How to make Homemade Plant Based Burger Patties

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Hey Everyone! So I am always working to add plant based foods to my diet and weekly work toward doing meatless meals. I am the type of person where I rather make it myself than purchase(packaged) from store if I can help it. Mainly because it will be more budget friendly. This is a great example, it cost more to buy plant based burger patties from the store so I rather just whip up some myself. I made these the other day and I literally did not measure.. lol…  These came out great!!

  • 1 drained can of northern beans(or any white beans)
  • 1/4 c diced onions
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/4 c diced red/yellow sweet peppers
  • 3/4 c breadcrumb (maybe more or less depending on your desired texture
  •  1 egg (optional)  ***I actually made some with and without egg***
  •  1/4 tsp lite salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder

Sautee onions, peppers and garlic. Pulse 1 can beans (I used my Nutri Bullet), literally took seconds. In a bowl, add beans, vegetable mixture, seasonings and breadcrumbs. Thoroughly mix. (If adding an egg, mix in as well).

Prepare skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil and form mixture into patties. If egg is added you will notice they will probably be a little more firmer but either way you can make a patty. Cook few minutes on each side. Once done-place on a bun and add your choice of tomato, lettuce,etc..

Enjoy!

Monica♥♥♥

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How to Make Barbeque Glazed Cauliflower Wings (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everyone! I was excited to make something that I had never made before. The other day my husband brought home some fresh cauliflower and of course I began to think of what I could do a little different with it. So BBQ Wings came to mind. All these years I’ve seen BBQ cauliflower wings but never made any myself. Of course I am always lookin out for a good way to add new ideas for me and my family. We do lots of broccoli but cauliflower was not eaten often so this was very exciting for me and to see how kids respond.

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So here is what I used: I used cauliflower cut, 1 c 1/2 Italian Bread Crumbs, 1 tbsp. butter, 1/2 c barbeque sauce, canola oil spray, 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp lite, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp pepper

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In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, seasonings, water  together for your batter.

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Coat cauliflower in batter. Prepare baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

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Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, them flip with spatula then additional 10 minutes or more. ( I actually took some of these out after about 15 minutes and put in my air fryer to go ahead and dry out.)

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While cauliflower is baking, in a sauce pan melt butter and add barbeque sauce. Once butter is melted..remove from heat. Once take cauliflower out, spread barbeque sauce over cauliflower and bake for an additional 10 minutes until crispy.

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Enjoy

Monica♥♥♥

 

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Nuggets for Kids

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Hey Everybody!

So yesterday I needed to whip up something for kids for lunch..of course what child doesn’t like chicken nuggets, but not fast food… homemade!!!
Budget Friendly??👇👇👇👇
Go to a fast food place and order 4pc nugget meal for 3 kids, so what’s your total? Probably around $12 plus tax👀
I used 1 chicken breast and made a 4 pc nugget meal for my kids, baked in the oven!! Added broccoli & air fried fries..my daughter said to my son..”mom made us a happy meal” 🤣🤣
Too funny but it was good and quick.

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book Now Available

 

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So I am so excited to be releasing my 2nd book!!! Full of easy, simple and quick recipes that anyone can do!!! About 4 years ago God laid it own my heart to write a small devotional for ladies and of course in my mind I began to think, “I know nothing about writing a book”, but I did. I understood that when God has placed something in you, he has also equipped you with what you need.

During that time I started to talk about “taking steps” and how Small Steps equals BIG Change! For me, it wasn’t just words to say but it was what I began to live by, whether those steps are in your health, marriage, finances etc.. you know additional steps that you need to take. The funny thing is, the name STEPS came when I was in college YEARS ago and it stuck with me and I never let it go. Doing this 2nd book, Tasty Tuesday Tip–which stems from my blog(www.steps4change.net) and posting recipes on Tuesdays, was something I felt would help encourage and motivate people to just take small steps even in their eating habits.

My motto, Small Steps equals BIG Change is not something that causes you to feel as if you have to be perfect, but you can always keep moving toward where you want to be. This is another small step for me. Yes I have had tired days and long days, but when you are a Woman of Purpose & Destiny, you understand what God has created you for and you move in it.

It is not about people or whether they support you or not, but it’s about being obedient to whatever God has placed in your hand and taking those necessary steps to make it happen. So I encourage you to start somewhere.

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How to Make Zucchini Boats

Hey Everyone! I like to eat zucchini and I came across a picture one day of what looked to be a stuffed zucchini so I decided to make my own stuffed zucchini boat, as I call it! This is very simple and easy and a great way to add more veggies in your diet. Because not only can you eat what’s in the zucchini but you can eat the boat as well!!!!

In this short video, I show you how you can eat this in a bowl or with the zucchini boat. Remember small steps equals BIG change so make take steps to being creative in the kitchen and watch what happens.

Check it out below.

 

 

 

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How to Make Cabbage Egg Rolls

Hey Everybody!! So I made some egg rolls the other day. I have never made eggs rolls before and really never thought to do so  until my husband bought some wraps. He kept asking about me making something so I decided to whip up something quick. Egg Rolls are a great idea and quick. I decided to do cabbage, peppers and ground chicken the other day but in this video I used only vegetables.

Remember eating healthier doesn’t have to be a hard task, just get creative in the kitchen and you can come up with something very good for you and your family!

 

 

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Quick & Easy Vegan Brown Rice Recipe

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Hey Everyone! This is a quick & easy meatless meal options that I go to quite often! Very budget friendly recipe that your family will love!!!! During this time, creating quick meals are very necessary. Why not do something tasty and time friendly.

I literally will make this at least once a week! Includes only about 5-6 ingredients!

  • 2 package of instant brown rice (boil in bag)
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 c diced tomatoes
  •  1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 2 cup raw spinach

Once rice is done, mix all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes. That’s it. Enjoy with tortilla chips or alone! You will definitely be satisfied with this one!

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How to Make Delicious Breaded Zucchini & Potatoes

Hey Everyone! So my husband came across a recipe the other day and I thought I would give it a try and make my own dish. If you are trying to get more veggies in and at times what to spice them up, this is a good way to do so. Pretty much, just throw some breadcrumbs on them and pop in the oven and that’s it. Has a really good taste and flavor.

Zucchini is a very budget friendly vegetable and so are potatoes so you can always find ways to add them to your meals but in a different way.

 

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How to Make Homemade Applesauce

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Hey Everyone! I decided to make something that I have never made before, but is really easy!! “Homemade Applesauce”. I had  bag of apples and decided to just try something and guess what? They were good…almost like baked apples!!! If you like apples, you will love making your own quick and easy applesauce.

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First I started out with 2 apples that I cut up in chunks. I used gala apples but you can use other brands based on taste you desire. I put them in a pot(use a saucepan) on medium to low heat.

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Next I add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon and stir occasionally for 15-20 over medium to low heat then covered.

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Once done, I added a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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Next use a fork, or food processor to mash your apples.

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It was good! It can also be more of a smoother consistency if put in food processor but still same great taste!!! Eat Up!

Monica♥♥♥

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How to Make Homemade Lemon Pepper Fries

Hey Everyone! Who doesn’t like fries, right? Especially kids, they love fries so why not give them fries that are healthier. I have always made homemade fries in the oven, and when I got an air fryer over a year ago, it changed the game for me!! I love air fried, homemade fries.

It’s great to still get a nice taste, without the extra calories and fat. Check this easy recipes out below!!!!

 

 

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Rice Crispy Treats

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Hey Everyone!! So this was definitely not apart of my plan today, but while in quarantine and with 3 kiddos… snacks are a must. I decided to make Rice Crispy Treats as a way to add a teachable moment with them.  So I called my older two and decided to show them how to make rice crispy treats!! Of course this is very simple and easy. Does not take a rocket scientist to make it.

My kids literally I have really become spoiled with all the meals and snacks on time. I always cooked, but it is on another level with 2 adults and 3 kids in the house.

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How I Made My Treats:

  • 3 cups Rice Crispy Treats
  • 1/2 bag large marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp. butter

In a pot, I melted butter along with marshmallows. Once it was melted, I removed from heat. I added the cereal and stirred until well coated. Next in a sprayed dish, I used my spatula and patted  and spread out the mixture and place in refrigerator for about 45 minutes and they were ready to eat. They were good!!

My kids said “Mom they taste like the one you buy”…actually I think they were better!!!

Try them yourself!!

 

Monica♥♥♥

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How to make Homemade Granola

 

Homemade Granola
3/4 c shaved almonds
2 cups oats
1/2 tsp lite salt and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c honey
2 tbsp plant butter
Another quick and easy recipe!! Homemade granola can b eaten as a cereal. Very budget friendly.
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3 Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Hey Everybody!! Another quick quarantine snack!! 3 ingredients is too easy right?

 

 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Hey Everybody! Soups are always a great go to stretchable, quarantine meal!! I decided to make a quick chicken tortilla soup! This soup is good for the entire family and adding those tortilla chips makes this a perfect comfort type soup! I am a big fan of beans so I love to a big bowl of soups full of tasty beans. This is full of so much flavor, you will be sure to get FULL!!

To make this soup all you need:

  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 3 cans rinsed and drained northern beans
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 green chili pepper diced
  • 1/2 can sweet corn
  • 1 1/2 cup diced chicken breast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lite salt

In a large pot, add a little olive oil then garlic, chilies and chicken. After a few minutes add all the rest of ingredients and let boil then simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add tortillas chips to your bowl of soup and eat up!!!!

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This was really good.

Enjoy!!

Monica♥♥♥

 

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Daily Meal Plan Survival Kit (Homemade Veggie Egg Muffins)

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Hey Everybody!! So I decided to make another quick and easy idea that is also budget friendly as well. If you are in need of meal idea, you don’t have to make it time consuming but just take what you have in your refrigerator. This is also a good way to get some more vegetables in your diet. If you eat eggs, why not add eggs to them, then put them in a muffin pan for a cute little breakfast!!

I used red peppers and spinach and eggs and that’s it.

First I put veggies in the muffin tin and then poured eggs on top. Baked in 350 degree oven until done. That’s literally it. These can also be frozen and warmed up for later use.

Remember small steps equals big change!!!

Enjoy!!

Monica♥♥♥

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One Day At A Time Devotional

During this time, make sure you are reading and listening things that will encourage you. Take it One Day At A Time.

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How to 4 ingredient Make Peanut Butter Applesauce Cookies

 

Hey Everyone!! Just another quick idea to try while you are on this break if you are on a break. The kids will love them. This recipe is so easy and simple and only 4 ingredients!!! Remember changing a few ingredients can help you on your help journey. Check out this recipe. Taste like a soft batch peanut butter cookie…very good and has fruit in it. Can’t beat that!!!

