachbody On Demand--I can just stream workouts like P90X, Insanity, 21 Day Fix and more right into our gym.  Of course, we have free weights and bands, a bench and stability ball, and some other fun stuff... but the majority of our workouts are 30, 60 or 90 day programs that keep us mixing it up & motivated.

And well, long before I ever had a real "home gym" I worked out in my basement overtop Barbies while my girl's played.  Those were the best days, so don't let your lack of dedicated space or equipment deter you.  I started about 6yrs ago working out at home with 5lbs weights and a program on DVD.  Where there's a will... there's a way!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mama Makes Meatloaf & Gluten-free Mac & Cheese

There's no doubt about it my family loves meatloaf night.  It's so simple to make, but yet... warm and hearty and the perfect comfort food.  The same thing can be said about mac & cheese. Thing is, many meatloaf recipes are loaded with fat and mac & cheese if usually never gluten-free friendly, so I took a few classics and whipped them up MY style.  My family isn't gluten-free, but I am so making gluten-free food that tastes as good as the original is key.

Get ready to rock your family's mealtime with these two classics!

21 Day Fix Approved (also gluten-free) meat loaf:

-1.5lbs lean ground turkey
-1/4c. gluten free quick oats
-2tbsp simply heinz ketchup
-1tsp mustard
-1 egg

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350
2. In a large bow combine all ingredients.
3. Mix with your hands, then form into a loaf.
4. Bake for 50 minuted covered with foil, then remove foil and top with my secret sauce (optional of course, but my family loves it!)

Secret sauce is 1/4c ketchup, 1/4c mustard, 2tbsp honey.

And last, but certainly not least my mac & cheese.  It's not required you serve this as a side.  In fact, many times I just do potatoes or a sweet potato, but on those days I have a wee bit of extra time... it's a treat.  And the leftovers are perfect for chilly winter days alongside a salad or soup.

Homemade Gluten-free Mac & Cheese

-gluten-free elbow noodles (I prefer a rice noodle)
-unsweetened almond milk
-Earth Balance soy-free butter
-cheddar cheese (dairy free if u like)
-Homemade bread crumbs from dried gluten-free bread

1. Boil your noodles according to direction, let cool
2. Butter a baking dish with a bit of spray or butter
3. In a sauce pan combine 1tbsp butter plus 1 cup almond milk, a little garlic powder, plus sea salt and then slowly add in 1 cup cheese while stirring
4. Arrange noodles in your baking dish
5.  Once sauce is all combined pour over your noodles
6. Top noodles with homemade bread crumbs and a few extra sprinkles of cheddar cheese
7. Bake at 350 for 20-30m until cheese is bubbly

21 Day Fix Conversion:
1 slice of Meatloaf: 1 red
1 serving of mac & cheese: 1 yellow, 1 blue


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Powerball Bites

Kid tested!
Meal Plan approved!

I just created my best yet protein-packed powerball bites recipe and I'm so excited to share my recipe with you.  I made a batch last night before family movie night and didn't even mention what was in these, but my girls asked for one... and then another.  Add in the fact that these quick energy bites require no baking means you can make them even if you're short on time.  After school for snack time?!  Sure!  Having a sweet tooth craving?  Whip them up!  Girls night in?  Heck yes!  Trust me, these are always a hit!

Here's the recipe:

Shakeology Powerball Bites

- 1/2c chocolate vegan ShakeO
- 1/4c oats
- 1/8c unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1/8c chopped pecans
- 1/8c mini chocolate chips
- 2tbsp honey
- 6 dates, pitted
- 1/4c almond butter, sun butter, etc
- splash almond milk 

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix in almond butter, puréed dates & honey. A splash of almond milk to help combine.
3. Use your hands!
4. Roll into small balls, approx 24.
5. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Portion Fix/21 Day Fix Conversion:
1/2 Orange
1/2 Blue