Simple Chicken and Veggie Soup

Simple Chicken and Veggie Soup

This soup is great for the start of a new year when you need to begin a healthy meal reset. You should always have some on hand in the freezer, maybe prepped in individual portions for those times when you need to “start over” OR when you feel a cold coming on.  Why?  Because this dish is loaded with chicken for protein and lots of veggies for bonus nutrition. It is also particularly “lemony,” so it includes a huge vitamin C boost!!

This is also a great recipe to make your own…add other veggies or some potatoes. Don’t like that much lemon taste? Then, reduce the lemon.

This is a great “EDGE MEAL” due to its low-carb, low-fat, and VERY high-protein. Check out the Nutrition Fact Label below.

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Simple Chicken and Veggie Soup
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  1. Melt butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, add the onions and stir until translucent. Then add the celery, carrots, garlic, and bell pepper. Saute for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the vegetables start to brown a bit around the edges.
  2. Add the chicken, broth, salt, and pepper to the pot. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Pull the chicken from the pot and shred with two forks or with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Add the chicken back to the pot then stir in the kale. Cook for 2-3 minutes until kale is fully wilted.
  4. Add the lemon juice and then taste soup for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Spoon into individual bowls and serve!
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NOTE:  The BEST time to add greens is towards the very end of the cooking process. That way, they'll maintain their bright green color.

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This is a great meal to pop in the oven when you get home from work! It’s fast, delish, and budget friendly. A one-pan meal, with all food groups right there for the serving–an “EDGE MEAL” at its very best!!

NOTE: While it may seem like this meal is high on the side of fat and calories at first glance, keep in mind that this is your whole meal–Main Course, Side Dish, and Veggie!

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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chicken broth, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and coconut aminos.
  3. Pour the mixture over the pork chops, making sure they are well covered. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potatoes and broccoli, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the pork chops on a baking dish and surround with the sweet potatoes and broccoli.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
Recipe Notes

Coconut aminos, a replacement for soy sauce, are gluten-free, non-GMO, certified organic, soy-free, MSG-free, kosher and vegan.

Brands to look for when shopping:
Bragg (can be found at WalMart), Coconut Secret (can be found at Boerne HEB, Target)

 

Tuna Cakes With Yogurt Sauce

Tuna Cakes With Yogurt Sauce

I love this recipe for lots of reasons! It’s one of our “SUPER STAR, EDGE MEALS” because….
It’s super budget-friendly since the base is canned tuna.
It’s low-carb, high-protein, and low-fat! So, they won’t cancel out your Fit for GOD workout!
It keeps you feeling satisfied, so no snacking necessary after you’ve had these for dinner (that high-protein content helps you out there).
It makes over 15 good-sized cakes, so you can make several meals from one batch…OR…make a double-batch and freeze some for later, so great meal prep dish!
And finally, it’s delicious!!!

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Diet Level:6
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For The Tuna Cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Empty 4 cans of tuna into a large strainer over the sink, and let them drain while you prepare the following ingredients.
  3. Sauté onions in olive oil for about 8 minutes in a sauté pan, until translucent. Set aside and let cool.
  4. While the onions are cooking, in a large mixing bowl, add Greek yogurt (or almond milk yogurt), lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk until combined. Then add cilantro and peppers to the mixture.
  5. Add the tuna, beaten eggs, cooked onions and almond meal, and mix gently.
  6. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop (or your hands), form the mixture into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. If you are freezing the tuna cakes, leave them on the baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once firm, store them in a re-sealable freezer bag until needed.
  8. To finish the cakes, bake on 425 for about 20 minutes, just until they start to crisp and become golden.
For The Spicy Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk thoroughly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

 
If you are freezing the cakes, leave them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they have firmed up, you can transfer them to a resealable storage bag. When you want to cook them, place them back on a baking sheet while still frozen, and allow them to thaw in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours. Then proceed with baking per the instructions.

 

Cream of Tomato Soup

Cream of Tomato Soup

This soup will quickly become one of your go-to’s when you want something hot and homemade, so make a double batch and keep some in your freezer! It’s healthy and oh-so-tasty!!!

