21 Day Fix Super Yummy Dinner Recipes

I recently started the Beach Body program 21 Day Fix and I LOVE it! I love the Shakeology {I use the vegan chocolate} and I love the workouts. It’s helpful that there is someone modifying the workouts, it keeps me going if I feel like I need to stop, I just modify. The other cool thing about the 21 Day Fix is the meal plan. While it’s tough to plan ahead, it really makes you hold yourself accountable to YOURSELF to plan ahead and list out what you will eat for the day:

  1. B -breakfast
  2. S – snack
  3. L – lunch
  4. S – snack
  5. D – dinner

Because I have been doing Whole30 off and on for so long and Paleo, I have the whole planning ahead, cooking, and making extras to freeze thing down! Here is the kicker – you measure everything…yep, everything! That does make it hard but you get the hang of it fast. I put my meals into containers and just make sure I have my day planned and packed the night before, then I feel less stressed. I love food and I need lots of flavor, I also get board of food easily so I have come up with some fun, super easy, non-recipe recipes to share. Check it out, even the least coordinated home-cooks can cook this stuff!

Veggie Stir Fry: sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, yellow onion all sauteed and finished with roasted bell peppers. Start with the onions, then add in carrots, then mushrooms and lastly the sugar snap peas so they are still slightly crunchy. Use a touch of olive oil to saute. Your Containers: whatever you measure out, I usually bring 1.5 cups to work with me for lunch so 1.5 Green and since I used Olive Oil, I add 1 tsp. of oil to my 21 Day Tracker.

Chicken and veggie tacos: corn tortillas softened and heated up in a pan, add shredded cheddar cheese and allow to melt then top with grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes, and spinach. This is one of my favs! Add salt and pepper to taste. Your Containers: 2 tacos – 1 Yellow, 1.5 Green, 1 Blue, 1/2 Red

Spinach salad with brown rice and tomatoes: I cook my rice with roasted mushroom broth {homemade}. Spinach, 1/2 cup brown rice, chopped tomatoes, and your favorite dressing. I use 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp champagne vinegar and a squirt of Dijon mustard with a little salt and pepper. Your containers: 2.5 Green, 1 Yellow, 1/2 Orange

Veggie salad with sirloin: SO GOOD! Blanch your corn on the cob and let it cool before cutting the kernels off the cob. For the salad use fresh spinach, sliced heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced grilled sirloin, and champagne vinaigrette. Your containers: 3 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1/2 Orange

Staying on track with 21 Day Fix. Spices and containers, plan ahead! Stay successful with the 21 Day Fix containers (Green = 1 cup, Red = 3/4 cup, Blue = 1/3 cup, Purple = 1 cup, Yellow = 1/2 cup, orange = 2 tsp.) You can also order these clear containers from Amazon or buy them at your local kitchen store – the quart container is 4 cups, the mid-size is 2 cups, and the small is 1 cup. They store easily and you can freeze food in them! Use tape to write the name of the food and date on the outside. You’ll have pre-proportioned food all the time! Visit your local spice shop and smell the spices, ask for help and buy things you may not usually go for to keep things interesting, you will be happy you did. Get your spice rubs sugar free and salt free when possible and you will be able to use them more often without adding in additional calories.

These recipes are super easy, very healthy, and of so satisfying! Your entire family will love these too. Keep it simple and exciting when it comes to food, that’s my motto. I am on day 9 now and doing great. I feel a bit tired but overall my energy is great, my skin looks better, I feel stronger, and I am down 10 pounds! I know I shouldn’t be weighing myself but I had to look. I am loving this program and what I love more than anything {besides the food} is the accountability group – these ladies in the group are fantastic, encouraging, and inspiring. You feel safe and a part of something. They want to know how you felt when you worked out. If you have a bad day, you tell them, they want to know and they will make you feel better and know that it’s ok, tomorrow is a new day! So sign up, you will not regret it! It’s like a family who you want to workout with and show up for.

Good luck!

Click here to read more about the program – you can select any of the workouts you want to do but to start I totally recommend the 21 Day Fix. You pay initially for the accountability group, 30 days of your shake, and one full year of 600+ workouts that you can stream ANYWHERE! It’s amazing! So check it out, and you will be happy you did! Plus, you’ll get access to all these cool ladies to be right there with you on your journey to be more healthy.

 

Kitchen Tools I cannot Live Without

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There are a variety of different kitchen utensils and many kinds of the the same item. I learned to cook from watching my grandmother when I was little and she taught me a lot of the basics. Because I learned from her, I still sort of cook like her: “a little of this, a pinch of that, whisk until fluffy, cook until browned, stir until slightly gelled and sticks to the spoon when lifted out of the pot” things like that. I also married a chef and that sort of kitchen talk just doesn’t cut it {No pun intended}, so he has taught me to time things, measure, and write things down. This helps with my recipe creations. I can’t exactly be there in your kitchen with you telling you that you’re doing it right or wrong, so I need to be specific.

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To allow myself the time I need to do things right, I have selected a handful of items that I cannot cook without. Eating clean means I work with a lot of produce so there are a few pieces that I go to daily: my peeler, paring knife {Because sometimes I use that to peel vegetables like my Grandmother did}, my trustee knife for all of the chopping, and a flat wood spatula for stirring when sauteing. While these may be my top tools, there are a few more that make up my repertoire. Here are all of the handy kitchen utensils that show up in my kitchen often:

My knife- it fits perfectly in my hand, I only use one, and I use it for everything. I am constantly washing it in between ingredients.

Masher- I have recently become obsessed with mashed roasted cauliflower so this tool gets a lot of use in my kitchen. I use this when making a chunky soup or chowder too.

Strainer– I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and am surrounded by incredibly fresh fruits and vegetables. I have fallen in love with ice cubes made from fresh fruit juice. This is surely not an easy task but my strainer {in many sizes} makes things go a bit smoother. I’ve discovered the process of cold pressed coffee too and my strainer makes a cameo about every other day to help me out.

Cheese Grater– Well cheese has been one of my favorite food groups {yes, I would consider it it’s own group, but I know it’s not…} for years. The cheese grater has other uses: to grate vegetables for fresh salads, to make “rice” out of cauliflower, to make zucchini “noodles” look sort of like penne, and more.

Flat Wood Spatula- This is the main utensil I use to cook with. It works well in cast iron, non-stick, and in stainless steel, so I am safe no matter what pot or pan I am using. This spatula is good for deglazing pans, mixing heavy stews and soups, flipping eggs, stirring scrambled eggs, and sauteing vegetables. It’s a staple for sure.

Paring Knife– I bought a paring knife from Sur La Table because I wanted something small to cut radishes and other smalls ingredients in my hand. I use this to peel produce, cut the tops off strawberries {without wasting the good parts}, and slicing small fruits and vegetables.
Scraper/Spatula- This is good for many things. It’s a handy when making rice out of raw cauliflower in the vitamix. It’s a must have.

Measuring Cups- Well…because sometimes you just have to measure.

Ladle- Being the soup queen that I feel that I am, I of course need a ladle in my life. I love this kitchen tool and I dislike it at the same time, mainly because it only has one use. But, I need it, so it’s here on my list.

These are the items that I could not live without in my kitchen. Cooking is so much fun and soothing for me. My kitchen is my happy place, I feel really at peace in it. My whole experience is made better with the great things that I have to utilize. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, well I suppose the way to mine is with the tools it takes to make the food.

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Here is a set of kitchen utensils that will get any cook started. This is a great first set.

And Wooden Spoons….