Food Prep Friday: Chicken Enchilada Crockpot Soup

I love how easy this recipe is to make (Thanks Deb!). Most of the prep work was opening a few cans. The rest was easy to quickly chop and assemble. The variations of the toppings make this soup something for everyone in your family. Here are some great ideas for garnishes: scallions, chopped cilantro, cheddar cheese, jalepenos, avocado slices, black bean dip, or salsa. Check out this classic video from “Cooking With The Carlson’s” – recipe card below.


Food Prep Friday: Chicken Enchilada Crockpot Soup
Author: Coach Nancy
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of Chipotle chili in adobo sauce (you can add more if you like the heat)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 3 skinless chicken breast
  1. Sauté onion in a pan over medium heat until translucent and browned.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the garnish, to a crock pot in the order listed.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Using two forks, shred the chicken, taste, and adjust the seasonings to preference.
  4. Serve in bowls and top with your favorite garnish.


Did You Get Better Today?

beforewegoIs plastered on a white board behind Coach Dan John on the cover of his new book “Before We Go“.

Coach John is one of my heroes. He has a way of distilling all the noise down into the very simple. Anyone can make things complicated. It is the true masters who can make it simple.

The question on the cover of that book is one that should not be passed over lightly. At the end of every day it is worth turning off the noise, settling in, and reflecting.

Did I get better today?

Better at what? That depends.

In the gym, did you do one more rep, lift 1 more pound, sustain your heart rate for 1 more second and then recover 1 second quicker? Were you able to get hold that stretch longer or squat deeper? Then you got better.

With your nutrition, did you plan 1 more meal, or try a new food, or cook a new recipe? Did you drink a little more water, a little less soda, and eat just one Christmas cookie off the tray at work instead of 3? Then you got better.

In your life, did you tell your wife and kids you loved them one more time? Did you listen to a friend who needed you rather than ignore the call? Did you overlook a fault? Did you show kindness to a stranger? Did you do something for someone you didn’t have to? Then you got better.

I am firm believer that we can get a little better at something, every day.

We are all too happy to settle, when within is lies so much potential. I don’t care how young or old you are, you have potential.

To Get Better.

Every. Single. Day.

How did you get better today?


Spaghetti Squash Pie

Spaghetti Squash Pie
Recipe Type: Main Dishes
Author: Coach Nancy
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a fork easily goes into it, then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  3. While squash is cooking, place a skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage, onion, and peppers. Cook until meat is no longer pink and veggies are soft.
  4. Once squash is done cooking, remove the seeds and shred. Place into a greased 13×9 glass baking dish.
  5. Add sausage and vegetable mixture to squash and combine.
  6. Add pizza sauce, dried basil, and salt and pepper to the baking dish and mix well.
  7. Finally, add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix thoroughly.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.


Thankful Tuesday

The post-Thanksgiving gratitude continues!

Here are my 5, what are yours?

  1. I am grateful that my girls had so much fun setting up Christmas decorations
  2. I am grateful that I beat Drew (for once) on Madden 2015
  3. I am grateful for the clients who sent me encouraging emails this weekend – I needed it.
  4. I am grateful for the clients who sent me “other” kinds of emails this weekend – I grow from them
  5. I am grateful that my life is never boring, even when I sometimes wish it was  🙂

Gratitude is better when it is not something we have, but is who we are.

The Next “Essentials Nutrition” 10-Week Starts December 7th. Sign Up Open Now

JpegHow many times have you made a New Years Resolution? Every year, right?

How many times did you stick to that resolution? Not so much, right?

How about we short-circuit the whole “”New Years Resolution” thing and just get real?

Resolutions are not the solution. If they were we would all be rich, skinnier and kinder. We get a burst of motivation for a couple weeks and then, BAM, life gets in the way and we fall back to earth. Been there more times than I would like to admit.

How about this time we do something different to reach our goals? (Like not waiting until after the New Year to start for instance 🙂 )

How about we learn how to make it easier to make all this “healthy eating stuff” fit into your life? How about we get off the diet, and get into the habit?

Here’s how.

The Grateful Plate Nutrition Coaching will be starting our next 10-week “Essential Nutrition” Habit Program on December 7th, and we want you to join us.

What is “Essentials Nutrition”, and Why Habit Coaching?

Diets are too often temporary, rigid and no fun. We might be able to keep it up for awhile, but most people gain all the weight back, and then some.

What you need is someone to help you create a plan that works for you, and to make it as easy as possible.

Change can be difficult, no question, but trying to muster up willpower to keep disciplined goes against all the evidence of creating lasting change.

In other words creating change habits are hard because we make them hard. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way.

The New Way:

There is actually a simple, evidence based way to get on the “habit highway”, and it goes like this.

  • Have a coach that helps you customize your habit.
  • Be part of a group doing the habit.
  • Consistently show up for your coach and the group.

