Teriyaki Salmon & Mexican Meatloaf Muffins

Cooking is one of my favorite activities and I have loved making it a priority over the last few weeks!  Trying new recipes, making my own recipes, and getting to share them with you!

Here are a couple recipes I wanted to share with you from this week!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Teriyaki Salmon

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Ingredients:

-1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

-2 Tbsp water

-1 Tbsp minced garlic

-1 Tbsp honey

-1 lb salmon, cut into 1 inch cubes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Combine soy sauce, water, garlic, and honey together in a bowl.

Place salmon cubes into mixture and make sure they are coated.

Pour salmon and mixture into a baking dish.

Bake for 25 minutes.

–Salmon great for use on salads, over rice, and on its own! I added mine on top of a mason jar salad and the juice from the teriyaki sauce was a great dressing!–

(Servings 3 – each serving is one 1 Red container)

Mexican Meatloaf Muffins

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-1 pound ground beef

-1 egg

-1 Tbsp chili powder

-2 tsp cumin

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp oregano

-1 tsp sea salt

-1/3 cup salsa

-1/4 cup cheese

Directions:

IMG_7370Preheat oven too 375 degrees

Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray

Mix all ingredients together and separate into 8 portions

Place one portion into each IMG_7371muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes.

(Servings 4 [2 muffins each] – – each serving is 1 Red and 1
Blue container)

Let me know if you try these recipes! I would love to hear what you think of them!

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Egg Scrambles and Grilled Veggie Packs

Do you all struggle with getting bored with what you eat for breakfast?  I do, A LOT!

Dry Cereal is good, but I can’t have dairy, and don’t love dairy free milks in my cereal (they tend to change the taste – though they are great in other things!) and most cereals are not crazy healthy and even the ones that claim to be are often loaded down with extra sugars and preservatives.

Bacon and Sausage are yummy, but not really very healthy.

Waffles, Bagels, and Pancakes are delicious, but not something I like to have all of the time.

So, my go to is often Eggs!  But then the struggle becomes do I fry them, poach them, scramble them, make an omelet, or do something else?  I have discovered that I love making egg scrambles – throwing whatever is in the kitchen into a bowl with eggs and mixing them up.  Then I scramble them up!  Well today’s mix was one of my favorites so I decided to share it with y’all!

Egg Scramble with Grilled Veggie Pack!

Egg Scramble with Grilled Veggie Pack!

Doesn’t it look delicious?!?!  If you think so, here is the recipe…

Egg Scramble

Ingredients:

4 Eggs

1/3 cup of dairy free cheese [or regular cheese for you dairy lovers out there]

1/2 cup of salsa [I used homemade, but store bought is great too]

Ground pepper to taste

Sea Salt to taste

Directions:

IMG_7318Crack eggs into a small bowl and mix together, breaking the yolks.

Add in cheese and salsa and mix so that they are evenly spread throughout egg mixture.

Pour into a preheated non stick skillet and scramble on medium IMG_7319high heat until fully cooked. [I add pepper and salt while scrambling, but you can also add them after you finish cooking the eggs.]

YIELD: 2 Servings {Reheats well for those who want to knock out two meals with one stone}

This recipe is also great for those of you who are following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan!  The Egg Scramble for each serving is 1 Red, 1/2 a Blue, 1/2 a Green or Purple {If you use homemade salsa it counts as a green container – if you use store bought salsa, it is typically made with added sugar and counts as a purple container}.

Now if you are like me an egg scramble is great, but on some days it is not quite enough to fill your breakfast plate and sustain you for what you have going on in your day.  Today is one of those days for me.  I woke up with a headache, but still have a lot to get done.  I have church, a workout, some cleaning and a wedding to work at.  So I added some grilled veggies I fixed earlier in the week, that were in my fridge to my plate.  Let me just tell you, these veggies were a great addition to my morning and are so easy to make!!

Grilled Veggie Packs

Ingredients:

Zucchini

Yellow Squash

Red Potatoes

Baby Carrots

Tomatoes

Onions

[Really whatever veggies you want to toss in will work]

Seasoning of choice [I used some GrillMates Chicken Seasoning]

1 cup of Chicken Broth

–Grill or Oven

–Foil

Directions:

Clean and chop up all of the veggies you are using.

Line a baking dish with foil making sure you have foil falling over the edges to wrap over the top of the veggies once you add them to make a packet/pouch for them.

Toss the veggies into the pack, followed by pouring over the chicken broth.

Season liberally with seasoning.

Wrap foil around the veggies to create a sealed packet.

