HEALTH WITH JESSICA

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 ūüĒ•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 Bacon & Onion Breakfast Casserole


I am the first to admit I really don’t love spending tons of time in the kitchen. I am always on the hunt for easy recipes that don’t take tons of time and that will stretch for more than one meal. If you are an egg casserole or quiche fan…ya gotta try this one!!

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

  • 2 mashed sweet potatoes 
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking soda 

Egg Mixture:

  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 dozen slices bacon, crumbled
  • 2 sliced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400F. Cook and mash sweet potatoes, then combine remaining crust ingredients. Mix well. Press into greased 13×9 casserole dish (I greased mine with coconut oil). 

Mix together beaten eggs, chopped onion, seasoning & bacon. Pour mixture on top of prepared crust. Then spread sliced tomatoes on top of egg mixture. 

Bake @ 400F for 25 minutes or until golden brown and eggs are set.

I just made ours and it is half gone. However, it would be great to cut into single portion sizes and freeze for a fast, filling, healthy breakfast option on busy mornings!!

Together We’re Better

Why should you join a 30 Day Challenge Group??  What are the benefits?  Why be part of a group?

This is team work! ¬†It’s a proven fact that accountability leads to greater success with weight loss AND weight loss maintenance.

WHY?? ¬†Think about it. ¬†Have you ever planned to work out with a friend and then not wanted to? You still do it, don’t you? ¬†You might have pushed snooze on your alarm and rolled over to saw a few more logs, or changed out of your work clothes and into your lounge clothes instead of gym close, or opted for an afternoon movie rather than an afternoon hike if it weren’t for the annoying fact that you already told your buddy that you’d meet him at the gym or on the trail. Have you ever had that moment? ¬†I’m betting you have. ¬†Or you and your friend make a pact that you’re going to “be good” with your diet this week and you decide to “check in” with each other. So…when you go to grab that delicious looking glazed donut, you think twice! ¬†In fact, you see your friend’s face sitting there staring as you painfully debate with yourself whether or not to indulge. ¬†Ya familiar with these moments?

The cool thing is, this stuff works! ¬†Having people you know are doing what you’re doing AND will be asking about your progress is HUGE motivation.

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Another big thing is CULTURE. ¬†When you are trying to change things about your lifestyle (exercise and nutrition are no small things to try to adjust when you are real about it) it takes creating a different culture than the one you are used to living in. ¬†What is your current culture like? ¬†Is it centered around food and drinks (specialty coffee drinks, cocktails, beer)? ¬†Is every social occasion one based on high calorie consumption (I’ve noticed we’re pretty bad about this at church!)? ¬†Do you relax at night in front of the TV with a tub of ice cream and a spoon or a big bag of chips that you blaze through in no time?

In order to change things concerning your habits it takes changing the momentum of your life in lots of little ways, from lots of different areas. ¬†It’s a matter of convincing yourself and becoming super comfortable with this new way of doing stuff. ¬†What does this look like? ¬†Ohhh I dunno…things like eating sitting at the table instead of zoning out in front of the TV with whatever you keep grabbing out of the kitchen. ¬†Posting things that inspire you on social media. ¬†Hanging out more with people who do all those things you want to be doing in your life (getting outside instead of seeing who can down the most beers, cooking healthy meals for get-togethers, running local races…for example!). ¬†Researching things that get you excited about your new habits. ¬†Investing in small thing that make your new way of life fun and things that are just plain helpful (fit bit, new shoes that support your specific activities, apps that help track your activities and motivate you).

It’s only obvious by now that a group you can be a part of virtually is an amazing way to create this culture and build accountability into your life. ¬†Not only that, but joining forces and helping encourage other people, helps keep YOU on track! ¬†When I am rooting other people on trying to inspire someone else I, in turn, inspire myself. ¬†Kinda cool how that happens. ūüėČ

If you’re interested in joining my new 30 day challenge group starting April 4th, let me know! ¬†Send me an email: jessica@healthwithjessica.com! ¬†We’d love to have you along for the ride!!

XOXO,
Jess

 

Steak Tacos

This is a very simple recipe, doesn’t take a lot of time, but is tasty & satisfying! ¬†Don’t you just crave steak every now and again? ¬†Mmmmmm! ¬†Although simple, there is enough flavor that Salsa is definitely not needed (& this is coming from the salsa queen! ¬†I LOVE salsa!).

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean beef steak
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • mushrooms, cut in half
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Corn tortillas, small

Directions

Cover steak with chili powder, salt and pepper.  Cook in olive oil over med-high heat 6-8 minutes per side.  Cover with foil, set aside.

Put chopped veggies in skillet; cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Remove from heat.

Slice steak into thin slices.  Divide steak and veggie mix evenly on tortillas.  Add lime juice and top with cilantro.

ENJOY!!

Makes 6 steak tacos

21 Day Fix count; 2 tacos:
1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green

 

 

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