Instant Pot Rice & Beans

This has quickly become one of my very favorite recipes to make in my Instant Pot. I have been using my Instant Pot almost once a day since I bought it back on Amazon Prime Day. As we speak, I have a sick kiddo at home and I am making homemade chicken stock for chicken soup later (both in the IP).

It makes weekly meal prep a breeze! I can cook brown rice in half the time that my rice cooker used to take. It makes PERFECT hardboiled eggs every single time! The peels just slide off – no joke! It doesn’t matter how fresh or how old the eggs are either…the pot doesn’t discriminate. I’ve made dozens already…never disappointed.

I make homemade mac and cheese for the kids in about 15 minutes. You can use frozen or thawed meat for most recipes. It’ll even make pasta, veggies, potatoes, and even cheesecake!!! The possibilities are endless it seems! I have just scratched the surface! 🙂

A little bird has informed me that it will likely be on sale (close to 50% off) on Black Friday! So keep your eyes open for that, and shop/learn more here: Instant Pot

And on to the recipe:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dry black  beans (red might work too)
  • 2 cups brown rice (I used short grain.)
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Use manual setting for 30 minutes.

Allow a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes.

*You can double and freeze leftovers! My husband even put it into the food processor and made veggie burgers with it! 🙂

What’s on SALE this month?

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Planksgiving Challenge

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Back by popular demand!

I had so much fun doing this last year with SO many people from across the country and around the world! I’m really excited to do it again! I hope you’ll join the fun!

Join me for the month of November!

We’re planking and thanking for 30 days in November. While you’re planking, you’ll have time to reflect about what you’re thankful for each day. We’ll be adding to our time and building towards a 3 minute plank! And we’ll report in one thing that we’re thankful for each day. By November 30th, you’ll also be thankful for a tighter, stronger core!

I received several messages after the group that this was the gentle push they needed to make some big changes in their lives! This is really so simple! At the most, it will take 3 minutes of your day! That’s it! Everybody has time for that. And it wouldn’t hurt any of us to slow down and appreciate our many blessings every day, but especially during the month of November.

*This group is FREE! Feel free to invite friends to join too!

JOIN HERE

What’s on SALE this month?

Grilled Veggie Tacos

These tacos were inspired by a Saturday morning trip to the Brighton, Michigan Farmer’s Market. We stopped at the Stone Coop stand to buy some fresh, local organic (and non-gmo) veggies! I came home with a couple HUGE bags full of goodness! Check it out!

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I have been scouring the googles, Pinterests and internets these days for some tasty vegan recipes…since my husband recently decided to do a trial run eating a vegan/plant-based diet. Of course that decision means that I have also been eating mostly vegan foods…since of course I am the one who does the meal planning, shopping, prepping and cooking! I’m always up for a challenge though…so it’s all good! 🙂

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I have always said that I think I could easily be a vegetarian. I don’t often crave meat and could literally LIVE on fruits and veggies. My only sticky spot is eggs and cheese! I really love both, and giving them up would be a struggle. I’ve done without both for a week though…and haven’t perished. Yet!

It is difficult, however, given that we have 4 kids who have NOT decided to become vegan – or vegetarian even – at this particular time. I am not one to make that decision for anyone, including my kids. So that means I’ve been preparing different meals for them. And that, my friends, is not something I think I could do for the long run! I can see exposing them to more and more meatless meals and plant-based options, but unless they say, “Mom, I want to be a vegan”, I will have to get creative!

Another conundrum is that I just don’t like to ‘call’ myself anything in particular. I don’t like to draw a line in the sand and say, “never again will I ____”. You know?! So for the moment, we are eating ‘mostly vegan’ food, and doing lots of reading, research and soul-searching to see if it’s something we could see ourselves sticking with, at least for the foreseeable future.

Ok…so back to the recipe. You don’t have to be a vegan, vegetarian or Michigander to enjoy these! Especially this time of year when the veggies are fresh! It was a taste sensation and my husband declared this recipe to be a KEEPER! There was a ton of the veggie filling leftover that we made more tacos with the next day and added to brown rice bowls.

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GRILLED VEGGIE TACOS

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 medium onion (red, sweet, whatever!) – diced
2-3 garlic cloves (minced
2 bell peppers – chopped
1 jalapeño, minced or chopped (the more seeds you keep, the spicier these will be)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
sea salt and black pepper to taste
6 or 8 tortillas (sprouted, whole grain, whatever you like)

*You could really get creative here and add lots of different veggies like sweet potatoes, squash, carrot, etc.

