Do you have 22 Minutes to support our Veterans?

Did you know that every day 22 lives are lost to veteran suicide?

22 lives. A DAY.

That is 22 lives too many and it breaks my heart thinking about these people and their friends and family who love and miss them each and every day 💕

22 Minutes

In honor of these veterans I am committing myself to the 22 Minute Hard Corps program starting May 9th


💪This program was created based off real military-style bootcamp workouts (don’t worry there is a modifier!) and features real military veterans in the videos and filmed on real military bases.

⏰ While 22 minutes may not seem like a lot I have personally tried some of these workouts already and they are harder than anything I have ever done.

🍴 Along with the workouts is a simple nutrition plan, aka your “Ration for Results – Nutrition Field Guide”. Your body is going to need proper fuel to give you energy and help you see results from your workouts so get ready to eat up people – food is your friend, not your enemy!!

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‼ I am looking for 22 people who want to help drive awareness towards veteran suicide and join me in this challenge starting May 9th

‼ For every new challenger that joins me I will donate $22 to The Mission Continues to help veterans returning home adjust to their new life and give them the tools needed succeed and find purpose through community impact.

‼ To get more information on how to join me on this journey to support our active military, veterans, and those who love them please fill out this form, leave a comment on this post, or email me at 💌 emily.goodmanBB [at] gmail [dot] com and I will reach out to you within 24-48 hours.

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Matlaw’s Stuffed Scallops

Did you know today is National Clams on the Half Shell Day? It is also the last day of March aka Frozen Food Month!

I am so excited to have partnered with Matlaw’s once again and today I am talking about their New England Style Stuffed Scallops. I am a HUGE seafood and shellfish fan and with the warm New England weather right around the corner these scallops are perfect to welcome in the season!

 

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Matlaw’s is based in Gloucester, MA and I was lucky enough to try their Stuffed Clams last June and really enjoyed them. Similar to the clams, the Stuffed Scallops can go right from the freezer to the oven or grill!

 

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Since I don’t have a grill in my condo in Southie I opted for the oven method! Preheat to 450 F and 30 minutes later they are cooked through and ready to enjoy!

 

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These scallops not only make a great appetizer but can really enhance your dinner entree as well! They pair perfectly with a steak for a nice surf and turf.

 

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You can find Matlaw’s Stuffed Scallops and many other delicious seafood options online or at these retailers.

Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have been itching to get my hands on this frozen cauliflower from Trader Joe’s for months now. I know you can make your own but sometimes you just can’t beat the convenience of having it ready to go in the freezer!

The problem is that it is so popular and Trader Joe’s sells out regularly. I have gotten into the habit of grabbing two bags or more at a time to ensure I am stocked up!

Cauliflower Rice

I was skeptical of this recipe because let’s be real, it’s missing the carbs!! But honestly I was totally satisfied from this dish and I didn’t feel like I needed actual rice or quinoa at all! The cauliflower rice has a nice texture and by adding the chicken it was super filling. The leftovers heated up nicely for lunch too.

This past month I have been part of a killer wellness group online. It is the most engaging and motivating one I have been a part of yet!! I am so proud to see everyone feeling great, sharing the progress they are making with their workouts, loving their shakes, and coming up with so many tasty clean eating recipes!

The group is going to stay open for April but change over to focus on being strong for the summer so where are my fellow beach lovers at??? 🌊 👙

I am quite the beach lover myself and I am looking forward to continuing to make healthy choices and get in shape so I can FEEL my very best when that warm weather is finally here.

I am looking for women who want to feel confident this summer and rock cute summer dresses and swimsuits. Who want to surround themselves with other positive women who will motivate and inspire them over these next few weeks to feel their very best!

My plan is to make this my healthiest and happiest summer yet and if this sounds like something you want too than this group is for YOU! 🙌 

***Also accepting groups so bring your family and friends!!*** 👯

>>>  30 minute at home workouts 💪
>>>  Simple nutrition that includes all food groups (YES you can have carbs and wine!) 🌱
>>>  Accountability and support from a community of positive and motivating beach babes who love to chat about their favorite summer fashion and accessories, travel plans 😎
>>>  A forum to share recipes, asks questions, and celebrate our successes 🍴

If you would like to join our group of positive and motivating women as we focus on feeling good from the inside out for summer leave a comment on this post ⬇, email me at 💌 emily.goodmanBB [at] gmail [dot] com or fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/RbcLE7Xmns

