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RECIPES for Clean Eating (Day 3 of LiveFit Challenge)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's officially Day 3 of the Jamie Eason LiveFit Challenge.

I'm feeling pretty good about it!!

Summary so far:
Last week, I "test-drove" three of the workouts to get myself prepared for what was to come. I also started trying to eat more clean.

Saturday, I went for a 10 mile run (which sucked) with my sore body, and it was definitely hard.

Sunday, I grocery shopped and planned/prepared my clean eats for the week (recipes below!!).

Monday, I got up at 4:45 and made it to the gym for my Day 1 workout of Triceps and Chest (ouch). I had a great day of eating and felt amazing all day. At night, I was derailed from my original plans by a neighborhood power-outage over dinner hours, so I couldn't even heat up prepared meals. Thankfully, my mother invited us over impromptu, and she had a lean roast on with steamed veggies, and baked sweet potatoes. Saved by mama!! :)

Tuesday, I overslept my alarm (don't even REMEMBER it going off, but it must've), then was punished by having to run in the icky heat (both afternoon and evening were BLAZING, so I chose to get it over with before lunch #2). I ate well all day, and felt great!

Wednesday, I got up at 4:45 again, had breakfast and made it to the gym by 5:30 for Day 2 exercises, back and biceps. (It feels great to be one of the FEW women on the strength side of the gym in the early AM!!) I was eating really well all day until I came home from work (after lunch #1) around 1:30... and I started getting the munchies....

When I'm home, I feel like I want to eat. Almost all the time. It's a bad deal. ESPECIALLY when there is all this yummy food sitting around the house!! And don't get me wrong-- I don't have a ton of UNHEALTHY options here now (aside from Paul's cereals and ice cream *ahem*), but even the healthy snacks lure me to over-consume when I'm mouth-hungry and bored. So, I ended up snacking a bit more than I intended in my plan, but it wasn't HORRIBLE (like, way off plan or anything). I had a small chunk of cheddar cheese.... a single JE lemon protein bar (1/2 serving)... a nibble of my granola on the counter... and then for lunch #2, I didn't FEEL like eating any of my clean meals, but I really really really wanted something sweet-ish, so I switched my plans and had an apple-pie Quest protein bar with a small 1/2 cup of greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon for my small meal lunch #2. It satisfied the itch to eat sweets, while still fitting in the clean-eats plan! I also made a bowl of chia-seed pudding with a few tablespoons of chocolate chips. I ate half the bowl this afternoon, and kept half for later.

Dinner tonight was on plan, and now I am DONE eating for the evening. Early morning again tomorrow to do LEGS at the gym!!

Now, for those of you who are/were interested in recipes I used for meal-prepping, here are some recipes and links!


[Whitney's Recipe]
3 mild italian turkey sausage links (casings removed)
2 cups liquid egg whites (about 10-11 whites)
3 eggs
1 cup oats
2 cups spinach (roughly chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 green pepper (chopped)
1 tomato (seeded and chopped)

Cook the turkey sausage until crumbly and no longer pink along with the chopped onion.
In a large bowl, mix all remaining ingredients and season to taste (i used red pepper flakes, garlic powder, little salt, and pepper).
Grease a muffin tin (or two) and scoop mixture into tins. (Makes about 16-18 "muffins".)
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 F.

[I've been eating 2 of these each morning! Great, filling source of protein, and easy to heat up and take in the car in a rush.... not that I ever do that or anything... *cough cough*]


Here is the link to the recipe I used (found in my cookbook "The Best of Clean Eating"):

MY batch of muffins did NOT turn out terrific.... I think it's for a few reasons:
1) I used liquid egg whites (versus cracked fresh whites), which are more liquidy than the fresh ones, so....
2) .... the batter was really soupy, so I added 1/3 cup of soy protein powder to ump the protein and thicken the batter, but.....
3) ... the added protein made the batter TOO thick and really really dry after baking! Boo hiss!
4) I also did not have aluminum muffin liners, so I used paper, and FORGOT TO GREASE THEM, so the paper liners are all stuck and tearing apart in pieces on the muffins. Lame.