Try this simple cookie and store some for later!! Enjoy!!

 

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Daily Meal Plan Survival Kit (Oatmeal & Strawberries)

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Hey Everybody! As we know many are at home(as I am) and still want to make sure we provide healthy meals for our families!!! I say this all the time, don’t make it difficult, just take simple, budget friendly foods and create something simple. Oatmeal is very budget friendly food item that can be use to breakfast, snacks and more. My kids love oatmeal so this is always a good cereal to include during breakfast time and just pair it with some type of fruit.

During this “quarantine” time, it’s still important to do all you can to stay healthy. Create meals and snacks that are quick but yet offer nutritional value.

Oatmeal: Good fiber source, can help to lower cholesterol and can help with weight loss

Strawberries: Good vitamin C source, antioxidants, good folate source

Eat healthy!!!!

Monica

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Rice & Vegetable Medley (Daily Meal Plan Survival Kit)

Hey Everyone!!!

In the midst of things closing and kids and parents being at home, here is a simple recipe you can try to keep meals healthy!!So of course veggies are important so while you are at home and looking for healthy meals to prepare, make it simple. I had most of these items in my refrigerator and some from previous meals. Cabbage, peas, carrots, spinach etc…getting veggies in doesn’t have to be hard! Keep it colorful.

Budget friendly meals are always the way to go. Get in the kitchen and get creative. There are a lot of options to plan simple and easy meals for you and your family.

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Start with shredded cabbage and carrots in a little water. 1 cup cabbage and 1/2 cup carrots.

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Season with lite salt, pepper and garlic powder. Let simmer and stir.

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Add peas to vegetables medley.

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Add 2 bags instant brown rice and about 2 cups of raw spinach and stir.

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Add about 1 c chicken broth and cover.

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Added 1 cup tomato sauce and gave a stir!!

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Enjoy!!!

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3 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody!! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip and I want to share another super quick and easy recipe. Each week I am eating vegan meals  and incorporating those in my meal planning as a way of taking additional small steps. I realized that there is always a way to take foods you enjoy and make them healthier. My kids absolutely love pancakes and as well as oatmeal so I looking forward see how to they respond to this! I made these this morning. Now, I am not a big “pancake” person, but every not and then I will eat a few. Those of you who do enjoy pancakes, but at the same time desire to watch your weight, this is a good way to do that by using 3 ingredients and that’s it.

I always hear people say they don’t have time to eat healthier or cook, but cooking from home doesn’t have to take a long time or much time out of your schedule. You can have a quick breakfast in minutes. This is an example of how you can take only a few inexpensive ingredients and make a healthy breakfast. I saw something make this but use a couple other ingredients but this works great!!!

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I used Oats, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Applesauce and a dash of ground cinnamon(not pictured)

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Used my NutriBullet and made Oat Flour!!! Very easy way to make your own flour!!

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In a glass dish I poured 1 cup of oat flour, 3/4 cup applesauce and 1 cup of milk(can add more or less based on preference of thickness or thinness)

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In a skillet and put about 1 tbsp of plant butter and pour batter and let cook on both sides. These were actually not big pancakes.

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Top with fruit or use maple syrup(vegan) or whatever toppings you like!!

Enjoy!!

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How to Make Veggie Stuffed Potatoes(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everyone!! Today is, Tasty Tuesday Tip!! I wanted to share another budget friendly idea to do with potatoes!! Who doesn’t love potatoes, but understand it does not have be boring. I think many think of eating healthy as eating the same meals everyday and usually there is no creative at all, but you can take some staple items and re create them into easy lunch ideas, side dishes or even main dishes. Potatoes are very budget friendly and I usually keep a bag in my pantry so there are lots of possibilities. Even if you are the person that does not have much “time”, you can do this and have it ready for lunch. They can also be prepped night before and ready to heat and eat next day!!!

If you are working to get more vegetables in your diet, yes you can eat salads, but you don’t to get bored with a salad everything because you don’t know what else to do…this idea is cheap and guess what you can add lean meat or beans to make it a complete meal in minutes!!!!!!!

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I used broccoli, red/green peppers and diced tomatoes w/chilies

 

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I used plant butter w/almond oil

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I added 1 tbsp of plant butter and sauteed my veggies for a few minutes.

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Ready for potato!!

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That’s it. Enjoy!!

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How to make peanut butter, chocolate & almond covered banana (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everybody! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip!! Who doesn’t like snacks? Why not try something a little different at times. If you are like me, I always have to keep snacks on hand, especially have three kids who act like they always hungry. You can even let your kids help in the making of this easy treat.

This is a very quick and easy snack idea that is also very kid and budget friendly.  My kids love bananas and this is something they can eat as another quick snack. In this particular recipe I decided to go with dairy free chocolate chips since I have been cutting back on dairy products such as cheese etc.. Anyhow with snacks as these you can always be creative and find unique ways to spice up any snack.

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1/2 c peanut butter, 1 large banana, 1/2 c shaved almonds and 1/2 c dairy free chocolate chips

Melt chocolate and soften peanut butter for about 25 seconds!

 

Cut banana into large chunks. Dip chunks in chocolate or peanut butter and coat with almonds.

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Place in muffin cups and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

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Enjoy!!!

