A recap of the week, obsessions & the best roast I’ve ever had

I can’t believe that it has been a week since my last post … oops!

I made the best roast last night! It is my favorite new meal, plus it’s a slow cooker recipe so that makes it even better!

I went to Target on Sunday and it seemed like everything went on sale! I got the necessities, plus I got a few things that I couldn’t live without.

These coffee Chobani bites are amazing!

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These clips were too cute to pass up … plus I love birdie things

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Best smelling febreze spray ever. I got two! It’s limited!

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On Sunday night I wanted a burger! So I made homemade burgers with some natural fries on the side (fries were from Trader Joes). The burger was realllly good, so were the fries!

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I bought this new pink salt from Trader Joes as well, I sprinkled it on the fries before baking … I highly recommend that you get this salt! I’ve been roasting vegetables with it, I also put it on the roast & cabbage that I made last night ….

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Speaking of seasoning and in case you cared … here is part of my spice collection. I have way more that don’t fit on this rack. I really believe the more spices you have, the more you will want to cook healthy meals at home

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Sometime during this week (can’t remember the day), I had another Stuft Mama grain free pizza! I have an obsession with these pizzas!! How could I not … the crust is only 166 calories. This one I topped with tomato sauce, heirloom tomatoes, rosemary ham, jalapenos, and some shaved parmesean. Stuft Mama comes up with some amazing recipes!

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I also for the first time ever this week had a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks. I know it’s not the cleanest thing to have, however I had a major sweet tooth! Bottom line … it sucked, tasted fake, and I hated it. Will never be having that again

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On a side note … I get obsessed with things sometimes. It could be certain foods, meals, instagram, etc. It’s just my personality and I need to stop fighting it and just embrace it! Speaking of obsessions … This egg sandwich has been my breakfast or pre-workout or post workout meal pretty much everyday this week. It’s 3 egg whites, sriracha, and greens on a whole wheat bun. So simple and so good!

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Another thing I am obsessed with at the moment are mid afternoon quesadillas. It’s my new go to snack. I take a brown rice tortilla, toast it on the stove and then stuff it with 3 cups of raw spinach, and sprinkle with approx. 1/2 oz. of lite mozzarella. Put in the microwave for 45 seconds. Once it’s done I put lots of Tapatio hot sauce on the inside. Again … so simple, but so good!

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Finally to the best roast I have ever eaten. I found this Recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it last night. I also made some lemon roasted cabbage on the side. Here’s what I did …

Roast ingredients:

-3 lbs. of chuck roast
-1 cup of good balsamic vinegar
-1 cup of beef broth
-1 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1 tbsp honey
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-4 garlic cloves minced

Directions:

Place chuck roast in slow cooker. Place all other ingredients in bowl and whisk together. Pour on top of roast, throw minced garlic on top. Turn slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours (I cooked mine for 8 hours and it was perfect)

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I shredded the finished roast right in crock pot with a fork and it came apart like butter!

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I am going to use the left overs tonight for “burrito bowls” (pretty much a burrito in a bowl without a tortilla)! Yum!

Anyhow … On the side I made this delicious lemon roasted cabbage … this is my new favorite invention! It takes less time than cabbage noodles and it tastes amazing!

Cabbage ingredients:

-1 large head of cabbage
-1 lemon
-olive oil spray
-pink salt or sea salt
-pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 450. Cut cabbage into 8 wedges and then cut the core off of each one. Carefully place the cabbage in a baking dish. Spray with olive oil spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper and squeeze one half of the lemon on top. Turn the cabbage wedges over and repeat the above steps. Place in oven for 15 minutes, turn cabbage and bake for another 15 minutes. Done! Amazing!

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Best meal ever! You must give this one a try!

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You know I can’t leave this post without a picture of you know who …

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Who doesn’t love Lululemon?!