 

 

EXTRAS:

vegan cheese
sliced avocado
fresh cilantro
lime juice
salsa (whatever you like)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large, deep skillet over medium or medium-low heat, add coconut oil, onion, garlic and peppers (including jalapeño) with a little sea salt. Sauté for 15 minutes until softened and translucent. You don’t want them to brown, so reduce the heat if necessary. Cook it slowly so everything gets soft and sweet.
  2. Add black beans, mushrooms and spices. Mix everything together and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and continue cooking for a few minutes, until spinach wilts. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.
  4. In a large pan or skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, assemble the tacos. Put enough of the veggie filling in the tortilla that you can flip to brown both sides. Place avocado slices on top of the filling along with some chopped fresh cilantro and a squirt of fresh squeezed lime juice. *Feel free to throw some vegan cheese in there as well, but with the avocado, I didn’t think it really needed it!

That’s it! Enjoy all of the veggie goodness!

If you are using the 21 Day Fix, the container count is: (per taco) 1 yellow, 1/2 red, 1 green, 1 blue (avocado slices)

WHAT’S ON SALE THIS MONTH?

Get Fit – Win Money – Health Bet is coming!

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This is a bet you’re going to want to take! Quite possibly the easiest way to earn money I’ve ever heard of…seriously! There will be anywhere from $1 million to $3 million in the pot (it’s growing every day!) and you will split that with everyone else who does 3 simple things:

  1. Workout a minimum of 3 times/week. (easy!)
  2. Drink Shakeology (and take pictures for proof) 5 times/week. (delicious!)
  3. Log your activity in the Challenge Tracker app from Sept 5 – Oct 2.

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If you’re already working out and drinking Shakeology…this is a NO-brainer! All you need to do is sign up for my next challenge, starting September 5, do the 3 things listed above, and you’ll be sharing a piece of the pie! How much money you win just depends on the total prize pot and the number of participants! But you are guaranteed to walk away with some extra cash just for living a healthy lifestyle. No embarrassing weigh-ins required. Just sweat and sip your way through September and you’re a winner! (In more ways than one!)

Deadline to get signed up is Monday, August 29!

*Extended through Sunday 9/4!

Don’t have a workout you love? (I can help with that!)
Not drinking Shakeology? (I can help with that, too!) *Try it for 30 days and if you don’t love it, return an empty bag. Seriously.

There are a TON of GREAT sales this month! If you try Shakeology you get a workout program for just $10 more! All of the TOP programs are on sale! Check it out!

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READ MORE ABOUT THE SALES!

I don’t know about you, but with all of the travelling and vacations, eating out, bbq’s, etc….I kinda lost focus a bit. My workouts slipped and nutrition too. It wasn’t a total loss, but I’ve got some work to do to get back on track! This is the perfect time to do just that!

Summer is winding down, and we’re about to get hit with busy schedules, kids’ activities, demands of our time, fall treats and goodies, etc… We can’t be the best version of ourselves to take all of that responsibility on without taking care of ourselves first! Take this bet and set yourself up for a fall that you can take head on – with your head up – feeling good about yourself, with more energy to do all of the things! I will be there to help you every step of the way! And together we will get fit and win some cash to boot!

SO LET’S DO THIS! WHO’S IN?

Fill out the form below and let’s get started!

No Excuses in August! Everything is on Sale!

WHAT’S ON SALE IN AUGUST?

-EVERYTHING!-

ALL of the TOP programs…just $10!

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Who doesn’t love OPTIONS!? 

I’ve seen such GREAT results with ALL of these programs! These are ALL the top-selling programs and they are all on sale for just $10 when you purchase Shakeology!

Grab one, and hop into my next support group to get the accountability you need to get results!

Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

First up is the ALL NEW…COUNTRY HEAT!

This program is perfect for anyone looking for a simple, fun, and effective way to lose weight and get fit. While Country Heat is perfect for beginners, it’s also a great cardio-based workout for people at all fitness levels who like to dance or want to stay in shape.

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 OPTIONS:

  1. Country Heat & Shakeology Challenge Pack Save $70!

  2. Country Heat Kickstart & Shakeology Challenge Pack Save over $95!

21 Day Fix

Women who follow the program generally lose up to 15 pounds!

What changes can you make to your body and health in just 21 days? With the right fitness and nutrition you’d be amazed! 

Check out one of my challenger’s results! Michelle completed 2 rounds before boarding a cruise ship for her son’s wedding! Needless to say…she packed that bikini!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 DAY FIX CHALLENGE PACK (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 DAY FIX KICKSTART CHALLENGE PACK (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $95!

