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

Kiwi-Lime Salsa

EASY & refreshing! ¬†I’ve so far only had this with Quinoa & Black Bean chips (thank you Trader Joe’s!). ¬†However, I can think of a bunch of different recipes to use it in right off the bat…mmmmmmm…drooling over here just thinking about it ūüôā

Ingredients:

4 kiwis, peeled & diced
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
juice squeezed from 1/2 fresh lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

That’s it! ¬†Mix all the ingredients and dive in! ¬†Not only scrumptious but…isn’t it beautiful?!

Refreshing, light, delicious...!
Refreshing, light, delicious…!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

One of the cool things about this salad is that Quinoa is actually a complete protein. ¬†This tasty grain weighs in with about 8 g of protein and 5 g of fiber per serving. ¬†And it’s one of the only non-animal sources of food that is a complete protein.

This salad is pretty easy if you don’t mind a bunch of chopping and a great side to have throughout the week ūüôā ¬†I LOVE the flavor! ¬†Who says healthy has to be bland?!
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Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tomato, chopped
1 cucumber
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
15 Kalamata olives, chopped
Juice of one lemon
2 tsp cumin
Ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp garlic powder

Directions:
Cook quinoa according to directions
Add all ingredients in a medium salad and mix gently.
Serve cold!

Serving size: 1 cup
21 Day Fix: 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue

Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

 

 

 

Fish Tacos: 21 Day Fix approved

Fish Tacos and Fish n’ Chips….two of my favorite things! ¬†Fish Tacos are far easier to make “clean” than Fish n’ Chips. ¬†I’ll have to figure that one out! For now, it’s one of my favorite “treats” when I go out to eat.

I do have to get snobby about the fish for a sec. ¬†Tilapia is a go-to for a lot of people for white fish. ¬†It’s good…I like it. ¬†HOWEVER, it’s not worth it if you care at all about Omega 3 (which you should!!). ¬†Read this article for more info (there are other reasons it’s not the best pick, but this is the #1 for me). ¬†Just know that Salmon has about 10x more Omega 3!

Alrighty. ¬†So here’s the super easy recipe! ¬†You can add things like avocado, plain Greek yogurt… ¬†this just happens to be what I had on hand:

1- 5 oz Cod fillet
Lime juice, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh cilantro
Ground black pepper, to taste
Shredded cabbage
Salsa
2 small corn tortillas

Place fish in small pan, squeeze lime juice over it along with minced garlic and cilantro. ¬†Cook fish on stove top on medium for 8-10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. ¬†If you desire, add a small amount of olive oil. ¬†I didn’t need any. ¬†Season with pepper to taste.

Heat corn tortillas in large pan on med-high just until browned.  I did spray a small amount of olive oil in the pan.

Flake fish and put in tortilla along with cabbage and salsa.

Fix Containers:
1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1/2 Green, 1/4 Purple (depending on how much salsa you use)IMG_4577

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