Easy Way to Stop Throwing Out Produce!

One of my biggest pet peeves is throwing away food that has gone bad.

Especially fresh fruits and veggies.

One thing that seems to go bad quickly for us is spinach.

A couple of weeks ago my husband bought 3 big bags of spinach because it was on sale

We go through a lot of spinach for our smoothies.

But this time we didn’t since I had to go out of town for 4 days and last week while looking in the fridge, I saw all the spinach he bought was going bad and getting slimy 🙁

So instead of throwing all that away, and wasting it, I came up with a plan.

I decided since this spinach was going to be used for smoothies, why not just freeze it?

But I didn’t want to just throw the bags in the freezer and let them be.

I decided to blend all 3 bags up (basically liquify them) and freeze them in ice cube trays.

And I’ll admit, I’m pretty happy with the results 🙂

Here’s what I did….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took all 3 bags and placed handfuls at a time, along with a little water, in the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then kept adding the spinach until all 3 bags were liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I poured the liquid into the ice cube trays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now when I need the spinach for my smoothies, I just take out 4-5 cubes and blend it in with the rest of the fruits and veggies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m looking at trying other veggies to do this with. Not only to be able to keep them longer, but to add more to my smoothie.

Hope you try it and if you do, make sure you comment below how it turned out!

Recipe: Vegetable Soup-Pressure Cooker

As an early Christmas present, I got a new pressure cooker. I have been wanting to get one of these for awhile now and I was so excited to start using it.

I haven’t tried cooking a lot in it, but I can tell already it will become a staple in my weekly meal prepping.

Last week I posted a picture of a vegetable soup I made in the pressure cooker on my personal Instagram and I got a lot of inquiries on what the exact recipe was.

Well, if you have read any of my recipe posts, you know that I hardly follow recipes when it comes to cooking. Most of the time I use whatever we have on hand, and that is exactly what I did with this soup.

Here is the “recipe” I put together for the vegetable soup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
4-5 Carrots peeled and chopped
1/2 onion chopped
4-5 potatoes chopped (depending on how big)
1 bunch of celery chopped
1 can of Rotel **not pictured**
1 red pepper chopped **no pictured**
1 cup lentils
1 tbl of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tbl of oregano
1 bouillon cube of chicken stock
4 cups of water
salt/pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put all the chopped veggies, except the potatoes, in a pan and saute for about 5 min. (I know I can saute in my pressure cooker, but I haven’t explored that yet lol)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the veggies are cooked a little, add all ingredients to the pressure cooker. I had cooked the first batch for 20 minutes, which turned out to be too long and the lentils basically turned to mush. So yesterday I only cooked it for 18 minutes and it turned out perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has become one of our favorite soups already and with the cold front coming this weekend (only reaching a high of 30!!!! ), I will probably be making it again LOL.

 

Video/Recipe: Mocha Smoothie

Believe it or not, breakfast is the most challenging meal for me to get in.

I’m just not hungry when I wake up.

But after going for so long not eating while I’m sleeping, and needing to make sure I get all my macros/calories in for the day, I NEED to make sure I eat.

So…I came up with a great way to get my breakfast in and not feel like I am forcing myself to just eat.

Watch the video to see just how I get my breakfast in!

Hope you enjoy the great recipe as much as I do and let me know if you come up with some other great recipes!!

Recipe: Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms

I’m always looking for new recipes for veggies.

Steamed broccoli and spinach salads can get a bit boring after awhile.

Recently I found this recipe for Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. And they are SOOOOOOO good!

But like always, I tweaked this recipe. I used broccoli instead of zucchini and Roma tomatoes instead of sun-dried mainly because it was what I had on hand.

First chop up the red pepper and onion and saute it in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with garlic. (I put extra garlic in because I love it!) Cook until peppers are tender and onions are translucent.

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I then chopped up the tomatoes and broccoli and added it, along with the spinach, to cook. Cover pan so the spinach wilts, stirring occasionally. Cook on medium low.

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After spinach has wilted, mix in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. (You can omit but they help with the binding). Mix in all other spices.

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Next, wipe off bottoms of mushrooms and cut stems. Place on cookie sheet.

