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3 Healthy Meals for Busy Moms

I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I was starting a detox by Arbonne called 30 Days to Healthy Living. (Note: I am not a consultant! Just giving it a try myself!) I knew when beginning this that it would be a pretty big shift for Brett and I. Typically, I’m a gimme all the carbs and sugar you’ve got kind of girl. Because of that, you’ve basically got our entire diet that we’re giving up for a month. However, we knew that we needed to kick some habits and wanted to be healthier, so this challenge sounded like the right thing to do. I also want to loose some pesky baby weight, and decided to jump in head first! (I hit my pre-baby weight 4 months ago and plateaued since then. The number may be the same, but the placement of the weight on my body is not. That’s what I wanted to change!)

In this cleanse, you abstain from

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Gluten/wheat
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Processed foods

To be clear – I don’t think dairy and gluten are bad, I really just want to clean out my system and recharge. Detox.

This cleanse means pretty much at least 20 new-to-me recipes to fit within the guidelines. Some things I’ve definitely got experience with, but just need to tweak to fit. Some things I’ve never thought of cooking like this and have been pleasantly surprised! Others… not so much. I reached out on Instagram to see if anyone would like the recipes Brett and I are fans of, and got a pretty positive response. So, here goes the first few!

dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar easy quick meals

I should also mention that I pretty much never measure when cooking🙈. With seasoning, I just use what I feel like I should to taste! I also don’t always time exactly, just till it’s cooked through or browning, etc. You could easily replace olive oil for coconut oil as well. My seasonings are what I have on hand and use often – tweak to what you like! Also, didn’t plan this post until after the meals, so pardon the terrible picture quality!

Each of the following meals were plenty filling for us – and I’m not typically a light dinner person. They each made enough for leftovers, and I would say each would easily feed 3 people, with the meatballs feeding 4.

Night 1: Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas / Soft Tacos

This was so easy to make and was really delicious! The tortillas aren’t the strongest in the world, but they fit the cleanse requirements and are really tasty.

dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar easy quick meals

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of thinly sliced chicken
  • Bell peppers of assorted colors (we used mini)
  • A handful of kale, finely chopped
  • 1 Avocado
  • BFree sweet potato tortillas
  • 1 bag microwaveable brown rice
  • 1 Lime
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Cut the chicken into thin strips, toss in plastic zip-lock bag with olive oil and spices/seasonings (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper).
  3. Remove stem and seeds from bell peppers, thinly slice
  4. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on half of a backing sheet
  5. Arrange the peppers on the other half, tossing in olive oil, salt and pepper
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked and peppers are just beginning to char.
  7. Microwave/cook brown rice
  8. De-pit and slice avocado into strips
  9. Top tortillas (we did 2 each) with rice, chicken, peppers, avocado, and drizzle with lime juice. Enjoy!

Night 2: Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This was probably my favorite meal yet! My husband and I both loved this meal and plan on making it often! He’s excited to make it for Scarlett when she’s older… I’m terrified of that mess😳🙈.

dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar easy quick meals

Ingredients:

  • Big leaf lettuce (like romaine)
  • Ground turkey
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin
  • Coconut aminos
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°
  2. Peel and small dice the sweet potato. Place on a baking sheet and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. (I did this step earlier in the day!)
  3. Brown the turkey meat in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add in seasonings and coconut aminos to taste. (Add olive oil if needed to moisten the seasonings)
  4. Toss in sweet potato and stir to combine.
  5. Wash and dry lettuce leafs. Using the largest whole leafs, scoop turkey mixture onto leafs. Enjoy!

Night 3: Porcupine Turkey Meatballs and Baked Green Beans

I was also pleasantly surprised by this meal. I’ve never had turkey meatballs or porcupine meatballs, but they were delicious. I also had quite a few leftover and would take 2-3 out for my afternoon snack on the days following this meal.

dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar easy quick meals

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 bag microwavable brown rice (or approximately 1 cup of uncooked brown rice
  • one can of tomato paste
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • a handful of green beans
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • italian seasoning (additional basil, parsley)
  • salt and pepper
  • coconut aminos

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. In a bowl, combine the turkey, uncooked rice, and as much of the seasoning spices as you would like.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls 1.5 inches in diameter.
  4. Heat a skillet with olive oil on med-high until hot. Place the meatballs into the skillet and leave for 3-4 minutes. Stir until meatballs are browned on all sides. Move meatballs to a lined 9 x 13 dish.
  5. In the pan, add one can of tomato paste, 1 cup of water, a drizzle of olive oil, and seasonings desired (I used italian seasoning here). Stir until combined and sauce-like.
  6. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, topping them evenly. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes, removing the foil for the last 15.

Green Beans

  1. Wash and trim the green beans.
  2. In a lined baking sheet, toss the green beans with olive oil, seasonings, salt and pepper, and a touch of coconut amino (only if you need a sweet kick!)
  3. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, until beginning to brown at the ends.

If you try any of these, I’d love to know! Hope this helps another mama or family wanting to get healthier, like me!

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