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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Healthy Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta

Earlier this week I shared my Healthy Guilt Free Greek Pasta Salad  that was a HUGE hit in the house. So much so that they asked that I make it again. It kept great overnight in the fridge so it is a new favorite for picnics and lunches to our outdoor events, and for my husbands lunch at work. I use meal prep containers. You can make a double batch ahead of time when company comes. This would also be great to bring to potlucks or tailgates. Balance the fun out with some healthy yummy options.

Since the Penne Cauliflower Pasta was so great...I wanted to work more with this brand. As a reminder Veggiecraft Cauliflower pasta only has 3 ingredients:

Cauliflower - Which is full of fiber, plant-based protein, and vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and omega-3s, but it is low in carbs, sodium, and sugar as well.

Lentils - Packed with energy-sustaining plant-based proteins, lentils are a great source of folate and magnesium, which contribute to heart health and lower cholesterol. They are also full of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and stabilizes blood sugar, in addition to being low in calories and fat.

Peas - A great source of vitamin A which aids in eye health. They contain high levels of iron, fiber, and plant-based protein in addition to being low carb. Peas are also rich in antioxidants and maintain a low glycemic index, which controls blood sugar levels.

That is it. That's ALL that is in this pasta. 
It is
High Protein
Dairy Free
Vegan ( although this recipe has cheese you can easily sub for nut cheese)

So yeah... since it was amazing I wanted more. Tonight I decided to work with the Spaghetti Cauliflower Pasta tonight. I have been craving Pesto. It is one way I LOVE to get in my greens. Tastes so good I never realize its full of veggies. You can use Pine nuts, or walnuts in place of pumpkin seeds if you wish. I have a sensitivity to some pine nuts so I just steer clear of them when I can. I love Pumpkin seeds and they are so good for you so that is why I chose them.

Healthy Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta

For the Pesto:
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (shelled, roasted)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
Pink Himalayan Salt to taste

Add 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds (reserve the other 1/4 cup for topping) along with the rest of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and process until fully incorporated. It will look like green wet sand when done. Set aside. This can be put in a jar in the fridge if you want to use at a future date.

1 lb chicken sausage (optional)
1 8 oz package of Pasta

Cook pasta according to directions.
Cook sausage. I made mini meatballs with mine by rolling before cooking. I didn't eat mine with meat, I ate it with just the pine nuts. Husband LOVES his meat so I cooked it up for him. You can add whatever protein you like, or if using the HIGH PROTEIN Pasta You can leave it as is. Since it has 23 grams of protein already!

Add Pesto you made to the pasta and stir until the pasta is fully coated. 
Add protein if you desire. Top with toasted Pumpkin Seeds and serve. 

It is good hot or cold.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Greek Pasta Salad

Who doesn't like pasta? I love it, but traditional pasta doesn't love me. Makes me bloat and adds little to NO nutritional value. I am all about making every ingredient count, that is why I was so stoked to find Cauliflower pasta that indeed was HEALTHY!

Only 3 ingredients:

Cauliflower - Which is full of fiber, plant-based protein, and vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and omega-3s, but it is low in carbs, sodium, and sugar as well.

Lentils - Packed with energy-sustaining plant-based proteins, lentils are a great source of folate and magnesium, which contribute to heart health and lower cholesterol. They are also full of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and stabilizes blood sugar, in addition to being low in calories and fat.

Peas - A great source of vitamin A which aids in eye health. They contain high levels of iron, fiber, and plant-based protein in addition to being low carb. Peas are also rich in antioxidants and maintain a low glycemic index, which controls blood sugar levels. 

That is it. That's ALL that is in this pasta. 
It is
High Protein
Dairy Free
Vegan ( although this recipe has cheese you can easily sub for nut cheese)

Get your Cauliflower High Protein Healthy Pasta Here

I have been craving all things Greek lately, so I decided to whip up a Greek Penne Pasta that is FULL of Veggies, and FANTASTIC for Summer days at the Beach, Park, etc... perfect for my adventurous life! This Greek pasta salad is a light and fresh combination of colorful veggies, olives, and feta cheese.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Healthy Greek Pasta Salad
Makes 4 Servings 

8 ounces dry Penne pasta
1 1/2 cups cucumber diced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1/4 cup red onion minced
1 green bell pepper diced
1/3 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped parsley plus more for garnish
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Strain.

