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Sunday Dinner: Buttercup Squash Mac n’ Cheese

It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and it is quiet at our house. I am the first one up. The best part of the day is getting up early, watching the sun rise over the heard, enjoying a good cup of coffee in my favorite mug, and writing. The perfect way to start out a perfect week filled with food and family.

I am already starting to plan my grocery list for the week. It’s my first time hosting Thanksgiving at our house, so I want to make everything perfect! I will be cooking, cleaning, and prepping everything over the next three days.


Thanksgiving morning, I am having everyone over early for a breakfast of caramel rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I just can’t wait for it to be here! I am also looking forward to a FULL four day weekend!

Yesterday, I made this amazing and totally healthy, gluten free Buttercup Squash Mac n’ Cheese casserole. It’s so yummy, healthy, and the perfect dish for a cold, snowy evening! It has snowed here, but nothing stayed! The first REAL snowfall is so exciting! Anyway, this is the perfect recipe for winter comfort food!


For Thanksgiving, I will be making an un-healthy version of baked mac n’ cheese, I will be having the healthy version! The recipe calls for whole wheat noodles, but I used Quinoa noodles, which are so yummy and gluten free! I also used Monterrey Jack Cheese instead of Swiss. It was amazing!


Here is the link to the recipe! For every one cup serving, for the 21 Day Fix, it is 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Green! Enjoy!


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Sunday Dinner: Homemade Tortilla Chips

The last few weeks, Taylor and I have been watching worst cooks in America, celebrity edition! Some of the contestants included, Kendra Wilkinson Chis Soules, Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, Barry Williams, and Dean Cain to name a few. They competed for the coveted title of being the “most improved” worst cook in America! It was really inspiring to see some of the celebrities that could barely boil water cook an entire meal for a panel of judges for the finale. It reminded me a lot of myself, actually.

Believe it or not, there was a time when I hated cooking. I wouldn’t be caught dead, dying, or alive in any kitchen for that matter. I think, once I went off to college, had my own apartment, and got engaged, I figured I better learn or at least try to cook. Turns out, I loved it and I have tried a lot of dishes! This year, Thanksgiving will be at our house! Scary, I know!

The other night after watching Worst Cooks in America, I felt especially inspired to make a healthy, but delicious treat on a Sunday evening! So, I decided to try homemade Tortilla chips!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Corn Tortillas or Wheat (I used wheat, it was what I had on hand)
  • Sea Salt
  • A Drizzle of Olive Oil

First, Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is preheating, cut a stalk of tortillas into pizza/chip slice shapes. Layout on a baking sheet, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (I use Pam Coconut Oil Spray). Put in the oven for about 6 minutes, remove and drizzle with a little olive oil and  a few sprinkles of sea salt. Place back in oven and cook for a remaining 7 minutes turning once, until both sides are crisp.

Serve with homemade salsa and guac! Enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner: Faux ‘Tatoes

Now that it is cooler, comfort food is on my mind! This weekend, we realized that forgetting to get furnace filters this summer, when we changed them, was a bad mistake. It got down to 51 degrees in our house yesterday morning! Yikes!

We finally turned on the heat yesterday afternoon/evening since my parents were going to Jamestown and got us some filters! Thank goodness for mom and dad! I haven’t been in the office lately or in Jamestown for awhile now since I have been out in the field on paving and patching jobs.

Being outside all day, most days, especially this week with the rain, cold, and wind, I want something warm when I get home. Something comforting. Faux ‘tatoes are the perfect thing, plus they are paleo (great for my aching joints from long, cold days).

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large head of Cauliflower
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 cup full fat Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Bacon Bits (optional)
  1. Cut and divide washed cauliflower head into medium sized chunks. Place in medium kettle over medium-high heat and bring to a full boil until cauliflower is soft.
  2. Drain cauliflower and place in blender with garlic, milk, broth, salt and pepper. Blend well or for a few minutes until very smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if need or the milk or broth.
  3. Place in serving bowl and top with bacon crumbles or bits!


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Sunday Dinner: Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Right now, I am writing to you with a clingy bunny on lap, lick my hands and fingers as I type. (:

This week was a long one. I was out in the field, working on a local road project literally 10 minutes from my house. It’s so great not to have to get up at 5 AM, but the days are long nonetheless. I have so much laundry to do this weekend, it’s pretty insane.

