Wednesday, November 30, 2016

(Vegan) Crockpot Quinoa Chili

What is a Mom to do when she has a To Do list a mile long, she needs to feed her fam a hot, nutritious meal, and she's saving all of her coins for an upcoming anniversary? Well, if you are THIS MOM then you go on a crazy crockpot cooking spree & test out a bunch of new recipes.
In one week I used my crockpot to make rice, dried pinto beans, balsamic chicken, this chili, garlic honey salmon, pineapple pork tenderloin & hubby's fave beef pot roast. I bought all of the ingredients for all of these meals for $78 TOTAL and we had leftovers every day. Winning!
With the money I saved I was able to go ALL OUT on Hubby's anniversary present. I'm so excited to give it to him - he is NOT going to see it coming!! Eeeeekkk - I love giving presents. 
This vegan crockpot quinoa chili was hands down my favorite out of the bunch. It is a lighter version of a fall favorite and it makes a ton. Eat up and freeze the rest for another quick dinner.
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 4oz can of diced mild green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 packet of organic chili seasoning
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Stir to combine, salt and pepper to taste and serve with your choice of toppings: sour cream, hot sauce, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, etc.
Do you call it a crockpot or a slowcooker? I always say Crock Pot!

4 Ways to Stay on Track in December

Hey ladies! As we enter into December I have a few 'tough love' tips to help you stay on track in Round 12 - the final round of 2016.
  1. Fit in a sweat sesh DAILY. Why workout? It gives your metabolism a temporary boost, it helps build muscle which burns more calories 24/7 and it makes you feel good and have more energy! I know it sounds counter-intuitive but if you're feeling blah & tired then you need to go 'work it out' to feel better. Do you post your sweaty selfies on your personal insta? Hashtag them with #HHFITTRIBE so I can give you a virtual fist bump!
  2. Track your food. It's pretty easy to get in a good 30 minute workout but its what happens the other 23 1/2 hours per day that is tougher! Tracking your meals is a good way to make better choices and be more conscious of what you are eating. You can jot them down in a little notebook, in the notes section of your phone or even use a free app to track. Remember that weight loss is about 80% nutrition and only 20% fitness so if you aren't where you want to be then THIS is your biggest opportunity area.
  3. Shift your mindset, for real. This is not about a lifetime of deprivation. This is about being healthy, having better skin, hair & nails, living to see our grandkids, setting examples for your kids, working AGAINST our family medical history, getting into shape to get pregnant, fitting into size BADASS, feeling sexier than before, having energy to keep up with kiddos and So. Much. More. Why the hell did you start? Don't quit now.
  4. Think you can make a habit by doing something 'when you feel like it'?! WRONG. A habit is made when you make a commitment and follow through with it. Over time it gets a little easier. Then it becomes part of your routine. Then you feel weird if you don't do it. Tired of starting over? Quit giving up!
Don't bury your head in the sand for the whole month only to wake up on January 1st in an even bigger hole. Moderation and balance are KEY to having the happiest, healthiest Holidays yet! You can do this!