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This Giveaway starts on April 11th and will end on Sunday April 19th at 12 midnight, eastern time. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter, and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen. This Giveaway is available to everyone…that’s right…even you over there in the Maldives! (If you DO live in the Maldives, please send a ship for me, I need a vacation haha).

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Chimichurri Steak

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 This is the best steak! THE BEST STEAK! Ok, maybe it isn’t….who knows…but I was really impressed. I couldn’t believe it. I always grill or cook in a pan, its yummy…but THIS steak was amazing. I marinated it, broiled it of all things…and it was really tender…even leftover.

Today is Day 1 of my challenge group. Ok something that is super awesome…..when people start a new group or a new journey, there is only one “day 1″ usually. Sometimes you may fall off, then try again. There is something incredible about running challenge groups besides the obvious…I get to start “day one” with people every single month! I get pumped up to help them on their journey, and it keeps me going strong! Honestly, when I first started coaching I had no idea how it would go, or if it would even become anything. Even 6 months in, I wasn’t convinced I could do it, but I also didn’t put my all into it. About 4 months ago something clicked, like this is what I really want to do, and I will make it work! The second I told myself “I can do this!” I have been connecting with so many new people, and helping them reach their health and fitness goals! I am SO proud and SO impressed at all my amazing clients! One of my girls wrote me and said with the new eating plan and workouts, she lost 6 lbs her first week! Believe it or not, the support goes a long way…these groups really are the whole package. I love this!! I will stop there because I tend to ramble when I am excited about something lol. If you want to know more about my groups, come check them out! All you need to do is sign up for a free consultation!!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Don’t forget to tag or hashtag me in your creations!! :)

Chimichurri Steak
A super easy and quick way to make a deliciously tender AND healthy steak!
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Marinade
  1. Your choice of Steak (see my note below)
  2. 2 Garlic Cloves, cut in half
  3. 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 tsp Paprika
  5. 1/2 tsp Rosemary
  6. 1/2 tsp Oregano
  7. 1/2 tsp Basil
  8. 1/2 tsp Thyme
  9. 1/2 tsp Cumin
  10. Salt and Pepper
For the Chimichurri
  1. 2 Garlic Cloves
  2. 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  3. 1 Tbsp Fresh Oregano
  4. 1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary
  5. 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. First, get a good cut of beef. I got L'Entrecote, but I also do not live in America, so in the states that would be something like a Rib-Eye or any piece of meat from the rib area. It worked really well! You can also use a flank steak.
  2. In a plastic bag (or small bowl) mix together all your Marinade ingredients.
  3. Slice 4 small holes in the top of your steak, and push the garlic cloves inside the meat.
  4. Drizzle your steak with the olive oil, and season with all the seasoning. Let it sit overnight in a tightly sealed bag or Tupperware container.
  5. Remove your steak from the fridge approximately one hour before cooking, so it will get to room temp and cook evenly.
  6. When you are ready to cook your steak, move the rack in your oven to the very bottom, and turn the broiler on low.
  7. Place your steak on baking sheet, and broil for about 5 minutes until the top is browned. Flip over and broil for another 4-5 minutes until the other side is browned. This will sear your steak on the outside, and keep it tender on the inside. You can also use the meat thermometer if you prefer. It will read about 135 degrees for medium-rare, 145 degrees for medium.
  8. While your steak is cooking, use your mortar and pestle and crush up the herbs and garlic, then add the vinegar and oil. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, just use a blender and pulse-mix it all together. If you blend it until smooth it will be more of a sauce, but as you can see I left my herbs and garlic in pieces.
  9. During the last 1 minute of cooking the steak, put your Chimichurri on the top. It will add wonderful flavor to your steak that last 1 minute.
  10. Remove the steak from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes, then serve!
Notes
  1. As always, don't forget to tag @FoodIMakeMySoldier or hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier when you make one of my recipes! I love to see what you are cooking, or how you make it your own! :)
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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

