Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Bean Dip


Quick, easy, tasty, & healthy...this dip meets all my major snack food requirements!
 
You can make this dip in a food processor or a strong blender. 
You can make it ahead of time or right at the time of  your snack-attack.
 
Black Bean Dip
 
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
the juice of one lemon
2 Tbls. fresh parsley or cilantro, minced (pick the one that best suits your taste)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
 
Pulse all ingredients except olive oil in your food processor or blender until combined. 
Then stream in the olive oil until the desired texture.  I like to leave a few chunks of black beans but you may prefer a smoother dip.


Serve with fresh veggies or whole grain crackers.
 
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ring in 2015 in Good Health

 
The new year is a time when many set resolutions for better health, better habits, better jobs, better opportunities.  Do you have a plan to help you make these resolution dreams a reality?
 
If one of your goals for the new year is better health & fitness, I am here to help. 
2015 will be the last year that you make a resolution to get in shape or lose weight.  I will help you get the healthy habits in place that will help you reach your goals & start living a healthy lifestyle for the long-term.
 
Only 8% of people who set a weight-loss, fitness, or health related resolution stick with it & achieve success.  Don't become part of that statistic. 
You are 80% more likely to stick with your healthy lifestyle changes if you have accountability & support.  That is exactly what you get when you join a challenge group.
*Individualized coach support
*A group of like-minded individuals ready to make healthy lifestyles a priority
*Daily tips, healthy recipes, ideas, & motivation to help you succeed
*Weekly meal plans
*Fun, fitness friends!
 
In January the gyms are going to be over-crowded with all the folks looking for a "new year, new you."  Do you want to wait in line for a tread mill or a sweat-covered weight machine only to get your turn & not really be sure if what you are doing will harbor results?
Every Beachbody workout program can be done in the comfort of your home, no waiting in line, no driving to the gym, heck...you could work out in your pajamas if you want to!  These programs have been designed by the top trainers in the industry & tested to show that real people can get real results.  I will help you pick out the workout that will best meet your needs & goals. 
Pair that with clean eating, super-food nutrition from Shakeology, & the support of a challenge group & you can get amazing results for far less than a gym membership or point-counting food system.
 
Watch this short video to see how challenge groups changed my life:
 
Our Ring in 2015 in Good Health group begins prep week on January 5.  We will take time to write out goals, make meal plans, and set up for success! 
 
If you a ready to quit the quick fixes & throw in the towel on fads the join me today. 
Fill out your challenge group application below & you will receive an email response from me shortly.
 

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Whole wheat bread with flax & chia seeds

 
I don't eat bread every day, but when I do I prefer sprouted Ezekiel bread or homemade bread that I've made in my bread machine.  I love the bread machine because it gives me the satisfaction of fresh, home-baked bread but it does all the hard work for me.
 
This recipe is hearty & delicious! 
 
1 3/4 cup warm water
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbls. coconut oil
1 Tbls. blackstrap molasses
2 Tbls. ground flax seed
2 Tbls. chia seeds
1 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbls. quick rise yeast
 
*Be sure to refer to the manufacturer's directions that accompany your bread machine on the order in which you should add the ingredients.  It varies from machine to machine.
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Insanity Max 30, Week 1 Progress Report

HOLY COW!  are the first words that come to mind when I reflect on my first week of Insanity Max 30.  For a workout that I was totally petrified to even try I could not be more enamored & excited to wake up & get my workout in for the day. 

I am loving this new challenge & the great feeling that comes with pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.  This workout is no joke & I would not recommend it to anyone who does not already have a base level of fitness - so if you are a beginner let me guide you to a program that will better meet your needs & you can tackle this one down the road in your fitness journey.  I wouldn't want anyone to become injured or get discouraged because you start with something that is too intense for your abilities. 

Now by no means does that mean I'm the most fit fiddle out there - I am doing my fair share of modified moves with Max 30.  Those high impact power jumps are not friends with my knee joints, so modified city is where it's at come crazy jump time.  Speaking of the modifier, I love that they have done an awesome split screen shot on the modifier track so you always have full view of the cast member doing the modified moves.  You never have to guess how to best modify a move or lose sight of your new BFF.

I am loving the Max 30 nutrition plan & for any of you out there who have tried the 21 Day Fix, you will be pleasantly surprised - this nutrition plan is VERY similar & you can even use your pretty little color coded proper size portion containers again!  If you are interested in seeing my color coded meal plans check out my FREE meal plan group on Facebook.  Click here :)

Here are a few "sneak peaks" from my workouts this week:

 



So drum roll please, after only one week of Max 30 workouts I have already lost 2 lbs.!  My goal is not to lose a ton of weight, but to get back to my "ideal weight."  Over the past few months I have let my nutrition slide a bit & a few extra pounds slipped back on...Time to get those bad boys off & gear up for an amazing 2015!

I would love to have you join me on this journey.  I'll give you all the support, accountability, and motivation you need to succeed.  I will help you develop your meal plan & provide you with healthy recipes even your family will love. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

What is Insanity Max 30?

We all know & love Shaun T - or at least everyone in my house loves this guy.  We have a wide range of Shaun T workouts in our workout library ranging from Shaun T's Fit Kids Club to Focus T25.  But in all honesty, I have only tried Insanity in Live classes & I've never done the Insanity home workout program. 

Why do I feel differently about Max 30?  Thirty minute workouts five days a week.  Now does that mean I'll be getting off easy?  HECK NO!  Insanity Max 30 is designed to build your endurance, strength, & take your body into PEAK physical condition.  You are working ALL out until you literally MAX OUT & cannot go any more - you write down the time you maxed out (to help track your progress), take a short break, & jump back in!

 
Could you benefit from Insanity Max 30?
 
*If you already have a base level of fitness & you are looking to take it to the next level - this is the program for you!
 
*If you a runner, tri-athlete, or someone who likes "extreme" sports like Tough Mudders & Iron Man races - Max 30 will help you increase your endurance & do even better in your chosen sport.
 
*If you are a lover of all things Shaun T - this is a no-brainer.
 
 
*If you want to take your fitness to the Max but your joints don't love tons of jumping there is a modifier in sight at all times.  There is NO shame in using the modifier.  You still get a kick-a*$ workout but don't have to half-a*$ the moves or hurt yourself.
 
 
I am hosting a special Max 30 challenge group beginning December 8.
Are you ready to take your fitness to the next level with
*hardcore 30 minute workouts
*clean eating recipes & weekly meal plans
*the healthiest meal of the day -Shakeology
*daily motivation, support, tips, & accountability
*a community of people striving for the same goal
 
Fill out your challenge group application to secure your spot now:
 
 
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Healthier Apple Crisp

 
Looking for a healthier dessert option?  Check out this recipe that my kids keep asking to make over & over again!
 
Filling:
10 - 12 of your favorite apples, sliced - we used Granny Smith & Gala
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
 
Mix all ingredients well & spread in a baking dish.
 
Topping:
1/2 chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup raw honey
 
Mix all topping ingredients well & spread evenly on top of apple filling
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until bubbly & golden brown.
Enjoy!
 

Black Friday Deals & More!

As we gear up for a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, & thankfulness, I know that this week also means gearing up for a big shopping drip & GREAT DEALS!  I have never personally been a Black Friday shopper & in recent years I have shifted to doing most of my Christmas shopping online.  I love the convenience - no crowds, no lines, & everything is delivered right to my doorstep.

So if you are anything like me, you are scouring the internet looking for great deals NOW!  I am personally on a mission to help others stay accountable & avoid the holiday bulge this holiday season! So I am offering a FREE GIFT to anyone who joins my Holiday Survival Guide accountability group & purchases your 21 Day Fix challenge pack by midnight on Wednesday (11/26/14).

 
 
Additionally, Beachbody is jumping on the early holiday sale bandwagon & starting their "Black Friday" deals tomorrow (Tuesday - 11/25/14).  Check out the steals they are offering below:
 

So how can you take advantage of these awesome deals?  Go to www.beachbodycoach.com/JessHrbek to sign up for a free account & shop til your heart's content!  You can also drop me a line at jessicahrbek@gmail.com & I will add you to my list of folks who would like to be notified as soon as the deals go LIVE tomorrow evening.

