Day 3 of Living Healthy- Homemade salsa, hummus and protein balls

Ok guys I took the plunge into eating a whole month without dairy, gluten, corn, soy, sugar, peanuts, oranges, white potatoes, white rice, caffeine and alcohol. You know all the good things in life. 😭 If any of you missed my last post I am doing Arbonne’s 30 days to healthy living. So here is what a normal day looks like for me.

6:30- Detox Tea

7:00- I mix together my digestion plus, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 of a fizz stick in about 1/2 cup of water. Plug your nose and just take it like a shot

7:15- Protein shake

8:30- Fizz stick

10:00- Snack like veggies and hummus, berries, green apple or brown rice cake

12:30-1ish- Protein shake

2:00- Fizz stick

3:00- Bean chips and salsa, avocado or protein ball

5:30- Brown rice burrito bowl (brown rice, black beans, ground beef or chicken, red onion, roasted red bell pepper, avocado, salsa)

6:00- Dessert (fruit or protein ball)

8:00- Detox Tea

The first few days are hard. You are going to have headaches and be lethargic. The fizz sticks definitely help with your energy level. If I can get a little personal too you will have a ton of gas and it will STINK!!! Seriously like rotten eggs. Stay away from your husband if you still want him to be attracted to you because this is a total turn off haha. Just realize though that all that crap was inside you and your finally getting it out.

I’m not going to lie I have been hungry and sad when people bring delicious food around me. I need to feel better though and I want to lose weight so bad. Just know that you can do anything for 30 days.

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Here is some recipes from the week.

Hummus:

1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans

– 1/4 cup lemon juice

– 1/4 cup Tahini

– 1 Garlic Clove

– 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

– 1 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp cumin

– 2-3 Tbsp water

– Paprika sprinkled on top

Put everything in a food processor but the olive oil. Mix up. Then slowly add in the olive oil while it is mixing.

Salsa:

– 1 28 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes

– 1 jalapeno with seeds

– 1/2 white onion

– handful of cilantro

– Juice from one lime

– 1 tsp cumin

– 1 tsp salt

– 1 tsp pepper

Put everything in a food processor and blend to the consistency you want. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Protein Balls:

– 2 cups oats

– 3/4 cups agave

– 2 scoops vanilla protein powder

– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

– 1 cup almond butter

A splash almond milk to help them stay together.

Mix it all together in a food processor and make balls. I like to keep mine in the freezer but they are fine in the fridge too.

Staying strong only 27 more days to go.

Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

This is a revolutionary idea!!! I think people have crusted chicken with all sorts of cereals but it never crossed my mind to use Cap’n Crunch. Why? I have no idea, because it’s genius. Some of my very favorite recipes come out of this book and I would highly recommend buying it. Just click this link for the Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook Come and Get It. This recipe is on page 102

Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

Delicious Scale- 10 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 8.5 out of 10 (it just threw him off a little that it was sweet but he really liked it)

Prep Time- 30 minutes

Clean up- three dishes

This recipe is so easy you just dip chicken tenders in a flour mixture with salt and pepper, then into an egg mixture and last into crushed up Cap’n Crunch. Pan fry until it’s a crispy golden brown. I am being 100% honest in saying this is the best chicken tender I have ever had. I also love the added sweetness from the cereal and the crunch that you get is unlike any other. This is worth driving to the store tomorrow just to make this.

Your kids will have a hay day that you put cereal on chicken! So get them involved with crunching up the cereal. What kid doesn’t like banging things.

Happy Cooking

Life Changing Brownie Cookies

I have a slight obsession with brownies. All desserts really but brownies are at the very top! So how do you have the perfect day. First you take your kids to the local pumpkin patch!

It was a perfect 70 degrees and we got the coolest pumpkins I have ever seen.

I love this sweet family of mine!

When we got home and the girls were sleeping I decided to enter into a chocolate dream land. So if you like the edges of brownies where they are crunchy and then soft in the middle this is the cookie for you.

