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More delicious recipes Ive tried and want to share!

January 22, 2019

Hey everyone! :)

Ok so here are the recipes of the food I posted in my Insta stories last week that a lot of you have been waiting for. Seriously, all of them are SO good! One of my favourite things to do is cook and try new recipes so Im always searching for new ideas and things to make in every category, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, croc pots etc.

Lets get to the ones I made last week,

 

#1. Meatballs

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These are just too easy and too good not to make. I don’t really follow any recipe for these ones I just add what I want and test it out. This last time I did, ground beef and ground pork (1 lb of each) Pork has a lot of flavour so I like to add that in but you could do all beef, or even chicken or turkey meatballs too! In my last batch I added:

-salt and pep

-garlic powder

-onion flakes

-a dash or two of soya sauce and maybe a couple dashes of other random sauces/flavours I have in my fridge.

-1 egg

-breadcrumbs

-and you can add some spinach and/or parsley as well

**Mix it all together, take a small spoonful and shape them in the size you want. Place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet and cook at 350-400 (depending on your stove) for 15mins!

The keep their shape, super flavourful and you can add them to a sauce, eat them on their own, feed them to your little ones. Its a win with the whole fam!

 

#2. Tuscan Chicken

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So many of you were asking about this one and it was a hit!

Ingredients

  • 6 – 8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs ( I actually used 4-5 boneless)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon rushed red chili pepper flakes,  optional
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 cup Spinach (chopped, packed)

Instructions

1. Heat oil or butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about a minute, until fragrant.

2. Add the cream and chicken broth. Bring to a gentle simmer, then set heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. The sauce should thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon.

3. Meanwhile, place the chicken at the bottom of your slow cooker. Season lightly with Italian seasoning, crushed red chili pepper flakes, sea salt, and black pepper. Top with sun-dried tomatoes.

4. When the cream sauce is ready, lower the heat and whisk in the Parmesan cheese, little by little until smooth. Adjust seasoning if as needed.

5. Pour the cream sauce evenly over the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Try to get as much sauce as possible on top of the chicken and less on the bottom.

6. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW. When cooking time is over, remove gently the chicken from the slow cooker and set aside.

7. Turn the slow cooker on HIGH, if it isn’t already. Add the chopped spinach and stir for a few minutes, until the spinach wilts.

8. Return the chicken to the slow cooker, and spoon the liquid, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes on top, or just pour them over the chicken when serving. Serve the slow cooker Tuscan chicken over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice for Keto and low carb diet, or rice, couscous, or pasta for non-Keto. Enjoy!

Note: Cooking garlic, cream, broth, and parmesan in the pan ensure the cream is well infused with garlic and stays smooth. If you don’t want to prepare the cream sauce on the side, you can put everything into the slow cooker and give it a quick stir before cooking.

 

#3. Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bake

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This one was amazing. It wasn’t super sweet or heavy (which can be kind of a bad thing because you could eat the whole loaf in one sitting) and I didn’t have any strawberries when I made it so I used blueberries instead. It takes about 10mins to prep (no time) and 35 mins in the oven. Easy Peasy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almondmilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil, melted butter or melted ghee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup diced strawberries
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips, dairy free if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together mashed banana, eggs, Almond Breeze almondmilk, coconut oil and vanilla until mostly smooth. Next add in rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Finally gently fold in strawberries and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until edges start to become slightly golden brown. Serve warm with a tablespoon of almond butter.

Hope you enjoy them and it inspires you to try some new things in the kitchen :)

-Peace, Love & SimplyB

Live & Love-It, Move-It

Working out and eating healthy can be hard during pregnancy…here is how I do it.

January 15, 2019

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Im 24 weeks into my second pregnancy and so far its been just like my first! Fairly smooth sailing for the most part, fingers crossed it stays that way, but its definitely had its moments. Just like my first with Scarlette, from week 6ish- 9/12ish, I was nauseous almost 24/7. There was no pattern to it and it didn’t just happen in the morning. I was also exhaaaausted for most of the day and was struggling to keep my eyes open past 6:30/7pm. It was hard. Not to mention,  Scarlette  was around  8/9 months old while I was feeling like shit which made functioning even harder. Trying to take care of baby while growing one made me want to nap 7x a day and sit around and do nothing…but that was the complete opposite of what I did.

