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Razzle Dazzle Your Main Dish

Recently someone shared with me a new way to grill chicken. She had experimented with some spices and found a combination or two in her cupboard that were fantastic on her dinner that night.

It got me to thinking, because I love to make things simple but I also like to liven up my meals. I’ve experimented with a few seasonings in my kitchen and found a winning recipe (yes, I always win 🙂 ).

I just thought I’d share both of them with you. It is soon grilling season, so now is the time to “razzle-dazzle” your family with these two rubs.

Spices are a fantastic way to make your meal shine without adding any extra calories. In fact, many spices and herbs have health benefits, too.

Did you know paprika is an anti- inflammatory agent, while ginger can help prevent motion sickness? Garlic is one of the most helpful spices for the digestive tract. Adding these tasty spices to our foods can actually help keep from reaching for the Pepto-Bismol – who knew?

Got any great combos you would like to share? Put them in the comment section below and let us try your favorites, too.

Becky's Chicken Rub

  • 2½ teaspoons McCormick Garlic Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Mix both together and use as a rub on 4-5 chicken breasts an hour before grilling.

Ragin' Cajun Dry Rub

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Mix all of these and add to fish, chicken, or pork. Can be used as a rub or marinade. I use this on fish before making fish tacos – yummy. It is also fantastic on chicken. Pork ribs, need I say more?

Share your favorite dry rub or marinade with us. We’ve got plenty of grilling time ahead.

To your best health,
Coach Nancy

Super Simple Sausage Supper

Surprisingly easy, this sausage super is one of our family favorites. The variations are endless but start with veggies and a sausage combination you know, then break out from there. The possibilities are endless.

Super Simple Sausage Supper

by Coach Nancy

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds sausage (my favorites are kielbasa, Italian & chorizo)
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley
  • Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butternut squash into wedges. Place the squash, onion, red pepper flakes ad sausage in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast for an hour, stirring it halfway through. Supper is ready when everything is golden brown and tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over the top.

Stuffed Butternut Squash for Breakfast

This recipe can make a great meal anytime, but its my favorite for breakfast. Once the squash is stuffed, I just sliced it and serve it alongside eggs. Another tip: I bake my squash whole at 350 degrees for about an hour. Just pierce the squash with a fork a few times before it goes into the oven. Its so much easier to slice in half this way!

Stuffed Butternut Squash

by Coach Nancy

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the squash in half and scoop the seeds out. Lay cut side down in a pan filled with 1/4 inch of water. Cook until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. (Or you can use my way of cooking the squash in the description above 🙂 ).

While the squash is baking, prepare the stuffing. Hint: You can always do this step ahead of time.

Dice the apple and onion into medium-sized pieces. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage. Add the onion and cook for 5-10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the apples and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Add all spices and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.

When the squash is cool to the touch, use a spoon to scoop out some of the flesh and mix into the sausage mixture. Use a spoon to fill the squash boats. Return the squash to the oven and bake another 15 minutes at 375ºF until everything is heated through.

Eating Right at the Holidays

Christmas is a busy time of year. Don’t let it be an excuse to not eat healthy meals prepared at home. My favorite kitchen aid is my crock pot. It serves up delicious meals without a lot of fuss. Plus it makes the house smell good all day while it cooks. Here are three meals when served with a salad will keep you on track nutritionally.

Salsa Style Pork

  • 1 pound pork loin, cut into one inch cubes
  • 1- 20 ounce jar of salsa
  • 1- 4 ounce jar of diced green chilies, drained
  • 1- 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Combine pork loin, salsa, chilies, and black beans in crock pot and mix well. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over top and serve.

Herbed Turkey Breast

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1- 4 pound boneless turkey breast
  • 1- 14 ounce can of chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Place vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with turkey breast. Combine seasonings and chicken broth. Pour over the top. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-7 hours.

Sirloin Tip Roast with Horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼pound boneless beef sirloin tip roast, cut in half
  • ½ cup beef broth

Combine seasonings. Spread over roast halves. Place in slow cooker. Add broth. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Remove from cooker. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing diagonally across the grain. Scoop juices from crock pot into gravy dish. Serve with horseradish if desired.

Enjoy,

Coach Nancy

Get Fit NH’s Fall Beef Stew

Get Fit NH's Fall Beef Stew

by Coach Nancy

I love this recipe because it brings all the beauty of fall and its colors to the stove. It also makes the kitchen smell fantastic. You'll hardly be able to wait to eat it once you smell it cooking!

  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 32 oz beef stock
  • 2 large carrots, choppe
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, cut into halves
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Adobo seasoning (it's a mix of garlic, onion, pepper, oregano, bay, turmeric, and sea salt)

Place all ingredients in a large pot and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours. Better yet, place all ingredients in a crock pot in the order they are listed and cook on low for 8 hours. Yummy!