Brownie Cookie

Cook at 350 for 9-10 minutes

Makes 36 cookies

4 ounces baking chocolate (unsweetened or bittersweet)

2 cups sugar

2 sticks of butter

3 eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder

Powder sugar for dusting

Start with melting the chocolate by putting it in the microwave. I used unsweetened to not have an overly sweet cookie.

Cream together butter and sugar

Add in eggs and vanilla

Then when the chocolate is cooled but not stiff add it into your butter mixture. Should look like this.

Now add in all your dry mix a little bit at a time.

I used a portion scoop so all my cookies were the same and placed them on a non stick mat.

Cook and then let cool completely before you sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I’m about to go on a really strict diet for thirty days so this is exactly what I needed to pull me through.

Happy Cooking

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken Chili

I am a huge fan of crock pot meals. I am a working mom of two kids and it really heps on the days that I work. I work three, twelve hour shifts and when I can’t get home in time to make dinner its so nice for a meal to be already ready for my family. I just recently had a baby and to prepare for that I made about 15 crock pot meals to put in the freezer before I had my daughter because who wants to cook after they have a baby? It honestly will make your life so much easier.

I have about 20 crock pot meals that I love and I will share them with you but this one is my favorite! So stay tuned. The best part of this recipe is how easy it is. I mean this is what’s in it….

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 cans petite diced tomatoes

2 cups medium salsa

1 can corn

2 cans black beans

1 package ranch seasoning

1 package taco seasoning

Cook on low 4-6 hours

Take the chicken out towards the end of the cooking time and shred it, place it back in the crock pot.

I love to serve this with lots of toppings like cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado.

This is so delicious its amazing that such good flavor could come from so little ingredients. Just to let you all know all of this does fit in a gallon freezer bag but its a tight fit.

On a side note look how cute my fall table is. I got these adorable leaf table mats and cute pumpkin center piece.

This is super important if your going to make crock pot meals by yourself to hold the bags open for you.

Click this link to get yours Holders

Happy Cooking!

Caprese With Balsamic Glaze and Pizza

I’m having a hard time keeping up with every lately. I have filled pretty much every weekend up for us for the whole month of October. So I have had to keep myself organized as much as possible. My favorite thing recently is to put a to do list up on the fridge and list everything that I would like to get done for the week. I do a weekly instead of a daily so I don’t feel like a failure at the end of the day. With my days super full I need some cheese in my life to get me through it. Any cheese lovers out there?

I recently found fresh mozzarella at our grocery store. I honestly didn’t think they had it for the longest time but I wasn’t looking hard enough. So of course I had to make Caprese and semi-homemade pizza.

Caprese with Balsamic Glaze

1 Fresh Tomato

1 Ball of fresh mozzarella

Basil if you have it

Balsamic

Salt and Pepper

This is so easy just slice your tomato and mozzarella and layer them like this on a plate.

If you put your mozzarella in the freezer for 5-10 minutes this makes it a little easier to cut if you are having a hard time. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper. Next top with a balsamic glaze which you make by boiling about 1/2 cup of balsamic over low heat until you can drag a spoon down the center and it doesn’t instantly come back together. Take it off the heat and it will become thicker as it cools. This makes it a sweet candy like taste that is seriously to die for. I could just eat this stuff by the spoon full it is that good. Although, I do have a slight obsession with balsamic some my opinion might by bias.

Next of course is pizza!!! Everyone’s favorites. Except my daughter she is an odd girl! I made two different kinds because one is just not enough. My version of a supreme and taco pizza.

I buy the Pillsbury pizza dough because I am definitely not a baker. You cook this first for 8 minutes and then put all your topping on. Then put back in the oven for 8-10 minutes longer. Or until you obtain melty goodness.

Taco Pizza- seasoned refried beans on the bottom, then salsa, cheese and taco seasoned cooked ground beef. When it comes out of the oven top it with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

Supreme Pizza- diced sweet peppers, onions, jalapenos, ground beef, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella.

