Stuffed Pepper Soup

Week 5 of Transform20 means the beginning of the last and final chapter of this workout. I want to do better these next 2 weeks, not because we’re rounding closer to the end but because I believe I CAN do better. I’ve had a “cheat meal” here and there due to celebrations or unplanned events but have done well for the most part overall. I haven’t missed a workout (!!) and finally am to the point where I’m looking forward to being active each day. 

This week I’ve added in this flavorful Stuffed Pepper Soup to my menu for lunch. We’ve had some pretty gross weather lately and I’m always craving something that resembles warm comfort food because so. This recipes makes a HUGE serving amount, 10 servings huge, a perfect opportunity to freeze some as well!

21 Day Fix = 1 red, 1 green, 0.5 yellow per 2 cup serving.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 10oz can of diced tomatoes, juice included
  • 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, for taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned. Drain if needed. Re-add turkey to pan followed by peppers, onion and garlic. Allow to saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, honey and worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Lastly, add cooked quinoa and stir well; dividing into 10 plates/containers, 2 cups each.
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Skinny Burrito Bowl

I just finished the Commit Chapter for Transform 20 and I’m pretty excited about the transformation that I’ve had these past 15 days; both physically and mentally. By having discipline in the food department, I have dramatically cut down on my “craving sweets” moments and have been able to have an intake of 80oz of water per day. Both of these are huge milestones simply considering the fact that when you live with teenagers you’re likely to have a pantry full of snacks. 

Each Friday I begin meal-planning for the upcoming week so that I can spend my Saturday grocery shopping and my Sunday meal-prepping. Because I am still learning how to perfect the container equivalents, I get a good amount of recipes to try from Pinterest searches. Last week I prepared the 2-bean Vegetarian Chili recipe that was inside the Transform20 nutrition guide, which was suuuper yum, but this week I’m having this Skinny Burrito Bowl recipe that I found via Emily J Goodman

I thought this particular meal was an especially good idea because this week we’re supposed to have incredibly cold wind chills. Cold enough that I am not so sure that I am going to want to go outside. So, I prepared 6 dishes of it; I’ll split half for me, half for my sister. That way it meets the 3-day fridge rule since I won’t be freezing any and gives me an opportunity to be lazy and not have to tweak the original recipes ingredients 🙂

Note: If you want to add extra toppings to your bowl, you may. Just make sure you add them accordingly to whichever container they’re categorized to while meal-planning.

1 serving is 1 red, 1 yellow, 0.5 purple, 0.5 green.

Skinny Burrito Bowl

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced finely
  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 1½ cups brown rice, cooked accordingly
  • 2 cups mild salsa (no sugar)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ¾ cups frozen corn
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper, for taste

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat, followed by onions and ground turkey. Cook until ground turkey is browned and onions appear softened. Remove from heat to drain, return to skillet.
  2. Add cooked rice, salsa, tomatoes, corn, chicken broth and taco seasoning to skillet. Lower heat to simmer and allow to cook for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Instant Pot Wedding Soup


Well it appears as though winter is finally here and because so, I want to apologize. The day prior to us having snow I had put together a letter-board that said “I think winter skipped us.” We had sunny days and high 50s weather. And while I thought we had possibly gotten lucky and weren’t doomed for the cold, I may have in-fact jinx us all and now we have no sun, no high 50s weather; just cold air and white everything. Which I guess is OK if you’re looking out at it from inside the warmth comfort of your home. 

Side-note: I dragged my feet on getting new tires for the Jeep and now I feel as though I have no choice. So thank you for that, snow.


I guess if it’s going to be cold though, soups are a perfect solution to a warm and filling dinner. One of my all-time favorites is Wedding Soup. When we were smaller, I remember my grandma cooking up a pot and I’ve been hooked every since. Unfortunately none of us ever thought to get the recipe from her and I’ve been searching for one similar ever since.