 

Sweet Potato, Kale & Chicken Patties

Sweet Potato, Kale & Chicken Patties
Recipe Type: Main Dishes
Author: Coach Nancy
These yummy patties can be eaten hot or cold, as a snack or as part of a meal, and are great on the go! You can also add chili powder to give it a little kick. Shout out to rockstar Marcy for sharing this recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bag kale, chopped finely
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, fresh or dried
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1-3 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour
  • Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Chop kale in a food processer.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add green onion, kale, salt, garlic, paprika, and rosemary. Cook for a few minutes until kale is soft.
  3. While that is cooking, microwave the sweet potatoes until soft, about 10 minutes. Then chop the sweet potato into small cubes.
  4. Add kale mixture, sweet potatoes, ground chicken, eggs, and coconut flour to a large bowl.
  5. Once cooled enough to handle, mix everything together with hands until well combined.
  6. Form mixture into patties.
  7. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add patties to the pan. Cook about 5 or 6 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked all the way through.
  8. OR, spray muffin tins with coconut oil and fill each with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

 

Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

Pumpkin Shepherds Pie
Recipe Type: Main Dishes
Author: Coach Nancy
The recipe is sent in by rock star Sara. Sara plans each week’s meals. When I saw this recipe on her plan, I just needed to know the recipe. Here’s what Sara said: “The pumpkin shepherd’s pie is yummy–it’s adapted from The Fresh 20 cookbook. Jason and I (and the kids) get a good dinner plus a good sized lunch out of it.”
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ medium onion, rough chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and carrots, and sauté until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Season with cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. Add meat and brown.
  6. Toss in baby spinach to wilt, and transfer to a greased 8×8 inch baking dish.
  7. Using a handheld mixer, whisk egg whites in a large bowl until stiff.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin with the cayenne and salt.
  9. Fold the egg whites into the pumpkin, then spread the topping over the filling.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
Notes
*Chef Sara’s notes: I made the topping with the eggs the first time, but haven’t since. They make it nice and light and fluffy on top, but even without them it still tastes good. Also, I use various types of winter squash in place of the pumpkin all the time, and I probably use closer to 3 cups.

 

Taco Stuffed Squash & Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Taco Stuffed Summer Squash Boats
Recipe Type: Main Dishes
Author: Coach Nancy
Sara from Epsom sent the recipe along to me and it was fabulous! Try it with the Spanish Cauliflower Rice below for a Mexican inspired meal.
Ingredients
  • 4 medium summer squash, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 pound cooked chicken
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ onion, chopped fine
  • ½ green pepper, chopped fine
  • 4 ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup scallions or cilantro for topping
  • ½ cup salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On bottom of large baking dish, arrange squash face up.
  3. In a pan, add chicken, spinach, spices, onion, pepper, tomato sauce, and water, and stir to combine. Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  4. Fill each squash boat with chicken mixture. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes or until squash is soft.
  5. Garnish and serve with salsa.

 

Spanish Cauliflower Rice
Recipe Type: Side Dishes
Author: Coach Nancy
Kirk from Concord sent me this recipe and it pairs perfectly with the Taco Stuffed Summer Squash Boats.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups “riced” cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, diced small
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds & membrane removed, minced (or jarred jalapenos)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onions and jalapeno and sauté until just tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and cauliflower, and sauté until the cauliflower is just tender, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, salt and pepper. Stir to evenly coat the vegetables and cook for 1 minute or until heated through.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe for Any Time of the Day

Fall is on its way. Soon you'll see many grocery stores, farmer markets, and CSA's with squash highlighting the shelves. This recipe is great as a side dish, as the main course, for breakfast, reheated at lunch, served to company, or at your family's table. 

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

1 large acorn squash *

1 pound ground sausage

1 onion

1 apple, any variety

6 slices bacon

1Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)

2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon ground sage

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375ºF

Cut the squash in half and scoop the seeds out. Lay cut side down in a pan filled with ¼ inch of water. Cook until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. **While the squash is baking, prepare the stuffing. Hint: You can always bake the squash or prepare the stuffing ahead of time. Then just combine and bake when you need it.

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Dice the apple and onion into medium-sized pieces. Slice the bacon into pieces.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the bacon. Add the onion and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened and translucent. Add the apples and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Remove the bacon, onion, and apple mixture to a large bowl.

In the same skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage. Add all spices and cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add into the same large bowl. Stir to combine.

When the squash is cool to the touch, use a spoon to scoop out some of the flesh and mix into the sausage. Use a spoon to fill the squash boats.

Return the squash to the oven and bake another 15 minutes at 375ºF until everything is heated through.

* I bake my squash whole in an oven at 350 for about an hour. Pierce the squash with a fork in several places first.

Coach Nancy’s Eggplant Parmesan

2 eggplant, pealed and sliced in 1/4 inch rounds

2 eggs, whipped in a bowl suitable to dip in

3 cups almond meal

2 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

Coconut oil for pan

Mix almond meal, parsley, garlic and onion powder together in a bowl for dipping. Take an eggplant slice, dip both sides in egg then coat both sides with the almond meal mixture.

To Bake: Lay in a single layer in a 9x13 pan that is coated with coconut oil. Continue until all your eggplant is coated and in pan. Bake for an hour on 350.

To Fry: Heat 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan on medium high heat. Add in your slices of eggplant a few at a time in a single layer. Cook until golden brown about 4 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate until you can cook all the eggplant.​

Sauce:

I cooked two pounds of hamburger, mixed that with a jar of commercial spaghetti sauce. (I make my own but I found a great deal on some organic no sugar added sauce) Heat this until hot and pour over the baked eggplant. Enjoy

To make this a side dish instead of a main meal omit the hamburger.

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