*/ function add_hellobar_script() { echo "https://my.hellobar.com/700953f9c3241f8bedad3017a5fc701e97531247.js"; } add_action( 'wp_footer', 'add_hellobar_script'); function add_content_upgrade_script( $atts ) { $id = $atts['id']; echo "

window.onload = function() {hellobar('contentUpgrades').show(${id});};

"; } add_shortcode('hellobar_content_upgrade', 'add_content_upgrade_script'); ?>

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

It feels good to be back on my little life journal here! I had gotten so frustrated with dealing with silly issues on my blog (hackers). It really had me just disappointed in general. But, as time has passed I have been thinking more and more about my little baby here. And I miss it!

Here is what I have to share with you today. In true Jenn style, I have another accidental recipe that I ended up loving! We had gotten home late from soccer and I was desperately trying not tin stuff my face with chips and makes some GOOD and healthy decisions. I also had no clue what I was going to make because I was really hungry (you know, right then) and also low on food options at the house. Enter ground beef, romaine lettuce and my new favorite ranch seasoning! And honestly my husband came home and he loved the ranch ground beef (darn it…that meant he was going to eat it too. I should have made more but I didn’t have any more meat). Give this a try and see how versatile this beef is!

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Ingredients

1.) 1 lb Lean Groun Beef

2.) 1 yellow onion, diced

3.) 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning

Directions

Add ground beef and diced onion to a pan or wok on stovetop with 2 Tbsp of ranch seasoning.  Cook meat until it is cooked through

Uses

Wraps: place on romaine lettuce leaves with avocado and mustard

Salad: place on salad greens and veggies to make a burger salad

Tortilla: my non Paleo husband wrapped his in a tortilla, added cheese and cooked it in our quesadilla maker

21 Day Fix: Red, Green (Avocado or cheese would add a blue and any tortillas would be yellow)

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links where should you purchased throuh them I may earn a small commsion (at no cost to you). Thank you so much! This I should now I keep my blog up and running. 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

It was my turn to make the meal plan for our monthly 5 day clean eating jump start last month. I had several recipes that I was excited about including but was struggling to find some meat free or vegetarian recipes to include for the Friday. Honestly it was a good excuse for me to lay off the meat sources of protein. I think we all have certain recipes and foods that we gravitate toward and my meal plans tend to be a bit meat heavy lol. But hey, that’s why we take turns. Each one of us has different tastes and opinions and by changing it up, we are always trying something new!

I came across an avocado toast recipe on Pinterest and while it was not one of my typical recipe choices, I decided to save it. When I actually got around to making a version of it, I added my own changes and worked with ingredients I wanted to use and OH.MY.GOODNESS. So easy and sooooo good. I ended up skipping the dinner in the meal plan for that night and made it again. And then I ate it Saturday too. You just really can’t beat how simple it was as well as flavorful. Give it a try and see what you think!

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

1.) Wasa Crackers (I just used the multi grain package)

2.) Hummus (I used Sabra brand Roasted Red Pepper)

3.) Cucumber slices

4.) Guacamole (I used Wholly Guacamole)

5.) Cherry Tomatoes cut in half

Directions:

Just layer each item as listed in the ingredients: wasa cracker, layer of hummus, layer cucumbers, layer I feel guacamole, and some cherry tomatoes on top.

See! It really was that easy. And you could really change the flavors up if you wanted. There are different flavor options available for several of the ingredients.

An here is the original recipe

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

21 Day Fix:

While I did not measure this out for 21 Day Fix equivalents at the time, I think it is possible to do! You would count your wasa crackers and hummus as yellow, the veggies as green, and the guacamole as blue.

Disclaimer: This blog contains affiliate ads where should you purchase through them I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thank you so much, that is how I keep this blog up and running!

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

We had our most recent meeting with my daughter’s nutritionist a few days before Chirstmas. And I have to be honest, I just finally got around to processing all of the information. We have been working since May to HEAL her little body. A little background is that we have been battling severe eczema and food allergies since she was 2 months old. And while food allergies stink, that darn eczema is more of a daily misery for her.

On the suggestion from some friends, we got her on a waitlist for a functional medicine team. They have been working with us in an attempt to heal her body from the inside out basically. What this means for her as far as eating is a super clean diet. Basically unprocessed or minimally processed, clean foods. Think meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and some grains. So…no dyes, additives, refined sugar, gluten etc. I will be honest, at times it has been tough for all of us (for so many reasons, a lot of them emotional). I can truly sympathize with those who have to basically change their lifestyle over for one reason or another. It’s hard.

But, finally this fall we turned a corner. She is getting better.  The before and after pictures are pretty amazing actually. I can see her sweet little face without red sores and wounds covering it. She hasn’t had an infection since this summer. And she feels better. The proof that there just might be something to healthy living and unprocessed diets is written all over her face (literally).

This most recent appointment brought some new information to us. We have some items to change and start including, but also some to exclude. It looks like she is going to have to give up all grains for awhile which means the loss of one of her few treats (Enjoy Life snack bars). This was definitely a mental setback for us. Not that she has to have them, it’s just nice to have one thing that is easy that she thinks is a treat. Oh well, time to move on and work around it.

Homemade snack bar recipe

The nutritionist and I decided to start researching home made nut free Larabar style snacks.  A Larabar is an awesome product that is made of natural ingredients and sweetened with items such as dates and fruit. We unfortunately can not purchase them due to food allergies.  I found two recipes that included items that I wanted to use as a starting place. What I found is that these bars are easy to make! Several of the ingredients seem like they can be changed or modified to make it work for you needs. For example, in my daughter’s case we needed to add some very specific items (like fats). We are really trying to pack a punch into these little treats. So, if you want less of a caloric load…feel free to omit items or lesson them.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.) 1.5 cups dates

-it helps to soak dates in water first for 10-15 minutes

2.) 1 cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)

3.) 1/4 c pumpkin seeds

4.) 1/4 c sunflower seeds

5.) 2 tbsp chia seeds

6.) 1 tbsp ground flax

7.) 1 cup shredded coconut

8.) 1 tsp cinnamon

9.) 2 tbsp coconut oil

10.) 1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut flour

11.) chocolate chips (optional, we buy these)

**we are trying to add healthy fats into her diet which is the reason for the coconut oil.  I added a bit of coconut flour to thicken the bars.  Always start with less coconut flour and add it a little at a time.  It takes the moisture out of things quickly…you could omit both of these items and be fine!

Directions

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the dates until smooth.  I leave a little water with them from soaking (it seems like it helps while processing them).  Next add items 2-9 and process until smooth.  Add the coconut flour as directed above a little at a time and process.  Remove mix from food processor and stir in any chocolate chips.

Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper or press n seal and flatten the mix into the bottom of the pan.  This was enough for more than one layer, so add more lining right on top and press the remaining in. Freeze for 2 hours and then cut into bars. I cut those in half and wrapped them separately and put in a freezer bag.  Store in freezer.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade snack bar recipe

These are so versatile, so experiment! I want to make some with fruit next. These bars are based in the original recipe from www.nutfreepaleo.com

Homemade snack bar recipe

 

 

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links where should you purchase through them, I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thank you! This is how I keep my blog up and running. 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Salsa Unstuffed Pepper Soup

It’s almost October and that means we are working hard to get our next meal plan for the 5 Day Clean Eating Junp Start Group finalized and perfected. This also means that I have been experimenting in the kitchen and spending way too much time on Pinterest. (Really, I’m in trouble for internet usage right now 😁)

There are so many great recipes and ideas out there, it’s hard to choose!  Sometimes I pick one and it is a complete flop when I make it and then sometimes I find an idea and run with it. I’m in the mood for fall and I’m looking for pumpkin and soup recipes. I found this recipe and knew it was going to be a good one! It has 21 Day Fix recipe written all over it!

Salsa unstuffed pepper soup

Zach will love this one…it uses a bunch of his garden produce!

I know we are all busy and looking for ways to limit our time in the kitchen. There are a few ways you could make this soup depending on your schedule. After making this myself with a few tweaks, I would definitely recommend cooking the rice and just keeping it separate from the soup. When I make soup, I tend to make extra and eat leftovers. The first time I ate this, it was great! The second time, it tasted good but the rice had absorbed almost all of the juice. No longer soup at this point. It was a tasty stew. I also think from a 21 Day Fix standpoint, it’s going to be easier for me anyway to keep the rice separate and just measure my yellow container and then add it when eating.

Salsa unstuffed pepper soup

Salsa Unstuffed Pepper Soup

Ingredients:

1.) 1 pound ground meat (beef or venison)

2.) 2 Bell Peppers, chopped

3.) 1 onion, chopped

4.) 2 cups rice

5.) 1 quart vegetable broth

6.) 1 quart salsa

7.) 1 can or pint diced tomatoes

8.) 1 can tomato sauce

9.) salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.) Brown the ground meat along with the peppers and onions in a large stockpot (this could be a great make ahead portion during meal prep to use later), drain any fat from the mix

2.) Cook the rice according to directions (you could also do this during a meal prep and save it in the fridge)

3.) Add ingredients 5-8 to the meat and vegetable mix along wo the rice and continue to heat (when it was warm, I added salt and pepper to taste)…simmer for 20 minutes

–in the future I will measure my rice and add it to each bowl when I’m ready to eat (I just think that’s a little easier with the yellow container)

–if you want to turn this into a sort of fix it and forget it, when I was finished cooking the meat and veggies, I added all of that to a crockpot with the remaining ingredients and let it continue to cook.  I didn’t want to continue watching it (#imlazy 😜)

Salsa unstuffed pepper soup

See…this is where I messed up. It was great this first time! I think in the future, if I use the crockpot…I will again not add the rice especially if I plan to eat it for several meals

Optional Toppings:

1.) Avocado (1/4 avocado = Blue container)

2.) Greek Yogurt (measure using Red container)

3.) Shredded Cheese (measure using Blue container)

4.) Tamed sliced Jalepenos (measure using green container)

 

21 Day Fix Containers: Red, Green, Yellow

Here is what I did: I measured 2 Green containers of soup, and then added 1/4 Avocado and diced Jalepenos to the top. I counted it as 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue (mixed together meals can be tricky, this is why I’m going to keep the rice separate next time and specifically measure it with a yellow container)

Salsa unstuffed pepper soup

You can find the original recipe here: Stuffed Pepper Soup

 

Disclaimer: this blog contains affiliate ads where should you purchase through them, I may receive a small commission. This is how I keep my blog up and running. Thank you so much!

Jenn Fehrenbacher

5 Quick And Easy 21 Day Fix Meals

So you are ready to eat clean. Or you started the 21 Day Fix and the first week was awesome! You are making progress. At the beginning you had all of this great motivation to cook and try new recipes and take extra time in the kitchen to make your healthy meals. And then, real life happened. You got busy or overwhelmed. Or maybe you just became stinking tired of spending soooo much time in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning up after. (That’s me)

Kitchen

Is there a way to find some kind of balance? Is there way to have it all? Meaning can you eat clean, healthy meals without spending endless hours preparing all of it as well as dealing with the aftermath in your sink and on your counters? I think there is a way. It starts with setting aside a chunk of time to meal prep. I have a day where I will spend 1-2 hours cooking most of my staples for the week. It gets easier and faster the more times you do this, I promise. I cook meat and vegetables and then wash and cut any fruit and raw vegetables. You can check this post out for my exact steps for clean eating meal prep. It is one of my most popular guides. And I keep it simple!

Here is the big question though…what do you do with the food? For example, is there a way to turn your meal prepped food into several different recipes throughout the week? Ladies and gentleman, yes there is. I am going to share with you some of my recipe breakthroughs. I like to call them 5 minute meals. My goal for these was to basically use food that I already had around the house and repurpose it into a tasty meal in 5 minutes.

And for all of my 21 Day Fix friends out there, you are going to love this. Simple meals AND simple portion measuring. No guesswork with your container amounts here. No casseroles to figure out (😁😜). The containers used for these recipes are straight forward. Clean eaters, I’ve got you covered too. Here are my 5 favorites so far. Enjoy!

5 Quick And Easy 21 Day Fix Meals

1.) Fiesta Lime Chicken

Fiesta lime chicken mix

 

2.) Greek Chicken Bowl

image

3.) Tuna Bacon Salad

Bacon avocado tuna

 

4.) Mexican Chicken

5 minute Mexican chicken

 

5.) Balsamic Summer Chicken Mix

Balsamic chicken, beans, and veggies

**for this one, you will have to choose what you want to use for your blue container: cheese OR avocado (or a little of both..just measure it!)

 

Are you wandering what I’m talking about with the 21 Day Fix? It  is a specific portion controlled nutrition system that takes the guesswork out of clean eating. You get a certain allotment of color coded containers daily that correspond with different types  of food. You just fill the container for your portion and that’s it. Is this something you would like more information about? Or would you like support on your journey? Contact me here, I would be happy to help!

 

Disclaimer: this blog contains affiliate ads meaning should you purchase through them I may receive a small commission. I use this to keep my blog up and running. Thanks you so much! 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Snow Peas

I never meant for this to be a recipe I shared!  We had a long day of fun and swimming and picnics…truly a Sunday Funday 😀. What that also means is that I didn’t cook at all and it was also the last thing I wanted to do when we got home.

Kids

Packing Lunches for our fun day!

I had leftover pulled pork in the refrigerator and an ice cream bucket of snow peas that my husband’s aunt was sweet enough to let us come pick….what a treat! I also had some sweet potatoes that I needed to use. So that’s what we ate.  Simple as that lol.  I decided to bake the sweet potatoes like oven fries and reheated the pork at the same time.

I happened to take one picture before I ate it because it was pretty and that was it. So, no wonderful pictures to show…nothing. But that does not do this meal justice. It was sooooo good. I knew with the first bite that I had an accidental keeper “recipe” (recipe in quotes because who am I kidding…I can’t cook, I just mix food together 😂😂).

It was this awesome mix of a bit sweet, with bites of pork…but also bites of crunchy!  The snow peas made the meal! I just barely boiled them (30 seconds) so they were super crunchy. So good! Can’t wait to make it again.

Pork  sweet Potaotes and snow peas

Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Snow Peas

Ingredients:

1.) Pulled Pork: I used leftovers, but feel free to make this on purpose!

here is a good recipe…I either use a crockpot or a roaster if I’m making the recipe even larger (that way I have plenty to save for later)

2.) Sweet Potatoes: peel and cut into “fries” or wedges

3.) Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or coconut oil)

4) Sea Salt, to taste

5.) Snow Peas: I cut the ends off and cut the pods in approximately 3 pieces

Directions:

–Pork: I had leftover pulled pork, so that was very simple. (Make extra and use it later!) But…if you need to cook your pork, get your crockpot out way early and follow the directions on that recipe to cook it.

–Sweet Potaotes: spread wedges on parchment paper lined baking sheet, toss with a bit of oil and sea salt. I baked them approximately 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes

–Snow Peas: boil water and then add your pieces of snow peas, boil for 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon (we want them crispy, not mushy)

Then mix it together….Potaotes, snow peas, pork….and then I added more snow peas because I liked them so much!

21 Day Fix Equivalents: you can make this pretty darn close to 21 Day a Fix compliant. Just measure your portions…its Red, Yellow, Green, tsp

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links where should you purchase through them, I receive a small commission. I use this to keep my blog up and running. Thank you so much! 😀

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Pan Seared Chicken

Oh my…I have started branching out by pan searing my chicken and I have to say I love it! I had really suffered through a chicken boredom spell for a while there. Which was no good considering that it is generally one of our staples over here.

Well, I was looking up how to cook steak without using the grill (hey..it was nasty outside!). I came across pan searing steak and then finishing it in the oven. I learned how to do it, loved it and felt like I was a kitchen professional (yah right..but I did feel fancy). Anyway, if it worked with steak, why not chicken? Now all of you that actually do know what you are doing in the kitchen may be thinking..duh Jenn. But hey, we are simple over here and I was excited.

Pan seared chicken

Now I am pan searing chicken like crazy and one added bonus besides it being tasty is that I don’t set the fire alarm off nearly as much as I used to! 🎉🎉. (Not good when your 2 year old knows to run and get a towel and shake it and jump up and down near the fire alarm). The steps are really pretty simple….

Pan seared chicken

Pan seared chicken

Pan Seared Chicken

Ingredients:

1.) Chicken Breasts

2.) Seasoning of choice

-sea salt and pepper

21 Day Fix Southwestern Seasoning

3.) Butter, ghee or some form of oil … I used 1-1.5 tbsp for 4 chicken breasts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season one side of your chicken breasts. Place your cooking fat of choice (butter, oil etc) into your pan and heat on med – high. When it is hot place your chicken breasts in the pan seasoned side down (it should sizzle like crazy). Add seasonings to the empty side facing up at this point. Heat for a few minutes until a bit of a crust has formed on one side and it is not sticking to the pan anymore. Flip the chicken and repeat on the second side. Cook for a few minutes and then transfer to an oven safe baking dish. Bake 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes until chicken is “done”

Pan seared chicken

This recipe is so versatile. It gives the chicken an extra kick and I love adding it to other recipes to add flavor. Or, I eat it by itself with veggies. Feel free to experiment!

21 Day Fix Equvalents: red:1 tsp:1

(use your best guess on the tsp, it may be more than one depending on how much cooking fat/oil you use)

Pan seared chicken

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links where should you purchase thru them, I earn a small commission. Thank you! This is how I keep my site up and running! 😊

Jenn Fehrenbacher

The Easiest Way to Meal Prep

I am going to share my meal prep secrets with you. And guys…it is nothing profound. But, I feel like that is the magic really. It is the one reason why I actually stick with it and actually make it work in my life. Are you ready? Here it goes……The easiest way to meal prep is to Keep it Simple.

That’s it. Trust me….whether you are just starting out or you are clean eating pro, my best advice especially for those of us who are super busy is to keep things at a level you can handle. Otherwise you will not do it.

A few weeks ago I had this grand plan to have an amazing meal prep that included several awesome new recipes. On paper…the meal plan looked wonderful. I could not wait to make and eat everything!  I got my stuff together, made a plan and about 3/4 of the way thru my meal prep…I realized that I was in the midst of a nightmare. Here I thought I was going to share all of these great steps with you all….and I will never show that one. Why? Because I will NEVER do that again. See…you have to find what YOU will actually stick with.

Easiest way to meal prep

Here is what I will stick with…simple, easy, minimal clean up. I can handle about 2 hours tops with meal prepping (including cleanup) and prefer shorter if possible. I just can’t seem to get any more involved than that. I don’t like spending money on extra ingredients that I use one time either. So, I’m going to lay out exactly what works for me and exactly how I turn these into different meals throughout the week.

The Easiest Way To Meal Prep for Clean Eating

STEP ONE

Bulk Foods:  I have three main food items I keep in mind when meal prepping MEAT, VEGETABLES, FRUIT 

This keeps meal prep short and sweet with minimal clean up and minimal thinking 😊👍🏻  But, it also gives a large amount of food to use during the week  

MEAT: I get this going first because I don’t really have to prepare it…I just start cooking

-I cook several chicken breasts at one time (at least 8) I am really liking cooking my chicken on the stovetop and I usually cook some of it in coconut aminos and then some with the 21 Day Fix southwestern seasoning. This way I have different flavors to use later.

-I also brown ground meat (venison, beef..whatever you use).  I leave this plain and use it later in the week

VEGETABLES: I start working on this next, because there is some prep work involved and some of it needs to be baked.

-Cooked: I prep the veggies I am going to bake first and then get them in the oven ASAP. This is usually baby carrots, frozen broccoli, frozen cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts (mostly items at this point that I don’t really have to do anything with as far as cutting, the Brussels sprouts are the about only item at this point I actually cut). I cook almost all of my veggies the exact same way…toss with some light olive oil and sea salt and spread out on my big trays with parchment paper and bake them in my oven. I usually bake at 400 degrees and start checking for desired “done ness” around 25 minutes.

-Raw veggies: next I will prepare any raw veggies that I may use. This would be things like bell peppers or cucumbers

FRUIT: I save fruit for last because I start cleaning and cutting it while everything else is cooking.

-Fruit: I wash and cut any fruit that I choose at this point. Strawberries, any melons, pineapples etc. Then I have fruit like bananas, apples and clementines on hand for when needed (depends on what is in season)

Easiest way to meal prep

STEP TWO

Find a way to incorporate these bulk foods into your week.  There are some meals where I actually cook them that night.  But most is made during my meal prep. I use the raw fruits and veggies for sides and snacks.  Breakfast is usually Shakeology or leftovers and here are several meal ideas for lunch and dinner.

**are you on the 21 Day Fix...perfect!  Just measure out your portions and keep it within your daily container allotment.

5 Minute Meals: Fiesta Lime Chicken, Mexican Chicken, Bacon Avocado Tuna Salad

Taco Bowl: just reheat the meat and add 21 Day Fix southwestern seasoning, use any chopped veggies you have on hand for toppings (lettuce, peppers, tomato, jalepenos), avocado, shredded cheese if desired, I have added baked cauliflower rice to this mix as well (21DF R,G,B)

Spaghetti: reheat the meat on the stovetop with spaghetti sauce, you could bake spaghetti squash during your meal prep as well (21DF: R,G)

Crockpot chili: get the crockpot out, add your desired chili ingredients and your cooked ground meat and let it do the work for you (21DF: R,G,Y if using beans)

Chicken Fajitas:I sauté some onions and peppers in my wok. And then I cut my chicken (the chicken with the southwestern seasoning) into strips and add to the mix (21DF: R,G,tsp)

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry: I use the chicken with coconut aminos, cut and reheat in my wok with the broccoli I had already baked.  I may cook some rice to add to the mix or use baked cauliflower rice that I could have made during meal prep, add some more coconut aminos when eating (21DF: R,G,tsp,Y if using rice)

Salsa Unstuffed Cabbage: (21DF: R,G)

Mexican Chicken Mix: (21DF: R, G, Y)

Chicken and Veggies: (21DF: R,G,tsp)

Loaded chicken baked potato: dice the cooked chicken and put that and broccoli on a baked potato, optional shredded cheese, Greek yogurt (21DF: R,G,tsp,Y)

Taco Salad: just reheat the meat and add 21 Day Fix southwestern seasoning, use any chopped veggies you have on hand for toppings (peppers, tomato, jalepenos), avocado and place it on lettuce (21DF: R,G,B)

Salad with chicken and veggies: lettuce, chopped veggies, and either flavor of chicken, dressing (21DF: R,G,O)

Buffalo Chicken Mix: cut chicken (southwestern seasoning) with corn, black beans, tomato, and avocado…add some Franks Hot Sauce (21DF: R,Y,B)

Taco Soup: add pre-cooked ground meat to your favorite crockpot recipe

See?  The possibilities are endless.  You must have to get creative and have an open mind!  You can do it 😊.  And remember….keep it SIMPLE.

Bacon avocado tuna

*21 Day Fix: I gave you a head start with equivalents, but it depends on what you choose to add to them!

For those who are looking for support on their 21 Day Fix journey…contact me and I will help you out!

New Year's Resolutions

*Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.  I use the commission I earn through any purchases to keep my blog up and running! 😊

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Bacon Avocado Tuna Salad

Have you ever had a type of food that you really want to be able to use and like, but just can’t seem to find a way to do it? Randomly, I feel that way about canned tuna. It’s not that I crave it or anything like that. It just seems so simple and easy to use that I feel like I would like to be able to use it (and enjoy it) in a pinch. It would be so easy when in a hurry to just open a can and have some sort of meal.

And you’re probably thinking….Jenn, eat regualar tuna salad. Super easy, right? Well…not so super easy here. I have a child severely allergic to eggs and just have not found a mayo replacement yet that I want to use. (I attempted to make coconut cream mayo. It was a complete kitchen fail for me). I have something in the back of my mind for tuna salad using avocado but have not quite gotten it down yet.

Here is what I did come up with in a stroke of genius one day. (I’m exaggerating on the genius part…my recipes from from quick “aha moments” because honestly I just make up what I do!). I had made some bacon previously and thought what isn’t good with bacon and avocado?  And that is why I decided to try tuna with it. What could it hurt?  This ended up being a tasty meal that was filling and easy to throw together. So easy…that I’m going to add it to my list of 21 Day Fix 5 Minute Meals. Bacon Avocado Tuna Salad sounds tasty right?

Bacon avocado tuna

*plan ahead tip: Make a lot of bacon at one time (I either use the oven or my grill) and then freeze it. It’s a really easy way to always have some bacon around to toss in recipes quickly without having to cook it right then.

Bacon avocado tuna Salad

Bacon Avocado Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

1.) 1 can of tuna in water

2.) 1/4 avocado chopped

3.) some bacon crumbles

4.) chopped Jalepeno (mild or tamed for me anyway) (approx 1/4 cup)

5.) diced onion (approx 1/4 cup)

6.) diced tomato (approx 1/2 cup)

7.) lime juice

Directions:

Measure your portions out using your 21 Day Fix containers and mix them together.  Add a little lime juice for an extra kick. You choose how much of each item you want to portion out.

Bacon avocado tuna

 

I like this recipe because it truly is a super simple mix together recipe.  And it is very easy to measure out with your containers.  No guesswork here like casseroles.  It is what it is.  Enjoy!

Bacon avocado tuna

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

21 Day Fix Beef Stew

I really went through an anti chicken phase there for awhile. Chicken burnout. I don’t know. Back to normal now thank goodness…but do you ever just get super bored with the food you are eating?  Don’t get me wrong…it’s good food and some of my favorite recipes. I just get really tired of them sometimes. Well, I really started craving beef stew during my chicken boredom. It’s super cold here and that just sounded really good for once. I finally got around to making it and I was very happy with it!

I did not use a recipe, so feel to improvise and add more seasoning as needed. And I made it like I make most of my soups or crockpot foods…by dumping in whatever I have and in whatever amounts I want. Not very helpful on my end I know. But, it really takes the stress out of things. I already know what I’m going to change next time. So feel free…add what you have. The secret to it is that I cooked it forever. That made the meat super soft and tender (like fall apart with a fork).

21 day fix beef stew

21 Day Fix Beef Stew

Ingredients:

1.) Beef: some type of roast in the amount you need for your family, mine was about 4 lbs

2.) Potatoes (I had some Yukon gold potatoes left from the garden, great size for this)

3.) Carrots (I had baby carrots on hand, so that is what I used)

4.) Salt, Pepper and garlic to taste

5.) Water to cover

Directions:

Trim the fat from the beef roast and place it in the crockpot. Add salt, pepper, and garlic to the meat. Then add the potatoes and carrots and cover with water. Cook on high in the crockpot for 8-10 hours (I cooked it until I could shred it with a fork)

*Next time:

I will add chopped celery and onions to the mix so that there are more vegetables in there. I wasn’t thinking and I just ran out of space in my crockpot! (Maybe I need a bigger crockpot…not sure if they make them bigger than mine though lol)

21 Day Fix: red, green, yellow

I ate this as part of a 21 Day Fix Countdown to Competition meal. So this picture below was actually red: 2, yellow: 1, green: .5

21 day fix beef stew

 

*Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links that I earn a small commission from shod you purchase through them  I use this to keep my blog up and running! 😊

 

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher