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Grain Free Granola

This particular recipe is trouble. I put this grain free granola together from a combination of ideas in a effort to get my little girl with food allergies some extra healthy fats into her diet. I was thinking this could be great!

So Many Ideas and Options

-It could be cold and in coconut milk like cereal

-It could be reheated like oatmeal

-It could be eaten dry and straight from the oven like granola

-It could be added to Greek Yogurt (for those that can tolerate dairy)

See?! It really is so versatile and could be such a great alternative to processed and chemical laden foods, right? Are you starting to think that maybe we have had a hang up with this? You are correct. I can not stay out of it. There you have it. I’m only “allowed” to make it every once in awhile because otherwise I just can’t stop eating it!

You must give it a try. Whether you have food allergies or not. It’s GOOD. If your family does have food allergies, what is nice about the recipe is that you can mix in about anything you want! This started out as a recipe with almonds, oats and butter and has evolved a bunch over the years as we have lost “safe” foods. So feel free to change it up! (I only had the idea to add blueberries because we had frozen blueberries that I needed to use. And the banana chips again were something I had in our cabinet and needed to use.)

grain free granola

Mix the dry ingredients

grain free granola

Melt the wet ingredients until bubbly (stir constantly)

grain free granola

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients

grain free granola

Mix together

grain free granola

Spread on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

grain free granola

Try not to eat all of it lol

Grain Free Granola

Dry Ingredients:

-3 cups coconut flakes

-1/2 cup ground flax

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-1 cup dried banana chips

-1 cup shredded coconut

-1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1 cup sunflower seeds

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl

Wet Ingredients:

-2/3 cup maple syrup

-1/4 cup coconut sugar

-4 Tbsp sunbutter

-1 Tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions: Melt all wet ingredients in a small saucepan.  Stir constantly and remove from heat when bubbly. Pour over dry ingredients and stir. Spread entire mixture on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

Let cool. This recipe can be stored in the freezer.  I just get it out and reheat it a little and eat it warm.

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

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

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

I keep reading information over and over again touting the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. What is also interesting is the more I ask about it, the more I have friends say that they are thinking about trying it too. It seems like several of us are becoming more conscious and concerned with trying to take control of our own health in a more natural way. Another common comment I have been hearing people say is that they have heard about it and that their grandparents swore by drinking it every day. There must be something to this

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

I discovered it when looking for natural ways to help with reflux. I have had an ongoing battle with this (which is annoying) and I can’t stand the thought of taking the prescribed medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for modern medicine when needed but in conjunction with some natural help too if possible. I tried taking the medicines, they absolutely make me feel worse. So, I was really stuck.

That was when I found that Apple Cider Vinegar has a seemingly endless list of things that it is supposed to help with. For example: reflux, weight loss, digestion, detox…I could really go on and on.

I had no clue what I was doing and started taking 2 Tbsp like a shot during times of desperation with my reflux. I have since come to find out that drinking it straight is a BIG no-no. Go figure. I have tried several different combinations and recipes and I have finally found a favorite! And trust me, there were some bad ones too. You may think the shot was terrible, but at least it got it over with faster. Some of these made my teeth started hurting and I was cringing even thinking about it. This particular mix is one that I am actually looking forward to (which seems crazy but I’ll take it).

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

It’s packed with good things! I use local honey on purpose in an attempt to control my allergies and some lemon juice for extra detox benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Ingredients:

1.) 1/2 oz cherries or other berries in season

2.) 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with “the mother”)

3.) 1 tsp Honey (I use local honey for the allergy benefits)

4.) Squirt of lemon juice

5.) Ice

6.) Water

Directions:

Place cherries or berries in the bottom of your cup. Add the ACV, honey and lemon juice and take a spoon and mash it all together. Add water and ice.

*feel free to experiment with different amounts of berries and ACV. I wanted this to pack a punch, which is why it has the 2 Tbsp in one drink.  You could totally add more fruit!