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EASTER!! Do you celebrate it? Do you love it? I do! It brings back good memories. My Nani loved Easter, it was her favorite holiday. We would go to church, and cook…A LOT. She used to make these amazing little basket cookies with a hard boiled egg inside…I wanted to make them for you all but I just couldn’t this time. Since I am on Whole 30 it would be too difficult to make them, because I cant eat them. Not to sound like a total lame…but I don’t really have many friends where I live right now…so it’s not like being back home where I could call up all my friends and be like “hey come try this”. So, that is going to have to wait until next year. She would also make cake in the shape of a lamb lol, ham of course…just a ton of different things. My grandparents gave us little Easter baskets even as adults…they are too cute. My Nani passed away in 2009, but my Poppy is still alive. I don’t know what I would do without him, he is the sweetest most amazing person, EVERYONE just loves him to pieces!! I’m definitely missing my family this Easter. With my husband gone, and my family far away, and the couple people I do know here are going back to the states for the holiday…so it’s just me and the kids. It’s ok though, we will make the best of it! They will have fun doing Easter Egg hunts and checking out their basket! What are YOUR Easter Holiday traditions??

Anyway…on to my deviled eggs. I guess I am a little bored of plain old deviled eggs? This low carb and paleo lifestyle will do that to ya lol. So I made these Tuna Deviled Eggs once, and surprisingly they are pretty popular especially on my Pinterest! This time I went with the smoked salmon deviled egg…they were yummy! Let me say this…I made these Whole 30 friendly. If I wasn’t on Whole 30 I would have added some cream cheese to the yolk mixture, and played a little on the bagel/lachs or “lox”/cream cheese thing. That used to be my FAVORITE, but I haven’t had a bagel in over 2 years. With that said….please see the below for the recipe! 

As always, tag me on any of the creations you make from my site! I love to see how YOU make it! You can also hash tag me #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram!

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
A different take on your standard deviled egg! Whole 30, Paleo, Primal, Low Carb, Keto and lchf friendly!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Hard Boiled Eggs (Directions for the perfect egg below)
  2. 1 Tbsp Homemade Mayo (Recipe also below)
  3. Dash of Salt and Pepper
  4. 1 piece Smoked Salmon or Lox
For the Mayo
  1. 1 cup LIGHT olive oil
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  4. dash of salt and pepper
  5. Emulsion Blender
Instructions
  1. First you want to hard boil your eggs. I know there are SEVERAL ways to do this, and I think I have tried them all...but I like this way the best.
  2. Fill a pot with water and 1 Tbsp baking soda and add your eggs.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes, then remove into a bowl with ice water. Let them sit in the ice water for 3 minutes, then dry them off. I normally store in the fridge at this point, but you can make the deviled eggs whenever.
  4. The egg shell should peel off very easily. Just be gentle with it, and they should turn out perfect!
  5. Cut your eggs in half, and remove the yolk into a bowl.
  6. Mix the yolk with mayo, salt and pepper. Cut 1/2 of your piece of salmon into tiny pieces, and stir them in the mixture.
  7. Pipe or spoon the mixture back into the egg white, and top with another small piece of salmon.
  8. You can sprinkle cracked pepper like I did, or use paprika, herbs, etc...that is up to you.
  9. Thats it!
To make the Mayo
  1. In a tall jar, like a mason jar, add the 1 cup of oil, 1 egg and lemon juice. Once the egg has settled at the bottom (about 1 minute), take your emulsion blender and run it for about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the salt and pepper, then blend again for 1-2 minutes until thick.
  3. Store in the fridge. Very easy, and much healthier!
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Paleo Protein Squares

Protein Bars

You guyyysssss! How many times have I said I failed at making bars?? If any of you actually read my pre-post nonsense…the answer is a lot lol. I tried doing whole-nuts like a “kind bar” without the syrup and corn puffs, but it ended up being granola instead…which was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. This time I just crushed the nuts up, and yay! A perfect protein packed, slightly sweet, yummy snack! I did NOT add protein powder to these, I wanted to, but I just didnt want to get into that yet. Especially since not everyone has Shakeology to put in it. However, I do have a really yummy Shakeology dessert coming, whether you have the product or not, only because they are really awesome…so keep your eyes open for that!

