Crockpot Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Well, I didn’t mean to tease everyone when I posted a pic on Facebook last week after I made my first crockpot chicken lasagna… The thing is that I didn’t write anything down when I did it! I decided to remake it today and took some notes…  Below you’ll find some pictures that show me building my layers and the full ingredient list and directions. I’m really excited about this recipe because it’s a way for me to easily get in protein and baby #2 isn’t a big fan of a lot of meat! 😉 Plus, it took me about 15 minutes from start to finish and that was with taking pics! Add in that the recipe is (picky) toddler and hubby approved, and you’ve got a winning meal!

 

********** Let’s begin! **********

 

First, you’re going to start by laying down a layer of sauce in the bottom of your slow cooker.  As you can see in the picture, I often use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners to make clean up easier.  I LOVE not having to scrape or soak cooked sauce off the sides!

 

First Layer Sauce Crockpot Chicken Lasagna

 

Next, you’re going to build your first layer by placing your no cook Barilla lasagna sheets down and top with shredded chicken, ricotta and mozzarella, if you wish.

 

First Layer Crockpot Chicken Lasagna

 

I usually do three “filled layers” total.  (You can see that I go heavy on the ricotta in the beginning…  I need to learn to judge how much I’m using better!) The top layer of today’s lasagna is finished and looks like this…

 

Third Layer Crockpot Chicken Lasagna

 

To finish it off, you simply add sauce, cover with noodles, add another layer of sauce and top with shredded mozzarella.

 

Top Layer Finished Crockpot Chicken Lasagna

 

Finished product!

 

YUMMY Slow Cooker Chicken Lasagna

 

The fine details for those that want to give this a try…

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Lasagna Recipe

 

Feedback? Comments? Feel free to leave them below…  I’d love to know what you think and how your dinner turns out!


Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup

If you’ve ever bought a box of Quaker Quick Pearled Barley, you may have seen the recipe for Quick ‘N Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup on the back of the box. My MIL was the first to introduce me to it, and since then we’ve made it more times than I can count. I’m sharing my modified recipe below for a higher protein, veggie packed, garlic powered version. What can I say… We love garlic! If you decide to mix it up, chicken makes a GREAT substitute as noted.

Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup

 


Mama Needs a Do-Over – A Review…

Mama Needs a Do-Over

 

I’ve spent the last two days reading the book Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around by Lisa Pennington and have a few thoughts I’d like to share…

This book isn’t necessarily what I thought of when I decided to read and review a “parenting” book. I would better classify this title as a refreshing look at parenting as part of a soul-seeking challenge of life. The author has nine children of various ages, and she birthed the last at 42. In my opinion, that makes her qualified to talk about parenting, even if you don’t agree with her style (more on that later).

The book is broken down in sections. The process they encourage helps you to tap into what makes you unique and helps you identify how those things can benefit you when working through difficult parenting seasons. I would argue that accepting the challenge and doing the work prepares you for the struggles of life in general and not just those that arise with parenting. Regardless, the author helps you to formulate your plan so you can be prepared to face encounters and approach them in a new way. She offers several suggestions, broken down by rough age categories, to “reset” the day and turn the ship around.

I found her advice practical for those of us that are dealing with the fit du jour or mountains of laundry. It’s even more helpful if you are a stay at home spouse (male or female) and sometimes resent the opportunity your partner has to leave the house. Lisa herself is a self-professed control freak and kitchen failure, but it’s easy to see that she maintains her sense of humor through her own struggles. Plus, she’s doing it all while homeschooling her children! It’s refreshing to get perspective and realize that these moments don’t last forever, and YOU ultimately control the situation by your reaction to it. You can realize that the situation provides stress as a means and opportunity for personal growth.

The author obviously holds deeply religious views. Her thoughts on “do-overs” have her beliefs sprinkled all over them. I did not find these offensive, but I’m also a believer in Christ. Someone who doesn’t have the same faith may not find her book as easily accessible as I did.

I did a little search on the author after finishing the book as she referenced her blog at The Pennington Point (Blog). My research yielded several things of note. First, the author hasn’t blogged since the spring of 2015. You can find links to deleted blog posts with a search, including one about spanking babies. I PERSONALLY don’t approach the mechanics of parenting in the same way she does and would never paddle a baby. Our soon to be 22 month old has never been paddled. She and I are going to have to agree to disagree on a lot of things involving parenting style and how “obedient” I think my child should be.  I’m not trying to raise a robot here. Two, the author is currently dealing with a crisis.  It would seem that one of her daughters has chose to approach life without the support of her family and lacks the documentation to support her identity and make a way for herself.  If you want to know what it’s all about, you can get all kinds of details by doing a quick search. Lastly, the author (currently) has a much stronger Facebook presence.  You can find her at The Pennington Point (Facebook Like Page).

I only bring it up for this reason… Yes, I am aware that the family is facing some difficulties. Yes, I realize that everyone is entitled to their views on parenting and faith. BUT…  I wanted this post to focus solely on the content of the book and not what can be found on the blog or my view on Lisa’s parenting. If you are a Christian and a parent who struggles with sometimes seeing the good in the day, this book can benefit you regardless of your personal views on the struggles they face. I think we can all benefit from finding the joy in our everyday struggles and who doesn’t need a little spontaneous game of “zoo” in their life? 🙂

I recieved a digital copy of this title for my honest review.


Fall Into Fitness… Join Us In September!

September Support Group Starts Now

 

Today is ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬!

