Recipes

Garlic Tahini Sauce- My latest obsession

I have long been a huge fan of the Garlicky Kale Salad available in the Whole Foods deli, to the point I one time ate it so often that I was walking around smelling like the dressing.  The dressing for the salad is very simple and super easy to blend together, toss with Kale and voila you have amazing salad.  But I have been craving it so much that I want to put it on everything, or at least the flavor.

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  • 1 cup of tahini
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg liquid aminos or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar

In my recent strong preggo cravings I have been wanting all things mediterranean inspired- tahini sauce, quinoa tabouleh, humus, falafel, grilled eggplant…..you name it if it can be found in a greek, Lebanese or other mediterranean style restaurant I have wanted it!

Today’s lunch might have been my most inspired!!!  Falafel with Tahini Sauce so simple and yet so yummy.

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To make this tahini sauce I simply reduced the nutritional yeast to 1 T and removed the apple cider vinegar.  I made a large batch so this can be saved for later.  Falafel has always been a fave but I was afraid of the frying involved so instead I found a great recipe for easy Low Fat Baked Falafel.

  • 1 15-19 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Add to some chopped greens a little diced tomato, fresh lemon juice and top with the tahini sauce and this a simple and nutrition vegetarian balance meal.

 

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My Journey

Countdown to Cancun

I am headed to the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun for an all inclusive vacation from Team Beachbody that I earned through my work last year helping others get fit.  I am over the top excited but just last week it really sunk in. HOLY CRAP!!  You will have to wear a swimsuit, A LOT!!  With just 28 days to touchdown in Cancun I embarked on the Countdown to Competition plan from 21 Day Fix Extreme.

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I was honestly hoping to shed some bloat and trim up a little to squeeze into a one piece.  But after just 7 days, no kidding 7 days!!!  I am thinking a bikini just might be in the cards for me.

The plan isn’t easy, it requires some major discipline and planning.  But if there is anything that I excel at it is planning and execution, especially when it comes to food.  I am a foodie at heart and I love being creative and planning out my meals. So this fit perfectly with my lifestyle, plus the hubby is currently deployed so I wouldn’t be needing to prepare a separate meal to support his 6’4″ body as well.

So what am I eating?  Here is a quick rundown of my day….yes I am eating every 2hrs (I have to set a timer on my phone to remind me to eat)

Breakfast:  8 egg whites with Pepper, onions, and mushrooms & salt free seasoning

Snack: Isopure Protein

Lunch: Spinach salad with assorted veggies and grilled chicken topped with vinegar and coconut oil, Baked Sweet potato

Snack: Shakeology with Almond Butter blended with ice and water

Dinner:  Baked Fish (Cod, Salmon, or Tilapia) and steamed veggies & salt free seasoning

Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs

At least 1 gallon of water throughout the day

Not glamorous or fancy but it is really doing the job. I am alternating my days with two basic meal structures so I don’t get too bored with my food.  But what is great is I have prepared all my food for the week on Sunday and have it ready to go so I don’t have any excuses to reach for something not on the plan.  I have all my veggies, and protein portioned out into little baggies so I can just grab and go.

Why am I not talking about my crazy intense workouts or how many calories I am burning?  Now you may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen and this is so true!!  You cannot neglect your attention to your nutrition and expect results.  Nutrition accounts for 80% of your transformation and your fitness or workouts are only 20%   But if you are wondering I am doing 30 minute workouts from 21 Day Fix Extreme and walking in the afternoons with my daughters.  The latter is really more of a relaxation for me, I get to listen to my audio books and just push a stroller.

So check out my first 7 day results!

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I am over the top excited to see what I can accomplish in the next couple weeks as we prep for our vacation to Cancun!!  I may just be able to rock a bikini without feeling bloated and too Fat Girl but more Fit Momma!

Want more info on 21 Day Fix Extreme? Check out this quick video

My Journey

Ultimate Reset “Preset”

Today we went shopping to pick up our massively awesome grocery list filled with wonderful produce and a few pantry stocking essentials.  I must admit we did let the fridge run down to bare bones because I knew we were going to be starting the reset next week.  But we completely packed it back with veggies and fruit (cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine, peppers, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, basil, parsley, cilantro, lemons, limes, blueberries, green beans), fish, chicken, tempeh and some yogurt all for under $200!!!  That’s right we completely restocked our fridge and pantry for under $200, including a few pantry essentials (rice vinegar & wakame) we needed to pick up at Whole Foods.

I have started prepping and chopping and pre-cooking as much as possible so our meals are easily thrown together next week and the following.   The meal plan and recipes are super easy to follow, I just want to remove as much of the work as possible.   On the stove as we speak is short grain brown rice (for rice & beans as well as sushi), garbanzo beans for hummus, and lentils for a super yummy sounding cold lentil salad.

I also already prepped these three amazing dressings

Creamy Garlic, Basic Vinagrette w/Basil, and Miso Sesame Ginger (my favorite!)

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Next I move on to vegetable cutting!