Thursday, September 18, 2014

Paleo Roasted Vegetable Chili



This Paleo Chili is so EASY!! OK...well...if you are a "no night shades" type of person, then you wont eat it...but for the night shade Paleo eaters...this is really good! The easy recipes are the best ones. I mean, yes, I do have days where I want to make something more complicated, and its very good, but quick good food makes a lot more sense for some of us! I am telling you guys...the number 1 thing I hear from people is "I don't have time". I hear it every...single...day. People don't seem to have time to eat right, or have time to meal prep, or have time to workout. My only advice would be...anything worth having takes work. Sometimes you have to change your schedule...its about MAKING time not just having it. I believe 90% of the healthy people in the world make time for their meals and fitness. Maybe at first it was inconvenient, but as you get used to it, things get much easier and just become routine. Think about your career...more than likely they didn't come to your door and ask you to work for them. Most people have to work towards their ideal career, even if it takes time and hard work, it ends up paying off in the end. Same goes for kids, most kids don't raise themselves to be good adults...work is put in to being a parent so they can grow up to be respectful and successful adults. That's the goal anyway. In life, work goes into everything you want. That is my opinion at least!

Anyway, its been raining here and has been in the 50-60 degree range. So, go figure, the one day I decide to make chili, its 70 out haha. Not chili weather, but it was good anyway! I highly suggest making this when it gets colder...I know my friends in California have over 100 degrees right now! One of the benefits of being in Germany is its winter about 8 months out of the year! I'm not a big summer person...so it works out well for me!

On to the recipe...I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

9 tomatoes
3 Bell Peppers, any color (I used 2 green, 1 red)
4 small Onions (or 1 large)
2 Jalapenos
3 Garlic Cloves
2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 cups Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional for heat)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Cut all your veggies in half, and place on a baking sheet like this.....you leave the jalapeno whole. You also want to place the garlic on the pan too, but keep the cloves in the paper.
(It looks so pretty right!)

Roast for 30 minutes, then use your tongs to turn all the veggies over, and roast another 25 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, and place all the roasted veggies in a stock pot. Make sure to remove the stems from the jalapeno, and the paper from the garlic.

Add the 2 cups of chicken stock to the chili, and use your emulsion blender to smooth it out. The more you blend, the smoother it will be. I like my chili a little chunky, so I didn't blend it as much.
*If you do not have an emulsion blender, just use a regular blender.

Heat a large pan with coconut oil, and add in the ground beef, then season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef, and cook until browned.

Drain the beef in a mesh sieve, or remove with a slotted spoon to get rid of the grease. Then add the beef to the chili.

Add in all the seasonings, and let everything cook together for 20 minutes.

That's it!

You can serve with any or no toppings...I used Kerry Gold Cheddar and onions...but you can use avocado as well

Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts
Recipe makes 7 servings, each serving is 2-1/2 cups

Calories         275g
Fat                   12g
Carbs               15g
Fiber                  5g
Net Carbs         10g
Protein             27g


Sunday, September 14, 2014

UPCOMING CHALLENGE GROUP! Sign ups closing soon...



Hey Beautiful People!!! :)

I just wanted to mention I am doing a 21 Day Fix Challenge group for not 30 days, but 60 days!! This gives you three rounds of the fix! So what is a challenge group? What do you get from it? Let me explain...

A Challenge Group is a private group that I manage on Facebook. It consists of 5 to 10 women who are trying to be healthy, lose weight and get fit! You get one-on-one coaching from me, along with support along the journey from others in the group. I also have little fun ways to hold you accountable, and there are also prizes to be won every 30 days!! I also share tips and recipes with you guys along the way!


