Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meal Ideas for the TERRAFit Challenge

Hello all! I figured this was the easiest way to share with my team healthy meal ideas that are TERRAFit approved. Since I've done a total of 31 weeks of TERRAFit challenges, I've been able to figure out a number of yummy yet healthy meals. Rarely do I make something different for the rest of my family than what I make for myself for dinner. I find it easiest to plan my meals a month at a time. Here's an example of my meals:

A lot of the recipes I use come out of this cookbook:

I love this cookbook! First off, everything is made in the crockpot (which in the summer when you don't have air conditioning is awesome because turning on that oven means your kitchen is going to go up about 10 degrees!). Second, it's all made from scratch, no processed foods! But they're still really easy to make! Not every recipe in this book is TERRAFit approved, but a lot of them are or can be tweaked to fit. Some of my favorite ones that work are:
- Marinated Pork Chops (absolutely amazing!!)
- Honey Garlic Ribs
- Shepherds Pie
And this month I'm trying out:
- Korean BBQ
- Swedish Meatballs (using oats instead of breadcrumbs, corn starch to thicken instead of flour and plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream)
- Asian Beef Sandwiches (on whole wheat buns)

So if you have some extra Christmas money lying around I highly recommend getting this cookbook!

She also has a website and has many recipes on it that would work. I'm trying this one tonight:
Just using brown rice instead of white.

So here are some other ideas for dinner:
Taco Soup-
      - Just don't put chips on top and use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
            - I like to use this for tacos or to make enchiladas. Just use wheat or corn tortillas and then for enchiladas just cover with store bought enchilada sauce
Quesadillas- again, just use wheat tortillas, add chicken, veggies and cheese. And then I make guacamole which is fine to eat (I make it with 2 avocados, diced tomato, grilled corn, diced onion, diced cilantro, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
Little Cheddar Meat Loaves-
         -Just substitute 1 TBS honey for the brown sugar in the topping
         -These also freeze really well (I usually make 4x the recipe at a time, flash freeze them on a cookie sheet, and store in the freezer in zip lock bags. Just don't make the topping until you bake them.

Chicken Parmesan- Bread chicken with wheat flour or just bake with some seasoning on it and then top with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. You can have wheat pasta, I'm just not really a fan :)

It's not grilling season here in Montana (it's currently 3 degrees outside :)) but if you are able to grill, this is one of my favorites!
Island Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa-

Orange Pork Chops-
        -just substitute 2 TBS honey for the brown sugar
It's great with Vegetable Fried Rice-

Oven BBQ Chicken-
         - I love this one because so often when you make a BBQ sauce you have to use sugar, but this one you don't. I've used the BBQ sauce you put on this chicken on BBQ beef and it turned out delicious!

Wheat Pizza Crust-
          - This also has a recipe for creamy avocado dressing with it.

Cheeseburger Soup-

Crockpot Cheesesteak Sandwiches-
           - Just use whole wheat sandwich buns

Shredded Beef Tacos-
            - Obviously the homemade flour tortillas won't work :) just use corn or wheat tortillas

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa-

Honey Garlic Shrimp-

Honey Glazed Chicken-

Fajitas & tacos- I just use the McCormick seasoning. Then just use corn or wheat tortillas or I usually just make a salad out of it.
A great dressing for these salads is some plain Greek yogurt, lime juice and a little taco seasoning.

And then you have your plain meats- roasts, hamburgers (just use a wheat bun), steaks, pulled pork (I love the pulled pork at Costco), turkey, the roasted chickens at Costco

And then for a great snack, these are my favorite:
Power Balls-
         Just don't use the chocolate chips :)

Okay, so that was a lot of information :). Hopefully this helps you with planning your meals out and helps you see that there really is A LOT of yummy food you can eat!

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