Beef & Broccoli with Red Pepper

We’ve all found ourselves left with a hodgepodge of extra veggies at the end of the week. Making a weeknight stir-fry is an excellent way to make good use of those  before they go bad, which I have been guilty of a time or two lol.

I love Stir Fry in fact I buy a big cut of round steak and cut it in half and use for stir fry and for another recipe for later. These days prices go up especially beef, so I try to get my bang for the buck if you know what I mean.

So when I saw this recipe on my Tracker,  I had to give it a whirl, this healthy Beef and Broccoli with Red Bell Pepper stir-fry gets its vibrant color and a boost of vitamin C from red bell peppers ( which is a win in my books.) and rich flavor from a ginger soy glaze.

This versatile beef and broccoli recipe tastes phenomenal with bell peppers, garlic, and fresh ginger. Bok choy, asparagus tips, and mushrooms would all work well in this dish.

 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. water, divided use
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch, divided use
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 lb. raw top sirloin beef, trimmed of fat and sliced into ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 medium bell peppers, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine soy sauce, 4 Tbsp. water, 1 Tbsp. corn starch, and honey in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  2. Combine remaining 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. water in a large bowl; mix well. Add beef. Toss gently to coat.

  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from skillet, keep warm.

  5. Add broccoli, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes. Place broccoli mixture in beef bowl.

  6. Add soy sauce mixture to skillet; cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat for 30 seconds, or until thickened.

  7. Return beef and broccoli mixture to skillet; cook, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed and heated through.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings, 1 cup each
Calories 237 kcal
Author Beachbody

Monday Motivation

Monday’s can be a Day you dread or a day you wake up and ready to crush your goals.  I used to be one of those that would literally dread. I would get so upset and anxious Sunday Night to the point that I would end up with a Migraine or sick to my stomach.  I hated Monday’s, I hated how I felt, I hated all the drama and negativity that I would have to face when I went to work.   How bad is that?

No one should ever have to go through that,  I find we get so many things stuck in our heads that we stand in our way.  We start to doubt ourself, we talk negatively to ourselves.  A lot of self doubt , fears step in.

We are far too smart for that.  I have talked to many women who are frustrated and tired of working their butts off but not achieving their goals.  They tell me how they hate their job, they’re stuck. So I ask them what is your goal? What is the one thing you want to do in your life?  Far too often they say “they don’t know”  They’ve never thought about it.  They are so busy looking after everyone else , kids, husband, significant other that they’ve never taken the time to really think about themselves and what they want in life.

I used to be like that, I never knew what I wanted with my life, I was too worried about how everyone thought of me, and make sure everyone was happy.  Which then caused depression, anxiety, obesity .  So how do we change our mindset, how do we get all the traffic in our head to start focusing on making our life the best it can be?

It starts with believing in yourself.  Building your self confidence, and changing your mindset. Sounds hard I know but I did TWO things that have changed my life for the better.  I can honestly say “I LOVE MYSELF” and mean it.  I know that I will do my best to make sure that my life is the best I can make it, so when I get to the end of the road I will look back and say ” DAM What a great life I had.”

The first thing I do is :

I write in my 5 minute journal.  Which is a great book, it helps me set my day and focus on what I need to do to make my day great. 

Secondly I listen to Personal Development.  I know your thinking my goodness I don’t have time for that or your thinking “BORING”  But I want you to think of someone who made a a difference in her life that if she wanted to her life would have been way different then where she is now.  She could have lived the same life as her Mom and you would Never have known who she is.  I’m talking about Oprah Winfrey.  She is successful, she is powerful, she is Smart.  She is smart because she knew she wanted to different lifestyle than what she was given as a child. The way she got out of that was by reading and learning.  Do you know how many Books She reads?  She reads at least one hour a day , she has a quote that says how she got to her success“Books were my pass to personal freedom.”  

 

So if your wanting a change and make your life the best it can be, then I encourage to change your habit and start a good habit. A little bit each day will make a huge impact later.  Take that one habit and work on it everyday. Write in a journal, make affirmations, or read 10 minutes everyday that will help you grow.  Sorry Harlequin, but we need to read books to inspire us, give us the knowledge to grow, NOT escape.   If you really want to be successful and change your path you won’t want to escape, or hide you will embrace your life!!  Let’s do this. Take the challenge and try one habit for 30 days and let me know how you made out!!  I bet you’ll see a difference !!

Shrimp Scampi in Foil

Tis the season for BBQ!  There are so many amazing recipes and flavours and ways to cook when summer is here, don’t you agree.  But at the same time, with having the kids out of school, vacations, travel, swimming, fishing , the list goes on and on.  So the last thing you want is to be spending all your quality time cooking.

I was introduced to foil packets a while ago and I love it.  So easy, less mess and quick. So if that’s what your wanting this recipe is for you.  What I love about this recipe is it’s so versatile you can add it to any dish, or make it your main dish with a side of cauliflower rice (my favourite) or Spaghetti squash or a Sexy Salad.  So enjoy and please share with a friend or family member that you think would like this recipe, the more the merrier!  Let me know what you think?

