Thursday Taste: Easy Egg Cups

This is real life.

I’m not a chef. I’m not trained. I’ve actually always had this thought that cooking was meant to be hard, take a long time to make anything worthwhile and always steered towards the “easy” way.

Truth is. I am simply a mom, trying to make a healthy lifestyle change for myself and my family.

Truth is. Most of the meals I make are NOT “Instagram worthy”. But you know what. That is real life. That is mom life.

Truth is. Most of the time I suck the first time I make something. But I keep at it. I keep trying.

And today I learned that I will not use baking cups when making egg cups again . . . 

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick spray or reusable silicone baking cups
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 cups Egg Whites
  • 1 cup chopped peppers and onions
  • Dash of himalayan salt and ground pepper, if desired

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with fun silicone baking cups or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3. Combine almond milk and egg whites in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.

4. Evenly divide chopped peppers and onion between prepared muffin cups.

5. Evenly pour egg white mixture over onions and peppers.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of egg cups comes out clean, and eggs are set.

7. Enjoy! 

 

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Thursday Taste: Crockpot Pork Chop with Onions and Potatoes

It’s no lie when I say I am no Martha Stewart or Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen.  Prior to becoming a Beachbody Coach, I had only made two meals – Beef Stews and Macaroni.  I am all about easy, convenient and tasty.  So when you see recipes on my blog it is because they taste good, are healthy and relatively easy to make.  This is one I thought up in my sleep and decided to give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!

CROCKPOT PORK CHOPS WITH ONIONS AND POTATOES

Cooking time: 5-6hours

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Pork Chops
  • 8 oz Pearl Onions
  • 1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • “Dash” of Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Honey

 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, except the honey
  2. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  3. Add honey after 4 – 5hours, cook on high for the last hour
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday Taste: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect time to cozy up with a yummy bowl of soup.  Butternut squash is one of my favorites so I thought why not add some apples, make it crockpot friendly and give you something extra special from my kitchen to yours!

 

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

 

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Yield: 8 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium Jonathon (or Granny Smith) apples, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash No Salt Seasoning

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Preparation:

  1. Prepare and cut the Squash into chunks
    1. Poke holes in the Squash using a fork
    2. Place in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Peel the squash then cut and de-seed the squash
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot

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  1. Cook on low for 6 – 8hours
  2. Use immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your soup is too bitter, start by adding some honey to it and blend. Squash can vary in taste so you may need to amend this recipe as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

21 DF: 3 Green, 1 Purple, ½ Red – per serving

244 Calories per serving

SO FRESH & SO CLEAN (EATING TIPS)

The goal is to limit your processed food intake and eat natural food as much as humanly possible.  It’s about eating more of the best, healthiest options in each of the food groups.  We understand clean eating is not easy but you can take steps to get your daily food intake to a better, healthier place.

  • Limiting Processed Foods

Processed food are high in sodium, sugar and fat.  A couple key things to note here:  Look for foods that have 5 or less ingredients on the package and if you can’t say the names of the ingredients then stay away.

  • Take Out Sugar

Most people have far too much sugar in their diet.  What you want to do is limit the foods with added sugars in them like sweets and soda.  You also want to look out for foods that have added sugar to them.

  • Limit Salt Intake

Going on from sugar is your salt intake.  Like sugar, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have not added salt to them.  You can also help lower your salt intake by limiting your processed food.  You could add herbs and spices in its place or no-salt items like Mrs. Dash.

  • Eat Your Veggies

Vegetables tend to be where many people lack in their diet.  It is super important to make sure you eat enough veggies daily as they are jam-packed with nutrients that your body needs – like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C.

Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and even stroke.  Potassium can be found in: Banana, sweet potato, beans, winter squash, prunes and yogurt.

  • Eat Fruits

Just like vegetables, fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that your body craves everyday, like potassium and Vitamin C.  When you can choose whole, fresh fruit over dried, canned or fruit juices.  If you need to chose fruits that are canned in their own juices with no sugar added.

  • No Alcohol

What?!  Yes, it’s true. Alcohol is in fact not “clean”.  It’s all sorts of fermented, sugary goodness.  So with that in mind, you would want to try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible.

  • Grocery Store Tips
    • Make a list before you go and stick to it!
    • Shop the perimeter and stick to the outer walls! That’s where they put all the fresh, natural, foods – fruits, veggies, meats
    • Avoid the aisles – if you don’t need anything in an aisle, just skip it!
    • In the frozen food section, avoid anything that says “one step”, “heat and serve” or “ready to go” meals in a box
    • When buying canned food, look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars!