21 Day Fix Enchilada Verde Casserole

  
My family loves Mexican food and it’s something that they’ve missed while I’ve been on my healthy journey. So today I decided to make a healthy enchilada casserole. It was a huge hit and will be working its way into my monthly meal rotations! It makes 8 servings and each serving is equal to 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and 1/4 green if you use salsa or 1 orange if you use enchilada sauce for the containers. 

What you need:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of salsa verde or green enchilada sauce (about 2 cups) 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 14 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (really you could use less but for measuring containers, this made things equal)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Hot sauce to taste 

I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot with the salsa verde on low for 6 hours.  

 Then shredded the chicken with a fork and added the Greek yogurt and mixed well.  

  

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 11×7 or 9×13 pan with the olive oil spray.  

 
Layer 6 tortillas on the bottom of the pan 

 
Top with 1/2 of the chicken/salsa mixture and then some cheese.  

   
Then repeat those steps. 

    
 
Take the remaining 2 tortillas and tear them into strips, add them to the top and sprinkle the remaining cheese. (I used some grated cotija cheese for topping and included it in my “cup-o-cheese” 

  
Then bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly. 

  
Top with some hot sauce or additional salsa and enjoy! 


 

Don’t Lie to Yourself 

  
For YEARS, I believed that what I have now achieved wasn’t a possibility for me anymore!! I was over 30 and I had tried just about everything! Wraps, pills, liquid diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins…even starvation. I was beginning to believe the lies I told myself that I couldn’t have the body I wanted, I couldn’t have the life that I wanted. 
Then one day my friend asked me to be a part of her online challenge group. I was super hesitant-I had pretty much given up on trying to lose weight. I watched her for awhile and saw her getting great results but I didn’t want to spend anymore money. I had spent thousands trying to lose weight and failed my way up to a size 16 and living a miserable life. But something kept me thinking that this was it, this was going to be the time it actually worked… And it did!!!! 
I am so thankful that I STOPPED believing the lies I told myself and started believing IN myself! Now I’m SUCCEEDING and I get to help others do the same!!! I love my job and the fact that I get to help people feel the way I do is such an amazing thing!❤️
My next challenge group starts January 4th. Click the link below or just let me know if you want in! 
You can do anything if you believe in yourself! 💪🏼
http://bit.ly/JanuaryLifestylistChallenge

What I Do Works but I Have to Do It

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“That stuff doesn’t work!”

“I’ve tried other shakes and didn’t have results.”

“I tried at home workouts, they just sat on my shelf.”

I was a skeptic too. I had tried everything and was super leery about investing in yet ANOTHER weight loss “scam”. But I was so sick of the person staring back at me in the mirror. She was hateful, tired, desperate and miserable. I just couldn’t stand the thought of looking at her anymore.

Everything I had tried- diet pills, fad diets, starvation- it wasn’t working for me. It was time for a change. I had watched my friend Ashley lose weight with P90X and shakeology, so I asked her about it. I saved up and bought my first program and a 30 day supply of Shakeology as a Christmas present for myself. Even though I was skeptical, the 30 day, money back guarantee sealed the deal for me. I planned to try it out, give up after a week when I didn’t see immediate results and then return it for my refund.

But I found out that I loved it and I WAS getting fast results! There was no way I was returning P90X3, I couldn’t go a day without Tony !

What I was doing worked! I just had to do it!

I only have 5 more spots available in my September challenge group. Message me if you want more info on the Money Back Challenge.😊

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21 Day Fix Baked Spaghetti

WInner, winner, baked spaghetti dinner!

21 day fix baked spaghetti

I scored HUGE the other night with the fam. I made a HEALTHY baked spaghetti! And duh, winning for me because it’s 21 Day Fix approved! 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and either 1/2 purple or 1/2 green, however you count your tomato sauce. Personally, I count it however I need it to count for that day haha.

So here’s whatcha need…

1 bag of brown rice noodles

1 container of cottage cheese

20 oz ground turkey

1 jar of marinara/pasta sauce

1 cup of shredded cheese

1 onion (optional)

I started by boiling the noodles. You’ll want to drain them when they are just past al dente. You’ll be cooking them in the oven and you don’t want them to get too soggy.

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Then I sautéed the onion and browned my turkey. Ive totally been debating which is best with my kids, they hate onions so  I never know if I should dice them super tiny so they can’t tell or leave them big enough that they can pick them out. Either way you do it should taste just fine though.

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After the turkey browned, I added the spaghetti sauce. I also like to add a little water and a package of italian sauce dry mix for extra flavor.

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Then I preheated the oven to 375 and started layering my ingredients in a 9×13 baking dish. Start with the pasta, add a layer of cottage cheese, then the meat sauce, then pasta, cottage cheese and sauce again. Top with shredded cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese on top is bubbly.

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See all the pretty layers? Yeah me either, it kind of runs together.

So about 1/4 of this pan fed my whole family! I divided another 1/4 of it into lunches for me and I froze the other half for a quick dinner later on.

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Boom! Dinner, meal prep and lazy future dinner! The whole family LOVED it and got super full! Definitely putting this in the dinner rotation!

