Brown Rice Pasta & Bell Pepper “Spaghetti & Meat Sauce” (Non-Dairy / No-Tomato) – Day 25

This is BY FAR my FAVORITE recipe that I’ve made while on my Nutritional Cleansing Journey.  I will be making this OVER and OVER and OVER again … even when I’m NOT on my 30 Day journey. Enjoy 🙂 !

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This recipe will make 2 meals

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 600 (1200 for the entire thing … split in half for 1 serving)

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta (I used Tinkyada: http://www.tinkyada.com/ProList.htm)
  • 4 -5 oz. of Lean Ground Chicken
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp Quinoa Flakes 
  • 3 cloves of fresh Garlic
  • 4 -5 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Organic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth (I use Pacific: http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-low-sodium-chicken-broth)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dried Organo
  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Heat a pan with some coconut oil
  • Cook / Brown Lean Ground Chicken
  • Season with Garlic Powder / Onion Powder and Pepper
  • Start Boiling Water for Brown Rice Pasta
  • Cook Brown Rice Pasta (time will depend on brand)

Directions for Sauce:

  • Chop All Bell Peppers into small squares
  • Sautee in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Chopped Garlic until browning slightly
  • Dump peppers / garlic / olive oil mixture into a blender
  • Put 1/4 cup chicken broth in the blender with pepper mixture
  • Put 2 tbsp Quinoa Flakes in blender (serves as a thickener)
  • BLEND UNTIL CREAMY
  • Dump fresh basil leaves, dried oregano, parsley, garlic powder and ground pepper into the blender.
  • BLEND AGAIN
  • Dump sauce into the pan with the ground chicken and HEAT on low for about 10-15 minutes.

Putting It Together:

  • Dump chicken/pepper meat sauce over brown rice pasta
  • Serve and Enjoy 🙂 !

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

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SautĂ©ed Broccoli, Peppers and Baby Shrimp Over Brown Rice – Day 23

Another Lunch – Super Quick, Easy and Tasty! 

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 3-4oz. Frozen Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 cup Mixed Frozen Peppers (or fresh)
  • 1 cup Frozen Broccoli
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Rice (2/3 when cooked)
  • Coconut Oil (I use Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil: http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Thaw Shrimp – set aside
  • Thaw Mixed Peppers (if not fresh)- set aside
  • Thaw Broccoli (if not fresh) – set aside
  • Put water on the stovetop to boil for the brown rice
  • Heat a pan on the stovetop and line with coconut oil
  • Add shrimp to the pan and sprinkle with garlic powder and ground pepper
  • Put brown rice in to cook (timing will depend on brand)
  • While the shrimp is cooking, heat the peppers until they begin to brown.
  • Steam broccoli and springle with a small amount of olive oil and garlic powder
  • Place brown rice in a container, top with mixed peppers / broccoli and shrimp
  • Drizzle with a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Serve and Enjoy 🙂

 

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Quinoa Pasta, SautĂ©ed Broccoli & Cauliflower and Grilled Chicken Burger – Day 22

I opted to start making lunch my meal on Mondays and Tuesdays since I teach Zumba those nights .. this was my first Nutritional Cleansing lunch :).  It’s easy to make in advance and heat up at work too!

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 oz Quinoa Pasta (Either use Andean Dream: http://www.andeandream.com/OtherProducts.html or Harvest http://www.quinoa.net/145/163.html)
  • 3 oz. Lean Ground Chicken Burger (I usually make my own by purchasing lean ground chicken meat and sectioning / seasoning and freezing them myself.)
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Broccoli (or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Cauliflower (or fresh)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Defrost Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Steam on the stovetop for about 10-15 minutes (or until done to the texture of your liking) and drizzle with olive oil and garlic powder
  • Boil water for the quinoa pasta
  • Cook Quinoa Pasta
  • Heat a pan with coconut oil and cook your seasoned chicken burger
  • Place Quinoa Pasta in a container
  • Top with Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Cut up Chicken Burger and place on top of Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the entire dish
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Ground Turkey & Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps with Avocado and Zucchini Chips – Day 21

I was intrigued by the ground turkey / wild rice combo from a few nights previous to this dinner and was craving it again .. so, here’s a different take with similar ingredients! 

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 500

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3 oz Lean ground Turkey
  • Wild and Whole Grain Brown Rice (I use Lundberg: http://www.lundberg.com/products/rice/packaged_rice/Wild_Blend%C2%AE.aspx)
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 3-4 Leaves Romaine Lettuce
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350
  • Slice Zucchini into the thickness of a quarter
  • Bring water to a boil in a pot
  • Add Wild Rice and cook for about 45 minutes
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Place zucchini on the baking sheet and spray with a small amount of olive oil
  • Season with whatever spices you want (garlic / pepper)
  • Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes
  • Place ground turkey in a heated pan with a little coconut oil and season with whatever you want (I used garlic powder, onion powder and pepper)
  • Cut a half an avocado up
  • Place romain lettuce on a plate
  • Top with ground turkey / rice and avocado
  • Put your “chips” on the side
  • Serve and Enjoy! :)

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Who I Am and Why This Blog Exists

We’ll start with the “Who Am I?” portion of this entry and go from there.  I’m a 26 year-old, Zumba Instructor and Grad Student (at Rowan University in the Higher Education Administration program) who loves life, and wants to get the most out of it (I mean, who doesn’t?).

26 days ago (exactly), I opted to begin a Nutritional Cleansing journey.  Before I made this decision I worked out pretty consistently and ate as clean as possible, but never felt my best.  Following this program, I feel better than I have EVER felt before.  My energy levels are up, I’m sleeping better, and I’m in the best shape of my life.

With all of that being said, in addition to having the shakes and essential vitamins, I’m consuming 2 snacks and 1 well-balanced meal a day.  My goal was to cook a new, creative, delicious meal for all 26 days I was eating lunches or dinners on the program.

  • Something you should know about me:  I LOVE food, I LOVE cooking, and I cannot eat the same thing two days in a row without being bored.  THIS is how I developed the challenge for myself to make something new every day.

I started posting pictures of my meals every night on Instagram and Facebook (yeah, I’m that girl), and I got a MAJOR response of interest from not only the people that were cleansing, but ALSO the ones that weren’t.

I was so excited about introducing my family and friends to delicious meals that were also healthy … AND EASY … that I decided to make this blog.  The last 26 days my requirements for meals have been:

  • No Alcohol
  • No Caffeine
  • No Dairy
  • No Gluten
  • No white breads / pastas / rices
  • No processed foods (deli meats / hot dogs, etc.)
  • No sodas / diet sodas / iced teas
  • No fruits (except a half a green apple) because of the high sugar content.
  • No peas, carrots or corn (for the same reason as the fruits)
  • No pork / red meat
  • No Artificial Sweeteners

The things I was told to focus on for each of my meals were:

  • Lean Proteins
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Healthy Fats
  • Vegetables

For those of you thinking, “Yeah right, you just took the delicious out of any food you could make”, I ask that you try any of these recipes and tell me that they’re not awesome, filling and leave you (and your family / friends) wanting more.

The next 26 posts will be my meals from each of the days I cooked a lunch or dinner – AND, after my 30 days is up, I’ll be sure to keep adding new & fun recipes.

Hope you all enjoy ❤ .

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin