21 Day Fix Recipes

Homemade Chicken soup!

So, I haven’t posted on my blog recently…and that sucks. I feel like a bad person and feel like I should interact with you awesome folk that actually take time to read and listen to what I say, haha. My daughter’s school called today and told me to pick her up because she had a fever of 101.4…when she got home, she asked, “mama, can you make you chicken soup because everything hurts”? and I said OF COURSE!

My chicken soup is probably so much different than what typical soup should be – I attest that to my awesome ancestors before me. But, it’s pretty frickin great. It’s just a little Colombian spin on it.

I use wholesome ingredients to make sure my soup is 21 day fix approved, or even if it need alterations, thats okay, too.

I had a few things left over produce wise from the week before that I needed to use up so soup worked out well. I usually boil a whole chicken on the stove with my spices and herbs and then cook the veggies separately, but because I also have been feeling under the weather, and I didn’t have a whole chicken, just boneless skinless chicken breasts, I threw everything in the crock pot. Way easier for me and my husband was able to serve the kiddos while I napped on the couch (thanks, love!) It was a huge hit!

Ingredients:
2-4lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1c frozen peas
3 green oninions, chopped
Cilantro (a handful – you can omit this, but it really helps bring out the Colombian flavor – but I LOVE cilantro, so if you’re not a fan, no worries)
2 russet potatoes, cubed
1/2 bag (approx) baby carrots (I’m sure cutting up whole carrots would be fine, we just had a ton of baby carrots left over and I didn’t cut them up and it turned out fine)

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Before it was cooked. All my spices and ingredients thrown in there 🙂

(I usually make whole wheat pasta on the side after it’s done cooking to make chicken noodle soup, or do what my mom and grandma always did, serve on top of rice. It is SO good. We do this with a beef stew type of soup)

Spices and herbs:
I really can’t tell you the amount I used of each, because I never measure anything, or write anything down. It drives my family nuts. But, I really need a nice booklet for my recipes so I can start writing them down so they come out the exact same way each time. I’m usually pretty accurate though. Anyway, the list of herbs and spices I use:
Cracked black pepper
Adobo Goya seasoning
2 Sazon packets
Italian Seasoning
Dried Basil
Dried Parsley
Dried Oregano
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Phewww…I think that’s all of the spices.

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Can you spy my 3 Day Refresh cup in the background? I got that along with my 3 Day Refresh kit I’ll be doing Monday with a few of the girls on my team #relentless

I have a 6qt crock pot and I filled it up about 3/4 the way with water. I dumped all of the ingredients into the crock pot, including the uncooked chicken breasts, and put it on high heat (6 hours). Usually, the chicken will fall apart and shred on its own, but if it doesn’t, just shred it yourself and enjoy 🙂 With the leftover stock, I usually freeze it into quart freezer bags and take them out when I need some broth for a recipe – I hate buying premade stock and I never seem to use it all and it goes bad – this way I know exactly what’s in it.

It’s a really great recipe for the cold days. It’s been “cold” for Florida the past two days. This morning it was 49 degrees! That is COLD for us southerns. Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be chilly as well, and I’ll be making my famous chili. Stay tuned for that recipe. 😉

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My daughter’s bowl of the finished product. Heart bowl filled with homemade love. ❤

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UR Day Two . . .

So, yesterday was a day, y’all, a day. My older kiddos had an early release from school yesterday (after being off for two weeks – and has today off and Monday off as well. OH BOY! I love them…but, if you’re a mom you’ll understand it) and I always park and walk to pick them up. It started back when my youngest was an infant and she hated the car. She hated it. Screamed bloody murder – for hours. It was terrible. At my kid’s school (and I’m sure it’s like this everywhere), if you don’t get there at least 45 minutes early, you’re sitting in a LONG line, waiting to get your child. When you have an infant screaming, it feels like forever. So, I found a parking lot to park and pop the kid in my Tula and off we go. She loves being worn, I love the exercise, so it was a win-win.

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Khloe in her new Tula I got for Christmas 🙂 Last photo before my phone got murdered.

I just got a replacement phone for the new phone I bought on December 21. On NYE, I dropped it on its corner and it shattered. I got a new one on January 7th, and got a case for it. All’s good, right? Nope. I went to buckle my youngest in her car seat after picking the kids up from school and left my phone on the roof of my car. And I didn’t realize I had done this until I got home and went to look for my phone, and my heart sank. I knew exactly what I had done. I packed all three kids up and back to their school I went. It was in the road, (it looked like that’s where it landed when it fell off), upside down. It looked intact, and I was SO hopeful. Then, my hopes and dreams crashed pretty hard. It must have been ran over, or I don’t really know what, but it’s toast. The Apple Store doesn’t have an appointment until THURSDAY. Which, really stinks when you have three kids. I’ll be calling Best Buy to see if maybe they can’t do something a little quicker than that. If not, it is what it is. I still have my old phone when I upgraded to my new one, and while that screen is shattered, too (not my fault! The two year old’s fault that time), I can still take photos and do my UR journey. It’ll be a little more wonky, and no selfies (I know, so disappointing, ha), but, it’ll get done! And, I re-downloaded my Beach Body Challenge tracker app on my old phone, so I can still participate in that and win some of that cash from the pot!

The entire reason for the first part of the post, is to explain why I didn’t blog my day two of the UR yesterday – but here it is!!

I don’t have a photo of my breakfast (but will be having it tomorrow, so, I’ll get a photo then) because that was one of the last pictures I took before it bit the dust – but I had 3/4c non-fat plain yogurt and 3 cups (yes, three. cups.) of fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries and kiwi). It was really tasty. I’ve never been a morning person and I usually do my vegan chocolate Shakeology with a banana and 2 tsp of almond butter, but, during the UR none of that – which is a nice change because this way I can have more options. It kept me pretty full.

After having my supplements, I waited a bit and had lunch. Today was quinoa salad and a microgreen salad with a homemade (UR approved) creamy garlic dressing. Oh. My. VEGETABLES. The microgreen salad has a TON in it. Like, A TON. Broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, cilantro, carrots, red pepper….It was REALLY good with the dressing, though. I’ll definitely have to make that a staple as far as dressings go. I’m also really digging the quinoa salad. It’s really delicious. With the liquid aminos I add to it, it makes it a little salty and tastes kind of like soy-sauce and with the cucumber, avocado and tomato, it goes really well together! I never thought I’d want to have quinoa on a regular basis, but the past few days, especially with it cold, have been delicious!

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There is A LOT of food here. I felt like the bionic rabbit. Nom nom.

I had to have my lovely power greens afterwards, which were….still interesting. That’s honestly been the ‘worst’ part of the UR (so far). It just seriously tastes like dirt and looks like tar, lol. It’s full of amazing things for you, and great benefits, so I think about that as I chug away. They get easier (some say), so, I’m hoping for that! But again, if that’s the worst part about this experience, I’ll take it!

For my snack, I had Shakeology! I did a new recipe because the flaxseed/blueberry version of my shake just wasn’t a hit for me. I did vegan Chocolate Shakeology and 1 1/2tsp EVCO. It was SO good. It was like an almond joy. It was great! The only complaint…I didn’t melt the EVCO before adding it to my shake, so it looked really gross, haha.

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Half a scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology and 1 1/2tsp EVCO. Like I said, it looked really gross, but tasted soooo good!

I had my supplements and whatnot, waited a little bit, then I got to try a new dinner. This was SO FRIGGIN’ GOOD! I’ll definitely be making this again. I made roasted root medley and had a side of zucchini cashew soup. I made a few batches of the soup as part of my meal prep and wanted to try it so badly when I made it, but I was good and waited until yesterday. It was so creamy and delicious. I LOVE soup, but HATE how full it makes you feel afterwards (I’m still working on feeling full and sitting with that feeling and not being anxious), and this soup didn’t make me feel like that at all. I added chopped green onion to my soup (as well as the medley) and did half a tablespoon of my homemade pico I made the night before for the southwestern veggie taco. My husband tried both dishes and he liked them as well. So, winning! I was really hesitant at first to try new foods and do different things because once I find something I like, I eat it until I get sick of it, haha. So, a change of scenery is great.

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Left: root medley – carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow onion with green onion on top – baked for about 50 minutes. DELICIOUS! Right: zucchini cashew soup – made with the obvious. It really was a delicious dinner!

So, for day two, all and all, I’d call it a success. I’ve been dealing with some overall soreness, and I’m a lot more tired than I normally am, but this is all part of the detoxing process. Getting away from harsh things in foods and jump-starting a healthier body. Also, I have a pretty bad headache I’ve had for a little bit, and I attribute that to the bountiful amounts of sugar I consume with Double Bubble gum and wine. Plus, the lack of coffee isn’t helping, either. I am committed though, and know that this is temporary for an awesome result. I feel like junk because I haven’t been fueling my body with what it really needs.

 

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Coconut Flan . . . Take Two!

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This was after the water bath in the oven. Not upside down yet, showing the caramelized sugar. That is below!! 😀

So, my husband was tagged in a recipe on Facebook by a dear friend of his that is Brazilian. The recipe was of coconut flan. Being the Colombian that I am (okay, well, just half – but still!), I figured that I could make a flan no problem for my husband. I do after all, love to cook and bake and make my husband’s belly full (and by osmosis – help his co-workers out as well).

I couldn’t find the flan pan that my mother gave me a few years back (see, told you I was Colombian), so I went to use a pan my MIL gave me that was about the same size. It’s a pretty nifty pan that has a compartment that you can just flip out and out comes the bottom of the pan. (I used this pan to make Khloe’s smash cake a few weeks back for her birthday.) I figured that would work perfectly! – Boy was I wrong. So, so wrong. While I was letting my sugar get hard as a rock on the bottom of the pan (to make the yummy sugary top of the flan), my husband called to tell me he was on his way home and to see what I was doing. I was SO excited and told him that I was making him the flan he’d be asking about for a few days. As I was listing off the ingredients I used, I turned around and my flan mixture was seeping out of the bottom of the pan onto the counter, the floor, underneath my stove… it was a huge mess. I told my husband I had to go, quickly hung up, and mumbled some things that are better left unsaid again.

