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EASY Salad!!

img_7986.jpgCall me lazy but this bagged salad has become a staple in my house.  It’s fresh, chopped, GREEN & is NOT boring!!!  I typically always have a big salad chopped up & ready to go in my fridge but lately this has taken it’s place.  I buy two bags at a time from either Costco or Smart & Final.  It comes with a poppy seed dressing that is NOT Amy Approved so I always have my honey mustard made up or olive oil & vinegar ready.

Dressing:
Avocado or olive oil
Local raw organic honey
Organic mustard
Salt
Juice of a lemon

Put everything into a glass container, mason jar or glass dressing jar, shake & serve.  It will last for weeks in your fridge.

There are NO excuses to skip your greens.  If you make your family grass fed burgers on a bun, skip your bun & fill your plate with the burger patty, salad, honey mustard dressing, Bubbies Sauerkraut, mustard & the burgers toppings.

Happy MOTIVATIONAL Monday!!!

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Crock Pot Meals

I have had a lot of clients ask for more crock pot recipes so I thought I would do a quick post on my favorites.  Crock pot meals are KEY for busy evenings and make clean eating possible.  Staples for us are homemade turkey or bison veggie chili, tri-tip, whole roasted chicken, homemade bone broth chicken soup, shredded chicken & shredded pork.  I also found a website that has a TON of Amy Approved recipes that probably have a lot more flavor than mine 🙂

  1. Turkey or Bison Veggie Chili – MY FAV!!!  I whip it up on my morning break, toss it into the crockpot on medium all day.  It makes for a warm, satisfying meal and amazing lunch leftovers!  HERE is the recipe.  This link I made it on the stove top but just throw it into your crock.
  2. Tri-tip – EASY!!!  Take a FROZEN (yes no prep!) tri-tip, rinse with water, place into your crockpot, smother with garlic, chopped onion, organic garlic salt, salt & pepper & 2 inches of water and turn on HIGH for 8-10 hours.  When you get home take out your salad (ALWAYS have a big salad & dressing made up in the fridge like THIS one).  Take out the Trader Joe’s microwaveable rice which is done in 3 minutes (I prefer you make rice on the stovetop but sometimes this is a lifesaver) and SERVE DINNER.  You can meat, LOTS of salad and about 1/4 cup rice with coconut aminos on top.
  3. Take a WHOLE chicken, take out the gizzards and place BREAST DOWN into your crockpot.  Season with minced garlic, salt, pepper, organic garlic salt and anything else you desire.  Cut an orange into wedges and squeeze 1-2 onto the chicken and stuff them inside.  Cook the chicken for 6-8 hours.  You do not need any water as it will make it’s own juices.  When you get home take out your salad (ALWAYS have a big salad & dressing made up in the fridge like THIS one).  Take out the Trader Joe’s microwaveable rice which is done in 3 minutes (I prefer you make rice on the stovetop but sometimes this is a lifesaver) and SERVE DINNER.  You can meat, LOTS of salad and about 1/4 cup rice with coconut aminos on top.  If not in the mood for salad blanch a batch of asparagus.  Boil 2 inches of water, trim the asparagus and toss them in for 3 minutes or until the water turns green.  Strain, top with a generous amount of salt and juice of a lemon.  SERVE!!!
  4. Bone broth chicken soup – after your chicken dinner take off all the leftover meat and put in glass container in fridge.  Put the bones, gizzards, skin etc BACK into the crockpot, add water almost to top, ACV (bragg’s raw), salt & pepper.  Cook overnight.  In morning strain out “junk”, put broth back into your crock pot and throw in chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mushrooms (whatever you enjoy in your chicken soup – even frozen veggies are fine) & leftover chicken.  Add a tiny bit of rice.  Cook until you get home and WA-LA – you have BONE BROTH chicken soup that is amazing for your gut!!!
  5. Shredded pork or chicken.  Take frozen or fresh chicken breasts or thighs OR a whole pork and set it into crockpot with minced garlic and chopped onion.  Season with ANY organic spices.  I prefer organic garlic salt, onion powder, salt, pepper, organic cilantro etc…  Add about 2 inches of water and cook on high for 6-8 hours.  At dinner time take a fork and SHRED.  You can make lettuce wraps (romaine) topped with salsa & avocado (corn tortillas for your family) or put shredded meat on top of a salad.  The possibilities are endless and the meat makes for great lunch leftovers.