We have all heard the yes and no’s about nuts, right?! The thing is, you could find 100 articles about the benefits of a certain food, and right along with it are 100 articles bashing that same food. So, lets just go with the facts for now and see how that works out :)

I DO agree that nuts should not be eaten ALL the time. Even though most nuts are a good source of fat and protein, too much of anything can be harmful to your health, especially if you are trying to lose weight. So, if you make these bars, 1-2 bars is enough for the day. It is easy to exceed that, and its easy to snack on nuts all day long, but truth is, if you are trying to lose weight still enjoy them, but you don’t want to overload on them.

With that said,  Almonds, and most nuts, are high in monounsaturated fats, which help lower LDL cholesterol and can even help prevent heart disease. They are also packed with vitamin E, potassium and Magnesium. They also have biotin, which help us have healthy hair, nails and skin! Just 1/4 cup of almonds has 5 grams of protein!

Pecans are probably the most fattening nut…but healthy fats of course. Nuts are right up there with olive oil and avocados. They are high in fiber, copper, manganese, iron and protein. They are best known to help heart heath just like almonds, and the fiber helps the digestive system. Since pecans are high in magnesium, they are also known to work as an anti-inflammatory. Only 1/4 cup of pecans has 2.5 grams of protein!

Sunflower Seeds have a ton of benefits I didn’t even know about until recently. First, they are high in selenium, which works in repairing blood cell damage and has been known as a cancer fighter. They also contain magnesium, copper, vitamin E and antioxidants, providing many of the same benefits as almonds and pecans! There are also over 7 grams of protein in just 1/4 cup!

If you are looking to pack a little more protein in your diet, and get your sweet treat in as well, give these yummy protein squares a shot! Remember to hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram or tag me @FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram and Facebook if you make one of my recipes! I love to see your creations!

Enjoy!

 

Paleo Protein Squares
Yields 25
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1 cup pecans
  3. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  5. 1/2 cup almond butter (you can use homemade or store bought if you prefer)
  6. dash of himalayan pink salt
  7. 2 Tbsp raw honey
  8. 1 Tbsp coconut oil
For the top
  1. 3 oz of 70% or higher dark chocolate
  2. 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp to 1/2 tbsp raw honey (depends on how sweet you want your chocolate, and what the chocolate percentage is but I used 1 tsp)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In your food processor, add in the almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and coconut. Make sure the nuts are raw...not roasted and not salted.
  3. Run the mixture in your food processor for about 1 minute until everything is ground, then add in the almond butter, coconut oil, salt and honey, and run on high until everything is combined and starts to come together.
  4. After you line your baking dish with the parchment paper, spoon the mixture into the dish. Press down with your hands so the mixture is packed and wont crumble apart.
  5. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  6. Fill a small pot with 1 cup of water, and place a glass bowl over the pot to create a double boiler. Place your chocolate, coconut oil and honey in the glass bowl, and stir together until melted.
  7. Remove the bars from the oven, and pour your melted chocolate on top.
  8. Place the bars in the freezer to cool, about 30 minutes. You want the chocolate to be solid on top, not melted.
  9. Once cooled, remove the bars from the pan, they come out easily since you lined with the parchment, and slice into squares.
  10. Store in a Tupperware container in the fridge!
Notes
  1. I used an 8x8 square cake pan, and it made 25 small squares!
  2. Nutrition Facts per square:Calories 154, Fat 14, Carbs 7, Fiber 2, (Net Carbs: 5), Protein 4
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Sweat into Summer

Sweat into Summer

Alright, so I know the first thing about weight loss and fitness is overall health. Forget the bikini, forget new clothes, forget physical appearance. Fact is, better HEALTH is better for your long term well being. Better health, of course, naturally helps you lose weight, but it also helps prevent disease. Some of us have that terrible gene pool with an array of problems, and sometimes it is hard to run from, but trying your best is worth a shot.

With that said…I have been 270 lbs so whether it is the main reason or not, I know what it is like to be overweight in summer. For ME, it was a bummer trying to cover up in 100 degrees! I felt uncomfortable, to say the least. So I am creating the group SWEAT INTO SUMMER! This will help those who are looking to make a CHANGE before summer hits. Whether you need to define, lose just a few pounds, lose 100+ pounds or anything in between! I would love to help all of you, no matter your goal, no matter how long it takes. Finding that will-power within yourself to better your life, will be worth it!

