My Must Haves For A Fit Fall
[A]s promised, today I am including some of my favorite recipes and tips for a fit fall. If you have been following me for a while then you know my approach to nutrition, meal planning, and cooking is KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE. We are all busy people and I don’t believe in spending hours in the kitchen (unless you like to) or obsessing and panicking about what to eat. There are SO many other things to focus on. My cooking style is no fuss, no brainer, get it done, so I can focus on my family. I use a crock pot or dutch oven nearly every day. You will need a good one too. So, that means I experiment a lot throwing things together and seeing how they turn out. Ready, fire, aim! LOL. Can you relate?
I’ve included four recipes that are staples during the fall at my house. However, I encourage you to experiment with what works for you in your crock-pot Keep it simple and go with it. You’re safe with lean meats, veggies, seasonings, and broth.
I am still experimenting with the ultimate healthy pumpkin bread recipe. If you have one please leave a comment below. Here we go!
Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate
Ever heard of such? I’m all about enjoying the yumminess and warmth of hot chocolate but I will not do it at the expense of my body by overloading it with sugar. Mix 1 packed of Advocare Coffeccino and top with a hit or two of pumpkin pie spice. I love this because it tastes delicious and is loaded with vitamins and helps suppress your appetite at the same time. Pretty perfect huh? You can order Coffeccino here.
Crockpot Kale Infused Taco Soup
Use 1-2lbs of meat of choice (chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey) This is versatile and easy!
4-5 handfuls of kale
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can jalapeno kidney beans (drained)
1 can diced chilies
2 bell peppers of choice (red, yellow, or orange)
2 cans of diced tomatoes (low sodium)
1 cup water
Brown meat. If using chicken throw it in the crock-pot with water the night before. Cook for 6-8 hours in crockpot.
One hour before eating season with paprika, black pepper, and pinch of cayenne or spices of choice.
Sweet and Smokey Turkey Chili (Can even use this for sloppy joes or throw over a salad)
1 small yellow onion
2 garlic gloves
1lb of lean ground turkey
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (drained)
1 ½ tbsp. chili powder
1tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp sucanat
1 tsp chipotle pepper
1 tbsp hot sauce
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Sauté onion and garlic in Dutch oven or big pot, then add turkey and beans. Combine everything else and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and cover let it simmer for 2 hours. OR do all this in a crockpot but keep it on low all day.
Easy Roasted Chicken
Don’t be intimidated by this! I used to be but once I did it I was amazed at how simple this is. Plus, you have chicken broth for the whole week to use in other meals. If you use a crockpot a ton like I do then you will find this is much more cost effective rather than buying box after box of broth.
1 whole chicken. Buy organic if you can with neck and giblets already removed
Vegetables of choice. Keep it simple!
1 white onion sliced.
2 thick slices lemon
2 tbsp minced garlic
Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
Place onion and veggies of choice in the bottom of a roasting pan. Throw lemon, rosemary, and garlic inside the chicken. Place Chicken on top and rub down with oil and seasonings. Roast at 400 degrees or until meat thermometer reads 165. About 3 hours.
Now, once you have picked the chicken a part place carcass in crockpot and cover with water, seasoning of choice, and any other veggie scraps. Cook until there is nothing but bone. You can remove and bones and freeze or refrigerate for the week.
Experiment with what works for you in your crock-pot Keep it simple and go with it. You’re safe with lean meats, veggies, seasonings, and broth. I'm a big fan of spaghetti quash, butternut quash, and sweet potatoes as well.
I am still experimenting with the ultimate pumpkin bread recipe. If you have one please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Staying Fit This Fall,