Monday, August 31, 2015

Vegetable Pie

Summertime means fresh vegetables!  Whether they come from your backyard garden or the local farmers' market, fresh veggies are the perfect summer side dish.

This vegetable "pie" combines four of my favorites...zucchini, tomatoes, onion, & red potatoes. The great thing about this can swap out the veggies for different ones that are abundant in your area.

1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2-3 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
2-3 red potatoes, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
garlic powder
*I used the slicing blade in my food processor to slice the zucchini, onion, & potatoes.  You could also use a mandolin. 
**This recipe filled two pie plates & fed our family of 6 with some left-overs to spare.  You could make this at the beginning of the week & enjoy for days.

Mist your pie pan with olive oil or olive oil cooking spray.
Make an overlapping layer of potatoes on the bottom of the pie plate.  Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, & garlic powder.
Add a layer of onions & top with a layer of tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, & garlic.
Top with an overlapping layer of zucchini.  Season & drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees.
I served our vegetable pie with lemon pepper chicken, but it would also be delicious with your favorite fish.
Check out more kid-tested, hubby-approved recipes here!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Team Poise & Purpose VIP Health & Fitness Challenge

You are a Very Important Person...don't go telling yourself otherwise!
How many times as parents, care-takers, co-workers, or friends do we put everyone else's needs before our own? We want to help everybody & make everyone happy. We want to be superheroes.
But then we feel run down, blah, and worn out.
It is not a bad thing to take some time for yourself each day to improve your health & fitness. As a matter of fact, if you take even just 30 minutes a day for a workout you will have more energy, more strength, & be more physically apt to deal with the other responsibilities you have throughout the day.

Make yourself your own VIP for at least 30 minutes a day & you will be able to better serve all those folks who do see you as a do-it-all superhero.
Everyone matters!  Each & every person deserves good health, happiness, & to feel their absolute best each & every day.  
If you are ready to start treating yourself like the VIP that you are, then join these four fabulous coaches & I on a health, fitness, & clean eating adventure through the months of August & September.
You will get tips, insight, support, healthy recipes, sample meal plans, daily motivation, fun mini challenges, & accountability from not one or two...but FIVE coaches.
We all have different backgrounds & strengths to help you reach your goals.
Meet the coaches:
Amber Lee:
Amber is the newest member of our team & will be bringing great energy & fresh ideas to our VIP challenge.  Amber is no stranger to helping people feel fabulous - as a hair stylist she helps people look amazing.  Now she is ready to help our challengers FEEL great with daily exercise & healthy eating.
Working long hours on her feet, Amber knows what it feels like to want to just sit down & take a load off after a day of work....but she knows how to push herself for something better & she's ready to help you do the same.
Amy Dilatush:
Amy is a mom of 2 girls, ages 5 and almost 10 months. After the birth of her first daughter she lost 65 pounds using a combo of exercises, weight watchers (which she quit due to expense and complication of tracking points) and finally T25 (once my gym membership fees got out of control).
Amy gained around 35 pounds while pregnant with her second daughter.  She lost 25 of that so far jogging, T25 and most recently 21 Day Fix and Shakeology (which she loves)! 
 Amy is currently a stay at home mom but she plans to return to work soon. Amy is a clinical social worker and also has a certification in behavior analysis  -so helping people change behavior of any kind is what I do professionally. Given my lifelong struggle with weight and my professional background, I thought becoming a Beachbody coach would be a good fit for me as a side gig.
Laura Hennigan:
Laura has been skating in a counter clockwise direction on the derby track for five years.  Her internationally-ranked team, the Chicago Outfit, has made playoff appearances every year since joining the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.  Laura has played with all three Outfit teams and previously supported the team as a skater-coach.

Laura found Beachbody after taking a year off to focus on starting a family with her husband.  Since discovering fertility issues, and treating those issues, Laura has used Beachbody products to help her stay fit, focused, and healthy.  Shaun T is her spirit animal, and her favorite Shakeo combo is chocolate, banana, and peanut butter.

Laura loves Beachbody coaching because she enjoys helping people reach their wellness goals, and helping people tweek their current routine to enhance their performance.  She LOVES challenge groups--and likes a little friendly competition to keep everyone on target for their goals.
Lori Waters:
Lori is our resident runner. If she's not racing through Disney parks, she collecting medals all around the Sunshine State. Sometimes, the whole family takes part. Her daughter is often her running buddy for 5k races.

Lori loves whipping up kid-frie
ndly recipes (like veggie loaded mac & cheese!) with her two adorable kiddos. With fall approaching, get ready for some new pumpkin creations!

Lori was initially drawn to Shakeology as a healthier and more complete alternative to homemade smoothies. She later discovered Beachbody home workouts to help her build muscle and increase endurance for runs. Using Beachbody on Demand via Roku, she's able to workout daily with any celebrity Beachbody trainer. She's currently training for a 10k/5k challenge race to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Find Lori at
Jessica Hrbek:
 My family, my students, & my teaching career all came ahead of my own self-care for many years....and after baby number four it really showed.  Thanks to the support I received in challenge groups my energy increased, I regained my self-confidence, & dropped 40 lbs. and 20 inches.  The community of positive energy & support changed not only my physical appearance, but did a complete overhaul on my attitude & outlook on life.
In addition to supporting my beautiful family, now my passion is helping other moms learn how to make health, fitness, & clean eating a priority for themselves & their families.  One of my favorite things to do is get in the kitchen with my kids & whip up healthful, tasty recipes.  I love being about to pursue my new-found passion & be a positive role model for my children all at once.
I am the founder of Team Poise & Purpose and proprietor of . I joined Team Beachbody as a coach in February 2013 after having personal success in challenge groups.  I want to share the tips & knowledge that I have learned along my journey with other moms.  I want to show you that when you make yourself a priority, even if it's for only 30 minutes a day, you will be better equipped to take on all the demands of your busy life.
We will help you find a home workout program that will fit your busy schedule & meet your needs.  We will help you learn how to meal plan & incorporate a daily dose of dense nutrition with Shakeology.
We will keep you accountable & motivated by helping  you set goals & surrounding you with a community of support in our PRIVATE Facebook group, accessible only to VIP challengers & coaches.
It our goal to help at least 50 ladies feel like VIPs this month. 
Will you join us?
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