Chili Lime Chicken Taco's

Taco Tuesday



Taco Tuesday can't pass again with me missing it. Seriously, I always tell myself "next Tuesday I'll have taco's" & it NEVER happens. Until this week! And seriously, I think I need to make it a thing. A new, healthy taco weekly! Don't you? It will benefit you too! ;) 

Forever ago at Red Lobster I had delicious lime chicken tacos. I was obsessed. I debated trying to make the copy cat recipe healthy or at healthier but I didn't have all the stuff. Pinterest lead me to this recipe from House of Yumm . Take a few minutes & check it out, she has some amazing looking dishes! I'll totally be making more of them! 

Anyways, as we all know I'm not the best cook. I'm honestly pretty bad at cooking. So my chicken didn't come as pretty as hers but it was 100% delicious and filled my lime chicken taco craving! Oh & not to mention it was totally 80 Day Obsession approved!

For the "shell" I used the Low-In-Carb wraps. You can find them here!
I added a little lettuce, feta cheese & avocado to mine! I also toasted the shell in the oven for like 3 minutes! DELICIOUS! 
 


Enjoy babe!


Chili Lime Chicken. Perfect for tacos, salads, or any kind of bowl or meal prep dish.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken breasts

1/2 cup lime juice (use fresh)

zest of 2 limes

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

Clean the chicken by removing fat, slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make them thinner and easier to cook.

In a bowl combine the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, cilantro, minced garlic, honey, salt, and chili powder. Stir to mix.

Add the chicken to the bowl and coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight.

Heat a large pan over medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place in heated pan and allow to cook about 5-7 minutes on each side or until chicken is fully cooked through. Leave in the pan extra time to blacken if desired.

Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set on cutting board to let rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 225

Sugar: 4 g

Fat: 6 g

Carbohydrates: 5 g

Protein: 35 g

Six reasons to make your bed every morning

Remembering fighting as a child on making your bed? The millions of reasons you gave not to. And the million and one reasons your mum had to! ;) She won... of course. And she was right! 
Damn it! Right again... even as an adult it often burns to see how often mom was right! 


1. Feeling of accomplishment
It may seem like a small, very easy task but it gives you an early on feeling of accomplishment. Who doesn't like easy! 

2. Increased productivity
This is a proven fact. Kinda mind blowing right. That something as simple as making your bed in the morning can lead to a totally productive day. I can totally take 5 minutes to make my bed if that means I can get more ish done. Time to slay girlfriend! 

3. Reduced stress levels
A decluttered bed makes for a decluttered space. Which leaves us with less stress and anxiety. Ever notice how the more "stuff" around you, the more "stuff" out of place, that more stressed out the more not in control you feel?

4. Your room will instantly look cleaner
Clean means happy, right?! Plus, in a smaller bedroom a messy bed can totally take away from everything and cause the whole room to look messy AF. Honor your space and make your bed everyday. 

5. Developing good habits
A good morning routine is magic. Ever heard of the morning miracle? Yes its a book but a lifestyle too. Each morning my alarm goes off and before I even open my eyes I feel myself a few different affirmations. This has become habit, then falls in my pre workout, workout, posting, etc.... 
Something as small as making your bed in the morning, teaching your child that habit can help them lead to productive days! 

6. Creating a retreat
For me, my room is my office and 99% of the time if i choose to work in my office I sit on my bed. If my bed is unmade then I'm way more likely to crawl into into it. Which, hi... not productive! But not only that in general our bedrooms after often where we go to fully relax at night, to unwind. And that's best done in a retreat like space. Making your bed made will make you look forward to crashing in that area each night! Not that we adults don't already! Its just way more enjoyable with a pretty made bed!

 



Will you start this routine?
Want more info on a full morning routine that will help lead you to success? 

zucchini Chips

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LIKE CHIPS! 

 


Pretty sure everyones hand just went up. Who doesn't enjoy a few chips? And come late afternoon, after work or after school for the kids we really want those chips. Or a snack! But if you are here, reading my blog I assume that you want to be healthy too. But don't worry girlfriend, I got your back! Healthy chips! That are totally 21 day fix approved! 

 

ingredients: 
2 large zucchini, very thinly sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 225F, place zucchini slices in one layer between paper towels to help draw out liquid. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place zucchini slices on baking sheets. Brush zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 2 hours or until crispy!!

 



 CONTAINERS:
 1 GREEN
 1/2 TSP.  
RECIPE FROM THE FIXATE COOKBOOK 

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad

Mixing different channeling flavors is one of my favorite things. You never really know how it will taste. This tasty Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with a poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness!

 


When I first found this recipe I thought it looked good, then I was second guessing it. Would those flavors really mix well together? And do I truly want a try a recipe that has a semi unhealthy dressing? 