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How to make Honey Mustard Lemon Vegetables(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everybody! Today is “Tasty Tuesday Tip”. You know that means I will showing another very easy recipe you can do in minutes!! Vegetables are apart of a healthy diet but sometimes it is good to give them a little kick!! I came across something in a book the other day at my mom’s house and thought that it would be good to give it a try. This is one of those side dishes that you can almost do blind folded..lol.. well probably not literally but it’s that simple. This year I have working to be very intentional about getting more fruits and vegetables in my diet so was a good way to get those veggies in but with a different flavor!!

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The vegetables I used were frozen peas, green beans and broccoli. They are all GREEN!! I used half of each bag.

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I use the juice of a lemon(the the whole half), just squeezed over the veggies. Honey- used 1/8 cup.

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I used about 1 tbsp of yellow mustard.

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I put a half pack of each frozen vegetable in my dutch oven. Before adding veggies, I put a little water in the bottom of my dutch oven so vegetables could steam.

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Once they started to steam and simmer, I added 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp lite salt and 1/4 tsp salt free lemon pepper. I gave vegetables a stir occasionally.

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After some minutes cooking..and once they are tender I removed from heat.

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Finally I mixed mustard and honey with a whisk and drizzled on vegetables and the juice of fresh squeezed lemon on top.

 

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Enjoy!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip(Potatoes & Vegetables)

Hey Everybody! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip and I have another easy, simple, budget friendly recipe. Each week I have a goal of eating more plant based meals, just a way of taking steps toward what may become my lifestyle. Until then I am taking the approach of building healthy recipes. Many times people jump into things so fast and the next minute they are out!! I believe that being consistent is key to the results you want to see. Potatoes are very inexpensive and also it is something that stretches. In other words, you can get the bang for your buck!!

This is kind of like potatoes that can be eaten for breakfast or even can be a side dish. Whatever the case, this will be to prepare to even get more vegetables in your diet. I was making this dish the other day and my daughter tells me, “Mom you didn’t make us any fries”. She said that because I always to homemade fries and she had already eaten and wanted her portion. This is very kid friendly as well because most kids love potatoes!!!

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I chopped my veggies up. (onions, zucchini squash and onions). Use as many as you like of different veggies.

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I think I used about 2 potatoes and cut them up like so.

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I used plant butter(dairy free) and saute my veggies and potatoes until tender!!!

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And that’s all folks!! Too easy. Keep it simple. Remember small steps equals BIG change!

Enjoy,

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My Kitchen Staples for Budget Friendly Meal + Snacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Atherosclerosis?

Click Video to see how you can have clean arteries and prevent atherosclerosis(plaque in arteries).

 

 

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Easy Vegan Chili)

Hey Everybody! It’s COLD, COLD, COLD!!! Did I say cold? So when it”s cold outside what is the perfect thing to prepare? If you said, something warm then you are correct. Each week I am always working on adding more vegetables to my diet and trying some more plant based meals.  Last week I thought to fix chili but “vegan chili”. Don’t get scared of that word, just like regular chili but without the meat!!! It was so easy to make and can be prepared a head of time as well. Remember be creative with your dishes, you never know what you may come up with.

Making a soup or chili is one of the EASIEST ways to get more veggies in your diet. You can literally go in your pantry and make it happen!! There are many chili recipes out there, but just kinda go with what you like and still make it your own.

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I started out by measuring all my ingredients: 1 can tomato sauce (14.5oz), 1/2c onions, 1 cup carrots, 1/3 c celery, 1 c diced fresh tomatoes

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1 14.5 oz can of kidney beans and 2 14.5 oz cans of black beans. ( I love black beans). If you don’t like black beans, you can use other beans. Remember make it your own.

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Added vegetables to my Dutch Oven (I love this Dutch oven by the way). I added my seasonings to my veggies(except tomatoes). 1/2 tsp lite salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp chili powder–That was it!!! Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. Then Add tomato sauce, beans and 1/2-1c water.  Add tomatoes about 10 minutes later. Let simmer for about 30 minutes.

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Seasonings I used!!!

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Serve & Enjoy!! So Yummy and good!!!!

 

 

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Partake in your Healing (Nutrition in 90 Seconds)

Many people today are struggling with sickness and disease and few fail to realize how much their nutrition plays in the healing process. In this video I discuss the importance of partaking in your healing process by taking small steps in overall heath(cooking at home, reducing fried food, increasing exercise, etc..). Start somewhere. God will do His part, make sure you do your part.

 

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip-How to make Butter Bean Vegetable Soup

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Hey Everybody!!! So you know what today is??? Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! I am a fan of a good soup. So today’s soup is “Butter Bean Vegetable Soup”. I came also a recipe and of course I always find ways to make it my own. Having a nice soup on a cold night is always a good meal option. If you are a busy mom and you are still trying to find meals and ways to get food on the table..go for a soup!!!!! Remember you can put in the crock pot as well!! This soup is full of vegetables so it is a healthy option. Also accompanied by “butter beans” which will provide you fiber as well as protein.

