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Food Journal 11.4.13

Happy Monday!

It’s food journal time!

Breakfast

Oats + Black Coffee

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Just your average quick cook oats plus a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

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Mid morning snack was a coconut Larabar – love this flavor!

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Lunch was heated chili with a small side of organic corn chips. I love chili leftovers – chili always taste so much the day after! And the day after that!

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Yesterday I mentioned that hubs was not feeling well… today I started to feel under the weather, too. A fruit smoothie with protein was all I was craving for dinner. This pink beauty had blueberries, mango, water, OJ and protein powder.

This mama is ready for bed! Good night!

XxOo  Tasha

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A cozy Sunday

Hi friends! Happy Sunday!

I love Sunday! It’s my day to cozy up inside and relax. Usually my Sundays include meal prepping, soup making, cleaning, playing games with Jordan, blogging and catching up on my blog reading, business (writing E-Books, editing photos, talking to clients) and just doing what my heart tells me! I also loving waking up early and pounding out some journal pages and squats! 😉 Oh, and FOOTBALL! I love watching football! I have blogged about our Sunday Football watching before… we have been doing Fantasy Football for about 7 years now, too! It’s so much fun!

Oh, and it’s daylight savings time today! I remember hating daylight savings time when Jordan was a baby because of course it messed his schedule up for a good week or so. Now it’s not so bad.

This morning I was taking care of two sick boys – hubs and bubs! Hubs woke up with a sore throat and pounding head, and Jordan has been dealing with an ear infection this week. Moms = Doctors! ❤

I also prepped a batch of Crockpot chili this morning – the house is smelling soooo good right now!

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Chili is one of my favorite things to make and eat! Most of the time I will make a vegan chili but today I am making it with ground turkey. And instead of jalapeño peppers I used a poblano pepper – I think it will taste pretty darn amazing!

After I placed everything in the crock pot, I made myself a yogurt bowl! Man, I love yogurt bowls!

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I used coconut yogurt, a sprinkle of trail mix and granola and a cut up organic apple. I haven’t had a yogurt bowl in soooo long… I really missed them!

Jordan and I also wrote out his Thank You cards from his Birthday. Teaching children to say Thank You is so important!

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I also love seeing him write his words! Each day I am so amazed by Jordan! I still can’t believe how fast he is growing!

Here are a few pictures from Halloween! He was a Ghost this year! I bought white facepaint but he didn’t want it one – he’s funny like that! He hates to be dirty or have anything on him! lol

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We went out for only an hour and a half and he ended up scoring a lot of treats! Of course when we got home he had to line them up on the couch… did you do this when you were younger? I know I did!

Here is my take on Halloween and candy: I know candy is not good for kids. But it’s one of those childhood memories that I want him to have! Since he does not eat candy or sweets on a regular basis, he hasn’t really ask me to eat any of his candy. He still has the entire bucket full and he likes to play with it and count it! lol I have been throwing away his candy when he isn’t looking. But if he wants one piece here or there I will allow him to have one. We live in an imperfect world! And as long there is moderation and teaching involved, kids should be able to be kids!

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Here is a look at Jordan from the past 5 years!

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2.5 weeks old vs. 1 year

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2 years vs. 3 years

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4 years vs. 5 years 

It amazes me how fast he has grown!

Questions:

Do you watch football?

Did you go out Trick or Treating?

Have a wonderful day!

XxOo Tasha

chili, crock pot, halloween, jordan, life, recipe

A cozy Sunday

Hi friends! Happy Sunday!

I love Sunday! It’s my day to cozy up inside and relax. Usually my Sundays include meal prepping, soup making, cleaning, playing games with Jordan, blogging and catching up on my blog reading, business (writing E-Books, editing photos, talking to clients) and just doing what my heart tells me! I also loving waking up early and pounding out some journal pages and squats! 😉 Oh, and FOOTBALL! I love watching football! I have blogged about our Sunday Football watching before… we have been doing Fantasy Football for about 7 years now, too! It’s so much fun!

Oh, and it’s daylight savings time today! I remember hating daylight savings time when Jordan was a baby because of course it messed his schedule up for a good week or so. Now it’s not so bad.

This morning I was taking care of two sick boys – hubs and bubs! Hubs woke up with a sore throat and pounding head, and Jordan has been dealing with an ear infection this week. Moms = Doctors! ❤

I also prepped a batch of Crockpot chili this morning – the house is smelling soooo good right now!

photo 3

Chili is one of my favorite things to make and eat! Most of the time I will make a vegan chili but today I am making it with ground turkey. And instead of jalapeño peppers I used a poblano pepper – I think it will taste pretty darn amazing!

