KDR Healthy Eats: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

KDR Healthy Eats: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lbs extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • ½ cup yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 ½ cups sweet potato, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of red chili flakes
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In an iron cast skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground turkey and garlic. Use a wood spoon breaking up the turkey while it cooks. Stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add onions and yellow peppers and cook until onions are soft.
  4. Add the sweet potato, chili pepper, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover the skillet and cook until they are tender. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. If necessary, add more olive oil or a little bit of water to cook the sweet potato faster.
  6. While the sweet potato is cooking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. When the sweet potato is tender, add shredded mozzarella cheese and bring the skillet to the oven to melt the cheese* (see note below).
  8. When the cheese melts, remove from the oven, and garnish with parsley.

* You can just put the lid on the skillet for 5 minutes. The cheese will melt.

**You can keep this recipe in the fridge for up 6 days.

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KDR Healthy Eats: Taco Zucchini Boats

KDR Healthy Eats: Taco Zucchini Boats

Taco Zucchini Boats:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash and dry zucchini and cut off ends. Slice zucchini in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to hollow out zucchini, leaving a 1/4 inch inch shell (1/4 inch around the edges and the bottom). You can save the hollowed out zucchini chunks for another recipe or add some into your taco meat mixture. Place zucchini into a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, add cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, salt, and oregano. Mix together.
  3. In a large skillet, add ground beef and onions. Bring to medium high heat and cook until meat is nearly done. Sprinkle with seasoning mix. Continue to cook until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the salsa.
  4. Fill zucchini with taco meat mixture. Place into oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until zucchini is just cooked. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.  Sprinkle cheese over zucchini. Place back into oven and cook an additional 5 minutes, so cheese is melted over the zucchini boats. Sprinkle scallions over zucchini before serving.

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KDR Healthy Eats: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

KDR Healthy Eats: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders (or breasts)
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons diced jalapeno (fresh or canned)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15-ounce cans great northern beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping
  • Crushed tortilla chips, for topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place chicken, onion, celery, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeno, spices and chicken broth into the slow cooker. Stir the ingredients to combine and cook on high for 5 hours.
  2. With 1 hour left in cooking time, remove the chicken tenders and shred or chop the meat. Return it to the slow cooker, along with the beans and frozen corn.
  3. Allow the chili to cook for the remaining time.
  4. Top with chopped cilantro and crushed tortilla chips before serving.

 

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KDR Healthy Eats: Smoked Bacon Veggie Soup

KDR Healthy Eats: Smoked Bacon Veggie Soup

Smoked Bacon Veggie Soup:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups broth
  • 3 cups chopped potato (russet or sweet potato)
  • 2 cups brussel sprout shavings
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5 pieces of smoked bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (smoked is best)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic minced
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs (chives, onion, etc) OR 2 tbsp fresh chopped herbs such as chive/onion.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First make sure all your ingredients are chopped. 3 cups chopped potato was equivalent to about 2 potatoes.
  2. Lightly steam/soften your potato pieces in a small bowl in microwave for about 90 seconds. Then add to your crock pot.
  3. Add in your broth, veggies, and bacon on top.
  4. mix in your seasonings and the oil/mustard.
  5. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs or high for 3 hrs.
  6. Add herbs half way through cooking or at the end to garnish.
  7. Serve and top with aged cheddar and dash of black pepper if desired.
  8. See notes for non crock pot times.

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KDR Healthy Eats: Baked Chicken Fajita

KDR Healthy Eats: Baked Chicken Fajita

Baked Chicken Fajita:

INGREDIENTS:

For the Marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

For the Chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts or 6 thin sliced chicken cutlets ¼-inch thick
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ green bell pepper, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne (if using) and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. For the chicken breasts, if you purchased pre-sliced chicken cutlets then skip to the next step. If using chicken breasts, slice them longways into 2 even slices and firmly pound the chicken using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer to an even thickness of about ¼ inch.
  3. Place chicken cutlets into a large resealable freezer bag and pour marinade over top, making sure they are completely coated. Allow chicken to marinate for a minimum of one hour to overnight.
  4. Once chicken has marinated, evenly place 6 bell pepper slices in the middle of the chicken cutlet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Repeat this step until all the cutlets have been rolled up and place seam side down in a prepared baking dish.
  5. Brush tops of chicken with remaining marinade and bake, uncovered, at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the juices run clear. Serve and enjoy!

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5 Reasons To Do Push-ups

5 Reasons To Do Push-ups

5 Reasons you should be doing Push-ups

Push-ups are one of my go-to exercises. Like you, sometimes I struggle to get my workouts in, so my resistance training days need to be quick and include total body movements that build muscle, burn fat and make me feel like a bad ass. Push-ups are one of those bad ass moves ladies! Seriously, when I feel good and can randomly bust out 10 perfect push-ups…I feel like a total boss! 

You must mean Jamie. And, yes you did.

One way to horrify my husband is by challenging someone/friends/family to a push-up challenge.  I will challenge almost anyone, (except my husband 😉 and have been known to throw down at bars, parties, etc. It’s a great ice breaker PLUS, it feels awesome to do better push ups then most out of shape guys.   

 That time I did a push-up contest with the guys. 

For me, the push-up was one of the first exercises that I trained for that made me feel powerful, strong and confident. Each time I did them I was a little bit better, a little bit stronger, and more confident to push-my self to do more.

This is a big reason why I am passionate about getting other women to do push-ups.  I love coaching women to do push-ups! As a coach, I see potential in most of the women I train that they do not see in themselves. So the first time I say ” Next we are doing push-ups.” the fear and doubt in their face reminds me of where I started. We all have to start somewhere. 

Other than push-ups being totally bad ass here are five reasons to do push-ups: 

  1. Builds Upper Body Strength: you can build upper body strength without having to use a ton of weights. Push-ups target the shoulders, pecs, and triceps which will develop a strong and defined upper body.
  2. Strengthens your core: most people don’t know that a strong core is key to a push-up. Ever wondered why your hips sag or hike during your push-ups? Your abdominal muscles are acting as stabilizers during the push-up just like they would in a plank.  Weak abs = poor push up form. 
  3. Increases energy quickly: Sure does! Two scenarios come to mind for this. First one, I hit a 2pm energy dip, I already had a coffee (or 2) and am about to coach a class, but I am still draggin a little. What do I do? Drop down and bust out some push-ups. Second, it’s been a long day, I have plans with friends to get some drinks and listen to some live music.  It’s too late for coffee. Psst…push-ups! You see now why I like to challenge people?   I get a quick increase of energy…I am really just helping everyone out while I get my competitive energy out 😉 Both scenarios create an almost immeddiate boost in energy. Just a few push ups increase circulation, fire up the brain, heats the body up and boosts energy levels.
  4. Increases Bone Mass: Let’s face it, as we get older our bone mass declines. That’s why doing weight baring exercises like push-ups are important to keeping our bones strong. Along with major muscle groups, push-ups are also good for your wrists and elbow, so your risk for injury is low.
  5. Weight loss: Since the push-up is a total body movement it will increase your heart rate quickly…yay. Increasing your heart rate will result in burning more calories, weight loss and overall improvement in your body composition.  PLUS!  The less you weight, the more push ups you can do! 

I love push-ups so much that I created an 8-Week Push-up Princess Program that I am testing out RIGHT now with a group of women ready to become a Push-up Princess. 

Are you ready to become a bad ass push-up princess with me? 

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