21 Day Fix Extreme

Already finished 21 Day Fix? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself a little bit more.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to tighten up your nutrition and bump your workouts up a notch.

This is a great program for 21 Day Fix graduates and anyone looking to really get focused, and do the work to get results!

Like these!

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 Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 Day Fix Extreme Kicstart Challenge Pack (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $95!

22 Minute Hard Corps

Great for anyone who wants a straightforward and effective workout in a minimal amount of time. This Challenge Pack is perfect for people looking to pair exercise with nutrition to deliver results….like these!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Shakeology Challenge Pack Save over $105!

  2. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Performance Challenge Pack Save over $95

*For a limited time, both packages come with a FREE sandbag and portion control containers!

Beachbody on Demand

GREAT for anyone searching for a complete fitness and nutrition package to maximize your results. Perfect for people on-the-go, eager to try different workouts and focused on elevating your fitness and nutrition, no matter how busy your daily life.

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Watch this quick video for more information…

SAVE BIG WITH 3 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack *includes Portion Fix!

  2. Club Kickstart and Shakeology Challenge Pack *includes Portion Fix!

  3. Club and Performance Pack *includes Portion Fix!

3 Day Refresh

Perfect for anyone who is looking for quick weight loss in a short amount of time. Or for those who have “fallen off the wagon” with their eating habits. It’s also for people looking to kickstart clean eating habits.

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Watch this quick video for more information…

Purchase the 3 Day Refresh & Shakeology Challenge Pack and Save $70!

Cize

Great for anyone who wants to learn to dance, lose weight, and get a lean, sexy body!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. Cize & Shakeology Challenge Pack  Save $70!

  2. Cize Kickstart & Shakeology Challenge Pack  Save over $95!

PiYO

PiYO is great for anyone – no matter what their fitness level! Everyone can benefit from PiYo. Beginners can follow the modifications and even super-fit athletes can use it to improve core strength and flexibility through targeted Pilates-and-Yoga-inspired moves.

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Watch this quick video for more information…

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. Piyo & Shakeology Challenge Pack  Save $70!

  2. PiYO Kickstart & Shakeology Challenge Pack  Save over $95!

Pick a program that will work best for you and join my next support group for daily tips, recipes, meal planning ideas and motivation. I will be your free coach and help you get results! I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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Sneak Peek Tomorrow!

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Try BEFORE you buy.

By now you’ve probably seen an infomercial, seen the cute little color-coded cups, or know someone who’s done it. Either way, the 21 Day Fix has gained enormous popularity for one reason…it really, actually works! But don’t take my word for it! Come and see for yourself!

On Thursday, July 14, we’ll be sharing some insight about the 21 Day Fix:

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • WHY does it work!?
  • workouts
  • meal plan
  • Shakeology
  • results!

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We’ll give you a peek at the workouts, explain the containers and the meal plan, show you some transformation stories and let you hear from the creator Autumn Calabrese.

We’ve each done the programs (21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme) several times, and have supported our challengers and customers who use these programs, too. We will answer any and all of your questions so you can decide if this program would be a good fit for you!

We did a similar group in June (the sale was extended through the end of July!), and check out the results and testimonials of some of the ladies who “peeked” last month and are just a couple weeks in to their 21 Day Fix!

“I love the planning ahead of time & have been doing my shakeology for breakfast with fruit and a salad at lunch, so that helps. Honestly, I’m not hungry! I finally feel this is something I can do & can accomplish!”

“…ate great according to 21 day fix,could drink more water though! Things going great! Finally feeling like I can go this once & for all!”

“I am down 6 1/2lbs total though so far 🙂”

“down almost 8 lbs. now!”

“This program is changing my life right now.”

*It’s on crazy, super sale this month, cheapest it’s been and ever will be, so now is a great time to check it out!

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE!

Want to join the sneak peek and see what this is all about?

Email me: angie@angieinprogress.com

OR message me on Facebook

What’s HOT in July!

Get fit in 22-30 minutes/day!

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These 3 programs have helped challengers in my groups get amazing results time and time again!

They are the complete package! Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

21 Day Fix

Women who follow the program generally lose up to 15 pounds!

What changes can you make to your body and health in just 21 days? With the right fitness and nutrition you’d be amazed! 

Check out one of my challenger’s results! Michelle completed 2 rounds before boarding a cruise ship for her son’s wedding! Needless to say…she packed that bikini!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 DAY FIX CHALLENGE PACK (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 DAY FIX KICKSTART CHALLENGE PACK (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

21 Day Fix Extreme

Already finished 21 Day Fix? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself a little bit more.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to tighten up your nutrition and bump your workouts up a notch.