All I can say is I’m in heaven! This was all about me though because my daughter doesn’t like pizza and my husband doesn’t like cheese. They are clearly not related to me I think they are aliens that I just happened to fall in love with.

Happy Cooking!

Chicken Noodle Soup- cooking with my two year old

I made this over the weekend but haven’t had time to post yet. The weekend completely surprised us and decided to snow about an inch. No one was expecting this because the weekend before it was 80 degrees.

The leaves are still on our trees so the snow pulled all the branches down. Of course with cold weather you have to make some soup and my daughter loves chicken noodle.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 cups chopped chicken
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3-5 Carrots chopped
  • 5-7 celery stocks chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp salt this will need to be adjusted if you are using salted chicken broth but mine was homemade so there was no salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1-2 cups pasta of choice I used mini farfalle

Start with putting your aprons on this really helps your child feel special and involved.

Start with a large soup pot and saute the carrots, celery and onion in the butter. Wait until these are softened and then add flour and all your spices.. Stir! Please be very careful with your kids standing this close to a hot pan and open flame. A lot can happen when you walk away for just a second. Lexi loves to stir and when she puts spices in she always asks if she can “pat pat”. This just means she wants to hit the end of the spice bottle to make more come out.

Add chicken broth and chicken. I had this left over from my whole roasted chicken. Just take all the chicken off the bone that you can and throw the bones into a crock pot. Cover the chicken all the way up with water and cook on low over night. This chicken bone broth is so easy to make. This save you money on buying the broth at the store and its incredibly healthy for you.

Let this boil for 15 minutes. Then add milk and cream cook for 15 more minutes. Last add your pasta! Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Taste and see if you need to add any more spices.

Oh I forgot to tell you I added some broccoli in. When I make soup its also an opportunity to empty out the fridge so I put any random vegetable I have in the fridge in. This soup is so delicious and gets even more amazing after it sits in the fridge.

Happy Cooking

Easy Amazing Fudge

I am all about something easy and sweet. I think I have one of the biggest sweet tooths in the world. I try to keep it under control because I would be 300 pounds if not. Sometimes it has a mind of its own though and I have to let it loose. Towards the beginning of this blog I stated that I’m not a vegetarian I’m a dessertarian and its unfortunately still true. If you balance this out with a ton of vegetables you can still maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle. Everything in moderation!

These are the two cookbooks I go through if you buy them through these links it helps support this blog. The Pioneer Womans Cookbooks Dinnertime and Come and Get It. This recipe is on page 362 of the Dinnertime Cookbook

Quick Fudge

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Prep Time- 2 hours 15 minutes just because it has to set up in the frig

Clean up- Two pans super easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Cooking spray

In a double boiler or just in a regular saucepan on low heat, melt together the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. When it is all melted and smooth spread in a foil lined pan sprayed with cooking spray. Place in the frig for at least two hours. Peel off the foil and cut into small squares. This is a good way to know how many you can have in a day. Maybe two, one after lunch and dinner. Don’t eat 3 maybe 5 right away like I did.

The nice part about this is you can spice things up with different toppings.

Some Ideas

  • Smores
  • Rocky Road
  • M&M’s
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Crushed Peppermint

The options are endless. I hope you all our having a wonderful week.

Happy Cooking

Terriaki Burgers

I am reposting this as its own post because it was stuck under another and it is so strange and amazingly good you guys have to try it.  This is on page 153 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

Hawaniian Burger

Delicious Scale 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious scale 7 out of 10 (he wasn’t sure what to think of pineapple on his burger)

Prep Time 25 minutes

Clean up SEVERE but I have a tip, do all your cooking on the grill outside not on a flat top grill like I did.