I’m looking for several COMMITTED people to join me on April 6th!! I am SO excited to invite you to this awesome challenge group that I am putting together!

- I’m looking for women of ALL ages and ALL fitness levels!
– You will have access to several healthy meal plans.
– You will get to try Shakeology for 30 days to help maximize your results.
– And you will get access to not just one full fitness program but 11! PLUS 8 separate “bonus” workouts! And… we’re going DVD-less! No more discs lying around your house! You’ll be streaming your workouts to your computer, mobile device, tablet or TV…any device with an internet connection! This means, you can take your workouts with you ANYWHERE…The gym, your home, vacation, etc! No excuses after all, right?!
You can pick one workout and stick to it OR, I will have a couple of “Hybrid schedules” available for you so you can mix it up. I’ve tried a few awesome ones myself!

No more yo-yo diets, no more failed attempts, no more loading up on supplements or quick fixes to just gain it all back. Great long term health and permanent weight loss comes from good nutrition, exercise and positive support!
If you are ready to take action and sweat your way into summer, please apply using the form below!!

Mini Cauli-Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza 2

I am pretty sure I have only met one person in my life who does not like pizza. I don’t even know if its true…because I have seen her eat pizza several times lol! It is so basic, but so yummy! I do make a pretty awesome pizza, but I tend to stay away from making things like that. Last year I was in Italy with my husband, and we went to this little pizza place in Nove, it was so good! Real Italian pizza, made in front of you, in a big brick oven. The crust is thin, the toppings are perfect. It put american pizza chains to shame. I guess a lot of places could do that though.

Anyway, of course trying to keep it healthy and low in carbs, we have adapted the veggie crust pizza. I have some recipes on my site, but it was back in my low-low carb days and not paleo friendly at all, so I figured I would do a healthy update. I have made cauli-crust, eggplant crust, spaghetti squash, spinach, cheese…you name it! I loved making this pizza in particular, because my 3 year old helped. She put the toppings on with me, flattened out the crust…she had fun…so of course she ate it and loved it. I really think if you get your kids involved, no matter what you are making, they will eat it because they helped make it. Plus, she loves everything pizza related lol.

Extra BONUS…this pizza IS 21 Day Fix friendly. Anyone who follows me knows I am a Beachbody Coach, and a ton of people doing the 21 Day Fix have asked me if I have low carb friendly recipes that will fit within the 21 Day guidelines. Of course I had to go make some stuff for you guys! Turkey Chili is up next week, so be on the lookout for that!

I have quickly learned (recently…a year later lol) some people get frustrated that I coach now…it’s pretty sad because I really truly love coaching. Of course, I do get A LOT more positive feedback than negative, but I do still get those few people who do not like it. Mainly from those who have been following me for a long time, and only want to see recipes. I know I can’t please everyone, but each of us hold our own journey and follow our own path. Did you know my very first workout program EVER was Power 90? This was Beachbody’s very first program. I had it on VHS when I was in High School and in 30 days I lost 20 lbs. I had my son when I was 18, and a little while after he was born I got P90X, the upgrade from Power 90. I also went to a boxing gym. Between 2 different rounds of P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, P90X3 and 21 Day Fix I have lost 80 lbs! I have been jumping between Body Beast and some of my other programs lately, but right now I am on day 4 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme! I am loving this program, it pushes my limits.

Before I started coaching I just did meal plans for people, and I added them to a group on Facebook to help motivate them along the way. The problem was, not everyone was exercising. If you don’t workout, you aren’t going to get extreme results, you are either going to maintain your weight or lose very slowly. I wanted to help people with the FULL package. I want people to feel great from the inside out. I already did my own meal plans, and I already worked out with Beachbody workout programs, so why not coach for Beachbody?! It is the whole package, plus I can throw my own low carb paleo spin on it! Yes, I can do personal training, make my own workouts, continue with meal plans, but I like the home workouts so much better. Its quick and you burn a ton of calories, more than ever at the gym. Plus, I have seen the pricing for online personal training and so many people charge over $300 for their services between a 4-6 week time frame, and I get it, we all need to make a living…but I just don’t know if I could do it. I just want everyone to be healthy, try to stay active, eat right, prevent disease, and feel good and do it at a reasonable price too! Yes, I also drink Shakeology…it helped me lose some weight and lower my blood sugar, plus it gives me more energy and oddly enough, my joint pain is practically gone ever since I started drinking it.