My instant pot seems to be a hit with me. I haven’t had a bad mishap yet, knock on wood. This however would be the first time that I’ve ever cooked a soup in it and being that one of the ingredients were noodles, I was a little nervous. The first time I ever made a homemade chicken noodle soup, I ruined the noodles and I’ve been nervous about noodles ever since. No one likes mush pasta. 

This is foul-proof though! And your noodles won’t come out like mush. I do suggest playing around with ingredients if you’d like. This certain recipe is healthy and I used turkey meatballs rather than regular. 

Instant Pot Wedding Soup

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces chicken stock
  • 16 ounces beef stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup Ditalini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 package frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, stems removed
  • handful of fresh italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil and diced onions to Instant Cooker and set to saute mode, allowing the onion to cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add carrots and garlic powder and set to saute mode again for another 2 minutes. When finished, add your chicken stock, beef stock and pasta. Next add meatballs, making sure that they are submerged. Add Instant Pot lid, close to lock and make sure your pressure valve is on sealing. Then select the high pressure mode, adjusting the time to 10 minutes.
  3. When done allow the pot to release on it's own for 5 minutes naturally. Turn the valve to quick release. Next add your handful of baby spinach. It will wilt on it's own within a couple minutes or less.
  4. Enjoy with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
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Avocado Egg Salad

Trying to incorporate more avocado into my diet. I remember there was a time when I didn’t even like avocado and now I’m searching high and low for more recipes that use them. Of course, the standard spreading some over a piece of whole-wheat toast for breakfast never gets old. Or 2 used for a batch of guac. But avocados have endless possibilities; just like how they’re used to add an extra flavor, texture and look to your regular egg salad recipe. 

Avocado Egg Salad

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lite mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a medium size bowl add eggs, avocado and celery.
  2. In a small bowl, add yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and add to the medium bowl with eggs, avocado and celery. Combine well.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a tight-lid container.
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Tuna Pasta Salad

Monday is here and I just started Prep Week for Beachbody’s Transform20. I’m sure most of you have heard of Shaun T, and if you haven’t – do a quick search. He has the most exhilarating workout programs (Insanity!) and is such a motivator. The new Transform20 program only calls for 20 minutes of your day, perfect if you’re the type of person who loses interests after a half hour of hearing a trainer yell instructions and moves. Plus you can lose up to 20lbs in just 6 weeks! If that’s not convincing enough to give it a try, I’m not sure what is. 

(Check out the program here if I’ve sparked your interest. We start in a week!)


I’m not in my best shape. My eating may be OK and I have lost 5lbs in the past 3 weeks, but I’m not IN shape. We’re in the middle of having our home gym area remodeled and so I can’t use any of my go-to equipment. So every pound I’ve lost lately has been due to eating clean and cutting down on snacks and sweets. This week is especially an exception because while I will be doing quick prep workouts, I also will need to focus on remaining on my clean-eats path!

Starting the week off right with this salad.This particular salad is packed with plenty of vegetables and protein! I don’t like fish myself, but I love a good can of tuna with some light mayonnaise. Add it into a salad and you’ve got even more of my attention. But I feel as though I see a lack of tuna recipes on the internet. I guess maybe there are only so many ways that you can incorporate it into a meal other than just the by using it in staple recipes.

It’s awfully colorful too, and I know that can be appealing to some. I like pretty food. It’s more photogenic and it also meal-preps wonderfully which should always be the exception. We don’t necessarily have the time to prepare our foods daily and in order to stay on track, you’re guaranteed to succeed with your personal goals if you’re preprepared.

Tuna Pasta Salad

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole wheat pasta
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1 stick of celery, diced
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • ¼ cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta accordingly and drain. Set aside.
  2. Using a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients; whisk well. Set aside.
  3. Divide ingredients between 2 plates, lettuce and pasta first followed by vegetables. Lastly add tuna and drizzle dressing onto.
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Banana Orange Greenberry Shakeology


I love my Shakeology drinks. They’re my go-to breakfast every day and they’re versatile; you can add so much into them for a bonus added flavor. But the best part is that Shakeology isn’t just your everyday store-bought protein powder found in the healthy food aisle; it’s a nutrient-dense superfood protein shake. That means each serving contains important things that our bodies need like antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, mineral and probiotics just to name a few. Supporting digestive health should always be a priority and you’re doing just that when you have your daily dose of Shakeology.