Like Ive said before, working out/exercise/movement and eating healthy are priorities in my life and I didn’t let that change when I was pregnant the first time and currently, the second time. Now let me say, I am human, I do indulge, have bad days, busy ass days and days where I want to be a sloth but what has kept me on track and in the direction of keeping my priorities straight has been habits……and my husband, god bless him….but mostly the habits and lifestyle we have created and committed to.

Unlike what some people may think, I don’t wake up super motivated every single day. I have days where working out is the last thing I want to do and making veggies seems like too much of an effort but I do it anyways. Doing things when you don’t want to do them is how you form habits, and its probably one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself.  So when people ask me, how do you have the energy to do that!? you’re so lucky you have an easy pregnancy, where do you find the time!? etc. I don’t always have the energy, and I don’t have all time time in the world, I just do it.  You can be the same way, you just have to set your priorities, make promises to yourself to get shit done and follow through on it.

I don’t think Ive ever used the excuse “I’m eating for two” to OVER indulge…it just doesn’t sit right with me. For those of you that may think you need to eat double the amount, you only need about 300-500 extra cals, so go grab a banana and PB and call it a day (there are so many healthy ways to get those cals in, thats not the only option but you get my point….its not that much) Again, Im not perfect, I love ice-cream and chips and cheese and I will have some but to me this is probably the most important time to be healthy and take care of myself.  Some treats here and there are ok but every day, every time I feel like grabbing muffin or donut  with a coffee, every time I feel like grabbing a munchie snack while Im grocery shopping…I can’t justify it.  Eating crap doesn’t fix anything, it MAY make you feel good in the moment but none of us feel amazing we eat it.

I want to inspire women to be and feel their best, to make a commitment to themselves to put their wellness at the forefront, to have a healthy and active pregnancy and to not fall into the trap, so to speak, of “I’m pregnant…..” so I’m allowed and supposed to be lazy, immobile, eat too much, feel like garbage, gain a bunch of unnecessary weight etc. I know not all pregnancies go as planned, they aren’t all enjoyable, they aren’t all easy but your mindset will have a big impact. When I felt like shit during those 5 weeks I never wanted to work out, cook or be productive. Getting to the gym and getting started were the hardest! but I pushed through and once I got going, during that 30-60mins, I forgot how tired and nauseous I was before I started. I gained energy, I felt refreshed and I was ALWAYS happy I did it.

I find it somewhat amusing that when people are planning for a vacation, a wedding, summer, a big date etc, they can workout hardcore, eat super clean, say no to desert and eat proper portion sizes but during pregnancy all that gets thrown out the window!! WHY!? Growing an f’n human being is probably the most important and magical things you will ever do so all those things should just be MORE important right!?

Well thats at least what I think, and Im sure there are people out there who wont agree with me and thats fine. I don’t write this to appeal to everyone. To the ones its meant to serve it will and if it can just help 1 person be a little healthier, to be a little more active, to learn to push through the things they don’t want to do to get them done- Im happy. For all you mamas and mamas-to-be out here,  you can do it, you can do anything. Being a mom gives you super powers you didn’t know you had so starting giving your body the love it deserves. You are ALWAYS stronger than you think you are.

Peace, Love & SimplyB

xoxo

 

Eat-It, Live & Love-It, Move-It

If losing weight is one of your goals for 2019 this is for you.

January 4, 2019

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Its that time of year where people think about everything they want to change in their life, what they want to improve on and what they want to let go of.  Reflection of the past year is great, making plans and goals to move forward is powerful but sometimes people focus on the wrong solution and path to get them to where they want to be.

I think we can all guess what one if not the most popular New Years goal is—- weight loss. I LOVE helping people lose weight, feel better, gain energy and confidence and grow into the empowered and driven person that is deep inside them. That being said when most people do it on their own they automatically reference the scale, let it consume them and let it dictate their success. In reality the scale is usually causing you more stress which in fact makes it harder for you to lose weight.

Have you ever thought that the weight you need to lose might not be on the scale! Im going to give you a few things to think about before you start obsessing over your body and the extra weight you may carry. When you start to shed weigh in other areas of your life you will watch the scale go down in the most healthy, un stressful, positive way.

