Quick and Easy Mini Meatloaves

A big meatloaf takes forever to cook.  These taste great and are super quick.

You will need:

Ground beef or turkey (both work well)

Ketchup

An egg or two

Almond flour or coconut flour (you can use breadcrumbs or oatmeal as well)

Italian seasoning or thyme

Onion powder

Garlic powder

Mix the protein, a good squirt of ketchup, the egg(s), and the seasonings.  Mix. Add flour or breadcrumbs until the mixture is no longer soupy.

Scoop the mixture into a muffin pan and fill each muffin cup with about 1/3cup of the mixture.  Or you can use the same scooper that you use for your muffins.  I used the Pampered Chef scooper.  I don’t work for them or anything; it just works for me.

Bake your mini meatloaves at 400 degrees for 20ish minutes.

Serve with salad and veggies or freeze and reheat later.  I love keeping these in my freezer for lunches or quick suppers.

Enjoy!!

Because You Do…

I’ve made some pretty significant changes in my life over the past few years.  It was important to me to improve my health and the health of my family.

And I am often met with the well-intentioned question:

“How do you do that??”

Because I do.

It is not really a smart butt answer.  It is the truth.

If you want to make a change in your life, you have to DO something to make that happen.  It would be great if we wanted to change something and BOOM it happened.

But then again, given some of the things we have wanted to change on a whim, maybe that is not such a good idea…

The truth still is that if you want to change something, you have to DO something.  If I want to be healthier, I have to exercise, which means I have to DO something by showing up to CrossFit and doing something while I am there.  Not really just doing something, but working my tail end off.  I cannot just show up and expect something to happen; I have to be an active participant.

If I want to make smarter food decisions, I have to put down the boxes of processed food and pick up healthier choices.  I have cook meals each week from scratch.  And I have to prepare things ahead of time.  I have to DO something.

And if you want to change something, you have to commit to DO something.

The change will not be automatic, it will not always be easy, and there will be times when you will fall down.

Get up, brush yourself off, and keep doing something to move yourself in the right direction.

And at some point, someone will ask:

“How do you do that??”

Because you do.

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup

It is freezing cold and drizzly here, and soup sounds great right now.  Here is a quick and easy soup that you can make in almost no time at all.

You will need:

Chicken stock (I use the home made stock that I have in the freezer)

A little bit of arrowroot powder

2-3 eggs

In a small dish, whisk the eggs.

Warm the chicken stock until it is almost boiling.  In a different dish, add about 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder per four cups of broth and a little of the warmed chicken broth.  Mix.  While stirring the stock, add the mixture to it and continue to stir until the stock is thickened.  Still stirring, slowly add the eggs.  Cook another minute and then turn off the heat.

Garnish with green onions is you would like.

Serve and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Soup in the Crock Pot

I am all about making meals ahead of time and freezing them, and I want those meals to not be complicated.  And I do love soup, but not how labor intensive some of them can be.  This is an easy meal, great for the cold months still ahead of us, and requires relatively little prep work.  Here it is…

You will need:

Ground protein of choice

Chicken (for ground chicken or turkey) or beef broth (for ground beef)

A bag of frozen soup mix

A can or two of diced tomatoes

Your favorite soup seasonings

Add all of the ingredients to the crock pot, stir and break up ground protein, set on low, and leave it alone for several hours.

Serve, or freeze in containers of your choice.

Lose the Negativity

We live in a world that thrives on the negative.  Media that glorifies all sorts of negativity – gossip, cattiness, cruelty, lies, and the downfall of different people.  People who gain their own power from being unkind to others.  Leaders without empathy or any thought for others.

And under all of this is selfishness – what is good for me is what is good for me and who the heck cares who I offend or make feel bad about themselves.

BUT

How could we change the world if we built people up instead of tearing them down?

How hard would it be to offer encouragement instead of pointing and laughing?

How hard would it be to specifically tell someone what they are doing well at that moment in time?

What kind of difference could we make?

The possibilities are limitless.

We need to start today…right now…one person at a time.

And let’s see what a difference this makes.

Other than negativity, what have we got to lose?

New Year and No New Me

Turn on the TV, and unless you are watching a movie channel, you are probably getting barraged with the same commercials over and over again.  Commercials about how you should invest in the whole “New Year – New You” idea and purchase whatever product it is they are selling.  Reading the newspaper yields the same results – grocery stores are pushing healthier foods and organics, gyms are running super cheap resolution specials, big box stores are pushing plastic tubs to organize your stuff, and there are entire sections of the paper dedicated to a healthy new you.

Let me clearly state that there is nothing wrong with making positive changes, but I don’t like the idea that I have to be a new me.

There are some things that I like about me just fine and am not inclined to change that.

Are there some things that I want to do better?  Sure!

But I don’t have to reinvent myself just because New Year’s Day rolls around.  And no one product, gym membership, or anything else will make that happen…especially in the short time periods promoted in marketing.

Making a better me will come from making one better decision at a time.  It will not all come immediately, and there will not always be a good decision, but it will come over time.

But with better decisions and work, change will come.

And I will not be a new me…simply a me who has made some positive changes.

Make Ahead Meals – Easy Cabbage and Chicken

Still recovering from all of the holiday food?  Need to make some meals for next week ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it?  This recipe is quick, easy, inexpensive, and tastes great, even as leftovers.

You will need:

Boneless skinless chicken thighs

A smallish head of cabbage

Chicken broth

Onion

Fat of choice

Thyme

Pepper

Chop the cabbage and onion.  Set aside.

Heat your fat of choice in the skillet.  Add the chicken thighs and brown on each side.  Remove from skillet and set aside.  Add the cabbage and onion and sauté until the cabbage begins to wilt.  Season with thyme.  Let cook for a minute, and then add enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the skillet with about half an inch of broth.  Settle chicken thighs on top, cover, and let cook until chicken thighs are done.  Season with pepper.

Enjoy!