Mom Things, Weeknight Dinners

2 Week Summer Slimdown Challenge

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how much I love Cara Clark Nutrition’s healthy eating plans. Occasionally, I get into a cooking / healthy eating rut. Lazy, I don’t want to plan my own menu or search for new recipes. I also need a gentle reminder to keep my body moving every single day.

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Cara Clark’s plan fits my lifestyle so well. There are no games, counting, or crazy diets to follow. This is all real food – stuff you normally get at your local grocery store with some guided work outs and easy to make healthy snacks. The part that I love the most is the team of people I get to work with to help me stay on track with eating well and staying active ala Facebook groups and Instagram.

This summer, I’m full time with my two kids (and their friends, of course!) and they won’t necessarily keep me thinking about quinoa for dinner and smoothies for breakfast, this is why I joined the Summer Slimdown with Cara.

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For me, this plan is 100% worth it. I see results each time, and every time I do a challenge with her (this is my 3rd one), I take away something new + gain a ton of new recipes. Summer Slimdown 2018 includes :

  1. meals-at-a-glance menu
  2. daily menu plans
  3. extra smoothie recipes
  4. weekly recipes
  5. complete pre-printed grocery lists.
  6. workout options (no gym needed)
  7. step-by-step guidance

It takes effort though, MEAL PREP! If you don’t meal prep, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and “behind” in your healthy life stlye. No pressure ๐Ÿ™‚

I can already tell you my favorite items coming up that I WILL be blogging about since I’ll need to make some nut free substitutions.

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  • Cherry Rhubarb overnight oats
  • Summer Lovin Crunch Salad with jicama
  • Blackbean Tahini Dip with Sunbutter

I’m so pumped about this challenge!!! The recipes are amazing, she also includes healthy adult beverage options, and antioxidant flavored fruit water recipes (perfect for a day outside with friends + kiddos).

If you think this sounds cool – and want to join me, you still have time! The two-week summer slimdown starts on June 11. That’s next Monday. So click on over to her website and join with me. Sometimes her instagram has discount codes so check that first, caraclarknutrition.

Have a great day, and enjoy my peonies ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weeknight Dinners

Broccoli Slaw Shrimp Stir Fry

Promises, promises. I said yesterday I would post this recipe, so here it is. We didn’t make it due to the flu, but I’m posting anyway.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger (microplane)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 pounds, peeled, deveined wild shrimp, sprinkled with ground ginger, onion powder, sea salt and pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) package of broccoli slaw
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 4 green onions, end removed, rough chop
  • 2-3 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • if you do not have nut allergies, 1/3 cup unsalted cashews would be amazing with this, but alas, not for us.

Ingredients – Sauce

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flake
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large sautee pan, stir fry the shrimp + grated ginger in coconut oil for 1 minute.
  2. Add the sauce ingredients
  3. Stir well and simmer for a few minutes (no more than 4 if you’re using med-hi heat).
  4. Shrimp should be pink and tails just curled in, DO NOT OVER COOK YOUR SHRIMP. Once they appear curled up and pink, turn off the heat.
  5. Add broccoli slaw, cabbage and green onion
  6. Simmer for 2 minutes until crisp tender, it should still be crunchy
  7. Top with sesame seeds + serve

This can be served over jasmine rice, couscous or quinoa. Once we make it, I’ll post a pic here! If you make it before be, please leave a comment/pic.

This recipe is from the Cara Clark Nutrition 10 day reset. Cara sets attainable, realistic goals using real food, easy cooking methods and in-home exercise to get healthy results. It takes time and a little work, but so worth it. The first two days were very hard, not eating the junk we usually do, but by day 3, we weren’t even craving the old snacks, new and healthy flavorful snacks taste so much better!!!

Back to soup….check out weeknight chicken soup if your little loves are under the weather. We are a Campbell’s Soup household, so we stocked up on some classic red and white cans of chicken soup. Campbell’s also has some amazing chicken noodle shapes, like Star Wars or Disney characters. The flavor is pretty bland, so great for sick kiddos. If you want to spice it up, add a teaspoon of the following:

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • oregano
  • thyme

Have a great weekend! Be well.