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Recipe Listing for new eCookbook

I am SO PROUD of this! Myself, and many members of Team INSPIRE have collaborated on this amazing eCookbook with over 50 recipes! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to two amazing organizations, No Kid Hungry, and World Help. Please click HERE to get your copy!

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BREAKFAST AND BEVERAGES

Baked Berry Oatmeal

Cinnamon Walnut Overnight Oats

Eggs Benedict

Triple Berry Flax Seed Smoothie

Tropical Berry Shakeology

Very Berry Tini

Virgin Sangria

SALADS

Asian Coleslaw

Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad

BLT Salad

Cauliflower, Rice, and Broccoli Salad

Cucumber Salad

Greek Salad

 

 

SIDES

Bruschetta

Cauliflower Mash

Cinnamon Granola

Mushroom and Spinach Quinoa

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Fries

Trail Mix

Vegan Corn Muffins

 

SOUPS/STEWS/CHILI

Chicken Tortilla Crockpot Soup

Healthy and Hearty Beef Stew

Minestrone

Savory Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Turkey Chili

ENTREES

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Chicken Florentine Casserole

Crockpot Carnitas

Curry and Yogurt Chicken

Eggplant Rollups

Fish Picatta

Gluten Free “Fried” Chicken

Indian Lentils

Kickin Chicken

Lazy Veggie Enchilada Bake

Maple Bacon Chicken

Pepperjack Turkey Burgers

Spicy Fish Tacos

Skinny Meatballs

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sweet and Savory Cabbage Rolls

Taco Cups

Vegan Veggie Lentil Bolognese

Veggie Tortellini

 DESSERTS

Berry Clean Rice Pudding

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Toast

Cherry Chocolate Shakeology Ice Cream

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Oat Protein Balls

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

 

 

FAQ’s and “A Day in the Life”

Hi all! So, I wanted to make a quick video to answer a lot questions that I frequently receive! Click on the video for more.

Food and Nutrition Consultation Packages

 

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As a Professional Chef for over 15 years, and now a Weight Management Specialist, I think it is safe to say that I know food! I know the science behind how your body uses, what foods are beneficial and harmful, and i know how to make even the healthiest items taste amazing!

I have created 3 separate packages of my online Food and Nutrition Consultations, to suit your individual needs.

The BEGINNERS package includes the following:

A personal food and nutrition consultation and evaluation.
Recommendations on food and exercise.
A copy of my Healthy eCookbook.

The INTERMEDIATE package includes the following:

A personal food and nutrition consultation and evaluation.

Recommendations on food and exercise and a clean eating grocery list.

A copy of my Healthy eCookbook.
2 weekly check-ins with me.

The MASTER package includes the following:

A personal food and nutrition consultation and evaluation.
A 4 week meal plan based around the results of your Consultation as well as a Grocery Lis.t
The meal plan will include many recipes from my Healthy eCookbook, of which you will receive a free copy.
Simple tips and exercises to get you moving!
4 Weekly check-ins with me to assess your progress.
I cannot wait to help you reach your goals! Let’s get started!

CLICK HERE to get your personalized package!

Easy Ways to Fit in Some Exercise

If you are anything like me, it isn’t always easy to fit in a 30-45 minute workout. Most days, I have a LOT going on, and it is hard for me to find the time, so I have to be creative. Here are some ideas to fit in some sneaky exercise

  1. While washing dishes, do 100 calf raises. I do this a lot.
  2. While going through your skincare routine, do plies and squat variations between the steps. Here is a n example. Wash your face and dry. Do 20 squats. Apply toner to face, and while drying do 15 sumo squats. Apply eye or wrinkle cream. Do 15 push ups against the sink. While brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, do 30 plié squats or side bends. It is so easy to do it this way, and you really are not taking up too much additional time.
  3. Park further away. Yes, we have all heard this a million times, but it’s effective.
  4. Punch the air while walking around your house, or do some walking lunges.
  5. Take multiple trips while putting away things.
  6. While watching TV, do some tricep dips off of your couch.

These are just a few ideas, and I hope that you have found them helpful! Remember, you don’t need to go to the gym to get in some effective exercise! Just be creative.

Curry and Yogurt Chicken

I love this recipe! I have made it many, many times for various catering events. You can use either chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts. I hope you enjoy!2026

Curry and Yogurt Chicken

  • 1 c. plain or Greek yogurt
  • ½ c. Dijon mustard
  • 1T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. curry powder
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 5 chicken breasts

 

 

Directions

  • Place chicken in dish skin side down.
  • In a small sauce pan, mix together other ingredients.
  • Pour mixture over chicken, cover and let marinade overnight.
  • Cover pan with foil.
  • Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • Remove foil and bake additional 15 minutes.
  • Serve over rice if desired

Favorite Workous

I am often asked what my favorite workouts are. I post a lot of them on my Instagram page, so come follow me if you are not already.(tinylittlechef)

Here are a few videos of my favorites.

 

How to properly hold a knife while slicing

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When slicing, make your hand into a claw. Make sure the tips of your fingers are curled under and are firmly grasping the object, with your thumb towards the back of the object. . Place the knife, tip down first, against your knuckles, and pull the knife down. Slowly move your fingers back for each slice. ALWAYS use a very sharp knife. Using a dull knife is likely to cause more accidents, as you must work harder to cut the food.

Exciting things ahead!

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So, as you may know, I am a trained Pilates Instructor (on the Reformer) and I have been a Professional Chef since 2000. A lot of people ask me about nutrition, and a lot of people ask me about Personal Training. I always gave the best advice that I could, but I never felt like I was giving anyone full, accurate, science based advice.So, after a lot of thinking and talking to other ladies on Team INSPIRE, I have decided to pursue my Certifications in Weight Management Specialist and Certifies Personal Trainer. Both of these are being done through the NCCPT, or the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers. I am super excited about this, and I cant wait to share my knowledge with my friends and clients. Look out 2015, Tiny LIttle Chef is coming to get ya!

Chicken and Dumplings

008I LOVE chicken and dumplings! I remember my Nana making them as I was growing up, and this dish always reminds me as her. TO me, there is not a more comforting meal. I have created many recipes for this over the years, but this is, in my opinion, both the best AND the easiest. I hope that you get a chance to make it, and I hope that it warms and comforts you. ENJOY!

Ingredients

 1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, roasted or boiled, cut into bite size pieces

1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed veggies ( I like carrots, peas, corn, and green beans)

bay leaves

1 T. garlic powder

salt and ground black pepper to taste

Dumplings

2  cups baking mix (I use Bisquick )

2/3 cup milk

 
 Directions
  1. Combine chicken broth, bay leaves, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 20-30 minutes. Add chicken and veggies.  Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until the veggies are tender the vegetables are tender, 10-15  minutes.
  2. Mix baking mix and milk in a bowl until dough is sticky; drop golf ball-sized pieces of dough into the soup. (I like to add a sprinkle of cayenne to the dough to add a bit of heat.) Cover pot and cook until dumplings are cooked through, about 10 minutes
  3. 3. Ladle into bowls and serve!

What would YOU like to see from me in 2015?

My dear friends and readers,  I want to know what YOU want to see on here this year! More recipes, cooking tips and tricks, workouts, meal plans, kid friendly meal ideas? Please take a second and vote, and I hope that your 2015 is off to a GREAT start!