Place the cucumbers, tomatoes, pepper, red onion, olives, parsley and feta cheese in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Add the pasta to the bowl with the vegetables.

Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve, sprinkled with more parsley and feta cheese if desired.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Caramel Coffee Cake Muffins (gluten free and healthy)

The Magical Mermaids Episode 3 dropped last night and it featured my Daughter and I cooking up some healthy coffee cake muffins. Please check it out!  Like, Subscribe, and tell us what other things you would like to hear from us!

Check out the episode here: 

Here is the written recipe for your convenience:

Caramel Coffee Cake Muffins (gluten free and healthy)

3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup coconut milk or almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 cup extra virgin organic coconut oil
1 tsp caramel extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs*
2 tsp ground flaxseed
3/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1 TBSP baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ALL the ingredients together. I used a kitchenaid.
Prep a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners.

Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Cook for 30 minutes. (rotate the pan halfway through).

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.


If you are interested in joining me for one of my nutrition programs, send me an email and lets chat!
*sub aquafaba for vegan 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Healthy gluten free Chicken Enchilada Bowls

I love enchiladas, but sometimes am not in the mood to spend the time rolling them and making a huge mess. My solution is the enchilada bowl. I also like this solution because I can get more protein and healthy ingredients in and less "filler" aka tortillas. 2 small corn tortillas make up a carb serving and that is just plenty for me in a bowl, but sometimes in a dish those tiny tortillas don't hold enough and I am left feeling hungry with just 2. So here is my solution!
Clean Healthy Chicken Enchilada bowls that are easy to make and keep the whole family happy with less mess and more nutrients. Enjoy!

Healthy Clean Chicken Enchilada Bowls

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 lb Chicken breast cut into pieces
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1  cup tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

8 tortillas
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup cheese, grated
optional garnish: Green onions, salsa, guac

Preheat Oven to 350’F.

Heat up a large pot on the stove top. Add olive oil and diced onions. Cook until softened (around 5 minutes). Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper. Fry until juices have evaporated and chicken starts to brown.

Add cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, garlic. Fry for around one minutes, stirring to coat chicken evenly with spices.

Pour in stock, tomato sauce, and beans. Cover pot and allow to simmer on medium for 10-15 minutes until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat. Use a colander to drain the sauce from the chicken and set sauce and chicken filling aside. DO NOT THROW SAUCE AWAY.

Soften your tortillas by wrapping in foil and heating in the oven for a couple minutes. This makes them easier to work with. Then get out 4 bowls and place one warm tortilla in the bottom of each oven safe bowl and place them in the oven for 10 minutes to harden. Option to coat tortilla with a little oil, but not necessary.

Divide chicken and bean filling between the 4 bowls. Spread a Tbsp Greek yogurt on top and then top each with another tortilla.

Repeat until all 4 bowls are done

Spoon strained enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with grated cheese.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden and serve.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hair! Safe products. What age kids should be allowed to color and more

Hair! Wanna talk about when age should kids be allowed to color their hair?
Mother Daugther team - The Magical Mermaids talk all things hair.
What products do we use?
How big my hair was in the 80s🤣🙈
How we got our hair so long etc...
Tune in for....

Episode 2 of Magical Mermaids - Hair
Click here to view! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Stop taking vitamins that don't make it to your bloodstream

Can we talk Vitamins?

Guys my heart hurts Every single time I go to Costco and watch people shove sub par vitamins into their carts. Most will never even make it to the blood stream. Most just end up in the sewer. 🤷‍♀️

I can help. 

This pill right here helps fill the gaps in your diet, protect your immune system with antioxidants, PLUS helps accelerate the results of your workouts all from safe and natural herbal ingredients that instantly absorb.

