Such great meal prep dish

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from “the midnight baker blog”

1 lb lean ground beef

3 cups coarsely shredded cabbage

1 cup brown rice*

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tubs Knorr concentrated beef stock **

1 tsp garlic powder

2½ cups water

½ tsp pepper

sour cream (optional)

Classic Holiday Green Bean Casserole

Instructions

white rice may be substituted

**Rich stock in the amount of 2½ cups may be substituted, however, OMIT THE WATER then. If you like a tomato base, you can substitute 1 can (8 oz) of tomato sauce and 1.5-2 cups of water for the stock/water. If you do this, you may have to add more water if the rice is not cooked–I did not test it with this.

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the ground beef, onion and mushrooms. Brown meat well, draining off any excess fat.

Add the 2 tubs of stock gel and the water. Bring to a boil and add the rice, garlic powder and pepper; stir. Stir in the shredded cabbage.

Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 35-45 minutes or until rice is done and water is absorbed. I would caution checking the water periodically and adding water as necessary so that the rice cooks–brown rice can be tricky this way. Even if you add too much water, the brown rice will absorb it eventually. As I mentioned, white rice may be substituted, and it has a shorter cook time.

Dish is done when rice is cooked and all water is absorbed. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Why are greens so good for us? And how exactly do they assist detoxification

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Garden of Grace

‘Eat your greens’…yeah yeah you know, your mums have repeated this phrase for generations on generations. You know they are healthy, but has anyone ever told you why?

Now that everyone has jumped on the kale band wagon (and some lucky kale farmers are finally bloody rich!) you may as well know the secret behind the green crazies.

Cruciferous vegetables from the brassica family actually assist in phase I and phase II detoxification pathways in your liver. Detox has become the latest fad word, but fad it is not! Detoxification is more than just a fancy word overused  in health magazines – your body detoxifies every single day through complex processes in your liver where metabolites and waste products are converted to soluble forms, transformed, and then excreted. And that’s right, sulphur containing cruciferous vegetables such as: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage increase enzyme production and upregulate these pathways! A…

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This article can’t say it better, NO EXUSES!!!! Let’s do it!

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The 20 Most Common Fitness & Health Excuses

Being busy and not having enough time isn’t the only excuse that crops up in fitness, there are numerous others. Below is a list of common fitness excuses – these are all barriers to success.

1. I don’t have the time (I’m too busy)
2. I don’t want to count calories (I don’t want to weigh my food)
3. I don’t want to avoid my favorite foods (I get cranky if I restrict my carbs)
4. I don’t have the energy (I don’t have the motivation, I’m too tired)
5. I don’t want to be obsessed (I don’t want to be a gym rat)
6. I don’t have a trainer (I don’t know what I’m doing) Continue reading

Some food prep for a short cut before Christmas 🙊

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K so let’s just say that Iam in a serious need for a short cut before this Christmas 🙂 !!! (I’m probably one of the 100000 girls thinking this right now)
This is what works for me, food prep weekly and counting calories, this is pretty much the only way I really see a result on my cuts, I can’t emphasize enough how beneficial it is to have everything pretty much ready for the week, it makes a huuugeeee difference when it comes to sticking to the cut. Good luck!!!! Happy Holidays!