After realizing we’re getting chubby in the Owens house, Waylon and I decided it was time to get a bit stricter with our diet. We’ve never eaten too bad, but we’re also not over here turning down pizza and chicken wings. What we have going for us, is we’re on the same page. Sometimes he’s the one who gets us back on track, sometimes it’s me who reels us in. One of the main complaints I hear from people is how they feel they’re the only one in the relationship who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle. “It’d be so much easier if my spouse wanted to eat this way, too.” or “They just don’t care about what they eat so it makes it harder for me to stay on track.” A lot of men and women also get the eye roll from their partner for working out. I think it’s an insecurity thing on the eye roller’s part butttttt that’s a whole notha blog.
My best advice for staying on track when everyone in your house isn’t about that life:
- Plan ahead. Know what you’re going to cook for supper so there’s no last minute “lets go out to eat or pick up a pizza”. If you have a meal in the slow cooker, you’re not gonna throw it out to eat Taco Bell. Well, bad example. #tacosarelife but you’re less likely to choose something different if you already have food cooked or if you at least have meat thawed and ready to go with a plan for what to serve your family.
- Try new meals. If you serve a dry chicken breast, broccoli and sweet potato four nights a week your partner isn’t going to suddenly decide the healthy life is for them after living on spaghetti and fried food for the past thirty years. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or taste bad. I’ll say it again for the people in the back. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or taste bad.
- Don’t buy your trigger foods to keep in your pantry. Chocolate and cookies, things of the sort are my trigger foods. Meaning, if I start eating them I just can’t stop. I have three kids and a daycare. Guess who doesn’t get cookies? My three kids and my daycare. At least not in my house unless it’s a special occasion. I’m not anti-cookie. They can eat all the Oreos they want…somewhere else. But I can’t have them in my house because I’ll legit eat the whole package in two days. For my husband, it’s chips and dip. So guess what else my kids don’t get…that’s right. Chips.
Last night I made burrito bowls and they. were. fire.
So many people responded to my snap wanting the recipe so here it is. Meals like this are some of my favorites because you can just customize to the foods you and your family like. And it can easily be changed up the next time you make it to add some variety to your life.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cups diced fresh tomato
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup green onion
- 2 tsp taco seasoning
- 1 can chicken broth
- 2 cups salsa (I used fresh)
- 1 cup brown minute rice
- 3/4 cup frozen corn
- salt, pepper and shredded cheddar cheese to taste
Brown turkey and onion; drain. Move to one side of skillet and add rice to toast for one minute. Add in chicken broth, 1 cup tomatoes, taco seasoning, salsa, corn, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is cooked. Make sure you get minute rice and it’ll take about 10 minutes. Scoop into bowl, top with a little cheese, green onion and some leftover diced tomato.
Adjustments you can make:
*I would’ve added some black beans to this recipe if I had any in my pantry
*Cut out the brown rice to knock out some carbs
*For a big family meal, tortilla shells or chips would be offered