What does losing weight really meal to you? how is it going to make you feel? Is it really going to make everything in your life better? Is it going to make you a better person, a more successful person, a more liked person? Probably not. Is it going to make you more confident? maybe yes! BUT you know what else will make you more confident, happy, in charge and glowing?……

  • ditch the scale and focus on losing your negative mindset instead of the pounds.
  • Find AT LEAST 1 thing you love about yourself every day and recognize it. And don’t tell me there is nothing because there are lost of amazing things about you. (Refer back to the first point)
  • Instead of always thinking” I can’t have that, have to avoid that food, not allowed too, stay away from this”. Focus on having more veggies, more fruit, more protein & healthy fats. When you change your mind and words to a  more positive frame instead of the negative ones mentioned above the whole process doesn’t seem as daunting and stressful. When you consume more of the good stuff you will naturally have less of the bad stuff.
  • Instead of digging deep into your pockets to buy the next best shake out there, the “magic program” and all that other BS, dig deep into your being, into your mind and find whats really been holding you back from achieving your goals. I guarantee its not that you don’t know a burger and fries isn’t a good choice and to eat protein and veg instead. You don’t need a shake diet, a special cleanse or any other product. You need to learn your triggers, be realistic and tune into your relationship with food and with yourself! You have to address the REAL deep down issues because that is where you will make REAL, LASTING change.
  • Be active in any way! Movement is movement and any of it is good for you. Stop using time as an excuse because 10 mins is better than nothing. Not everything has to be intense and if you have the “all or nothing” mindset, you are setting yourself up for failure. When you move more, you feel better, when you feel better you want to eat healthier, the healthier you eat the better you sleep and the more you sleep the better your life will be! At MVMTS we don’t just get people strong and healthy in the gym we touch on lifestyle and nutrition so that all areas are covered because being your best self and performing at your optimal level means doing more than just eating healthy and working out.

Losing weigh isn’t the end all be all. Being kind to yourself, loving yourself, giving your body the nourishment it deserves- those things will have a much bigger impact on your life. So I want you to think about that and change your direction of things if need be. Whats been your drive to lose weight? Get rid of the damn scale and put your energy else where. When you let a number depict your happiness, your mood and your worth its not healthy and will NOT get you to where you want to be.

You have it in you to achieve what you want, just choose the right path, keep it positive and learn to love taking care of yourself, it should be treasure and not a chore.

Peace, Love & SimplyB

Eat-It

Recipes you will want to try!

December 28, 2018

Hello friends,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/ holiday season and are settling back into routine. Lately I have been cooking a lot in my croc pot and I have a couple recipes I want to share with you!

I love being able to just throw dinner in, let it simmer, have it fill our home with a delicious smell and then voila, its ready to eat!

Last week I read a post or meme somewhere that was about recipe blogs and how the “author” or blog contributor writes a full novel before they get to the actual ingredients and directions and all people want is the damn recipes!! lol so I’ll cut to the chase and give you what you want right here.

The first one is a Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese soup…and OMG is it amazing! 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced shallots
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • Kosher salt, black pepper and hot sauce to taste
  • 1 cup milk, I used 1% milk
  • 6 ounces extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

 

Instructions:

  1. Place the broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, shallot, garlic, salt, pepper, hot sauce and vegetable or chicken broth in the slow cooker.
  2. Stir everything together then cover with the lid and set to low.
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours or until the vegetables are very tender.
  4. Use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to purée the soup until it’s smooth.
  5. Add in the milk and cheese and blend until the cheese is melted and everything is combined.
  6. Blend in the Greek yogurt until combined and the soup is smooth.
  7. Taste for seasoning then serve.

 

and the second one for today is Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken….drool. This is even amazing leftover and cold. You can put it on rice, noodles or even in lettuce wraps. This is definitely a go-to for me now.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • Rice, rice noodles, or lettuce leaves, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes; mix until (mostly) smooth) Pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 5 hours (or until chicken is cooked through and tender but not overcooked, depending on the strength of your slow cooker). Reduce slow cooker temperature to WARM. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into chunks, and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker to allow it to absorb sauce and heat through.
  3. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked white or brown rice, cooked rice noodles, or stuffed inside large lettuce leaves, as wraps. Garnish with chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and additional red pepper flakes, if desired

Enjoy :)

 

Peace, Love & Simplyb

xo