I CHALLENGE you to try all of these recipes and report back!!!  Remember that clean eating is NOT hard if you stick to the basics that you know and enjoy.

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Meatballs = Clean Protein & AMAZING Leftovers!!

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I used our favorite turkey burger recipe and made a batch of meatballs for dinner tonight.  They were very moist, the perfect size (I ate 3!) & are stored away in fridge for clean lunches!!!  I paired them with a Napa cabbage salad (made a huge one so I have leftovers) with vinegar & homemade sweet potato fries (Charly’s fav!).  I also served sauerkraut on the side because I aim to get fermented foods into my body once a day.

HERE is the recipe I used for the meatballs.  It’s key to grate the onion & apple into the meat mixture.

Ingredients:
1lb organic turkey burger
1 egg
1-2 small apples grated
1/2 onion grated
3 or so garlic cloves grated (I used minced)
Handful or so of gluten free oats
Coconut aminos
Salt / pepper

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl.  Use a large scoop & make small balls in a cake pan.  Add about 1/4 inch of water, cover with tin foil & bake at 400 deg for about 1 hour.  The last ten minutes or so take off the tinfoil to brown.

Eating clean is NOT hard!!  It takes a bit of prep but when you make large portions it ensures your lunches are clean, balanced & EASY!!!

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Bison lettuce wraps 💚🎉

Bison lettuce wraps – tip: I always throw organic frozen spinach into my meat mixture. My family doesn’t even know and it’s a huge dose of iron & other nutrients 💚🙏🏼

My kid ate 3!  

What did you make for dinner? 
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The perfect winter side dish 🎄🍁🎉❤️

Roasted acorn squash with a balsamic honey glaze 🎉👍🏼

It sounds fancy but it’s not at all.  Cut your squash in half & scoop out seeds.  Turn the squash so the skin is up & cut skinny slices.  Lay on baking sheet & lightly coat with avocado or coconut oil & salt.  Bake for 45-55 min at 400 deg.  About 20 minutes before squash is done take a small sauce pan and melt some honey, balsamic vinegar & salt.  Whisk until it thickens.  Once squash is done put it onto a plate & drizzle the glaze on top.  Eat it in a similar way you would ribs 😍

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash

Avocado or coconut oil

Salt

Honey 

Balsamic vinegar 

ENJOY!!!

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thanksgiving4The holiday season is HERE!  Let the craziness begin.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.  It’s crazy, fun, festive, busy, full of love & family time.  It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all so remember to SLOW DOWN and be GRATEFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  It’s easy to always want “more”, to be 5lbs thinner, to want those expensive jeans etc…  Sit down and be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  I believe that the universe is a powerful tool so it’s important to tell the universe what it is you want but also to thank the universe for your blessings.

What are you eating at your Thanksgiving table???  We are making a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner that will include:

Turkey
Ham
Paleo Stuffing (I don’t have this recipe written but google it – YUM),
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce (I use coconut sugar, cranberries, apple & water),
Fermented Sourdough Bread
Something green – not sure what…
Paleo Pumpkin Pie (YES Ben adds dairy whip cream!)
Another dessert – not sure what yet…

Tips for holiday eating:
*SKIP THE BREAD!!! (unless you have fermented sourdough bread!)
*Have one plate of food (YES anything you want) but don’t go back for seconds
*Only have a few bites of dessert
*MOVE – get up before the craziness begins and MOVE
*Don’t overindulge in the appetizers.  Save your appetite for the meal
thin-thanksgivingI am starting my day with a  run and a quick circuit.  What are your workout plans?  Get in my Thanksgiving circuit !!!