So, I represent a company I believe in, where I know you will get results, and it is even guaranteed or your money back. So, I hope that helped clarify things for some of you who have been questioning what I do lately. I don’t coach to “scam” people…that’s impossible anyway…you buy the product, you don’t like it? Return it. If you do like it, awesome. You can’t scam someone when there is no scamming to be had lol. I have always been professional in my work. I was an executive assistant for 10 years, but I wanted more out of my life. I know how hard it is to look at yourself, 100 lbs overweight, not even knowing where to begin and not knowing if its possible to lose weight. You get so used to looking a certain way, anything else seems out of reach. I wanted to show people you CAN do it, even when you struggle. I have gone through depression, injury, 2 pregnancies, slow metabolism, thyroid issues…just a ton of different things, and even when I struggle I still push along. I still eat right, I still “press play” on my workouts. I still have goals, and I will reach them even through the bad times, even through the set backs. It is OK to fall sometimes, you just have to get back up. I enjoy helping people, I have some really amazing clients, and I am thankful for the opportunity to coach them.

So, I just wanted to share where I stand on it all, in case you were wondering why “Food I Make My Soldier” isn’t just food anymore! One day I would love to be EVERYTHING Health, Fitness and Beauty. Meal Plans, Healthy recipes, Fitness Programs, Challenge Groups, Essential Oils and maybe even some Younique Makeup….but I am not trying to fill my plate up to the brim right now lol. It would be a lot of fun though, time will tell and I will go on the path I am supposed to take!

Anyway now that I have “talked your ear off” I suppose I can give you the pizza recipe now lol.

Enjoy!

Mini Cauli-Crust Pizzas
Primal, low carb and 21 Day Fix Friendly!
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Crust
  1. 1/2 head of cauliflower
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  4. Dash of salt and pepper
Sauce
  1. 2 tomatoes, diced
  2. 1/4 onion, diced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  5. 1 tsp dried basil
  6. Salt and pepper
Extras
  1. 1 ball of fresh mozzarella
  2. Any extra veggies you prefer
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Run your cauliflower through the food processor until very fine and resembles rice. You can try pulsing in a blender, it's a little difficult depending on your blender, but it is an option if you do not have a food processor.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add your cauliflower and 2 Tbsp of water. Microwave until tender, about 8 minutes. Note: If you don't use a microwave, you can steam it, just put it on top of parchment paper so it doesn't fall through the holes.
  4. While the cauliflower is cooking, chop up your sauce ingredients.
  5. Add a little olive oil (about 1 tsp) to a small pan, and cook all the sauce ingredients together. It will start to break down (and smell really good by the way). This only needs to cook about 8-10 minutes as well. Once it's done, place to the side.
  6. By now your cauliflower should be done. Pour the cauliflower onto a clean dish towel, and squeeze the water out. If you do not squeeze out the water, your dough will fall apart.
  7. Once all the water has been squeezed out, put the cauliflower back into your bowl with the rest of the crust ingredients. Mix together until well combined.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Separate the mixture into 3 equal parts, and make 3 pizza rounds onto the parchment paper, and make sure to spread the cauliflower thin so it is around 1/4" thick. Place in the oven and cook about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven, and carefully flip each crust over.
  11. Spoon your sauce onto the pizzas along with the cheese, and place back in the oven about another 10 minutes, or until the bottom is golden and the cheese has melted.
  12. That's it! My 3 year old and 11 year old love it, so that is an added bonus!
Notes
  1. 21 Day Fix Notes
  2. Each crust fills up 1/2 of your green container, and the sauce for each pizza is 1/3 of a green container so I counted the crust and the sauce as 1 green per pizza.
  3. There is one blue of Parmesan in the crust, split 3 ways. There is also 1 blue of mozzarella on the top, split 3 ways. So I counted the cheese portion of the pizza as 1 blue per pizza.
  4. Since I used some olive oil for cooking, I went ahead and called it 1 tsp.
  5. No red, purple, yellow or orange were used in this recipe.
  6. So, it comes down to: 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp per pizza. Pretty awesome.
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Ceviche Stuffed Avocado

Shrimp Avocado 2

So how do you all do with meal planning? I have been doing it every week for years now, but I still have a hard time planning lunch. Not because I don’t know what to make, or what fits in my day, but because I have made so many things I am always looking for something new…which isn’t always easy lol. This is new for us, and was so yummy! It worked out perfect too because you can keep this in the fridge for 2-3 days and it makes for a simple lunch.

Since I run weight loss groups and do meal plans, I always get asked what I eat during the day. What does MY meal plan look like. So I went ahead and wrote down everything I ate, so you can see what my typical Paleo days look like.

I have been working on mornings…don’t judge me lol. So I wake up about 9:00 (my daughter sleeps until around 10:30!)  I work with clients and groups a lot, plus I am in school, and I try to do 2 workouts a day…so I keep pretty busy and tend to stay up way too late.

Breakfast is always the same for the most part, sometimes I switch up my veggies, and on weekend I may throw a Paleo Waffle into the mix….but 90% of the time they are the same. In  a pan with 1 tsp of Coconut Oil or Kerry Gold Butter, I saute 4 sliced mushrooms with 1/4 sliced yellow pepper and a handful of spinach. I rarely use salt, but ALWAYS use Flavor God seasoning. I eat it with 2 poached eggs and 1 gluten free/sugar free breakfast sausage.

About 12:30 I eat lunch, which is Shakeology with 6 oz of unsweetened almond milk, 4 oz water and sometimes 1/2 of a banana.

About 3:00 I eat something small…this is when I had the 1/2 avocado with ceviche.

At 6:30 we eat dinner. This is rarely the same thing, but it always consists of a protein, veggie and from time to time I will add in butternut squash or sweet potato. This time I had 3 Paleo Spinach Meatballs, with 1/4 cup of my Marinara Sauce and 1 spiralized zucchini. I don’t cook the zucchini, I like it best raw with Flavor God, then the sauce and meatballs on top.

So, that’s it! I rarely get hungry in between all that, but IF I do, I will eat a piece of Kerry Gold cheese, or some sliced turkey in cucumber rounds, or celery and almond butter, etc. The key is to PLAN…if you don’t plan you will cheat more or eat whatever is in front of you because its easy.  It IS worth it to take that extra time over the weekend and pre-pack lunch and snacks at least. If you need help, or would like to join a challenge group, just email me at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com or reach me on Facebook!

So on to the recipe! Let me know if you try it out, and tag me in your picture or hash tag #FoodIMakeMySoldier! I love seeing your creations! :)

Ingredients

1 Avocado

1/2 lb peeled and cleaned Shrimp, cut in half

1/2 small Red Onion, diced

3 Roma Tomatoes, diced

2 Tbsp fresh Cilantro, chopped

3 Limes, juiced

1/2 Jalapeno, seeds removed, diced

1 Garlic Clove, minced or squeezed in the garlic press

Dash of Flavor God Spicy Seasoning (optional)

Salt and Pepper

Directions

I cheated because Ceviche kind of takes a while to make since you have to marinate the shrimp in citrus forever. So, fill a small pot with water, and once it comes to a simmer, add your shrimp. Cook for just about 3 minutes until they turn pink. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, and let the shrimp cool in the fridge.

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a medium bowl, then mix in your shrimp.

Cut your avocado in half, and remove most of the middle with a spoon, then chop it up and add it to the ceviche. I left a small rim of avocado around the edged, and chopped up what was in side so that enough ceviche would fit in the shell.

Recipe will fill 3 avocados.

That’s it!

Plus, 1/2 of a filled avocado only has 3 net carbs!

