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!
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
I’m Italian so I obviously LOVE Italian cuisine. However, with all the pasta and carbs it can get quite heavy for me. This baked chicken parmesan from skinnytaste.com was absolutely awesome and a lot lighter. I loved it, the hubby loved it and all the kiddos loved it. It will be back on the menu soon! I served it with no pasta (I know, I know, but it was a good portion and didn’t need pasta), garlic green beans and a tossed salad. Delish! Click the link for the recipe so you can enjoy it too! Enjoy!
I recently saw a recipe on Pinterest that looked great, but had some negative reviews regarding flavor and being bland. So I decided to take the ingredients and concept of the recipe and make it my own. It turned out fabulous! The whole gang liked it! The chicken was juicy and the beans were super tender! Enjoy!
Baked Chicken and Green Beans
1 lb chicken (whichever you prefer, I used boneless skinless breasts)
1 lb fresh or frozen green beans
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp dried chopped onion (or a chopped fresh onion, I was out of onions so I just added dried and it was good)
1 tsp dried minced garlic or fresh
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish was olive oil. Add chicken and green beans. You could also add some potatoes chopped small if you like. I had some leftover mashed potatoes I served with this meal.
Pour broth over chicken and beans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Cube butter and place on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Yesterday I needed a quick prep dinner since the family and I were going to be gone most of the day, and a dinner that wouldn’t add unnecessary heat to my house since it was unbearably hot outside. What’s better than the crock pot? Super easy and doesn’t heat up the house like the oven. This recipe was super easy to prepare and turned out heavenly. I served the ribs with some garden fresh green beans and a salad. This recipe would also make a superb freezer meal. Throw it all in a freezer bag and when ready to use it, thaw overnight and put in crock pot in the morning. Voila! Here’s the recipe:
Crock Pot Spare Ribs
4 lbs pork spare ribs
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. dried chopped onion (or fresh chopped onion)
1 tsp dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic… I was in a pinch on time so I went the super fast route)
1 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tsp beef bullion granules
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. honey
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and place in crock pot. I had to cut my ribs in half to fit in my crock pot. Tip: I use those awesome crock pot bags for super easy clean up.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over the ribs. Cook on low for at least 8 hours.
Adapted from onceamonthmeals.com
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!!
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
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.
Recipe adapted from weelicious.com
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!!!