Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blueberry Protein Muffins

I always like to say Im going to get my kids to eat more protein for breakfast; help fuel their day. Cereal, Bagels and Oatmeal seems to be where we end up though. Mornings are chaotic and lets just face it; it's not that I don't have time per say to make eggs and omelets, but I don't wanna make them for everyone at 6:30am. I just don't.

I tried these little gems last night. There are only 9 on the tray because the girl had gone through 3 before I would even get them out of the pan. And the the rest of the 9 were gone with an hour. I WILL be making these again, probably TODAY! Maybe they will last a little longer? And then again, maybe not, but that OK. They are certainly better than junk!

And seriously simple. So simple!!!

Blueberry Protein Muffins

Serving size = 2 muffins **


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 1T honey
  • Blueberries


  1. Mix eggs, bananas and honey in blender for about 45 seconds
  2. Pour into 12 greased muffin cups
  3. Add a small handful of blueberries to each muffin
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes


** If your following the 21 day fix plan 2 muffins = 1/2 red and 1/2 purple and 1T

Saturday, January 23, 2016

21 Day Fix Approved Crockpot Chili

We all need easy meals, sometimes...OK, most of the time....Fine, ALL the time!!

And what is easier than a one pot crockpot meal? And since its winter Chili hits the spot.

I love my chili to be flavorful, so I made some alterations to the original recipe to make sure the flavors prevailed here. Nothing about healthy should be boring!!

Crockpot Chili

Serving Size 2 cups


  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can no salt added corn
  • 1 can low sodium kidney beans
  • 1 can no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 32oz can no salt added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 T chili powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 can of beer or 1 cup of red wine (optional)


  1. Chop peppers, onion and garlic and add to large pan sprayed cooking spray with and sauté until tender. 
  2. Remove sausage from casing and add sausage and ground turkey to pan and cook until cooked through. 
  3. Add pan or meat and veg and all other ingredients to crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Add some cheddar cheese and greek yogurt to top it off.


** 21 Day Fix: 2 Cups = 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green
***If you choose to use cheese that is 1 Blue

Thursday, January 21, 2016

21 Day Fix Approved Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This was a great meal that was easy to prep ahead and then throw in the oven later. And even better, it was totally kid approved! 

And for the sweet potatoes, I wrapped them in foil and threw them in the crock pot for 4-5 hours on high, or you could do longer on low.  I served them with a tsp of agave nectar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
serves 2


  • 4 4oz Chicken Breasts ,pounded out thinly
  • One head of Broccoli 
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning 


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Blanch broccoli in boiling water and then immediately put in ice water bath
  3. Chop 1 cup of broccoli into small pieces and add 1/3 cup cheddar cheese and garlic powder to broccoli and mix
  4. Season chicken with italian seasoning and spoon 1/4 of broccoli and cheese mixture to each chicken breast.
  5. Fold breast in half and secure with toothpicks
  6. Top with remaining 1/3 cup cheese
  7. Bake for approx 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 185 degrees
  8. While chicken is baking, take the rest of the broccoli and sauté with tomatoes and minced garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil. 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

21 Day Fix Approved Zoodles Chicken Parmesan

We LOVE Chicken Parmesan in this family, but its not always the when the chicken is coated in bread and fried in oil...yeah, not so much! Since we have made a lifestyle change, not just doing some diet for a couple of weeks, I needed to find a way to make chicken parmesan for an everyday meal, and not just a treat meal every once in a while.  

I went to a Pampered Chef party a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been to one in years and I L.O.V.E. their kitchen tools. They had a bunch of cool new things, one of them being a Veggie Strip maker...SOLD! I broke out this puppy and gave it a whirl to create ZoOdLes!! Every had them?!?! Yes, I can eat whole grain pasta, but I can have soooo many zoodles...and who doesn't need some extra greens too? We will be making this again. My only recommendation is to pat the zoodles dry to remove extra water before cooking. 

