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Day 2 of 7 Day Challenge-Turkey Burgers!

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Day 2 of our 7 day challenge went very well! But we are only getting started! I’m sure by the end I will want to eat every Christmas cookie in sight especially since I will have a million of them in my house. I am the designated Christmas Cookie gal for my family and my husband’s family which means I make over 20 different cookies, mostly double and triple batches, and have to store them until our celebration day! It can be extremely hard to not taste test! But, I must say, so far so good! I will be extremely proud of myself if I get through these 7 days and have zero cookies. Alright enough about the cookies…

For dinner I made Turkey Burgers served with a salad and steamed broccoli. It was delish and the whole family like them. Here’s the recipe… Enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

turkey burger

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 tbsp. 21 spice seasoning from Trader Joe’s (if you don’t have this, you can use a Mrs. Dash seasoning blend or make up your own!)

1/4 cup shredded co-jack cheese

salt and pepper

Mix all together, form into 4 patties and grill on grill pan 3-4 min each side on medium heat

Enjoy!

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7 Day Challenge, Day 7!!!! Fend for yourself!!!

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Tonight was a fend for yourself night. I was shopping with my sister so I got the luxury of dining out tonight. I just got food court food, a Grilled Chicken Salad from Charley’s Subs. It was really good and only 198 calories, 25g protein! Perfect eating! You can still eat good while dining out, as long as you don’t give in to temptations! My hubby, Chad, also made a salad at home (so proud of him for doing it on his own!) and he gave the kids some leftover homemade pizza and cantaloupe. So, everyone indeed had to fend for themselves! Tomorrow is results day! We will see how much our body has changed in the last 7 days and I will be sharing it when I get home! Until then… Enjoy!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 4!!! Pork and Broccoli!!!

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Day 4! I was busy busy busy today in the kitchen. I did some canning and made homemade pickles and peach preserves. Lots of fun with my grandma here to help! After all that, I still made an elaborate dinner. I love Chinese food but sometimes it can get too high in calories with all the sugar, sauces, rice and noodles (even though I love rice and noodles…) I decided to try and make some myself. This was an easy recipe to start with. I knocked it out of the park!!! My grandma and the kiddos loved it! I did make some rice with peas for the kids and I just had a salad with mine. It will definitely be going on the menu often now! It’s versatile too, you can change the meat or vegetable to whatever you’re in the mood for. I’m going to try chicken and cabbage next time I think! Anywho… here’s the recipe!

pork and broccoli

Pork and Broccoli

1/3 c soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp corn starch

1 tsp water

1 lb 8 oz (24 oz) pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/2 in medallions

1 package 14 oz broccoli (fresh or frozen)

3 tsp vegetable oil

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey , garlic and ginger together. Pour half of mix into Ziploc bag and add the meat. Turn bag to coat the meat. Marinate in fridge for at least 20 minutes, but can be as long as overnight.

Mix corn starch and water together. Add to leftover sauce. Add 2 tsp of oil to Wok or pan and heat to medium. Add meat and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Transfer meat to a clean bowl. Add the other tsp of oil and broccoli. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add meat back. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add the extra sauce. Mix all together and cook until sauce is thickened and food is heated through.

ENJOY!!!

Recipe adapted from weelicious.com

7 Day Challenge, Day 3!!! Leftover night!!!

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Well as of day 3 I am still going strong!! Feeling a lil better today but still wasn’t in the mood to cook an elaborate meal. So leftovers it was!! The kiddos had some leftover lasagna casserole (I’ll share this nummy recipe after my 7 day challenge is complete…it was a huge success) and veggies, and the adults had chicken salads. All I did was heat up some sliced chicken breast in a skillet with a lil water so it wouldn’t dry out and threw it on top of some lettuce from my garden along with all the fixings… Tomatoes, sugar snap peas and cukes. I also had about 1/4 cup of pineapple chunks too. It was a deeeelicious salad! So I had another perfect day of eating! Tomorrow I will be cooking a more decadent meal for my family!!! Enjoy!!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 2!!! Turkey Taco Salad!!!

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So today is Day 2 of our 7 day challenge. Sadly, almost the whole fam damily has come down with some sort of summer cold crud. Not fun!!! I still managed to eat almost perfect today though. I had my vanilla caramel cappuccino shake for breakfast and a strawberry lemonade shake for lunch. I had a cheese stick and nectarine for my afternoon snack. For dinner since I am feeling under the weather I opted for a pretty easy dinner….tacos. To make them a little healthier and with less calories, I used ground turkey instead of beef along with all the fixings like tomatoes, cheese, plain greek yogurt and salsa. I also use a pretty darn good homemade taco seasoning. Here is the link to the recipe I use: http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/03/04/homemade-taco-seasoning/ I don’t put in as much cayenne pepper as the recipe calls for just because my son is a little spice sensitive still. I made a salad for my husband and I, and used whole wheat flour tortillas for the kiddos. I served some sliced watermelon with the tacos as well. I decided no watermelon for me and had a strawberry fruit bar instead for a little dessert and throat soother. It is a little high in sugar, but only 80 calories so I went for it. So it was an almost perfect day! I also did not snap a picture this evening as I am just not all there tonight (The cold medicine says non drowsy, but gosh darn it I’m still drowsy…. yawn…..). Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling much better!!! Enjoy!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 1!!! Grilled Salmon Packets!!!

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So Chad and I are embarking on a 7 day challenge… which means we have to eat perfect for 7 days straight to see what results we can achieve. Just so you know we are currently in weightloss mode. We are trying to lose weight to be in the best health possible for ourselves and our family. Now in our household, eating perfect means taking all our Herbalife products and eating healthy “real” food. So a typical day looks like this:

Breakfast: Herbalife Shake… my breakfast preference is a Vanilla Cappuccino

Lunch: Herbalife Shake… my absolute fav is Strawberry Cheesecake

Snack: Cheese stick and nectarine or Greek yogurt and homemade granola or cottage cheese and apple… you get the idea… eat a protein and a healthy carb.

Dinner: A colorful meal… A protein, lots of veggies and fruit for dessert.

Snack: For night time snacks I like to do a protein and veggies. It’s better to have less sugar before bed. At least for me it is.

There you have it! A perfect day. So the next 7 days I am going to devote to blogging our colorful meals with you. Plus, on Wednesday Aug 14 I will share our results, and I can only imagine how AWESOME they are going to be!

Day 1:

salmon zucchini green beans

Grilled Salmon Packets

4 Salmon fillets (I used the Schwan’s kind today)

2 small zucchinis, sliced

1 lb farm fresh green beans

Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

garlic powder

dried chopped onion

butter

olive oil

water

4 pieces aluminum foil (large enough to wrap salmon and zucchini)

Place 1 salmon and 1/4 of the sliced zucchini on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Fold ends together to make a packet. Leave a little air in it for the steam to move around.

Repeat with remaining salmon and zucchini.

Place on grill on medium heat. Grill in packet until salmon flakes apart.

For the green beans… Place about a tbsp. of butter and a tbsp. of olive oil in a fry pan and add the green beans. Fry until most of oil and butter is absorbed. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, garlic powder, chopped onion. Toss around and add about 1/2 c of water or so. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to simmer and simmer until water is mostly evaporated about 15 minutes.

I served it with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and pineapple. ENJOY!!!!