Simple Spaghetti Squash Skillet

I made this for dinner last weekend while my mother-in-law was in town and everyone loved it! (The husband didn't even notice the mushrooms..)

It's simple to pull together and is a healthy dinner option since you're replacing traditional pasta with spaghetti squash. You can really add in or substitute any veggies you like! I used yellow bell pepper and mushrooms.


- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb lean ground Beef (grass fed, if possible) or lean ground Turkey
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans organic diced tomatoes, OR 3 cups FRESH diced tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz) can organic tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Sprinkling of cheese (if desired)

To prepare the spaghetti squash:

Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place face down in a glass baking dish with 1 inch water. Microwave 10-12 minutes. Cool for a minute, then use a fork to shred “spaghetti” out of the skin. Use paper towels to soak up moisture just a bit.


- Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, crumble in meat and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain fat, set cooked meat aside.
- Heat olive oil in skillet; once hot add onion and green peppers and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes, adding in garlic & mushrooms during last 30 seconds of sautéing.
- Pour in diced tomatoes, and sauce. Stir in fresh parsley, the basil, oregano, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring just to a gentle boil then add cooked spaghetti squash noodles and cooked meat, stir and submerge noodles in liquid, then reduce heat to a simmer for 2-5 minutes until heated through.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil and a touch of cheese. Serve warm.

This recipe serves 6, and if you're following the 21 Day Fix plan, would count as one red, one green and 1/2 purple.


Healthy Holiday Hustle

It's been said that the average person gains between 7 to 10 lbs during the holidays. That's a large number.

I get it though. We're busy shopping, eating, working, eating, traveling, Starbucks, eating some more... It happens to the best of us.

But it doesn't have to.

We can be stronger than our excuses this year.  We can put our health on the holiday to-do list and schedule in a 30 minute workout each day. We can choose to blend a healthy shake instead of pulling through Starbucks (or Good Things Donuts). 

I mean, it's only three weeks. 21 days. That's all I need to help you improve your health and fitness, increase your energy, shed some of those extra pounds and form new habits.

Are you with me?


Apple Pie Shake!

I have a new Shakeology recipe for you to try! This one is so good and a perfect (healthy) replacement to the actual dessert!


Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

I love cabbage. It's probably one of my favorite vegetables. Lately I've been trying it in new recipes just to find more ways to fit it in!

So when I found this recipe, it was a no brainier that I would give it a try.

These "unstuffed" cabbage rolls are so good! You could serve it over brown rice or quinoa, and even top it with cheese.

  1. 1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey (or beef)
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 large or 1 small head of cabbage, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  5. 1 tsp pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1 tsp oregano
  8. 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  9. 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

  1. In a 12" skillet, brown beef on medium high heat. Stir in chopped onions and cook until onions are translucent and beef is cooked through. Drain and discard grease. Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 30 minutes. Simmer until cabbage is tender.
  2. Top with cheese (if desired). 
21 Day Fix Counts
1 Red, 1 Green for 1 1/2 cups + 1 blue for cheese (depending on how much you use)
Optional - 1 yellow for brown rice or quinoa


Healthy Halloween Party Snack

We attended a family friendly Halloween party this past weekend and everyone was tasked with bringing a side dish, dessert or snack.

I decided to make Jack-o'-Lantern Fruit Cups!

I had planned to make a whole tray of them, but once I started carving out the oranges, I realized they took longer than I thought they would!

To make them:
Cut the top off of the orange, scoop out the inside (I used a grapefruit spoon), cut out the facial features with a sharp paring knife and then fill with berries.

A delicious and healthy snack that kids and adults alike will enjoy!


Preparing Your Summer Body for Fall

We work all summer to achieve "beach bodies" and make working out and eating healthy a priority.  But once summer fades and fall arrives, we find it difficult to stay committed to our health and make the time to workout.  We get busy shopping, traveling for the holidays, eating lots of good (and unhealthy) foods... I'm guilty of all of these myself!

This year, I want to be intentional about taking care of myself through the holidays. So I have made some "Winter Resolutions":

1. There's no reason I can't wake up early to get in a 30 minute workout before starting my day. Luckily I enjoy working out at home and have the space to do so.  If you are used to going for a run or walk outside and the colder weather is your excuse not to do it, now is the perfect time to try out yoga or take a fitness class at a local gym.  Get your friends involved so you can hold each other accountable!

2. I will continue to meal prep each week to make sure my family has healthy choices available (and to avoid the "What are we going to eat?" and "Let's just pick something up." lines).  Meal prepping is a life saver when it comes to making good decisions in the kitchen.

3. I will make sure to drink my Shakeology every day, whether for breakfast on the busier days or as a meal when we travel.  Besides the fact that it improved my health in a hundred ways, it tastes like a treat!

4. I will remember to enjoy the holiday meals and desserts IN MODERATION. Yes, I will have pumpkin pie, or pecan pie, or sweet potato soufflé.  BUT only small servings and not every day.  I am stronger than the pull of the sweet tooth craving.  I have a figure to keep! ;) You don't have to deny yourself, just reign it in. I try to follow the 80/20 rule: healthy choices 80% of the time and indulgences 20% of the time.  It helps keep me sane and then I do not feel deprived. 

Will you join me in taking care of yourself over the holidays?
Do you need motivation, encouragement or accountability to do so?
If so, this group will be for you!  I would love to support you on your journey and have you hold me accountable as well!