Shrimp Avocado

Paleo “Granola”

Granola

I wish I was more consistent with posting these days. I have so many recipes sitting waiting to be posted, I just need to DO it. I have been so busy…that’s life though right?! Today was the start of my new Challenge Group F.A.B.B. February! I am excited, as always! I love meeting new people and helping them reach their goals! Plus, I am doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme with my current group, so that should be a lot of fun! I am ready to amp things up a bit and see if it will help me change! I have been stuck for a while now…but I blame it on my back because it has been hurting a lot lately making my workouts slack. I have an MRI coming up though…but in the mean time I am doing what I can. I will say, the waist trainer helps support my back a lot. I do not wear it during the day, just during my workout, and I think it helps a lot so I can do more without feeling the pain. If you suffer from back pain or a weak core, those things are very helpful. A lot of my clients have back issues…I think because I talk about mine so much and have lost 80 lbs I tend to get a lot of questions from those wanting to lose weight with back problems. Its crazy how many people suffer from injuries…it’s seriously a pain in the butt…but on the plus side there are ways to still keep you active and reach your goals even after recovering from injury. I have had 2 knee surgeries and back surgery, its no fun, but not the end of the world. :)

Anyway, we can talk about granola now! I LOVE eggs, they are my favorite, and I do eat them for breakfast every day. However, now and then, granola for lunch or snack is so yummy! I love this granola, and the recipe makes a lot, and it keeps for a few weeks so you will have it available during a few meal preps! Plus, it is a little sweet without the guilt! I wanted this to be bars so badly…and I have tried several times. I wish I knew how to do that. No matter how much honey, they never stick together. I read you “need” corn syrup, but I really do not want to use that stuff. I am sure I will figure it out one of these days, and let you guys know as soon as I do lol.

Try it out and let me know what you think! I love to see your photos too…so tag me or hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram and ill share it too! :)

Ingredients

1.75 cups Hazelnuts, chopped

1 cup Almonds, chopped

1.75 cups Cashews, chopped

2 cups Brazil Nuts, chopped

1 cup Unsweetened Coconut

1 cup Dried Cranberries

1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Raw Honey

1/4 cup Flax Meal

1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

All your nuts/seeds need to be raw. Try to avoid the roasted and salted options, it will throw off the taste and end up really salty.

After you chop all your nuts, add them to a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and combine so the honey lightly coats everything.

Pour the mixture into a large baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes, then stir, and bake another 15 minutes. You want to keep doing this every 15 minutes until golden brown. I baked mine for about 35-40 minutes total.

Remove and let cool. The granola will not clump together like a granola bar (obviously based on my comment above…the struggle lol) but there will be some clusters and single pieces in there (just like the photo).

You can eat by itself, or with some unsweetened almond milk. My kids LOVE this.

GIVEAWAY!

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I also have a little promotion going on with this giveaway. Of course, we will only have one winner, but I wanted to give the rest of you something as well. Want the 21 Day fix for free too? All you have to do is buy Shakeology, and I will refund you the cost of the 21 Day Fix! You will also be a part of my February 16th Challenge Group at no charge. To get the details on how this works, just email me at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com or private message me on Facebook! I apologize if it sounds a little complicated…but I will fill you in no worries!!

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Paleo Hash

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I decided to start another new journey! I am now one of the AllRecipes.com AllStars! I just started participating in it, and reading a little more about it. This month, they give us a few recipes from their website that do not have a photo, and we create the recipe and give it a “face” (photo) on their website. So I chose this wonderful Paleo hash, and made it my own a bit. You can find the original recipe at AllRecipes.com Paleo Hash.

This is how I made mine…and I must say it was very good! My family agreed.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 small Sweet Potato, chopped

1 lb ground Turkey

4 oz Chorizo Sausage, casing removed

1/2 Onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced

1/2 cup Chicken Broth

1 cup Fresh Spinach

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

3 eggs

Directions:

Heat a large pan and add your coconut oil.

Remove the chorizo from the casings and add to your pan with the ground turkey, using a wooden spoon to break it all apart.

Season the meat with salt, pepper and cayenne, then add in the red pepper, garlic and onion.

Saute together for about 5-6 minutes until the meat is nearly cooked.

Next add in the sweet potato and chicken broth. Cook for about 5 minutes uncovered, then cover with the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasional, until the sweet potato is almost tender.

Make 3 small holes in the hash, and crack your eggs (as shown in the photo). Cover with the lid again and cook for about 6 minutes. If you want your egg yolks completely solid, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

If you are feeding a larger family and need more than 3 eggs, feel free to poach a few extra!

Recipe can easily make 4-5 servings, you would just need a few extra eggs.

Enjoy!

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