Thursday, March 22, 2018

Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

If you haven’t made foil packets yet, you are seriously missing out.  No really, you are.  Not only are foil packets a great way to cook your entire meal all at once in perfect sized portions, but they actually cook the salmon to perfection leaving you with tender, flaky fish!  There is also ZERO clean-up involved which definitely makes this recipe a winner in my book.

I placed the salmon filets on top of spiralized carrots and some chickpeas that I tossed with a little sea salt, paprika and cumin then topped everything with a sweet and spicy harissa sauce that is just so incredibly flavorful!  This entire meal only takes about 20 minutes to throw together too making it the perfect weeknight dinner when you need to make something in a pinch 🙂

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

Doesn’t that look delicious?!

I created this recipe to share for Ali of Inspiralized, which is one of my favorite go-to blogs for healthy recipes and all things spiralized!  Literally.  Her spiralizer is truly the only one I’ve ever used and it has been such an important asset in my kitchen, so when she asked me to create a recipe for her while she was on maternity leave I was absolutely honored 🙂  I wanted to share this recipe with you all in case you missed it on her site because it’s one of my favorites and great for the upcoming spring and summer months!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

I mean how can you go wrong with tender, flaky salmon baked to perfection on a bed of seasoned chickpeas and spiralized carrots all cooked together in one easy foil packet!  This really is the easiest, most flavorful dinner you could make and everything is ready in just 20 minutes.   This also makes amazing leftovers so make sure to add this to your menu this week! 🙂

Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas
Serves: 4 Servings
  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and spiralized
  • Optional toppings: 1 to 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
For the Chickpeas:
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
For the Sauce:
  • 3 Tbsp harissa (mild or spicy, depending on your preference)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. While oven is pre-heating, spiralize the carrots into noodles and toss chickpeas with olive oil, sea salt, cumin and smoked paprika until completely coated.
  3. Using four pieces of heavy duty foil (18x12 in. each), evenly distribute carrot noodles and chickpeas in the center of each piece. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and place (skin side down) on top of the carrot noodles and chickpeas, making four foil packets.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together harissa, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, honey, garlic and smoked paprika, until combined, and spoon sauce over top of each salmon fillet.
  5. Fold the sides of the foil together to seal, covering the fish completely. Place foil packets on a large baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through. Unwrap foil, top with chopped cilantro and enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 foil packet • Calories: 469 • Fat: 13.4 g • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g • Carbs: 33.5 g • Fiber: 6.1 g • Protein: 49.2 g • Sugars: 6.6 g • WW Freestyle Points: 3

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The (ONE) Time I Forgot to Eat

Hi, guys!

All day today we expected some sort of wicked nor’easter (aka “a big snow storm”) and tons of schools and workplaces closed early – including Mal’s school. Well, it’s just about 5:30 PM and still NO SNOW. I’m not complaining one bit, but, man, the weather people were really confused this time. Or maybe we’re all just scared from the last few snow storms? Let’s just say, it’s been a LONG winter. Anyway…

I started my morning like I often do: Waking up before the sun to tackle some work, iced coffee, getting myself ready, mom duty, dropping Quinn of at school, and then hitting up CrossFit for a workout. Did you happen to notice that I didn’t mention breakfast in there? YA, I KNOW. I actually FORGOT to eat breakfast this morning. People, that never, ever happens to me. I’m not someone who just forgets to eat, but, clearly, it’s possible.

During the warm-up at CrossFit, my stomach started to grumble and immediately thought: Oh, crap, I never ate breakfast. It ended up being totally fine, but I can honestly say I haven’t taken too many (any?) 9:00 AM workouts on an empty stomach. Related: If I work out at the 5:15 AM class, I don’t typically eat anything, but I FOR SURE eat something if it’s 9:00 AM. Well, I’m glad to know I’ll survive! 🙂 I know it seems like I’m making a big deal about this, but I just never forget to eat. I live to eat.

After CrossFit, I joined a couple of girlfriends for manicures at the Gel Polish Bar next door. It was such a nice mid-week treat and my nails desperately needed some love before the fashion show tomorrow night! 🙂 FYI: My nail color is Taupe-less Beach from OPI.

On the drive home and while showering/making my lunch, I listened to a great podcast about GMOs, Glyphosate, and healing the gut – super interesting!

After that, I got right to work – and I had every intention on spending the rest of the day glued to my computer. Clearly. My work-from-home outfit was ON POINT.

Mal’s school ended up having a half day because of the “potential” snow, so he called me to see if I wanted to meet him at Scarlet Oak Tavern for a drink. Obviously, I couldn’t turn down the invite, so I took Murphy for a quick walk and then prettied myself to be seen in public. A big THANK YOU to “hair boogers” for making my hair look presentable! 🙂

Outfit details: Funnel Neck Sweatshirt // Super Affordable Jeans // Classic Leather Tote // Slip-On Sneakers

After our impromptu “day date,” I headed to CVS to pick up a prescription and then grab Quinn from school. (Side note about the prescription: I’ve literally had a cough/phlegm thing going on for more than a year now. I’ve tried EVERYTHING to get rid of it, and I’m starting to think it’s a side effect of the Entyvio. Any other Entyvio people in the same boat with respiratory issues? I’m so OVER IT.)

Back at home, we received a fun surprise from the nice people at Quinn Snacks. The founder started the company to clean up snacks for her own son, Quinn, so, of course, we’re all about their products. They even sent us some cute “Quinn” stickers, which Qman was super excited about! 🙂

Question of the Day

Do you ever forget to eat? Do you “eat to live” or “live to eat”?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Dressing

Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday to you!

So, I have ANOTHER tahini recipe for you. Tahini Tuesday, anyone? 🙂 Clearly, I’m allllll about the tahini lately. But, first, a quick recap of my morning!

I’ve been digging this breakfast lately, especially on the days that I work out in the morning. I need a little something in my stomach, but I don’t want to be too full either. Listen to this combo: Half of a mashed banana mixed with almond butter (or peanut butter), ground flaxseed, and cinnamon spread on top of a rice cake. Mmm! It’s so good! Then, I mix my iced coffee with chocolate peanut milkSFH and/or collagen for an added protein boost.

After breakfast, I got Quinn and myself ready for the day. Just before we were about to leave the house, I ran upstairs to grab something from our bedroom and saw this ridiculous creature crushing our pillows.

The workout at CrossFit this morning was a total lung smoker. I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath AT ALL, but it was a fun one. I finished just over 12 minutes.

Back at home, I was more than ready for an early lunch. I whipped up a batch of tahini dressing that turned out so well. I’m already dreaming about having it on roasted Brussels sprouts for dinner! 🙂

Homemade Tahini Dressing


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp honey

Ingredients: Combine ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over your favorite roasted veggies!

My gosh, it’s so darn delicious. I’m pretty sure I’m going to put tahini dressing on just about everything! 🙂

Question of the Day

Anyone else already thinking about dinner? Yes? What’s on the menu?

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Carrots ‘N’ Cake Spring Nutrition Challenge

Let’s do a meal plan together and keep each other motivated! 

Register for the 8-week CNC Spring Nutrition Challenge, and I’ll be your meal plan buddy – supporting you all along the way right into summer!

You’ll have your own personal nutrition coach, who will determine your macronutrient goals and design 8 weeks of customized meal plans just for you. (I’ll follow a similar meal plan, but customized to my own personal goals and food preferences, but we’ll do the challenge together!) Your meal plan will tell you exactly what to eat (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) in portions that align with your specific macronutrient goals while keeping in mind your individual food preferences, activity level, and personal diet challenges.

Your meal plan is created weekly by your assigned Designed to Fit coach, which means you’ll receive ongoing communication, support, and adjustments as needed. With this meal plan, we do all of the planning for you – right down to the grocery shopping list. I mean, isn’t that the most annoying part about meal planning?!

Your Spring Challenge meal plan includes:

  • Weekly meal plans customized to your specific daily protein, carbohydrate, and fat settings to align with personal goals (workout and rest days included)
  • One-on-one coaching and accountability
  • Login access to our software to review meal plans, recipes, and track your progress
  • Weekly weigh-ins and progress check-ins with coach
  • Macronutrient adjustments as needed
  • New macro- and prep-friendly recipes each week
  • Personalized grocery shopping lists with simple food prep instructions
  • Ongoing community support via a private CNC Spring Challenge group
  • Meal prep tips and videos from me
  • Bonus downloads and recipes for me
  • Motivation, motivation, motivation!

We start on Monday, April 9th!!! 


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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Jeans You Need in Your Life

Hi, guys! Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I shared a little recap of Friday night with Quinn and then Saturday was kind of a blur. We did our usual “gym day” followed by coffee and donuts and then spent the rest of the afternoon and evening hanging out at home – nothing too exciting to report. We woke up on Sunday without any plans, but the day ended up shaping up! Here’s a little recap.

Qman and I were up and at ’em at 6:30 AM. (People, someday I WILL sleep past 7:00 AM. I WILL happen. I know it.) We played with his new “Serpent Sword” as well as drill set, which is still a top favorite since receiving it for his birthday last year. I mean, it IS pretty fun! 🙂

About an hour or so later, I made us breakfast. French toast sticks, apple slices, and milk for Quinn and a rice cake with mashed banana, ground flax, and almond butter spread on top for me.

When Mal was awake, we took a family trip to Stop & Shop for some groceries.

This kid. <3

On the drive home, I received a message from some friends about going out to lunch, and it sounded like a great plan to us! A few hours later, we met them at The Fours for lunch. I ordered the “Ray Bourque” sandwich on gluten-free bread – sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Yummmm!

Lunch was quite the fun Sunday outing! 🙂

After lunch, we headed home. Quinn went down for a nap, Mal went out with friends, and I did some meal prep, which if you hop on Instagram Stories right now, you can see what I made for the week! 🙂

When Quinn woke up from his nap, we took Murphy on a walk around the neighborhood. It was pretty cold outside, but sunny – I really hope Spring is on its way!

FYI: Some colors of my winter coat (pictured above) are ON SALE right now!!! I paid an arm and a leg for it last fall, but now it’s basically half price. Maybe I need it in blue too? 🙂

FYI 2: My jeans (also pictured above – and free shipping both ways from Nordstrom) were just $64, and I’m obsessed. Actually here’s a better photo.

I usually spend a ton on jeans (like $200), but I love that these ones are high-quality, super cute, and so affordable. My black slip-on shoes are also a steal at $49, and they’re insanely comfy – like walking on clouds! 🙂

Question of the Day

What are your favorite brand of jeans?

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319 – Half Size Me: Changing Your Body and Your Life With Terri

In this episode of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks to Terri about what she had to be confronted with to finally take action how she radically changed her A1C and blood sugar levels in 90 days what caused

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

272 – Half Size Me Community Weekly Webinar 272

Click here to download the webinar recording for Webinar #272Topics covered: How to go from WW free style points program to tracking calories How to begin to change the internal conversation from needing food to cope with stress to seeing
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