Grilled Portobello Margarita

grilled portobello

I’m bringing back meatless Mondays! I adopted a veggie-centric diet about five years ago and haven’t looked back. Sometimes people have the idea that a meal without meat will leave you hungry, but that’s just not the case! On Mondays I’ll be sharing delicious vegetarian meals that the whole family will love. This is one of my favorite summertime meals, especially because it incorporates the grill!

Grilled Portobello Margarita
Serves 2

2 Portobellos-stems removed
olive oil-enough for basting, season with fresh or powdered garlic and oregano
mozzarella- fresh/buffalo or shredded
1 ripe tomato
basil for garnish

1. Combine oil, garlic and oregano
2. Heat grill or pan to med-high
3. Brush portobellos with oil mixture
4. Grill mushrooms about 4 minutes per side

Meanwhile slice tomato and cheese.
5. When mushrooms are done, top with cheese and grill ( covered) till cheese melts.
6. Top with tomato and basil.

Notes: You can serve this on top of greens and it’s delicious with a black bean and corn salad on the side.

21 Day Fix (You’ll need to measure per your plan)
Green: Mushrooms, Tomatoes
Blue: Cheese
Tsp: Olive Oil
Free: Basil/Oregano

21 Day Fix Eggplant Parm

I’ve been feeling in a bit of rut lately with cooking, because it feels as though I’ve been making the same things over and over again! So I decided to switch it up today. My favorite meal of ALL TIME is Eggplant Parmesan. I can’t get enough. However, my usual recipe does not fit in the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan. I basically use a half bottle of oil to fry up the eggplant. Right.

I put together a Fix-approved version and it was DELICIOUS. My husband loved it so much that he got bummed out when he back for more and we’d already eaten it all. Here’s what I did.

21 day fix eggplant parm

Slice up your eggplant. Dip it in eggs and place it on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Top with your seasoned breadcrumbs. Bake for about 15-20 minutes depending how thick your slices are. Take it out the oven and use a spatula to move the baked eggplant from the baking sheet to your casserole dish. Pour your sauce over the eggplant. Top it with your cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. I served mine over a bed of steamed Zoodles.

Ingredients
– 1 large eggplant
– 2 eggs
– Homemade breadcrumbs (2 slices of wheat bread, toasted then crumbled)
– 1 cup of plain tomato sauce
– 1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese
– Salt-free italian seasoning
– Pepper for seasoning

Makes 2 servings (Zoodles not counted): 1 green, 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 purple, 1/2 blue

Thin Mint Shamrock Shakeology

thin mint shakeology

No visits to McDonalds today for my family! I blended up a batch of chocolate Shakeology today that tastes just like Girl Scout thin mint cookies! I added the recipe on the picture of my little buddy enjoying his St. Patty’s Day shake. I actually used Young Living Peppermint essential oil instead of mint extract, but I know not everyone has that on hand.

Let’s compare, shall we?

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake nutrition facts in a 12-ounce cup:
530 calories
10 g protein
16 g fat
88 g carbs (74g sugars; 0g dietary fiber)
Loaded with artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
Chocolate Shakeology Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookie nutrition facts:
160 calories
18 g protein
4.5 g fat
17 carbs (6g sugars)
…All natural with 70 different ingredients including super fruits and vegetables.
My choice is clear 🙂

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

This is an easy, 21 Day Fix-approved crock pot recipe that my family loves. Setting it and forgetting it is the best! It takes the stress out of dinner time.

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin (4 servings, varies based on size of tenderloin)
21 Day Fix: 1 serving = 1/4 Green, 1/2 purple, 1 red

Ingredients
– 2 cups of frozen pineapple
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 2 1lb pork tenderloins
– 4 TBS apple cider vinegar
– 4 TBS balsamic vinegar
– 2 TBS brown mustard
– Black pepper
– Garlic Powder

Place pork tenderloins in the crock pot and season both sides with black pepper and garlic powder, top each pork tenderloin with 1 TBS of brown mustard and rub it in. Add the apple cider vinegar and the balsamic vinegar to the crock pot. Top with the chopped bell pepper and frozen pineapple. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Should make about 4 servings, but I chop up the tenderloin and measure out my red portion. The pineapple is soooo delicious and reminds me that winter won’t last forever 🙂

Enjoy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

homemade sweet potato chips

I CRAVE salty crunchy goodness. These sweet potato chips do the trick without me having to open up a bag of the unhealthy alternatives. Plus, I have my 21 Day Fix portion control container so I won’t overindulge. Which is easy to do because these are SO GOOD!

Ingredients
1-2 small sweet potatoes, washed an dried
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the potatoes in 1/4-inch-thick slices (I recommend using a slicer!) In a large bowl, add the oil and seasonings. Add the sliced potatoes and toss to coat. Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes.

You can get creative when you make these! Next time I might try a little cinnamon 🙂 Enjoy!

Healthy Pineapple Whip

healthy pineapple whip

If you’re looking for a fun and healthy treat this week then you have to try this pineapple whip! It’s only three ingredients and so good. We served my son’s in an ice cream cone and put it in dishes for us adults 😉

Healthy Pineapple Whip

Ingredients
– 1 cup frozen pineapple
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 TBS honey

Directions: Blend ingredients in high speed blender. We use our nutribullet! Serve, enjoy and daydream of summer!

Healthy egg salad sandwich

I love both hard-boiled eggs and avocado so this recipe has become my go-to lunch on 21 Day Fix. Avocado is a perfect substitute for mayonnaise in an egg salad because it has so many wonderful health benefits. However, avocados are a bit high in calories which is why about 1/4 avocado fulfills your blue container for the day if you are a Fixer.

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad Open Faced Sandwich
21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue

2 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 avocado
1/2 whole wheat English muffin, toasted
black pepper (optional)
red pepper flakes (optional)

Smash up the hard-boiled eggs and avocado with a fork to desired consistency. Season to taste with black and red pepper. Serve on top of whole wheat English muffin. That’s it! I like to add a side of fruit to mine as shown in the picture. If you do the same then check off a purple container if you’re a Fixer. Enjoy!