Monday, July 13, 2015

Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes

Back when I was a kid and all through college I use to be a Manwich FREAK!  I LOVED the stuff. Until my Aunt gave me a recipe for homemade sloppy joes and now I can't even think about having anything else.  I use to make mine with ground round and you definitely CAN do that, I just choose to make them as healthy as I possibly can and have since given up red meat for the most part, so replace it with ground turkey.  Since it's seasoned with beef seasonings, I really can not tell the difference and even my die hard red meat friends who yell at me for cooking with Turkey can't tell the difference.  SUPER easy to make and the longer you let it simmer, the better it is.  So, I usually throw mine together about 2 hours before we are ready to eat dinner.  That way all the flavors really come to life ;)

1 lb of lean ground turkey (or hamburger)
Celery Salt to taste (start out with very little and add more as needed) OR 1 cup diced celery
Garlic Powder to taste
1 Cup chopped onion (I get the chive onions from Walmart already chopped) or minced onion
1 beef cube (mash it in hot water) **the past 3 times I have made it I have used beef stock and liked it just them same**
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1-2 cups of Ketchup

Brown Turkey and once cooked add Beef stock and onions. Simmer until stock is absorbed.
Add Ketchup and the rest of the ingredients.  Cook until sauce is bubbling and then turn down to low and let simmer for a few hours. Serve on whole wheat buns (I use Sara Lee) and Enjoy!!!  You won't ever want to go back to canned sloppy joes ever again :)

***You might need to adjust amount of ingredients based off your liking.  I do everything by taste now that I've made it so many times, so I don't use actual measurements anymore, so once you add everything if you feel like more of something needs to be added, just play around with it.  Remember, the longer it simmers, the more flavor you will get out of it, so before adding more of something let it simmer for an hour or so.  AND any leftovers are even better the next day ;)***

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My day while doing the 21 Day Fix

I know when starting the 21 Day Fix I was SO confused. I swear I read over the book 3 times and I still had questions haha. I luckily had friends who had already done it, so I had people to help me out. What I really wanted when I started was an example day from someone who had done the program, so I wanted to share what a day with me is like while doing the fix :) and actually, it's basically always like this now (a few slip ups here and there..shhhh... 🙊🙉😉) because it's just became a habit. It became my way of eating and living. Anywho, I hope this helps!

Mixed Fruit (purple)- I fill a purple container with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Wheat Toast (yellow)-I personally get the Sara Lee Delightful Wheat that is 45 calories a piece
2 Hard Boiled Eggs (red)- sometimes I switch it up and have 4 pieces of Turkey bacon instead
Peanut Butter for the toast (spoon)
1-2 cups of coffee with 2 tbsp of low fat milk. If you're a coffee drinker, having 1-2 cups a day with low fat milk, honey, or stevia is perfectly fine!

1 medium banana (purple)- bananas are a great pre workout snack for energy.
Glass of lemon water

Workout-11am-I normally drink 2 glasses of water while working out, but I sweat a lot out.

Shakeology (red)- I drink Greenberry shakeology and I mix it with water and lemon & lime juice. 3 days a week I will replace a yellow container and mix it with OJ. And some days I will have less fruit in the morning and add some to my shake. I always have a protein source within 90 minutes post workout. Protein builds muscle and your muscles are ready to absorb all that good stuff right after your workout.

Carrots (green)-I'll be honest, SOMETIMES I drizzle a teaspoon (bc I usually only use one in the day and I get two) of ranch over them. 🙈 Don't judge me! Lol
Glass of lemon water

Chicken Salad
Lettuce (green)
Tomatoes cucumbers Broccoli peas (green)
Chicken (red)-seasoned with 21 day fix seasonings
2 hard boiled eggs (red)-I'll add these if I don't have them in the morning. If I do have them in the morning then I add a little more chicken to get all my reds in.
Shredded Cheese (blue)
21 day fix dressing (Orange)
Glass of lemon water

Between dinner and bed I will drink 2 more glasses of water and then I have a nighttime tea that I also drink every night.

So, there it is :) I hope this helps!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ham & Cheese Lettuce Wrap

Fast and simple lunch that's 21 Day Fix approved and you can have two, even 3!!!!

INGREDIENTS (per wrap)
1 leaf of lettuce
2 pieces of ham
2 cherry tomatoes cut in half
Diced cucumber
1 tbsp shredded cheese

I took this picture before putting any dressing on because I didn't know what I wanted just yet. However, you could use mustard, vinager and oil, fat free Italian dressing, etc.

Flourless Banana Protein Pancakes

My daughter wanted breakfast for dinner last night, so I made her some flourless banana pancakes. I have made these one other time before, but only used one banana with two eggs. This time I used 1.5 bananas and added some oats to make them a little thicker and more pancake like, instead of being like a crepe. I also sprinkled a little chocolate shakeology in the batter to give her a little extra nutrients and make them protein pancakes :)

1.5 bananas
2 eggs
1/4 oats (optional)
2tbsp Chocolate Shakeology (optional)

Mix all ingredients and make a batter with them...pour, cook, and enjoy!!