Not only does it exceed the daily recommendations for vitamins and minerals and actually makes it to the blood stream but it also:
• Enhances your physical and mental wellness
• Increases bone strength
• Stimulates your immune system
• Slows the effects of aging with a powerful antioxidant
• Regulates calcium and blood sugar levels
Besides just Vitamins and minerals My secret weapon also has a phytonutrient blend that includes green tea, quercetin, resveratrol, curcumin, pomegranate, and tart cherry.
It also provides key vitamins selected for their superior bioavailability. absorption means it actually works.
If you take vitamins can I challenge you to try mine for 30 days? Come FEEL the difference. Toss aside all your other stuff and get it all in one place instead. You will save a ton while helping your health. Stop putting your investment in the sewer by getting what works by clicking HERE. Can't wait for you to feel the difference! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

An at home program that will change everything

I don’t have time.
I can’t afford it.
I’ll wait till life isn’t so crazy.
At home workouts don’t work.
I’ve never stuck to anything...
How is this any different?
I get it. These are all things I told myself before I took the leap and decided to take my health and fitness into my OWN HANDS.
I’ve talked to a lot of people lately who have the desire to make a change, or commit to their journey, but there’s just something holding them back.

I have been working something special with my team for a while, and this next week I’m doing something I’ve only done one other time in the history of my business, but I’m confident that once you give it a shot, you’ll fall in love just like I did.
SO I will be hosting a FREE 7 Day Love your BOD challenge starting Monday to not only help you jumpstart your health and fitness but ALSO give you a little taste of what it’s like to be a part of my community, because it is the GAME CHANGER! Its my secret sauce. It is what has changed so many lives!
On top of having me as your coach AND my online community to lift you up daily with encouragement, love and motivation, but you’ll get workouts you can do at home or take to the gym with you, a meal plan to dabble in our nutrition program, daily check ins, a chance to win prizes, and more COMPLETELY FREE. Plus, no commitments after the week is over. If it’s not for you, no biggie. You can still creep my posts here. 😉
Click the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/846007492464816 , add yourself to the Facebook group (cannot be a coach or be working with a coach), When it asks who your coach is, simply write Christi!  and answer the question! We get going starting MONDAY!
Come hang. You have NOTHING to lose, except your excuses. 😉

Free 1 week Online Love Your BOD Challenge

This is for the person on the left.
The person who has a Pinterest board full of “flat abs in 5 days” and “how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days” articles.
The person who tries to hide under their clothes.
The person who hates pictures unless they hide behind someone.

The person who avoids the dressing room.
The person who doesn’t know where to start.
The person who does not see how beautiful they really truly are right where they are now.

You’re allowed to want to change.
You’re allowed to want to grow.
You’re allowed to want to get healthy.
You’re allowed to want to start.
And I encourage you to.

But you’re not allowed to do it because hate your body.
You have to start because you LOVE your body enough to take care of it.
You have to start because you know you deserve a long, healthy life.
You have to take care of yourself not for a number or a size, but because it makes you feel good.
And full of energy.
And strong.
And confident AF.
Don’t start because you feel like you’re not enough. Start because you are.

I have a FREE Love your BOD challenge starting Monday. 
Absolutely F*R*E*E*
Self love, Empowerment, Motivation, Recipes, Nutrition advice, Access to free workouts, and me as your personal coach for 7 days. Come love your BOD with us. See what a difference one week can make.

Drop me a gif or emoji or just send me a private message if you want in. Won't cost ya a thing, other than maybe some changed mindset and increased confidence.
MESSAGE ME now to get in.
OR just click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/846007492464816 and add yourself to the group. When it asks for your coaches name its Christi Silbaugh.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

My favorite Healthy Gluten Free Snack

Hey! I haven't been talking at all about this and it's something I eat daily (sometimes more than once).

Honestly who doesn't have a protein bar they grab to fill in the gaps when they are hungry? I get busy living life and forget to eat. I used to grab bars at GNC and grocery stores until I got my education in Nutrition and realized they were full of crap!  I'm so thankful I have these now!  They help me quickly get some nutrition when I need, while hitting that chocolate spot I love, and keeping me on track in my health and fitness goals.

