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Bacony Brussels Sprouts & Meatloaf

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Healthy Meatloaf and Brussels Sprouts

This entire meal is gluten free, dairy free, and Paleo friendly. Normally, I do not go through this extent of making a side dish, but dang these Brussels sprouts were sure worth it! They go well with the meatloaf because they both bake at 350.

 

Bacony Brussels Sprouts Directions:

Ingredients:

6 strips of bacon (natural, nitrate-free is best)

1 pound Brussels sprouts

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Ground Black Pepper to taste

 

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Dice bacon and cook it in a skillet until crispy.

3. Steam the Brussels sprouts anyway you choose for about 5 minutes. Cut off the stem, and cut them in halves or quarters depending on size.Healthy Meatloaf and Brussels Sprouts4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the sprouts, bacon, bacon grease, and spices.

meatloaf and brussels5. Line a baking dish with foil, I only do this cause I hate to scrub dishes. Spread Brussels sprouts evenly in the dish.

Meatloaf and Brussels Sprouts6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through. When you are done you should have this:

Meatloaf and Brussels Sprouts

Meatloaf

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef 97% lean

1 cup almond meal/flour

2 eggs

6 oz tomato paste

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon dried basil

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

 

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Beat eggs together.

3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand.

4. Place meat mixture into a large baking dish, or large loaf pan.

5. Bake for 1 hour, until the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle.

Meatloaf

 

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Pecan Crusted Chicken

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Let me start by saying eating clean is going better than I thought it would. I feel healthier and have lost about 6 pounds over the last 2 weeks. Besides that, I nearly went into shock at dinner last night. We had hamburgers, wrapped in lettuce, and I just assumed that my in-laws were going to have theirs on buns. But, my mother-in-law (who is super sweet by the way) ate hers wrapped in lettuce just like us! We are making progress and helping the whole family to make healthier choices!

The P.E. teacher at the school I work at is leading a wellness initiative for our staff at school. She had sent out a bunch of recipes, but I have no idea where they came from exactly. This is one of those recipes just tweaked a little.

It was really yummy and even received the husband saying of approval of, “I think we should make this again sometime!”

 

Ingredients:

4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (organic if you prefer, thin sliced and tenders would work well too just adjust cooking time)

1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard

2 tablespoons of organic honey

1 cup of crushed pecans (The ones I used were crushed when I bought them)

Sea Salt (optional)

 

What You Need to Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line and lightly spray a casserole dish with a healthy oil.

2. Combine mustard and honey in a medium mixing bowl.

Pecan Crusted Chicken

3. Put your pecans in a separate bowl or shallow dish.

Pecan Crusted Chicken4. Set up a cute little assembly line in your kitchen starting with chicken, then mustard mixture, pecans and finally the baking dish

Pecan Crusted Chicken5. Dip both sides of each chicken breast into the mustard mixture. Then dip both sides of each chicken breast into the pecans. Place them into the baking dish and top with a little sea salt if you would like.

Pecan Crusted Chicken

6. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, serve with a vegetable.

Someone came over to the house, and I have focusing issues and forgot to take a picture of the finished product.

 

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini

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The P.E. teacher at work had shown me a picture of a similar recipe Friday after school, and I thought “OH, I could totally get my family to eat that!” And so, here is this recipe.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with ZucchiniIngredients:

1-1.5 lbs thin sliced chicken breasts

1 small zucchini

1 package of bacon (you won’t use it all)

Salt free spice (like Mrs. Dash)

Ground Black Pepper

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 425. Cut zucchini into thin french fry like sticks. For me the easiest way to do this was cut the zucchini in half the “short way”, then cut each of those halves in quarters, so you have 8 pieces. Then cut them like fries!

zucchini sticks2. Spread out one piece of chicken. Season the side that will be on the inside of the roll-up with salt-free seasoning. Lay 5-6 zucchini sticks on one end of the chicken and roll it on up.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini3. Then, wrap a piece of bacon around that, and place on a baking sheet.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Zucchini4. Grind pepper on top of roll-ups.

paleo bacon wrapped chicken with zucchini5. Bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your rolls (hahaha). Remove and enjoy! We cut into one of ours to be sure that it was cooked all the way.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini

 

We served it with fresh green beans. Oh and everyone loved it! My father-in-law only ate the ones without the zucchini though.

Eating Clean

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Counting points has become quite boring and inconvenient for me. I know that Weight Watcher’s works, but the monthly cost as well as my struggle to keep the weight off that I had initially lost has proven to me that I need to try something different.

 

Although this is likely one of the worst times for my husband and I to start focusing our attention on eating healthy, it is also one of the best times. Wait a second, is there ever a bad time to start eating healthy? Well here is why I say it is probably not the BEST thing we could be doing right now.

 

– We are in the process of buying a house. There are lots of transitions going on. We don’t have any of our stuff, including cooking supplies.

– We are on a tight budget.

-We are living with my in-laws. Love them dearly, but enough said!

 

Now, at the same time it is also the best time for us to start something like this!

-We just moved, we are starting fresh

-We are both bigger than we would like to be and willing to make changes

-My new job is awesome, super supportive and even has a wellness challenge that we started

– We would like to start a family sometime in the near future.

 

Our game plan is simple. Eat healthy, eat clean, no processed foods. What it is seemingly like to me, is a gluten-free, dairy-free, diet, very similar to Paleo. We are striving to eat 5-6 small meals each day. Each meal should consist of a lean protein, a healthy fat, and a healthy carb, which is usually a fruit or veggie. We will use the myfitnesspal app. on occasion to track our progress. Wish us luck!