ThanksgivingBe grateful for everything that surrounds you TODAY!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving & CHEERS to a wonderful holiday season.  LIFE IS GOOOOOOOOD!!!!
Xo

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Amy Approved Pumpkin 🎃 Pie 😍🎉

Charlys school is having a Thanksgiving feast and I want her to be able to take part.  Being she is gluten, dairy, soy free I tested a Paleo pumpkin pie and it was a WINNER!!! 

CRUST:

FILLING:


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Amy’s Chili 🎉🌶


After lunch I whipped this up in bulk so we can have leftovers for our busy week.  It’s best if you give it 3-4 hours to simmer either on the stovetop or in the crockpot.

Ingredients:

1 lb organic turkey burger (optional Bison or grass fed beef)

1 large onion

Minced garlic 

3-4 large carrots

1/2 stalk celery

4-6 organic tomatoes

1/2 bag (non-gmo) frozen corn 

1 can organic black beans

1 can organic tomato paste

Organic chili powder

Salt / pepper

Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots & celery until soft adding salt & pepper.  Put into your pan or crockpot.  Brown your meat, season with salt, pepper & chili powder & add to your pan.  Pour in black beans & tomato paste.  Add chopped tomatoes & frozen corn.  Add about 3 cups hot water, lots of seasoning & simmer for 3-4 hours.  If you love spice add 1 jalapeño (my family doesn’t like spice…).  Before serving taste to make sure you have enough salt as it’s key the bringing the flavors out.

After a few meals don’t be afraid to freeze the chili in small glass containers.  It re-heats very well! 

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I CHALLENGE you to pack your lunch for 1 full week…

I CHALLENGE you to pack your lunch for 1 full week (5 business days).  If you go to lunch with a client I understand that you will eat the restaurants food (CLEAN GF choices) but if you go with an employee etc you CAN bring your food into a restaurant or choose to eat at home or office.

Please purchase this today (If you chose not to buy the dressing holder you can use a small glass container with a lid).

The night before please prep:
*1 big green salad (make it FUN like my salad in this link)

*Whip up the dressing in above link (It lasts in fridge for DAYS)

*Make one of the folllowing:
^Bake 2 sweet potatoes & store in glass container in fridge
^Make a batch of organic white or brown rice
^Bake 1 butternut squash

*Make up a mix of canned wild Salmon (I buy mine at Costco)
Here is what I love:
1 can wild salmon, Bubbies dill pickles, organic mustard, 1/2 avocado, celery & salt/pepper
Store the salmon in a glass container.  This will be enough for 2 lunches.

*Apples – have 5 in fridge ready to go

Workday morning:
Take your LARGE mason jar & put the sweet potato (rice or butternut squash) on the bottom (about 1/2 cup), shove the rest of the jar full of salad and 1/2 of the salmon mix you pre-made the night before on top.  Put the dressing into the holder and screw the lid on.  Grab an apple and you are on your way.  At lunch time pour in your dressing, shake & ENJOY!!!!  Eat the apple with your lunch.

It basically looks like THIS, but your starch will be at the bottom.

Are you up for this challenge??  Any questions??

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Amy Approved Stew!!!

I was CRAVING the kind of stew that I had growing up SOOOOO I made up my own recipe and it was so good I have to post it on Amy Approved!!!  Before I begin please note that this IS husband and Charly approved!  (YEAH).  I am a red meat diva (gristly meat scares me…) SOOOO filet it is!!  Please feel free to use stew meat or whatever you prefer, but always opt for GRASS FED.

Ingredients:
2 grass fed filet’s (probably close to 1.5lbs)
1/2 stalk celery
3 large carrots
1 large sweet potato
1 onion
Garlic
1 can organic full fat coconut milk
Avocado oil or coconut oil
Salt / pepper

Sauté the chopped onion, garlic, celery & carrot’s until tender in a tiny bit of avocado or coconut oil (3-4 minutes).  Add the chopped filet & sauté (I used my soup pan for all of this) until browned.  Add the chopped sweet potato, canned coconut milk & spices.  Stir and add water as needed.  Simmer for 1-2 hours or until the potatoes are tender.  Cool & ENJOY!!!

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