This is me… In July, working out with 30K+ of my closest friends… 😉

Guess what? I’m still here… Making positive changes one day at a time and addressing my struggles as they come up, while helping others do the same. Our support community focuses on developing lifelong habits and staying healthy so we can lead the lives we choose and pursue our passions. Being healthy is possible and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. Making good choices doesn’t have to be complex and time consuming and neither does fitness.

Life is all about balance. If you’re ready to take a leap of faith, I’m ready to lead the way and show you what you need to do to be your best. Think you’re ready for 30 minute workouts and more food than you’ve ever eaten on a “diet” before? Seriously, though, I promise you’re not going to starve! I’ve been there before (and to TOPS, Slim-Fast, Nutri-System, Cabbage Soup, the weight loss “doctor,” etc… ‪#‎thislistismypast‬)

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Ask yourself why not…

Pay the Farmer to Keep You Healthy

I WAS one of those people who ate with very little thought to whether I was feeding my body nutritious food. I was reactive when it came to health issues. I was suffering from migraines and joint pain and arthritis from past injury.

All that changed when I recommitted to meeting my running goals, added in cross-training with Beachbody programs, and began drinking Shakeology.

Yes, I’m a busy mom, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse not to take care of myself. If anything, that’s even more reason to be proactive in keeping our family healthy. I couldn’t possibly ingest all the superfoods I get in Shakeology… So, it supplements the clean healthy fruits and vegetables my body needs and gives my body a protein boost and energy and cuts cravings at the same time. That’s a win/win for me. So you could ask yourself why *should* I be interested in or concerned about getting healthy, but the real question is why not?

Improving your health may not be easy, but it really is simple. If you want to hear more and are ready to take back control, message me, comment below, or fill out the questionnaire here. I’d love to connect with you.


FIXATE Cookbook Update and Corrections

Fixate Cookbook PurchaseSeveral people purchased FIXATE when it became available, and I gave away several free copies for people who joined my support group in July and August. After publication, there were a few corrections that were made to container equivalents and the mac and cheese recipe was released with corrections.  All of this information can now be found in one convenient publication.

If you have been waiting for this…  Click on the link below!

FIXATE Cookbook Update/Corrections


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No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Have extra Vanilla Shakeology and need a use for it?!? Look no further than these cookies!

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

I love variety in life, and sometimes I also need to get some superfoods into a picky toddler… So, what is a momma to do? Enter in these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

They’re easy to make, taste delicious, and offer one more use for Vanilla Shakeology. If you decide to incorporate this recipe into your “fix” lifestyle or another Beachbody fitness/nutrition program using the container system, this counts as a yellow (treat swap).

For the cookies above, I mixed in dried cherries, but I personally prefer these without dried fruit.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie

 

If you haven’t already made the leap and joined our Beachbody team, comment below or send me a message so we can talk about how I can help you meet YOUR goals.

If you make these, drop a comment and tell everyone what you think!


Turkey Sloppy Joes – Recipe Review from FIXATE

Today Liam and I decided we wanted to mix it up for lunch. I had ordered several copies of Autumn Calabrese’s new cookbook, FIXATE. I also brought one back from Coach Summit 2015 in Nashville over the weekend. This cookbook offers tons of great recipes across all categories. Since the container system is being incorporated into new fitness programs (more than just Autumn’s offerings), having this book is a game changer.

Fixate Cookbook Purchase

Our shopping was done, and we had the necessary ingredients to make several different new dishes. Of course, I started with the one that I wanted the most. LOL… So Turkey Sloppy Joes it was!

Have you ever worked in a restaurant that serves sloppy joes? I have… Want to know the secret recipe? Cooked hamburger, ketchup, mustard, and sugar. Now, I’m not going to give away the ratios of those things, but I’ll say they err more on the side of being unhealthy. The sloppy joes in this cookbook had me throwing in things I would never have thought of… Hot sauce, raw honey… Those were just two of the ingredients I was surprised to be using.

Turkey Sloppy Joes In The Skillet

It didn’t take long to have dinner finished and plated. Altogether, it was about 35 minutes until it was ready. I did a few things slightly differently than directed. One was cooking the turkey meat off in water to keep it moist and help it crumble better. Another was eliminating the tomato paste… Okay, so I thought I had all the ingredients!  😉

Plated Turkey Sloppy Joes

 

Here it is plated… So what did I think? It was wonderful!!! Way more flavorful than sloppy joe normally is. It wasn’t even comparable to Manwich! I actually wanted more, but I had a 1.25 cup serving (the recipe makes 4 servings), which was enough to stuff a pocket thin and still have this bowl leftover. There’s no reason to be greedy just because it’s so good, right?

I wasn’t the only one who thought so… Here’s the first impression…

First Bite

After carely thinking it over…

He Thinks It's Good

He decided it was good…

It's REALLY Good

I guess you could say it’s momma and toddler approved… He’s trying to SHOVE my hand to his mouth!!!

So Excited

 

It got daddy’s approval, too when he had the leftovers for dinner.  😉

If you are interested in learning more about 21 Day Fix, Cize, or Autumn’s new book, FIXATE, comment below, find me on Facebook or send me an email.  I’d love to chat about how these things can help you meet your goals to lead a healthier life.

The link to the FIXATE cookbook is HERE.

The link to the FIXATE cookbook package with the container system is HERE.

 


Root Beer Float Shakeology

One of my fitness partners inspired me to try something new with my Vanilla Shakeology this morning after I finished my run. While this recipe does not qualify as clean eating because of the tablespoon of sugar free pudding mix, it is tasty and gives you a little variety. It’s fun to do something different every once in a while. 🙂 If I come up with an alternative to the pudding, I will keep you all posted. Hope you enjoy this as a refreshing summer treat!

Root Beer Float Shakeology