Monday, May 26, 2014

Easy Hummus Taco Lunch

Crispy tortilla
Roasted garlic Hummus
Chicken breast slices 
Mixed greens
Sweet onion
Yellow pepper

Marinara Chicken Bake


Baby Spinach
6 skinless chicken thighs
Montreal chicken seasoning
Broccoli florets
Baby carrots
Marinara sauce
Granulated Garlic powder

Bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour (stirring halfway)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Creamy Chicken Cous Cous Salad

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, grilled and chopped into large chunks 
2 cups carrot, baby 
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup whole wheat cous cous, cooked
1/2 cup italian parsley, finely chopped
1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon paprika

Grill chicken, slice and put in a large bowl (or make ahead).

Sauté carrots with garlic, butter, salt and pepper until soft and slightly browned.

Mix all ingredients with chicken. Eat warm or cold. I serve mine over mixed greens.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bean Tostada

Baked blue corn tortilla
Plain Greek Yogurt 
Mixed greens
Black beans
Cherry tomato
Green onion

Cod Lime Vinaigrette Bake

Easiest dinner ever! And if you don't like seafood...I am sorry, but I just don't understand. 

Cod pieces, vinaigrette, limes and red onion. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 

Morning "mocha"

This is my absolutely favorite morning shake! Seriously tastes like a mocha, but 1 million times better for me. This is usually gone by 7:30 am after my 5:30 am workout!

FYI - Shakeology is not just a protein shake; it's your daily dose of nutrition that includes phytonutrients, digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics, superfoods, AND protein. Plus it doesn't have a bunch of chemicals like other meal replacement shakes do.  

Rise & Shine Power Drink

8 oz cold coffee, chocolate shakeology, 4 oz milk and 8 cubes ice. BLEND!

FYI - Shakeology is not just a protein shake; it's your daily dose of nutrition that includes phytonutrients, digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics, superfoods, AND protein. Plus it doesn't have a bunch of chemicals like other meal replacement shakes do.  

Coffee Creamer

My new coffee creamer! 
1 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 tablespoon agave, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional). If you are trying to avoid artificial sweetener or refined sugar this is great, but takes some getting used to.

Ice Cream Cupckaes

Everyone deserves a Birthday Treat..especially little boys. These are layered fudge chocolate cake, chocolate chip ice cream, whip cream and of course sprinkles for my birthday boys! 

Watermelon Vanilla Shake

1 packet Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup of watermelon
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
Splash vanilla extract
8 ice cubes


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spicy Sesame Chicken Skillet

1 lb baby red potatoes, quartered4 large carrots cut into large chunks1 tbsp hot sauce1 tbsp sesame oil1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper 

Combine veggies, hot sauce, oil, seeds and salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight for stronger flavor. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high. Brown potatoes and carrots and then cook on medium until tender (about 20 mins).

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast1tbsp hot sauce1tbsp sesame oil1tbsp toasted sesame seeds1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper1/2 cup chicken broth 

Combine chicken, hot sauce, oil, seeds and salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight.Heat a medium skillet on medium-high and cook chicken until browned, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add broth. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 
Serve over fresh greens and top with chopped cilantro and plain yogurt.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cleaner Chicken Cashew

4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon Agave Nectar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups celery, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 cup frozen edamame (soy beans)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 cup cashews
10 ounces bean sprouts 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Zesty Sesame Honey Dressing

2 lemons, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Basil Flank Roll


1 flank steak (1 lb), trimmed of visible fat
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup tomato, diced  
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh Basil, finely chopped
3 oz spinach leaves

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Creamy Shrimp & Whipped Cauliflower

1 lb shrimp sautéed with garlic pepper and red pepper flakes for 4 mins. Add 1 can black beans, 1/2 bag baby spinach and 1/4 cup creamy brie. Sauté for 4 more minutes.

Steam cauliflower. Place in blender with 1 tbsp butter and 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder. Blend.

Spring Clean-Eating Challenge Group 5/12/14

Time to clean house this Spring! Your house...your fridge and your body! I am hosting a free private challenge group for those that are interested in learning more about clean-eating through a fun support group. Learn about what it means to eat clean, share recipes, break habits, eat healthier, and have fun! Take the challenge...what are you waiting for?

Private message me and I will make sure you get added to the group before it starts!

Southwest Salmon Salad

1 1/4 pounds wild Alaskan salmon
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mixed salad greens
1 avocado, diced
2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup of corn
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced

Cut salmon into 6 equal portions. Brush with adobo sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Spray large skillet with oil. Over medium high heat pan fry salmon on each side for about 5 minutes.
Mix salad greens with 1/2 cup Southwest Chipotle Dressing (see other recipe posted). Serve salmon over mixed greens and top with avocado, tomatoes, corn and cucumber. Drizzle with the more dressing.