You do not have to rely on canned soups this season. Even with a busy schedule, plan a head and make something happen in the kitchen. When I am in the kitchen cooking, it at times is a playground. Meaning my kids tend to for some reason follow me at times. So I literally have to kick them out of kitchen if I can. I am at the stove and trucks and balls are being pushed across the floor or my 1 year is literally sucking his thumb while holding my hand up to his face. So imagine what it takes to get a meal on the table. But guess what? I get it done!! As I always say, “Small Steps Equals BIG Change”.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 cans butter beans (drained)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 3 stalks carrots (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes (15 1/2 oz) Note**I used diced tomatoes w/green chilies)
  • 16 oz chicken broth
  • 1//4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp of oil

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I used my Pioneer Woman Dutch Oven I absolutely love it to make soups!! So I placed all of my veggies into my pot.

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Oil was already added then just add veggies. Saute until tender.

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Once veggies are getting tender..it should look something like this. Also using The Pioneer Woman Spoonulas

Next I added the broth, beans, tomatoes(use stewed tomatoes if you don’t want the spice-remember I used tomatoes w/green chilies) and all the seasonings!! Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes uncovered until soup is heated.

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And that’s it!! I nice, yummy bowl of soup!!

Have you ever made butter bean soup?

Enjoy!

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Tips for Meal Planning for New Year!

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Hey Everybody! So as we all know we are approaching a NEW YEAR and of course this is the time where you will hear and see those talking about making changes, losing weight, taking healthier steps and the list goes on and on. As we know, many will start off good and fall off, but there will be those who will stay the course and take the necessary steps and see real changes in their lives. I would like to give you a few tips that can help anyone achieve consistent change. What I come to realize is that change is hard at times and it can be a challenge balancing out family life, eating behaviors and so on, but that does not mean it is impossible.

If you are willing to establish some type of plan, I believe there will be success. It has been said that, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This is definitely true. Few months ago I found out that we will be expecting our fourth child, so when you have small kids and working to creative a healthier, well balanced lifestyle, it does not come without road blocks!! One thing I’m learning is to continue to monitor my perspective and to keep taking small steps in the right direction.

Even if you feel as if you have fallen off the wagon, understand you can get back on and continue in the right direction. Try not to beat yourself up about but keep the mindset of moving forward. Below are a few tips you can include to help in meal planning:

#1 Create a 2 week cycle meal plan. (I’m in the process of working on this myself especially with dinnertime meals)

#2 Use what you have on hand as much as possible. (My husband and I have noticed that there are indeed meals you can come up with by using foods in the pantry).

#3 Keep fruits on hand. (Try to have healthy options..of course if there are honey buns in pantry ..guess what you will most likely pick…exactly!!!)

#4 Write down your grocery list before going to store. (Sounds old fashion but it helps with budgeting and helps you stay on track with meals)

#5 Stay focused and if you get a little off…don’t stop just refocus and keep it moving!!

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Happy New Year!!!

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How to Make Vegetable Cabbage Soup

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Hey Everybody! When it is cold outside what’s better than a good ole’ pot of soup? I have never made cabbage soup before and I was kinda excited about making something different. My husband said that cabbage is one of his favorite vegetables so I began to think that it would be good to make a “cabbage soup”. I like to eat soups and also try new meals and recipes for my family.

When thinking of healthier meals for your family, remember to keep it simple. It does not have to be hours in the kitchen. As a mother of 3 and married, before I stopped working a what some will call a “9-5”, I was always trying to prepare meals for my family but of course I was working and time can easily slip, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done! My goal is to show you how you can get a good meal on the table that easy enough to prepare even if you have small kids (as I do) and are working.  You don’t have to be in the kitchen 5 hours trying to prepare meals but soups are go to meals that are very simple and can be put in a crock pot!!!

This is also a great way to get more vegetables in by do a vegetable soup so it is a WIN-WIN!!

Let’s get to how to prepare the vegetable cabbage soup:

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Here are the ingredients I used. 1/2 cabbage head, 1 can white beans, 4 cups of chicken broth, 1 can of diced tomatoes, chili powder, garlic power (not shown) or you can use fresh garlic and diced celery -2 stalks, carrots- 3 stalk, and 1 onion

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I used my Dutch Oven, if you don’t have one, invest in a Dutch Oven!!

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First put a little oil in your Dutch Oven and add the celery, carrots and onions and stir occasionally until vegetables are tender. I added lite, chili powder and garlic powder to vegetables.

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I added the broth(I used entire carton, added 2 cups water, beans

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I used these tomatoes, previously pictured were tomatoes with green chilies. This can was added to mixture. Let simmer. 5-6 minutes

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I added 1/2 cabbage and seasoned with lite salt, garlic powder and also a little lemon pepper. Let Simmer until cabbages wilt down.

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Enjoy

Monica

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How to make Peanut Butter Cookies with less ingredients(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everybody!!!! So I decided the other week to make some peanut butter cookies. It was a rainy Saturday and of course kids were around and my husband always asking for something sweet so my plan was to make some “vegan” cookies just to do something different, but these are not vegan because I was literally missing like one ingredient, nevertheless these were so good! Many times you get a taste for something sweet, but at the same time, you want watch your calorie intake…guess what?? It’s possible!!!

The key is just taking those foods you enjoy and making a few changes here and there. Don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and take those small steps that can lead to BIG changes for you.

This recipe is super duper easy and takes minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 6 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose0
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, add peanut butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Next, add flour, baking soda and combine. Roll and flatten. Scoop our dough and roll into balls and place balls on baking sheet. Use back of folk, flatten in a crisscross pattern. Bake for about 10-13 minutes and let cool few minutes then transfer off baking sheet.

