Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches

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This is a great summer recipe that you can use in place of burgers.  They taste delicious and are perfectly seasoned.  We love to grill them on a summer afternoon and enjoy them in our sunroom as the sun goes down!

You will need:

Two to four large portabella mushrooms

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Sun dried tomatoes in oil

fresh spinach

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Hellman’s olive oil mayonnaise

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Red onion

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Rolls (whole grain will make this a healthier meal)

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  1. Brush each mushroom top with oil from the sundried tomatoes
  2. Grill mushrooms on the grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until desired doneness
  3. Place mushroom on roll
  4. Put mayonnaise on the mushroom top
  5. add fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes (the mayonnaise will help keep the spinach and tomato from sliding off)
  6. Serve with salad and brown rice

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21 Day Fix Shrimp Recipe

When I come home from work, I want something tasty for dinner. What I don’t want is something heavy and unhealthy. I definitely don’t want to spend an hour or more in the kitchen. Thirty minutes from start to finish is my limit! If I post a recipe for you on my blog, it has to pass the test (tasty, quick and healthy). I won’t post it unless I’ve cooked it myself, loved it and plated it in under 30 minutes.

That’s why I’ve picked Jackie Damp’s yummy Shrimp dish. I’ve made this several times. Hubby and I both like this one. It’s easy because the prep is minimal. The shrimp, vegetables and spices mix together for an interesting flavor. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! If you are a fixer, this recipe is worth 2 reds 1 green and 1 tsp, (plus 1 yellow for the rice or quinoa) Check out Jackie’s website for other great recipes.

 

 

 
You will need:
1 1/2 cups of frozen, cooked shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic (you can also use tsp bottled garlic)
2 tsp olive oil
2-3 basil leaves, torn
1 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa

Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
Add tomatoes, cover and cook over medium-low heat for a few minutes
Add garlic, simmer for 5-10 minutes
Mash tomatoes and garlic with a potato masher
Add spinach and cook until spinach wilts
Add shrimp and basil leaves cook for a few minutes and stir until all flavored are mixed
Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and put over the rice or quinoa

If you like this recipe, there are a bunch more on my Pinterest boards labeled “21 day fix” and “favorite recipes”.

Let me know how you like this recipe in the comments.

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21 Day Fix Mandarin Chicken Stir Fry

 


This is a recipe I kind of mishmashed together from a few other recipes I have. This boasts lean chicken breast, brown rice, vitamin rich vegetables and low cal Asian dressing. If you are a “21 day fixer”, this includes 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow 1/2 purple 1 tsp, and 1 orange per serving. Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 cups frozen stir fry vegetables
4 Tbsp Asian dressing (lite)
1 large skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 cup brown rice
1 cup water
1 15 oz can of mandarin oranges

Cook vegetables for half of package direction time
Remove vegetables from package, put in microwave safe bowl and add Asian dressing
Cook two more minutes
Cook rice according to package directions
Cut chicken breast into bite-size pieces, stir-fry in the sesame oil until chicken is no longer pink
Add cooked rice, vegetables and dressing to pan
Stir-fry until mixed together and hot throughout

Try it and let me know how you liked it!

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21 Day Fix Fiesta Chicken

This recipe came into being after I made some 21 day fix enchiladas. There were some ingredients left over and I used them to make this one. It made a delicious, filling lunch. You will need:

1/2 green container of canned corn
1/2 green container of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red container of cubed, cooked chicken breast (I used chicken I had pre-cooked, but the pre-cooked, pre packeged chicken strips would work well too)
1 tsp non fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt
1 orange container of salsa

1. Mix the cooked chicken and the yogurt
2. Spread the container of corn and beans on a plate
3. Top the corn and beans with the chicken mixture
4. Drizzle with salsa
5. Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds and enjoy

If you make it, let me know how you like it.

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New 21 Day Fix Recipe: Blueberry Banana Pancakes

I had a little time on Sunday morning to experiment with my pancake recipe. I wanted to try a blueberry pancake. Here’s what I came up with. They were tasty and filling. They got me through to a late lunch.

If you are a fixer, this recipe has 1 protein (red), 1 carb (yellow), and 1 fruit (purple) 1 tsp. (butter)

 2 eggs
1/2 yellow container of oatmeal and 1/2 yellow container Bisquik (This equals 1/3 cup)
1/2 banana
1/2 purple container of blueberries divided
1 teaspoon butter

Crack two eggs and put them in a blender. Blend them until smooth.
Add 1/2 banana and 1/2 of the blueberries. Blend well. Keep the other 1/2 blueberries.
Add the yellow container of Bisquik and oatmeal. Blend well.
Heat electric skillet to 300 degrees
Pour two pancakes into skillet
Cook until pancakes begin to bubble around the edges
Flip and cook on the other side
Top and serve with the remaining blueberries on top

Try them and let me know what you think!
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Online Fitness Coaching: Tough Love

Happy Easter weekend everybody.  I hope you are having a great one.  I spent the weekend with family and friends.  Our grown-up kids had a great time in an extreme egg hunt at my parents house.

Hubby and I took a three mile walk after church this morning.  We are getting ready for a 5k walk coming up in June. The weather was perfect for a long walk; sunny but cool.

