Autumn is here! This means it's time for hearty crockpot soups that will make your soul warm and cozy, as well as keeping your gut healthy and full.
This hearty soup recipe uses good whole ingredients like lentils and butternut squash. Lentils are a wonderful source of fiber and readily absorb wonderful flavors from other foods and seasonings. Butternut squash gives our bodies tremendous antioxidant support with a large amount of Vitamin C. Top this nutritional soup with some fresh Parmesan and you have a delicious filling lunch or dinner!
LENTIL BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
For crockpot --------------------------
Always craving good food,
What does zucchini, pecans, raisins, and a lemon all have in common?
All of those random ingredients are in this deliciously crazy pasta dish!
This has to be one of the most random recipes I have developed yet, but I am in love with the flavors this pasta brings to my taste buds. The combination of sweet raisins, nutty pecans, and the citrus lemon juice, all marry comfortably with the rotini pasta. YUM!
This tasty recipe also brings you a friendly introduction to Nutritional Yeast Flakes, if you haven't met them before. Nutritional Yeast Flakes are a great source of protein and vitamin B-12. Just 1 serving (1 1/2 tbsp) of these flakes is 8 grams of protein! Nutritional yeast has a pleasantly "cheesy" flavor, and can be added to sauces, scrambles, crackers or sprinkle over pasta, vegetables, and/or baked potatoes. If you haven't tried them, at yeast give them a shot :)
Lemon Pasta with Zucchini and Pecans
1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. While pasta is cooking, put 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan on medium heat.
3. Once pan is hot, add chopped onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant.
4. Next, add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. Add seasonings and stir altogether.
5. Then, add raisins, pecans, cooked pasta, lemon juice, and 2 more tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Mix ingredients altogether and let simmer for 8 more minutes.
6. Serve pasta with a heavy sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes for a great "cheesy" flavor!
Always craving good food,
Sorry for the lateness in posting our final week of Meal Prep Boot Camp! I was on the road for a wedding, and then a short vacation at the beach---ahhh the salty ocean air. Anyways, I forgot to bring my computer to write this blog post, oops!😳. However, if you have joined The Clean and Simple Life group on Facebook, then you would have seen my informal post for this week's menu. If you haven't joined this amazing group of healthy individuals, then please join for recipes, ideas on healthy eating, and for support from a positive community!
Please, please, pretty please leave feedback on what you liked about this 4-week Foodcamp, and what you would like to see in the future. I enjoy planning out weekly menus of healthy meals to help others stay healthy, so you can enjoy eating good food!
Here is the menu for Week 4 of Foodcamp.
Breakfast: Protein Shake
Meal prep lunches: Chicken burgers
Snack 1: Mason Jar Berry Yogurt Parfait
Layer in a mason jar in the order ingredients are listed. Stir altogether before eating :)
Snack 2: 1/4-1/2 cup hummus with 1 cup of chopped veggies (carrots, cucumbers, etc.)
Monday: Summer zucchini and bean chili
Thursday: Brinner [breakfast for dinner]
Try making 2 eggs your favorite way with whole grain toast or try these delicious Chia seed pancakes! Serve with a side salad or lightly saute some spinach or kale in olive oil with salt + ground pepper
Friday: Date night - Order a healthy meal out with loved ones!
I hope you enjoyed your 4 weeks of choosing, prepping, and eating delicious healthy foods!
Always craving good food,
Let's get ready for another healthy week of good food! This is the menu for Meal Prep Foodcamp Week 3. If you missed Week 1 and 2, that's okay! You can view my previous posts to start at Week 1 or just start today with Week 3. It doesn't matter where you start, but that you just start!
Remember, this Foodcamp is designed to kick your gut into shape! For Week 3, I am telling you exactly what to prep/eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Some recipes from the previous weeks may repeat, and some will be new. Whether you like it or not, you will have to make time to prep food, and eat every 2-3 hours, or you will be banished to a bloating, low energy,
This Sunday or Monday (Holiday), you will grocery shop, and prep your lunches for the week. There are absolutely no excuses why you shouldn't be feeling as healthy and happy as possible!
Week 3 (Tuesday-Friday)
Make your lunches for the week on Sunday. Prepare protein balls and Greek Yogurt Dip ahead of time. Remember to drink lots of water!
*For coffee drinkers: Coffee with half-n-half, or almond or coconut milk flavored creamers.
(mix ingredients altogether)
Ingredients: 2 lbs of Ground Turkey + 8 Spices* + Avocado + Organic Salsa + Greens
*8 Taco Spices needed to make the best tasting Taco Meat!
2. Once meat has finished cooking, add all 8 Taco Spices
3. Serve this delicious taco meat with avocado, organic salsa, plain Greek yogurt, and your favorite greens (chopped kale, spinach, arugula, asparagus, etc.).
4. To prepare lunch bowl: 3/4 -1 cup meat, 1 cup of greens, 1/4 cup of salsa, dollop of Greek yogurt (optional)
Tuesday: Maple BBQ Turkey Pork Burgers
or Chicken Chorizo Enchilada Casserole
Thursday: Brinner (breakfast for dinner)
Try making 2 eggs your favorite way with whole grain toast or these Protein-Packed Waffles! Serve with a side salad or lightly saute some spinach or kale in olive oil with salt + ground pepper
Friday: Pizza (Click to read how you can build the best tasting pizza!)
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."
Always craving food,