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.

 

North Bay Business Journals 40 Under 40 “to Watch”

I was recently nominated to be one of the North Bay Business Journals Young Professionals, 40 Under 40. My best friend nominated me of course, she thinks I am amazing, as all best friends should think about their besties. 🙂 Well I didn’t make the cut, but that’s okay. Today I saw that I was on the second best list, the “40 Under 40 to Watch”. That’s pretty exciting too, so goals for next year: be better, work more, do more things with the community, have no spare time. Maybe I will make the top list next year :).

 

YUM Bars

YUM Bars

Paleo and Whole30 compliant

4 c dates, pitted and blended up
2 c unsalted cashews, blended

1.5 cups shredded coconut, toasted, then blended.

1 c water
2 tsp gold Hawaiian salt
Juice from 1 lemon

After each item is blended individually, put dates, cashews and coconut in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until mixed. Add salt and lemon juice, mix again.

Spread out evenly on a quarter sheet tray, press down, spread the top with a spoon to get rid of any finger imprints. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, cut and serve.

Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper

Method: 

Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.

 

It Takes a lot of Great Beer to make Sonoma County Wine!

A topic that is near and dear to my heart- with my new gig at Sonoma Magazine I was able to incorporate my passion for wine and beer all in the same feature. It’s harvest time for wineries and we all know that beer plays a huge role in the wine-making world; after a long, hard days, winemakers, crew, and everyone who works in the business likes to sit back with a cold one.

Here is the full article.

http://jessposhepny.com/category/beer-2/

Vineyard crews loading up grapes to bring to Trione Winery

Snack Bars

These snack bars are like Larabars. I have been trying to emulate the larabar since I discovered it about 4 months ago. It’s expensive and delicious…. This unfortunately has dried fruit that DOES have sugar in it. BUT you can find unsweetened dried fruit- it’s tough though. I still love this and will continue to practice Paleo and will still eat this and find a way to make it fully compliant.

You’ll Need:

2 c dates
3 c shredded coconut
1 c dried cranberries
2 c toasted pecans
1/2 c water

Method:

In a vitamix blend dates, cranberries, and nuts, then add water. add coconut and mix {May have to mix with a spoon and might be best to pull entire mixture out and mix in a bowl after the nuts are blended}.

Spread out on sheet tray {1/4 sheet tray} evenly to desired height and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut, store in closed container, keep refrigerated. Enjoy hungry!

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Cauliflower Quick Bread

Cauliflower Quick Bread

Whole30 Approved/Paleo

 

This is for those who would like to feel like they are eating a form of bread and are simply looking for something to spread something on, rather than dip. It is cauliflower based so it will taste like cauliflower, it is slightly mushy, because it is cauliflower, BUT it’s a huge change from dipping vegetables and I have to say that I truly enjoy this. Serve warm with an avocado spread, red bell pepper “hummus”, or any kind of sauce {Whole30 compliant} that’ you’ve whipped up 🙂

 

If you’re looking for something a little bit more crunchy then make the balls smaller and flatter.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, riced in the vitamix {all the same consistency} about 3 cups
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat oven to 400. Roll batter into six equal balls and place on parchment paper on a sheet tray. Cook for 15 minutes, then press down on each of the balls to flatten a bit, sprinkle sesame seeds over evenly then cook for remainder of the time. Let cool 5 minutes then serve with your favorite spread or enjoy on it’s own as a snack.

Cauliflower
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Here is a great vitamix if you need one!
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Strawberry balsamic dandelion saute

Strawberry Balsamic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cut into ½ in pieces
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil for cooking

 

Method:

In a saute pan on high heat, add a small amount of olive oil to coat the pan, add strawberries, cook for 5 minutes, turn to medium heat, add dandelion greens and balsamic, cook 2 minutes, then turn to med/low and let cook for about 10 minutes so the juices extract more and the greens become tender.

 

Serve hot over pork or as a side.

 

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Beef Tacos Whole30 Style

http://jessposhepny.com/2016/05/whole30-style-beef-broccoli/

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch radish, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • Cilantro, cut off stems
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • Red onion, chopped
  • 2 heads butter lettuce

 

Seasoning {to your taste}

  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • salt
  • pepper

Method:

Cook ground beef with seasoning, once 1 minute from done {almost all browned} add ¼ cup water. Remove from heat.

To serve:
Build ingredients in lettuce cups as desired, finish with a squeeze of lime and cilantro.

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Whole30 Style Beef & Broccoli

I have loved Thai food and Chinese my entire life and since I’ve decided to eat clean, I have longed for those amazing flavors of soy, teriyaki, and yes, msg. But I certainly do not long for the heavy feeling in my stomach and the extra five pounds I used to gain the next morning from  hearty, delicious mistake I had made the night before.

THIS is a super healthy alternative to replace those dishes and stop the cravings. You’ll wake up feeling like you ate a nice, flavorful, healthy meal.

 

 You’ll Need:

  • 3 crowns broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ pound sirloin, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 tsp. Olive oil
  • 5 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ c water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp red hawaiian salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt {Kosher} and pepper to taste

 Method:

 

In a large pan {I use my cast iron pan} add 4 tsp olive oil, red pepper flakes, and onions, let saute for 5 minutes then add broccoli and ½ cup water. Stir to coat all broccoli, let cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes, continuing to stir. Then add ginger, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, salt, and remaining water, stir and cover for 6 more minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over, mix up and remove from heat.

In a separate pan add remaining olive oil and on high heat add the sirloin and cook until done, about 4 minutes depending on thickness of meat. The meat should just barely be browned so it’s still tender and juicy.

 Serve over cauliflower rice

http://jessposhepny.com/2016/04/moxies-cauli-couscous/.

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