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Spoon mixture into the mushrooms evenly. I only had 4 mushrooms, but had enough mixture for about 5, maybe 6. I just over-stuffed 😉

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Next, place in oven for 35-40 minutes at 375. After you can leave them like this if you do not want to add the cheese.

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But, well I LOVE cheese, and it’s not much, so I add about 1 tbsp of mozzarella cheese on top of each mushroom and cook for an additional 8 min.

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And there you go!

They are really good and a great way to get a lot of veggies in at once.

I hope you try these and really like them! They have become a weekly meal in our house!

Making Recipes Suitable for You! (And here is one of my new favorites)

In my house I am notorious for taking a recipe and making it mine.

I will add “this” or take out “that” to fit my taste or diet. I very rarely make a recipe the way it is written.

I mainly do this because I like experimenting with recipes, especially “comfort foods”, to make them healthier yet still tasty.

I also tweak it with ingredients I have on hand.

Here is an example.

My husband and I love stuffed peppers, so this past weekend I got on my computer and started looking at recipes.

I found this one for Stuffed Peppers

But I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, such as the beef and I had already made a bunch of shredded chicken for the week, and I wanted to omit some of the cheese and add in some extra flavor with some garlic.

So that is exactly what I did!

I substituted in the chicken, I cut out 1/2 of the cheese recommended and added a whole lot of garlic. 🙂

Here is everything combined and cooking.

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After cooking the “stuffing” for about 20 min, I put it in half-peppers. Again, something else I changed in the recipe. Main reason is because my portion would only be 1/2, while my husband’s would be 1 whole pepper, so he will just eat two. I also put about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish.

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Lastly, here is everything cooked and ready to eat!

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I love tweaking recipes and making them perfect for us. I strongly urge you to do as well. Take recipes you normally wouldn’t make because it’s not on the “clean list” and make it suitable for your nutrition plan.

A Simple Way For Shredding Chicken

One of my favorite ways to eat chicken is having it shredded and putting it either in a salad or soup, or making lettuce wraps with it. It’s easy, simple and perfect for just grabbing some chicken and putting it in a bag for when I’m on the go.

But I HATE having to shred the chicken.

I can either do it by hand, which takes forever, or I can use two forks and try to shred it that way.

Both ways, take way too long and they don’t shred the chicken very well.

Then my husband sent me a video of someone shredding chicken the fastest and most simplest way!

By using a hand mixer! LOL

OK, so maybe you already know this or maybe this is something you’ve seen before. But for me…this is so awesome and such a time saver!

Here’s how to do it!

Cook your chicken.

If I’m going to shred the chicken, I will cook it in the Crockpot. I usually make about 4 pounds and cook 6-7 hours. If I feel like it, I will add seasoning.

Once cooked, place all the chicken in a bowl.

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Next, take your hand mixer (doesn’t have to be fancy. If you can see, my mixer is about 15 years old) and turn on low and start shredding the chicken. The chicken will get “stuck” in the mixers sometimes, but do not worry. Just keep going and eventually the chicken will break apart.

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Continue doing this until all chicken is shredded to your liking.

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And viola! You have shredded chicken that you can put on salads, in soups, lettuce wraps or just eat on it’s own!

Hope you enjoy!

Recipe: Simple Salmon

One of my favorite foods is salmon.

I eat a lot of salmon when I am leaning out. It’s a great source of protein and has a good amount of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. And it just really tastes great! 🙂

Here is a simple recipe that I use when I make my salmon.

Ingredients: Salmon filet, lemons and baby dill

Place salmon in a baking dish

 

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Place baby dill on top of salmon. I LOVE dill, so I use a lot. Use as much as you feel like.

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Cut lemon into think slices and place on top of baby dill. Again, I really love lemon on fish, so I put a lot. Use as much as you would like.

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Place in the oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 min, depending on thickness of salmon. Take lemons and dill off before you eat and viola! A great lean protein that tastes phenomenal!!

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ENJOY! 🙂

Got Meal Prep???

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I have been getting a lot of questions about meal prepping and how I do it for myself. So I decided to make a quick video showing you exactly how I put a full days worth of meals together.

Here ya go!

Hope that helped!

Please let me know if you have any other questions by commenting on this post or going to my Train Like A Girl Facebook page and letting me know there!