BLT Salad

BLT salad - honestly all you need is two pieces of bacon to satisfy!  What's for dinner tonight? Share...people like to eat!

20lbs Gone FOREVER!

Today marks a significant day for me that I wanted to share with my fellow food lovers. Today I have officially said goodbye to 20lbs since January 1. Wow…4 months went by fast. 

What is my secret? There’s no secret. Clean eating, consistent exercise program and an insane amount of determination that grew over time.

Best part? Haven’t felt this good…EVER!

Avocado Sauce

2 medium avocados
2 tablespoons lemon juice 
1/4 cup water
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup cottage cheese

Taco Chicken Skillet

2 red potatoes, small cubed
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
Any fresh green- I prefer baby spinach
Chopped tomatoes for top

Place the potatoes in skillet with oil and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until browned. Add chicken and spices and cook until the chicken is done. Serve on top of fresh greens with avocado sauce and tomatoes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mini Pork Tenderloin Steaks

1 pork tenderloin, sliced 2 inches thick
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard

Mix garlic with liquids. Brush pork steaks with mix. Grill 5 minutes on each side.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inside Out Corn Burgers

1 pound 97% lean ground beef
1/4 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup corn
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Form 4 large patties. Pan fry or grill.

I served layered with mixed greens, Swiss, sautéed mushrooms and onions.   

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pork Chop Suey

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
8 oz bean sprouts
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

Cumin Shrimp & Beans

2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed, steamed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 16-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Southwest Chipotle Dressing

1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce
3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon stone ground mustard


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Flank Steak Roll with Feta & Spinach

Olive oil cooking spray
1/4 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup almonds, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup Feta
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 flank steak (1 lb), trimmed of visible fat
3 oz spinach leaves (about 6 cups)

Cod Italiano Bake

Layered! Zucchini, Wild caught cod, garlic powder, black pepper, organic marinara, provolone slices and whole wheat Italian bread crumbs. Bake 20 mins at 375. Lightly broil to brown top!

Lemon Parmesan Potatoes & Carrots

3 large carrots chopped, 2 cloves garlic minced, zest and juice from 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon paprika, sea salt and black pepper and one tablespoon olive oil. Mix all ingredients and bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Top with grated Parmesan.

Southwest Buffalo Turkey Balls

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/4 cup Buffalo Hot Sauce (Shurfine brand is clean)
1/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup frozen corn
1 15-oz can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced orange pepper
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Blackened Salmon Bag

Layer in a large piece of foil: wild salmon fillets, blackening seasoning, black beans, spinach and butter.
Seal it up. Grill for 20 mins! 
Perfect for camping or a busy day!

Lighter Broccoli Au Gratin

1.5 lb broccoli, cut into florets
4 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs

Baked Panko Chicken Nuggets

When I said we were having chicken nuggets for dinner the kids thought we were going to McDonald's.

PB & Chocolate Apples

Topping the night off with some apples, natural peanut butter and chocolate drizzle!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Fitness Journey

I always thought people who were “fit” were crazy! Don’t they eat? Don’t tell me you are in a good mood after your sweat session and please don’t share your protein shake with me! 

I became that person. I know...crazy! For the record…I eat more now than I ever did. I love taking sweaty selfies and I will share my protein shake with you any time. I gained a new attitude and haven’t felt this good…ever! I lost 17lbs and over 20 inches. 

So…I also became a coach. Yep. I just became that person too. Until I was in a challenge group (competition always gets me going), I didn’t realize how much support is so essential in fit goals. I teamed up with other women struggling with nutrition, exercise, work and family life. Having each other is the key to success. 

I love my quick workout program, sharing clean meal ideas and lending an understanding ear. I wish I would have found the support and motivation I needed sooner; I am not perfect by any means, but I would be happy to help anyone else who is struggling. Message me any time…I love chatting!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Getting Stuffed Update

Hi Getting Stuffed Friends!

This page is going through a little bit of a makeover. Over the past few months I changed my cooking/eating habits tremendously. Don’t get me wrong…I still love to get stuffed with my family; I am just making healthier modifications and I want to share...because it's fun! 

What you can expect on this page/blog in the future: 
Quick Dinners
Family Meals
Healthy Kiddo Tips
Nutrition Info I Find
Meal Prep Ideas for Busy Days
Contests and More!

