Sunday, October 27, 2013

Turkey Stuffed Zucchini

I've seen stuffed peppers and stuffed zucchini plastered all over the internet lately, and it never really caught my eye. I was thinking of something to cook for my lunch this week, so I went searching online and came across some stuffed zucchini recipes. I didn't really like any of the ones I saw, so I decided to create my own, and I'm sure glad I did! So simple and so tasty!

Turkey Stuffed Zucchini 
4 Zucchini, halved
1 pound ground Turkey
1 Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
1 large Carrot, peeled and chopped
1 handful of Spinach, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Tomato sauce
1 tsp. Basil
½ tsp. Oregano
½ tsp. Thyme
Coconut oil

Print this recipe here.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400⁰ F.
2. Half zucchinis lengthwise and scoop out seeds, and place on a lined cookie sheet.

3. Brown turkey in a skillet with coconut oil. Drain most of fat.

4. Add onions, peppers, carrots, spinach and garlic. Sautee until onion turns translucent.

5. Add tomato sauce, basil, oregano, and thyme. Stir to combine.

6. Fill zucchini with turkey mixture.

7. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

That's it! I have to say, this is easier than a lot of the other recipes I saw online, which is great for me! I can save time without it costing me a tasty lunch for the week. I will warn you, however, that when scooping the insides out of your zucchini, be cautious of piercing a whole in the bottom. It's easy to do, trust me! I'm ecstatic about this recipe, because it sounds and looks fancy, but is super easy. Success!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fifteen Minute Fajitas

Whenever I go to Chili's I ALWAYS get the chicken fajitas and just eat the peppers, onions, and chicken. I don't need all of the fixins' or tortilla shells! It's a simple dish, so I figured I'd come up with an easy way to fix it at home. My recipe isn't as good as Chili's, but it's pretty darn good if I say so myself! 

Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Medium Onions
3-4 Bell Peppers (Any Color)
2-3 Chicken Breasts (Already Cooked, Seasoned to your Liking)
Print this recipe here.

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes.

3. Add peppers and saute for 5 minutes. 

4. Add chicken and saute for 3-5 minutes.

5. Serve with salsa, or eat as is!

That's it; can you believe it? This recipe makes about 4 servings, so I make it and have it for lunch for a few days. I wouldn't keep it in the fridge over 4 days however. There are even copy-cat recipes of Chili's fajitas online, but they're not Paleo. These will definitely suffice, however! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Verdict is In...and Paleo is Here to Stay!

I've been on the Paleo diet for over a month now, and I absolutely love it! I don't miss grains, beans, or any of the other things that I haven't been eating. I can also notice that I've built more muscle while simultaneously losing some fat.....that works for me! I never thought Paleo would be the type of diet I would stick to, but it wasn't that hard at all. The main thing I had to cut out was beans, which was a little difficult at first, but I got used to it. So, for all you who are contemplating Paleo or who are beginners, here are some tips that helped yours truly:
  • Plan-This is a must. You will risk getting off track if you don't plan your meals and have Paleo friendly snacks at your convenience. I like to prepare my meals at the beginning of the week or the day prior to when I will eat them, and I love keeping containers of cut up vegetables in the fridge for a quick snack. 
  • Find Recipes- Eating raw vegetables and grilled chicken all the time is no fun. I found a lot of great tasting recipes that were Paleo, but didn't taste so bland and boring.
  • Use Spices- Whenever cooking, use spices! They give your meal so much more flavor, which is important when you're only eating a limited amount of things.
  • Cheat- I know, this sounds counter-intuitive, but I have to have a cheat day every once and a while. It's what keeps me sane! And honestly, one cheat day every now and then isn't going to hurt. It could even prevent you from binge eating in the future.
So, those are my few tips for going Paleo. I have a ton more, but these are the big ones that will help you stay on track and be successful in the long run. I have really enjoyed this last month-and-a-half of living Paleo, and I'm excited to continue with it!