If using a grill place on the grill for about 45minutes to an hour on about a 350 degree temp.

If baking in the oven – you can leave the packet in the pan or you can set it directly onto the oven shelf.  Again for about 45 minutes to an hour on 350 degree heat.

Remove from pack and enjoy!!

Great and healthy way for you to make some delicious veggies!!  They are 21 Day Fix Approved and a great addition to breakfast or any other meal!

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Hope this gives you a new option to enjoy for your breakfast [or dinner] eating pleasure!  Let me know if you try these or if you have any questions!

If you do not know what the 21 Day Fix is, I would love to let you know more about it!!

Mustardy Salmon with Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

I love to cook and I love to cook new things and since I have been on a journey to better health and cleaner eating, I have discovered some new foods and some old foods that I had only eaten when my mom or other people had fixed them.  Two of these things are salmon and asparagus.  I loved when my mom grilled salmon for us when I was a kid and one of my favorite things she fixed was an italian dressing asparagus.  I decided to tackle these two items on my own last week and let me just say I think they turned out wonderfully!

Here are the recipes for you!

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Enjoying my Salmon and Asparagus on the porch while getting some work done.

Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Ingredients:

3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

2 TBSP finely chopped fresh garlic

¼ cup lemon juice

2 bunches of asparagus

2 tsps. grated lemon zest

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixing bowl mix garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and lemon zest, set aside.

Peel or cut the bottom of the asparagus off, getting rid of the tough outer layer. Lay the asparagus on a non-stick baking sheet with rimmed sides.

Pour lemon juice mixture over the asparagus.

Roast asparagus for about 15 minutes, until tender, shaking the pan halfway through.

Remove from oven & enjoy!

[Yields about 6 servings]

Mustardy Salmon

Ingredients:

4oz salmon filet

2 tsps. Dijon mustard

6 wheat thins, crushed

½ a lemon

ground pepper

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray down with cooking spray.

Squeeze half of the lemon over the salmon filet and let it marinate for 10-15 minutes.

Place the salmon on the middle of the baking sheet.

Grind some pepper onto the salmon, then spread mustard on top of the salmon and press the cracker crumbs into the mustard.

Bake for 15 minutes (if desired broil for 2 additional minutes to crisp up the cracker toppings).

Plate with some asparagus and you have a delicious dinner!

[Yield 1 serving]

Are you interested in clean eating or getting in better shape?  If so let me know!  I would love to help you get started!

Chicken Avocado Quesadilla & Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeology

So the person that said that said living a healthy lifestyle and eating well means that you can’t have food that is delicious is delusional and my dinner tonight was proof of that!

Here are my recipes for a delicious and healthy dinner!

Chicken Avocado Quesadilla

👉 2 small whole wheat tortilla shells

👉3/4 cup of shredded chicken

👉1/4 cup of cheese ( I used Dairy Free Mozzarella)

👉1/2 an avocado

👉 1/2 a cup of salsa ( I used my aunt’s fresh home grown and canned salsa – Yum!)

 

Mix chicken, cheese, avocado, and salsa together.  Spray a skillet with non stick spray, place one tortilla shell down, put the chicken mixture on top of the shell and top with the second tortilla shell and grill!

 

Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeology

🍫 1 Scoop of Chocolate Vegan Shakeology (or regular chocolate)

🍫 1 Tbsp of instant Cheesecake pudding mix

🍫 6 Large Ice Cubes

🍫 8 oz of Cashew Milk

Blend together and enjoy!

Excuse the sweaty selfie, I had just finished PiYo Sweat!

Needless to say I had an amazing dinner and it was all healthy!  You can totally eat delicious and tasty food that is healthy!

Never heard of Shakeology or PiYo?  They are probably some of the best things in my life!  Drop a comment below or visit my site at http://www.beachbodycoach.com/KelseyDiane and send me a message and I will get back to you with more information.

Luke 22

During Lent I have been doing my daily bible study with She Reads Truth and their Lenten Devotionals.  Let me just tell you, they have been rocking my world!  If you have never heard of them or haven’t checked them out, DO IT (shereadstruth.com)!  The past two mornings, thier devos, and my study have been diving into Luke 22, and let me tell you, it is not for the faint of heart.  

I haven’t finished Luke 22, but so far what I have read has contained Satan coming into Judas, the preperation and institiution of the Lord’s Supper, an argument about who is the greatest, and Jesus praying very candid and honest prayers.

