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Sunday Dinner: Creamy, Gluten Free Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Last weekend was just a tad busy. It was a long, five day weekend for me, but I was so thankful to have some extra time off! Thanksgiving went great! We hosted for the first time at our home! I was so excited, I absolutely love entertaining, cooking, and visiting with our families!

Friday was spent cleaning and doing laundry. My house was a mess, I was tired, and things weren’t pretty at our house! Everyone needed a little TLC!

Saturday, Taylor surprised me and we went to Fargo a day early! We were originally planning to spend the night on Sunday night for my rheumatology appointment on Monday, but we stayed two! It was so great to have some time to relax and get away for a few days.

Monday was a very dreaded day for me. I usually never scared of doctors or dentists, but today was different. I was scared out of my mind. It was so hard waiting in a waiting room full of well, much older people, possibly waiting to see the same doctor as I. We were literally the last ones to go in. I was very blessed to find such a knowable doctor. He practically tested me for EVERYTHING! They took 10 vials of blood from me, and I ended up passing out cold on the last one!

It was so scary for me! It took the longest time for me to get my vision back. They called Taylor back into the lab, and there were at least 3 or 4 nurses in with me, trying to keep me awake. Not being able to see for several minutes was the worst. After, I felt icky the entire day. Almost like I had the 24 hour flu. Achy, no energy, and just cold and clammy. Good thing we ate at Chipotle after! We were Chipotle virgins, so we didn’t have an idea of how to order, or what to expect! Nonetheless, it was VERY taste and the best part?! I had an excuse to totally pig out! 🙂

After we got home, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of that leftover smoked turkey from our Thanksgiving Day fest! I love smoked turkey and I knew exactly what I wanted to make, wild rice soup!

Since my appointment, I have been more thoughtful of what I am feeding my body with. I am making myself a goal, to be completely gluten and dairy free in 2016, and do more strictly of  the paleo diet. I know as a farmer’s wife, I sometimes get a lot of flack for posting dairy free, gluten free recipes, but that is why. I need to eat this why for my rheumatoid arthritis. That is all. I am off my soapbox.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 heaping cups of Turkey (preferably smoked), shredded
  • 2 boxed of unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • 3 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 4 Medium Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Almond Flour
  • 2 cups Gluten Free Wild Rice Blend (I used Lundberg Farms)
  • 2 Teapsoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

First chop all the veggies, carrots, celery, and onion. Place in a large soup kettle, along with 1 cup of the unsalted chicken broth and olive oil. Cook the veggies until translucent and tender. While the veggies are cooking, start shredding the turkey. After the veggies are cooked, add in the almond flour and stir until the mixture thickens. Then, add in the rest of the chicken broth and rice. Let simmer until the rice is soft, or about 30 minutes. Stirring in-between. After rice is fully cooked and soft, add in the turkey and cream. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Take off from heat and enjoy!

Makes about 8-9, one cup servings

 

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Sunnday Dinner: Beasty Turkey Meatballs, Team Arise Take-Over

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 am happy to introduce a serious #beast! This lady makes pistol squats look easy! She’s a mommy to two adorable little boys and proved that you can have a six pack after baby! She also won $500 from her story and transformation! Welcome Danielle!!

Name: Danielle Laube

Live: New Jersey

Occupation: Full time mom, part time instructor

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

I never had an issue with my weight until my first pregnancy. Growing up I’ve always been petite. I was told most my life I had “a fast metabolism” I worked out causally. Every once in awhile i would really get into it but eventually I’d quit. Like most young people I wasn’t too concerned about my health. I was generally happy with the way I looked. There was problem areas but for the most part I didn’t really care. The truth is I was completely unhealthy. I was going out 4 nights a week drinking and eating crap. Junk food and sweets were my best friend. I never thought twice about how my lifestyle was effecting my body. After I married my husband in 2009 I found out I was pregnant. I continued to eat everything and anything I wanted. I gained 55 lbs with my first son. I had my son premature and although I may never know the exact reason I always wonder if my unhealthy body was the reason. Like most young moms for some reason I thought after having my child my body would just magically come right back. Boy was I wrong. To make this more difficult I had my son through cesarean. It was the first time I actually hated the way I looked. Everything on my body was different and that “fast metabolism” no long existed. I was having a huge problem with my self esteem. I decided one day that I was going to take control of my health. My husband and I decided to take the p90x challenge. My love for fitness just sky rocketed after that. I got into Insanity and I was telling all my friends about it. I didn’t even know what coaching was. It wasn’t until after I had my second son, which was a very healthy pregnancy, that I connected with an old friend. I thought of helping other new and young moms was extremely appealing to me. I wish I had someone to help me through which seemed to my darkest days. That’s when I decided to be a coach. That day was May 28th 2014.

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What is the hardest thing 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 who is 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!

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Favorite BeachBody Program? Shakeology Flavor?

Insanity love and all Shaun T programs. I drink chocolate shakeology with cooled coffee every day!