Xx

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A semi treat meal, The Bachelor finale, grain free pizza and a scary Tuesday

One of my favorite meals of all time is homemade tostadas with spanish rice on the side. It’s not the healthiest, cleanest meal in the world, but it’s not the worst!! I had been craving carbs all last week, so Sunday night I thought that maybe I need listen to my body and make a semi treat meal for my husband & I. I decided to lighten up my favorite meal and make that! If you ever want a good treat/cheat meal, this is a good one to try! The whole meal is under 500 calories if you can believe that!

This rice is adapted from my my mom’s recipe. I’ve changed the seasoning up a little bit, but it’s pretty much the same as hers.

Ingredients:
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 cup of medium or long grain white rice
-1 can of diced tomatoes
-1 can of low sodium chicken broth
-2 tsp sea salt
-1 tbsp garlic powder
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-black pepper to taste

You will need to use a large non-stick skillet type pan with a tightly fitting lid. Heat pan on med-low heat. Add oil, add rice and brown the rice lightly (watch it carefully it can burn pretty quick)! . After rice is browned turn the heat to a low summer and add the tomatoes with the juice, the chicken broth and all seasonings (FYI the pan will sizzle up pretty good when you add the tomatoes and broth so don’t stand too close)! Stir gently and put lid on.

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Simmer with lid on for 30-35 min. The finished masterpiece will look like this!

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To lighten up the tostada part of this meal, I made my own tostada shells! They were soooo good!! Better than store bought or fried ones!! Plus they were so easy!

I put 4 corn tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed them with olive oil spray (both sides of tortilla) and baked in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10-15 min.

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Finished shells look and taste amazing! I’m thinking I can use these for an array of recipes! I know that I’m not re-inventing the wheel here, but these shells made me so excited!

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I topped my shell with 1/2 cup of fat free beans, 1 oz of grass fed beef, lettuce, tomatoes, nonfat Greek yogurt and hot sauce

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The calorie count on one tostada with toppings is approx. 265 calories.

The calorie count on the spanish rice is approx. 218 calories for 1 serving (full recipe serves 4)

A really good, filling treat meal for under 500 calories??? Yes please!!!

Monday night was a big event … The finale of The Bachelor!!! I was excited to watch, but at the same time I was kind of sad (yes, I’m kind of weird)! I became a little obsessed with this show. Normally I don’t get this over the moon for a tv show but for some reason I got really invested in this one. It’s now Wednesday and I’m still a little sad that its over.

Anyway … I had to make something special to eat for the finale. I felt that a pizza would be perfect! So I made one of my favorite grain free pizza recipes from one of my favorite blogs! Stuft Mama Pizza This crust is so easy to make and is so tasty! I topped mine with pizza sauce, 1 string cheese, tomato, rosemary ham, and fresh jalapeños.

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300 calories ( including my toppings) for all this deliciousness! Amazing right?

Back to The Bachelor. The finale was a nail biter! I was surprised at the end. I really did not see that coming!

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Yesterday I found out that Sean is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. I have never watched that show, but now I am!! My heart is not as broken now because at least I can see him on DWTS! Haha.

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On a more serious note … Yesterday I had to take my mom to the ER … She was so sick and really scared my sisters and I. She had some tests and a catscan done. Long story short she was hit with a horrible migraine. So glad it was nothing more serious, but it was quite a scare! The reason I mention this on a blog for healthy food, is because after being in the ER at the hospital for 6 hours yesterday I saw a lot of terrible things back there. You don’t really (I mean REALLY) realize the value of your health until you are in an ER. That is the last place you want to be! Yesterday gave me even more motivation to do what I’m doing! Health is the only thing we have! If you don’t have your health, then you have nothing. What is health? Food. What’s the quickest way to the ER? Food. It’s the food you choose that determines where you will end up. I choose health! What about you??? My goal with this blog is to help anyone that wants help eating clean! It’s the only way to go!

I got to end the day on a happier note

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Louie was happy to see me yesterday too. Can’t you tell????

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Xx

Turkey sausage acorn squash and pow wow fun!

