HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Crock Pot Meat Loaf – 21 Day Fix approved ✅

It is definitely the time of year for crockpot food! Mmmmm. Living tiny also is a really good motivator for easy food. However, we’re not willing to compromise our healthy choices or taste! …definitely not taste! 

I have been craving some meatloaf for probably a couple of weeks now. It is a little funny to hear myself say that. I was vegetarian several years ago for probably 5 years. I was doing it for “health reasons” or so I thought. I am a big fan of giving my body plenty of protein from animal sources nowadays. Of course clean options are what I go for. I switched over to grassfed beef a couple of years ago and am shocked at how different it tastes!! It is amazing! Plus I feel far better about what I am putting in my body without all the antibiotics and pesticides…

I’m at the end of day 3 of my January 30 day challenge, and part of that means I follow the balanced, portion controlled, clean eating plan provided by the 21 Day Fix. So, here’s a yummy 21 Day Fix approved (& hubby approved) meatloaf recipe! 


Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs grass fed, ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup no sugar added tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch each of salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Grease the inside of the crockpot with olive oil or butter.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well…using your hands is the best method! 

Shape into a loaf…I have a circle crock pot and it worked fine…but I do think an oval shaped cooker would help it cook a little better/faster. 

Place loaf into slow cooker, cover & cook on low 5-6 hours: until meat thermometer reads 160F.

If you’d like, at last 15 minutes or so of cooking, add a mixture of a small amount of ketchup/Worcestershire sauce over the top of the loaf.


Let stand 10 minutes before serving. 

21 Day Fix Containers per serving:

1 red, 1/4 yellow, 1/4 blue, 1/8 purple.

Delish and great along side a big salad or asparagus! 

Chicken Enchiladas with Sweet Potato puree

SO, I went to the library and picked up a copy of Jessica Seinfeld’s “Double Delicious” to try some new, healthy recipes.  I am a creature of habit and need to find some new stuff to make (I’m sure my son would agree!).  Remember Jessica Seinfeld’s first cookbook Deceptively Delicious??  I owned that…where it is, I have no idea.  Some of those recipes I tried and was happy with. Some were kind of like those pictures you see of “pinterest fails”.  If you haven’t seen those, pause and go google.  Kind of hilarious, and yet sad…because I tend to end up with the “fail” version with craft projects!  Oh well.  Ya can’t win ’em all. Anyhoo…I was a little nervous about this recipe after I got home with the ingredients because we were having friends over and what if it down right sucked?!  Shoulda thought about that before when all I had to offer would be salad and…pancakes??  Maybe a greek yogurt and some hummus?  Ew.  Lucky for me, it was a hit!  AND super easy to make!  I like easy.  I think part of why I end up sticking with things I know for dinner is because of the time spent in the kitchen with new recipes.  Sheesh.  I don’t have enough time as it is (I know a lot of you are relating to that as you read this!).  I would file this one under “MUST TRY”!

 

whole grain chicken enchiladas with a secret

Recipe (with some tweaks from me!):

Nonstick cooking spray (I don’t use this stuff…I use regular oil…vegetable or olive oil)
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (about 3/4 pound)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons pepper
2 cups sweet potato or carrot puree (not a big fan of carrots…I used sweet potato and LOVED it)
4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 cup shredded, reduced-fat (2%) cheddar cheese or part-skim mozzarella, divided
6 (9-inch) whole-grain or whole-wheat flour tortillas
2 cups spinach puree (oops…forgot spinach so I didn’t do this part…next time!)
2 cups mild tomato salsa (ummmm….I like a little kick, so I used mild in the recipe and added some spicer stuff to mine on my plate!)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 x 12-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with garlic powder and pepper. Cook the chicken 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Off the heat, mix the sweet potato or carrot puree, sour cream, and half the cheese into the skillet.

2. Fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll up. Place seam-side down in the prepared baking dish. Dot the tops of the enchiladas with spinach puree. Spoon the salsa over the enchiladas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the cheese melts and the filling is hot, 35 to 40 minutes.

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