Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli – 80 DO & 21 DF Approved!

NEWSFLASH!!! BUSY MOM COOKS DINNER AND NOBODY CRIES!

One of the things I love about doing a new program is that it forces me to really focus on nutrition and come up with meals that will not only fit in to MY nutrition plan, but also make sure it’s something my family will enjoy!

This one does both! I mean, teenagers licking the bowl is a good sign right?

Which is good, because nobody likes crying kids for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds of flat iron/flank/skirt steak, sliced very thin against the grain
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger (1/2 t. dry will work too)
  • 2/3 cup beef stock (or sub water)
  • 1/3 cup of liquid aminos (or sub low sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 T plus 1 tsp honey
  • 3-4 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 T cornstarch (or favorite thickener)
  • salt & pepper to taste

*optional: crushed red pepper to taste, scallions, nuts for garnish

Directions:

  1. Whisk liquid aminos, stock, honey and ginger together. Set aside.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Saute. Once hot, add olive oil and onions and sauté until they begin to soften and become fragrant. Add in garlic and cook an additional minute.
  3. Pour stock mixture into the IP and add in sliced steak. Cover and lock your Instant Pot and set to manual/pressure cook for 12 minutes. When cook time is up, allow to naturally release for 5 minutes before finishing with a quick release.
  4. While the beef cooks, you can lightly steam the broccoli, or you can add in at the end until it’s cooked as much as you like it. *I found it easier to steam on the stove for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Carefully take off the lid and remove 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and make a slurry by whisking in 1 T cornstarch. Mix until well combined and then return to pot. Set IP to sauté and stir until the sauce begins to thicken. Repeat slurry process if necessary. Stir in salt. Turn pot to keep warm.
  6. Add in chopped broccoli florets and stir everything together. *Allow cooking time if you didn’t steam ahead.
  7. If desired, add some crushed red pepper and/or garnish with some scallions or peanuts (count as a blue container).
  8. Serve over rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

 

80 Day Obsession/21 Day Fix Container Count:

4 servings ~ 1 cup each 1 RED, 1 GREEN, 1/2 tsp

*I have seen so much success personally and in my groups with this program. The timed nutrition plan is honestly a game-changer for me and for all of the women I’m helping through the program. With recipes and meals like this, and the fact that I am eating more food, at regular intervals throughout the day means I never feel hungry or deprived!

Check out some of the results of ladies in my group from Phase 1:

Heather lost 13.5 inches and 9.6 pounds in just 4 weeks!

Here is what she says:
“80 day has been a game changer in my nutrition. The nutrition was the key piece to my success and I look forward to what phase 2 brings.”

We were taking about how the best part is that the results are happening on a meal plan that includes ALL of the food, all the food groups and no deprivation!

She said, “While i know it’s eating like an athlete, I feel like it’s eating we should all be doing.”

 

And check out Lori who lost 11 inches and 17 pounds in 4 weeks!

She says: “Well I feel awesome, I feel stronger. As a mom of 7 I always forget myself, and it feels good to take care of me. Cant wait to see what the next phases bring.”

MOM of 7! And finding time to take care of herself and get amazing results!

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Egg Roll Bowl! (80 DO Approved!)

Oh my goodness! This is heaven in a bowl! I might have this as my post-workout meal every single day for the duration of my new fitness program! I made a huge pan of it that I will enjoy the rest of the week!

I love that this meal plan tells me exactly what to eat and when to eat it! It really takes the guesswork out of the entire process! And although it’s probably one of the most disciplined programs I’ve ever done, somehow it’s been easier for me to stick with it than any other program I’ve tried.

Oh, and I LOVE the workouts too! But I’ll talk about that another day. Right now, it’s all about the food!

80 Day Obsession-approved Egg Roll Bowl

(makes 4 servings – perfect for meal prepping!)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 16 oz. cole slaw mix (or about 1/2 cabbage and 3 carrots – shredded)
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 t. ginger (Fresh would be great! Dry is fine too.)
  • 1/4 cup broth (chicken/veggie whatever)
  • 3 T liquid aminos (or reduced sodium soy sauce)
  • 1/2 t hot sauce
  • 1 t. vinegar (apple cider or white work fine)
  • 4-5 drops of stevia extract (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  •  cooked brown rice (1 yellow container per serving)
DIRECTIONS

 

  • Brown meat in skillet, season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile combine soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, ginger and stevia.
  • Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from pan, drain and set aside.
  • Add oil to pan and sauté carrot and cabbage. Add garlic.
  • Add the broth.
  • Cook until cabbage is as tender as you like.
  • Add sauce mixture and meat.
  • Mix to combine and serve over 1 yellow container of pre-cooked brown rice.