I made this recipe last weekend, when we had a house full of company, including Taylor’s family and my family, and a few extras! I made a variety of soups in the crockpot with BBQ-ed chicken sandwiches, dip, and pumpkin bars. I knew I can’t and my mom can’t eat the regular, amazing pumpkin bars that I normally made with the cream cheese frosting. So I wanted to try something new that we both could enjoy!

I came up with this recipe using coconut flour as the base flour and it is sweetened by raw, pure maple syrup. They were delicious!

What You’ll Need:

  • Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bars
    makes one 9″x9″ pan


    15 oz. pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cups)
    3/4 cup coconut flour
    3/4 cup maple syrup
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    3/4 teaspoon baking so
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs

    Butter or coconut oil, for greasing the pan


    Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9″x9″ baking dish well with butter or coconut oil. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir well until no clumps remain. Transfer the batter to the greased baking dish, and use a spatula to smooth the top.

    Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the center is firm.

    Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. Store in in the fridge for up to a week. (They’re delicious straight out of the fridge, too!)

For the Topping:

I didn’t make a big batch, just for individual pieces, makes for two servings or two bars.

1 Tablespoon Natural Jiff Peanut Butter

2 Teaspoons Raw, Pure Maple Syrup

Put in a small bowl, and microwave until melted. Stir and drizzle on pumpkin bar!


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Day 2 of My 24 Day Journey… The Ultimate Reset

“To get through the hardest journey, we need to only take one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping” – Unknown

Today marks Day Two of my 24 Day Journey. I am doing the 3 Day Refresh followed by the 21 Day Ultimate Reset!

This is my fourth time doing th 3 Day Refresh, and it doesn’t get any easier with time! It is tough, but it is only three days to get your body back on track and fights cravings! Every time I do the Refresh, I no long crave coffee! With the 3 Day Refesh, you are given a meal plan for the 3 days, which you can select different fruits and veggies from. You are also given the Fiber Sweep (a once a day drink), a high fiber, digestive drink and the Vanilla Refresh, a high protein, craving cutter shake (2 times a day), paired with the right fruits, veggies, and healthy fats you are going to get amazing results including, feeling less bloated and having less cravings, like coffee and sugar!

The Refresh also shows you timing of how you eat and waiting until you are actually hungry to chow down! Your body starts paying more attention to what you are feeding it with!

You can read about my first 3 Day Refresh, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

The Ultimate Reset

The Ultimate Reset is quite different. Not only is it longer, it is more time consuming and extensive! It basically sets your body back to factory settings! It has a structured meal plan to follow with recipes. You don’t workout, with the exception of light walking or yoga during the 21 days! I am actually really looking forward to this break! Plus having meal plans already pre-planned for your week, will also be nice!


The Ultimate Reset also comes with different supplements that I will be taking every day. There is Optimize, Alkalinize, and Detox. Each one has a different function and support that your body needs during the time of cleansing.

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The Opimize helps boost your metabolism and also helps reduce inflammation, this is taken three times a day at least a half hour before meals. Alkalinize helps neutralize the acid in your system, improving the overall pH balance, while supporting your body against bacteria, infection, and inflammation. This is taken daily with water. Detox promotes a healthy digestion and immune system (without having to be in the bathroom all day and night)!


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I was actually surprised when I looked at the menu for the reset! You get to eat a lot and meals are consistant. However, grocery shopping did take me awhile! I had to order somethings from Amazon (Thank God for Amazon!), because in rural North Dakota we don’t have seaweed sheets floating around! Yes, I will be making homemade sushi/seaweed rolls!

Here is an example of what I will be eating on Day 1!

Breakfast: 2 slices of Whole Grain Toast, 2 Eggs scrambled, and Steamed Spinach.

Lunch: A Microgreen salad with dressing

Snack: 1-2 Cups of Veggies with Cottage Cheese

Dinner: Baked Salmon Steamed Asperagus and Baby Potatoes

By week three, the Reset slowly cuts out carbs and meat protein. So, it definitely gets harder, but you still get to eat more than I thought!