3 Tips to Feed Your Family and Still Stick to Your Goals

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One of the biggest worries people have when starting a healthier lifestyle is how on earth they are going to feed their family while trying to eat healthy. “My kids hate veggies” “My husband is a meat and taters guy”

S’all good, Mama! Promise!

There are a few tricks to creating a meal that everyone will eat. And be damn happy eating!!

1. Naughty Sides

I always keep a couple pre-made “naughty” sides in the fridge. I don’t eat them with my meal but it makes the kids and hubs feel like they aren’t missing out on the “good stuff”. They take 5 minutes in the microwave and I don’t feel like I’m slaving over an additional side dish that  I don’t get to eat.

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2. Make Veggies TASTY

Can we please just stop with the boring steamed broccoli and carrots for a bit. OF COURSE your kids don’t like that. Do YOU really like it? Hell no you don’t! So stop trying to shove it down everyones throat!

I like to roast my veggies. Basically like ANY veggie, tossed in EVOO, sea salt and pepper, roasted in the oven until crispy. Its a salty crispy side that can take the place of french fries, my boys LOVE THEM!

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3. Protein is Protein is Protein

Don’t stress over this. This can be the simplest part of your meal if you want it to be. Have the hubby grill some chicken or steak, just make sure YOU make the marinade. Avoid sugars and keep it SIMPLE. Everyone likes meat, everyone will be happy.

Sometimes I will make a stir fry and get my veggies and protein in together and serve it over brown rice, I promise no one can tell the difference, at least they can’t in my family. And even if they could, who cares? They aren’t cooking!! They’ll eat what I give them or starve!

So there ya go, 3 tips to please the family while continuing your healthy lifestyle. Check out my “Meal Plans” for more ideas and recipes. I don’t do hard, so all of them will be easy peasy!

Also, I use paper plates…A LOT! Judge if you will, you won’t stop me from livin’ my life!

Meal Plans

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21 Day Fix Review

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Fitness is like a relationship, so treat it like one. I really need to remember this. Sometimes its hard to stick to the plan and get your workout in every day. So I decided to do the 21 Day Fix for my next program. Because…21 days.

I can do that.

I can!

Plus I was really excited about the nutrition part of the program. How can you go wrong with color coded containers and portion control? I was in the first bracket so I was allowed 4 green containers (veggies), 4 red containers (protein), 2 purple containers (fruit), 2 yellow containers (starches/carbs/treats), 1 blue (fats cheeses and nuts), 1 orange (seeds and dressings) and 2 teaspoons (oils and butters). I found an app on my phone that let me track my containers each day. It was a rill, RILL easy way to track my portions.

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THE WORKOUTS

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Three weeks, 30 minutes a day. 2 active recovery days. Pretty simple. I like easy!

TOTAL BODY CARDIO FIX

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Besides Leo stealing my yoga mat, I really enjoyed this workout. It was over SO FAST! Autumn Has the workout set up into rounds, 2 or 3 moves in each round 60 seconds each move, repeated twice. By the time you get exhausted from one, its over and onto the next. This workout wasn’t HARD but you could totally make it harder. She has tips on how to increase the intensity of the moves and then theres always Kat, the modifier that you can follow to ease up on the intensity a bit.

UPPER FIX

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Yep I wore the same workout gear the next day. I slept in it! EW! Whatever, judge me if you want. I was comfy.

I loved upper fix. A mix of light and heavy weights. Different moves to work all of your arm/shoulder muscles. Not too hard, and you can always up or lower your weights to increase difficulty or to modify.

LOWER FIX

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So I showered, put on fresh clothes and LOVED Lower Fix. You can also see my little app there.

PILATES FIX

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So this is supposed to be an active recovery day…

Yeah…I call bullshit! My ass was on FIRE! I kind of hate Pilates. But that probably means that I need it.

At least I got to wear my new cute workout tank.

CARDIO FIX

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Ok so for the first time in this program I felt defeated. This was HARD, yo! I had to take some breaks and yell at Autumn a little. Prepare yourself for Cardio Day!

DIRTY 30

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This was fun, and challenging and I loved it!

I love weights! Weights are my favorite!

YOGA FIX

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Just kidding, yoga is my favorite. Always and forever. Its my ish! And Autumn rocked at it. Great, relaxing, recovery day!

Namaste.

MY MEALS

The nutrition was SO easy y’all! I’ll be following it with prolly ALL my future programs.

Here Is a typical day..

BREAKFAST

Shakeology-1 red

1 squeezed orange, half a banana-1purple

( I add the juice and banana to my Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeo MMMMMM Heaven)

SNACK

cottage cheese-1 red

pears-1 purple

LUNCH

ground turkey-1 red

zucchini-1 green

brown rice-1 yellow

(I like to make a little stir fry and eat it for lunch throughout the week)

SNACK 2

cucumber-1 green

hummus-1 blue

DINNER

Roasted broccoli-1 green 1 teaspoon (oil)

Grilled Chicken-1 red

spinach salad with dressing-1 green 1 orange

SNACK 3

Almond butter on a brown rice cake-1 teaspoon, 1 yellow

Get your 21 day fix here -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DayFix?referringRepId=319016 

Or try it with the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepId=319016 

I’ll be sharing some of my 21 Day Fix approved recipes soon!

Here’s a little looksy.

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Get your 21 day fix here -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DayFix?referringRepId=319016 

Or try it with the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepId=319016