I was so frustrated that I wasn’t able to deliver what I said I would and I had no pictures of recipe to follow for my followers – yeah, I’m a dork. But, it’s cool.

Anyway, I’m not a quitter and once I got over my initial, “damn it! I just wasted all of that food” I decided to make it again today while my husband is working some mad overtime. I won’t tell him I’ve made anything until it’s done and looks pretty and I have a picture of it. 😉

Below, I’ll give y’all the recipe and the directions on how to make it. I got the recipe from my mama because the initial recipe I tried called for way too many extra things and ain’t nobody got time for that!

INGREDIENTS: 

~4 large eggs, lightly beaten
~1 14oz can of evaporated milk
~1 140z can sweetened condensed milk
~1/3 cup plus two tablespoons of granulated sugar (for the bottom of the flan pan)
~1/3c shredded coconut (optional – I wouldn’t have used it if my husband wouldn’t have asked for it – I am not a coconut person really)
~1 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

~Take the granulated sugar and put it into a small saucepan on medium heat. It takes a good while for it to melt, so make sure to keep on top of it.
~While the sugar is melting, combine all of the ingredients above in a bowl and set it aside.
~Once your sugar is melted and liquid, pour it into the bottom of your flan pan. Let it harden. It usually takes about 10-12 minutes.
~Once your sugar is hardened on the bottom of your flan pan, pour the mixture on top of the sugar. Close the flan pan.
~Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
~Get a large Pyrex baking dish and fill it about half way with water to make a water bath. The flan pan shouldn’t float, it should just sit there nicely.
~Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check around the 1 hour mark (open the lid and use a toothpick, if it comes out clean – great – if not, let cook another 15 minutes and check again. You’d rather it be a bit overcooked than under-cooked. Under-cooked will make for a soggy mess!
~Once it’s cooked, let it sit to cool completely. Put it in the fridge (inside the flan pan) for *at least* 4 hours (overnight is recommended – but who the heck wants to wait?!).
~Once it’s completely cooled, ENJOY! Drop a photo below of your yummy coconut flan!!

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My finished product! Haven’t tried it yet, but I showed it to my husband and we can’t wait until it gets a little more cooled off!!!!

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21 Day Fix Recipes

21 Day Fix Approved corn bread!

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21 Day Fix approved corn bread! Absolutely delicious! For my 21DF people the container counts are: 1Y | 1.5tsp | 1sp sugar | 184.53 cals | 8 grams of fat | 9 servings

You guys! I was so excited to find this recipe because I used my left over sausage, turkey meatballs, peppers and onions with homemade sauce and turned it into 21 Day Fix approved chili! What goes better than corn bread with chili? A 21 Day Fix version so you can eat guilt free!! I made a few minor adjustments because I didn’t have raw sugar (I used raw honey instead), but it still came out awesome! My daughter who is a pretty picky eater ended up scarfing down two and a half pieces! My husband who is a die-hard sweet corn bread lover thought this tasted excellent, too!! They added butter on theirs, but I added a little drizzle of honey atop of mine and it worked out really well!

INGREDIENTS:

~EVOO or cooking spray
~1 1/4c whole wheat pastry flour (I didn’t have any WWPF but I did have whole wheat flour – I took out two tablespoons of the whole wheat flour and added two tablespoons of cornstarch – I’d probably purchase some WWPF though if you can beforehand – it was a little dense, but worked in a pinch!)
~3/4c corn meal
~3 tablespoons of raw sugar (I used honey, and only did 1 tablespoon)
~2 tsp of baking powder
~1/2 tsp salt
~1 egg beaten (for my 21 DF people – because this makes 9 servings, I didn’t count it as any portion of a protein container)
~1c unsweetened almond milk (though, I hate almond milk so I used unsweetened organic soy milk — and I used quite a bit more than a cup — but I am assuming that’s because I did what I did with the flour)
1/4c coconut oil (or you can use EVOO – I think the CO gives it a sweeter taste and it’s not overly coconutty – I’m not big on coconut usually)

DIRECTIONS:

~Preheat the over to 400 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray or EVOO and set it aside.
~Whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
~Stir in the remaining ingredients just until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX!
~Bake for 20 minutes (though, it took mine about 29 minutes – I don’t know if that has to do with the flour or not)
~Let it cool and cut it into 9 squares.

Enjoy!! Like I said earlier, we paired it with homemade chili. Three days ago I made sausage, peppers, onions and turkey meatballs in the crock pot. I seem to never be able to feed just our family, so, I always have a TON of leftovers. What’s great is this freezes super well and I froze half of the sauce with all of the meat and veggies and left half of the red sauce in the crock pot. I browned some 93% lean ground beef, added a can of black beans and a can of red beans, some chili powder, more Texas Pete hot sauce, spices, etc. and bam! I have a huge crock pot full of homemade chili. I was feeling a chili day because it’s been beautiful and breezy today down here and it’s definitely a nice change.

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My homemade chili. I counted 1.5c as: 1R | 1Y | 1G

 

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