Hooray!! It’s taco Tuesday! This week we had chicken fajitas. Occasionally we will have beef, lentil, or turkey tacos. Really just any food that you can eat out of a soft shell tortillas. It’s the kids favorite night of the week other then spaghetti night. We like to mix it up every now and then.
I’m a huge chicken fan, so these great! They are quick and easy to make, so that’s also a plus. The boys love them too. They are very kid friendly!! Just fry up the chicken, onion, and pepper in a non-stick frying pan like THIS ONE and top with seasonings. Just like tacos, there are so ways things that you can top them with including cheese, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, and/or tomatoes. For a low-carb version, you can use romaine lettuce as a shell!
- 2 Chicken Breast, sliced
- 1 Bell Pepper, sliced- use green, red, yellow, or orange (get creative!)
- 1/2 Onion, sliced
- 1 T EVOO
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 lime (for juicing) or lime juice
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 T Tajin Seasoning
- Tortilla Soft Shell
You might also like this recipe:
Mexican Chicken Skillet
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A simple chicken fajita recipe. No marinade used.
Add olive oil to frying pan, add onions and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes.
Add Chicken and season with cumin and Tajin seasoning. Sprinkle with lime juice. Stir occasionally while chicken cooks.
Add sliced Bell Peppers when chicken remains slightly pink.
Fajita filling is finished when chicken is cooked through and peppers to desired texture. You will want the peppers softened but not mushy.
Always cook chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees
I am obsessed with becoming a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Self confidence. Trust yourself and feel good about yourself. When you reach your goals, even little ones, this sparks a felling of accomplishment. It gives you more confidence. When your start reaching goals that you have set, you feel like you must be doing something right!! Progress. Weight some of that weight that you wanted to loss, knowing to yourself that you are eating healthier, and having your clothes fit a little better, these are things that make you feel accomplished. So set little goals and crush them! Once you start reaching those goals and feeling better about yourself, you will feel obsessed with it! Keep going, Push Yourself! Feel comfortable in your own skin.
Also I’m excited to announce Country Clean N Fit is hosting a Back-to-School Weight Loss Challenge. The challenge runs through the month of September. I am looking for ladies (or men) who are looking to lose 5-20 pounds. Winner is determined by % of weight lost, not total weight lost. Some people have more to lose then other so this is the fairest. Prize TBD. I’m thinking a Gift Card of some sort!! Sign-up through our Facebook Page by August 31st!!
Great Homemade Pancakes
Carb re-feed day? Just craving good, old fashioned pancakes? Well here is a pancake recipe, from scratch. Sour milk gives great flavor but my kids drink milk too fast to have it spoil. This recipe uses vinegar to sour the milk. I like to add a touch of vanilla for extra flavor. Pancakes are great for the weekend. I like to make a double or triple batch for the kids Back-to-School breakfasts, I then freeze the extras. You can do easy add-in like mini blueberries, chocolate chips, or bananas. This is a great base recipe for any kind of pancake that you want. How great! Once you have them frozen, just throw them in the microwave for 30 second, flip and cook 30 more seconds. Its a quick and easy breakfast. Kids love them!
Here what you need:
- 3/4 Milk
- 1 T Vinegar
- 1 C Flour
- 2 T Sugar
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Egg
- 2 tsp Vanilla
For the recipe you need to add the vinegar to the milk and set aside. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. After 5 minutes, add egg and vanilla to the milk and beat. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Cook on a hot square griddle pan like this one. If you are making a double or triple batch electric griddles are handy for cooking more pancakes at once. Hope you enjoy these! Freeze any leftover or store in fridge for 3 days.
Check out these other pancake recipes:
Protein Powder Pancakes
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Great Fluffy Pancakes
A wonderful old fashioned pancake recipe.
In a large bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Set aside for 5 minutes.
In a medium sized bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix.
Add vanilla and egg to milk, beat until smooth.
Add flour mixture to milk mixture. Beat until smooth.
Cook pancakes on a pre-heated skillet over high heat. Grease pan with butter. Flip once bubbles begin to form. Cook until lightly browned.
Top with desired toppings.
The pain you fell today is the strength you fell tomorrow. When you’re felling sore during your workouts, push yourself!! This is just your muscles building themselves stronger. When you start a new exercise program or new routine, your muscles may not be used to this kind of movement.