I also made a fruit topping for her to have, instead of syrup. No real measurements with this. I just used about 4 strawberries and a handful of blueberries. I sprinkled a little stevia on them and smashed them up. Poured it on top the pancakes and cut them up. She LOVED it and said it tasted like strawberry shortcake :) She asked for it again for breakfast this morning, so this was a recipe I just had to share again.

Monday, January 26, 2015

21 Day Fix Breakfast

Today I started my second round with the 21 Day Fix. This is a program that has the nutrition and the workouts packed into one. I do my own workouts, however, I LOVE it for the nutrition part of it. It really takes the guess work out of what to eat.  It's a color coded container system and (based off your goals) you follow a chart of how many of each container you get a day. For example I am allowed the following:

Green (veggies)- 3
Purple (fruit)- 2
Red (protein)- 4
Yellow (grains)- 2
Blue (Fats)- 1
Orange (dressings)- 1
teaspoons (I use it for PB)-2

Now, if you see the containers you might not think it's enough food. It IS enough though. In fact, some people (me included sometimes) think it's too much food lol. The picture below is my breakfast from this morning. I ate within an hour of waking up (HUGE, so PLEASE do this and get your metabolism started) and made sure to have some protein. I'm doing my workout in about an hour and will have my Shakeology within 90 minutes post workout.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Greens with Roast Beef & Cheese Lunch

  • 3 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 tomato, medium
  • 3 1/4 ounces deli-style roast beef, low-fat, low-sodium
  • 1 ounce fresh mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salad dressing, Italian, fat-free
  • 4 Melba toast, plain, rounds


  • Wash greens and tomato; chop tomato.
  • Dice roast beef and cheese, or cut into thin strips.
  • Toss together greens, tomato, roast beef, cheese and dressing.
  • Serve with melba rounds.
  • Enjoy with a calorie free beverages.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat90
Total Fat10 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol75 mg
Sodium800 mg
Total Carbohydrate23 g
Dietary Fiber6 g
Sugars6 g
Protein32 g
Vitamin A120%
Vitamin C70%

Nacho Snack

Snackable Nachos

  • 1/2 pita, wheat, small, 4" diameter
  • 1/8 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, low-fat, low-sodium
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 piece jalapeño
  • 8 fluid ounces water


  • Slice open pita and brush very lightly with olive oil. Cut into triangular wedges.
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over pita wedges.
  • Season with a pinch of oregano.
  • Heat under broiler until cheese is melted.
  • Add a slice of jalapeno, if desired.
  • Enjoy with a glass of water.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat30
Total Fat3.5 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol10 mg
Sodium105 mg
Total Carbohydrate9 g
Dietary Fiber1 g
Sugarsless than 1 g
Protein11 g
Vitamin A2%

Herb-Rubbed Pork Chop

Herb-Rubbed Pork Chop
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 1/4 ounces fresh pork sirloin boneless chops


  • Mix the garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper and oil to form a paste. Rub pork with the paste.
  • Coat a skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat to medium.
  • Cook the pork chop about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink inside.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • 3/4 cup Brussels sprouts, fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil and pepper. Place on baking sheet and roast for 30-45 minutes. Shake pan every 5-10 minutes for even browning.
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 2 biscuits, buttermilk, lower fat, 2 1/4"
  • 3/4 teaspoon unsalted butter


  • Prepare biscuits per package directions; top with butter.
Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Bake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 1/2 cup apples, fresh, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place apples and raisins in baking dish.
  • Combine sugar, butter and cinnamon well. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake for 15 minutes until sugar begins to carmelize and apples are tender.
Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat220
Total Fat25 g
Saturated Fat8 g
Cholesterol155 mg
Sodium540 mg
Total Carbohydrate44 g
Dietary Fiber7 g
Sugars14 g
Protein56 g
Vitamin A15%
Vitamin C100%

Dilled Salmon

  • Dilled Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed, fresh
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white-rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream, fat-free
  • 8 1/2 ounces wild Alaskan or Washington salmon, fresh
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • Preheat grill or broiler.
  • Prepare dill sauce by combining dill, pepper, mustard, vinegar and sour cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Brush salmon with olive oil and grill (or broil) over hot coals for 5 to 8 minutes per side, depending on thickness, or until fish flakes easily with fork. Serve salmon topped with dill sauce.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • 3/4 cup Brussels sprouts, fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil and pepper. Place on baking sheet and roast for 30-45 minutes. Shake pan every 5-10 minutes for even browning.
White Rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes or less

  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice, cooked
  • 3/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

  • Prepare rice per package directions, adding olive oil to the water.
Kiwi and Strawberry Dessert
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 5 minutes or less
Cook Time: 0 minutes

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sliced strawberries, fresh

  • Serve kiwi with strawberries for a refreshing dessert.
Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat200
Total Fat22 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Cholesterol115 mg
Sodium290 mg
Total Carbohydrate44 g
Dietary Fiber6 g
Sugars11 g
Protein54 g
Vitamin A20%
Vitamin C250%

Sinless Banana Cookies

Beef & Tomato Wrap

  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 1/4 tomato, medium
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, reduced fat
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce
  • 1 low carb flour tortilla, 8"
  • 4 ounces deli-style roast beef, low-fat, low-sodium


  • Wash and chop lettuce and tomato.
  • Mix sour cream and horseradish; spread over tortilla.
  • Top prepared tortilla with chopped lettuce and tomato. Top with beef.
  • Fold two opposite sides of tortilla in towards the center, and roll up from one of the remaining ends.
  • Enjoy wrap with a calorie free beverage.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat90
Total Fat10 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium750 mg
Total Carbohydrate23 g
Dietary Fiber12 g
Sugars1 g
Protein33 g
Vitamin A45%
Vitamin C15%

Basic French Toast Sticks with Strawberries

  • 2 pieces bread, whole wheat
  • 1 egg, large
  • 2 egg whites, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons milk, fat-free
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 3 meatless breakfast links (about 1 ounce each)
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, fresh


  • Slice bread into finger-sized sticks.
  • Whisk egg and egg whites with milk and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Soak bread pieces, turning over to coat all sides.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a nonstick skillet to medium; cook bread sticks, turning each once until lightly browned on each side.
  • While french toast is cooking, prepare veggie sausage per package directions.
  • Remove french toast from heat and top with remaining butter and sliced strawberries. Serve with sausage on the side.
  • Enjoy breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea, or other calorie free beverage.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat110
Total Fat13 g
Saturated Fat6 g
Cholesterol200 mg
Sodium1,050 mg
Total Carbohydrate34 g
Dietary Fiber8 g
Sugars10 g
Protein39 g
Vitamin A10%
Vitamin C40%

Feta & Tomato Egg Scramble

  • 1/2 tomato, medium
  • 3/4 cup liquid-egg substitute
  • 1/2 ounce feta cheese, low-fat
  • 1 slice bread, whole wheat
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon jam, all-fruit
  • 6 fluid ounces milk, fat-free
  • 1 tablespoon coffee, instant powder


  • Wash and chop tomato.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet lighly coated with non-stick cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add tomato to skillet and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add egg substitute and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until egg is just set.
  • Remove from heat and gently stir in feta cheese.
  • Meanwhile, toast bread and spread with butter and jam.
  • Heat milk in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, add instant coffee (use decaf if desired). Sweeten with artificial sweetener if desired.
  • Serve eggs and toast with café con leche.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat120
Total Fat13 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol20 mg
Sodium730 mg
Total Carbohydrate31 g
Dietary Fiber3 g
Sugars17 g
Protein36 g
Vitamin A35%
Vitamin C15%

Ham & Lettuce Roll Up Snack

  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, low-fat
  • 2 ounces ham, lean, reduced sodium
  • 4 baby carrots


  • Wash lettuce leaves and pat dry with a paper towel; set aside.
  • Spread mayonnaise evenly onto one side of ham slices.
  • Place lettuce leaves over ham, and roll up from one end.
  • Secure roll with a toothpick, if desired.
  • Enjoy with carrots and a calorie free beverage.

Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat35
Total Fat3.5 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Cholesterol25 mg
Sodium560 mg
Total Carbohydrate7 g
Dietary Fiber2 g
Sugars4 g
Protein10 g
Vitamin A180%
Vitamin C15%

Chicken Piccata

 Chicken Piccata

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

  • 8 1/2 ounces chicken breast, boneless/skinless, raw
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth, fat-free, low-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers


  • Pound boneless, skinless chicken breast between two sheets of waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Season chicken with pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet until sizzling. Sauteé chicken breast until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Add broth, lemon juice and capers to chicken, and let boil for 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly, turning chicken in sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes or less

  • 4 broccoli spears, raw
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter, unsalted, whipped


  • Steam broccoli on stove or in microwave until crisp tender. Top with butter.
Spaghetti with Garlic & Oil
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 ounce angel hair spaghetti pasta, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Prepare pasta per package directions. Drain.
  • Sauté garlic in olive oill and toss with prepared pasta.
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 5 minutes or less
Cook Time: 0 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe melon balls, fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons golden raisins


  • Mix cantaloupe and raisins for a tasty dessert.
Nutrition Facts
Calories from Fat210
Total Fat23 g
Saturated Fat4.5 g
Cholesterol135 mg
Sodium410 mg
Total Carbohydrate47 g
Dietary Fiber4 g
Sugars14 g
Protein56 g