Enjoy~

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody!!! So the other day I decided to make some homemade granola bars. If you are like me and have small kids and try to have healthier snack options on hand, then you understand that “kids love SNACKS”. My 17 month old always says, “I want a snack”. Keep snacks on hand is a must. One of the snacks that my kids enjoy are granola or fruit grain bars. Why not make your own? I also look for ways to save money and making them yourself is a STEP toward saving a little pocket change. Granola bars are easy to put in your bag, store in the fridge and grab for a quick snack and energy booster.

If you think you don’t have time, these are super simple and don’t take long to prepare. Make a large batch and store for later use. No, you don’t have to kids to make these, but if you are looker for a snack to make yourself and control your ingredients, these are for you. One thing I like about granola bars is that you can be very creative and add or take away ingredients. No store-bought bars needed.

Do you think these were a hit for my hubby and kids? Hmmm…we will find out!!!

Let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups instant oats(not old fashion oats)
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 3/4 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips(can use raisins, dried cranberries, etc)

Instructions:

In a large pot, combine butter, brown sugar and honey. Bring to a boil.

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After bringing to boil, lower the heat and let simmer and it will slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. I did use rubber spatula.

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Add oats, rice cereal and flax seeds. Fold with spatula and transfer mixture to a pan and use spatula to press firmly to even out mixture.

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I added some chocolate chips on top of my mixture and set in refrigerator for about 2 hours until firm. If you do not like chocolate chips, feel free to use dried cranberries or raisins. Be creative!!!

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Cut and store. So what did my kids think of these bars??

 

I got two thumbs up!! My husband loved them as well!!! If your family approves, you have a winner!

Enjoy♥♥♥

 

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How make a healthier Sloppy Joe!! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I came across a recipe for a light Sloppy Joe! If you were anything like me, growing up we always made Sloppy Joy from a can–get some ground meat and add sauce right?? This right here is “taste good“. It is packed with flavor and on top of that, are getting more nutrients. The variety of vegetables offers more color to your plate! Sometimes making changes with your kids can take time, but my husband and I loved these. Remember, Small Steps Equals BIG Change!! Take small steps to add more veggies to your favorite dishes and be a great way to start!!

 

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3 cups raw spinach, 1 cup of navy beans, diced celery and onion, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 8 oz can diced tomatoes w/green chilies, 2 tsp grainy mustard, 4 tsp ketchup, 1 cup shredded carrot

 

 

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The first thing you want to do is brown your meat, it can be chicken or turkey. I chose ground chicken. Guess what?? If you want to go meatless, omit the meat and just do a veggie Sloppy Joe. I did season meat with lite salt and garlic powder.

 

Next, add shredded carrot, chopped spinach(I did end up chopping after taking this picture. Stir together.

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Next I added the navy beans to the dish!!

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Add remaining ingredients–tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes w/chilies, celery, onions.

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Enjoy!!! Yummy!! Oh yea, coleslaw mix(no mayo) was also added to bottom of bun before topping with mixture!!!!!!!

This is just another way to take a dish you enjoy and make it your own. Be Creative and take Steps to a Healthier you!!!

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Homemade Fries (Air Fryer Style)

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Hey Everybody! So it has been a minute..yes, but I am back. Homemade fries are something that I make all the time, but we got this Air Fryer for a gift during the Christmas season and I wanted to try some fries to see how this thing works. Fries can be very unhealthy and full of fats, but you can always make them yourself. My kids love them. So I decided to let this be the first thing I try in my new Air Fryer. My parents had just gotten one and were very happen with results they had gotten. So let’s get to them super simple dish.

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Of course you need an air fryer. Here it is. There are variety of sizes that you can choose from and some much bigger than the one we have so it’s up to you.

 

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Of course you need a potato and do potato fries!!!!! Rinse and pat dry.

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Next I cut the potato lengthwise.

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Then I cut potato again to cut into julienne type pieces!!

Next I placed my potatoes in a plastic container..and seasoned. I also used some lemon seasoning(not pictured) and I sprayed with canola oil. You can also use a little canola oil and thoroughly mix in container along with seasoning to make sure they are covered.

Add to your Air Fryer. No deep frying!!!! And let the fryer do its job. 325 degrees for about 20 minutes! At about 10 minutes in..open fryer drawer and shake fries a little and let continue to cook for additional 10 minutes.

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Enjoy

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Tasty Tuesday Tip(Banana Oat Muffin)

Hey Everybody!!! If you follow my blog, you know that I use oats in a lot of my snack ideas!!!! Here is another recipe idea that is too easy to do!!! Keep some oats on hand and some honey and you can make your own creative snacks!!! These muffins are a healthier option for you especially when you need a breakfast on the go!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cup oats
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First take your bananas and smash them with a folk!!!

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It should look something like this when done!

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Add your oats to the mixture!!!

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Add 1/3cup of honey to mixture.

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Continue to stir until thoroughly mixed!!!!

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I used muffin liners..this mixture makes about 6 muffins! Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Bake about 8-10 minutes and that’s it! Taste good warm!!!!!!

Enjoy these muffins!!!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Banana Peanut Butter Muffins w/no flour, sugar or butter

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Hey Everybody! So who doesn’t like muffins. I am sure we all eat them from time to time or have in the past, but what we don’t need is all those extra calories. Many times muffins are easy to eat and grab while on the go, but most of the muffins are packaged with lots of sugar and fat!! This is a recipe that I came across the other day and figured it was a good one to try for the family. I have two kids and you know how it can be to get them to eat something new or healthier. These muffins are a great snack idea and also good for breakfast on the go!!!!! 