The End Result

Before I start anything, I always like to have a WHY. A reason to stay committed, even when you are tempted to give up. My why is number one for my health. I am excited to see how this reset, really resets my system. My second, is for my eating habits. I like having an actualy planned menu so there is less chances of me running off course and cheating! I do better when I plan and have everything ready. Not that I eat terrible now, but I could do better! So for the next 22 days I will be eating my best, staying committed, no matter what, and hoping for great results!


The Reset end result is to be “testing” what foods effect you, like carbs for example. By slowing cutting out and re-introducing, you’ll know how your body reacts. I am also very excited for this portion (not just because I will be done!), but to see how my body reacts, as well as how my arthritis acts when I start re-introducing foods! It will be great to know what foods trigger my flare-ups!

Odds and Ends AND This and That

I’ll be doing weekly posts on my new Ultimate Journey! So stay tuned!

If you haven’t yet, find my page on Facebook, The Fit Farmer’s Wife, and give it a like! I have LOTS of new and exciting things coming up VERY soon and I can’t wait to announce!

My next Challenge Group is also coming up! Lunges for Labor Day: On August 24th, we will be starting a 21 Day Journey with the 21 Day Fix! Get ready for easy to follow recipes, meal plans, heart-pumping workouts, 24-7 accountability, one-on-one coaching, and of course, AMAZING results! Please contact me you are interested! I’d love to have you!

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Sunday Dinner: Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

This weekend was short in comparision to last weekend! Two day weekends go so fast and there is so much to do in two days! This weekend consisted of Taylor out working all day on Saturday, we are full into haying season on the ranch. I was meal preping, cleaning, doing laundry, working out, doing some light reading, and playing with my little bunny, Martin! Yes, I FINALLY got a bunny! He is a Netherland Dwarf and four months old! I absolutely love him! He is probably the most spoiled little bun, ever, but he’s a sweetie.

Sundays call for lazy days.

Sunday morning was spent eating our breakfast outside on the patio, doing our morning devotions, reading, and playing with Martin! How how he loves hopping around the front yard! It ws a beautiful morning for being outside yesterday! Perfect, in fact. Our front yard is west facing before the hot sun hits, it is cool and refreshing. Perfect for a few cups of morning coffee and a good book!

This makes me wish every morning could be a Sunday morning!

Yesterday for lunch we made burgers on the grill, the perfect summer lunch! We also had radishes and snow peas from my garden! And everyone knows, that no burger is complete without fries! So I made baked sweet potato fries and I am sharing the recipe with you!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 Large Sweet Poatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayene Pepper
  • Egg Whites (2) – For wash
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tin Foil
  • Non-Stick Spray

First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, peel sweet potatoes and cut into fry like rectaular pieces. I cut the potato into fourths lenth-wise, then into halves and went from there. Once all the fries are cut, place the melted coconut oil into a large bowl along with several shakes of cinnamon and garlic powder, and a dash of cayene. Mix fries in and evenly coat. Place tin foil on a baking sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Place the fries somewhat evenly on the sheet. Now, coat with egg white wash. Sprinkle more salt, pepper, and cinnamon to coat. Bake for an hour, turning once, or until done.



My next clean eating and fitness challenge group will be taking place starting on August 17th! Please fill out the form on the left side of my blog for more information, so I can contact you!

Happy Monday! XoXo


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Sunday Dinner Team Arise Takeover: Sea Bass with Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries

This Sunday Dinner portion is a little different than most! Over the next few weeks, my Sunday Dinner posts will be taken over by my team members from my fitness team, Team Arise! Including my own coach!

I am so excited to about this new step! I am also so happy to know these ladies! Once thing I love about my new job, is meeting so many new friends and connecting with them! Everyone is so positive and supportive, and we all have common goals! It’s so great to be friends with so many amazing people you can lean on, laugh with, support, and workout with!

For those of you who don’t know, I made a big lifestyle change back in January, to better my health and eating habits! I am currently a BeachBody coach, fit and healthy, have my eating under control, and I am building my own team, and business and I absolutely love it all!