The Lord’s Supper is something that I have had some ups and downs with understanding and truly resting in over my lifespan.  As a child through high school, it felt like something I had to do, but only if I felt “clean” enough to let the Body and Blood touch my lips.  When I went to college and had a lifechanging experience with the Savior, my view changed.  The Bread and Wine were symbols to the Body and Blood and were now a way to remember him and join in with a community of believers to remember him.  In Luke 22:19, Jesus gives thanks and says, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  I truly pray that everyone who participates in communion in their local church body, isn’t restricted by their sins, past, other people, or life circumstances and is able to truly remember Christ as they partake of the bread and wine.  If Judas, who betrayed Jesus just mere verses later, and Peter, who doubted Christ more than once, were both allowed to take the bread and the cup in remembrance, then so can you and I, as christians who sin and fail Christ’s purpose daily.

While the passage on the Lord’s Supper is moving and touches me, the passage that has struck me the most is a little bit later in the passage.  Luke 22:39-46 is the passage I read this morning and one that made me stop in my tracks! I am going to include it here for reference for you:

Leaving there, he went, as he so often did, to Mount Olives.  The disciples followed him.  When they arrived at the place, he said, “Pray that you don’t give in to temptation.”  He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want.  What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him.  He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.  He got up from prayer, went back to the disciples and found them asleep, drugged by grief.  He said, “What business do you have sleeping?  Get up.  Ptay so you won’t give in to temptation.”
Luke 22:39-46 MSG

Like woah!  Not only did our Savior, ask his father to remove the cup (suffering) from him, but immediately said, but not my will, but YOUR will be done!  I don’t think I could do it!  In the face of death and taking on all of the sins of the world, Jesus, knowing that it was going to be hard and painful, submitted to the will of the Father, and was immediately strengthened by the presence of an angel.   In the hardest moment you have faced, have you ever prayed for it to be taken away?  I have, and let me tell you, the next words out of my mouth were never, not what I want, but what you want from me.  How much would we change and would our culture and the world change if we in moments of weakness said, “Do what you want Lord!” ?  I think a world would drastically change if we always gave permission and took our control away during the hard, gross, no fun, and life threatening ways.

I could go on and on about how God has been speaking to me through Luke 22 thie past couple of mornings, but I am going to leave it with what I have written here and give you a picture of my journaling bible from these verses.

So ask yourself, as I will be asking myself, ”How can I change the world, just by giving God permission and taking my control away?”

Grace & Peace,

Kelsey Diane

Creative Juices

So my blogging creative juices have been lacking in the last few weeks (and I told myself I was going to be back in the blogging game this year), but my creative juices in other arenas of life have not been lacking and I want to post about where my creativity has been going recently and let you know about an awesome way to study scripture.  The trend I have jumped in on is bible journaling.

Here’s my story…

I got my first journaling bible about 6 years ago when I was on staff at a wonderful church in Bowing Green, KY.  The pastor I was serving under got it for me and I loved it because I was able to take notes in it and all was great.  Then I got out of the habit of using it.  A year or two later I found a really cute journaling bible at Lifeway on sale and bought it.  Needless to say this journaling bible sat on my shelf for about 3-4 years without being used.  This year, I decided to spend more time focusing on my relationship with the Lord and decided to pull it out and begin using it for my daily devotions and bible study.  I am by no means an artist, but creative juices would flow and I would end up drawing and illustrating what I was reading more than taking notes.  Then, I discovered that Bible Journaling was a new trend that some of the inspiring ladies I follow on Instagram were taking part in.  In the last couple months I have gone from a journaling bible with some Crayola Twistables, to lots of stickers, some stamps, fun pens, washi tapes, and paints.  I don’t use them all every day, but they are all apart of the way I am able to learn and and study scripture everyday.  As I go, I want to post more about what the Lord is teaching me along with some of the pictures of what I have journaled.

Here are a few pictures and examples of what I have been doing to start you off and there will be more to come soon!

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Grace & Peace

~KelseyDiane

Working with Wyatt

I am having so much fun with my new job! I have taken over as a caregiver for an amazing four year old that I love so much! I have known him from birth and his parents are some of my closest friends. It is so much fun getting to hang out with him and see the progress he makes day-to-day. While days may not look the same as with some other four year olds, I couldn’t imagine days any other way. Wy has some speech and sensory issues, which can make things challenging, but also makes things new and lets me tap into my counseling and education knowledge and degrees to come up with new a creative ways to work with him. Right now his favorite activity is puzzles. Some days we work 10-15 puzzles (Good thing I enjoy them 😉 ) Here are some pictures of my first month with Wyatt! I love hanging out with him!

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