THE BEST Stuffed Peppers Ever

My family LOVES stuffed peppers and the best thing is you can make them out of basically whatever you have on hand! BUT THESE, these are the go to Peppers in our house 😍 You will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

6 large Bell Peppers ( I prefer a mix of orange, red and green)

1 lb Ground beef (I use elk or venison)

1⁄2 cup onion, Chopped

1/2 can tomato paste

3 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup rice of your choice (I prefer brown or jasmine) **Busy mom tip: I cook my rice in the instant pot the day before

1 cup water (for cooking rice)

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup Mexican cheese blend, Shredded

Directions:

Cut off the tops of peppers; discard seeds and membranes, chop peppers in half length wise.

Cook the whole green peppers, uncovered in boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert to drain well.

*in a separate pot put water bring to boil add rice cook until rice is soft – unless using precooked rice like I do.

In a skillet cook ground beef, onion till meat is browned and onions are tender.

Add tomatoes, paste, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and rice.

if needed add more water.

add rice to beef mixture.

Stir in cheese. Stuff peppers with meat/rice mixture. Place in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. in the last 5 minutes add any remaining cheese to the top of the peppers.

And ENJOY! Because these are amazing!!!

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Taco Boat Throwdown

Tonight was one of those "okay how do we throw something together fast, without going grocery shopping?" Kinda nights 😳
So was born our zucchini taco boats 😍😍😍

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I used ground elk)
  • 1 whole onion -diced
  • 2 bell peppers OR 2 cups baby sweet peppers -diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 avocado (or guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • My sodium free taco seasoning
  • 1tbsp water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Saran Wrap
  • Olive oil

*optional
For the family 😉 1 box jiffy cornbread mix and it's ingredients

Directions:

  • Brown the meat in large skillet
  • Once almost completely browned add water and taco seasoning to taste
  • Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, do not cut completely through but almost
  • Spray small amount of non stick cooking
  • spray in the middle of the zucchini
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap and microwave 5 minutes, then let it stand 2 minutes
  • Do the same to the other zucchini
  • Add a small amount of oil to the pan with the meat moved to the side
  • Add onion and peppers leaving 1/2 cup raw for topping
  • Cooking onion and peppers and blend with taco meat and turn off heat
  • Mix corn and black beans in microwave safe bowl and cover and microwave on high 2 minutes
  • Open Saran wrapped zucchini and *optional : scoop out center (I prefer to leave the center in
  • Top with meat mixture, lettuce, peppers, salsa, cheese, bean and corn mixture and salsa

*Optional Corn Bread Base for non-zucchini lovers

  • Follow directions on jiffy box to mix pancakes
  • Heat griddle and make corn bread pancakes 🥞
  • Top exactly the same as the zucchini boats

These were a hit by all and so fast and simple and most importantly, you don't need your oven on a hot summer day!

And for those of you following the Fixate meal plan like me 😉 here are the counts 😘

2💚💚 1❤️ 1/2💙 1💛 3 🥄🥄🥄

Summer Love Your Body

Summer Love Your Body Bootcamp is Open for Registration!

You Guys! Registration is NOW OPEN for my

Summer Love Your Body Online Bootcamp!

Lets learn to love ourselves where we are at while working towards our goals together!! This bootcamp will push us to hit our goals by the Fourth of July and more importantly to love ourselves more and more everyday while we work on being healthier and happier than ever!!!

You will get all your workouts (that you’ll do from home), 30 superfood meals, the built in support and motivation that comes from being in these groups, and the exact nutrition/meal plan you need to not only get results, but to learn how to KEEP those results forever. You’ll learn all my secrets on learning to love yourself right where you are while you work on building a healthier you and get to where you want to be! Because you are amazing just the way you are and it isn’t wrong to want more out of your life and your body You will learn to NEVER diet again and how you should NEVER be hungry!

So, if you are sick of wanting more and never sticking with it, or of teeter-tottering back and forth between dieting and bingeing, losing and gaining, feeling like you have no control over food or your body, feeling like you can’t remember the last time you appreciated your body for anything, dealing with anxiety, depression or lack of energy, or if you just want to lose some fat while still enjoying the things you love like wine 😉 and chocolate, send me an email ASAP or fill out the Take My Challenge form above! My groups fill up quick, and once those spots are full, its full. Can’t wait to work with you!