Regardless, I will eat them, even dry. I know they're healthy, and good protein with the added soy protein. I'll experiment again with upping the protein and lessening the bake time... oh, and with greased liners!!


This is a Jamie Eason recipe, as are several of these (Lemon and Carrot protein bars, and Turkey chili). I really liked these meatballs, but WILL NOT bake them IN muffin tins again. Reason being...

...yeah... needlessly messy clean up. Meatballs don't "spread" and fill the muffin tins, so they are easier made on a flat baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. EASIEST CLEAN UP EVER (throw away dirty foil), and the grease bakes OFF the meat, rather than sitting in the tin with it.

These are best with a little BBQ sauce. Oh, and mine made about 18 meatballs, not 12. That's using rather LARGE "racquetball size" balls.

For the recipe and several others, go here:

CARROT & LEMON PROTEIN BARS (recipe linked above)

The carrot cake and lemon protein bars are SUPER easy to make (I whipped up both batches in about 20 minutes MAYBE), and VERY tasty. They really satisfy the cake cravings!

I felt weird using/buying baby food for these, but looking at the ingredients, it's totally clean and just saves the hassle of pureeing your own carrots or applesauce.


I can't find the recipe for Chicken Cacciatore online (from The Best of Clean Eating) that I used, but it's pretty straightforward. You'll get a similar style/result dish by searing chicken breasts (cut up), then setting aside, then sauteeing your favorite mix of veggies (the recipe calls for 1 small zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 2 cloves garlic, green and red peppers, and 1 tomato), and putting the chicken back with the veggies to simmer when nearly done. Add 1/2 cup of broth and cover to let flavors blend. Serve over cooked polenta (or grain of choice, like quinoa or couscous). YUM!


Another Jamie recipe, you can find it here:

I've tried several chili recipes in the last year, and this is definitely one of my favorites so far!! It's spiced just right and nice and thick and meaty.

From what I could tell, serving size = about 1 cup (10 servings total).


The other meals I made don't really require a recipe-- plain (spiced) chicken breasts, with black beans (and 1 T. salsa), and steamed veggies. Straightforward and tasty!

Okay friends! That's it for tonight. Going to spend a bit of time with the hubby and get ready for my early morning tomorrow. I hope you found some recipes you'll like to try!!

Have a beautiful rest of your week,

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BAZOOKABOBCAT 9/15/2011 1:03PM


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ITSTARTSHERE 9/13/2011 2:13PM

    Yes, the chilli is very good. different than any other I have made. I havent tried the lemon bars, but I think that will be next on my list to make

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JANIEWWJD 9/1/2011 12:51AM

    Everything looks so yummy!!! Keep up the good work my friend!!!

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IFFYIFFY 8/27/2011 5:57PM

    Those little egg things look really yummy.

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NITELITE72 8/27/2011 3:57PM

    Wow...everything looks wonderful. I am going to buy some turkey and make those muffins! I need something I can just grab in the morning!

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COOKWITHME65 8/27/2011 4:21AM

    The chili looks so good. Thanks for sharing. Love those square muffin tins.

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COOKWITHME65 8/27/2011 4:05AM

    The chili looks so good. Thanks for sharing. Love those square muffin tins.

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/25/2011 10:30PM

    Dedication! And wow that all looks soooo good.

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FITBY40-2015 8/25/2011 8:19PM

    Definitely gonna try some of these recipes emoticon

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APMAC_D 8/25/2011 3:54PM

    WOW you are amazing.... you planned well and made such great looking food for yourself. I am super impressed at all you have baked and made and it looks absolutely delicious. You are going to do so well with this :)

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KVM23. 8/25/2011 1:43PM

    Looks AWESOME! Keep up the great job :)
Definitely gonna try some of those recipes!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/25/2011 11:50AM

    Thank you! No meal planning for me next week. Whit's done it all for me!

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LYNNA7499 8/25/2011 11:26AM

  Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! The Chicken Cacciatore looks delicious! I've tried quite a few that you have posted and I always love them! Good luck with Jamie Eason's program. I planned to do it with you, but I hurt my shoulder on the first day.

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IAMZBEE 8/25/2011 10:19AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 8/25/2011 9:47AM

    Ooooh, delicious ideas!

