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Zucchini Bake Lean and Green

I’m always on the lookout for easy-to-make, one-batch lean and greens that don’t require a trip to the store. I’m a huge fan of zucchini and I always have a few in my fridge. When I chanced upon this recipe from Joy Filled Eats’ instagram feed, I thought it would be perfect for Optavia 5&1. … Read More

How to Enjoy Coffee on Optavia

It’s been quite a long time since I talked about coffee and it’s probably one of the most frequent questions I get. How do you enjoy your favorite coffee and still stay on plan? To begin, I think it’s important to know how I take my coffee, so you can tell if it’s up your … Read More

The Best Low Carb Shrimp Fried Rice

I’m baaaaackkkkk! I know I’ve been radio silent for the past month, but work’s been totally crazy! {Did ya know? I own a tech startup for romance book lovers} Annnnnd, I bought a motorcycle and have been taking advantage of the gorgeous summer weather. Here in Chicago, you’ve got to enjoy it while you can! … Read More

Cheddar & {1/2} Sausage Biscuits

I’m always looking for ways to hack my fuelings so they eat more like a mini-meal and this one DEFINITELY fits the bill! As with many hacks, there’s a little trial and error. With this one, the first time I made it, I used full chicken sausages. Two sausages, depending on brand, generally equal one … Read More

Cheese Taco Shells

I don’t know about you, but tacos are one of my absolute favorite foods on the planet. I love the versatility, the flavors, and I even love the way you eat them with your hands. So many of the meals we eat are with utensils. Frankly, tacos are just fun—and why shouldn’t food be fun? … Read More

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken with Ranch & Feta Slaw

A few weeks ago, I asked our Facebook group if there was any interest in Instant Pot Lean & Green recipes and the response was overwhelming! I’ve done a ton of research and found a bunch of great recipes. My plan was to take some of those recipes and make them 5&1 compliant. When I … Read More

Zucchini Rollatini

Creamy, cheesy, tomatoey goodness! If you love lasagna like I do, you will absolutely LOVE this dish! Like I’ve said before, I love great food, but I love when it’s simple to make. This one couldn’t be easier. It looks and tastes beautiful, but anybody can make it. The ingredients list is super simple, too. … Read More

Cloud Bread

I’d heard about cloud bread {I also just found out it’s called revolution bread}, but honestly, it seemed like too much work for what it was. I love to cook and I love good food, but I also like recipes to be pretty easy. You will need a KitchenAid or hand mixer for this one … Read More

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just really crave a good, hearty soup. And trust me, this one is SUPER hearty. In fact, it’s almost more like the consistency of chili in terms of thickness, although it’s mostly blended, so it’s not chunky like chili. In fact, this would also make a great … Read More

Smashed Potato Bagel Hack

In the mood for a bagel? I’d seen this hack a bunch of times, but totally got it wrong the first time—I made it per the packet instructions and the batter was too thin. So, to get a solid “bagel” you add two tablespoons of egg whites and a pinch of baking powder per smashed … Read More

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