The answer was yes. Because its a lifestyle change and becuase I'm trying to branch out and try new things. Not be super boring with my plain salads + chicken and lemon juice dressing. I like simple but switching it up can be fun! 

Plus learning to cook is one of my most recent goals! (Even if this isn't "cooked" I'm counting it as a win!)


Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2-4 TBSP dried cranberries
  • 2-4 TBSP roasted sunflower seeds (I used unsalted)
  • black pepper, to taste (optional)

POPPY SEED RANCH DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk (extra if desired)
  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

     

    Instructions

  • Start with the dressing (skip if using premade)
  • Ranch dressing always tastes it’s absolute best made ahead of time. Whisk and chill for a few hours before serving or make things simple by tossing it together the night before.
  • Peel 1 clove of garlic, then smash and mince it into a paste.
  • Season with salt.
  • Combine salted garlic paste with remaining dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  • Pop in the fridge to chill for a few hours for flavors to set.
  • Wash + dry spinach.
  • Combine with broccoli, blueberries, dried cranberries, avocado, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds.
  • Toss with dressing and serve.
  • Season with black pepper, to taste.

    Notes:  I made mine smaller amounts. I did 2 cups of the veggie mix and sprinkled on the toppings! 

Best Ever Zucchini Cheesy Bread

Oh. My. Gosh. 

Legit, brace yourself for the most delicious, guilty free recipe you've ever enjoyed! Seriously, I mean that. I didn't expect to love these just as much as I do. But I could eat them nonstop! You can't even taste the zucchini.

If you are like me pizza is one of your favorite meals but always kills your stomach! And no enjoyment is worth massive pain later on! Or maybe you just don't want to trade a treat (or yellow container) for some breadsticks! 

Either way, I got your back girlfriend! Try these & thank me later! 



INGREDIENTS

  • 3 medium zucchini (Mine came out to be about 2.5-3 cups shredded) 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • Marinara, for dipping

 

DIRECTIONS
 

  • Preheat oven to 425º and line a baking sheet with parchment. On a box grater or in a food processor, grate zucchini. Using cheesecloth or a dish towel, wring excess moisture out of zucchini.
  • Transfer zucchini to a large bowl with eggs, garlic, oregano, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined.
  • Transfer “dough” to prepared baking sheet and pat into a crust. Bake until golden and dried out, 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella, crushed red pepper flakes, and parsley and bake until cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  • Slice and serve with marinara.
    Want a homemade, delicious and approved marinara? Check out this recipe for Grandma's Tomato Sauce! 
     


And enjoy! Totally guilty free! I know this will become a staple in our house! How about yours!?

8 tips for a better tomorrow

Organization is key to a success, stress free week!


 

Did you know I LOVE to plan and organize. Almost to a beyond normal point?

I’ll be the first to admit it, and have no shame in it, that I am a bit over the top with planning and organization. You know why? Because I don’t waste hours a week searching for things like the car keys, my purse, a piece of jewelry, the perfect shoes, etc. Or Stressing about meals, packing a last second lunch, trying to fit everything in or trying to pick an outfit. I plan it all in advance.

Because I have a system. Or many of them! And here I’m going to teach you a bit about them all! If one in particular catches your attention reach out! I’d love to chat more about it. Organization and making the process as smooth as possible is a passion of mine! And I hope to make it one of yours!

So let’s get right into this! Enough chatting from me!

Tip One: I have a little nightly routine! I don’t know about you but I just function better when everything is put away and in place. Now this may take a little work at first, sometimes everything doesn’t have a “home” aka a storage place. But it needs one! So take some time! Figure out a nice, neat storage place for everything.

Then every night before bed quickly go around and put everything back into its place! No shoes left laying in the dining room, no random water cup by the chair.

And you don’t have to do this alone, make it part of your kids bedtime routine too, start them early! A quick pick up of their toys, while you pick up the rest of the house can be great! Plus teach a good habit, young!

One area I make sure is PERFECT nightly is my office. Makes for a much smoother morning when I start working.

2. Pick up the Kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of your home, right?
Be sure the dishes are done, the dishwasher is at least running, if not empty for the next day. This way you can just load them in and not feel like you are leaving a mess at home when you head to work! This will make breakfast and dinner much smoother!  

Plus, you’ll just feel good coming home to a clean kitchen!

3.  Make a to do list!

On Sunday’s I like to do a “brain dump”! A list of everything I need to get done that week, this is normally a pretty long list! Then each night before bed I break it up into a few things for the following day. Or better yet, I like truly like to plan each day on Sunday.  What “extra” task I’ll be taking on for work and for personal life. This way I avoid ending up with too much on my plate in one day. Or truly attempt to!

I always put the most important things on Monday, and least important on Friday. If something gets left off on Friday 99% of the time it's okay waiting for the following week. It’s not a big deal!

Any paper will work, of course, but I find the cuter the paper the more fun it is to use! Which in turn makes me more productive!


Each morning I will check the list quickly to remind me what I need to do. Then I do the most daunting thing first. I learned this lesson from “Eat That Frog” check it out! It’s a great book!

Then nightly I cross everything off I’ve done or who I am kidding, I do this a few times a day! I jut feels so good! Hopefully everything is off the list at the end of the evening! If not, I simply carry something over to the following day but put a big number one by it, as a reminder it is the most important.


4.  Plan your outfits!

This has to be my favorite! And to me, the most fun! Every Sunday I plan my outfits! My everyday clothing wear/work wear. And my workout clothing.

Tip: Don’t only plan 5 work outfits, plan 6 or 7! Give yourself a backup incase you aren’t feeling something that morning!

I plan the full outfit, from top to shoes and jewelry! I put them in two piles in my closet or you could leave them on hangers all together, whatever you like best/have room for! The night before I lay out each outfit on my vanity for a quick check. Workout outfit and then daily.

No more running around looking for your favorite tank top, your spanks ;) or even the right watch.

Tip: Make Mondays outfit your most favorite! Makes getting up/ready on Monday a tad easier!

5. Meal Plan/Meal Prep!

It would be too long to give you every meal prep tip in the book right now. But prep your meals!

A few quick tips:
-prep lunches for everyday of the week, for you, your kids, your husband, etc. Morning time saver. You simply open the fridge, grab the food and put in the lunch box. Tada. Time saved. Money saved and calories saved! ;)

-Chop all your veggies on Sunday. If you know you are having a chicken stir fry be sure the peppers, broccoli, zucchini, etc is cut up in advance. This will make dinners much smoother and easier after work. Which in turn will save money and calories because you won’t eat out nearly as much! Or wasting food!

-Put your meat into portion sized bags! Saves time, saves money and is easy AF.

-Put smoothie/shake fruit into a baggie and freeze. Easy to grab and toss into the blender with not measuring!

6. Gather and prepare things you’ll need to take out the door in the morning.

Be sure all bags are packed, rather it’s the kids backpacks or your bag for work. Maybe treats your taking to school for the kids or to work for you or your spouse. Put as much as possible by the door at the night. If you can load it into the car the night before, ever better! (Be sure to lock your car doors!)

The worst thing is running around looking for your paperwork you took home to work on and can’t find it! That leads to a stressful morning which could turn your day stressful. No one wants that!

Be sure you have a central location for your keys and  make sure that they are placed here nightly!

7. Lay out morning needs.

Prep out your pre workout, shake stuff, blender, lunch boxes with anything warm already inside!

Simply putting these things on the counter the night before can save time morning. No searching for Johnny's lunch box. No knocking everything out of the cupboard searching for the pre workout.

8. Get a full, good night of sleep. Head to bed early.

It’s proven that a person who gets little sleep functions similar to a drunk person. NUTS, right?! Be sure to get enough sleep. Nothing makes you feel better or more positive/productive than a good night's rest.

Do these tips for a full 8 days and let me know how it has helped you! I’m sure it will! Any tips I’ve missed? Share them with us! I’m always up for learning and becoming more organized/productive.

Healthy isn't boring!

Comfort Food Done Healthily!


Who doesn't relate a big spaghetti dinner with comfort food? I'm pretty sure we do. 
Family, pasta, meat balls, that homemade sauce! The memories come flooding back. And you want to re-embrace those feelings! 

But we want to do it without all those calories, carbs and stomach aches ;) Which I can help you with today! 

Homemade turkey meatballs, homemade tomato sauce, and zoodles! To. Die. For. Seriously. 

Tip: I prep the meatballs and sauce on Sunday. The meatballs I make and freeze!The sauce makes a lot! We normally get three meals out of it for three people! Plan ahead for that in your meal planning/prep! Do this meal, some chicken parm over spaghetti squash and maybe an open face meatball sub! Or others, just some suggestions! 

Alright, now to the good stuff! Recipe time! 


Grandma’s Tomato Sauce

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste, no salt added
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 cans (28-oz) whole peeled tomatoes, crushed or pureed in blender or food processor
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 (3-oz) Parmesan (or parmigiano) cheese rind
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not let tomato paste burn.
  4. Add wine; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, agave, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
  6. Add cheese rind; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  7. Add basil; mix well.

    Homemade Italian Meatballs

    Serves: 10 Prep Time: 30 min. Cooking Time: 25 min.

    Ingredients:

    Nonstick Cooking Spray

    1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

    1/4 cup reduced fat (2%) milk (or unsweetened almond milk)

    2 tsp. olive oil

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    2 lbs. raw ground 93% lean ground turkey breast

    2 large eggs

    1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

    2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

    1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

    1/2 tsp. Sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

    1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

    4 cups (Grandma’s Tomato Sauce, optional to serve with)

    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

    Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coated with cooking spray. 

    Place bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl. Set aside; soak for 10 minutes.

    Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat.

    Add onion; cook stirring frequently for 5 to 6 minutes or until onion is translucent.

    Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

    Combine onion mixture, turkey, eggs, parsley, cheese, oregano, salt, pepper, and bread crumb mixture in a large bowl; mix well with clean hands or a wooden spoon. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.

    With clean hands, form turkey mixture into approximately 42 1-inch meatballs; arrange onto prepared baking sheet.

    Bake for 13 to 18 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

    Serve topped with Grandma’s Tomato Sauce (optional).

    Container Equivalents: 2 Green, 1 Red, 1/2 Blue


    Now for the EASY AF part!  Zoodles!

    Ingredients:
    2 or 3 Zuchanni's

    Directions:
    1. Grind with a zoodle maker
    2. Put in a microwave safe bowl
    3.  Microwave for 1 minute, check. Add 30 seconds each time until noddles are "Soft".

    I did a taste test and at 2 minutes mine were done! 

    Enjoy! & report back if you're obsessed with this recipe too! 

Spring Veggie Basil Pasta Dish

Comfort food for the win! 
 

My pasta cravings were getting to me bad. Like so bad. And I couldn't let it go over board because we both know what would happen then. Binge eating. Remember girl, everything is okay in moderation! And even better when you work it in GF to please your body. Unless that's just me! 

This meal is delicious and super easy, totally perfect for that busy night after a long day. It takes 30 minutes max to get it to the table. With very little cutting and chopping. Now that's my kinda of meal! 

Directions: 

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Slice top off 1 head of garlic; place in a small glass bowl. Add 3 tbsp water and drizzle with olive oil. Cover and microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes. Test tenderness with a fork; if not soft, re-cover and microwave at 50% for 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Squeeze cloves into a mini chopper. Add 12 oz thin linguine to boiling water and cook 6 minutes (1 minute less than al dente). Add 8 oz trimmed and halved sugar snap peas, 1/2 bunch pencil-thin asparagus (optional), trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces, 1 large carrot (8 oz), peeled and spiral cut with the smallest spiralizer blade and 1 cup halved red grape tomatoes to pot. Cook 1 minute. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Meanwhile, add 5 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 tbsp grated Parmesan and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, mix. Toss pasta and veggies with sauce, adding some pasta water to loosen sauce (optional). Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and basil leaves.

    Optional: Choice of meat! I love adding protein to every meal. I choose steak but chicken and salmon would be delicious with this also. 

Nutrition Information:
Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 382 cal., 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 449 mg sodium, 50 g carb. (6 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 12 g pro.

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Delicious Family Favorite! 
 

 

Even the veggies hates in our family LOVE this meal! It's honestly super simple and flavor is bold! And pairs perfectly with my favorite dinner drink, white wine! 

I always serve it with a veggie, salad, green beans, asparagus and always over rice or even better
quinoa! 

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each)

Salsa

1 pound fresh tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium shallot, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 small jalapeño, cored, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

PREPARATION

Combine first 8 ingredients in a plastic bag. Add chicken; marinate at least 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from marinade; cook 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, flip chicken and add leftover marinade to pan. Cook 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cover chicken; cook 10 minutes. Divide among 4 plates; top each with 1/4 of the salsa. Serve immediately.

For Salsa

Heat oven to 400. Cover a baking tray with foil. To make salsa, spread tomatoes on tray; drizzle with oil. Add salt and pepper. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Combine tomatoes, shallots, onion, jalapeño, garlic and oregano in a bowl. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat.

 

Taco Tuesday

Who doesn't love taco Tuesday!?

This girl does! But I can't help toss in a rice bowl instead of the traditional taco's that I love so much! It's nice to mix it up! And seriously its a mega easy recipe with lots of left overs! 

Ingredients: 
Lime Juice
Cilantro
Chicken 1 cup per person (If you want left overs I suggest 2 cups per person)
Rice (following servings on box)
Black Beans ( 15 oz)
Corn (6 oz)
Lettuce (.5 cup per person)
Tomatoes (1 tomato)
Green Peppers (half a pepper)
Onions
Shredded Cheese
Greek Yogurt
Salsa

Directions: 
1- Cook rice according to the box. 
2-Cook chicken in fry pan. Once chicken is cooked add 1/4 cup lime juice & 1t cilantro.
3-Cook beans & corn
4-Chop lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers & onions while everything cooks. 
5-Layer in bowl! Rice, beans, corn, veggies, chicken, cheese, greek yogurt, salsa. 
 

Optional: Avocado! 

For my portion Fix container followers it will break down like this!
1.5 yellow
1 green
1 red
1 blue
1 orange

And as always be sure to use your containers when you serve! 

Interested in learning more about the portion fix eating plan? Contact me here, I'll be happy to chat!