SHRIMP SCAMPI IN FOIL PACKETS

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Reynolds Wrap Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil
  • 4 garlic cloves, 2 grated, 2 thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 jumbo peeled and deveined shrimp (slightly over 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • whole wheat crusty bread, optional for serving
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk the grated garlic, salt, oil in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, toss to coat, and chill, uncovered, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Make foil packets. Tear off 4 16” sheets of Reynolds Wrap Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil.
  3. Place 10 shrimp on the center of each foil sheet. Top each with remaining garlic slices, 1 tablespoon wine, lemon juice, pinch red pepper flakes and 1/2 tablespoon melted butter over each.
  4. Bring up the long sides of the foil, so the ends meet over the food. Double fold the ends, leaving room for heat to circulate inside. Double fold the two short ends to seal the packet
  5. Grill over high heat, 8 minutes. Use gloves or tongs to remove and carefully open. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.
  6. (To bake in the oven, preheat oven to 425F and cook about 10 minutes.)

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: 1 packet

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 4
  • Points +: 6
  • Calories: 224 calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 188mg
  • Sodium: 312mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 24g

 

Beet and Spinach Salad

Not too many people like Beets.  I am Not one of them.  I love beets anyway, Pickled, boiled, Roasted you name it.  The nutrients in beets too its a true win win.  Did you know that:

  • Beet roots contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification
  • Beet greens are equally, if not more, nutritious with nutrients that may strengthen your immune system, support brain and bone health, and more!

So why wouldn’t I want to eat them, the only downfall is that beets are high in sugar so you should only eat them in moderation, if your trying to reduce your sugar intake.

If you’d like to try this amazing salad here is the recipe:
Enjoy!!

Beet Spinach Salad

You only need 5 ingredients for this delicious beet salad and here they are:

  • beets , cooked, sliced
  • baby spinach
  • cashews , roasted
  • dried cranberries
  • goat cheese

HONEY-LEMON SALAD DRESSING INGREDIENTS

And the beet salad dressing requires only 3 ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • honey
  • lemon juice freshly squeezed

Directions:

  1. Add baby spinach, sliced cooked beets, roasted cashews, and dried cranberries to a large salad bowl.
  2. Combine salad dressing ingredients in a different bowl: olive oil, honey, lemon juice. Whisk until combined.
  3. Pour the salad dressing over the beet salad, and toss to combine. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

This beet salad is so delicious and has so many ingredients that are good for you – I really recommend you make it!  It’s so simple but has so much flavor!  This salad is healthy, gluten free, full of fiber.

 

Avocado Crazy!!

 

I know this is crazy and I posted about the Avocado fries the other day.  I saw this recipe on my company’s blog and I have to share.  I think these are perfect for those mid afternoon snack, when you start to get snacky and hungry but you don’t want to always eat a granola bar.

One thing I have learned in eating healthy is that you always want to have a healthy fat or protein with either a veggie or fruit.  For example: Apple with PB, or Carrot sticks with hummus. So this is right up the alley of veggie and healthy fat, Cucumber and avocado rollups.  Can’t wait to try them.  I’m doing a live video of how to make them but if you can’t watch it here is the recipe for you to try on a nice hot day and have something cool and refreshing as well as filling.  Get you through those mid day cravings.

Avocado Rollups

Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • Toothpicks
  • Ground paprika for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place avocado, basil, garlic, and lime juice in a food processor (or blender). Season with salt and pepper if desired; pulse until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off long, thin slices of cucumbers.

  3. Spread avocado mixture evenly on each cucumber slice.

  4. Pick up one end of the cucumber slice and roll cucumber loosely around the filling. End with the seam on bottom and secure with a toothpick.

  5. Garnish with paprika if desired.

 

Avocado Fries

This Is something that I’ve never really got a love for, but to be honest I’ve never really given it a try.  One of my very dear friends loves Avocado so I did some research and found that Avocado’s are a very beneficial.  They are a healthy fat,  and the vitamins and minerals are amazing.   SO why wouldn’t I include this in my meal plan?

I found this recipe and I don’t know about you but I love fries.  So why not combine both, fries and healthy right?   So if your like me and want to try something New give this a try!!

Avocado Fries

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces (2 small) avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into 16 wedges
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons lime chili seasoning salt, such as Tajin Classic
For the lime dipping sauce:
  • 1/4 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime chili seasoning salt, such as Tajin Classic
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

Air Fryer Directions:

  1. Preheat the air-fryer 390F degrees.
  2. Place egg in a shallow bowl. On another plate, combine panko with 1 teaspoon Tajin.
  3. Season avocado wedges with 1/4 teaspoon Tajin.  Dip each piece first in egg, and then in panko.
  4. Spray both sides with oil then transfer to the air fryer and cook 7 to 8 minutes turning halfway. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Oven Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven 425F, follow directions above and bake on a sheet pan until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.