My favorite veggie chili!

This is so easy, peasy to throw in your slow-cooker and we stretch it 2 meals. We usually eat it once as chili and enjoy leftovers on top of tortilla chips (aka nachos) or on top of sweet potatoes. Enjoy!

Begin by chopping up your veggies! Sometimes I even do this part the night before while cleaning up supper dishes.

1.5 cups chopped onion

12 oz sliced mushrooms

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 yellow squash, chopped into bite sized pieces

2 cloves garlic

2 – 15 oz. cans tomato sauce

1 cup water or vegetable broth 1 – 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 T. cumin

1 T. chili powder

0.5 tsp. smoked paprika

2 – 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed well

Throw it all in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours.

Do you love to use your slow-cooker?


Last week and Meal Planning

Do you ever wonder, “Where did the time go?”  Little lady is enjoying her last few soccer games of the season. She even had surprise spectators at Saturday’s game. Grandma and Grandpa drove 2 hours to be at her game. They are SUPER.

I’m enjoying all sorts of new opportunities with my coaching business. I had face to face consultations Monday afternoon and taught the “Type 2 Diabetes – Now What?” class on Saturday morning. I am still doing most of my coaching by phone on most Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons, but feel it is important to get out into the community as well.

I will be spending a little more time in the kitchen this week putting up a bunch of peppers from a friend’s garden. I was able to get my garden tilled and put to “rest” for the winter a few weeks ago. So, on the menu for this week –

Sunday – Bean tacos

Monday – Stuffed peppers from the Fresh Fix Fall Recipe Guide

Tuesday – Leftovers – Dad’s in charge – I’m leading a Food Allergy Support Group

Wednesday – My favorite veggie chili (recipe tomorrow)

Thursday –  Veggie omelets, fruit

Friday – Company – Not sure but probably Black Bean burgers, coleslaw (recipe soon), roasted potatoes, and ???

Saturday – Leftover veggie chili repurposed as nachos

What’s on your menu?

High Five Friday – 10-23-15

I’m linking up with Happy Fit Mama to share the highlights from my week.

My husband’s new shirt. Perfect… stop waiting for happiness and find the joy in the situation you are in.


Singing! I co-teach a choir class for 1st – 5th graders at our homeschool co-op. We recently sang at a local nursing home. What a wonderful experience!

Avocado. I can’t believe I used to “yuck” avocado. I used to be fearful of even the good fats, which may have been part of my reasoning. Now that I am no longer afraid of good fats, this one is my favorite. It’s good in so many things, guacamole, by itself with a little sea salt, as a substitute for butter, on pasta, or as pudding or ice cream.

Shaklee! I’m loving everything I’ve tried so far! The window cleaner works amazingly well especially to clean kids’ handprints and doggie nose smudges. I feel great on the supplements!  One of the other great things is being ableto work with other awesome health coaches.


Little moments. My daughters are growing up so fast. I know it sounds cliche but it’s so true. My nephew is a SENIOR in high school. A sneak peak of his senior pictures was posted the other day, and I got a little teary eyed. I still remember singing “Home, home on the range” in a really silly voice with him on my lap as a toddler laughing those great big belly laughs and now he has turned into a wonderful young man. It’s so bittersweet. So, I’m trying to appreciate all of those little moments.

“Look Mom! I found a toad!”

What are you high-fiving this week?

Weekly Meal Planning

Except for the freezing soccer game yesterday, I am enjoying the Fall weather even if it has turned a little chillly! A change in the weather means a change in the menu!


Sunday – Build your own omelet and fresh fruit

Monday – Big, hearty salads topped with hard boiled eggs, pepitas, etc… and baked sweet potato

Tuesday – Veggie Minestrone

Wednesday – Homemade pizzas – Everyone chooses their own toppings, no cheese for Mama. Cashew “Cheeze” instead!

Thursday – “Refried” bean tacos with all the fixins

Friday – Southwestern black bean and veggie soup

Saturday – White enchiladas

What’s on your menu this week?

High Five Friday

I’m linking up with Happy Fit Mama for High Five Friday!

A husband who works hard and supports me in all of my endeavors. I cannot even begin to tell you how blessed I am to have this man for my partner in life. blogpic25

I normally don’t care for the Fall because that means winter is on its way, but cooler weather means soup. I LOVE soup.

Cooler weather also means enjoying our fire pit in the back.


I’m thankful for new opportunities. More on this later.

I have the best health coaching clients.  I absolutely love helping people improve their health. It is extremely rewarding work! I can’t even call it work.

What are you going to high five this week?


I can’t even run a mile…

I am Amanda. I am a Christian, wife, homeschooling mom, and a Certified Health Coach with a doctorate in Pharmacy who happens to love to cook and run. I haven’t always loved to run. Hunky husband has been running since he was young. We have been together since I was 16. When we got to college, he said, “Want to go running with me?” I thought he was NUTS. I hated running. I couldn’t even run a mile. But, I was in love with this blonde haired, blue eyed, sweet young man, so I said sure. I even agreed to train for a 1/2 marathon. I remember running around the indoor track at the Purdue Rec Center. I think you had to go 13 laps to make 1 mile. THIRTEEN. On the days we ran outside, there was a large hill that I had to run. I thought I might die. Yep, but one thing you will find about me is that I don’t give up easily. The harder it is, the more determined I am to succeed.

So, we continued our training and I ran my first 1/2 marathon. I walked a lot. I had only ran 4 miles without stopping prior to the half. Now, I LOVE it. The half marathon is still my favorite distance. Running is my time in the morning to pray and it is often when I come up with my best ideas. When I first started, I just wanted to finish. I’ve gotten a little (or a lot) more competitive over the years. Never thought that would happen either.

Probably the best part of running these days is that the whole family is running now. Every Thanksgiving, we have our own little Family Turkey Trot before heading out for the day. Hunky husband even gets “prizes” for our girls.


My 8 year old has participated in eight 5Ks and my 6 year old has done 2. I have some of the best conversations with my girls while running. It’s precious time. We never pressure them. When we race together, we walk when they need to walk and try to keep up when they decide to sprint.


The other wonderful thing about running is it’s an activity they can hopefully do for life. They don’t need a team or equipment. They just need some good shoes.

Running… love it? Hate it?