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Taco Blend Recipe

This mixture of spices approximates what you might buy in a package. It tastes just as good and you eliminate the unwholesome ingredients in the store bought variety.

Depending on your taste you can use as much or as little as you like.  I usually make 4 times this much so I have it ready when I need it.

                    1 tablespoon chili powder

                    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

                    1/4 teaspoon onion powder

                    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

                    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

                    1/2 teaspoon paprika

                    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

                    1 teaspoon sea salt

                    1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Taco Salad fixed by Amy, age 11.

Simple Recipe to Make Your Own Turkey Sausage

A few weeks ago I needed turkey sausage for a meal I was making. I went to three stores and I couldn't find turkey sausage anywhere. Well I did find it in one store but it was loaded with sugar and was meant to be used as breakfast sausage. Luckily this recipe quickly turns ground turkey into turkey sausage with the herbs and spices it contains.

Turkey Sausage

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped

2 teaspoons dried sage

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 pound lean ground turkey

In a medium bowl, combine ingredients except for the olive oil, mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours. When ready to cook, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add turkey mixture and cook, breaking into chunks with a wooden spoon until well browned and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Tacos with Purple Slaw

Three reasons to put this Taco Recipe on your menu plan.

  1. Vegetables. Eating more vegetables is one way to increase your nutritional intake while keeping the amount of calories you have to consume lower. Its a win/ win. 
  2. This taco recipe doesn't use a traditional taco shell. Instead it is paired with a crunchy cabbage slaw. No processed or floury foods in this meal.
  3. I have this 1/2 purple cabbage leftover from a meal I made the other night. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it until I remembered this recipe. 


Taco with purple slaw

Purple Cabbage Slaw

3 cups purple cabbage, chopped

1 cup cucumber, chopped

1/3 cup purple onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup mango, diced

3 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Cracked black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Taco Meat

1 pound ground beef

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/4 cup green salsa

Brown meat, add seasoning and salsa, stir and eat on a lettuce leaf topped with the purple cabbage slaw, avocado, and fresh cilantro.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Watermelon Pops

“If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone.

Unless you're surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer.

That's how you'll know you might be onto something.” Seth Godin

Can I challenge you to be someone who doesn’t need to please everyone with their food choices? I know people will think I am different, maybe even say I am weird. I simply no longer can let it bother me. I have made the choice to work hard at nutrition in order to help myself and my family be as healthy as possible. Those choices have led me to be labeled “a little on the nutty side”

I recently was asked to bring cookies to an award night for a program my kids are a part of. Everyone was asked to bring cookies. Of course because of allergies we couldn’t bring cookies with certain ingredients in it. I respect that. But I am that crazy person. I am that weirdo. I am the one if I carried cookies in that night would be met with, “Wow, I am surprised you made those.” or “I didn’t know you even knew what cookies were.”

I didn’t give them a chance, I carried in a monster platter of strawberries and grapes. I still got razzed a bit but you know what I saw? It surprised even Dean and I. We watched several kids forego cookies for fruit. (I had politely asked beforehand if that would be okay, I didn’t want to be rude to those in charge) I believe that is the key to being that weirdo in public. Be polite but also make something everyone will enjoy eating.

Fruit  or veggie K- Bobs are always a hit with the kids and adults.

 Another favorite summer treat for my kids is Watermelon Pops.

Watermelon Pops

4 cups diced seedless watermelon

Store bought popsicle containers

2 Tablespoon raspberries or blueberries, optional

Put watermelon in your blender and mix until smooth consistency. Pour the watermelon mixture in your popsicle containers. For color add a few berries into each pop, cover and freeze for several hours.

Super easy and fun to make. Kids love them!

(Be the weirdo!)

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Steak Bites Recipe

This is a great way to make a meal quickly. The cook time is fast as the meat is sliced thin. It takes a few minutes to prepare the marinade in the morning but then meal time later is quicker than you can imagine. 

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup coconut aminos


1 teaspoon minced garlic


2 Tablespoons dried basil


1 Tablespoon dried parsley


1 teaspoon black pepper

1-1/2 pounds flat iron or top sirloin steak, cut in 1-inch pieces

Place all ingredients, except steak, in a large plastic Ziploc baggie. Mix to
combine. Place steak pieces in the bag, and seal. Shake gently to coat steak entirely in marinade. Place bag in refrigerator to marinate for at least 3 hours or as much as 24 hours. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s very hot! Using a slotted spoon, remove steak from the marinade and place on the pan. Discard marinade. Stir fry steak according to your desired temperature. For medium, about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm and enjoy!