  • You will get the 21 Day Fix (shown above). There are 7 workout DVD's, and each is 30 minutes long. Plus, when you order through my site, you get an additional Plyo workout, making that 8 workouts! There is also a schedule so you know what to do on each day. 
  • You also get the portion control containers, specially designed to fit your nutrition needs. There is a calculator in the nutrition booklet, so you know how many of each color you need each day. This is amazing because there are no counting calories, carbs, fat and so on...everything is already worked out for you! There is also a YES food list and recipe Ideas.
  • Along with the workouts you will also get your first 30 days of Shakeology. The nutrient dense Super Food shake that will help you feel amazing and aid in the weight loss process. It has helped me lose weight when I was stuck in a plateau earlier in the year, it also grew my hair, cleared my skin, and keeps me alert all day rather than sluggish like before. This is the only shake on the market with all natural ingredients...there are NO fillers, toxins, GMO's or soy. It is also refined sugar free, has no artificial sweetener and it is gluten free!!
  • If you are Paleo, there are also ways to make the 21 Day Fix Paleo. Plus, if after the first 21 days, if you want to have my personalized Paleo meal plans instead, you can do that. It is entirely up to you and your lifestyle.
  • If you are vegetarian or vegan...there are also guides for these lifestyles.


Learn how to lose weight eating nutritious food...no starvation diets or quick fixes! The 21 Day Fix will help your journey tremendously. Whether you are just starting, or stuck in a rut...get moving with this program and build the bridge to long term success!!

If you have any questions please email me at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com

This group starts ON September 22nd! I will keep this post up until Friday September 19 so you can sign up.

Already know about the 21 Day Fix and want to sign up now?! Please visit this link to my Personal Beachbody Coach Page and get your copy!!

I am looking forward to this group and helping you all reach your goals!!!



**Just a note about the photos above.
I am the person on the left. This is a mix of Insanity and the 21 Day Fix with about 45 days of P90X3 as well.
**The middle, on top, is only 1 round of 21 Day Fix. She is a client of mine, and is in her second round right now....she will be doing her 3rd round of the fix in this upcoming group.
**The middle, on the bottom, is 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix plus a little P90X3 mixed in. She is my client and will also be in the next group.
**The right photo is a coach on my team. This is after just 1 round! She has done 2 total rounds, and those results are spectacular! She increased her weights and looks even more fit!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Paleo Cinnamon Applesauce



I called today "3 Ingredient Friday"!! I wish I could do this every Friday...but it's only 3 ingredients and I am sure I would run out of ideas pretty fast lol. I really wanted to do Meatball Monday's...I have SO many meatball ideas written down its ridiculous...but I saw a couple other bloggers do that so I decided not to. It's OK though, I can still make them all at random times and post them!

Today was roasted cinnamon apple sauce. This is SO good...almost like apple pie minus the sugar and crust. My kids absolutely love it! I made it today for their snack over the weekend...if it lasts that long. I am also making more for my son's school lunches next week. Have you checked out the bento lunch boxes for kids?! They are so awesome I love them. My son has this Spencer Bento Box from Pottery Barn Kids, and surprisingly it's less expensive than some of the others I have seen. You would think it would be more because its Pottery Barn, but nope! So it's easy to pack lunch without a bunch of containers...this is what I put his apple sauce in.

I do put sandwiches in his lunch from time to time...but I really try not to. I am going to make a healthy kid lunch post very soon...so look out for that. I already have it started...I am sharing all the ideas I've had along with a few example photos.

I hope you guys enjoy this yummy apple sauce! Plus, your house smelling like cinnamon is an added bonus!

Ingredients

6 green apples, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice

Directions

Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.

After you peel the apples, remove the core and cut them in half, then slice very thin.

Place the apples in a baking dish, and sprinkle in the cinnamon and all spice. Stir it around a bit so all the apples are coated with the spices.

They will look like this....


Roast the apples for 25 minutes, then stir. If you do not stir them, the top will get too dark and crispy. After you stir, put back in the oven for another 25 minutes.

If they are not tender enough to smash after the 50 minutes, then stir again, and cook another 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the apples from the oven, and use a large fork or wooden spoon to mash them, creating a chunky applesauce. If you want a smooth sauce, just place them in the food processor for a few seconds.

That's it!

They end up looking like this....

The recipe makes 3 cups of applesauce...I know...they shrink down a lot.

Nutrition Facts
One serving is 1/2 cup, makes 6 servings

Calories          52
Fat                    0
Carbs              14
Fiber              2.5
Protein           0.5