21 Day Fix Dinner Ideas

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I mentioned before that my husband and I are following the 21 Day Fix program again (you can read about how it works here)! Last time I followed this program I lost over 50 pounds, so I know that it’s definitely a program that works for me. I’ve been really wanting to get back into shape and eat healthier since having Charlotte, but it was honestly so challenging when she was waking up 7 times in the middle of the night up until a couple months ago. Now that she is finally sleeping, I have enough energy to wake up in the morning and work out and to also cook a healthy meal after work. Here are my 5 favorite vegetarian dinner recipes when following the 21 day fix, and they take less than 30 minutes:

 

Mexican Quinoa Bake

Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked quinoa

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

1 diced small onion

1 bag of sweet peppers, diced

1 cup frozen corn

1 tsp of ground cumin

1 tsp of chili powder

2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups of red enchilada sauce

1 sliced avocado

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package.

3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onion, corn, sweet peppers, cumin, and chili powder with a little bit of olive oil. Cook until the onion becomes translucent.

4. In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked quinoa, veggies, black beans, and enchilada sauce.

5. Pour the mixture into the 9×13 pan, and add the cheese on top. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

6. Serve with sliced avocado on top.

 

Vegetarian Tacos

Ingredients (serves 2):

4 corn tortillas

1 can of black beans

1/4 cup of  frozen corn

1 medium zucchini

1 medium squash

1 small avocado

3/4 cup of salsa

4 tsp of shredded Mexican cheese

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package.

3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onion, corn, sweet peppers, cumin, and chili powder with a little bit of olive oil. Cook until the onion becomes translucent.

4. In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked quinoa, veggies, black beans, and enchilada sauce.

5. Pour the mixture into the 9×13 pan, and add the cheese on top. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

6. Serve with sliced avocado on top.

 

Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients:

1 (15-oz.) can Black beans

1 (15-oz.) can Kidney beans

1 (4-oz.) can Green chiles

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup frozen carrots

3 cups of vegetable broth

4 oz Tomato paste

1 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp Cumin

Optional: shredded cheese and avocado slices to top the chili

Steps:

It’s really easy! All I do is put all of these ingredients into a crockpot in the morning before I leave for work. I put it on low heat and let it cook all day for 10 hours, and all the flavors come together so nicely.

 

Pita Pizzas

Ingredients:

2 whole wheat pita pockets

1 small can of tomato sauce

1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of fresh spinach

Steps:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray a baking sheet with spray and lay the pita pockets on the baking sheet

Put a layer of tomato sauce, a layer of mozzarella cheese, spoonfuls of ricotta cheese, and then top with fresh spinach

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted

 

Zoodles and ‘Meatballs’

Ingredients:

1 bag of meatless meatballs (I like to use Gardein or LightLife)

1 jar of tomato sauce

2 bags of frozen zucchini noodles

Steps:

Pour the tomato sauce in a sauce pan on medium heat, and cook the meatballs in the sauce per the directions

Microwave the zucchini noodles (or you can make your own with 4 zucchinis and a spiralizer)

Combine the sauce, zucchini noodles, and meatballs and top with grated parmesan cheese

Metallic Sneakers

I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of metallic sneakers to wear on the weekend, and I’m in love with this pair from Secret Celebrity (and they are under $50)! These sneakers are so comfortable, and they were the perfect shoes to wear when we went wine tasting at Childress Vineyards a couple months ago (you can read more about our trip here). They have also been my go to shoes to wear when running errands, and also when I’m chasing after Charlotte. What do you think about metallic sneakers?

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Old Navy sweaters and jeans | Tory Burch bag | Kendra Scott earrings | c/o Secret Celebrity metallic sneakers

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Photos by GloryRoze Photography

Tuesday’s Cravings: Causal Pieces

This week’s Tuesday’s Cravings list features casual pieces that I’ve been eyeing for my closet! All of the items are also under $100 too which is definitely a bonus. I have this Urban Outfitters thermal in gray already and I love how cozy and warm it is, so I’m eyeing it in white too. It would look perfect with these Old Navy jeans and LOFT poncho too. Which piece is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?

Tuesday's Cravings: Causal Pieces-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

LOFT poncho | Old Navy jeans | Target graphic tee

Old Navy dress | Urban Outfitters thermal | Urban Outfitters babydoll tee

A Simple First Birthday Party

A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic
I’ve seen all of the elaborate first birthday parties on Pinterest and Instagram, but to be honest we just didn’t have the time for something like that. The same week that Charlotte turned one was also my sister’s wedding and Charlotte’s baptism. Life was hectic in December to say the least. My husband and I agreed to throw a simple first birthday party with just family, and it was just perfect! Here’s how we kept her party simple and stress free:

1. Decorations:

You don’t have to go overboard and be crafty when it comes to decorations for a first birthday party. That’s what Amazon and Target are for after all! Amazon prime is the only way I survive these days, and Amazon came to the rescue for affordable decorations and paper products for Charlotte’s party. I also found a couple of things at Target too a while back in the dollar section. It was much easier to buy the decorations vs. make them myself as a full-time working Mom.

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A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

2. Food:

We had some appetizers that I picked up at Trader Joe’s, but for lunch we ordered pizza from Mellow Mushroom to keep things as simple as possible! I didn’t end up having to cook all day which was amazing, and it honestly worked out better with all of the diet restrictions among our family.

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3. Cake:

I ordered Charlotte’s smash cake from Publix that was less than $10, and I made a gluten free cake from a cake mix that I picked up at Target. Only having to make one cake made things so easy!

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A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

4. Guests:

We only invited family so that we could keep the party small. It was a lot less stressful this way, and I think we’ll continue to do this until Charlotte’s in school.

A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

A Simple First Birthday Party-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

It was such a fun and special day celebrating our sweet girl! Do you have any tips on how to keep a party simple?

Photos by GloryRoze Photography