Healthy Marinara

Today I was wanting to make something good for lunch, so I opened my fridge and went to work. I had my chicken cooked for the week so I wanted to make a chicken dish. I looked around and saw the usual: onions, peppers, and when I saw the marinara sauce leftover from my last meal, my mind started racing. I wanted to make a chicken marinara without the oils or the cheeses that most restaurants serve with this dish. And off I went. I started by cutting up a fourth of an onion, one red pepper and one orange pepper. I cooked them in a pan with not tsp coconut oil until they were soft. Next I added my cooked chicken (cubed) and my marinara sauce. A sidenote about marinara sauce is that when you are looking for a good sauce be sure to read every label. Most sauces are full or genetically modified sugars and oils, all kinds of dyes and preservatives. You want a sauce that has tomatoes and spices. Marinara does not need 100 different ingredients. My favorite sauce I have found is the Classico brand of sauce.
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It ahs bold flavors without added poisons. I added some veggies and let my mixture simmer for about ten minutes and served it over a large bed of spinach. It was filling and delicious. It is a quick and easy gourmet meal that could easily feed one of five. Enjoy!!

Chicken Marinara

5 oz cooked chicken, cubed
1/4 onion
1 red pepper
1 orange pepper
1 tsp coconut oil
2 cups Classico Marinara Sauce
1/2 lb green beans

In a large frying pan cook onion and peppers in coconut oil until soft. Add chicken and marinara sauce and green beans and simmer for ten to twelve minutes. Serve over a bed of fresh Spinach and enjoy.

Shake it Up

Whne on your 30 Days to Fit journey, you drink many protein shakes. If you aren’t careful you can easily get bored with the same shakes over and over and over again. My usual shake includes some type of fruit, and today I decided to take an adventure and create a shake with no fruit. Here is what I came up with…

Vanilla Go Green
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 handful fresh Spinach
6 oz water
8 Cashews
6-7 Ice Cubes

In a single serve blender mix blend together spinach and water. Then add protein powder, cashews, and ice. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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This shake has absolutely become one if my new favorites! You can’t taste the spinach so you get a smooth blend of cashews and vanilla. As weird as that may sound, it was delicious. If you like a thinner shake, add less ice, and it you like a thicker shake add ice as directed and add more if needed. Enjoy!!

Recipe of the Day

Recipe of the Day!!!
Today’s Recipe is none other my favorite… Spaghetti Squash. I love making this, because not only is it healthier for you, but in my opinion it tastes better too! Obviously there are two parts to this meal, the squash and the sauce. First the squash…

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You can buy a spaghetti squash just about anywhere. I picked mine up at Kroger for about $5. I lined a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and poked the squash several times all over, so it did not explode in the oven. I then placed the squash in the oven at 375° and cooked it for about 60 to 70 minutes. After it is cooked, remove from oven and cut lengthwise. Using a fork shred the inside into “noodles”.

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Next we move to the sauce. Take a medium sized frying pan and add 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 of a sweet onion diced, and about 1/2 lb lean ground beef. Cook until meat is done and onions are soft, about 12 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups of Classico Spaghetti Sauce. And simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.

Serve sauce over “noodles” and enjoy!
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Mmm… Saucy!

untitledOver the weekend my family sat down together to enjoy a meal. We had a pork sirloin roast. We slow roasted it in the crockpot and by the time supper came around it was melt in your mouth good. In my old life I would have drowned it in artificial barbeque with high fructose corn syrup. In fact I was looking at the back an old bottle of Kraft honey barbeque and guess what I found? The first ingredient in the bottle is High Fructose Corn Syrup (Genetically Modified Food), there are twelve grams of genetically modified sugar in just two tablespoons and there is twelve percent of your daily intake of sodium for the entire day in just two tablespoons. TWELVE PERCENT!  This day in particular, if I may be honest, I was missing my barbeque sauce, but not to fear we have come up with an incredible alternative! We made our own homemade barbeque sauce that only took twenty minutes to make and tasted delicious. If you are grilling chicken or roasting food in the crockpot, add this recipe to your list!

 

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE


1 large onion, finely diced
2 tsp. garlic powder ½ finely chopped red pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon coconut oil
5 packets stevia 1/4 cup black strap molasses
2 cans organic tomato sauce
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

 

In a saucepan, heat the onion, garlic, pepper, and ground cumin in coconut oil. Cook until the onions and peppers are softened.

Stir in the stevia, molasses, tomato sauce, apple cider, vinegar, and mustard. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes longer. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

Spinach Anyone?

I tried this recipe and it was a huge hit! Sometimes I find it hard to keep my veggies New and exciting, but I love this recipe!! It is now a staple of my clean eating arsenal! Enjoy…

Creamed Spinach

Saute one diced onion in 1 Tbsp coconut oil

add 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 can water
16 oz frozen spinach
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp. Bragg’s Aminos

Add 2 or 3 beaten eggs to cool milk and pour into pan for more protein.  (Don’t beat eggs and add to hot pan.  Add to cold or room temp milk/water.)
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Water Cooler Shakes

Tonight I was at work and discovered something amazing! Do you have a water cooler at your work? As a massage therapist we recommend everyone drink water and leave every client with a chilled glass of water. Today I was at the water cooler and saw the red button and thought to myself… “What if I could make a heated protein shake from the water cooler at work?”

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I put my theory to test. I keep a bag of protein powder in my car at all times, (for emergencies) and I took a large cup and poured my hot water from the water cooler. I mixed in my powder and Walah!! I had a protein shake at work. Eating right is all about being prepared. I had my protein ready and I was not tempted by anything that happened to be around. Now even at work, you truly have no excuses. Stay prepared.

Boost!!

It seems to be going around… the dreaded cold and flu. Many people say, “Oh,it’s just that time of year, but I am coming against that!” When you eat healthy you boost your immune system and if you ever do start to feel your body slipping into the dreaded cold or flu… I have an amazing product to help you! It is called an Arbonne Immunity Booster.

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They come in a large box and in the box there are single servings. If I ever start to feel under the weather I drink one of these immunity boosters and the next day I feel as good as new, if not better. I recommend everyone to have these in your Arbonne arsenal. It is an amazing addition to everyone’s journey to health!