After I placed everything in the crock pot, I made myself a yogurt bowl! Man, I love yogurt bowls!

photo 4

I used coconut yogurt, a sprinkle of trail mix and granola and a cut up organic apple. I haven’t had a yogurt bowl in soooo long… I really missed them!

Jordan and I also wrote out his Thank You cards from his Birthday. Teaching children to say Thank You is so important!

photo 1

I also love seeing him write his words! Each day I am so amazed by Jordan! I still can’t believe how fast he is growing!

Here are a few pictures from Halloween! He was a Ghost this year! I bought white facepaint but he didn’t want it one – he’s funny like that! He hates to be dirty or have anything on him! lol

halloween1

  halloween2   haloween5

We went out for only an hour and a half and he ended up scoring a lot of treats! Of course when we got home he had to line them up on the couch… did you do this when you were younger? I know I did!

Here is my take on Halloween and candy: I know candy is not good for kids. But it’s one of those childhood memories that I want him to have! Since he does not eat candy or sweets on a regular basis, he hasn’t really ask me to eat any of his candy. He still has the entire bucket full and he likes to play with it and count it! lol I have been throwing away his candy when he isn’t looking. But if he wants one piece here or there I will allow him to have one. We live in an imperfect world! And as long there is moderation and teaching involved, kids should be able to be kids!

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Here is a look at Jordan from the past 5 years!

halloween111

2.5 weeks old vs. 1 year

halloween222

2 years vs. 3 years

halloween333 
4 years vs. 5 years 

It amazes me how fast he has grown!

Questions:

Do you watch football?

Did you go out Trick or Treating?

Have a wonderful day!

XxOo Tasha

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Vegan Chili – Clean Eating, Fast and Delicious!

I know what some of you might think… to eat clean you have to spend hours in the kitchen!

Totally not true!

Tonight I created a super simple yet clean, healthy and FAST dinner!

Let’s get cooking, shall we?!

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Simple Vegan Chili 

  • 2 cans of organic beans – I used a can of white beans and a can of garbanzo
  • 1 six inch zucchini, cubed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 10 large cherry tomatoes, halved and quartered (improvise here! I had larger cherry tomatoes and just guessed – I would say it was about a cup or more fresh tomatoes)
  • handful of sundried tomatoes
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup of water
  • a tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili seasoning – I used a half a packet of Trader Joes taco seasoning (no MSG) but you can use a combo of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.

Heat a soup pot on medium heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, zucchini, salt and pepper. Stir and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add everything at this point – tomatoes, beans, water, seasonings and cilantro. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or so.

I boiled some fresh gluten free noodles and placed a few scoops of chili on them.

Dinner is served! Simple, healthy and oh so good!

tasha

The Clean Eating Mama

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Sometimes all you need is…

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Vegan Chili

Ingredients – serves 6-8

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 2 small jalapeño, seeded and diced (optional – I like it spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 4-5 cups of beans – ready to use or canned (3 cans). I use kidney, pinto and black beans but you can use whatever kind you choose
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 can tomato paste
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 cup chili powder – I LOVE Spices Inc Hill Country Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups of water, or more
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place EVOO in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, peppers, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook until very soft – about 10 minutes.

In a 6 quart pot, add all of the ingredients, including the onion mixture. Set on high and cover. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes. Taste to see if it needs salt or pepper and/or more water if it is too thick.

You can also use a crock pot using the same method, except place on high until ready to serve.  (about 4-6 hours)

 

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Vegetarian Chili

This chili is simple yet hearty, and packed full of flavor! Meat eaters will not miss the meat one bit! Perfect for weekends or get-togethers as people can serve themselves as they please.

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Ingredients – serves 6-8

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1 package of plain Tempeh, cubed into small pieces (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced (optional – I like it spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 4-5 cups of beans – ready to use or canned (3 cans). I use kidney, pinto and black beans but you can use whatever kind you choose
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 can tomato paste
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 cup chili powder – I LOVE Spices Inc Hill Country Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups of water, or more
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place EVOO in a large skillet on medium heat. If using tempeh, add tempeh and brown for a few minutes. (I normally do not add tempeh but the option is there) Add onion, peppers, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook until very soft – about 10 minutes.

In a 6 quart pot, add all of the ingredients, including the onion mixture. Set on high and cover. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes. Taste to see if it needs salt or pepper and/or more water if it is too thick.

You can also use a crock pot using the same method, except place on high until ready to serve.

Garnish with avocado, cilantro and green onion.

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ztashaz

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{Recipes} Clean Eating Soup, Chili and Stew

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Vegan Carrot Soup

Potato, Lentil and Collard Green Soup

White Bean and Kale Soup

Spicy Cabbage Soup

An “Everything Lentil” Soup

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