They nourish your body with 10 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber. It is my goto snack for when I'm on the go or when I need a healthy alternative to toss in your husbands lunch box!

Randy and I love the chocolate cherry, and Taylor and Zack love the Peanut butter chocolate.

Get them HERE!

Hidden Veggie Jerk Chicken & Rice

I have grown to love veggies, but it is still a struggle for my family. So I hide them as much as possible. It is so easy to do now days. This recipe DOES have Cauliflower, but when you mix it 50/50 with the Basmati Rice, spices and onion, you can't taste it. It makes you feel like you are getting MORE rice too, which is a trick this carb lover uses regularly.  So here is how I made this scrumptious Hidden Veggie Jerk Chicken and rice.

Let's start with the Jerk Seasoning followed with the marinade, because you will need those first and they come from someone I love dearly! Her name is TAS and I met her through this online coaching gig. We are running a Summer Shape Up online bootcamp together. I got permission from her to share her Jerk Seasoning and Marinade. They are the heart of this dish so THANK YOU TAS!!!

Also we are starting another round next Monday and are now enrolling. Come see what having me as your coach can do for you reaching your goals. Here is what a challenge group is like:

So EMAIL me and get in on this group!!!

Now on to the delicious recipe!

Tas Scott-Gass “Jerk” EVERYTHING for dinner tonight!! 🔥🔥🔥 But I have to say, I REALLY loved it on my head of cauliflower! Instead of putting it straight on the grill, I put in on a pie plate wrapped in foil and let it bake on the upper rack while I grilled chicken and sweet potato below! Definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations!


4 t. Allspice
4 t. Salt
2 t. Ginger
2 t. Nutmeg
1 t. Cloves
2 t. Thyme
2 t. Pepper

💥 For MARINADE add:

4 scallions
8 cloves of garlic
2 T. Honey
Juice of 1 lime
1 habanero (scotch bonnet) - or 1/2 or 1/4 depending on your heat level! (Sometimes I use 2 🔥

❤️This is good for 2-3 lbs meat or veggies. I like to double up the spice blend just to have on hand for eggs or lunch veggies. It’s honestly good on everything! 🔥🔥🔥

These are the types of tips you get, along with MOTIVATION, ENCOURAGEMENT, and LOVE in my online bootcamps so join us!!! To join simply SEND ME AN EMAIL to momwhatsfordinner@yahoo.commomwhatsfordinner@yahoo.com and tell me your goals (I want to gain, I want to lose, I want to get stronger etc....) as we will connect and get you started.  DON'T WAIT!!!!! Hesitation is the killer of all dreams. CONTACT ME now.  

SO now that you have your seasoning and marinade. Lets get down to business. 
Preheat your oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine:

2 cups riced cauliflower
1/2 chopped onion
2 cups cooked basmati, jasmine or brown rice
1 tsp jerk seasoning

Add to a large prepared baking dish.

Next you need:

1 1/2 lbs Chicken breasts (or your favorite cut of chicken or protein) I cut mine to tenders. 
Jerk seasoning to taste
avocado or olive oil

Lightly sprinkle the jerk seasoning onto cut prepared chicken (or your favorite protein) on both sides. 
Heat a fry pan on high and lightly coat with your favorite HEALTHY cooking oil (Olive, Avocado, Coconut). Flash fry... quick sear each piece of meat on both sides for about 30 seconds, then top on top of prepared baking dish filled with rice and cauliflower. 

Top each piece of seared protein with the marinade you prepared. Then put in the oven for 20 minutes. 


This and MANY more recipes in our online bootcamp!!! EMAIL ME now to get in!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Co-habitation Living with your adult "kids"

It is here! My daughter who is 26 years old and I live together... with our spouses. It is a choice that gets a lot of questions and criticism so we are here to set the record straight..

The Magical Mermaids
Episode 1
Cohabitation - Will she ever leave the nest?