Zoodles Chicken Parmesan

Serves 4


  • 4 zucchini
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • Basil
  • 2 cups no sugar added marina or tomato sauce
  • 4  4oz chicken breasts
  • Italian seasoning
  • 4 tsp EVOO or Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice zucchini into strips and pat dry
  3. Heat 2 tsp oil in pan and sauté zoodles, garlic and basil until al dente
  4. Spread zoodles evenly into a 13 x 9 inch pan
  5. Top zoodles with sauce
  6. Season chicken with Italian seasoning
  7. Heat 2tsp oil in same pan zucchini was just in.
  8. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side to brown
  9. Transfer chicken to dish and top with mozzarella and parmesan
  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 180 degrees.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cucumber and Hummus Bites

I got up this morning with the plan to write a different recipe for you all, but after making these this morning and sharing on social media I have so many requests for this change of plans! Its all about being flexible, right? 

Michael has his Christmas luncheon (yep, a little late) with his sales team today. The plan was to go out to dinner, but since everyone is on his or her New Years health kick it got changed to a potluck lunch-in. I struggled all week with what to make (and many times told him it's his thing, why am I the one having to decide and make it?!?!). But last night it finally came to me on my way to soccer practice.  

So this went down at 6:30 this morning. And honestly, it took maybe half an hour, if that. 

Cucumber Hummus Bites


  • English Cucumbers
  • Hummus
  • Peppers (for garnish)


  1. Peel cucumbers so that some strips of skin remain (this is gives it a cool look- nothing else.)
  2. Cut cucumber slices about 2 inches thick
  3. With a small melon scooper or spoon and scoop out the seeds in the center about half way through the cucumber
  4. Take a paper towel and dry the water from the center of the cucumber that will pool in the holes.
  5. Add hummus to a quart size baggie and cut a hole in the tip.
  6. Pipe hummus into cucumbers
  7. Garnish with peppers if desired. I used 3 different types of hummus, so I used one pepper color for each flavor. Also, I garnished the Basil Pesto with a sprinkle of basil and topped the Roasted Pine Nut with a couple of pine nuts. 


Monday, January 11, 2016

Cheesy Eggs (21 day fix approved)

My kids love eggs, omelets, pancakes, oatmeal...pretty much any breakfast food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would eat breakfast anytime too, how about you?  

When I first started drinking shakes, I was sad because I didn't get to eat breakfast. I felt like I was missing out. Then I thought, who am I kidding, I don't have to have breakfast at 8am. Most of the time I workout in the morning and have a shake right after and then at 11ish I have "brunch." I eat about 5 times a day, so who says it all has to follow the rules?

This is one of my favorite healthy breakfast meals. And it fit perfectly into the 21 day fix or any meal plan using the containers (I am following the Hammer and Chisel meal plan). 

Cheesy Eggs


  • 1/2 cup 2% Cottage Cheese
  • 3 egg whites
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Pepper (per your taste)


  1. Saute garlic, mushrooms and spinach in non-stick pan
  2. Add egg whites and cook until mostly cooked
  3. Add cottage cheese and stir until warm


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Vacation: Outer Banks 2015

Our 2015 family vacation this year was planned before we knew we were moving to the beach. So we moved less than 5 minutes from the beach and drove 14 hours to go to the beach. But it was all worth it for a nice relaxing time with Grandma and Grandpap, Aunt Bridget, Uncle Melvyn and William and Aubrey; who we hadn't seen in year. The kids had a GREAT time playing with their cousins!! It was a fantastic week all staying together in an oceanfront house.

View from our balcony

Wild horses

Beach Time Fun! 

Currituck Lighthouse 

More Beach Fun!

21 Day Fix Approved Buffalo Chicken Salad

This was a fantastic meal and super easy to prep ahead of time; so when we got home from soccer all I did was reheat the chicken and corn. WaLa...a wonderful salad! If your following the 21 day fix or Hammer and Chisel meal plan the containers are on the picture. 

Buffalo Chicken Salad


  • Lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
  • Corn / Black Beans (in whatever ratio you want to combine them to make a yellow)
  • Chicken breast
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Blue Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing


  1. Cut chicken in small chunks and sauté with buffalo sauce until cooked through (about 5 minutes)
  2. Heat corn and black beans if desired (I like mine warm)
  3. Assemble salad