I personally enjoy mine in the morning but I know a lot of others who have it as a snack, lunch or dinner. It’s a great boost for healthy energy, a factor in weight-loss and also a wonderful way to curb those junk-food cravings. 

If you’ve read this far, that means I’ve sparked your interest… So find your flavor here! I personally suggest Strawberry.

While I love my Strawberry PBJ Shakeology, I will test the waters with other flavors every now and then. This weekend the sun was out and it wasn’t entirely cold so I thought I would give my Greenberry packet a shot. Now because I’m not familiar with this flavor, I turned to Pinterest for some ideas and found this Orange Banana recipe. That seems like a pretty harmless combo, right? Right! Delicious enough that I’m gonna list the ingredients below.

1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
1 medium banana
½ cup orange juice
½ cup water
3-4 ice cubes

 

Peach and Cucumber Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

I know it probably looks like the majority of recipes I post are salads, but it has been such a HOT summer already and a salad is so refreshing on a humid summer day — especially one with a citrus based dressing! And on the plus side it’s peach season. Whatever peaches you have left from not grilling or just having as a snack, try in a salad. They add a sweet and flavorful punch as well as compliment whatever vegetables you’ve also added to your greens.

Peach and Cucumber Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Serves 1
A sweet citrus salad that's perfect to enjoy in the middle of a hot summer.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. ½ cup cucumber, diced
  3. 1 peach, thinly sliced
  4. 2 pieces cooked bacon, chopped
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
  1. 1 tsp honey
  2. 3 TB fresh lemon juice
  3. ½ tsp lemon zest, minced
  4. 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  5. ½ tsp thyme
  6. pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Using a small mixing bowl, add all vinaigrette ingredients and whisk well. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, add all salad ingredients. Drizzle vinaigrette overtop and enjoy.
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Clean Eating Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are a easy and colorful way to get a variety into your lunch. They’re also great for lunches on the go, especially during the summer! I tried to make mine as clean-eating and fun as possible by adding in a mixture of protein, fruit and veggies. For this particular ‘box,’ I added in some homemade peanut butter hummus to dip in. It tastes great with both the veggies and apple slices

Clean-Eating Bento Box with Peanut Butter Hummus
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large hard-boiled eggs
  2. 4 celery stalks, cut into thin strips
  3. 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
  4. 4-ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  5. 2 cups grapes
  6. 1 apple, cut into wedges
Peanut Butter Hummus
  1. 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  2. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  3. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 3 tablespoons water
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Divide all ingredients evenly into 4 containers.
Peanut Butter Hummus
  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth; about 1 minute. Store in 4 small airtight containers.
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With this Bento Box, I went with Spinach Turkey Pinwheels with a side of grapes, carrots and cucumber slices. The wrap itself is spinach and tastes delicious paired with slices of low-sodium deli turkey, cheddar cheese and baby spinach. Another easy and clean-eating lunch that you can throw together in 5 minutes and take on-the-go!

Spinach Turkey Pinwheels Bento Box
Yields 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large spinach tortilla
  2. 2-ounces thinly sliced low-sodium deli turkey
  3. handful of baby spinach
  4. 1 slice cheddar cheese
  5. ¼ cup red grapes
  6. 8 baby carrots
  7. 6 cucumber slices
Instructions
  1. Lay out spinach tortilla and spread baby spinach in the middle as evenly as possible. Add turkey slices and cheese. Tightly roll tortilla until you reach edge and using a knife, cut into 6 slices.
  2. Add to a container withy grapes, carrots and cucumber slices.
Notes
  1. Adapted recipe from Damn Delicious.
Adapted from Damn Delicious
Adapted from Damn Delicious
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Egg Salad for 80 Day Obsession and 21DayFix

I don’t know anyone else who loves egg salad more than me. It can be made so healthy-ish, it’s simple to make and it tastes great in a variety of ways. Plus it’s loaded in protein! This particular recipe is 2 eggs per serving equaling up to 12g of protein! That’s great for a pre or post-workout meal.

