Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cuban Braised Beef- 21 Day Fix Approved

Cuban Braised Beef- 21 Day Fix Approved!

21 Day Fix Approved Cuban Braised Beef

Flank steak is one of my favorite lean meat choices for my red container on the 21 Day Fix.  Beef contains more iron in it that chicken and sometimes I just need it!  This is a great 21 Day Fix approved recipe that has tons of flavor and can be made ahead of time! I changed it up and used the 21 Day Fix Smokey Southwestern Seasoning mix.  Can you say YUM!

Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds flank steak, cut in half crosswise
1  28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 large onion, cut into wedges
2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons Smokey Southwestern Seasoning powder
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 avocado sliced or diced

Option to serve over brown rice or quinoa


  1. Place the steak in a large saucepan. Add the tomatoes, onion, chili powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer, covered, until fork-tender, about 2 hours OR put everything in your crock pot on low for 3-5 hours. 
  2. Using two forks, shred the beef and mix it into the cooking liquid. Serve over rice or quinoa and top with the mango, avocado and cilantro. 

If you are following the 21 Day Fix, use your red container to portion out a heaping serving the beef and your yellow to portion out your rice.  Top with 1 blue of avocado.  This counts as 1/4 of a green with the veggies per serving as well. 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Asian Lettuce Wraps- 21 Day Fix Approved

Asian Lettuce Wraps- 21 Day Fix Approved

I love lettuce wraps!  There is something about the cool crunch of the lettuce mixed with the warm flavorful filling that is just so yummy!  So here is a recipe that is 21 Day Fix approved.  So Yummy!

Another great Asian inspired 21 Day Fix approved food are these Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce. Give these a try as well!

21 Day Fix Approved
21 Day Fix Asian Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps Ingredients


1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1 red bell pepper, cut into large dice
1/2 Medium Onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced


1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, or more to taste
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 tablespoons hot water
3 tablespoons soy sauce


4 large leaves of iceberg lettuce
2 carrots, shredded
1 tablespoon chopped green onion, or to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Cook and stir ground chicken in a large skillet until the meat is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease. Stir red bell pepper, onion and garlic into chicken; cook and stir until pepper and onion is slightly softened, about 5 more minutes.
  2. Whisk 1/2 cup soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and sesame oil in a bowl; pour over chicken mixture. Cook and stir chicken mixture with sauce over low heat until flavors have blended, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mix peanut butter with hot water in a small bowl until smooth; stir 3 tablespoons soy sauce into the mixture. Set dipping sauce aside.
  4. Form lettuce leaves into cup shapes and fill with chicken mixture. Top lettuce wraps with shredded carrots, sprinkle with green onion and cilantro, and a spoonful of peanut dipping sauce.
If following the fix- portion out 1 red into 4 lettuce leaves and add 1/2 green of carrots between the 4 and divide 1 orange of sauce between the 4. 

1 red, 1- green and 1 orange

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Fear of Success? Yes It is a Real Thing and it is Sabotaging You!

Fear of Success?  Yes It is a Real Thing and it is Sabotaging You! 

When I was competing at Ms Fitness USA in Vegas 2008, we had to give a speech for the evening gown round. I will never forget my friend, Susan Benz, Ms Fitness USA 2009 speech about the fear of success. This was the first time I had thought about being scared to succeed. This made an impression on me and of course, I wondered if I was ever scared to succeed?

In the years since that competition, this though has been rolling around in my mind from time to time. Of course everyone wants to be successful! Isn't that the only ingredient? If desire was the only thing we needed, well then I would think that alot more people would succeed at what they are really desiring for themselves. but yet, I see so many people hold themselves back and sabotage themselves time and time again. Me included.
So when I was listening to my audio book this morning on my way into work, The Secret Code of Success, it struck me when the author said that there is such a thing as fear of success and people sabotage themselves all the time. Mostly, it is a subconscious act... people don't wake up saying, "how can I ruin my dreams today?" He then began to explain how to over come this phenomenon!
I am really excited to explore how to quit sabotaging myself in whatever it is I want to do... and to get my own foot off the break and do what I have wanted to do for a while now. Does this sound like you? If so, I would totally recommend this book. It is, "The Secret Code of Success" by Noah St. John. You can get it on Audible and listen to if that is your cup of tea. By "code" he does not mean some secret combination... but more a code to live your live by... smile emoticon
Good luck!

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