My kids actually enjoyed them!! I believe that there are always ways to make something that is usually not so healthy, healthier. Only thing you need to do is be creative and explore with recipes or just try something new!!! My motto, “small steps equals big change”. Take small steps to being healthier and see what changes you will see. 

Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 large)
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp real vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashion oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bananas, eggs, honey, milk, peanut butter and vanilla in blender or in bowl and use hand mixer and puree until smooth. (I used my mixer). Add oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth. (can use a blender also) Line 12 muffins tins with liners. 
Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. 

Take out and enjoy!!!!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Homemade Granola Bars)

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Hey Everybody! Today I decided to share my homemade granola bar recipe. This is too easy to make. If you love granola bars and want a healthier snack options..this is the way to go!!!! You can make these in 5-10 minutes and freeze them and eat at a later time. Your kids will love them!!! Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed

In a medium-sized bowl pour all ingredients one at a time. Next stir until well blended. Once done stirring, place in a 9×9 inch pan lined with wax paper. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until ready to eat. Cut in squares and enjoy!!!

Remember small steps equals BIG change!!!

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My Story- Hyperthyroidism “Update”

Hey Everybody! Here is an update about the diagnosis I was given about Hyperthyroidism/Grave’s Disease last year. This is part two from the video I posted on YouTube a few months ago. Check out this video update and also the first video I posted!!! Hope it is an encouragement to you!!!! 

 

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Clusters (TASTY TUESDAY TIP)

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Hey Everybody!!! I have been very BUSY!!! Just had a new addition(baby) to the family, but things are going well. I wanted to share this quick recipe while I have a little time!!! This was something that I thought would be a quick and easy idea to make when you want something a little sweet. My husband really likes them and so do I. I made this recipe before using rice crispy cereal, but wanted to try corn flake because I figured they would add a little more CRUNCH!!! Guess what?? They actually do provide more of a crunch than the rice crispy cereal!!! Remember making healthy snacks doesn’t have to be hard to do, but can be really easy!!! These clusters can be prepared and store in zip loc bags and eaten for later. Great treat!!! Let’s get to this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (any brand)
  • 3/4 c honey
  • 2 cups corn flake cereal

Instructions:

Use a medium sauce pan and use low to medium heat. Add honey and peanut butter. Stir. Next add cereal and stir together until mixed well.  Remove from heat and get a baking sheet and line with wax or parchment paper. Spoon out mixture in clusters and place on prepared pan. Once complete, place in freezer for about 30-45 mins. Take out and enjoy!!!

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Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet

Saucepan

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Tips for Digestive Health!

Taking care of our gut is important. This is your NUTRITION in 90 second video. In this video I share just some easy, quick tips for gut health. Digestion deals with how our bodies break food down. Many times the foods we eat can hinder this process and cause issues such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowels, etc… Sometimes changing ones diet can help relieve some of these digestion problems!! Check this book (Digestive Wellness) or others for more information on digestive health. 

 

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip ($30 grocery haul)

Hey Everybody! Tips for feeding your family on a low budget and still provide good meals. We all know that it can be challenging preparing meals for a growing family. We are a family of 4 and soon to be 5 and you can imagine how it can be. You find yourself trying to cook something the kids will enjoy, but also that is healthy. It can be hard, but it is not impossible. Many people struggle with the cost of healthy foods and not being able to afford it, but in this video I will give you a few tips on how to buy foods and meal ideas that you can have with those particular foods. Quick and simple meals are key. You may not have time for a gourmet meal all the time, but keeping it quick and easy can do wonders for your busy life!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Rice Crispy Oven Fried Chicken)

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Hey Everybody! You know what today is… Tasty Tuesday Tip!! So on today’s menu is oven fried chicken…yes I said oven fried chicken!!!! It is not fried chicken, but if you like to have a little crunch…this is the recipe for you!!!! I came also this recipe in a book a couple of years ago and I had to try it. I made it several times before, but wanted to make this again. I found that rice crispy cereal offers a nice crunch as opposed to cereal such as corn flakes! Remember when trying to eat healthier, there are always small things that can be done that will allow you to keep taste in your food, but also reduce the fat.

My daughter had some last night and she was like, “I don’t want cereal on my chicken”. After she ate it, she wanted some more and said, “Mom this taste like regular chicken”. You know how it is with kids, when you try something different they may or may not like it, but this was a winner!! So let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (4)
  • 4-5 cups of rice crispy cereal
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lite Salt, Pepper
  • 1/2 c melted butter (land o lakes)

Instructions:

Set oven for 350 degrees. Place rice crispy cereal in a pan or some type of bowl. Add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to cereal and set aside. Next melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Take chicken breast and season. Next take one chicken breast and dip into melted butter on both sides, then placed in cereal and coat on both sides. Place on a baking dish pan. Prepare the rest of the chicken breast the same as you did the first and bake in oven for about 35 minutes. Chicken should have a nice crunchy texture and coat. Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty , Tuesday, Tip(Cheerio Peanut Butter & Honey Bars)

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Hey Everybody! I wanted to share this quick and easy snack idea. I made this before but decided to make it again. Your kids would probably love them and so would you. Getting healthy snacks can be difficult at times for some, but you can make these in literally minutes! Contains fiber & protein so it should keep you satisfied.