**only open to women who live in the US and Canada who and are not already a coach or working with one**

 

transformation

These are real results, that you can really get and maintain while building confidence and staying full on food your whole family will love!!

 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

His Grace Is Sufficient

As I laid in bed this morning listening to these little voices build and imagine and play in the hallway together, just to be near where I am ❤️ I was overcome with total gratitude for this amazing gift of motherhood and stewardship of these tiny hearts, hands and feet They absorb every breath I breathe, every thought I think and every word I speak.

They long to be near us always, in the quiet moments and in the crazy ones.

They watch us, watch ourselves in the mirror and learn how to think and talk about their own bodies.

They watch us show kindness to strangers and learn to be kind, always and to everyone.

They watch us love our husbands, their daddy and hero, and watch him love us, and learn what a healthy and strong marriage should look like and what they can expect from a man.

They watch us praise the Lord and sing to Him, read of Him and act as He would approve, and they learn to love Him.

They listen as We lift others up, speak acceptance and love into their lives, and they learn to pour their hearts into others, to be empathetic.

They watch and listen as we contain, or try our hardest to contain 😉, our temper, our anxiety, our depression, and learn to be strong and steadfast and a fighter-despite their weaknesses.

They watch us fall to our knees and depend on Him for our strength, and learn to be arrows, to turn to Him in times of need.

They watch us press on, work hard and talk about passion and purpose and dreams and things that seem impossible without faith, and they learn to have faith, to dream BIG, and that they can accomplish anything they want with God and mommy in their corner ❤️

We are more than just a mom, We are warriors, an example, a steward. And they are more than our beautiful children, they are daughters and sisters and someday mothers in Christ, Sons, Brothers and someday Fathers in Christ, they are arrows in the Lords army, they are the future.
So I will keep sharing my weaknesses and my fight, so they can see where I draw my strength ❤ And I urge you to share yours too, continue to lead by example and we need to remember as mommas, that even when we think they aren’t watching and maybe think we aren’t leading, they are, we are, always.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Happy Mothers Day week to all my other arrow raisers, arrow sharpeners and arrow buffers 😉 whether you’re a mom of your own arrows or a significant role model for the arrows in your life, you are raising the future ❤️ Thank you for all you do and for all the beautiful “mothers” in my girls life, I could not raise these warriors without you!  

Blueberry Delight Smoothie

No more slimey wasted GREENS!!! 💚
Making delicious, healthy smoothies doesn’t have to be hard or take more than a minute of your time! Check out this fan favorite recipe of mine ❤️ Not to mention an awesome tip in there on how to keep your greens from getting soggy and slimey 😉

Recipe for Blueberry Delight:
*1 scoop vegan strawberry superfoods
*ice
*2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
*3/4 cup water
*tons of frozen spinach
*about 12 blueberries

*Blend and devour!

Check Out these ‘Tricks & Treats’ To Keep You On Track!

  With Halloween just around the corner your house is probably stocked with mini chocolate bars and sweets galore, and if you aren’t yet, you will be! Whether you have kiddos who will bring home their loot for you to “taste test” or you plan on sitting by the door and doling out the goods to your own neighborhood kids, the temptation remains the same…SUGAR!
We all love it from time to time and the more we eat, the more we crave! So here are a few tried and true tricks to keep you out of the treats 😉

1.  Eat Before You Trick or Treat

Serve a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will be less tempted to eat candy along the way and so will you! After trick or treating, offer a cup of warm sugar free hot cocoa made with almond milk or low fat milk with just one treat to ensure that blood sugar is stable before bedtime, and hold yourself to the same treat 😉

2.  Trick-or-Treat and Exercise  Make your children walk from house to house instead of driving them, and walk along with them. Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.

3.  Keep the Best, Donate the Rest!

When children get back home from trick-or-treating,  have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
My family personally donates our leftovers and extra to Operation Gratitude, where it is shipped over seas to our troops and brightens the day of a hard working soldier who is missing the Halloween fun! My kids look forward to doing it every year and it starts off the season of giving! Ask your dentist about it or find local drop offs here!