Containers used per serving: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 tsp.

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Kid-Approved Fish Tacos

We have been observing Taco Tuesday for many years at my house. But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re dumping a packet of taco seasoning into a pan of ground beef and ripping open a box of Ortega taco shells. We like to get creative and try all sorts of different taco fillings and methods. And we don’t limit ourselves to tacos! Sometimes we’ll have enchiladas, taco salad or any other Mexican-inspired dishes that catch my attention on Pinterest. 😉

But these fish tacos are a definite keeper. Three out of four kids and husband agree – and that’s a successful meal in my book!

And they are 21 Day Fix approved!

Try these on your clan and let me know what you think!

 

INGREDIENTS:

Lime Crema

  • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo)
  • zest from half a lime
  • juice of whole lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Slaw:

  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Tacos:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white fish (eg. cod, snapper, talipia)
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine ingredients for the lime crema in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine ingredients for the slaw in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  4. In a small bowl combine the oil, lime juice, cumin, paprika, coriander, red pepper powder, garlic powder, sale and pepper.
  5. Pour the marinade mixture over the fish and toss to coat.
  6. Place the fish on a lined baking sheet and let it marinade in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  7. Bake fish for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of the fish) until it is flaky when tested with a fork.
  8. Transfer the fish to a plate and break in to smaller pieces with a fork.
  9. Heat the tortillas according to package directions.
  10. Add fish, slaw and crema to the warmed tortillas and enjoy!

 

Container equivalents per 2 tacos: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue (avocado)

Have the 21 Day Fix but need help with meal planning, and the support & accountability to stick with it? Contact me below, I can help! Here is just one of the transformations I’ve seen in my groups. Michelle completed 2 rounds in preparation for her son’s wedding! Needless to say, she packed her bikini! 🙂

 

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Healthier Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

I LOVE a warm bowl of soup…especially when it’s freezing ass cold outside! My phone informs me that it feels like -3° at the moment. I might need to take a BATH in this soup!

This Zuppa Toscana REALLY hit the spot. Only trouble is…I made it and didn’t have time to eat it right away. I thought I had planned it out to a T! I knew exactly how much time it would take to make in my Instant Pot – which isn’t long by the way! I freaking LOVE this thing! I just hadn’t allowed time to defrost the meat! DANGIT!

So the second it finished cooking, I had to run out the door to take my daughter to dance. I quickly blended up a chocolate peanut butter Shakeology for the road, but knew that the steamy warm goodness would be there waiting for me when we returned. I didn’t even take off my coat. I filled up a bowl and slurped it down! SOOOooo good! And with an Instant Pot…SOooooo fast! (Just make sure you have thawed your meat first!) 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground mild Italian turkey sausage (or use this recipe if you only have the ground turkey)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large baking potatoes, unpeeled, halved long-wise and sliced into 1/4-inch slices.
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups fresh baby kale
  • 3/4 cup milk (unsweetened nut milks, 2% or half and half if you like to live dangerously!) 🙂

Instructions

  1. Using the “saute” function of the Instant Pot, heat the olive oil. Add onions and cook until they begin to become translucent.
  2. Add meat, crumbling up into smaller pieces and cooking until browned.
  3. Add garlic and cook about a minute – until it starts to smell all nice and garlicky!
  4. Drain off excess grease if desired and return to pot.
  5. Add potato, carrot slices and chicken broth.
  6. Lock the lid into place and set to “sealed.”
  7. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes on the Manual setting.
  8. When cooking finishes, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick release.
  9. When pressure valve has dropped, remove the lid and add kale to the pot. The heat from the soup will wilt the kale as you stir.
  10. Pour in the milk or half and half and stir to combine.
Makes about 6 servings.
Recipe inspired from This Old Gal
Fix containers: 2 cup serving, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green

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Crack Slaw

There’s a reason this is called ‘crack slaw’.

