Italian Chicken Burgers w/Goat Cheese

Chicken Burgers

Italian Chicken Burger w/Goat Cheese

Italian Chicken Burger w/Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 c. spinach, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 3-4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the cheese and oil.
  2. With hands or wooden spoon mix ingredients.
  3. Split meat in to 5 servings and form into patties around 1 chunk of cheese.
  4. Heat oil in sauté pan on medium heat. Place burgers in pan and cook about 7-9 min. on each side or until no longer pink.
  5. Note: Could also bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 min or until internal temp reaches at least 165 degrees.
  6. Serving suggestions:
  7. Serve on a bed of greens with a slice of avocado on top and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  8. Serve on top of spaghetti squash with organic or homemade marinara sauce.
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/italian-chicken-burgers-wgoat-cheese/

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Push Up Pop Up

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Add This Move to Your Routine Today!

 
Mix the Push-up Pop Up into your workout routine! Watch how! [Read more...]

Tomato Cucumber Salad w/Feta

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Tomato Cucumber Salad w/Feta

Tomato Cucumber Salad w/Feta

Ingredients

  • 2 Tomatoes sliced and halved
  • 1 Cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta
  • 6 Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Honey
  • 1 T. White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

    For the Dressing
  1. Mix olive oil, honey, white wine vinegar until mixed well. Set aside
  2. For the Salad
  3. Mix together tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil
  4. Add Dressing to the veggies, stir to coat all the veggies well
  5. Add Feta Cheese and stir lightly
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/tomato-cucumber-salad-wfeta/

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Perfectly Broiled (or Grilled) Salmon

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Perfectly Broiled (or Grilled) Salmon

Perfectly Broiled (or Grilled) Salmon

Ingredients

  • • 1 lb. wild caught salmon
  • • 1-2 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  • • ½ tsp. dill
  • • ½ tsp. rosemary
  • • ¼-½ tsp. salt
  • • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • • Juice of 1/2 lemon + lemon slice

Instructions

  1. Set oven to broil (can also grill).
  2. Place salmon in greased/buttered baking dish (foil if grilling).
  3. Sprinkle salmon with dill, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  4. Dollop salmon with butter or oil.
  5. Squeeze lemon juice over salmon fillets. Then top each salmon filet with lemon slices.
  6. Bake or grill for about 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness) or until flakey.
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/perfectly-broiled-salmon/

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S’mores Banana Boats

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Awesome Dessert Treat!

 
These were SO GOOD! And just a little healthier for you than a bunch of S’mores. Super easy to make and a boat load of fun too! Kids will love to make these with you! [Read more...]

Welcome to July 2014!

Welcome to July!

 
Summer goes fast, so my challenge to you (and myself) is to make a serious effort to be present in the journey and in the memories you create. This is a constant (daily) challenge that must be worked at and practiced to experience happiness. Here’s a quote that sums this up perfectly:
 
“If you live in the past, you are depressed. If you are living in the future,
you have anxiety. If you live in the present, you have peace.”
 
Peace doesn’t come until you practice letting go of pain and the thoughts that control you. William James says, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” “Choose” is the strongest word in the equation. Learning to own our choices is the hardest and most powerful choice. Being in mental pain is a choice, and so is being happy.
 
That brings me to my topic for this month – Giving pain a purpose. I was a having a discussion with a friend and mother of four that just had a new baby. We were saying how challenging it can be to “stay on track” and how hard we can be on ourselves at times. I shared with her how I used to give meaning to my pain and truly believed that if I wasn’t struggling, being hard on myself, being 100% perfect and gripping this journey tightly, that I was going to fail… Long story short, the more pain you inflict and the more perfect you try to be, the more you go the opposite way. Hard to believe, right? If what I say is true, this means you could ease up a bit and forgive yourself. It means you could sit back, forgive, ask for help, do less, but be more consistent, and create more peace in your life by letting yourself off the hook!
 
Whoa! Mind = Blown. If the very thought of this makes your armpits sweat out of lack of control, then YOU are exactly the person I’m talking to.
 