The next day you may fell a little sore and achy. This is normal!! Soreness is good. Pain to your muscles is different. You are the only one that knows how your own body feels. Know the difference between discomfort and pain.
Have the strength to push through the discomfort of sore muscles!! This makes them stronger. Stronger muscles make exercising easier. It makes them about the lift more weight. This is progress!! Keep going! Strive for your goals and for progress. What you do during today’s workout will make tomorrow’s workout easier.
Results are not seen overnight. It can be very discouraging when you take the time and effort to workout several times a week and not see results. You try to follow a healthy eating regime and little change is seen. It takes weeks to see results– keep going!! Stay positive and stay strong!
You need to fight for yourself and keep on working towards your goals. Remember why you started. You need to make changes in your life for them to happen. Team up with a buddy to help push each other towards your goals. Stick together to make your workouts happen. Push each other.
Stay focused and stay strong. Don’t give up on yourself. You need to stay mentally strong to have ability push yourself physically.
Hungry for a snack but don’t want to munch on a salad? Green smoothies are great!! They are quick and easy to make with minimal clean-up. They have spinach with contains vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Here is a recipe with some mango added. You can use fresh or frozen mango. I prefer to use frozen simply for the convenience of not having to peel and slice mangoes. I don’t like the slime either! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. For smoothies, I think it’s very handy to use my Magic Bullet. If you are making more than one at a time, a Blender is better.
Mango Green Smoohthie:
- 1 C Spinach
- 1/4 C Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 2 T Ground Flax Seed
- 1 T Honey
- 1/2 C Mango
Add all ingredient into a blend. Mix until smooth. Enjoy!
If you prefer strawberries, here is a recipe for a Strawberry Green Smoothie.
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Mango Green Smoothie
A green smoothie with added mango.
Add all ingredients into blender.
Use milk of your choice. Add more milk for a thinner smoothie.
Here’s a recipe for a wonderfully easy skillet meal. In my recipe I used turkey sausage and brown rice for a healthier option. The best part, that that it’s made in one dish to provide easy clean-up!
Cook rice as directed. In skillet sauté garlic, onions, and peppers. Add sausage and sprinkle with seasonings. Once sausage is browned, add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice. Cook until heated through. Enjoy! Optional add-in ideas- carrots, zucchini, or beans.
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Turkey Sausage and Rice Skillet
Sausage and rice.
In skillet, add butter and saute garlic, onions, and green peppers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Slice turkey into coins and add to skillet. Cook until sausage starts to brown.
Add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice, heat through.
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper can be added for a little spice!
Sometimes during a workout, you’re tired and you feel like you’re dying. When you feel like you can’t, push yourself to do more. Results come from effort. Results come from pushing yourself when you fell time you just can’t do it anymore. Push yourself. You can do it. It’s mind over matter!
If your looking for a low carb recipe for a side dish, here is one for Veggie Fritters. Instead of using potatoes in the traditional recipe, this one uses squash and carrots. For this recipe, it works easiest with a food processor but you can also use a hand grater.
- 2 c Carrots
- 2 c Zucchini
- 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium Onion
- 2 Eggs
- 2 T EVOO
- 2/3 c Flour
- Salt and Pepper
Using a food processor, shred carrot, zucchini, and onion. Add garlic, flour, eggs, oil, and sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir by hand. Form into patties and place on greased frying pan at medium heat. Fry 3-5 minutes or until brown and crispy. Enjoy. Optional: Top with sour cream and dill.
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Loaded with carrots and zucchini.
Using a food processor, shred carrots, zucchini, and onion. Add to a large bowl.
Add garlic, eggs, olive oil, flour, and salt and pepper to the bowl.
Mix by hand using a large spoon or spatula until smooth.
Form into small patties approximately 3 inches in diameter and place into greased frying pan.
Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown and crispy.
Top as desired: I like sour cream and dill.
Fall in love with taking care of yourself. That is what following a healthy lifestyle is all about. Take care of yourself. Find an activity that you enjoy doing that keeps you moving. Weather it be yoga, running, HIIT, kick-boxing, weight lifting, cardio, hiking, or roller blading, keep yourself active. Try new things until you find the one that is right for you!! Find healthy foods you love.