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Greek. Meal. Bowls.

That’s fine. Say no more. I am on board.

In this particular situation, I’ve not photo’d the tzatziki sauce, but it will be in your recipe. I mean, it’s just a big bowl of Grecian goodness that will not leave you bored. At all. It is the more complicated of the bunch, but it’s not that bad. We can do this. I mean, we can’t take a photo without my housedress. But we can make and enjoy this.

Shopping list:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 lbs grape tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • Pita bread
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried dill
  • S&P

Recipe:

  • Chop chicken into small pieces. Place in container to marinade with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 TBSP red wine vinegar, 1tsp oregano, 2 tsp garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, Cook 2 cups brown rice according to packages.
  • Start/Cook rice according to package.
  • Next, make cucumber salad. Chop & slice 1 & 2/3 cucumbers. Thinly slice 1/2 red onion. Add in 1 TBSP lemon juice, 2 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP red wine vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, pressed & 1 tsp dried oregano. Refrigerate.
  • Next, make Tzatziki sauce: Mix 1 cup greek yogurt, 1/3 finely diced (or food processed) cucumber, 1 TBSP garlic, 1 TBSP dill, 1 TBSP lemon juice, salt & pepper. Refrigerate.
  • In hot oil, fry greek chicken mix until done to internal temp of 160.
  • Chop olives, red onion & tomatoes.
  • To make the tzatziki sauce, combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest and mint in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld; set aside.
    Divide rice into meal prep containers. Top with chicken, cucumber salad, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce.

Meal prep:

  • Put 1/5 chicken mixture in microwave-proof container.
  • Put 1/5 rice in microwave-proof container.
  • Using 5 small separate containers or baggies, put 1/5 cucumber salad mixture in microwave-proof container.
  • Using 5 small separate containers or baggies, put 1/5 tzatziki mixture in microwave-proof container.
  • Using 5 small separate containers or baggies, put 1/5 olives & tomatoes mixture in microwave-proof container.
  • Using 5 small separate containers or baggies, divide pita bread into 5 small servings.
  • Package all together into 5 separate lunch containers.
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Beef & Broccoli

YIELD: 4

15-Minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli

INGREDIENTS

  •  1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  •  4 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  •  2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  •  2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  •  2 tablespoons sesame oil
  •  2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  •  2 to 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt, optional and to taste (soy sauce already has salt)
  •  1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  •  pinch cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, optional and to taste
  •  1 to 1.25 pounds flank steak, sliced against the grain in bite size pieces
  •  about 4 to 6 cups broccoli florets
  •  1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional (see step 7.)
  •  1 tablespoon cold water, optional (see step 7.)
  •  2 to 3 green onions sliced in 1-inch segments on the bias, optional for garnishing
  •  1 tablespoon sesame seeds, optional for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add the soy sauce, garlic, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, optional salt, pepper, optional cayenne or red pepper flakes, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the steak, stir to combine, and let it marinate for 10 to 15 minutes (if you have time and can marinate for up to 1 hour, even better).
  4. Using a tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the steak to the sheet pan with space in between the pieces; set aside.
  5. Add the broccoli (I use 6 cups because we like a lot of broccoli, use less if desired) to the marinade mixture and give it a quick dunk, you just want to moisten it a bit. Using a tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the broccoli to the sheet pan, and scatter it in between the steak if possible so food isn’t overlapping too much; reserve the marinade.
  6. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the steak is cooked through and the broccoli is fork-tender.
  7. While the food bakes, optionally add the reserved marinade to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the cornstarch and cold water to a small bowl, stir to combine, and all the cornstarch slurry to the boiling saucepan, whisking nearly constantly for 30 seconds or until dissolved. The sauce will get very thick quickly because there’s not much quantity. If desired, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup water as desired for consistency, whisking until incorporated and smooth.
  9. After the beef and broccoli are done, evenly drizzle with the sauce, to taste.
  10. Evenly garnish with optional green onions, optional sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

NOTES

  • Recipe is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

YIELD:

 4 

SERVING SIZE:

 1
Amount Per Serving:CALORIES: 784TOTAL FAT: 24gSATURATED FAT: 7gTRANS FAT: 0gUNSATURATED FAT: 14gCHOLESTEROL: 112mgSODIUM: 2145mgCARBOHYDRATES: 93gFIBER: 32gSUGAR: 32gPROTEIN: 65g

CREDIT: https://www.averiecooks.com/15-minute-sheet-pan-beef-broccoli/?

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Turkey Chili

Shopping list:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cans Black beans
  • 2 cans Chili beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (I double that)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 large jalapeños
  • 2 cloves or 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP Chili powder (or 2 if you’re crazy)
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Choose ONE accessory: Cheese or Greek Yogurt

Recipe:

  • Chop onions, jalapeños, garlic.
  • Dump in with ground turkey & a bit of olive oil. Brown.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin & oregano, salt & pepper.
  • Bring to boil, simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with cheese, chopped green onions and/or tbsp of Greek yogurt.

