bowl of doom

Hi all! I know it has been quite a while since we posted a new recipe... We tried something new the other day and really wanted to share it! If you don't already know, I LOVE Pinterest and almost all of the new recipes we try I find on Pinterest. I am not really sure why it is called the bowl of doom, but one thing I do know is that it was delicious!

This recipe is also very easy to make and doesn't take much time to prepare. The only thing I did not have for this recipe was the green onions and it was fine without it. The link to the recipe is as follows:

http://vicariouslypaleo.com/bowl-of-doom/

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

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Week 1 Menu

As some of you may or may not know, Nate and I began a 24 Day Challenge a few days ago. This challenge is somewhat different than the ones we have done in the past. This time around Advocare decided to do a "All In" challenge where people from all over the country participate at the same time! Needless to say, there is quite a bit of excitement surrounding this nationwide challenge! We are really excited and grateful to be a part of something so huge and special. In anticipation of this challenge, I wanted to do something special myself so I decided to plan out our meals for the duration of the challenge in advance. That is 24 meals if you are counting! My thought is to share all of this with you all 1 week at a time. Some of the recipes are already featured here on our website, however many of them are new to us and the site!

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Day 1:

Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers from the AdvoCare virtual coach website. I followed the recipe exactly and we had a salad and honey sriracha Brussels sprouts as sides. The links to the recipes are as follows:

http://www.advocare.com/24daychallenge/VirtualCoach/mealPlanning.aspx

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp egg white
  • 2 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 4 leaves of butter leaf lettuce

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form mixture into 4 oz patties. Grill or fry on greased pan for five minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. Wrap with butter leaf lettuce and top with your favorite sauce.

http://www.ontrackwellness.com/blog/recipes/192-crispy-fried-brussel-sprouts-with-honey-and-sriracha

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Day 2:

This day we had Philly cheese steak peppers and sweet potato fries. We want you to be able to make better choices with your food. If you may be craving a Philly cheese steak sandwich, choose this instead and save yourself the grease and fat that comes with the sandwich. Healthy food does not have to be boring. We are not perfect, we just have learned to make better choices with the foods that we eat. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Recipe is below.

http://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/2012/06/philly-cheesesteak-stuffed-peppers-low-carb-gluten-free.html

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Day 3:

Today we had slow cooker teriyaki chicken and a salad. This one is a new recipe that I found on Pinterest and it was really good. I did not follow the recipe exactly as follows in that I cooked it on low for about 4 hours. The recipe suggests that you cook it on high for hours but my crock-pot gets pretty hot on low so that is why I made the decision. The chicken was cooked perfectly and shredded really easy. I also put pineapple rings on top of each chicken breast  in the crock-pot for a little extra flavor. We served it over brown rice and topped it with green onions, sesame seeds and the pineapple rings. Look below for the recipe!

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-teriyaki-chicken-teriyaki/

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Day 4:


Tonight we had Hummus Crusted Chicken from the AdvoCare virtual coach website. We also had garlic mashed potatoes because I had quite a few that I needed to use up. Otherwise, we probably would have had another vegetable or a salad. The recipe is as follows:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup hummus
  • 1T olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 1t smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray one large baking dish with cooking spray. Season the chicken breasts with generous pinches of salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini, squash and onion with olive oil until evenly coated. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Place all of the vegetables on the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Lay the four chicken breasts evenly on top, and then cover each chicken breast with the hummus so that the entire breast is covered. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle the pan with smoked paprika. Thinly slice the remaining lemon and distribute around dish if desired. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

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Day 5:

Today we had Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls. I originally found this recipe on Pinterest but it comes from a website called Chelsea's Messy Apron. We had this on Monday for Meatless Monday! We don't always participate, but it is fun to try new things and recipes! We also had a salad in addition to the meal. I find that if you have a good size salad before the meal, you tend to eat less of the main course. This is why we often have a salad along with our meal. Plus we really enjoy a good salad! The link to the recipe is below. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this meal... Sorry!

http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/one-skillet-sweet-potato-burrito-bowls/#_a5y_p=2491869

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Day 6:

Today we had Sausage Parmesan Stuffed Eggplant. I also found this on Pinterest but it comes from a website called Baker By Nature. Just for a head's up.. This recipe takes quite a while to prepare and bake, so make sure you allow yourself enough time to prepare it as the recipe calls for. I did not do this and was scrambling so that we could eat before 10 pm! I just turned up the oven to 450 and baked it at that temperature for half the time. It turned out fine but I do feel it is better to follow the instructions! We had a salad with this meal, as usual! The link to the recipe is below:

http://bakerbynature.com/skinny-sausage-parmesan-stuffed-eggplant/

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Day 7:

We had leftovers one day during the week when I just did not feel like cooking. I was supposed to make Moroccan Chicken, a recipe that is featured on our website. This is another time consuming recipe but it is also very much worth it! I will include the link to this recipe should you feel you want to tackle it!

http://www.ontrackwellness.com/blog/recipes/125-moroccan-chicken

 

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we did! On to week 2! Remember to contact us with any questions or any assistance you may need. That is why we are here.

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crispy fried brussel sprouts with honey and sriracha

 We decided to do a side dish this time around. It is a really simple recipe to prepare and most of us probably have almost all of the ingredients already in our kitchens. This recipe has been a go-to for us for nearly five months now. We have brussels sprouts at least once a week! You could say we are a little bit obsessed with them! Months ago we went out to dinner and had some honey-sriracha brussels sprouts that were amazing and from then on I had to figure out how to make them at home. This is the way we usually prepare brussels spouts these days but we encourage you to try other recipes as well. We always want to share and pass on recipes that we enjoy and this one is definitely worth the share. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do! The link to the recipe is as follows:

 

http://food52.com/recipes/10813-crispy-fried-brussels-sprouts-with-honey-and-sriracha

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Zucchini Pizza Casserole

 We have tried the cauliflower pizza crust many times and really enjoy it so when I saw this recipe I thought it looked really good. I found it while scrolling through Pinterest last week and decided to give it a go. It comes from a website called Lauren's Latest. It is really important to get the moisture out of the zucchini after shredding it. I think this was the problem with mine as it came out more like a casserole than actual pizza that you can pick up and eat. This didn't really seem to matter though because it was really good but I will do better to get the moisture out next time. We topped our pizza with pepperoni, sausage, ham, red and green bell peppers and onions. You can choose any toppings you would like to customize it to your personal tastes. We know that this is not the most healthy dish because of all the cheese but we feel it is all about making smarter choices with your food and diet. If you are having a craving for pizza, have this as a better alternative to traditional pizza crust. Good luck and enjoy! Here is the link to the recipe:

http://www.laurenslatest.com/zucchini-pizza-casserole/

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Wait for it.... Finally a new recipe! I haven't posted anything in a while, I know. We have been trying out new recipes for you guys and this one is probably one of the best ones we have come across in a while. We have found spaghetti squash to be an excellent replacement for pasta. On rare occasions eating dinner out we may indulge in a pasta dish but have completely cut it out at home. You would be surprised how good it is and how easy it is to not miss having traditional pasta. We had this meal recently when some friends came over dinner. One has a gluten allergy and this was a perfect meal for to have knowing she was going to be eating with us. We like to experiment with our diet and recipes including trying gluten free meals as well as vegetarian meals. Don't be afraid to try different options, you just might find it to be really good! Naturally I found the recipe on Pinterest and it comes from a website called Skinny Taste. The following is the link to the recipe:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/12/spaghetti-squash-sausage-lasagna-boats.html

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