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  1. Warm olive oil in large pan, add onion and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and potato and saute for about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cream and basil.
  4. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Blend in food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. (If using a blender, be careful when placing hot ingredients in it.)
  6. Add the cream and basil and reheat, but do not bring to boil.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh basil and drizzle of cashew cream on top.
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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

This recipe is a super-star and EDGE VEGGIE! It is so simple and so delicious! If you’re looking for a yummy, easy veggie side-dish that you can get on the dinner table quickly…search no more…THIS IS IT!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add sliced broccoli to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil, then toss gently.
  4. Roast for 10 minutes, add the sliced garlic to the pan, and return to the oven.
  5. Bake 6 more minutes, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional if going dairy-free) and bake for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, dust with lemon zest and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can also use frozen broccoli to make this recipe quicker and easier. Just slice up your broccoli as above and preheat your pan when you preheat your oven!

 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This recipe is one of my “Fueled & Fit EDGE MEALS.”  So named because they give you an EDGE when you begin your 40-Day F&F Challenge.

EDGE MEALS:

Are quick and easy to prepare
Are family-friendly
Contain easy to locate and inexpensive ingredients
Can be plugged in for either lunch or dinner (or for leftovers)
Are low-carb, low-fat, and high-protein
Contain lots of vitamins and minerals for an extra-punch of energy


Speaking of vitamins and minerals, below are a few of the benefits of tart cherries:

  • Tart Cherries are super-rich in antioxidants. They have about the same antioxidant capacity of blueberries.  And when they’re dried, their antioxidants are super-concentrated.  We’re talking over double the amount of benefits than when the fruit is fresh.
  • They’re high in fiber, and an excellent source of vitamin C.
  • They are considered one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. They can ease muscle pain, gout, and even arthritis.  One study showed that tart cherries had better anti-inflammatory properties than aspirin.
  • They’re high in potassium, which reduces the risk of stroke, hypertension and high blood pressure, and reduces muscle cramping.
  • Cherries are a great sleep aid. They are one of the few good food sources of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles.
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Chicken Broccoli Casserole
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  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Drizzle broccoli florets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in a 9 X 13 baking dish for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
  4. While the broccoli is roasting, shred the chicken and set it aside.
  5. Heat up a medium-sized skillet on the stove, add olive oil and minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute then add the chicken stock, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and stir. Fold in the yogurt, 3 ounces of the feta cheese, green onions, half the cherries and half the almonds.
  6. When the broccoli is finished roasting, turn the oven temp down to 375 degrees, and fold the chicken mixture into the baking dish with the broccoli. Then sprinkle with the remaining feta, almonds, and cherries.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes covered, and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can swap out the dried tart cherries for dried cranberries if desired.

 

Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Vinaigrette

This is a great dressing for any Diet Level salad! WITH the maple syrup, as written, it’s Diet Level 6 friendly. Simply substitute dates for the maple syrup or use sugar-free maple syrup (see recipe notes) to make it challenge friendly for Diet Levels 1-5.

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Diet Level:6
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Category Condiments
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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  1. Place vinegar, pumpkin puree, basil, garlic, spices, salt, maple syrup or date, and pumpkin seeds (if using) in a blender or food processor.
  2. While motor is running, slowly add in oil. Check the consistency, if too thick, add in 1-2 tbsp of water.
Recipe Notes

Soak the date for about 10 minutes to soften. Go to the CHALLENGE FRIENDLY FOODS page to see recommendation for sugar-free maple syrup.

The pumpkin seeds create a thicker and crunchier texture, but are optional. You can also use a different nut in its place.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

This is a classic, easy pumpkin soup recipe that is very fast to make. Everything you need, none of the unnecessary frills. The extra flavor in this recipe is the broth, mixed with onion and garlic. It makes all the difference!

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  1. Place the pumpkin puree, onion, garlic, broth, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat and let simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until smooth. If you don't have a stick blender, use a blender.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Still through almond milk and serve.
Easy Breakfast Casserole

Easy Breakfast Casserole

This is a great breakfast to prepare ahead of time and bring out to reheat when you have guests coming in for a visit. It’s also tasty to serve as  “breakfast-for-dinner!”

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the oil, onion, garlic, potatoes, spinach, green bell pepper, and pepper into a hot skillet. Saute until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the sausage links and mix.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Stir in the vegetable and sausage mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Bake for 20 minutes covered with aluminum foil, remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with scallions and diced tomatoes.
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Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

I love one-pan meals! They are simple to make and easy to clean up!!! This one tastes delicious, is perfect for leftovers, and even freezes well.

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. On the pan, combine the broccoli, sweet potato, onion, garlic, cranberries, and walnuts. Drizzle with oil, add seasonings, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread evenly amongst the pan, cover with foil and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. After the 12 minute,s remove from oven, add chicken, toss and place back in oven to bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Then again, remove from oven, toss once more and place back in oven without foil this time and bake for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
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