April 5, 2017

Zucchini Meatballs and Spaghetti

This is a huge hit! Not only could I eat these by themselves, like pop one in my mouth and call it day, but my husband said they were good and my 15 year old son thought there was meat in them! Winning! 

 



  • olive or coconut oil


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • 3 medium unpeeled zucchini, grated


  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt


  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning 


  • 1 large egg


  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Jar of marinara sauce


  • Whole wheat spaghetti, zoodles, or your noodle of choice



  • DIRECTIONS:
    Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with coconut or olive oil spray or brushed on. 
    Add 1 tsp of olive or coconut oil and minced garlic clove in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté 1 minute. 

    Add the grated zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook on high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.

    Transfer the zucchini to a colander to get rid of any excess water. I use a thick paper towel or cheese cloth to press the excess water out of the zucchini.

    In a mixing bowl, beat the egg and add the Parmesan, breadcrumbs , seasoning, and basil. Combine zucchini into mixing bowl. 

    Form the zucchini mixture into 12 balls about 1 1/2 tbsp each, rolling tightly and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Cook until lightly browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.

     

    Heat the sauce in a large deep skillet to warm the sauce hen add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

     
    * I cooked these with beef meatballs for my family. I added whole wheat spaghetti because since I was serving them zucchini meatballs, I didn't want to push my luck with zoodles also, but this would be ah-maze-ing with zoodles. My son thought there was beef in the zucchini meatballs anyways! 


    Make it vegan: Use 1 flax egg and nutritional yeast as Parmesan.

    April 3, 2017

    Progress!

    I never would have thought that 11 months after my second c section, my tummy would resemble anything close to this 🙌🏼💪🏼❤️ Work hard, play hard. #nofilter #skinnyjeans ALSO, 3 friends have messaged me today to shout out their weight loss progress! 8 pounds, 11 pounds, 14.9 pounds... all started mid February. What can YOU do in 6 weeks with the right tools? Health makes life so much sweeter 😍😍😍
     

    March 27, 2017

    Vegan waffles

     
    1 1/2 cups of oat flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder 
    1/2 teaspoon pink salt m
    Dash of cinnamon 
    1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 
    3/4 cup non dairy milk 
    1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

    Mix the wet ingredients. If the coconut oil solidifies, microwave it for 20-30 seconds. 

    Add the dry ingredients and mix well. You'll want to let the batter sit for about 10 minutes to allow the oat flour to soak up the wet ingredients. 

    Preheat waffle iron. 

    Add the batter and cook about 6 minutes until lightly crispy. The waffles will be pretty delicate because there's no egg. Cool them on a baking rack or sheet NOT stacked. 

    Makes 8-10 waffles

    Common subs: 

    Sub out 2 eggs for applesauce
    Sub dairy milk for non dairy
    Sub 5 tablespoons of butter for coconut oil

    March 23, 2017

    Vegan protein

    And to go along with my effort to reduce dairy and be more plant powered, Vegan Shakeology! What do vegsn diets provide for protein? That's the question that I would guess is asked the most, I wondered too. Actually, vegetables and beans have just as much protein as animal protein. You can be completely plant powered. And I love supplementing my lifestyle with Shakeology because it has ALLLLL the nutrition that our regular diet may be lacking plus everything we need for optimal health, and the vegan formula is plant protein based! 

     

    March 20, 2017

    New foods

    Okay so, if you follow my fitness posts, you know I'm a health coach, I love clean eating, and making food taste good. Enter my latest challenge: No/extremely limited dairy, and very little meat. My son is allergic to dairy (and eggs) and since I'm nursing, my dairy intake messes with his tummy and his skin. In the meantime, I've started feeling REALLY bad when I have dairy. So that's a bummer cause I love cheese. Also, I've noticed I just feel better when I have a plant based diet. So there's been an effort to reduce dairy and meat. Sticking with organic and non gmo whenever possible and necessary! 

    Here's my dinner tonight! I totally went outside my comfort zone and bought a blend of lentils, peas, and barley. I cooked that seasoned with pink salt, cumin, and chili powder. Added pinto beans and corn. Then sautéed mushrooms, spinach and red onion with garlic and olive oil. Added that! And next, I made an avocado sauce with 1 avocado, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 basil leaf, pink salt, half lemon squeeze, cumin, garlic, red pepper flakes (all to taste). 

    This is SO good! It's my Costco week, so we don't have a lot of groceries I normally would. If I make this again, it would be great with some orange peppers, and if you like tomatoes, add those too (I dislike them). And spice up the avocado sauce with cilantro, lime, and jalapeño! 

    So my advice, don't shy away from the lentils! It was easy! And delicious. Experiment with food, eliminate foods that make you feel bad, and meat is totally negotiable 😘

     

    March 19, 2017

    Know your worth

     

    You're worth it. Sometimes, you just need to hear that. And you need to believe it. 

    You're worth knowing. 
    You're worth being heard. 
    You're worth feeling good. 
    You're worth being healthy. 
    You're worth being happy. 
    Someone would die for you today. 
    Someone did die for you many years ago nailed to a tree. 

    #knowyourworth

    February 20, 2017

    Veggies!

    Trying something different!!! A little personal info: I've got some "stuff" going on with my body and I honestly feel horrible on a daily basis. Irritable, short fuse, headaches, stomach discomfort, aches, anxiety, just feeling bad, everyday. I believe this has to do with post partum, my tubal, and just not being on point with my nutrition AND getting zero sleep. I just feel very negative right now, and while I'm no optimist, it's definitely worse than usual. 

    3 day refresh is my favorite detox/cleanse! But, I cannot detox because I'm nursing. 

    I'm starting my Love YOU first challenge, which is aptly named! I need to focus on a little bit for me everyday so that I can be a better person, mom, wife, and friend. I decided to try something different and begin this challenge with a little mini cleanse/sugar detox. My plan is to sort of mimic the foods in 3 day refresh (mostly veggies) but in larger portions for my milk supply and with the intention of cleaning up my diet rather than detoxing into my milk! I'm posting daily in my group what I eat and mentioning my intention here mainly for my own accountability... But also if anyone is interested in following along and maybe trying it yourself in the future. I highly recommend 3 day refresh if your body can do it at this time, but sadly mine cannot. 

    Today was a success. And I stayed away from the cookies 😂 morning coffee followed by shakeology, green beans and apple for lunch, lots of water with lemon, and roasted veggies with brown rice/quinoa for dinner. I feel good, but also a little hungry so I'll have to adjust for that tomorrow and make sure I eat more.