HEALTH WITH JESSICA

BLT, Chicken, Balsamic & Feta Salad

If you’re looking for a filing and tasty salad that is full of savory flavors…look no further! This is easily a meal in itself and one you’ll want to make again!


INGREDIENTS

Balsamic Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water 
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt

Chicken: either 2 chicken breasts, cooked or use the meat from a rotisserie chicken (we love doing this on busy nights when there’s not a lot of time for cooking!).

Salad:

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 8 cups mixed salad lettuce leaves 
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped 
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Whisk balsamic dressing ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.

Arrange all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Top with the bacon, chicken, avocado and sprinkle with feta, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with  dressing, and enjoy!

Tortellini Soup

It was a perfect day for soup today! Lazy Sunday (although I did my taxes & that made my brain hurt), chilly out with snow mixed in the rain a bit…

We LOVE the 21 Day Fix program and this is a recipe I found & modified that is 21 Day Fix approved! The 21 Day Fix is all about clean eating, balanced macros and portion control…all things I teach health coaching clients and guidelines we live by. 

So here you go…I hope you try it, it really is delicious!


INGREDIENTS (serves 8)

  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
  • 2 quarts organic chicken broth
  • 2lbs grass fed ground beef (or turkey)
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (for the topping)

DIRECTIONS

Brown the meat in a large skillet. Add  onions and garlic in the same skillet and cook until tender. Season with a little italian seasoning, salt and pepper

Add all the ingredients except the tortellini & Parmesan cheese to crock pot Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or all day.

Right before you’re ready to eat, cook the tortellini according to package instructions. Then add to the soup.

Dish soup out and add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the top. Serve hot 🔥1 cup = 1 serving


21 Day Fix containers: 1 Green 1 Yellow 1/2 Red 1 Blue

ENJOY!! 

XOXO, Jess

If you would like to learn more about the 21 Day Fix please send me an email: jessica@healthwithjessica.com

Quinoa Taco Casserole 

We were looking for a tasty, healthy recipe and I stumbled upon a 21 day fix friendly taco bake recipe and am happy to report…it’s delish! 


Here’s my modified version:

Preheat oven to 350F

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. Quinoa, cook according to package
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey, or beef (we used grass fed beef)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup onion, finally chopped
  • taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 16 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 & 1/3 cups shredded cheese 

DIRECTIONS

Cook the quinoa & set aside.  Brown the meat, adding seasoning per seasoning directions. Add the chopped veggies & tomato sauce to the mixture. Bring to low boil then simmer for a few minutes. Add cooked quinoa & 1 cup of the cheese mix and spread in a 9×13 pan. Top with remaining 1/3 cup of cheese, cover with foil and cook for 20 min. Remove foil and cook another 10 min. 

Let cool in pan for several min. before serving. 

21 Day Fix containers (1/4 pan = 1 serving)

  • 1 yellow
  • 1 red
  • 1/2 green
  • 1 blue

We loved this! Next time we’ll double or triple the recipe and freeze some! Perfect with a salad on the side!

PALEO Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer Recipe

I have a very strong attachment to my coffee creamer. I look forward to my hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning with just the right amount of creamer.  It is an integral part of my morning ritual! 

I love playing with different ideas and recipes for creamers. My hubby and I started doing bulletproof coffee several months back and that’s one that he does on a fairly regular basis. Truth be told…it doesn’t take long for me to start missing my creamer! 

Inspired by my coffee creamer addiction and a rainy day…here’s my latest recipe try…I’m a HUGE salted caramel fan and I thought this turned out pretty awesome!


INGREDIENTS 

  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk


DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring coconut sugar and water to simmer in medium sauce pan. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Once mixture thickens a bit to a syrupy consistency, REMOVE FROM HEAT.
  2. Add vanilla, sea salt and about 1/3 of the coconut milk. Stir well and let mixture cool for several minutes. 
  3. Combine Caramel mixture with remaining coconut milk in a large jar. Mix well. Make sure all the coconut milk is melted into the mixture…since it is a full-fat coconut milk you might have to heat it up just enough that it will mix in well and not result in a lumpy creamer!
  4. Store in fridge in sealed jar up to 1 week. Shake or stir before using as the coconut milk will separate. 
  5. Enjoy!! 

Brewin’ Kombucha

So I remember when kombucha was just starting to become a trend in the mainstream health and wellness world. I was SO not interested. It looked disgusting and its description sounded disgusting. Nope. Not for me.

However, I am like that kid at the dinner table that, if you introduce to a veggie that they despise enough times, they’ll eventually try it. Kombucha is suddenly all over the place (heck, lots of tap rooms offer this stuff in their own growlers!) and as it has made its mark, I somehow got sucked into the idea that I wanted to give it a fair try. Low and behold…I love it! 

Not only am I seriously a fan of the taste (really enjoying all the different types and flavors available EVERYWHERE) but I am super impressed with its benefits! That just makes it taste even better to me somehow. 

Here are just a few of the touted benes:

Improved Digestion

Weight Loss

Increased Energy

Cleansing and Detoxification

Immune Support

Reduced Joint Pain

Cancer Prevention

All I can say is that I love that I am ingesting a probiotic and that it offers a more natural energy source (I am not a stranger to energy drinks so this is awesome). I just feel GOOD drinking it. 

This stuff is not cheap, however. I’d say $3 a bottle is a good average for 12-16oz. Nope…not cheap. But amazing. So, what’s a girl to do?? Make my own of course! 

I won’t lie, I tried this once before and it didn’t work. I didn’t get enough of the right info and I didn’t talk to anyone in depth about how they personally made it. I got this fly verbal tutorial from the lady I bought my original scoby from and I tried to marry that info with stuff I found online and it just. didn’t. work. I felt way confused and it ended up growing mold. Oops. That happens.

Since then I got some great advice from a friend who has been making it since long before it was ever popular. She also sent me a link to some directions that she trusted. I appreciate that because I need stuff written down and in front of me!! 

So…Kombucha: take 2

I did some Christmas shopping on Groupon and stumbled across a Groupon for a Kombucha kit! Hello! Had to get it. Merry Christmas to me. It was only $15 and I got a scoby, 3 dark bottles for my finished product, 2 different types of tea and some evaporated cane sugar. Not bad! My hubby had bought me a really cute jar for my original batch. So, I was set!


What to do:

Find some scoby. What the heck is scoby?? It’s essentially the starter. Just like sourdough bread. It has all the awesome cultures you need. It looks gross, but that little guy is what holds all the good stuff you need for it to be so stinking great for you. 

Here’s the place I got mine from through Groupon: Kombucha Brooklyn brewing supplies

They have great products and great costumer service. However, they are in NY, and there are lots of local places to get your supplies from. In fact, if you don’t know someone who makes their own who can give you your own scoby, people sell it on Craigslist and Amazon. 

Once I got my stuff, I heeded the advice of my friend and followed the directions she sent me the link to: Oregon Kombucha

One major thing I had overlooked was temperature. I didn’t make sure that mine was staying at the optimum temp. I also let it brew too long. 

What you need to start:

A large jar or glass/ceramic container: gallon size 

Black or green tea

Sugar 

Scoby

A plan to keep your Kombucha at the right temp

When you follow the directions you will learn that Kombucha brews best between 75-90 degrees. Yup. Missed that part the first time around. 

Our solution, since we don’t have a nice safe spot in our place that is a consistent temp, was to put it in a cooler. We have a large glass measuring cup full of hot water that we change out 2-3 times a day to keep it toasty in there. Found that idea online and it seems to be working! 


So there you have it. I am not going to go into detail with the directions, as I gave the link to the ones I used and they are great!

Would love to hear about your adventures with Kombucha making!! We’re on Day 3 of this batch so I will be sure to update! We will start checking on Day 7 to see how it’s doing…just a taste test. You let it go longer if you want a stronger, more tart taste. That is what we want!

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Jess 

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