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MSPRIS3 8/25/2011 9:32AM

    Turkey Egg muffins look really good!

Question about your black beans with salsa, did you pre-cook the beans, or are the just rinsed, then heated when you're ready to eat them.

I love salsa, will eat in on everything. I'll grill a chicken breat, plop a spoon of salsa and nuke it for a minute for lunch or a quick dinner, and it tastes great.

Have you tried it with Mango Lime salsa? That's even better!

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JENNIFER_67 8/25/2011 9:31AM

    Everything looks great!! I may have to try some of these in a couple of weeks, when my boys are back at school and I'm only cooking for my husband and I.

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MINIUM 8/25/2011 8:25AM

    Yum yum yum! Thanks for sharing, I feel hungry!

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SHAWFAN 8/25/2011 6:41AM

    Nice recipes! Thanks for posting!

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RHONDALYN10 8/25/2011 6:23AM

    Thanks for posting your reviews and links! I am always scared to try some of the recipes....I hate to waste money.

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ANGELEYES67J 8/25/2011 5:31AM

    They look mighty tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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IRON_RESOLVE 8/25/2011 12:02AM

I cannot wait to try these. I am going to prep and cook this weekend. Thanks once more for the meal inspirattion, links, photos!! You name it, thanks for all of yoru efforts all the time!!!!!!

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 8/24/2011 11:58PM

    I love that you do this!! I can't wait to have my own place and cook what I want, when I want. I get screamed at every time I try to cook at home, unless I'm making something for everybody. So frustrating. Especially since I like to cook! I made banana chocolate chip muffins today when no one was home (from and they came out pretty good. I want to try more recipes!
Anyway, keep these posts coming! Love them! emoticon

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MIECHI7 8/24/2011 11:19PM

    Thanks for the recipes! The egg-bakes look yummy!

I didn't have any muffin tins when I made the "muffins" so I used the aluminum foil and pan, VERY east cleanup but they did burn just a little on the bottom:)

Have an awesome Thursday!

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2011 11:02PM

    Yum!!! Some days you just need a sweets fix...I totally understand.

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BETTERJULIA 8/24/2011 10:27PM

    Looks great!!!

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BEFIT016 8/24/2011 10:18PM

    I was wondering about the protein bars. They do look emoticon ! And emoticon on trying to stay on plan!

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JENNFIT24 8/24/2011 10:13PM

    Looks like you have been cooking up a storm girl!

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ALCONSTANT 8/24/2011 10:04PM

    I like the idea of doing the turkey muffins as meatballs instead, clean up is definitley not pleasant doing them as muffins. I will have to give that a try when I cook on Sunday for my week, thanks for the tip! I made the chocolate protein bars tonight and I can't wait to try them tomorrow, and btw I felt weird buying baby food to lol

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    Some of these make my mouth water...wondering about the calories on these..?

thank you for sharing! You are awesome!



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MELTEAGUE 8/24/2011 9:52PM

    OMGoodness , Polenta is my new best thing!

Great pics and tips! you are an inspiration!

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SHEROTT1 8/24/2011 9:45PM

    Thanks for the recipes! I will have to give them a try! Love your pics and the great idea of putting them in containers so they are ready to go! Love it! Do you freeze any of them??

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ANEWCARI 8/24/2011 9:43PM

    Yes thank you for sharing! These look delicious, I think you didn't post the recipes for the cakes though, or I missed it somehow... Anywho, I have 3 days a week where I am at school the entire day so I will try adapting your plan to my three days! I always get stuck there without food and it's no bueno! So maybe this will work well for me! We'll see! Thanks again for sharing!!!

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LOGOULD 8/24/2011 9:42PM

    Can't wait to try the turkey sausage egg bake muffins! I can't believe I never thought of doing something like that and I've been trying to come up with something similar for a quick yet higher protein breakfast! emoticon emoticon

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GODDESSOFHOME 8/24/2011 9:27PM

    Thanks for sharing all of your recipes! and good job on your plan so far. You at least stuck with the plan even when you took a sideways move on your food!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/24/2011 9:19PM

    looks so yum and you are awesome keep it up

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