Why not serve this over Cauliflower Rice?  Or along side Simple Garden Tomatoes and Garlic Roasted Broccoli?

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Grilling Season Marinades

Grilling season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the taste that a grill adds to the food but I also enjoy the ease of cleanup. Its a win/win in my book. 

Marinade For  Chicken

2 TBSP avocado or olive oil

1 lime - the zest and juice

2 TBSP fresh cilantro - chopped and more for garnish

1/4 teaspoon each: salt and pepper

2 pounds chicken breast

First make the marinade for your chicken. In a large Ziploc, combine your avocado or olive oil, lime zest and juice, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper. Add in your chicken and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Marinade For Beef

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/8 cup coconut aminos
1 TBSP sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 lb. flank steak, cut against the grain into thin strips

Mix together ingredients for marinade, and pour over the sliced beef. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Enjoy the flavors these marinades add to your next meal. Send me your favorite marinade blend.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Breakfast Anyone can Fix

Breakfast doesn't have to be complicated or even fixed that morning. Try these two recipes for a quick but beautiful meal. 

Oatmeal in a Jar

¼ cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats

2 Tablespoons of water

½ cup Greek yogurt

1-1/2 teaspoon chia seeds

¼ cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, water, yogurt, and chia seeds. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add blueberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled. Serves 1

Variations: Strawberries and Cream: substitute strawberries and a dash of vanilla in place of the blueberries.

Apples and Cinnamon: add 2 Tablespoons applesauce and a dash of cinnamon

Coach Nancy’s Easy Breakfast Sundae

Frozen mixed berries thawed

½ cup plain yogurt

6 walnuts

Layer the fruit with the yogurt and top with the walnuts. This is beautiful served in a glass sundae cup. The fruits can be varied to what you have on hand. Serves 1

Enjoy these and send over a picture of your results.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Spaghetti Sauce that’s Easy

Its proven that to eat a healthier diet (and who doesn't want to do that?) you need to prepare more foods at home. But it doesn't have to be hard. This is an easy recipe to help get you started in the right direction. 

Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound ground beef

(can you ground chicken, turkey or pork)

1 large onion, chopped

1-2 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

½  teaspoon marjoram

¼ rosemary leaves

1 bay leaf

16-24 ounces tomato sauce

Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic. When the beef is no longer pink, drain excess fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.

We serve this spaghetti sauce over Vegetable Fettuccini or cooked spaghetti squash.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Hot And Sour Peanut Dressing

This is one of those recipes that the sound of it, makes your mouth water. I love peanut dressings and I'm always on the look out for my next favorite one. This is a Hunan recipe sent to me from a dear friend in Boston. To serve it, create a base of your favorite salad greens, add shredded chicken, thin-sliced cucumbers, shredded or matchstick carrots, and any other crunchy veggies you like (I've also served it on a bed of zucchini noodles). You can make it fiery hot or tone it down.

2+ Tbs. crunchy peanut butter (or more, if     you like things peanutty as I do)                      
2 Tbs. coconut aminos
4 Tbs. vinegar (I use rice vinegar but white vinegar would do, as well)
1 tsp. hot red pepper oil (can omit this if you don't have any, which I often don't)
1 tsp. hot red pepper powder (I use Cayenne)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbs. sesame oil
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. finely minced fresh ginger
1 Tbs. finely minced fresh garlic
1 Tbs. finely minced scallions
1 tsp. hot or Dijon mustard
3/4 to 1 cup chicken broth (I use less so dressing is thicker)

Mix all ingredients together. Shake or blend. Keeps well in the fridge. Note: I let each person pour on their own dressing on their own serving. If you drench a bowlful of salad with it, it loses its flavor and punch.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Homemade Salsa

My daughter Amy was fixing lunch for our family to have a picnic outside. Her heart was set on tacos. She worked hard to feed her family. She had to thaw the hamburger, cook it and then create a taco spice blend. She sliced the olives, mashed the avocado for guacamole, and she made homemade salsa. (her mom didn’t have a stash in the fridge)

I was so proud of her. She did all of this because she wanted too. We all enjoyed the Spring weather but most of all I enjoyed being the mom of this brilliant 11 year old.

Homemade Salsa

1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 fresh Jalapeno peppers, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 Tablespoons lime juice

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1teaspoon pepper

3 dashes hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse 3-10 times.

If you have a child who loves to cook, allow them to the spread their wings and serve you lunch. They can very well surprise you.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

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