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Extra Beastly Turkey Meatloaf

This recipe originates from the body beast program but I’ve spruced it up a bit.
2lbs ground turkey
1 cup of whole wheat bread crumb
1 cup of all natural salsa
1/4 cup of chopped pepper
1/4 cup of diced onion
2 eggs lightly beaten
1.5 tbsp of Minced garlic
4 strips of turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 375

Mix all the ingredients together except for bacon.
Put mixture into loaf pan
Place turkey bacon across the top of loaf.
Bake for 60 to 70 min or until center is no longer pink
Enjoy.

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Sunday Dinner: Egg Noodle Veggie and Turkey Hotdish

This weekend was fun and full of family! Friday night, we had dinner at my parents. My mom made a delicious meal of beef tips or orange chicken over rice with a salad. Saturday was a lazy day at home when I watched most of the History Channel’s The Bible series. Have you seen it? It was wonderful and I was so blessed by it!

Sunday was Easter! My mom-in-law asked me to be in charge of dessert. I was thrilled. I had seen the perfect idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago, a Peep garden scene cake, complete with little carrots and of course, Peeps! I also made Bunny Bait (a chex mix with popcorn, M&M’s,pretzel sticks, chex, and almond bark) and pistachio pudding dessert!

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The Peep cake turned out awesome and the kids loved it! I also got to see my sweet, chubby, and giggly niece and god-daughter, Sydney! She loves Blue’s Clues right now and she is just the chunkest little lady, ever! We love her!

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With the fun, busy and holiday weekend, I didn’t get much time to meal prep, that is why last weekend I was thinking ahead. Last weekend, I made plenty and froze for this week! One of the recipes I made was a turkey egg noodle hotdish and 100% 21 Day Fix approved! So today, I am sharing that recipe with you!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of Egg Noodles
  • 1.5 pounds of Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups of Skim Ricotta Cheese (I used some cheddar instead, and I used way less cheese than what is called for)
  • 4 cups diced veggies, Spinach, Tomatoes, Onion, and Green Pepper
  • 2/3 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Dash of Pepper, Salt, Garlic Salt, and Dried Basil

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook meat and drain fat. Cook noodles and drain. Sautee veggies until tender (I sauteed mine in olive oil). Combine meat and veggies, top with noodles, and then the cheese in an 8×8 pan. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

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This turned out to be a yummy recipe that I would definitely do again! And it froze well too!

On the 21 Day Fix meal plan, this would equal one yellow, one green, one blue, and one red containers. In case anyone is interested, I will be hosting a challenge group starting April 27th (through Facebook)! With the help of Shakeology, BeachBody programs and me as your coach for FREE, we will get you to your goals before summer! If anyone is interested in more information, please like or comment on this post! To date, I have lost over 11 inches with the help of PiYo, 21 Day Fix, and Shakeology! Not to mention my psoriasis has cleared up and my arthritis is doing so much better!

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Sunday Dinner: Spicy Turkey Burgers with Mango Salsa

This weekend was busy, but fun! I had a baby shower to attend yesterday, for a friend who is having twin girls! And between church and painting… the rest was a blur.

I have been wanting to do an accent wall in our family room for sometime now, and finally made it Taylor’s birthday present to do some updates in the room that we probably use the most. I got him a tv stand and matching end table. We were still using something we found in his parents basement when we moved in our house, as a tv stand so, it was time for something new and different and something of our own.

I decided on a terra cotta color for the accent wall and it turned out lovely! We were both a little nervous until it dried, because it did look really peachy going on. Thankfully, it dried to the perfect color of a Southwest, organgey-brown, red. It really makes everything else in our family room so cozy and warm. And now, I am inspired to do more accent walls in our house! We’ll see how that goes!

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Our new accent wall!

For Sunday Dinner I made spicy turkey burgers with mango salsa on a whole wheat bun! It was yummy, healthy, and the perfect weekend to grill! It is in fact, getting more and more spring like here in North Dakota!

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Package of Lean, Ground Turkey (It was 1.5 pounds and made four burgers)
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick Southwest Seasoning (No Salt Added)
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Mango Salsa (I cheated and bought some from our local Cashwise grocery store)
  • 4 Whole Wheat buns
  • Avocado, sliced

In a medium bowl, mix turkey, garlic powder, and Southwest seasoning. Form into four equal patties. Place on grill and grill until done on each side. While grilling, cut buns in half. Slice avocado, and prepare salsa. Once burgers are done, place burger on bun and top with mango salsa and slices of avocado. Enjoy!

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Did I mention this is 21 Day Fix approved. This meal would equal, one red, two yellow, one blue, and one half purple! Since starting my new lifestyle in January, not only did I lose almost 11 inches but, my Rheumatoid Arthritis has been so much better and my psoriasis has pretty much cleared up and I am now a BeachBody Coach!! I am so excited to help people change their lives through eating and exercise! I will be holding a couple of challenge groups coming up, so if you are interested in trying Shakeology or a BeachBody program, please feel free to contact me with questions! And the best part, I get to be your coach for free!

