Last week was our first week of the 21 Day Fix. On Friday I posted this picture of all our healthy dinners from the week to Facebook and Instagram because I was just so proud we cooked such healthy dinners all week – even Friday night, which is our weakness. It was also quite an achievement for us to not have gone out to eat at a restaurant! I thought I would share the pictures here with a few recipes for some healthy dinner ideas.
Monday: We had taco salad and loaded the taco meat with vegetables. Following the 21 Day Fix meal plan requires a lot of vegetables. I am also a big fan of sneaking vegetables in so I don’t have to eat them plain. We used a mixture of spinach and romaine lettuce for the salad and scooped a big serving of the taco mixture on top…which was okay because it was mostly vegetables. We topped it with shredded cheese and I used Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. From someone who LOVES sour cream, it is a very acceptable replacement!
Taco Salad 4 servings
1 lb. ground turkey
1 can diced tomatoes
½ can black beans
1 med. onion
1 small sweet potato or carrot, grated
3 Tbs taco seasoning
Salt Free Taco Seasoning (This makes excess to be used multiple times. Store in air tight container.)
- 4 ½ tsp chili powder
- 4 ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- Brown ground turkey in large skillet.
- Add diced tomatoes, black beans, onion, grated veggies, and taco seasoning into skillet with ground turkey. Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
- Top spinach/lettuce with taco mixture, cheese, and a dollop of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.
Tuesday: We had ground turkey meatballs, a spinach salad topped with this “ranch” dressing from The Foodie and The Fix, green beans and brown rice. Who says you have to eat meatballs with spaghetti?
Ground Turkey Meatballs 4 serving
1 lb. ground turkey
2 Tbs flour
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt Free Italian Seasoning (This makes excess to be used multiple times. Store in air tight container.)
- 1 Tbs dried basil
- 1 Tbs dried oregano
- 1 Tbs dried rosemary
- 1 Tbs dried thyme
- In a medium bowl, beat egg. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
- Roll mixture into balls.
- Cook in a skillet over medium heat, turning meatballs once, until they reach 160°F.
Wednesday: Pork chops, spinach salad with “ranch dressing”, snap peas, and roasted sweet potatoes. Nothing special here. Except sweet potatoes. I am addicted. I cannot get enough sweet potatoes lately.
Thursday: Turkey Bacon Cheeseburger Pitas that I found on Pinterest from Fit Mom Angela D, with Parmesan Zucchini “Fries” from Damn Delicious. The cheeseburger pitas were SO good. (We did use white pitas instead of whole wheat which is kind of cheating. But the store brand pitas were on sale and all of the whole wheat were gone…so I was not going to pay almost twice as much for the name brand. In my defense!) I wasn’t a huge fan of the zucchini fries, but zucchini on it’s own isn’t my favorite.
Friday: Steak, sweet potato fries, and broccoli. We decided to celebrate that we made it to Friday with steak and of course sweet potatoes because they are my favorite. Especially in this crispy fry form. I didn’t even like sweet potatoes a year ago. I feel like I’m cheating when I eat them, they are that good.
Sweet Potato Fries 2 servings
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy – be easy!)
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450°F
- Wash sweet potatoes well. Leave skin on and cut into strips.
- Drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes and sprinkle with spices. Toss potatoes so they are evenly covered.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Turn fries over and bake for additional 10-15 minutes.
Saturday: Whole wheat pizza crust with tomatoes, red and green peppers, turkey bacon, garlic, cheese, and Italian seasoning. We used tomato slices instead of pizza sauce. This was so good. And the best way to eat vegetables in my opinion!
Sunday: This dinner was not picture worthy because we ate late and we were tired, you know how that goes. We had a vegetarian chicken patty with more sweet potato fries. And I am really realizing how addicted I really am to sweet potatoes after writing this all out! I’ll show you Sunday morning breakfast instead. Scrambled eggs with spinach, red and green peppers and turkey bacon. We used what we had cut up in the fridge so you could throw anything you have into eggs. Also that morning we realized a package of turkey bacon lasted us 4 meals. That is unheard of in the household!
Going strong 9 days in! “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up!”
I WISH I liked sweet potatoes. I’ve tried cooking them so many different ways but I really just don’t care for them. I’ll definitely try the pitas, I feel like we eat way too many carbs!
You guys are doing a great job, keep it up! I am surprised at all the veggies Stan is eating. I was shocked to hear how long the bacon lasted.
Way to go guys! My hat is off to you both.