Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until March 2nd, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. These recipes are from other busy women like me and you! This week, we are focusing on eating more dark, leafy greens. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking for added support, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
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Dillan, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
A lot of collaboration with my partner. We plan ahead, and she does most of the grocery shopping because she has a car. On nights she doesn't cook, she'll get the ingredients and I'll cook! We figure out our schedules and alternate cooking and doing dishes/cleanup. Also, we prepare meals using frozen veggies but the freshest meat or animal products possible. Taking short-cuts where we can but always prioritizing fresh, organic ingredients and lots of vegetables!
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority in your life?
I just can't eat any other way since becoming a health coach. When I eat poorly, it affects my mood and digestion and I am really uncomfortable. If I have something with sugar or flour as a snack, I make sure to eat a lot of vegetables at my three meals each day. I always have greens at least twice a day--even if it means adding frozen spinach to a chocolate banana smoothie!
What is your favorite thing to make when it is cold outside?
That would be this recipe for a homemade mocha! Check it out over here. Oh, and the fabulous Turkey Chili Verde (recipe below).
What is that one thing that busy people can do this winter to eat a little healthier?
Toss out the idea that meals have to be gourmet and just use basic ingredients. Roast winter veggies with some olive oil. Check out this simple recipe and pair them with some rice, quinoa and maybe baked chicken. Or nothing else at all!
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
Our Vitamix. We saved money and bought a refurbished one for $379.00 and we use it every day! We make smoothies and green drinks each morning and I also used it to puree the sauce for this Indian Chickpeas recipe.
Turkey Chili Verde
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey, dark meat
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 large poblano pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced (a natural cold and flu fighter!)
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup tomatillo salsa (or plain diced tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of cumin, which was what I used instead)
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
4 tablespoons sour cream
**2 cups kale, chopped
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add turkey; saute until turkey is cooked, about 6 minutes. Add onion, chile pepper and oregano; continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, chickpeas, salsa and squash. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is tender, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
**kale isn't an ingredient in the original recipe but check out the post that Dillan wrote about adding greens to anything: The Missing Ingredient: Greens.
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