Meal prep:

  • Put 1.5 cups of chili in microwave-proof container.
  • In a separate container, put ONE accessory (cheese or yogurt).
  • In a separate container, put 2 TBSP green onions.
  • Package all together in one lunch container.
  • This should make enough for you to meal prep for a week and freeze some for emergencies.
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Egg Roll In A Bowl

Recipe:

Makes 5 servings. Each serving is 1 red, 1 green, 21 Day Fix

What you need:

  • 2 lb of lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken (I use beef)
  • 1 head of cabbage (on the smaller side)
  • You can also add bok choy (optional)
  • 3-4 medium carrots
  • 1/4 onion chopped finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 heaping tsp of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 TBS oil (sesame or vegetable)
  • 4-5 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 4tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  1. First, shred cabbage with a serrated knife. It is important to cut the cabbage with a serrated knife because it will shred the cabbage. Or chop bok choy. Then place cabbage and bok choy in a large mixing bowl. Shred the carrots with a vegetable peeler and toss well.
  2. Then brown your ground meat with finely diced onions and minced garlic. Drain grease from meat if needed.
  3. Fill the pan full of cabbage, bok choy and carrots. Then add fresh grated ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder and ground black pepper (or crushed red pepper).
  4. If you have to split the mixture because you do not have a large sauté pan or wok, half the cabbage mixture, ground meat, ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and black pepper between batches.
  5. Once you have everything in the pan toss with tongs until coated evenly. Cover and cook over medium heat until cabbage has wilted, toss occasionally!

Credit: http://www.southyourmouth.com/2016/01/egg-roll-stir-fry.html

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2 Awesome Breakfast Meal Prep Recipes

Breakfast is a must. So many of us are rushed or used to not eating breakfast. Here at Ideal Balance, we understand. We really do. But we still want you to work on it.

When you show up ready to work out with us for the first time, your body isn’t ready to do everything, right? We don’t ask that you even try to do everything. We build slowly, focussing on progress, not perfection. The same goes for eating breakfast. Actually, the same goes for any new habit. Let’s start building– slowly, but steadily.

If you’re not used to eating breakfast, try eating half a banana or another piece of fruit in the morning. We are all about fasting from 7pm to 8 or 9am, but we want you to break that fast and get your metabolism engine running!

With that in mind we’ve got two breakfast meal prep recipes for you today. You might be meal planning or prepping as a new habit as well. We usually advise starting with one meal until you get the hang of it. Breakfast is a great place to start!

Oatmeal muffins

Mix 1 egg, 1 mashed banana, 1 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup honey together. Add in 2.5 cups rolled oats, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt and mix. Add in 1 cup water. Divide into 12 baking cups, top with berries. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Note: Add chocolate chips for kids and they eat them up!!

Omelette Bites

Saute six cups preferred vegetables w/ olive oil in pan. Spray muffin tin. Whisk dozen eggs in bowl, stir in veggies, add salt & pepper. Pour evenly into muffin tins and cook for 20 minutes until done. Makes enough for six days. (You can freeze if needed).

Note: Add hot sauce before popping in my mouth, yum!

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You can’t organize clutter.


You can try. You can pay professionals to help you or you can DIY. Either way the process is the same: your stuff will be color coded, put in shelves and drawers and cabinets and it will look great. For a day or two. Even when you stack it up nice and neatly, it’s going to slowly start seeping and spreading out again.

That’s because you cannot organize clutter. You have to get rid of it, once and for all. In order to get your home where you want to get it, you have to reduce. We’re not storing it. We’re not organizing it. We’re eliminating it. We’re going to shift our mindsets in the process and the entire thing is going to be life changing. 


Less is more.


That’s the major mindset shift we need to make in order to truly get our homes detoxed. Less stuff means more free time because you’re not busy taking care of all your stuff. Less stuff around means you can appreciate the stuff you do have even more. It’s that simple. 

Less requires action though. What’s really fascinating is that when we do that, when we detox our home, we actually feel the physical effects in our bodies too. When our homes are cluttered, our minds are cluttered. There is a strange phenomenon where many professional organizers report their clients having other major life breakthroughs after their homes have been detoxed such as finally losing weight, getting debt free or landing their dream job. It makes a lot of sense. Your home is your sanctuary, your home base. If you can get it in order, your entire life can change. 


Fix your home, fix your life.


Really. You’ll find you feel relieved, you feel physically lighter, you will have more confidence and you’ll be more decisive. It’s an awesome journey. But, it’s not easy. Embarking on this journey takes some mental toughness, it can be emotional. It’s like a good workout though. It might be tough in the moment and you might get tired, but you’re going to push through. And when you’re done, you’re going to be proud, you’re going to see results and you’re going to be satisfied. 

If you’d like help adopting the less is more philosophy to your home, let us help you. We have two options:

  1. We’ll do the work for you.
  2. We guide you through weekly coaching sessions where we teach & physically help you go through your stuff, take your discard pile away in our magic box of disappearing and give you some easy homework.

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5 ways to shrink your online spending habits

1.Budget

Budgeting your spending money is the first step to reducing spending. Create a budget, pick an amount for spending and then spend that amount guilt free, but don’t go over it.

