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

Ingredients:IMG_7373

-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!

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.

12 for 2012

Here are my 12 goals for 2012.

1. Read one book a month (at least)

2. Lose 40 pounds in a healthy way

3. Read through the bible cover to cover

4. Write one note/card/letter every week

5. Learn how to make one new food/dish every month

6. Be more diligent in my jobs and relationships

7.  Journal daily

8. Collect and save all of my change

9. Go somewhere I’ve never been before

10. Be diligent in budgeting

11. Spend one day a month as a break for myself doing whatever I want and relaxing

12. Blog at least once a week

Cooking

This is the beginning of what I hope becomes many posts on cooking, baking, and recipes.

Here are two smoothie recipes that I love and created on my own.

Banana, Strawberry, Orange Smoothie

I love smoothies and wanted to create one that was healthy and lower in calories than something you can buy at Panera or you can make out of a package from the store.  So this is my attempt.  Try it out and feel free to let me know what you think.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup of ice
1 small banana (cut in slices)
1 cup fresh strawberries (approx 7-8 medium sized cut in half)
3/4 cup orange juice
6 oz of vanilla yogurt

Directions:
Blend ice, banana, and strawberries in a blender until smooth.
Add orange juice and yogurt to mixture and blend together.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Makes 3 servings, of approximately 8 oz.

[I use Kroger Calcium Orange Juice and Kroger Lite Vanilla Yogurt]

PB&J Smoothie

Don’t let the title fool you, there is actually no jelly or bread in this smoothie, but it does taste a lot like a PB&J.  This smoothie was inspired by my friend Ellen from work.  She asked me one day to make her a PB&J smoothie and I looked at her with a very confused look.  She explained that if you took our strawberry smoothie puree and added peanut butter it tasted like a PB&J. I made it for her, but was very skeptical until I actually tried it for myself a few weeks later.  It was amazing!  But I am on kind of a health kick and thought I would try to make something similar at home.  Here is my healthier attempt at a PB&J smoothie.

Ingredients:
-8 medium fresh Strawberries
-1-6 oz container of lite vanilla yogurt
-3 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
-Spash of apple juice

Directions:
-Remove tops of strawberries and cut into fourths and add to blender
-Blend with a splash of apple juice until it creates a smooth liquid
-Add in yogurt and peanut butter and blend for about 30 seconds (make sure you scrape down sides if peanut butter has become stuck to them)
-Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Best if chilled before enjoying.

Yields approximately 2-7 oz servings