Yesterday I went to a pow wow at CSULB.
It’s an annual one that we go to every year. I am part Native American and we go to different pow wows throughout the year. It’s always fun to go watch the dancers and walk around, hang out with family and eat! Yes eating is part of going to these pow wow’s … If you’ve never heard of an Indian taco, this is what it looks like

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It’s fry bread topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce. The thing that makes these Indian tacos so good is the fry bread … I will admit fry bread tastes really good, unfortunately it is probably one of the most unhealthy foods on earth. This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in the occasional cheat/treat meal. I just haven’t had one of these tacos in a long time, and knew if I ate one it would make me feel terrible, plus I thought about how my personal fitness goals have to come first right now! So I passed on the taco and had this plum instead … Exciting, I know.

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Yesterday made me realize more than ever that are much better things to do at the pow wow that are zero calories!

Spending time with my niece / goddaughter … I think she the cutest little girl on earth! Her little boots are so darn cute too …

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There were lots of booths selling really cool stuff. I bought one of these heart shaped dream catchers … They were too cute!

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I also bought one of these …

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And one of these …

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See how lovely the look on me???

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I took a break from shopping, kicked off my boots and had a few handfuls of this delicious kettle corn

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See I really kicked my boots off! Aren’t my socks cute??!! Who doesn’t like a cat with glasses??

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We walked around a little more, and I snapped a few pictures of these beautiful dancers

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I was pooped when I got back home and to be honest, I really didn’t feel like making dinner … But I did, and I’m glad I did because I made an amazing turkey sausage stuffed acorn squash!! It was seriously amazing!!! Here’s what I did

I took two small acorn squash

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Cut them in half and took the seeds out

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Then I put them in a large baking dish, cut side up and sprayed them with olive oil spray and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top. I then added 1-1/2 cups of water to the dish, covered tightly with foil and baked them for 45 minutes at 350 degrees

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While those were baking, I took the lean turkey sausage out of its casing, broke it up and browned it in a pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes. I then added 1 diced up Granny Smith apple and continued to cook for about 20 more minutes. I seasoned this mixture with sea salt & pepper to taste, 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. oregano, and 1 tsp. garlic powder.

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The finished meat & apple mixture looks like this once its done

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The acorn squash should be done at this point. Take the acorn squash out of the oven and stuff each one with the sausage & apple mixture, and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes uncovered. The finished product will look like this.

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I added a few crumbles of Gorgonzola on top (optional)

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It was the best acorn squash I’ve had yet!

All in all yesterday was a great day! I took this really cute picture of my mom and niece yesterday too … Look how cute they are together. This picture is proof that there are definitely better things at the pow wow than an Indian taco!!

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Ohhhh and last but not least! Louie loved the dream catcher I bought. I think she was Native American in another life …

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Xoxo

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Primally Inspired banana bread

This is seriously the best paleo baked good that I’ve ever tasted! Plus it was super easy to make!! Plus it’s gluten free, grain free and has no sugar!! Amazing right?! Btw.. I only had 3 ripe bananas so that’s what I used. I also used egg whites instead of regular eggs and I also added 3 tbsp. of dark chocolate chips. Here is a link to the recipe! Primally Inspired Banana Bread

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The best roasted broccoli ever made!

I had 3 broccoli crowns that I needed to cook tonight that I didn’t feel like steaming or sautéing so I decided to roast them (truth be told, I’ve never roasted any veggies really before tonight). I will say that the end result was amazing!!!!! I will be eating this daily from now on … Recipe below!

Ingredients:
-Fresh broccoli crowns (I used 3 for this recipe)
-olive oil spray
-sea salt & pepper
-garlic powder

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Cut up broccoli into florets. Put florets on cookie sheet and spread evenly. Spray olive oil spray over the top of all broccoli, sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder over the top. Do NOT toss, just leave as is and put in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 min. In the end you will have the tastiest vegetable you’ve ever had!

**note: I didn’t include measurements of the salt, pepper and garlic powder because I just eye balled it based on how much I like.

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