Happy Monday! Xo

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Sunday Dinner: Turkey Meatballs

Once again it is Monday! This weekend was a busy one for us! Between friends visiting Friday night, a Clue themed Who Dunnit church social on Saturday night, and cooking, cleaning and laundry on Sunday, this weekend flew by! Yesterday morning, Home Alone 2 was on, while I was meal planning and prepping for this weeks lunches and  preparing Sunday dinner, while the hubby was out doing chores. I also cleaned the house and worked out to PiYo: Strength Intervals! (Can you believe I am on week four already!?)

A new Monday also means a new Sunday Dinner recipe from our table to yours! Yesterday, we had turkey meatballs, which were 21 Day Fix approved and husband approved! I was surprised, but my husband actually really enjoyed them! And, I suppose you could use beef in substitute of the turkey. Turkey is a leaner and a “healthier” for you meat, I find myself using it more and more! Like my hubby says, “you can hardly tell the difference!”

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs:

2 pounds ground Turkey (Jennie-O)

2 eggs

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp. Garlic, minced (I cheat and use the pre-mined in a jar)

2 cups Whole Wheat Quick Oats + a little extra, if needed

7 tbsp. Organic Canned (or raw) Tomatoes (no salt added)

1 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch (no salt) Sweet Onion and Herb

1 tsp. Italian Spice

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Cumin

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open up turkey and put into medium sized bowl. Chop up tomatoes, if using raw. Mince garlic, if not already and chop up onion. I LOVE my Tupperware chopper! I use it all the time! Plus it is small, so it fits anywhere and it is dishwasher safe! I had a Tupperware party this summer and I got lots of new and awesome things! If you haven’t already, have a party! You get lots of great stuff that I literally use every day!

Turkey Meatballs Onion

2. Add in all the ingredients listed and mix well with your hands. I know, some people do not like mixing with their hands, but it’s the only way to make meatballs! During this step, I added in more Quick Oats. It was still a little wet and needed more “glue”. Time to form your meatballs. I formed mine fairly large. Remember, that turkey is a little bit wetter meat than say beef. The meatballs, where not perfect meatballs by any means and are hard to stick together before, but turned out great after they were in the oven and fully cooked. So don’t freak out if your meatballs look crumbly or are falling apart before cooking.

3. Next, you’ll need a fairly large frying pan. I fried mine just until they were a little brown. It makes a lot of meatballs, so you will have to do it in batches. After, I put them into a large, 9X13 glass pan.

4. I baked mine for about 40-45 minutes, or until done. I also served mine with brown rice and honey roasted carrots! For the carrots, slice organic baby carrots in half, length wise. Pour in a little olive oil, organic honey, pepper, and thyme. Toss to coat. Lay out on baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes.

Turkey Meatballs Meal

For the 21 Day Fix meal plan this meal would equal one green, one yellow, and one red! Everything was awesome, plus it made a lot of leftovers for lunches this week! Yumm!

Stay tuned for a very special Valentine’s Day give away!!! Coming soon!

Happy Monday! xo

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Sunday’s Recipe: Paleo Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

I have been off and on paleo for the past month or so, since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has been a struggle because when I get home, I am exhausted, and my RA doesn’t make it any easier to have extra energy floating around. Needless to say, some nights meal prep is non-existent. On the weekends however, I try and do better and make somewhat paleo meals for Taylor and I. I recently made this recipe, and it turns out hubby gave his full stamp of approval and thought it was amazing! I was happy that I made a healthy meal and it was husband approved! While my hubby is out feeding cows and doing chores this freezing cold morning on the North Dakota prairie, and I am enjoying a cup of coffee, I thought I’d share a recipe!

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You’ll need:

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 Green Pepper (in my Tupperware Chopper), chopped fine

1 Jalapeno Pepper (in my Tupperware Chopper), chopped fine

1 head of Lettuce,

1/2 cup of onion (I always use frozen, else buy a bag and chop til you drop and freeze them, always, always, have onions on hand)

And these spices:

Garlic Powder, Watkins Chili Powder, Watkins Red Pepper Flakes, Watkins Cayenne Pepper.

First, chop up the pepper together. Remove seeds from jalapeno, unless you like it spicier. In a large skillet, combine ground turkey, chopped peppers, and onion. Brown on high heat. Don’t be alarmed, turkey has a lot of fat, which will be drained later. Add in a few shakes of all the spices. I have a bad habit of never measuring. Be careful with the cayenne pepper, a little is enough, you can always add more if you like it hotter.

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Then after, the turkey is nicely browned, turn on simmer and cover for another 3 minutes or so. While doing this, wash your lettuce and peel it off the head. It is important that you buy a head of lettuce and not the bagged kind. Make it like little cups, like this…

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Take off the turkey from the stove and then scoop in a few spoon-fulls into the lettuce cups. Top off with taco sauce, avocado, cheese, more peppers, etc.

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You can add as many toppings as you like. Remember paleo is no dairy, so you can always add some vegan cheese to make it completely paleo. This recipes is also 21 Day Fix approved too! I recommend doubling the recipe to have extra for left overs, if there is any! Enjoy! Have a happy Sunday!