It’s easy to stay on track when you find delicious food you could eat again and again. We fight over leftovers with food like this. 🙂 It’s got a great flavor without pasta or rice to fill you up and make you feel bloated.
This is so quick and easy to make, too! Great for meal prepping for a week of healthy lunches/dinners. If you’re following a container nutrition plan (like 21 Day Fix) this is great! No yellows!  Those precious yellows can be hard to avoid…you won’t even miss the carbs. It’s also paleo-friendly!

Ingredients 
1 pound lean ground turkey (or beef)
1 T. sesame oil (any oil would work)
2-3 cloves garlic – minced
3 green onions – chopped
1/2 large head green cabbage – chopped
1 carrot – shredded
1/4 cup broth (chicken/veggie whatever)
3 T low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1/2 t hot sauce
1 t. vinegar (apple cider or white work fine)
1/2 t. ginger (fresh would be great! Dry is fine too.)
4-5 drops of stevia extract (or small amount of sweetener of choice)
salt & pepper to taste
Directions
Brown turkey or beef in skillet, seasoned with salt and pepper. Meanwhile combine soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, ginger and stevia. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from pan, drain and set aside. Add oil to pan and sauté onions, garlic, carrot and cabbage. Add the broth. Cook until cabbage is as tender as you like. Add sauce mixture and meat. Mix to combine and enjoy!Makes 4 servings: 1 red and 1 green

 

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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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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!

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Spring! 7 Day Salad Challenge

It’s Spring! Now if the weather would just get with the program!

I’ve been testing out some new and revisiting some of my old favorite salad recipes lately. It’s hard work, but somebody has got to do it! Every day I chop, mix, marinate, whisk and eat my way through the results.

OH! And I’ve done some of it LIVE on Facebook! Have you seen that new feature? It’s actually quite fun to see what others are up to in real-time and fun to share some of my daily chaos with people who don’t mind seeing the real me…crazy hair, imperfections and all!

I recently shared 2 of my favorite salads.

Here is my Clean Eating Taco Salad with ‘Secret Sauce’:

The finished product:

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And here is my “Hot Mess” Pasta Salad:

The finished product:

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Group starts on April 11. We’ll just commit to eating one healthy salad every day for 7 days. Our bodies will thank us for it!

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Mmmm Monday – Blueberry Pancake Muffins

Well these were super easy peasy to make and quite delicious! Is it wrong that I want to hide them from my kids?

It never fails, when I make a healthy ‘treat’ for myself on the weekends, that I could enjoy for the entire week, the kids have them gobbled up before the week even starts. And they found these right away because the house smelled amazing! They were like vultures, trying to pop steaming hot muffins from the pan fresh out of the oven! Maybe not the ‘smartest’ vultures! 😉

I am starting the 21 Day Fix Extreme again this week, and these are approved for the meal plan! 🙂 I like them because they are not sickeningly sweet – but just enough to satisfy a little sweet tooth without making you feel like you need MORE!

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So here is how I made them:

Blueberry Pancake Muffins

*I made 24 MINI muffins! If making larger muffins, you’ll need to adjust the baking time.

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (I get mine at Costco – but you can also find Bob’s Red Mill and other brands)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I like Fage)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 2 T. honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar for this one)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 eggs + 2 whites
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or ANY berries!)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.blue_pan (7)
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the berries into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth – it will be thickish.
  3. Fill the muffin cups 1/2 – 2/3 full and spoon the berries on top. Poke them in a bit and they will sink as they bake.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned and spring back when you press them.
  5. ENJOY! (and/or HIDE from you kids!)

 

Nutritional Info:
Serving size = 4 mini muffins!

Containers: 1/2 yellow, 1 blue, 1/4 red, 1/4 purple, 1 tsp

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Fit for February! *Take a Leap this year and save $70-$95!

 

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There are 3 programs that are on sale for one more week that WILL help you get Fit for February!

Maybe you didn’t get the best start on your New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you missed the whole resolution boat. It’s not too late to set some big goals for this year, and get some serious results before summer…but you’re going to need to take a leap, and commit! These are programs I have done myself, and I KNOW they work! Take advantage now and save $70-$95 and get in the BEST shape of your life!

