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Bringing Your Body Into Balance

My 100+ pound weight loss is what grabs people's attention. However, my weight loss was merely a side effect of finally taking my health and happiness into my own hands and finding that perfect balance. Body, mind, spirit. It all matters.

Recipes

These are a collection of my favorite recipes. Most are very simple...just the way I like them! I will also include at the bottom of each one where I got the recipe (if I can remember it).

My New Favorite (clean) Crockpot Chicken Taco Stew

1 lb organic chicken breast (thawed/uncooked)
1 lb dry beans
1 medium onion (diced)
2 large tomatoes (diced)
2 tbsp chili powder
5 tsp paprika
4 tsp cumin
3 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Put all ingredients in the crockpot. There is no need to pre-soak or boil the beans as this is an unnecessary step that will actually make the beans soggy. Add 5-6 cups of water. Cook on high all day. So easy and soooo good. Everyone who's tried it loves it.

(Lazy) Crockpot Chicken Taco Stew

1 lb chicken breast (frozen if you want it to cook all day)
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can chili beans
1 15 oz can black beans
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning (look for something without partially hydrogenated oil in it)
1 15 oz can corn
1 can green chiles (biggest size you can find--I think it's around 8 oz??)

Add ingredients into the crockpot just as they appear above. Don't drain any of the juices except for the corn.
Do not stir.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
When chicken is tender, shred it and stir all ingredients.

Serve by itself or on top of a salad w/ a little sour cream.

Recipe from Sparkpeople.com

Tuna Salad

1 5 oz can tuna
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste
(you can also add green onions, celery or any other non-starchy veggies you prefer)

Mix all ingredients. Serve on a bed of fresh veggies or eat wrapped up in a cool, crisp romaine lettuce leaf.

(variation of) Recipe from Bodybuilding.com

Eqq Quiche Muffins

Homemade Protein Bars

This is a variation of quite a few recipes I've seen online for protein bars. I think it's most similiar to one I got from He & She Eat Clean, a great site that I highly recommend.

2 cups quick oats
4 scoops chocolate protein (I use Optimal Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey Double Rich Chocolate)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup almond milk (I use Blue Diamond unsweeted vanilla)
1/4 cup organic raw cacao nibs (optional)
dash of vanilla (optional)

Mix all ingredients together (adding the almond milk last).
Evenly spread all contents into an 8x8 pan lined with wax paper or plastic wrap.
Freeze for 30 minutes.
Cut in 6 bars & refrigerate.

I don't know all the nutritional info on this but I've calculated each bar has somewhere between 22-24g of protein.

Perfectly Boiled Eggs

I've had a few people ask me my method of boiling eggs. I've tried it several different ways but this is what I use now and the eggs come out nice and tender instead of dry and chalky.

Place eggs in pot of cold water.
Heat on high.
As soon as the water has the first boiling bubble, turn off & remove from heat.
Cover immediately and leave covered for 10 minutes.
As soon as the 10 minutes are up, immediately drain the pot and fill it with cold water and ice.

Kale Salad

I'm sorry I don't have exact measurements but it's because I started out from the beginning using & modifying an ingredient list off of Earth Fare's kale salad from the deli. However, I have yet for it to turn out NOT tasting good so just experiment!

Curly Kale
Rice Vinegar
Sesame Oil (I usually put about 2-3 times as much sesame oil as I do vinegar)
Sesame seeds
Salt
Garlic powder
Soy Sauce (I actually use Aminos, they are healthier and just as tasty if not better)
Red pepper flakes (optional, I just use this sometimes for an extra kick)

Put all ingredients in a big covered bowl and shake. Let it marinate in the refrigerate for a few hours for optimal taste. This is excellent on top of salads or as a side dish.

Breakfast Casserole

This is another one of those recipes that I throw in different things different times but here's the recipe I used when I took the Sunday prep picture. I also generally use mushrooms but didn't this time around. I really want to start experimenting with more seasonings and/or fresh herbs so if anyone tries any and they turn out well, I would love suggestions!

12 eggs (free range or eggs that advertise they have Omega-3's in them are best)
1 red pepper
1 medium onion
2-3 handfuls spinach
1 package (4-6 links, depending on size) natural chicken sausage
1/4 pound cheese (I use raw, grass fed cheese)
Salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 8x13 glass baking dish (I use coconut oil because many other oils become toxic when heated to this high of a temperature)
Dice the veggies, sausage & most of the cheese into small pieces and place in pan along with the spinach (shred the remainder of the cheese)
Mix the eggs in a bowl (add a little salt) and pour on top of the ingredients in the dish
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Cover & bake for 25-40 minutes, checking every 5 minutes after 20 minutes is up. Remove just as soon as the eggs are no longer liquid but are still very soft as they will continue to bake in their own for a few minutes.

Buffalo Chicken

This one is hardly worthy of being called a recipe because it's absurdly easy but I will include it anyway because people keep asking about it.

1 lb of chicken
hot sauce (I use Frank's)

Dice chicken into small pieces and marinate in hot sauce for at least an hour
Bake on 375 for 30 minutes.

I use this chicken on top of salads with spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, Annie's natural ranch dressing and walnuts or sunflower seeds for a crunch. This salad staves off my frequent hot wing cravings....most of the time.


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