I am one of the most imperfect people with a very imperfect journey. Do you know why I define myself as successful at this lifestyle? Because I’m really amazing at forgiving myself and my thoughts. In the beginning, you should know that I was so abusive to myself verbally that I should have filed a restraining order on my thoughts. Come to find out, after years of pain and practice, that’s what I did. I know these thoughts will inevitably come up, and some situations are still gonna throw me into a comparison frenzy… The difference now is that I don’t let them come within a certain distance, and I certainly don’t let them move in again.
 
During this busy summer, I ask that you STOP being so hard on yourself and try another way. If the hard way hasn’t worked (or at least sucked if it worked momentarily), then I want you to try forgiving and just be consistent. Even if that looks like 15 minutes of movement a day and 5 minutes of reading, planning and meditating. Ask for help, say no to obligations that are sucking you dry (even when it’s hard), and remember that saying NO, means saying yes to the things you want. Clear some space! Being a people pleaser means you come last, which means you’re a walking resentment time bomb, and your family misses out on the best YOU and the best example. Loving yourself may be the hardest thing you ever do, but it’s the most important.
 
Let go, and instead let God. Forgive, sleep, move, repeat.
 
Much love,
Lori Harder
 
 

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Balsamic Kale and Mushroom Sauté

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Balsamic Kale and Mushroom Sauté

Balsamic Kale and Mushroom Sauté

Ingredients

  • • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • • ½ cup red onion onion, sliced
  • • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • • 4-5 cups of kale, chopped and stems removed
  • • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • • 3-4 tbsp. of feta or goat cheese
  • • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large sauté pan on medium high heat.
  2. Add onions and sauté for a 2-3 minute.
  3. Add garlic, mushrooms, and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add kale and reduce heat. Cover and let kale cook for 5-10 min.
  5. Once Kale is cooked drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Turn the heat back up to reduce balsamic vinegar.
  6. Once reduced top with cheese and enjoy!
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/balsamic-kale-mushroom-saute/

Summer BBQ Grill-Out Guide

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Thanks for Loving Busy Girl as much as We Do!!

Here is your Free Summer Grill-Out Guide! Enjoy!

 
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Zucchini Sweet Potato Buns

Zucchini Sweet Potato Buns

Zucchini Sweet Potato Buns

Contributed by Stacie Hassing

Ingredients

  • • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (1 ½ cups)
  • • 1 medium peeled sweet potato, shredded (1 ½ cups)
  • • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • • 2-3 garlic gloves, minced
  • • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • • ½ tsp. salt
  • • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • • 2 tbsp. flour
  • • 3 eggs
  • • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, butter or ghee (clarified butter)

Instructions

  1. • Shred zucchini and sweet potatoes and place in separate bowls. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 5-10 min. (mean while patty burgers). Then squeeze out as much liquid as possible—this step is important.
  2. • Combine the shredded zucchini and sweet potatoes and the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. • Heat oil on a griddle or large pan on medium high heat. Once heated drop ¼ cup portions of zucchini sweet potato batter onto hot griddle. Flatten with spatula.
  4. • Let cook on each side for about 7 minutes or until cook through and golden brown.
  5. • Take off griddle.
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/zucchini-sweet-potato-buns/

Mushroom Spinach Burger

Spinach Mushroom Burgers

Mushroom Spinach Burger

Mushroom Spinach Burger

Ingredients

  • • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef or bison
  • • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • • 1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
  • • 1 ½ cups spinach, finely chopped
  • • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • • ½ tsp. thyme, dried
  • • ½ tsp. rosemary, dried
  • • ½ tsp. basil, dried
  • • 1-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. • In a sauté pan heat coconut oil to medium heat. Add chopped vegetables and sauté until onions are translucent and all vegetables are soft.
  2. • Add balsamic vinegar and turn up heat for about 30 second.
  3. • Take vegetables off of heat and allow to cool slightly. Combine with seasonings and ground beef.
  4. • Form in to 4-5 patties.
  5. • Grill or sauté burgers on medium heat until internal temperature reaches a minimum of 160 degrees.
  6. • Baking option: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 20-25 min.
http://busygirlhealthylife.com/mushroom-spinach-burger/

 
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