2. Buy gift cards.

We often have out clients purchase Amazon, Starbucks or Target gift cards that create a sort of “allowance” for spending at these stores. In this way, you protect your bank information but you also have a hard limit to what you can spend while still having the freedom to spend.

Both of these habits will get you started. Both will help you naturally start being more selective about how often and what you buy. Then we can build on those habits.

3. Delete apps / remove payment options

When we want to break a habit, we want to make that habit hard to do. So, if I wanted to break the chocolate eating habit, I would first of all not keep any of it in my house. That makes it a little harder, right? In the same way, we want to delete any online shopping apps off of our phone. Get rid of email subscriptions and notifications. Maybe you can go in an delete remembered passwords or even payment methods. How can you make the habit harder to do?

4. Have better things to do

If you find a certain time of day is the biggest culprit for your spending, find something better to do during that time. A hobby? A game with the kids? A walk? If you’re doing something you love, you’ll be less tempted to buy.

5. Be more picky about what you bring into your home.

We don’t let just anything come into our homes. It has to be super functional, guaranteed not to just add to the clutter. It needs to be something we love and really need. Maybe there are rules like one thing in, one thing out. If it’s clothes, it has to go with three things we already own. If it’s decor, we’ve already cleared the space.

Bonus: 24 hour rule / $100 partner agreement rule

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Cash for College Webinar

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5 reasons why you need a budget right now

A budget reduces your stress.

A budget reduces uncertainty. Uncertainty is what is making you stressed right now. Not knowing is being stuck. Getting everything out on the table is hard work, sure, but it will guarantee you stress less about money.

A budget gives you freedom to spend.

Most people think a budget means you can’t spend money. On the contrary! We encourage all of our clients to create a spending money or fun money category. That’s money they plan to spend without guilt or stress! From there, we also encourage them to budget the fun things in life like date nights, birthdays and vacation. The difference with a budget is you plan for these things, so you know you’ll actually have the money. You plan for the fun, set the money aside, and then bringing home only the memories. That’s instead of planning the fun, not having any money for it, going into debt to fund it and then carrying around that burden.

A budget clarifies your priorities.

Do you know what your priorities are in life? Do you know where most of your money goes right now? You might think you know these things, but most people haven’t truly thought them through and then put them down on paper. On purpose. That’s what a budget will do. For example, many times folks are spending hundreds of dollars eating out and not saving money for college for their kiddos. Or some folks are spending more on Amazon a month than they have in a savings account. When they think it through, this is probably not what they want, right? As your coaches, we will guide you through a discussion about your priorities and your future. Then we will help you create a budget to match them.

A budget makes your future possible.

We all have a vision for our future. We like to ask you what your future would look like if money wasn’t an issue. That’s certainly a possibility if you start telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! But, your future isn’t going to happen on accident. It takes planning, good habits and work to get there.

A budget gives you a goal.

We work with folks in every kind of situation: couples, families and single folks. Regardless of your situation, we’ll help you set mini goals and then celebrate as you succeed! Savings account. Check! Credit card paid off. Check! Paid for vacation in cash. Check! These wins are so good for you & your mental health! You’ll prove to yourself you can do hard things and that builds confidence. As you move along the path to financial freedom, the goals get bigger and you get better.

If you are ready to get on a budget, let us help you! Schedule your free, 15-minute, no-obligation consult today!

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Find a focus for your anxiety

Many of you know, for the most part, the remainder of your term for lockdown. Perhaps your local government has said May 1, perhaps June 1. Whatever the date that you know, count the number of days there are until that date. So, X = Number of days until lockdown is over. Now, we have a question for you.

What can you do in X amount of days?

Ah, that’s a good question. You see, most of us are experiencing some anxiety right now. Other emotions we have may be fear, frustration, anger, disappointment. Lots of (understandable) negative emotions. Part of the reason for these emotions, among other things, is our human desire for certainty and for control. In most of our situations, we are no longer in control and we lack certainty about a lot of things. So what can we do?

We can choose to funnel that energy into something good. We can choose to pick a small goal and get after it over the next X number of days. We recommend you make your own homemade countdown calendar with X number of boxes that you can cross off. Then, pick a goal and allow your brain to focus some of it’s desire for control and certainty on THAT. Here are some ideas:

  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to.
  • Organize your closet (or one area / item per X day left).
  • Lose 5 pounds.
  • Walk 30 miles.
  • Write 10 handwritten notes to loved ones.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Try 10 new recipes.
  • Start journaling.
  • Stop drinking sodas.
  • Learn a dance with your child.
  • Work up to running 1 mile.
  • Pick a Bible study.

Pick a goal that is reasonable for YOU. Pick a goal that you’ll be excited to get after each day. Pick something that you’ve been wanting to do, that you’ll be proud to say you accomplished during this time at home.

As always, if you need a little help finding this focus or working through your thoughts so that you can feel better. We help clients set goals and work through it. Want to set up a free, no-obligation 15 minute consultation?