5 Tips For Enjoying the Heat This Summer

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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes will make you forget your childhood canned sauce memories and make you LOVE sloppy joes again.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces brown mushrooms minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 ounces Provolone Cheese Slices, chopped (use 6oz if you don’t want it very cheesy)
  • 6 brioche hamburger buns

DIRECTIONS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the ground beef to a large cast iron skillet (this browns very well) and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart.
  2. Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about 50 or so percent of the beef.
  3. Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers and mushrooms.
  4. Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan.
  6. In a small cup mix the beef broth and cornstarch together
  7. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan.
  8. Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat, add in the provolone cheese.
  10. Served on toasted brioche buns.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 6 sandwiches, Serving Size: 1 sandwich

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 523 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.2g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 42g

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Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil
1 lb chicken breast boneless, cut into cubes
4 cups whole wheat pasta I used spiral
3/4 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup Greek yogurt plain, 2%
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp parsley
1 tsp dill fresh, or 1/2 tsp dried
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
8 turkey bacon cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup green onions chopped, optional
3 cups water or low sodium chicken broth

Instructions
Instant Pot:
Turn the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the olive oil and chicken and sauté for 1-2 minutes. This step is to prevent the chopped chicken from cooking in a clump.
Pour the whole wheat noodles over the chicken and add the water or broth. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
While the pasta is cooking, blend together the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, parsley, and dill to make your homemade ranch. Set aside until ready to use.
Transfer the pasta and chicken to a colander to drain any excess water. Let the pasta dry a bit then add it back to the Instant Pot.
Pour your blended sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions over the pasta. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with more cheese, bacon, and green onions for garnish if desired. Serve warm or cold.
Stove top:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the chicken and sauté for a couple minutes. Add the pasta and water to skillet. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the pasta is done.
Drain the pasta and let it dry a bit. Place the pasta and chicken back into the skillet.
In a food processor or blender, mix together the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, parsley, and dill.
Pour your blended sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions over the pasta. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with more cheese, bacon, and green onions for garnish if desired. Serve warm or cold.
Slow cooker:
Heat the olive oil in a skillet on the stove. Sauté the chicken for a few minutes so that it doesn't cook together in a clump in the slow cooker.
Add the sautéed chicken, pasta, and water to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or low heat for 3-4 hours.
Drain any excess water and let the pasta and chicken dry a bit. Add the chicken and pasta back to the slow cooker.
Blend together the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, parsley, and dill.
Pour your blended sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions over the pasta. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with more cheese, bacon, and green onions for garnish if desired. Serve warm or or cold.

Per 1/2 cup serving, this recipe counts as 1 yellow container, 2/3 red container, and negligible amounts of a teaspoon and blue.
2B Mindset: This will count towards your protein and your fiber filled carbs. For lunch you’ll need to bulk up on veggies, and I’d also add some more protein!

 



Get ready to put away the knitted jumpers and turn off the heater, because warmer temperatures aren’t far away. For those who want to make this the best summer ever, here are five tips for enjoying the heat this summer:

1. Keep Cool Outdoors 

When the weather warms up, you'll undoubtedly want to spend more time outside. Then again, this doesn't mean you should feel uncomfortable doing so. Indeed, wearing sleeveless tanks and shirts is a great way to keep cool this summer.

So, look for lightweight fabrics that offer sun protection and quick-dry technology, which will help prevent you from sweating. Besides comfort, sleeveless tanks and shirts are flattering and suit a range of occasions. Pair them with shorts, black pants or jeans; you can even tuck them into a skirt for a dressier, on-trend look.

2. Choose Lighter Dining Options 

During summer, it's easy to overindulge, as entertaining, alcohol and delicious food go hand in hand. Still, while you'll want to satiate those desires from time to time, you should also make it a point to maintain your health and fitness habits.

In that vein, choose lighter dining options or smaller portion sizes and be mindful of drinking too much soda. Water infused with fresh lemon, cucumber or mint is a healthier alternative to sugary drinks. Plus, it's refreshing and a good way to rehydrate on a hot day.

3. Travel Somewhere Unexpected 

A vacation is a perfect way to feel refreshed and unwind during summer. But instead of traveling to the same destinations over and over again, make it a point to venture somewhere new. If you're on a budget, try a staycation in town or travel a few hours from home to take in a new city. You'll feel as though you're away from home, without the cost of airfare.

Want to go somewhere unexpected? Try Alaska. The most popular time to visit Alaska is during the summertime, and this is a destination you should definitely add to your bucket list. Tours of different scenery and wildlife will make for an unforgettable experience.

4. Get Out and About 

Stop putting off catching up with friends and family and make a conscious effort to get out and about this summer. With warmer temperatures around the corner, it will be easier to say "yes" to socializing. Depending on where you're located, days at the beach, coffee dates and trips to the movie theater could be planned with people you don't always get a chance to see. Make summer the time to stop making excuses and reconnect with old friends.

5. Try a New Hobby 

Have you always wanted to learn to cook, sew, draw, surf or play the guitar? In summer, with longer days, you can easily make the time to learn and pick up new skills. It's easier to get out of the house and join a class when the weather is warm, and when these hobbies become established habits, it will be easier to maintain them throughout the year. You may even meet some friends and gain a new skill you feel passionate about.

Get Excited About Summer 

When spring and summer arrive, be prepared to enjoy the heat! Treat yourself to a new wardrobe to suit any occasion, consider traveling somewhere new, and make every moment count by learning new skills and catching up with long lost friends. Summer will be here before you know it — and we can't wait!

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