21 Day Fix

Once in a while a program or plan comes around that changes EVERYTHING! This is the one. By now, you must have heard of it, or at the very least, you’ve seen these cute, colorful containers. This program works because it’s simple. It relies on the one and only formula that produces results. Fitness + Nutrition = SUCCESS.  I’ve seen it work time and time again. Women who follow this program lose up to 3-5 pounds per week. Men typically lose even faster (not fair btw!).

The daily 30 minute workouts will have you doing a little of everything: weights, cardio, pilates, yoga, etc. Anyone at any fitness level can do these workouts. There is a modifier that will show you how to do everything at a more modified level.

 

What kind of results are possible with this program? Check out Michelle’s results after 2 full rounds. She participated in challenge groups (see below), committed 100% to the program, fell in LOVE with Shakeology and just look at her now!

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21 Day Fix Extreme

Have you complete the 21 Day Fix? Or just looking to kick it up a notch?

I have done BOTH the 21 Day Fix and Fix Extreme and they are BOTH fantastic programs that I strongly believe ANYONE can do! Extreme just adds a little more intensity, using weights and resistance in more of the workouts. You’ll do a different 30 minutes workout each day of the week. I LOVE the variety! The meal plan is just a bit more strict and focused, too…to help you get to the next level!

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Hammer & Chisel

I am 3 weeks in to this program and LOVING it! Strength training is what finally helped me achieve results I never thought were possible for me. So this program is what I LOVE! The workouts are only 20-40 minutes. They are challenging, but DO-able! After my first week I lost 4 pounds and 2 inches! But better than that, I can SEE my body changing and getting more toned and defined. I feel stronger and my clothes just fit better!

Check out these results!

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But there’s a secret sauce!

I have heard from people who started these programs and never finished them. It’s because they were lacking the KEY ingredient…ACCOUNTABILITY & SUPPORT! Ok fine, I guess that’s 2 ingredients

You don’t need to go it alone. I can help you, and so can a group of others who are all working together to stay on track.

I have groups starting Monday, February 1 that will help you start, re-start or continue your 21 Day Fix, Fix Extreme or Hammer & Chisel journeys. We’ll commit to our daily workouts, clean eating following the container system and report daily for accountability in a private Facebook group. I’ll share daily tips, recipes, meal plan ideas and motivation to keep you going for the full 21 Days!

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Look….it’s about to get crazy! The holidays are just around the corner! (I’m just as shocked and unprepared as you are!). But we are sitting here in the calm before the storm. And the timing couldn’t be better to set some serious goals and make some serious progress before the new year!

Let’s do the math…

2016 is 12 weeks away! If you lost a minimum of one pound per week, you would be down 12 pounds by the end of the year! TWELVE POUNDS!!! That can mean a dress size or TWO, and getting into those skinny jeans that you had to put away! But what if you lost 3 pounds per week? (still totally do-able) You would start the new year down 36 pounds! We’re talking serious life-changing stuff here!

The back to school nightmare is behind us, and new nightmares await. You have time right now to get started on making some healthy new habits that will carry you through the holiday parties and temptations galore! This is the time of year when people usually start gaining weight. Not you! Not this year!

The perfect formula is a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day, clean whole foods and support and accountability to help you stick with it!

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I’ve seen success time and time again in my challenge groups when the right tools are in place. The ‘tools’ that I have seen the most success with BY FAR are the cute little color-coded, portion control containers and the 30 minute workouts that come with the “Beauty”, Autumn Calabrese and the 21 Day Fix .

 

This program works! Check out the results!

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If you haven’t tried it yet…what are you waiting for? It’s simple, straight forward and it works. If you’ve already completed the 21 Day Fix, it’s time to kick it up a notch with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!

OH! And they are both ON SALE!!! How does *FREE* sound?!

This month you can get the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme for FREE when you order Shakeology. When you get a challenge pack, you’ll receive all of the tools you’ll need to be successful:21df_tote

  • color-coded portion-control container for super simple meal planning
  • 30 minute daily workouts (strength, yoga, cardio, pilates, …something different every day!)
  • 30 day supply of Shakeology (proven to help weight loss)
  • PLUS a 30 day FREE trial of Beachbody on Demand
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  • AND a FREE bonus workout from ME! 🙂

 

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Maybe you’ve already done both of these – VERY possible if you’re a workout junky like me! 😉

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