Chicken, Bean & Spinach Soup (Mexican Style)

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Hey Everybody! You all know that I like to prepare quick & easy meals without too much fuss! I like to be able to put some things together in a pot and you have a nice, healthy meal! Sometimes it can get a little bit challenging, but this meal is very easy and can be on the table in no time. I am a fan of getting a variety of beans and coming up with something tasty. This recipe can be done with or without meat. I chose ground chicken for this recipe. Fall season is upon us, so doing some type of soup type dish is always a winner

You can do this, Remember small steps equals BIG change! Just take a dish you love and change it a bit, and see what you can create. 

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What I used for this recipe is as follows: (drained all)

  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1/2 lb of ground chicken
  • Handfuls of raw spinach
  • 1 cup of thick n chunky salsa
  • cumin, lite salt and garlic powder

I cooked the ground chicken first in my pot. Next I added all other ingredients to the pot once chicken was thoroughly cooked. Spinach was the last to be added. Note: I actually added spinach earlier than what I normally would have, but try adding spinach to pot during the last 5 minutes of  simmering. Gave a quick stir and put lid on top. Let simmer for about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

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123 Blueberry Mango Spinach Smoothie

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Hey everybody!!! This smoothie recipe is so very easy. I have come to love frozen blueberries in my smoothies. The frozen blueberries really add a nice cool flavor to any smoothie. Blueberries are also very good source of antioxidants. You can also try fresh blueberries of course…I just love the taste of the frozen berries.

You only need 3 ingredients and a NutriBillet or any nice blender!!

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***For kids, try this smoothie and pour in popsicle molds and freeze. It is sure to be a hit😉. ***

Enjoy

Monica

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Super-food-Spinach)

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Hey Everybody! Today I will just share a super food that I love to eat and add to lots of dishes. That super food is SPINACH!!! Dark green leafy vegetables are loaded with nutrients such as folate, calcium and iron! I love to use dark greens instead of regular lettuce. That is an easy way to get some green leafy vegetables in your diet. If you have kids like I do, sneaking this super food into dishes is a great way for them to eat it without knowing that they are!!! For instance, when eating a sandwich, why not add spinach to that sandwich instead of iceberg lettuce? The darker the green, the more nutrients you will receive. Other tips for adding leafy veggies to meals:

  • Add to pasta dishes
  • Use in sauces such as spaghetti sauce or chili
  • Rice Recipes
  • Green Smoothies
  • Salads
  • Homemade Popsicle green smoothie

 Dark green leafy vegetables are full of fiber and nutrients which may be instrumental in preventing certain chronic diseases.They also contain high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds known as carotenoids, which may protect against certain types of cancer.

If you haven’t this super food today!!!

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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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Healthy skin–Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask

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Hey Everybody! Healthy skin is very important.  I talk about taking care of our bodies by eating healthier but what we put in our bodies greatly  affects our appearance.  20% of how we look is based on our age..so what does the other 80% come from you may ask….sun exposure, stress, diet, pollution, smoking, drinking etc…

Having healthy skin just like having healthy  bodies will not just happen if we don’t do our part!!! One quick tip for you to keep healthy skin is to do an easy, non harsh mask just 2-3 times per week for 10- 20 minutes. Deep Charcoal Cleansing Mask available  here:

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can help you have clean pores and healthy skin. This product  contains activated charcoal  that acts as a magnet to draw dirt, , chemicals,  and bacteria to surface of your skin. Clogged pores happen when you produce  too much sebum and dead skin cells and dirt get trapped in openings and clog your pores. You can change that today by using products to help you have clearer skin. Be healthy inside and out!!

Monica Gary

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How to use Mary Kay satin hands

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If you are in need of a product  for your hands..this is it!!! Pampering  kit in a bag..for your hands!! White Tea and citrus  satin hands!

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Breakfast Cookies(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! This particular recipe that I will share today is the same recipe that I posted some weeks ago.. Granola Bars!!!! The only thing different is that instead of placing in freezer, you will place in the oven and they become these healthy breakfast cookies. My husband had this idea of getting the same mixture that I used for my granola bars and just form them into cookies and bake in the oven. Guess what?? It turned out pretty good. I have bought some breakfast cookies in the past, but these are homemade and so easy and good!!!! This a recipe where you can be creative and add raisins, sliced almonds, etc….you can just be creative with these little cookies.

Ingredients:

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

In a medium-sized bowl pour all ingredients one at a time. Next stir until well blended. Once done stirring, spoon some of mixture into balls and slightly press down to form a nice cookie. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

***Cookies don’t need to cook, they will just be firm enough and be cookie texture. Place in a jar to make for easy grabbing when on the go for easy breakfast idea!!!***

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How to make easy homemade Popsicles!!

Hey Everybody!! Here is a quick video that gives an easy treat idea for your kids. Many getting kids to eat vegetables can be a chore, but have you ever thought about adding them to foods your kids already enjoy to eat. It’s almost summertime and what kid doesn’t enjoy a Popsicle?? Here is a simple idea for you..and you only need a few ingredients.

Enjoy!!!!

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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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Monica♥♥♥

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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!!!

Monica ♥♥

 

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