The idea of this burger is genius to me. Teriyaki sauce on the burger kinda caramelizes and makes it so juicy. The sauce is teriyaki and mayo mixed together. How weird does that sound? This burger was already out of my comfort zone and then I added a grilled pineapple on top.  Add some provolone cheese and roasted bell peppers. What could be better?  Surprisingly I absolutely loved all these flavors together. When a burger drips down your hands, that makes a perfect burger. I paired this with sweet potato fries with a dipping sauce of Sriracha and mayo mixed together.

Best way to make fries quickly is to use a mandoline slicer. If you don’t have one of these, buy one.

I would like to tell you guys that I am getting cleaner and more organized with my cooking, but I’m not. If anyone has advice on how to be cleaner and more organized I’m all ears. Haha

Happy Cooking!! Try something new sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised

Whole Roasted Chicken

Is there anything better than roasted chicken? I don’t think so. I hope I’m not the only one that would love to just rip off the skin and just eat that, it is so so good. One of the other reasons I love roasted chicken is because I can make an amazing chicken noodle soup from soaking the carcass. Don’t worry I will do a post about that too because everyone needs that with this cold water coming.

Unrelated subject everyone thinks that Arizona in the United States is only super hot desert. Nope! This is the beautiful place that I live in fall.

And winter

We have every beautiful season here!

On to the main subject:

Whole Roasted Chicken

Cook at 450 for 15 minutes and 350 for about 1 hour to an hour and fifteen minutes until internal temperature reaches 165.

1 Whole Roasted Chicken

2 onions cut into quarters

1/2 stick of butter

1 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp Dash

Lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon and a couple tbsp of honey mixed together

I use a stone baking dish for this similar to this oneBaking Dish– click this link to get one!

Preheat your oven to 350.

Mix your softened butter with all of the spices.

Clean your chicken very well and pat dry.

Put your butter and spice mixture all over the chicken and put on top of a bed of onions in the baking dish.

Cook uncovered at 450 for 15 minutes. This helps crisp up the skin.

Then put the cover on cook at 350 and baste the chicken with the honey and lemon juice mixture every 15 minutes but do it really lightly so you don’t brush all the spices off.

Repeat this process until internal temperature reaches 165.

What a pretty bird!! Haha

I also made some gravy from the drippings, completely optional though.

Take all the chicken off the bone and put it in a crock pot with water covering the whole thing over night. You can make soup the next day or keep it in the freezer for whenever you need chicken broth.

This bone broth is actually extremely healthy for you as well. All the collagen is good for bone and joint health.

Happy Cooking!

Get to Know Me

I thought that now that I have had my blog for a couple months I would tell you all a little about me.

Married- Yes for 6 years to the most wonderful man in the whole world!

Children- Two beautiful girls, Lexi who is 2 1/2 years old and Bailey who is 5 months old.

Job- Computed Tomography Tech

Home- We own a beautiful home in the mountains of Arizona. We have been remodeling every square inch of this home.

Husband- Wonderful man from Kansas, sells insurance for Statefarm

Things I love- My family, my job, cooking, blogging, God, my amazing friends

What are my hobbies- city league volleyball and softball, cooking, remodeling and decor

Why do I blog- I started this because I love the movie Julie and Julia and I love cooking. So I decided to do a blog kinda like Julie and Julia but more like Julia and Ree. Plus I wanted something to force me to go through my cookbooks and try new recipes.

What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen- mine was not in the kitchen but on the grill instead. I put about five pieces of bacon on the grill at the same time, which was super dumb. I started a grease fire in the bottom of the grill and by the way I’m just in a little balcony of an apartment. I run inside and grab some water to poor on it (now you must know I was younger and dumb) which started a bigger fire. Don’t ever throw water on a grease fire! Black smoke was coming out of everywhere. I ran inside grabbed the baking soda and dumped it all over the place. This finally got the fire out but the whole side of my apartment was black. My husband has made fun of me for years because of that.

Now you know a lot about me and I would love to know more about you so please answer the last question with a comment.