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Sunday Dinner: Cauliflower Alfredo Pizza

This weekend seemed strange, just because I have the week off, so I am all goofed up. I went to my very first cattle sale! It worked out that since I was off, I could come with and experience it all, from taking the cows up to sell and the entire sale! It was a pretty long day, and by the end, I just wanted to go shopping! haha! I got in some quick grocery shopping at Target! If there is one store that I miss shopping at, it’s Target! I told Taylor, now with working at my new job, we need to make it a priority to get to Fargo or Bismarck more often!

Since starting back on track on literally the 26th of December, I have lost 3 pounds! SERIOUSLY! I am proud of myself for taking no cookies or chex mixes home and digging deep and getting back on track so quickly! So that is why this week, I was really craving pizza, BAD! So, I caved and made myself pizza with cauliflower crust!

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I was amazed at how the crust “transformed” in the oven! My mind was blown!

I had always heard that the cauliflower crust was awesome, but I never had tried it or made it myself. This week, I decided that it needed to be done. My biggest concern was a crust from cauliflower? How? But the crust actually turned out quite nicely! I think I was just scared to follow all of the steps of making the crust, but in reality, it was easy! You could definitely make it any style of pizza, I just did alfredo, because that is what I was craving. This recipe is by far (BY FAR!! just had to add more emphasis) one of the best “healthy” recipes I have made and needless to say, I will be making it again! It’s an added bonus that it also reheats nicely as well!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, Steamed (should yield about 2 cups if grated first)
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash – no salt)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roughly part the cauliflower and chop for faster cooking.
  2. Put a baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and pray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, steam the cauliflower chunks in water until soft. Drain.
  4. Put the eggs, hot cauliflower, almond meal, coconut oil, and seasoning all in food processor or high powered blender, until creamy.
  5. Pour out mixture on to baking sheet and spread into a round, pizza crust shaped circle. Spread evenly.
  6. Place in preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Do not let the edges burn.
  7. Take out of oven and let cool while you assemble your toppings.

For my alfredo toppings, I used precooked chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic power. Store bought alfreado sauce (I tried to find a natural, organic brand with lower calories), cheeses, an onion, and bacon bits. I just used what I had on hand, but I think a red pepper and mushrooms would have been great additions! Next time…

 

 

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

http://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/nutrition/butternut-squash-mac-and-cheese

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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

    Ingredients:

    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

    Directions:

    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!

Enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner: Smokey Buttercup Squash Soup

It’s always nice to have a long, four day weekend to fully relax and get stuff done! I was in the kitchen a lot this weekend! We had company over on Saturday, I made BBQ Chicken sandwiches, a couple of different soups, Ranch dip, and Pumpkin Bars! It was great to spend time visiting with family!

It’s getting cooler here on the prairie, which gets me all excited to break out my boots, boot socks, cozy sweaters, flannels, and of course, pumpkin everything! Fall is just such a cozy season, and I couldn’t wait to decorate my house! I think I had my fall stuff out since Mid-August!

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Fall weather also means SOUPS!! I am so excited to bring back soups in our home. I love my crockpot and having it filled with soup, is even better!

This weekend I made a Smokey Buttercup Soup! It wasn’t with my crockpot, but you could easily do it with!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 medium Buttercup Squash
  • 5 Strips of Smokey Tempeh
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 3 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • Red Pepper Flakes, Turmeric, Coriander Spices

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees, put whole squash in glass baking dish and put in oven for about 2 hours, or until soft and easy to cut. In a medium skillet combine extra virgin olive oil, onion, red pepper, smokey tempeh, garlic and spices and saute until soft. Set aside. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend well. Can do in portions, if blender is not big enough. Puree, so soup is smooth and bisque like. In a crockpot or large soup kettle, place the pureed soup and heat thoroughly, until hot. Serve and enjoy!

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Weeks 3 & 4 of the Ultimate Reset AND Results!

Well, I DID it! I finished the Ultimate Reset! It wasn’t always easy, but I made it! It seemed that after the first week, it really went fast! I got used to all the meal prep and spending time in my kitchen, totally not complaining! 🙂

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Week Two consisted of adding a gritty, detox drink 30 minutes before my meals, as well as my regular supplements. It kept me fuller longer, as if the portions weren’t big enough to start! That is the one thing that I was amazed by! The portions! They were huge! Most times, I couldn’t finish them all, so I would cut them in half and typically that was my lunch the next day!

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My new favorite soup! Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Bisque! It was SO good!

Week two, I could notice a change in my focus and energy. I felt good, and at work, my focus was like a laser. I could get tasks done quickly and without taking breaks, like I usually do. I was less distracted and I felt good. I made the mistake of weighing myself about half way in, and I freaked. I had only lost .4 pounds, after that, I figured it wasn’t working. It made me push harder.

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When week three came around, I found out I had to go out to the field for a road construction job that is only 10 minutes from my house! No more getting up at 5 AM!!, for awhile! But… My Ultimate Reset took a hit. I was working, and still am, 13 hour days and no access to a kitchen or microwave. Which makes meal prep and taking things with a nightmare. So, the last few days were hard and I was worried that  my results would be compromised, which they probably were, but I was still impressed with my results.

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On my last day of the Reset, I had made massage and facial appointments! My hubby got my a gift certificate for my birthday a few months ago, and I thought, now was the perfect time! I took Friday off, and it was complete relaxation! The facial was absolutely amazing! The massage was also great! I totally recommend, doing this to treat yourself! It is wonderful and much needed! My face looks amazing after my facial!

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Saturday morning, it was time for results. I lost 4.5 pounds and 3.5 inches! It’s not a lot, but I was still impressed and I look good! I plan to stay on the Pegan Diet! It is a combination of vegan and paleo. It goes off of the 80-20 plan, where you can have meat for 20% of your day, while being vegan 80% of the day. I still have cravings, but they are less powerful. This weekend, my hubby had Tastee Freeze, and was eating onion rings, burgers, and of course ice cream sitting right across from me, and it didn’t even really bother me. I would have been drooling all over that before the reset!

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My RA also is good! I tried to re-introduce wheat this week, I ate just a few Triscut crackers, and a few hours later, my joints really started aching. So, I plan to keep wheat out of my diet as much as possible, and stick with good carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans, millet, and quinoa.

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Overall, I am glad I did it. I was a whole new experience to clean, whole foods. It opened my eyes to a bunch of new, yummy foods to incorporate into my new diet. It also made me better in the kitchen, as far as making homemade dressings, and well, basically everything that I ate, was homemade. It was a lot of work, but worth it. Going on, I am now working out again (after 3 weeks on not, it was hard jumping back on), but I am doing PiYo and Brazil Butt Lift. While I am focusing more on my diet right now than working out.

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Week One: The Ultimate Reset

I’m a little behind (sorry about that!), because I am currently on day 10, Phase 2 today. So far, everything has been going great! The food has been excellent, with a couple of exceptions so far. I have only “cheated” a couple of times, one of them being yesterday. I only had mashed chickpeas on the menu for breakfast. I still felt really hungry, so I added in some fruit.

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Day 1

So far, I feel good. Usually in the first week of the Reset, you can feel fatigued, chills, and achy. I felt cold a couple of mornings and a couple times over lunch, I took a cat nap.

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Day 2: Lunch

I like drinking water 30 and taking supplements 30 minutes before you eat. It seems to keep you fuller and more aware of what you are putting in your body while you eat. There have been many times, that I was too full to eat all of what I was supposed to!

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Day 3: Dinner Miso Soup

Thirty minutes before every meal, you drink 12-36 ounces of distilled water with the Mineralize supplement. Also, during different times of the day, you are taking two pill capsules of supplements. The supplements taken, depend on what phase you are in of the reset! In the afternoon, before the snack, you take a supplement that is similar to a wheatgrass shot. It is definitely not my favorite, and it tastes like grass, but I know it is healthy for me and doing it’s job.

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I haven’t wieghed myself or measured myself since my starting weigh in. I don’t plan to until the day after my last day! I know my body is going through tons of changes and the scale could be off due to me drinking almost a gallon of distilled water, daily!

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The other things that I really like are having a pre-planned meal plan for you! I love not having to plan, just have a grocery list and get what I need! It is a time saver, when you spend about 1.5 hours in the kitchen preparing every night! I like my food fresh, so instead of spending the weeking meal prepping, like I normally do, I prep day by day. Some things you can make ahead, like quinoa and brown rice. Or on mornings when I have a fruit bowl, I have the fruit pre-cut and ready to go the night before, so in the morning, I can grab and go!

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I also like the break from doing my workouts, believe it or not! I feel like after doing months of intense workouts, your body needs a much needed break! I thought I would have a ton of extra time at night, but actually I have less! My food prep takes longer than working out did! However, I am looking forward to getting back into things once I am done! I am thinking of doing PiYo again after!

Surprisingly, you get to eat ALOT! Some meals, I couldn’t finish because I was so full! Be prepared to eat TONS of salads! I am only on day 10, but I am already starting to get “salad-ed out”! One way I spice it up each time, is by adding different veggies.

My last day is actually, September 4th, the Friday of Labor Day Weekend. I am taking off work that day, and going in for a massage and facial! My little present to me for finishing strong! It was also part of my birthday present from my hubby, a gift certificate for a spa day! I can’t wait!

xoxo

Happy Monday!

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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!

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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)!

Meals

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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!

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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!