***For the bars you see in the picture above I used 1 cup of plain cheerios, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter!!!

Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Pasta Skillet Dinner)

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Hey Everybody! Today I am coming to you with a skillet dinner that is very easy to prepare! If you buy those frozen skillet meals……I would recommend that you make it yourself, it will taste much better and is healthier. If you are familiar with my Tasty Tuesday Tip blog, you know I always try to find ways to increase vegetables in my recipes, but at the same time offer quick and easy meals that can be made even if you are busy! This is another recipe that you can be very creative with by adding different vegetables. Remember eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard, just change what you already eat by adding or taking away a few ingredients. As we all know, pasta is very inexpensive so if you are on a budget, try a pasta dish as your base and build from there. Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh chicken breast
  • 1/2 box rotini garden pasta
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c water
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c zucchini (diced)
  • 1/2 c yellow squash (diced)
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli florets
  • pepper
  • garlic salt/powder

Instructions:

Prepare pasta as directed. In the meantime, dice a yellow squash and zucchini and set to the side. Place frozen broccoli in microwave and heat for about 5-6 minutes and set to sided. In a skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and season chicken breast and cook until done. Once chicken is done, shred chicken with hand and place back into skillet. Take drained pasta and add to chicken in skillet and then add veggies(broccoli, squash, zucchini). In a small saucepan, open one can of cream of mushroom and about 1/2 c of water and stir occasionally. Then add cream of chicken mix to skillet and stir until well blended. Add seasoning as needed per taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Blue Corn Chips & Ground Chicken,Veggies, Salsa)

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Hey Everybody! How are you doing? If you follow my blog you know that I always try to prepare quick and easy meals that doesn’t require lots of work in the kitchen. Being now that I am 8 months pregnant and have a 6 and 3 year old, you can imagine!!! I still try to prepare healthy meals when I can. This particular meal is what I made the other day for lunch. I had some left over ground chicken (uncooked) that was previously used for ground chicken burgers in the refrigerator and decided to whip up something quick for lunch time. It can be time consuming at times and feel overwhelming when you are trying to plan meals ahead of time, but it can be done. Everyday is not the same, but there are times when I can easily whip something up just looking at what I have in my kitchen!!!! 

In this particular Tasty Tuesday Tip, you will see that I used Blue Corn Chips!!! My husband bought some organic blue corn chips one day and they were not bad and I decided to try them out again, but I think I got a different brand than he did because the taste was slightly different, but they do contain about 2g of fiber per serving. You can go to your local store and give them a try. I usually keep salsa on hand, so some type of tortilla chip is most likely always in the pantry!!! However let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Blue Corn Chips
  • Ground Chicken 1/2 lb
  • Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper 1/4-1/2 cup each diced
  • Onion (1/4 cup) diced
  • Mild Salsa 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of Raw Spinach
  • 1/4 cup yellow squash
  • Cumin (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Garlic Salt (1 tsp)
  • Black Pepper (1 tsp)
  • olive oil (1 tbsp)

Instructions:

Take a medium saucepan and turn on medium heat and add olive oil. Next add ground chicken, cumin, garlic salt and pepper and let cook until no longer pink. (Stir Occasionally) Add all vegetables except raw spinach to meat and stir (reduce heat if need). Vegetables should be tender(5-8 minutes). Next add raw spinach and stir and let simmer with chicken and other vegetables (about 5 minutes). Take a bowl and add some blue corn chips and place meat mixture on top of chips. Add salsa and enjoy!!!!!

Note: If you want to omit the chicken, you can and make this a vegetarian meal!!!!

 

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How to make homemade Oatmeal Banana Honey & Almond Butter Muffins! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I know that title sounds long, but that is the only name I can give it! I decided to come up with a healthy recipe for a muffin with ingredients I had on hand so that is what I came up with. Many times we like to grab something quick for breakfast, especially if you don’t have a lot of time, but grabbing those already packaged, large muffins can pack on sound unwanted calories. If you are trying to take steps to a healthy you, it is important to prepare more foods at home yourself. I always say, you can still enjoy foods you love, but make some adjustments to them! Simple right? It may not seem simple, but it can be. You have to let your creative Juices flow! Recently we have been doing a 10 day no meat, 1 gallon of water, no dairy challenge!!! As I result, it has helped me be even more creative with meal ideas.

Remember my motto, “Small Steps equals BIG Change”. Take some type of small step and see what happens. Let’s get to this recipe!

Here is what I used:

  • 2 Bananas
  • Oatmeal(used NutriBullet to grind it up into a flour like consistency)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz Almond Butter (had a small pack I bought from the store)
  • 1/4c of honey
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I used my NutriBullet..love this thing. If you don’t have a blender..I highly recommend a NutriBullet.

**Blender ideas products: NutriBullet or Magic Bullet!**

 

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Left out banana picture, but I mashed my bananas and then add the oats!

 

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Honey was added to mixture.

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Next a little almond butter.

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Then added my vanilla extract!

 

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Stir until well blended!! Yummy!

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You can use liners for this but I used some canola spray and placed batter in pan!!! But liners are fine of course. Bake at 350 degrees for maybe 15 minutes!

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Warm and out the oven!!!! Homemade Oat Banana Honey Almond Butter Muffins!!

Enjoy

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