Before marriage I was a city girl through and through! We never grew anything, actually we killed any plants that came our way. Let's just say instead of a green thumb we had the kiss of death when it came to plants. However, when I married Matt, we moved to his grandparent's old house next to his parent's house that sat on about 100 acres of land. So growing up Matt and his family grew their own produce and canned or froze much of the food for the winter months. I am so thankful to my mother & father-in-law for showing me how to grow my own produce and can and freeze that food for later use. Since we live in a development now we are unable to grow large amounts of vegetables to can, but we try to grow enough to cover every day use.
There is so much to be said about growing your own food. First, you know exactly where it came from and how it was treated for pests and disease. There is also a sense of pride when growing your own produce. So where am I going with all of this? Well I tried a new recipe using the produce that ready to eat. If you grow your own produce, you know that when it starts to be ready to pick, it comes all at once, which is why you can. So today's featured recipe is something new that is husband (Matt) approved, clean, and healthy!
Quinoa Chicken Caprese Bake
2 Cups of Sauce (This is sauce I canned last year)
2 Cups of Mozzerella
1 Cup of Dry Quinoa
4 Medium Tomatoes Diced
2 Handfuls of Fresh Basil
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
2 Chicken Breasts
Cook the Quinoa according to the instructions on the box or bag. Boil chicken. While the quinoa & chicken are cooking clean and chop up tomatoes and basil. Put them in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar. When quinoa is finished put in the tomato/basil mixture bowl and mix. When chicken is done, shred, or I used a mini food processor because it is faster. Mix the chicken with the tomato/basil/quinoa with 1/2 cup of sauce. Place the mixture in a pan, I think mine was an 8X8 or 9X9. Top with remainder of the sauce, and then the cheese. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
The savings this month in Beachbody products is unbelievable! In addition to this month's sales I am offering some awesome incentives this month. This month I will be doing a referral program where you can earn Beachbody gift cards to get that product you always wanted or I can teach you how to get your products completely paid for. So please personal message me for the details! firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, this month, one of my favorite stores to shop for clean eating foods, Costco, is having an organic August. Costco has some of my favorite clean eating cereals and snacks on sale this month. So check out Costco, and stock up. It is not often the Nature's Path products go on sale. Costco is one of the most organic and clean eating friendly places to shop with reasonable prices! Remember when all you have is good food in your house, you will eat good food!
This month I am doing the $500 challenge. If you are new to my blog, I was selected as the Beachbody daily challenge winner, in which I won $500. This group will be made up of 5 individuals focused and dedicated to having an amazing transformation and apply for the Beachbody Challenge. Click on the $500 challenge to apply today. Again I am only accepting 5 people, so be sure to register for your spot today! The group begins August 25th & all orders are to be made by August 27th!
As I mentioned there are some awesome deals available right now. The prices have been slashed for 4 Challenge Packs this month!
Challenge Pack Promotions Reflect Savings on the Program and Shakeology Together!
Matt's Refresh Experience
So it has been 10 days since Matt has started the Refresh, and he is still reaping the benefits. He started the 3 Day Refresh on Thursday, July 10th and ended it on Saturday July 12th. On his last day he did walk the 5K for Sarcoma and he did have a major cheat after he finished the program and had a Cheesesteak hoagie. However, he still managed to lose 3 lbs. While Matt has been drinking Shakeology for some time with me, he is now having it daily as one of his meals. He is dedicated to eating clean and drinking Shakeology since doing the Refresh. It kicked off a start to eating better and maintaining the Healthy lifestyle. To date Matt has lost slightly under 9 lbs! Did I just say 9 LBS?!
YES! 9 LBS in 10 DAYS.
So the effects of the Refresh have continued!
Mind you, he has lost this weight strictly by doing the Refresh, drinking Shakeology, and eating clean. No workout!
Beef & Broccoli with a Twist (Protein Packed)
4 T of Soy Sauce (Low Sodium if you can)
4 T of Dry Sherry
3 T of Tahini
3 T Olive Oil (divided)
2 T of Siracha
3 C of Cooked Broccoli
1-2 lbs of Venison Backstrap
1 C of Sliced Onion
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 t Garlic Powder
1/2 C Quinoa
I steamed a bunch of broccoli and used about 3 cups cooked for the dish. I cooked the quinoa in just water according to the directions on the packaging. I put 2 T of Olive Oil in the pan, seasoned the venison with pepper and garlic powder, and seared the meat. Once seared I pulled out the venison and let it sit. I sliced the garlic and the onions very thin and added them to the olive oil. I then added, the soy sauce, sherry, tahini, siracha, the remainder of the olive oil, and the remainder of the garlic powder. I let this cook up on medium heat. I sliced the meat and added to the pan to finish cooking. After the meat was just about done, I added the broccoli. Serve over quinoa and enjoy!
Today is a day of reflection for me. Today I ran my first 5K ever. This might be surprising to some people but those close to me know how much I despise long distance running. One year ago I would have never participated in such an event, but my friend and coach Katy Ursta talked me into buying a T25 challenge pack through Team Beachbody. At first I was skeptical of Shakeology, however, it was a requirement to be a part of her support and accountability group. I was ready to change my life so I agreed to buying the workouts and Shakeology. Let's just say I am hooked! Beachbody completely transformed my life from the tired and sluggish mom of 2 young boys to an energetic and fit mom of two very outgoing toddlers. I truly believe in beach body and the products that they provide.
Since the beginning of my journey with T 25 I have tried a variety of other programs such as Turbo Fire, P90X3, the 21 Day Fix, Les Mills Combat, Brazilian Butt Lift, and now I am currently using the newest program PiYo. Beachbody has helped me get in the best shape of my life. I truly believe that my journey with beach body has played a vital role in my ability to overcome Sarcoma. Had I not lost the weight in my T25 challenge, I may have never noticed the lump on my arm which turned out to be cancerous. I thank God that we caught it so early and then it was able to be removed completely with two surgeries. Chemotherapy nor radiation was required and I am happy to report that I am 4 1/2 months clean of this cancer.
Today marks a huge day because I completed the 5K for the cure for Sarcoma. Sarcoma is a rare cancer that can affect anyone young or old, healthy or not healthy, it has no rules or boundries. I am blessed to have such wonderful Doctors, Dr. Tawbi and Dr. Weiss, who dedicate their lives to finding a cure. I am so happy to say that our team was able to raise $2,400 towards finding a cure! All donations are for research and finding a cure for Sarcoma. I just want to thank everybody who participated and donated to this cause. Thank you!
Although, I was not at Summit this year, I followed the latest news. First, let me say that not being at Summit was difficult. I sat here waiting to see the latest status updates from my upline. So when they released the new Summit date and location, I booked my ticket! That's right this girl is heading to Nashville next July.
So what happened at Summit this year? PiYo released! A new 3-Day Cleanse was revealed and is now available, and Tony Horton will be releasing a new 30 minute workout for beginners. To learn more about these programs scroll down.
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