This recipe was inspired by: Berry Lemon Apple Cider Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

I have a few favorite foods that are absolutely not “clean eating” and would also not be considered healthy in most opinions. (Pictures of pizza, chips, chocolate and ice cream are floating through my head right now) I’m not hating on these foods by any means. If I had the ability to be a moderator with my food, then by all means I would eat these! Moderation, however is not my strong point. I’m more of a person where eating a little turns into me going crazy and having to spend several days getting back on track. It’s not good.

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

BUT….what if we can start making healthy replacements for these foods that are actually not “bad” and taste good?  That would solve some problems wouldn’t it? I had been dreaming of ice cream this time. And also wondering what the heck the obsession is with Dole Whips when I decided to figure something out for me and my food allergy kiddos here!

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

I knew I wanted the base of this recipe to be frozen pineapple. I also knew I wanted to add some frozen banana to add some creamy texture. I tossed in strawberries because I needed to use them before they went bad. Enter the idea for Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream. Are you getting the picture that this is an EASY recipe? Because it was! And it was so good. I even had kid approval with this one. (They are picky little rascals sometimes)

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I probably used about 2 cups)

2.) Frozen Bananas (I used 2)

3.) Strawberries (I used about 1 cup)

4.) Unsweet Milk of choice (I used approx 1/2-1 cup unsweet vanilla coconut milk)

Directions:

Just blend all ingredients until smooth. I had to stop the blender a few times and scrape the mix back down the sides.

I loved it right away as soft serve, but you could absolutely place the mix in the freezer and eat it later with making actual scoops.

21 Day Fix Equivalents: it may not be perfect, but I would measure 1 purple container and count it as that too. 

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

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Eat Clean Meal Plan 5

My personal meal plans are in the process of evolving along with me. So, you may see tweaks and changes each week as I continue to experiment.

But as always I will be following my usual guidelines for meal planning.

Must be easy.

Must not use a bunch of crazy ingredients.

Must not make me want to throw all of my pots and pans through the window when meal prep is over.

You know, those things that keep me from absolutely loosing it.

I have gotten in over my head with some meal plans where I absolutely feel the need to break something after. It’s really not pretty. So, knowing what I know…I generally keep my own meal plans in check. I have a few MAIN recipes and the rest I sort of keep the same.

Less work in the kitchen equals a happier Jenn. I am already in there way too much as is.

Eat clean meal plan 5

Eat Clean Meal Plan 5

Eat clean meal plan 5

Lunch:

Fiesta Lime Chicken

Dinners:

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Barbacoa

Chicken Enchilada Chili

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Enjoy! I know I did. A few things were changed along the way, but overall it was a good week!

Barbacoa

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Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

For someone who used to separate all foods as a child and of course save my absolute favorites for last…this is a big step! I am actually loving all in one meals where you get all of your food jammed into one mix.

I am going for quick, easy and no crazy ingredients here.  Let’s be honest, if it gets too involved chances are I might try it but I will never make it again.  And we want recipes that we will eat again, right? This is one of my new favorites and it was actually a happy accident.  I was making something else and realized that I had several veggies that I need to use like yesterday.  So, in an effort to make my husband happy I used them.  I’m thinking this could be a great protein packed egg free breakfast idea! (Now, I am a person that could eat cheeseburgers for breakfast but that’s beside the point).

Turkey Sweet Potato hash

Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:

1.) 2 lbs ground turkey

2.) 1 large sweet potato, peel and cube

3.) approx 4 cups Brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half

4.) 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

5.) 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

6.) extra virgin olive oil

7.) sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in cooking pan of choice on the stovetop  (I used a wok).  Add veggies to the pan with heated oil and cook until potatoes are ready. While veggies are cooking, add ground turkey to a separate pan and cook until “done”.  Add the turkey to the veggie pan and add any salt and pepper to taste.

* this is a large recipe, you can easily cut it down!

Optional Additions:

-Chipotle seasoning

-Diced avocado

-Shredded Mozzarella cheese

21 Day Fixers: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue (if you use an optional avocado or cheese addition)

You can measure this one out using your containers.

Paleo: To all my fellow clean eaters out there, this works! It’s real food and Paleo Friendly.

