Thursday, February 19, 2015

day 4

Day 4 recipe 4 
clean baked ziti and who doesn't love a good baked ziti 

  • 1 lb gluten free or whole wheat ziti pasta, cooked
  • 1½ lbs lean, ground turkey
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tbls dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbls garlic powder
  • ¼ cup dried onion (or 1 tbls onion powder)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 oz garlic & herb goat cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet, cook the turkey meat over medium high heat.
  2. Drain any fat from the pan and add in basil, oregano, garlic powder, dried onion, chili powder, honey, water, and tomato sauce. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes to let flavors blend. Stir in goat cheese until blended.
  3. Drain pasta and add to the cooked meat sauce and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  4. ©Around My Family Table

day 3 recipe

Day #3, Recipe #3

Simple Crockpot Italian Chicken


6-8 boneless chicken breasts 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, mashed 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (reduce to 1/2 cup if not using crockpot meat rack*see below) 1 tbsp Italian seasoning sea salt and pepper to taste 1 (15oz) carton diced tomatoes, drained 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded parmesan cheese

Place chicken breasts on the cooking rack and pour the chicken broth in the bottom of the slow cooker (it should come to just the top of the rack).

Add garlic cloves to the chicken broth. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning, sea salt and pepper.

Pour drained, diced tomatoes on top and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve over top Zucchini Spaghetti.

Don't forget to reserve that delicious, rich broth for another recipe. Pour the liquid through a strainer and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

*I highly recommend using a crockpot meat rack when preparing this recipe. They are very inexpensive (see the link to the Danesco Roasting Rack above this recipe for a small rack, if needed) and the texture of the meat is better when it's not sitting in a lot of liquid while cooking. This can cause the muscle fibers to be too broken down, creating a texture that's too soft.

This is a healthy crockpot chicken recipe that the whole family will love!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Drink Water

Also make sure that along with eating clean you are drinking plenty of water. 70-120 oz per day! Yes at first you will be peeing a lot but i promise its a key part to getting those abs and your body will adjust to it after a couple of days. It flushes out toxins and keeps the body from bloating! its also beneficial for the skin and will help the skin to tighten up making it easier to see the abs forming!

day 2

Well we are almost 2 days in how are we doing? Feeling that six pack yet? If not don't get discouraged it will come!!! The fact that you are part of this challenge is awesome and the important thing! Stick with it!!!! So here is the next recipe!!!!
Recipe #2
Low Carb Chipotle Cheese Burger with Crunchy Kale Chips
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 burger with cheese, 2 cups kale chips
1 lb ground dark turkey meat
4 cups baby spinach
½ cup Skinny Chef Cherry Chipotle Sauce
4 slices cheddar or pepper jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the spinach in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add the turkey meat and the Cherry Chipotle Sauce, and pulse again 5 to 6 times to mix.
Form into 4 burger patties, 4-inches in diameter and transfer to a plate.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add the olive oil and the burger.
Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once until the burgers are browned on both sides.
Slide into the oven and bake 20 minutes until the burgers are cooked through.
Kale Chips:
While the burgers are baking, prepare the kale chips. Set out two ungreased baking sheets with sides.
Rinse kale under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel or dish towel.
Wrap kale in another layer of fresh paper towel or another dry dishtowel—kale must be dry in order to crisp up.
Squeeze and unroll.
Roughly chop leaves and discard stems or save to add to your favorite soup recipe.
In a large bowl, toss leaves with olive oil, Parmesan, sesame seeds, salt and pepper, rubbing leaves with your fingers to coat with olive oil and spices.
Transfer leaves between baking sheets and bake 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until crisp.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"abs are made in the kitchen" clean eating challenge

I am doing a clean eating challenge that is going to last for 30 days! I will post a new recipe each day and everyone in the challenge group will commit to eating clean throughout the duration of the challenge. Abs are made 30% in the gym and 70% in the kitchen so lets get some rockin abs!! This challenge is combined with shakeology for those interested its a super shake that has over 70+ super foods in it that aid in energy, weightloss, focus, overall health and helping anyone to reach there fitness goals plus more trust me! This shake is amazing!!!!

I am so excited about this challenge group and i know all willing to commit to doing this are going to do amazing!! Clean eating is a lifestyle. By incorporating whole, fresh foods into your diet, you eliminate preservatives, additives, and toxins and avoid the processed and refined foods that wreak havoc on our health and on our waistlines! This challenge group is going to last for 30 days! It will consist of a new dinner recipe being posted everyday. Also i want everyone posting a description or photo of their dinner meal every day so we can tally up who was the most consistent also it will keep everyone motivated and accountable! Whoever is the most consistent and has the biggest results at the end will receive the grand prize! Also this challenge group was supposed to be combined with shakeology for those interested in that you can message me or you can order it This is going to be so fun and i'm excited for you all!

Recipe #1
 Slow cooker Super Food Soup

  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable juice (I used R.W. Knudsen, Organic Very Veggie Juice, no sugar added)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, or until veggies are tender. Add a tablespoon of reduced fat cheddar cheese, if desired.
NOTE: If you prefer a less subtle onion and garlic taste, saute onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 additional minute. Add to slow cooker along with other ingredients.
To make this even more of a Superfood Soup, add 2 cups coarsely chopped kale the last 5 minutes of cooking, or until wilted.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Ok fine hun i'm nesting! My sweet husband has been giving me grief basically the whole time i have been pregnant every time i clean, vacuum, dusted, organized etc of anything he says i'm nesting (as if i don't do all those things all the time especially before i was pregnant ha!) anyways i didn't think it counted until now ha! I woke up at 5:30 in the morning (not intentionally) and started getting a few things set up in the baby's room! it's still not even close to being done, but i did get a few things going so i guess i have to admit that i'm nesting now!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happy 6 year Anniversary!

7 years ago i met my amazing husband well sort of haha we technically met for a minute 2 years before when he was leaving on his mission and he asked me for a date when he got home from his mission. So 7 years ago i met him again at a fireside and he asked me if he could still have that date! Surprised he remembered and actually impressed i agreed. We went on our first date and we're married a year later! 6 years ago yesterday (Sep. 7th)!  I'm so grateful for him he is my best friend and an amazing husband i honestly can't imagine life without him! Its crazy to think that its been 6 years for us! I used to look at people that said they had been married for 5 or 6 years and think that was so long and it would take forever to get to that point but time has flown by! They have been the best 6 years of my life though and i'm so grateful for our life together! Thanks for the best 6 years husband i look forward to the rest! Happy Anniversary yesterday!!!

Shandon had to work for most of our anniversary but he didn't want me to go all day without hearing from him apparently so he sent me these!!!!