Hope you enjoy the changes…now go get stuffed!

What Is Clean Eating?

I had the same question. "Eating clean,” is a concept that stresses healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. But here are the commandments: 

Baja Shrooms

I can't stand eating the same thing over and here's a twist on sautéed mushrooms and onions. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Eggplant Pizza

Yep! It’s pizza night in our house…but I am not having your typical pizza. No ingredients list needed here today.

Take one eggplant, slice it up and bake slices on a baking sheet for 20 minutes at 250°F to dry them out. Then broil on low for 5 minutes on each side. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and then bake again at 450°F for 12 minutes.

I used spinach, marinara, mozzarella, chicken breast, chicken sausage links, onion, garlic, yellow pepper and mushrooms. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Seafood and Veggie Curried Rice

I can’t believe I keep forgetting to flavor my rice. Plain rice is so boring. This garlic infused curry rice is amazing. Topped with flavorful shrimp, cod and veggies makes it a match made in heaven. My husband said this rice dish was better than any other rice dish I have made. Whoa! And it takes a lot to impress this guy. He called it and I quote “a top 5 dish!”

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Poached Eggs

My new motto is “top it with an egg.” I have recently become obsessed with eggs and that’s why this dish appealed to me from the get go. I was a little scared of the sweet potato as I am truly not a fan. Once all of these flavors got married together it was perfection. The salty Queso Fresco topped the potato as well as sautéed garlic, sweet onion, yellow peppers and black beans. Topped with lime infused arugula and a runny poached egg dripping down the side with goodness. Unfortunately, my husband was not a fan so I won’t be making it for him again! If you don’t like sweet potato, I think a red potato was do just as good.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine’s Day Party Fruit Punch Popcorn

Did you forget about your little ones Valentine’s Day party? Well maybe not forget, just got too busy? Well here is a last minute three ingredient treat. The class room will be filled with sweet treats so here’s a no sugar snack to throw in the mix. PHEW!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Asparagus Black Forest Ham Roll-ups

I have been racking my brain for new lunch ideas low in calorie, high in protein and filling of course! Wrapping asparagus with a little low fat cheese and thin black forest ham slices was super easy and fun to do with the kids. After an easy prep and quick roast I had dinner and several lunches ready to go! I didn't measure everything out, but you get the picture.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mesquite Chicken Broccoli Slaw

Talk about a crazy idea gone good! I was seriously combing my fridge deciding what needed to be cooked, added to the grocery list or even frozen if I wasn’t going to get to it in time! I found some chicken and broccoli slaw that needed to be cooked or consumed by this weekend and I knew I wasn’t going to get to it with everything going on. Of course not wanting to waste anything and intending on having healthy food at my finger tips, I had a genius idea. Yes genius. Go ahead and laugh. This is my genius zone. LOL! Four ingredients later I have an awesome lunch, dinner or side dish at my finger tips! So easy (I know I say that all the time, but it really was simple).

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cinnamon Honey Fruit Dip

I know there are many versions of fruit dip out there, but here is my version. No marshmallow cream here – sorry! I used low fat ingredients and whipped it vigorously for the right texture. The kids and I devoured this during the super bowl instead of chips and fatty meats! WIN!

Crispy Roasted Curry Chickpeas

What an awesome protein snack. Unfortunately my husband’s digestive problems prevent him from eating one of the most amazing protein sources – nuts! As a supportive partner, I try to keep them out of the house to avoid temptation for him. He has so been missing them though. I recently discovered roasted chickpeas and was blown away by the concept. Roast them for 40 minutes and they are nice and crunchy and very similar to a nut. He was in love…with the chickpeas. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

White Bean Chicken Chili

Coming at you today is another one pot wonder. Nothing to say but…make it right now. Super lean meal, low in calories, high in fiber and full of flavor make this dish a super win in my book.

Mini Taco Cupcakes

Pizza was on the menu for a recent family gathering. This temptation was killing me even days before the event. I decided to make something small to snack on instead of pizza. Most of my husband suggestions are a super fattening, but he suggested a taco bite. I prepped everything during a lunch break, assembled and baked right before the party! These are so good – no joke.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Balsamic Grilled Shrimp

Not much to say here, but I will take a plate full of these any night. Shrimp have a bad rap at times due to the “farming” of shrimp and the fact that they are high in cholesterol. Sometimes overlooked is that they are full of protein, vitamins and even nutrients that are proven to help food cravings. Recent studies even indicate that although they are high in cholesterol, shrimp cholesterol may not be that bad for you. In fact they are high in “good fats,” or omega fatty acids. Plus, they pack a protein punch!