Turkey Sweet Potato hash

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Why do I stray from the plan?? I have no idea.  But I can tell you this: the weeks that I go into with know clue what we are going to eat do not end well for any of us.  I spend more at the grocery, we eat random things, we snack too much and at the end of the week I’m never quite sure what the heck we just did.  It’s ugly.

On the flip side, when I start the week with a plan it is completely different.  I am not wondering what the heck I am going to cook.  I am not snacking while trying to figure out what to eat (because I am so hungry).  And here is the big one, I spend less at the grocery because I only purchased what I know we need rather than purchase several items that I MIGHT need to use.  It’s a big difference.

So, here we go.  Another week of planning ahead and trying to keep this crazy family on track with clean eating.  I of course felt like it was time to bring back the chili lime chicken fajita salad lol.  One of my favorites!

Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Recipe Sources

Lunch: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad (I use honey instead of brown sugar in the marinade)

Dinners:

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Chicken Enchialda Soup

Shrimp Sausage Skillet

Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Clean eating meal plan #1

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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.

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Clean Eating Meal Plan 3

I’m loving having a plan for the days to come! Do you find that you mindlessly graze while actually cooking? It doesn’t help anything when I am hungry, trying to stay on track AND trying to figure out what the heck to eat. Bad combination. I reach for whatever is available which tends to not be the best choices.

I’m enjoying have meal plans put together to keep me on track. But, I am also happy to share them with you all. My goals with these meal plans are to follow clean eating rules as much as possible. You will find that they closely resemble Paleo meal plans and even can evolve into 21 Day Fix meal plans. What does this mean? While they may not be perfection, for the most part they are clean and real food ingredients for you to try! Paleo means that it is more of a grain free version of clean eating (working toward less beans) and 21 Day Fix throws portion control into the mix. If you are looking for specific support with the 21 Day Fix, don’t hesitate to contact me. That is one of the main things I do!

Well, without further talking from me…here is my clean eating meal plan 3. Enjoy!

Clean Eating Meal Plan 3

Clean Eating Meal Plan 3

The Recipes:

Lunch: Loaded Veggie Salad with Chickpeas and Black Beans

Monday Dinner  Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole + shredded chicken

Tuesday Dinner  White Chicken Chili

Wednesday Dinner Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Thursday Dinner  Barbacoa Taco Bowls

Friday Dinner… Your choice!

And there you have it! I know some like to follow meal plans exactly while others like a little freedom. I have several friends who follow these more over a two week span rather than one. I currently run a 5 day clean eating jump start group every single month complete with meal plan and workouts. Would you like to join? You are welcome to come and enjoy the new recipes and participate however you are comfortable. Just email me and we can get you in there! (jennfehrenbacher@gmail.com)

–must not be currently working with a coach, I don’t want to step on any toes!

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Eat Clean Meal Plan 2

I learned a tough lesson last week. I had just completed one round of the 21 Day Fix and I wanted some freedom. I thought that I could handle just eating Paleo and being able to control my portions. It just didn’t happen. Period. I had a road trip added into the mix with a lot of driving in just a few days and it was just more than I could handle.

While it’s disappointing, I at least KNOW what I need to do. And that is a very big step for me. So, it is back to the 21 Day Fix for me this week. I’ve got my tracker app reset and my containers back out. Once I finally decided to get my containers back out, I realized that I am actually at peace with it. It is what it is. I FEEL better when I’m doing it. I am proud of myself for not giving up and I know it works. Simple as that.

Meal planning is a big part of keeping me on track. I have food to eat and different ideas so that I am not left wandering what to cook and eating chips while I’m wandering. You know how you just feel better about things when you have a plan?

Here is my eat clean meal plan 2 for you to try out. I loved the healthier version of General Tsos Chicken from Beachbody. Great over cauliflower rice!

Eat Clean Meal Plan 2

Eat clean meal plan 2

Recipe Links:

Mexican Brown Rice Bake

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl

Healthier General Tsos Chicken

Lunch: Greek Chicken Bowl

Come join me on the 21 Day Fix journey! We can do this together.  Don’t hesitate to contact me about joining in on my next round.  The plan is laid out for you and I will help with the support and the food plans!

21 Day Fix plan

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Jenn Fehrenbacher