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 😘

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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!  

Clean and Healthy Crepes

These are sooo good you’d never guess they were totally good for you!
Ingredients: 5 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 lemon, juice

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 packet truvia OR your choice sweetener)- optional

Topping’s of your choice
*If you don’t want a sweet crepe, discard the sweetener.
Makes 6 crepes

~ Mix all ingredients together

~ Heat skillet over medium heat. spray with non-stick

~Pour just a little batter onto skillet and tilt skillet around so that it covers the whole bottom (should be a very very very thin layer)

~ Cook about 1-2 minutes or until you see top starting to dry out. Then carefully flip and cook for about 30 seconds.

~ Stuff, roll, and top with your choice of goodness!!
My favorite thing to fill them with is fresh cut strawberries mixed in fresh lime juice, a sprinkle of stevia and fresh mint leaves 😍

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!

Zucchini Taco Roll Ups

Tonight’s dinner was sooooo good! Have you guys made these zucchini taco roll ups?!? Holy cow I am obsessed ❤️ Here’s what they look like before you cook them…it’s okay if they are a little messy 😉


Here’s everything you need!

INGREDIENTS:

  • – 1 zucchini
  • – 1 can green chilis
  • – 1 diced large onion
  • – 1 lb lean ground beef/turkey/venison
  • – 1 tomato
  • – 2 tbsp low/no sodium Taco seasoning
  • -2 tbsp shredded cheese
  • – 1 avocado
  • – 1 tbsp Greek plain yogurt/sour cream

And what to do and they will soon look like this!


DIRECTIONS:

  • Slice 1 zucchini thin the long way (I use a mandolin on the thinnest setting
  • Sautéed 1 onion diced with 1 can green chilis
  • Add 1 lb lean ground turkey(I used venison)
  • Brown meat with onion and chilis, add 2 tbsp low or no sodium Taco seasoning (I have a great one in my recipe section
  • Dice 1 tomato and throw it in the pan
  • Lay slices of zucchini out in a Pyrex (I spray mine with avocado oil spray)
  • Spread a tiny bit of shredded cheese on each slice
  • Cover with meat mixture
  • Roll them up so the seam is on the bottom
  • Bake at 400* for about 30 minutes


I served them with Greek yogurt/sour cream and sliced avocado!
Soooo good!
**For my family (because they are picky about zucchini) I made the exact same steps but used Pillsbury rolls instead 😉  They were also a huge hit!

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

I don’t know about you guys but I have been dreading the holiday treats and how they’ll tempt my progress! These Protein PB Cups are in plan with the Fix and fit perfectly into any diet/lifestyle with protein to boot! If you are following the Fix plan like me one PB Cup only counts as 2 teaspoons! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 So please make them, devour them, and then make some more!!!
Ingredients:
1 heaping TB coconut oil, melted

2 tsp peanut butter, melted

1 scoop/packet Chocolate Shakeology

Directions:
Mix the melted coconut oil with the Shakeology powder. If it is too thick, add a little more melted coconut oil.

Place paper liners in a muffin tin.

Cover the bottom of each liner with a thin coat of the chocolate mixture.

Place pan in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Remove from freezer and spoon a thin layer of melted peanut butter on top of the hardened chocolate.

Cover the peanut butter with the remaining chocolate mixture.

Place pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups and enjoy!
Optional: top with a couple sprinkles for fun and flare 😉

Healthy Breakfast On The Go!

Do you ever wake up late or take too long getting ready that you have to rush out the door?!? Me too.

Those are the mornings you are tempted to stop at Starbucks or a coffee shop or Micky D’s for a delish breakfast sandwich on the go OR grab one of those donuts floating around the office 🙈 And what’s the harm, it’s only one meal right?

WRONG!

Your first meal of the day sets your tone for the entire day and even the rest of your week! Not to mention all the science behind boosting your metabolism from the beginning of your day. If you allow yourself to give in to an unhealthy choice or temptation first thing, mentally you’ve already conceded your health for the day and put it on the back burner…you will be more likely to make “less than perfect” choices the rest of the day! 

THE GOOD NEWS: 

You can fix this issue, simply!

Here is my go to recipe for a quick breakfast scramble that can be prepped in advance AND made into breakfast burritos, bowls or eaten totally on its own!

Ingredients:

  • 18 eggs
  • 1 package sweet potato hashbrowns (frozen is fine) or chop up your own(works great with regular potatoes too as pictured)
  • 10 diced mushrooms
  • 3 diced green peppers, or any you prefer
  • 1  diced large onion
  • Veggies of your choice!
  • Turkey breakfast sausage
  • Turkey bacon
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • *optional whole wheat tortillas
  •   *shredded cheese

Directions:

  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet
  • Add bacon by dicing with scissors
  • Cook through 
  • Remove meats from pan and place on plate or bowl nearby
  • With grease left in pan, add 2 tbsps olive or coconut oil
  • Add sweet potatoes and cook 3 minutes on each side
  • Remove from pan and set aside
  • Crack all eggs into pan and scramble with whisk
  • Add all seasonings 
  • Add veggies
  • Cook on low until eggs are scrambled well
  • Add meat back in and stir well
  • Add sweet potatoes in and stir well
  • Remove from heat and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.*
  • Scoop 1 cup servings in microwave safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel and heat for 2 minutes to serve

* my favorite option is to make burritos 

  • Scoop by 1 cup servings into the center of whole wheat tortillas and top with a dash of shredded cheese
  • Roll tight
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap 
  • Place 3-4 burritos to a bag in freezer safe large ziplock bags and place in freezer(keeps 1 month) or fridge(keeps 1 week)
  • To cook  unwrap and wrap in paper towel 
  • From fridge microwave 1 minute
  • From freezer microwave 3 minutes

Enjoy! And rest easy knowing you started your day off right!

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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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Chia Seeds, Chia Gel and Why You Need It!

Chia Gel.jpgSomebody loves making Chia Gel (and using it!) it is so fun and seriously so good for you!

Do you use Chia seeds?

Here are some great reasons to!
Chia seeds are high in fiber, calcium, phosphorous, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants! Chia seeds score bonus points for being a complete protein. Also, chia seeds don’t require grinding to render the nutrients bioavailable and they are less prone torancidity thanither options on the market.


SO HOW DO YOU MAKE CHIA GEL?
Add 2 tbsps to 1 cup of water and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, shaking optional 😉 they will last about 2 weeks in your fridge and are great in water and many other ways!

WAYS TO USE CHIA GEL
Use as an egg-substitute in baking.
1 egg = 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water = about 1/4 cup gel
Add to smoothies. Yes, you can add the seeds directly into smoothies, without creating a gel. But, the little seeds tend to stick to the sides of the blender. Clean-up is easier when you add the seeds in gel form.
Make your own boutique juice beverages. You’ve seen them at the grocery store, now make them at home. Simply add some gel to your freshly juiced beverage to make it even healthier and more festive.

Share your favorite way to use Chia Seeds or Chia Gel?!?