I tried a new recipe from Skinnytaste.com for our Easter dinner.  I made Skinny stuffed mushrooms.  I opted for feta cheese instead of bacon since two other dishes at our buffet style dinner were made with bacon.  They turned out delicious and at only 35 calories each, the guilt factor was pretty low.

This is what they looked like before I baked them in the oven for 20 minutes.  There weren’t any left when we came home from my mom’s.

Last week I went to a spaghetti dinner to support my sister’s relay for life team.  They were raffling off several prizes.  You bought raffle tickets and put them in bags for different prizes you wanted to win.  I won a free Zumba class.  The reason I won?  I put my ticket in the bag and there were only two other tickets in the Zumba bag.  The other prizes were things like whoopie pies, movie treat baskets and things for your home.

 

I’ve decided it’s time for a  little fitness coach tough love.  Why were the whoopie pies the popular raffle items and the exercise classes the unpopular ones?  Beacause most of us would rather choose the easy, no work, sugar treat that won’t give you any benefit in the long run than the prize that requires a little effort from the winner, but is a lot more beneficial in the long run.

Most of us say we want to get healthy by eating right and exercising, but when it comes time to do the work to get there we have a hundred excuses.  We spend lots of time talking ourselves out of exercising and eating healthy.  We spend even more time making excuses for overeating and sitting on our butts.  If you want to be healthy, if you want to get strong, if you want to look good, if you want to lower your cholesterol, if you want to get off the meds, if you want to take the stress off your joints, you have to do the work.

There is no magic pill, there is no operation or gadget that makes it easy.  You have to take the time and make the commitment.  You have to do the work.  And guess what?  It doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes time.  If you decide to make the change to be healthy and see it through, you will feel so much better, both inside and out, but YOU have to do the work.  So if you are ready..what are you waiting for?  Get busy..no excuses..GO!

 

 

 

Online Fitness Coaching: Featured Blog

The featured blog for the first week in April is Carrots N Cake.  Tina writes this blog from her home in Boston, Massachussets.  She originally started it as a personal journal to keep her focused on healthy eating and exercise.  The blog caught on and has a large readership.  She also recently secured a book deal based on her blog.  What I like abou this one is the variety of fitness and food info. you can find on here.  It’s vast!

She’s got weekly meal plans, weekly workout plans, a half marathon training guide and treadmill workouts.  She has 30, count ’em, 30 different blog categories.  The cool thing about them is they are health and fitness based, but there’s more that gives you a peek into Tina’s very busy life.  You can check out “Boston” where you get a glimpse into the excitement of Boston Marathon day and what it’s like at “Local 149” a downtown eatery where Tina and her husband head for date night. Click on “Home” and you can follow along while Tina updates her home office.

This is a blog to go back to again and again, because you will always find something new to motivate you in your fitness journey.  Check out Carrots N Cake and tell me what you think.

Online Fitness Coaching: Featured Blog of the Week

The featured blog for the first week of March is Fit Bottomed Girls.  This is a great blog for a number of reasons.  First, it’s not just a blog by one person, it’s a blog by four people. Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead are the original founders.  They were later joined by Tish Merritt and Kristen Seymour.  They are all journalists with a passion for fitness.  Second, you could literally spend hours surfing this site.  There is a wealth of information from exercise DVD reviews, nutritious recipes, and words of encouragement to workout playlists and give-aways. Whether you are just getting started in the world of fitness, or you are a seasoned veteran, Fit Bottomed Girls is a great blog to put on your go-to list.

Online Fitness Coaching: Featured Blog of the Week

This week’s featured blog is another of my favorite foodie blogs.  Eating Bird Food is a labor of love for Brittany Mullins.  Her story is inspirational because she changed over to a healthy lifestyle as a college student and has continued her healthy ways ever since.  She wants to help others eat well and stay active.

She has great recipes (with colorful photos).  Her latest blog is a review of a restaurant near her home in Richmond, VA.  I like her writing style.  It kind of makes you feel like you are sitting in her living room having a chat. You can also follow her wedding plans in progress along with all the recipes and healthy eating advice.

So check out Eating Bird Food and add it to your favorite foodie blogs!

Online Fitness Coaching: Featured Blog of the Week

This week’s featured blog is snack-girl.com I actually got acquainted with Snack girl when I started to follow her on Twitter.  Whenever a snack looked tasty to me, I checked into her web site.  I have quite a collection of healthy recipes and snack advice from Snack girl. Here’s what she says about why she got into healthy snack blogging.

Lisa Cain, Ph.D., is an avid snacker, foodie, published author, and mother of 2.  An evolutionary biologist by training, she has become obsessed with how food contributes to our overall health.

For example, she is fascinated with the fact that Americans in the 1950’s weighed on average MUCH less than they do now.  Obviously the root cause of the epidemic is what we eat, and she wants to help people make better decisions about what they eat.

She believes that the study of nutrition is overrated and that we should eat as our ancestors did.  Since our ancestors didn’t have convenience stores and Starbucks, she decided to write about snacks to help people understand how to decipher food marketing messages.

She is also a big proponent of food that doesn’t have any packaging at all.”

Snack a little healthier with snack-girl.com