Skinny Taste Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Healthy Recipe, Education Update, and New Job

This past week a few positive things have happened.

1. I finally got a full time Kennel Tech position at a Veterinary Office in Charleston, SC.  These type of positions have seriously been non existent.  A few weeks ago I got fed up from not getting any call backs from vet offices that I just started calling around to everyone I had previously applied too. By chance, this one place was actually hiring. They were able to look up my resume and I got a call back the same day for an interview. From there I did a job shadow, they called references, and ultimately offered me the job <3.  Full time. I work 4 days a week for about 9-10 hours a day. I wake up at 5:30 AM and am incredibly thankful that this job pulled through for me.

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2. I called my grandfather, who has believed in me through it all, and asked for $50 to apply to The College of Charleston. He sent me a check for $100. He is amazing. Not because he sends me money but because he believes in me. He’s spent his whole life going without things because he appreciates what he has.  It’s because of this that he has been able to help me along. I applied for the Studio Art major. The fall semester does not even start until August. Still have to do my taxes, update my FAFSA, and get my transcripts in. But first step is applying, and that was done today !

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4. I made a crock recipe that turned out good last week. It was another one from the SkinnyTaste website.

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Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

This was really good and very easy! I believe I cooked it 5 hours on high but went by all of the ingredients. I just got that boil in a bag 10 minute brown rice instead of white rice. Definitely try this out!

So that’s what is happening this week 🙂 Hope everyone is well !

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Turkey Stuffed Peppers- Skinny Taste Recipe! HEALTHY

So last night, my brother asked me to come over and hang out with him for a movie night. Can I just say, I adore him. Seriously, he is like the male version of myself lol.  Anyway, we made a fire, laid out a blanket, and watched movies. At one point he came up behind me and just wrapped his arms around me.  If this all sounds romantic, please know that we are just very affectionate with each other. Last night put me in a much more positive mood!

Hence, why I am posting a recipe post and not a depression post ❤

I made stuffed peppers yesterday that were so delicious and healthy. I’ve really been trying hard to lose some weight. It’s back to finding healthy recipes.

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Skinny Taste Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Once done, you can add a bit of cheddar cheese to the top if desired.

I actually loved the idea of adding the 1/2 can chicken broth to the bottom of the pan for the peppers.  It made them a lot softer. In many recipes, they say just to stick the peppers in the pan resulting in very crunchy peppers.  I would highly recommend this recipe!

The only alteration I would make is use 1/2 cup of tomato sauce instead of 1/4 cup. The consistency of the meat and rice just seemed like it needed a bit more sauce. Other than that, I followed the recipe and added one more pepper (4 peppers in all).

Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole

I am going to make this recipe this week  which I am excited about!  It’s another Crockpot one! Whoever thought of making ravioli in the crockpot? I know I haven’t haha.

It’s another one from Six Sisters Stuff that I wanted to share with you

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Recipe is located here

Please let me know if you try this and how it turns out! ❤

Melt in your mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I wanted to share this recipe I made a few days ago in my slow cooker. My husband said it was one of my best recipes yet. And he supposedly doesn’t like things made in the crockpot! haha!

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The link is here >>> Six Sisters Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I’ve posted their recipes before. This continues to be my absolute favorite site to get recipes off of!! EVERY one that I’ve tried has been amazing. Like lick the bowl amazing ❤

Hope you enjoy this! Put it in the crock pot in the morning and leave until dinner! I believe I cooked mine for 8 hours on LOW the entire time. Let me know if you try this and like it. Please rate it with the stars below and/or comment 🙂

What is a CHEAP (but healthy) recipe you know how to make?

Ok so we all know what it’s like to pop our head in our fridge to find 1/4 gallon of milk and a stick of butter left. Only to check back in 30 minutes to make sure nothing else has appeared. 🙂

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I do this all the time!! We are going to the store today but there is a challenge….my husband and I are working with a very tight budget and needing to come up with some cheap recipes that are not completely horrible for you.  We are not on a diet but don’t want to live off pasta or frozen foods either!

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Do you have any recommendations? I can easily search and find recipes online don’t get me wrong. But it HELPS to know that other people have tried it and not only did it work but they LIKED it ❤

Thanks for help!

Wednesday Weight Loss Journal

Hello Friends!

I’m happy to get this post to you in the morning this week as opposed to late at night 🙂 I’ve still been chugging away on the Elliptical. Currently my weight is 194.3.  It takes me a LONG time to lose weight but I know this will come off completely if I do not stop posting, keeping myself motivated, eating healthy, and exercising! I’ve realized that when I walk with friends (as opposed to the elliptical) I’m able to walk a longer distance because I’m talking and staying distracted. My body does not scream ENOUGH as fast. I highly recommend exercising with people if at all possible. But do not become so dependent on being with friends that you do not exercise if you can’t get with them. There needs to be an even balance.  If you love watching tv programs at night then tell yourself you can exercise BEFORE them or put the tv right in front of that elliptical, treadmill, bike, or other while you work out.  ❤

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I wanted to touch on BREAKFAST today. My favorite meal of the day is, hands down, breakfast.  There is nothing I love more than cereal, scrambled eggs, or some oatmeal!  Everywhere I read it says that it is essential to NEVER skip breakfast because it will lead to over eating later in the day.  I completely agree with this. However, I feel that I am eating too much breakfast or that sometimes my breakfast is too heavy.  After doing some research, I feel led to promote a LIGHT breakfast. It’s recommended that breakfast is around 250 calories. An article on Real Age states   “When people ate things like eggs, sausage, cheese, marmalade, and butter for breakfast, they tended to overdo it.”  I’m not saying don’t eat these, but just be really careful about your portions. As for me, I tend to pour cereal into a Ziploc baggy when I go to work. I’m sure more than my estimation of a serving size is going into that bag! I’m going to become more aware and try things like spinach smoothies again.  Before you completely plug your nose and run for the hills, let me share some recipes I’ve researched with you! I’ve personally made spinach & fruit smoothies before. YES they are green. However, if you put fruit (especially a banana) with them then you should NOT taste any spinach.

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GREEN SPINACHE SMOOTHIE LINKS

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

Dr. Oz’s Berry Strong Smoothie

Spinach Smoothie Recipes at Yummly

Have a Wonderful & Healthy Day!

-Muffins & Mocha

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Breakfast Recipes under 350 Calories

I found some delicious looking breakfast recipes that I encourage you to check out below. Why you ask? Because BREAKFAST is the best meal of the entire day! (in my opinion 🙂 )

Cornflake Crusted Banana Stuffed French Toast

Recipe can be found >>> here on Self’s webpage

french toastCinnamon Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Recipe can be found>>> here

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Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Recipe can be found>>> here

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ENJOY! and if you try anything please let me know how it turns out by leaving a comment ❤  All of these recipes are by SELF.