Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sirloin Satay With a side of Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Both of these recipes are from the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan :) Sirloin Satay W/Cilantro & Peppers 2 servings and Roasted Garlic Rosemary Brussels sprouts

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Organic Grass Fed Beef and Chicken Sausage Chili

This is a go to recipe for chili in our house :). It's so good, fast, and easy. Recipe Chicken sausage 1 lb of grass fed beef 8oz tomato sauce 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes 4 oz can of green chiles 2 tbsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cumin Directions Brown meat. Cut up cooked chicken sausages. Once meat is browned add Chicken sausages about 4 links cut up, add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes Green chilies, and spices bring to a boil then down to a siummer for 10-30 min. Enjoy! Side note- I put it over brown rice sometimes too. Also you can do fresh tomatoes and fresh jalapeƱos if you Are trying to stay away from cans :) I'm going to try that Next time :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tone it up Protein Pancakes!

Me and my husband love these for an all natural protein breakfast/snack :) Here's the link to the recipe! Recipe Below Perfect Fit Protein Pancakes! Ingredients: 1/4 cup egg whites 1 scoop Perfect Fit Protein 2 tbs vanilla almond milk 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbs ground flaxseed After above ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 banana (mashed)- mash first, then add!! Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with canola oil cooking spray ~ heat on medium. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles.. just like cooking any pancake! Flip over (careful!) and cook on the other size until the middle is done (peek inside with a fork). Top with two sliced strawberries and optional powdered stevia. ENJOY your protein pancakes :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Whole Roasted Chicken (First time)

Servings: about 4 Ingredients ■1 4-5 pound (2 kilo) whole chicken, preferably organic ■2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (approximate) ■2 tablespoons Penzey’s Florida Seasoned Pepper (or black pepper, salt and granulated garlic) Tools Kitchen twine to tie the legs 10″ – 12″ cast iron skillet Directions 1.Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, unwrap and allow to stand for one hour. Wash the chicken with cold water, discarding any packet of innards. Remove any extra fat globs around the cavity opening. Dry well. 2.Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine and trim off wing tips with kitchen scissors or shears. 3.Season the chicken liberally with Florida Seasoned Pepper. Add salt if you prefer. Alternatively use coarse ground black pepper, granulated garlic and a coarse salt such as kosher or seal salt. Drizzle with olive oil. 4.Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees (190 C). Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken in the hot pan bottom side down and sear for a few minutes until you achieve a golden crust. Watch your heat level and turn the heat down if needed so as not to burn the chicken. 5.When you get a golden crust on the bottom, turn the chicken breast side down and do the same. When the breast side is golden, stand the chicken on the sides and sear both sides. 6.When the chicken is golden all over, turn the chicken breast side up and put the pan in the oven. Roast until a digital thermometer reads 165 degrees in the thigh. Timing will depend on the size of your chicken. A 4 to 4 ½ pound (2 kilo) chicken will take approximately 50-60 minutes in my convection oven. 7.Remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to rest for about 20 minutes. Carve and serve. See photos to help with cutting up the roast chicken. Refrigerate leftover chicken as soon as possible and freeze the carcass to make chicken stock. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. While pan is heating, season the chicken liberally and drizzle all over with olive oil. Place chicken in the hot pan bottom side down and sear for a few minutes until you achieve a golden crust. Watch your heat level and turn the heat down if needed so the chicken does not burn. When you get the golden crust at the bottom, turn the chicken breast side down and do the same thing. When the breast side is golden, stand the chicken on it's sides and sear the sides. This is where tying the legs helps; the chicken is more stable when on it's sides. It may seem awkward, but just go with it. She used silcone tipped tongs to make handling the chicken easier. Recipe here

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Taco Seasoning

I forgot where I got this but it's good! And it's nice to really know what's in the mix instead of buying the taco seasoning packs..

2 T Chili Powder
1-1/2 T Cumin
1-1/2 T Paprika
1 T Onion Powder
1 T Garlic Powder
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions: Put all spices in a container and shake to combine! To make taco meat, mix 3 Tablespoons of them mixture with 1 lb of ground meat and salt to taste. Brown the meat, add the seasonings and 1/4 cup of water simmer for 5 minutes.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies

These were a hit! everyone I shared these with liked them very much!! yay!


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I got the recipe from Picky Palate


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

2. Cream your butter and sugars into a stand or electric mixer until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla mixing until well combined.

3. Place flour, oats, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Mix to combine. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips, mixing until just combined. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Press cookies down to about 1/2 inch before baking. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until edges start to turn golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Chicken Tortilla Soup (paleo version)= no dairy, no grains, no beans

I made Chicken Tortilla soup for the first time!! And it's so good!!! The added avocado on top definatley makes it special.


I got the main recipe here

•2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
•1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
•1-½ teaspoon Cumin
cayenne pepper(not included in recipe but gives it a kick if you can handle it :) )
•1 teaspoon Chili Powder
•½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
•½ teaspoons Salt
•1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
•1 cup Diced Onion
•¼ cups Diced Green Bell Pepper
•¼ cups Red Bell Pepper
•3 cloves Garlic, Minced (didn't have this at the store :( just did garlic powder)
•1 can Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
•32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock(mine was free range too)
•3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
•4 cups Hot Water
•Diced Avocado (this was all i did. Delish!)
•Diced Red Onion
•Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.

Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20(i do 20) to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix (i sprinkled cayenne pepper in there too to give it some more heat) . Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.

Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 60 minutes, uncovered.

Check seasonings, adding more if needed—add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Ladle into bowls, then top with diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, if you have it! (The garnishes really make the soup delicious.)
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