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Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 teaspoons of coconut oil, divided
  2. 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  3. Pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  4. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1/2 small onion, diced
  8. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  9. 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  10. 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  11. 1/2 cup frozen peas
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 1 12oz bag of frozen cauliflower rice (1.5 cups fresh if you make your own)
  14. 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  15. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over a medium heat and add the seasoned chicken.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer chicken to a plate. It is OK if the chicken is not cooked all the way through, it will continue to cook on the plate and will be added back to the pan later.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the minced garlic, ginger, carrots, and peas. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Move the veggies to one side of the pan and crack the eggs on the other side. Gently scramble the eggs using a spatula. As the eggs start to scramble and are no longer liquid start to incorporate them in with the veggies on the other side of the pan.
  8. Remove the veggies and eggs from the pan (I added them to the plate with the cooked chicken)
  9. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the pan over a medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and saute for 3 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked chicken and other veggies and eggs back to the pan.
  11. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  12. Saute for an additional minute or two until the sauces are evenly distributed and everything is warmed through.
Notes
  1. 21 Day Fix Container Equivalents for a 1 cup serving: 1 red, 1 green, 1 spoon
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Simply Gourmet in Southie http://www.simplygourmetinsouthie.com/

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

I love me some shepherd’s pie and there is definitely a time and a place where I go all out with it and make really decadent whipped mashed potatoes using lots of butter and cream cheese to top it with.

However, if I want to eat shepherd’s pie more regularly I opt for this 21 Day Fix-approved version that doesn’t skimp on any flavor! By swapping out the ground beef for ground turkey and using sweet potatoes as my topping this dish becomes guilt free and leaves my tummy feeling full and happy 😊

I love this recipe because I can make it as one large casserole dish to serve to a group or make each component separately and then measure out each in my 21 Day Fix containers to and bake off an individual portion if I am just cooking for myself.

That is what I did this week when I made this and I plan to use the leftover ground turkey for some turkey lettuce wraps for lunch! 

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Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Mash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
For the mashed sweet potatoes
  1. 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  2. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  3. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. Salt and pepper, to taste
For the turkey and vegetables
  1. 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 1 lb ground turkey
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon paprika
  6. 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
  7. 2 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
For the mashed sweet potatoes
  1. Cover the peeled and chopped sweet potatoes with cold water.
  2. Place over the stove on a medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook until soft and can easily be mashed with a fork.
  4. Drain the potatoes and put back in the warm pot.
  5. Add the greek yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Using a potato masher or a large fork whip until smooth. Set aside.
For the turkey and vegetables
  1. Heat one large skillet over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Add the diced onion and sauté until they start to become translucent, approx. 3 - 4 minutes.
  3. Add the ground turkey, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon break up the turkey as it starts to brown so that it cooks evenly.
  4. Meanwhile, heat another pan over a medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Add the diced carrots and peas. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Sauté until cooked through, approx. 5 - 6 minutes.
To assemble
  1. Lay the ground turkey and onion mixture on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  2. Top with sautéed carrots and peas.
  3. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top
  4. Cover the top with the mashed sweet potatoes and a little bit more paprika.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20 – 25 minutes until warmed through and sweet potatoes have browned slightly on top.
Notes
  1. If you are using fresh peas you can add them to the carrots about halfway through cooking. For frozen peas you can add in all together.
  2. I use pink Himalayan salt rather than regular table salt.
  3. You can bake the shepherd's pie all together in one large casserole dish or portion out into 4 small dishes for individual servings.
  4. 21 Day Container Equivalents per serving: 1.5 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 spoon
Simply Gourmet in Southie http://www.simplygourmetinsouthie.com/

Handcrafted Cutting Boards from Bloxstyle

Being in the kitchen as much as I am means the use of many cutting boards to prep all of my food! While I always like to have some plastic cutting boards on hand for meat and seafood I love wooden ones for veggies and to use as serving board while entertaining guests.

I was so excited when I learned about Bloxstyle – handmade wooden cutting boards that can be personalized and engraved with the text or custom image of your choice.

 

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When I was looking at all of the great design options I was immediately drawn to the American Flag design. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays and the flag design just screamed summer BBQ’s and time spent with family and friends. 

 

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Bloxstyle American Flag Engraved Cutting Board

 

With your choice of Cherry, Maple, Beech, Bamboo, and Sapele there is a wood to match your personal style and kitchen decor. Once I made my choice  I quickly got an email back showing a proof of what my board was going to look like for my approval.

 

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Within days I received my gorgeous cutting board (I chose the Sapele wood). I love that it came with a cleaning and care guide so I know how to take the very best care of my beautiful new board. Time to get me some Bloxstyle Wood Butter!

I am looking forward to using for many years to come as both a cutting board as I prep my meals and as a serving piece when entertaining guests. Here’s a shot from this morning when I was cutting up the bananas to put in my shake.

 

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If you are looking for a unique gift or a personal purchase to add to your kitchen make sure to check out Bloxstyle. Their stunning cutting boards make great holiday and wedding gifts as well!

Along with cutting boards they also have a beautiful assortment of wine boxes, personalized signs, and games among many other items.

What is your favorite cutting board design from Bloxstyle? Leave your answer in the comments of this post!

 

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