You need the coaching and support to do your habit in a way that works for you, and do them often enough so it becomes part of who you are, not just something you do.

That’s what this group is all about.

Here Is What’s Included:

  • 10 weeks of personalized coaching
  • 5 habits that are tailored to fit your needs
  • The Exclusive Grateful Plate “Essentials Cookbook”
  • Your Personalized Habit Tracker. This online tool helps hold you accountable to your goals, and provides feedback for you and your coach in the “do-ability” of your plan. This is your personal touch point with your coach each week.
  • And holding it all together is a community of online support, help, encouragement, and accountability.

Secure your spot below and we’ll send you your copy of “The Grateful Plate Essential Cookbook” right away. Then look for more info in your inbox starting Thursday December 3rd as we get ready to rock! If you have questions about if this is right for you, contact me here.

Essential Nutrition 10 Week Habit Course $197


Let’s Do This!
Coach Nancy

P.S. We want you to be able to have access to the “Essential Nutrition” coaching course. If it work better for you, click here to split your tuition into two monthly payments of $98.50 – you’re welcome! 🙂

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

happythanksgivingAlthough this was not the first President or first time a day of Thanksgiving was formally recognized, this is the proclamation which set the precedent for that which we now know as “Thanksgiving Day”.  May we not forget our blessings this day or any other.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al.

Just In Time For Thanksgiving! Bump Up Your Brussels Sprouts

Bump Up Your Brussels Sprouts
Author: Coach Nancy
No ordinary Brussels Sprouts these! Colorful and tasty, the sweetness of the butternut squash and tart of the cranberries make this dish a great blend of fall flavors. You will love the crunch of the pecans too!
  • 3 cups Brussels Sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 pound Butternut Squash
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cups Pecan Halves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (no sugar added)
  1. Peel, seed and cut the butternut squash into 1″ cubes, then toss with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  2. Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts, and remove any yellow leaves.
  3. Toss the sprouts with 3 Tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Roast the squash and Brussels sprouts on separate baking sheets for 25-30 minutes in a 400 degree oven. For even browning, turn over for the last 10 minutes.
  5. When the squash and sprouts are done, combine them with the pecans and dried cranberries and gently mix.


Thankful Tuesday

I am thankful:

  1. For getting to meet Meagan and Justin’s baby Elijah
  2. That the college kids come back and train with us when they are home
  3. My dad and mom are still here for another holiday season
  4. My kids enjoying being with my parents and their spouses – and vice-versa
  5. That this week we are all being reminded to be grateful

What are YOUR 5 this week? Post below!

HelloFresh Thanksgiving Special – Up To 50% Off

I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to find a great recipe then go shop for all the ingredients. Back in September my buddy Mark Nespoli told me about a couple services which would deliver fresh, gourmet, ready to prepare meals to my house, along with an illustrated recipe card with the exact instructions on how to make sure my food tasted like the chef who created it intended.

After a bit of research I decided to try out a service called HelloFresh, and I am having a blast. I have it setup so they deliver me three ready-to-prepare meals every other week. Here is a picture of a box, along with the fresh ground beef that goes with that particular recipe. Everything is packed in a cold box with ice packs to make sure the ingredients stay fresh and any meat stays cold.


Here is a picture of an unpacked box and the illustrated recipe card.


And here is a picture of Amy helping me peel the carrots! 🙂


Here is a picture of the filling for “Sweet Potato Pita Wraps with Golden Raisins and Shaved Vegetable Salad”


And the finished recipe – soooo good!


If I have one quibble about HelloFresh, it is that the serving sizes can be too large. We order boxes for 2 (boxes for 4 are available as well) and we can always count on feeding at least 3 when we are done. And while the vegetarian dishes are VERY tasty, they are very carbohydrate rich, so you will want to watch for that as well.

If you love to cook (or want to), HelloFresh is a great way to develop your skills while not having to chase down ingredients. And while the recipes are not hard to prepare, it’s not like putting in a microwave dinner. They take some time and love to prepare, but when you are done you are going to think you are a gourmet chef – the food is that good!

Because I enjoy HelloFresh so much we decided to partner up with them, and they wanted me to pass on to you a special introductory offer. If you order from now through the end of November, they will give you up to 50% off your first box PLUS throw shipping in for free – sweet!

Guys I don’t recommend anything I haven’t tried or wouldn’t stand behind. I have been ordering HelloFresh for the last 3 months or so, and they have been great to deal with. I can pause or skip any delivery I want to, anytime I want to. I can choose classic or vegetarian meals. Nancy likes it because I cook her dinner just about every Friday night, it’s truly a win.

If you want to check out HelloFresh for yourself, click our partner link here. And please, I want to hear what you think, because it doesn’t matter how much I like it, I want to know if you do!

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