This is a great program for 21 Day Fix graduates and anyone looking to really get focused, and do the work to get results!

Like these!

nikole_21dfx

 Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 Day Fix Extreme Kicstart Challenge Pack (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

22 Minute Hard Corps

Great for anyone who wants a straightforward and effective workout in a minimal amount of time. This Challenge Pack is perfect for people looking to pair exercise with nutrition to deliver results….like these!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Shakeology Challenge Pack Save over $105!

  2. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Performance Challenge Pack Save over $95

*For a limited time, both packages come with a FREE sandbag and portion control containers!

 

*All of the packages above will come with the complete program, plus a bonus workout, a 30 day supply of Shakeology, free access to Beachbody on Demand for 30 days, discount $2 shipping and access to my free support and accountability groups and 24/7 individual support.

Pick a program that will work best for you and join my next support group for daily tips, recipes, meal planning ideas and motivation. I will be your free coach and help you get results! I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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Get Fit with Fix for Summer!

GET FIT WITH FIX FOR SUMMER

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Both of these programs have helped challengers in my groups get amazing results time and time again!

It’s the complete package! Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

21 Day Fix

Women who follow the program generally lose up to 15 pounds!

What changes can you make to your body and health in just 21 days? With the right fitness and nutrition you’d be amazed! 

Check out one of my challenger’s results! Michelle completed 2 rounds before boarding a cruise ship for her son’s wedding! Needless to say…she packed that bikini!

michelle_update_results

Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 DAY FIX CHALLENGE PACK (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 DAY FIX KICKSTART CHALLENGE PACK (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

21 Day Fix Extreme

Already finished 21 Day Fix? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself a little bit more.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to tighten up your nutrition and bump your workouts up a notch.

This is a great program for 21 Day Fix graduates and anyone looking to really get focused, and do the work to get results!

Like these!

nikole_21dfx

 Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 Day Fix Extreme Kicstart Challenge Pack (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

Pick a program that will work best for you and join my next support group for daily tips, recipes, meal planning ideas and motivation. I will be your free coach and help you get results! I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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Lemon Berry Green Iced Tea

So my daughter is always trying to get me to take her to Starbucks for frappu-Ch-Ching-os (SO expensive! JEEZ!). I wasn’t in the mood for coffee, or for the price tag, so I tried one of the green tea chiller drinks (or whatever they’re called) instead. It was surprisingly delightful, albeit still a little pricey! So I was on a mission to create my own for a small fraction of the price!

I started looking up recipes, but they all called for making a berry syrup, with a ton of sugar. Blech! NOT what I wanted! So as per usual, I just took some ideas from a few different recipes and kinda did my own thang. The result was pure yumminess! This will be such a tasty summer beverage, and I can’t wait to experiment with some other flavors! The possibilities are endless!

For my first experiment I made this delicious…

Lemon Berry Green Iced Tea!

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Ingredientsbigelow

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 8 bags lemon green tea (I used Bigelow green tea w/lemon) 
  • 4 teaspoons honey, agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • lemon, berries to garnish 🙂

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil and then remove from heat.
  2. Add berries, crush a little with a potato masher. Add tea bags and honey (agave or sweetener of choice), stir well and let sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Pour through a strainer into a 2 quart pitcher. Cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator.
  4. Serve in a tall glass over ice with a lemon berries or BOTH. Enjoy!

 

I am quite certain that this could be prepared as sun tea. I haven’t tried that yet, but it’s on my list of things to do this summer!

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What’s on sale this month?

Buffalo Chicken Salad


So I was walking through my kitchen the other day trying to think of something to eat for lunch. I had leftover rotisserie chicken in my frig. So that’s where I started. I walked by my counter and saw the hot sauce. Then I opened the frig and saw my Greek yogurt and POOF! It hit me! BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD!

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And since I’m following the portion container meal plan from 21 Day Fix, Hammer & Chisel, Cize etc… this worked perfectly! The end result was creamy, a little crunchy and just a wee bit spicy! Why have I never thought of this before?! I think this one will go into the rotation because it really hit the spot!

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So here is what you do (p.s. …it couldn’t be easier!)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. favorite hot sauce (Franks is a good one for Buffalo)
  • 1 stalk of celery – diced
  • dash garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Mix it all together and serve in a whole grain tortilla/wrap, put it on a salad, or eat it out of a bowl! Whatever floats your boat! 🙂

This recipe is one serving and will count as 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow (w/ romaine and a wrap)
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There are some GREAT sales going on this month if you’re looking for a complete fitness program and meal plan! You can save up to $120!


WHAT’S ON SALE!? (click the link) 🙂