4.  Procrastinate

Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that you do not like, if you still have leftovers donate them! If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.

5. Stock Up on Non-Candy Alternatives

Both for you and your kiddos, stock up on items you and they enjoy and offer those as alternatives to candy or in addition to eating 1 piece of candy vs. 2 or 3. Some great examples might be Trail Mix, Yogurt Covered raisins or pretzels, fruit for smoothies and frozen sugar free yogurt or popsicles. Non food items are great too like an extra 10-30 minutes of screen time, a special movie, a fun project, bubble bath, bubbles, nature walk etc.
When you’re tempted to grab a candy bar or your kiddos are begging you for them, reach for an alternate fun snack or activity and keep that craving at bay!

 

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Do you ever have one of those mornings when you can’t even wait for the pot to finish brewing before you need to get your delicious dark roast in your cup?!?

NOW LET ME ASK YOU…

Do you ever look at other people and think:

“How do they do it all?”

“How do they find the time?”

“Aren’t they exhausted?”

“No way could I do that!”

“I don’t have time

Let me just say … I call BULLSHIT.

I am sorry but I do… “Bullshit mama”

We all have busy lives, all moms have kids with different schedules, all dads have kids with different needs, all marriages need love and relationship, all grandparents are asked to help with different things, all jobs require work, all friends require time and all relationships require emotional and physical commitment!

WE. ALL. HAVE. 24 HOURS. EVERY. DAY.

So are you sitting on Instagram, twitter, Facebook or even this article and thinking, “How does she have the time to write this?”

You are not alone! Sometimes I wonder the same thing.

But let me tell you, WE ALL STRUGGLE.

Life is rough some days, and we all have our own trials, none more important than another, none more difficult than another, just different walks of life with different problems, stresses and time demanding crap.

I woke up this morning at 5:45am, not by choice, I hate mornings and love sleep.  My kids however seem to feel the opposite.  I decided to get my work out in – I DECIDED, being the key words.  The old me would have laid down on the couch, turned on a cartoon and possibly even fallen back to sleep.  Then later in the day I would have made more excuses about being tired and not working out. Then I would have sat on my social media and thought all those self excusing thoughts we just talked about!

Not TODAY.  Today I worked out. Then I brewed a much needed cup of coffee and found myself impatient and unable to wait for the pot to finish brewing…I mean, how ridiculous is that!?!  I couldn’t wait for the pot to finish brewing, really?  Talk about instant gratification 🙂

THE POINT IS:

Everyone has those days, everyone has a reason not to work out, everyone has a reason not to eat right and everyone has a reason not to take care of themselves.  Those reasons are strong and you can’t let them hold you back from your best self! Don’t think that because I post cute work out pics and yummy food that my life is easy or that I have more time than you.

Making time for yourself is much harder than making excuses.

I MAKE the time I have and I PRIORITIZE my health and my personal development above all else.  You can too.

I go to bed after midnight every night.

I have kids that sleep in my bed.

I have kids that wake me up at the buttcrack of dawn.

I have a husband that works nights and sleeps days.

I have a family and lots of friends that I spend time with.

I have a business that I run from home.

I have 3 dogs and a cat and a mortgage and bills and debt and all the other adulting crap you have.

BUT…I have DECIDED that above all that, I WILL make time for myself and my health.  And some days that means I don’t even have time to let the pot of coffee finish brewing 🙂

Do you prioritize your life?  Do you schedule time for yourself?  For your faith? For your fitness and health?  For your sanity!?!

My advice to you today is open your calendar app or your planner and SCHEDULE just 10 MINUTES EVERY DAY for the next 7 days, JUST FOR YOU.  It may mean squeezing 10 minutes in, in your car between soccer practice and dance, it may mean staying up 10 minutes later, or getting up 10 minutes earlier.  But find the time to invest at least 10 minutes in yourself every day.  Even if it means you won’t have those extra minutes to wait for the coffee to brew…you will have extra confidence, energy and passion for life…I think it’s a fair trade!

Just make the time and commitment to yourself, the same way you make time commitments to EVERY ONE ELSE!  You deserve it!