I’m happy to introduce my very own coach, Rose! Rose has helped me so much this past year from questions when I first stated working out to now, training me to start my own business and building my own team! I am so thankful for her. Even though we have never met, we talk everyday! She is a wonderful person inside and out and she genuinely wants the best for you! Not to mention, she has ripped abs and guns to prove it!

Name: Rose Smith

Live: New Jersey

Occupation: Athletic Training and BeachBody Coach

When did you start coaching and what brought you to it?

I became a coach on February 14, 2013… yes valentines day!! At the time me and my husband (then boyfriend) was living 2 1/2 hours away from each other and I knew I need to make a change in my life so we could be together. There weren’t any job openings for the past 3 years and I couldn’t wait much longer to hope a job would be coming soon. Thats when the coaching opportunity was presented to me and I though this was the right fit to get me to my future. At the time I had recently lost 30lbs with the workout program Insanity and was honestly in the best shape of my life. I wanted to continue being in this amazing shape and didn’t want to yo-yo like I did in the past and put the weight back on once I stopped. That’s when I got my free Team Beachbody Coach and talked to her about doing another workout program called Turbofire & drinking Shakeology. My coach mentioned to me that I could also be a coach and help other people see they don’t have to live a life of one diet after the next and actually make an income as well as paying for my Shakeology each month. I asked myself, what do I have to lose and all I could think of was what could I gain? That’s when I knew this was my ticket to living a life of freedom that I have always dreamed about.

What has been the hardest part about coaching? The easiest?

I would have to say that the hardest part about coaching is getting out of my comfort zone. I’ve always had a Facebook, but never really posted much. However, I soon realized that if I wanted to be a successful coach I had to do things I had never done before which meant posting consistently and starting conversations up with friends that I had not talked to in many years. The easiest part about coaching is motivating others. I’ve been an athlete my entire life while playing volleyball and I am currently a volleyball coach. Encouraging and motivating others is something that I find so much happiness in! Knowing that I can be the one to help someone change their life is a big deal to me!

What advice would you give to new coaches or someone just starting their fitness journey?

Advice that I would give to anyone is to “See Yourself A Year From Now”…whether that is a successful BB coach or someone that wants to lose 20-30 lbs, they both require much HARD WORK and DEDICATION!! Nothing is going to come easy, but don’t get frustrated right away. Everything takes time and if you stick with it, it’ll all be worth it!

Favorite Workout Program? Shakeology Flavor?

My favorite Beachbody program has to be the 21 Day Fix because it has everything you need to really transform yourself, clean eating with portion controlled containers and a fitness program that only takes 30 minutes a day. It used to take me that long to drive to the gym and back so I even have more time to be a coach and help others. I first started this program last year to get ready for my honeymoon and I have to say I got so many compliments by complete strangers!! I knew that this was something special especially if it can be done in only 21 days. My favorite flavor of Shakeology is absolutely Chocolate Vegan! It seriously tastes like a dessert and helps me with my cravings but I know it is actually giving my body nutrition. I do drink the Strawberry Vegan too because that tastes amazing and gives me variety when I need it.

Sea Bass with Spinach
-4 tablespoons GHEE
–One 5-ounce bag prewashed baby spinach
Salt and freshly ground pepper
-1 medium shallot, minced
-Four 8-ounce skinless sea bass fillets
-1/4 cup dry white wine
Cooking Directions:
-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Tear off four 18-inch lengths of foil. Put 1 tsp of ghee on each foil. Mound the spinach in the center of the sheets and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the shallot. Season both sides of each sea bass fillet with salt and pepper and set the fillets on the spinach. Scatter the pieces of ghee over the fish. Pull the sides of the foil up around the fish and drizzle the fillets with the wine. Fold the edges of the foil to make sealed packets.
Arrange the packets on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through. Transfer 1 of the packets to a medium bowl. Carefully make a small tear in the side of the packet and pour the juices into the bowl. Repeat with the 3 remaining packets. Using a spatula, transfer the fish and spinach to shallow soup plates, pour the cooking juices over the fish and serve.
Sea Bass
Sweet potato fries make a great match with the fish…. peel sweet potato and cut length wise to form strips.  I personally use duck fat or lard to cook my fries in a pan that way they are nice and crisp, plus have great taste.
Sweet Potato Fries