Would you like to save an ADDITIONAL 25% on top of the deals you see above, plus have the opportunity to earn extra cash for the holidays, get into the best shape of your life, & help others along the way?  Check out the Coaching Opportunity & see if it would be a good fit for you!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Curried Cauliflower


Looking to add a little flair to your Thanksgiving spread this year?  Try this flavorful spin on cauliflower.

Oven-Roasted Curried Cauliflower
 
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbls. curry powder
fresh ground black pepper & sea salt to taste
 
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
 
2. Toss cauliflower florets, olive oil, & spices in a large bowl until the florets are lightly coated.
 
3. Spread cauliflower florets in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
 
4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring half way through.
 
 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Survival Guide - 21 Day Fix style


Did you know that the average American gains 12 pounds between Halloween & New Years?  Shocking, I know!  I always knew that my pants felt a little more snug around the holidays & that I was doing a little more indulging than usual, but it wasn't until I had a plan for accountability in place that I was able to reverse that trend.
 
 
The thing that worked (& still works to this day) to keep me in line with healthy habits on a daily basis is a challenge group.  A challenge group provides the support & accountability that most people are lacking when they are trying to get healthy & fit. 
 
For years I tried eating healthier, joining gyms, doing workouts on my own and after a few weeks I was usually back to square one...why?  Because I had no accountability.  Nobody checking in on me & supporting me when I was struggling to make healthier choices.  Then I joined a challenge group with my friend & coach - for the first time ever I was able to stick to the workouts, stick with the clean eating plan, and stay motivated - even during tough, temptation-filled times like the holidays!
 
 
Starting on December 1 I will guide you through 3 of the toughest weeks of the year to stay healthy with tips & tricks to enjoy those holiday parties & family gatherings but with a healthy balance!  We will put healthy habits in place now so you can roll into the new year & not need a resolution.  I will provide you with meal plans & healthy recipes - even cleaning up some of your holiday favorites!
 
Everyone in the group will be following the 21 Day Fix fitness & nutrition program.  This home workout has fun, 30 minute workouts that can help you loose 5-10 lbs. in just 21 days!  Even a busy mom of 4 like me can find 30 minutes to workout during the holidays.  My workouts are seriously what keep me sane at this time of year & are a great stress reliever!
*Results may vary & even if we simply maintain during the holiday season that is a big WIN in my book!!
The 21 Day Fix nutrition plan focuses on clean eating with an emphasis on proper portion size.  It even comes with handy color-coded containers to take the guess work out of how much you should be eating.  I provide you with meal plans that are color-coded to match the container so you can easily map out your meals for the week.  The guess work to clean eating is gone!
 
 
Additionally, group participants will replace one meal a day with Shakeology.  If you haven't tried Shakeology yet, I cannot say enough about it.  I have been drinking this amazing health shake for over two years now & do not go a day with out it.  Shakeology kicks my cravings for sweets to the curb, it aides my digestion, boosts my energy, & it tastes like dessert!  Shakeology is all natural, no yucky chemicals or artificial sweeteners.  It is so quick & easy - I personally love it for lunch because that is my busiest time of the day with my toddler.  Check out my favorite ways to make Shakeology here.
 
Are you ready to have the healthiest holiday yet?  Complete your application below & I will contact you via email.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chocolate Waffles

 
It's my lovable, kind-hearted, rambunctious third child's 6th birthday & he requested waffles for breakfast. I surprised him with chocolate waffles - I typically have a "no chocolate for breakfast" rule, but you only turn 6 once, so I went for it.  Little does he know, I cleaned up the recipe!


1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat bran
2 Tbls. wheat germ
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbls. dark chocolate, unsweetened baking cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk OR unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbls. raw local honey
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted OR unsweetened applesauce

🔄Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until the batter is smooth.

 ▶️Follow the manufacturer's directions on your waffle iron for the amount of batter & cooking time for each waffle.

These breakfast treats don't need any syrup, but a smear of all natural peanut butter makes them super-extra-extraordinary. 😋
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Transformation Tuesday - Shout out to my girl, Judy!


Have you met my friend Judy?  Just a little over a year ago I was chatting with Judy about her goals to get into a regular exercise routine, cook healthier meals for her family, and drop a few pounds.  Judy had tried many things on her own, but needed some accountability buddies to keep her going day in & day out.  

Judy wasn't sure about joining a challenge group at first.  But I reassured her that everyone participating in the group was there for a common purpose - to improve their health & to support & motivate one another.  I told Judy that the group would be run in a closed Facebook group, so she did not have to share her trials & tribulations with the world, just the other group members & me, her coach.

Judy decided to go for it!  She liked the idea of learning about clean eating & weekly meal planning.  She was excited about the support & comradeship of the group.  Judy decided to try out Shaun T's Hip Hop Abs & Rockin' Body workouts (because who doesn't love dancing & having a good time while getting your sweat on!).  She started eating clean & replaced one meal a day with Shakeology.  There were ups & there were downs along the road, but Judy was starting to reap the benefits of her new, healthier lifestyle!  

One year & several challenge groups later Judy is continuing to exercise one a regular basis. She knows how to balance healthy eating & a little indulgence now & again.  Judy not only looks AMAZING, but she feels GREAT too!  She is setting a healthy example for her sons & rocking any outfit she chooses.  

I am over-the-moon PROUD of this sweet, caring lady.  Keep up the great work Judy!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to pick the accountability group that will help you get healthy & stay on track this fall


There are lots of choices in life ... Coffee or tea, left or right, door one or door two, weights or cardio... 
This month I also have lots of options for folks looking for a support system to help get healthy & stay on track this season. 

Healthier by Halloween is a 21 day accountability & support group to get healthy habits in place with clean eating & daily exercise to get your holiday season started with healthy habits.   Everyone in this group will be using the 21 Day Fix fitness & nutrition program to learn about clean eating, proper portion sizes, and get moving with fun, 30 minute workouts.  
We just started prep week for this group on Oct. 13, so there is still time to join & not miss a beat!


 Boo-tiful Bodies are Built in October is a 60 day health & fitness challenge where you will learn about clean eating, incorporate regular exercise, & get the support & motivation you need to have a super-healthy autumn.  I will help you select the workout program that will best fit your needs & goals during this group.  I provide healthy meal plans & recipes for you to try, daily tips, motivation, support, & accountability. We'll work together to keep our hands out of the candy dish this Halloween & beyond!


Healthy Harvest Clean Eating group is a 30 day journey where you will learn how to incorporate clean eating habits into your lifestyle, make healthy meal plans, share clean eating recipes, and learn how to keep your eating on track over the holiday eating season. 


You cannot go wrong no matter what you chose, but which one will work best for YOU? Not sure? Submit an application below. I will contact you, answer all your questions, & get you set up for success!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken & White Bean Soup


This soup was so good that I am psyched to eat the left-overs today!!  The entire family enjoyed it & hubby went back for seconds. 

Ingredients:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 large carrots, peeled & cut into rounds
2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
**2 cans of cannallini (white kidney) beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups baby spinach
1 large onion, chopped
1 - 32oz. box low-sodium chicken stock
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbls. curry powder
1 clove fresh garlic, minced OR 2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. sea salt

**To give the soup a creamy texture put one can of the cannallini beans in the blender with a little water or chicken stock & puree until smooth. Whisk together with chicken stock.

Add all ingredients, EXCEPT the spinach, to the crock pot & cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  

3-3 1/2 hours through the cooking process pull out the chicken breasts & cut into bite-sized pieces.  
I find this keeps the chicken moist & delicious.
 Return chicken to the crock pot & stir into the soup.  Add the spinach to the soup at this time as well.






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Banana & Oats Trail Mix Cookies



In truth these cookies came about because my toddler peeled all the bananas left in the fruit bowl yet turned out to be a delightful treat.


My little helper already peeled the bananas so I just had to mash them up & he helped me mix up all the ingredients.

~3 ripe bananas, mashed

~1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

~1/2 cup almond, cashew, & dried cranberry trail mix 
(I used the Archers Farm brand from Target)

~1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


After mixing all the ingredients well I used my mini scooper to make perfectly portioned cookies.  You could also use a rounded tablespoon.

I placed the cookies on a cookie sheet & baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Having a greater purpose - are you cut out to be a Beachbody Coach?


These lyrics from a song we often sing at church will not stop running through my mind today.  I know that I was put on this earth for a greater purpose.  I was put here to help others, to inspire others, to do MORE!  

For 12 years I worked as an elementary school teacher - helping my students each day to realize their inner awesomeness.

For the past 10 years I have had the honor of being a mother & teaching my own children life lessons & how to be loving, compassionate individuals.

19 months ago I found a gateway to a new opportunity to help people on a new platform - as a Beachbody coach.  My coach helped me achieve a new level of health & fitness that I never realized I was capable of.  Then she helped me realize that I could pay it forward by helping others on their path to a healthy lifestyle.  It has been one of the MOST REWARDING experiences of my life!  

Helping others with support through online accountability groups, meal planning tips, teaching folks the beauty of clean eating, hooking them up with home workout programs that are proven to be effective...this is just the tip of the iceberg.  

If you are passionate about 
*fitness
*clean eating
*helping others
*being your own boss
*setting your own hours
*ending the trend of obesity
*being in the best shape of your life
*providing support & accountability for friends & family to get healthy
...being a Beachbody coach may be the dream job you've been looking for!



I am looking to mentor 5 sincere, motivated, and passionate women in my next coach apprenticeship group beginning October 6.  If you are serious about helping others, paying it forward, and becoming an entrepreneur  then complete your application today:

  

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What is P90?

A few years back, when I was in what I call my "baby making phase," my hubby jumped on the bandwagon & took on the challenge of P90X.  I remember watching him complete the 1 - 1 1/2 hour workouts, doing push-ups, pull-ups, crazy plyometrics, grunting, sweating....and thinking, "there's no way I'd ever be able to do that!"

Tony Horton was on my flight to Las Vegas when I attended Coach Summit 2013.


Fast forward to December 2013 - I was more than a year into my new healthy lifestyle journey & ready to step up my game, but with four young children I still couldn't see myself doing the hour & a half long workouts.  Tony Horton must have heard my call & came out with P90X3 - extreme results in power-packed 30 minute workouts.


<<<<Day 1 of P90X3



Day 90 of P90X3>>>>













Now you may be saying, "I don't have an hour & a half to work out with P90X." or "The word EXTREME freaks me out."  "I need something EASY & FUN to start my workout journey."  "I'm just a beginner, where should I start?"

Tony has once again taken my call & he has developed the pre-quil to all his extreme programs - P90! Tony Horton has developed this gateway to fitness for beginners.  
The P90 workouts are all about 30 minutes long. The workouts are fun, filled with easy, do-able moves, and lots of variety.  Regardless of your age or fitness level - you can do this program.  

Check out this video preview of P90:

I am looking for folks who are new to fitness and ready to improve their health one day at a time.  Will it be you?  My next challenge group begins October 13. When you join a challenge group I provide 1:1 support, motivation, meal plans, healthy recipes, & accountability to help you reach your goals & start living your new healthy lifestyle! 

I'm paying it forward with P90...it's your turn!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall into Fitness Accountability Group


It's that time of year again when the air becomes crisp, the leaves begin to change, and women across the country are scared to open up their drawer of jeans.  Will they fit?  


Fall can be a busy time of year with kids returning to school, fall sports in full swing, and before you know it the holidays will be rolling around...

It is time to get your health & fitness on track now so you can
*rock your favorite pair of jeans
*feel comfortable & confident in any outfit your put on
*have plenty of energy to keep up with your busy fall schedule
*put healthy habits in place so you can successfully avoid over-indulging come holiday season

Now you are asking HOW???
In the Fall into Fitness Accountability Group!  I am living proof that accountability / challenge groups work.  I will share all the tips, recipes, meal plans, & motivation that worked for me to increase my energy, get into the best health & shape of my life, lose 40 lbs. & 20 inches, & started my whole family living a healthy lifestyle.  

Learn more about my journey here:


How can an accountability group benefit YOU?
You get individualized support from me, your coach.  I will help you select a fitness program that will meet your schedule, interests, & needs.  I help you customize a meal plan that will lead you to a life of healthy eating.  You are in a group with other people on the same journey - looking to improve their health & fitness in a positive, motivating environment.  You will have a place to check in, ask questions, & stay accountable as you go through the ups & downs of starting a new fit lifestyle.

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Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

The air is crisp, the leaves are just starting to change, we are taking up residence at the soccer fields....'Tis the season for pumpkin everything!  The trick is to walk right past all the "pumpkin flavored" junk the grocery store is shoving in your face & find yourself some REAL pumpkin.  If you are feeling rather adventurous you can get whole pumpkins & roast the flesh yourself...I will tackle that feat another day.  For right now I am reaching for the cans of 100% pure pumpkin puree - the ONLY ingredient is PUMPKIN!  This yummy stuff is low in calories, high in fiber, packed with vitamin A, & chocked full of antioxidants.  What's not to love?

Here are a few of my favorite uses for pumpkin!




Mix 1/2 cup old fashioned oats & 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl.  
Microwave for 1 minute.
Add 1/2 scoop vanilla Shakeology or vanilla protein powder & 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  Mix well.
Add 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree, 2 Tablespoons raisins, & a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.  
Mix & enjoy!








Sunday, September 14, 2014

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

I typically go for chicken breasts, but there was a great deal on thighs at the grocery store so I thought I'd give them a whirl.  I knew the crock pot would be the perfect way to maximize the flavor of these thighs.  This recipe took about 10 minutes to put together (an that was mainly because I removed the skin from the chicken thighs).  The kids all cleaned their plates & my hubby loved it too.

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs in the Crock Pot
8-10 chicken thighs, remove the skin
1 - 20oz. can pineapple chunks in juice
1/2 cup liquid aminos
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
2 Tbls. raw honey
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, pressed

Season chicken thighs with pepper & place in the bottom of the rock pot.  Pour in the pineapple chunks & juice.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl & whisk together.  Pour mixture over chicken thighs.  

Place the lid on the crock pot & cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

We served our teriyaki chicken thighs with brown rice & broccoli.  Yum!!




Friday, August 29, 2014

No Bake Muffins

I was watching cartoons with my little guy the other day & they had a little cooking with kids snippet during the commercial break.  I love getting my kids involved in the kitchen & had ingredients similar to what they were using to make their no bake muffins on TV, so the little man & I got in the kitchen & got busy.

2 over-ripe bananas
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup almond flour *
3/4 cup raisins
chia seeds (optional)

*Our almond flour was actually a failed attempt at making almond butter (I need to invest in a food processor for that task!)
We put 1 cup of raw almonds into the blender & pureed for a few minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally.  We ended up with extremely finely chopped almonds - like an almond flour.  It worked out perfectly for this recipe!


















1) Use a fork to smash the bananas in a large bowl (my 2 year old had fun with this!)

2) Mix in the oats, almond flour, & raisins.  Stir well until well combined.

3) Distribute mixture evenly into 12 lined muffin tins & press down.

4) Sprinkle a few chia seeds on top if desired.

5) Refrigerate for at least 3 hours so the muffins can set up & become firm.

6) ENJOY!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Clean Eating Creamy Curry & Vegetable Soup

This evening I had planned to make my turkey chili recipe....not realizing I was out of chili powder!  So I took a peek in my spice cabinet for inspiration & viola! It hit me....


Clean Eating Creamy Curry Turkey & Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, peeled & sliced into rounds
2 large parsnips, peeled & sliced into rounds
4 small sweet peppers, sliced
1 can cannellini beans - drained, rinsed, & pureed **
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups fresh baby kale
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbls. curry powder
1 Tbls. garlic powder

Directions: 
1) Season ground turkey with sea salt, black pepper, curry powder, & garlic powder. Brown the ground turkey in a large pot.

**2) While the turkey is browning, place cannellini beans in the blender & pulse until smooth.  Add a splash of chicken broth if the mixture is too think to pour.

3) Add onions to the pot & allow to become soft.

4) Add  chicken broth & pureed beans to the pot & stir to incorporate.

5) Add in remaining vegetables & stir well.  Cover & simmer over low heat for 45 mins. - 1 hour.

My entire family devoured this soup!!