Since I’m still getting the hang of this container counting, I’ve been getting quite a bit of help from some blogs that I’ve found on Pinterest, (thank goodness for Pinterest, by the way) – it can be a little overwhelming at first, so finding food ideas via others who have done it before is a tremendous stress-reliever and makes nutrition blocks seem much more do-able. I’m on week 2 and I’m starting to get the hang of it. You can eat “outside of the box.” You don’t have to eat strictly meat and a vegetable and a teaspoon for each meal. There are some great resources out there that are much more creative, like this egg salad recipe that I found via Carrie Elle.

Egg Salad
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into small pieces
  2. 1½ tsp lite mayo
  3. ½ tsp dijon mustard
  4. ¼ tsp paprika
  5. pinch of himalayan salt and pepper, for taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Chill for approximately 1+ hour, if possible before serving.
Notes
  1. 1 red, 1.5 tsp for 21DayFix.
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21DayFix – Week 1, Plan-A Menu

With summer only 50 something days away, I thought no perfect time than now to clean up my diet and tone my body. I am pretty good at finding clean-eating meals to cook throughout the week but I wasn’t very experienced in portion control. Luckily for me, my husband had purchased the 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack! So in preparation for the next 80DO challenge to start at the end of this month, I thought I’d use those cute little color containers and start the 21DayFix since I had 21 (well, 23 to be exact) days to practice my diet.

My BB coach directed me to Fixate Cooking, a program on BeachBody On Demand which offers up a large variety of recipes that center around portion control. This was a tremendous help in understanding what I can and cannot eat throughout the day for my specific meal plan. Plus, new recipes are always exciting to try out! Planning out to get the right amount of containers can be a little time consuming, but what meal-planning isn’t? 

The meals below are what I had for my first week. I’m on Plan A, and each recipe was delicious! I would highly recommend them if you’re a Plan A as well and are looking to try something new. Each recipe aside from PBJ Shakelogy can be found on Fixate Cooking, written out in the “Program Materials” link. If you try any, let me know how you liked them!

M1 – Breakfast: PBJ Shakeology
When I first started 21DayFix, I was most excited about Shakeology. I have done a few beachbody programs in the past and have tried a couple of the shakeology flavors and strawberry was hands down my favorite. I had originally mostly made it as a Strawberry Banana shake but I wanted to experiment a little and see what else I could throw together that tasted delicious as well as was healthy for me. Of course I turned to Pinterest for this, like most of us do for anything. That’s where I found a recipe for this PBJ shake. Now if you love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s highly likely you’ll like this shake. Throw in some banana and the flavor is even more delicious.

Ingredients:
1 Strawberry Shakelogy Packet
1 banana
1T peanut butter or almond butter
8oz water
3-4 ice cubes
(1 red, 1 purple, 1 blue)


M2 – Snack 1: Carrots and Celery.
(1 green)


M3 – Lunch: Overstuffed Turkey Sandwich 
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow)


M4 – Snack 2: 1 clementine
(.5 purple)



M5 –  Dinner: Meat Taco Meat (Day 1 and 2)
(.5 green, 1 red, 1 oil)

M5 – Dinner: (Day 3) Low-Carb Japanese Noodle Bowl
(1 green, 1 red, .5 yellow, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 4) Pineapple Fried Rice
(.5 green, .5 purple, .5 red, 1 yellow, .5 orange, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 5 and 6) Steak Fajitas
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil)



M5
– Dinner (Day 7) Oven Fried Chicken with Mixed Vegetables – Not Pictured
This is one of those meals where I scarfed it down before I could take a picture. Hey, it happens. 
(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil, 1 green)


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