Sunday, September 20, 2015

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

I LOVE these stuffed peppers.
I make a whole bunch and then get to savor them for a couple of days.
I like to  play around with the recipe a lot and add my own touch each time.
Adding corn is one of my favorites.
This time we used just green bell peppers and I added the leftover Black Bean and Quinoa Salad I made the other day. (scroll down)
Oh, my, yumminess. I think this one is a keeper!  I must try!

This is the basic recipe that I follow from Skinnytaste


  • 1 lb lean chopped turkey meat
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 large sweet red bell peppers, washed
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

    Heat oven to 400°. Spray a little olive oil spray in a medium size saute pan and heat on a medium flame. Add onion, garlic and cilantro to the pan. Saute about 2 minutes and add ground turkey. Season with salt and garlic powder, and cumin and brown meat for several minutes until meat is completely cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Combine cooked rice and meat together.

    Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Place in a baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half and fill it with as much as you can. Placeall stuffed pepper halves on the baking dish and pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy.

    Servings: 6 servings (1/2 pepper)  Time: 55 minutes  Old Points: 4 • Points+: 5
    Calories: 184.7 • Fat: 2.3 g  Protein: 20.8 g  Carb: 20.2 g  Fiber: 1.6 g 

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    Back to YOU! A 30 Day Bootcamp. Group begins Sept 21

    Are you tired, lack energy, don't fit into any of your clothes, depressed with the way you look and not feeling good with yourself?

    Are you ready to feel like the person you know you can be, inside and out?

    Are you ready to feel alive again and rock any outfit that you choose?!

    Then get ready for a new YOU! 

    It's time to get back to YOU, make the commitment to YOURSELF, feel happy, alive, energized and AMAZING in your own skin. 

    As a mom of 2, I know what it feels like to not be happy with the way I look. It's hard to be a wife/mom and take care of yourself AND your family at the same time. I get it! But I learned how to carve out 30 minutes or less a day and get back to ME! And since then, I have helped countless of other women and mothers get back to their happy selves as well.  

    If you are ready to take on this challenge with me then.....

    ---Welcome to my 30 Day Online Bootcamp!---

    In this private online Facebook group you will:

    -Commit and workout to a Beachbody program for 30 days. I will choose an at home workout program that fits your specific wants and needs for attainable results.

    -Replace one meal a day for 30 days with a nutrient dense superfood shake called Shakeology for MAXIMUM results. This will also give you the energy you need to get through your workouts and day. It also aides in focus, digestion, curbs junk food cravings and I secretly call it my supermom powers.

    -Have access to a 30 day FREE trial to stream your workouts from any phone, tablet or computer.

    -Follow along with the nutrition and eating plan that is specifically designed for each workout program.

    -Feel inspired and motivated with like minded people who are also on their own fitness journey. You will be able to share your struggles, learn healthy recipes and succeed by completing your 30 day bootcamp with the help of your team. A judgement free zone and a place to feel comfortable. 

    Be happy and feel alive again!
    Commit and dedicate yourself. I know you can do this! 
    You WILL succeed if you put your mind to it!
    All it takes is one step....the first one. 

    Hear some success stories of people who have done these type of groups:

    Is this something you are ready to do?


    My next group starts Sept 21

    Please fill out my free form to sign up to be in one of my 30 day bootcamps.

    For more info and choices on the different packages I offer, please go here:

    If you would like to chat with me personally please email me at or friend request at and I will be in touch with you!

    I am greatly looking forward to sharing these next 30 days helping to find the real YOU again!

    Say this out loud
    "I am doing this for ME!"

    AWESOME! So what are you waiting for?

    **This is NOT a FREE group. You will have to purchase a Beachbody Challenge Pack to be a part of this bootcamp. You will be a part of an online Facebook group where I will be hosting, giving tips, advice and coaching you the entire 30 days. And you will have the support and motivation with others as well.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

    This Black Bean and Quinoa Salad is SO YUMMY, my family can't get enough of it!
    Make one big batch or you can cut the recipe in half.

    Perfect to make at the beginning of the week to have on hand for a quick and grab side dish.

    Serves 12 (1 cup each) Prep Time: 30min. Cooking Time: 12 min.
    Container equivalents (for my 21 Day Fixers): 1 green, 2 yellow, 1.5 teaspoons 
    1/3 cup Fresh lime juice
    1 Tbsp. ground cumin
    1 Tbsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
    1/3 cup olive oil
    2 cans (15-oz. ea.) black beans drained, rinsed
    4 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar (ground pepper to taste; optional)
    4 cups water
    2 cups dry quinoa, rinsed
    1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 medium orange bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 medium yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 (10-oz.) bag frozen corn, thawed
    1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
    -Combine lime juice, cumin, and salt in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
    -Slowly add oil, while whisking constantly. Set aside.
    -Combine beans, vinegar, and pepper (if desired) in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
    -Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
    -Add quinoa. Reduce heat to a medium-low; cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Remove from heat. Cool for 15-30 minutes. Set aside.
    -Place cooled quinoa in a large bowl. Fluff with a fork.
    -Add bell peppers, corn, cilantro, bean mixture, and dressing; toss gently to blend.

    I've also added this to my yummy TURKEY STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

    For more delicious, clean, healthy recipes, I highly recommend this cookbook!
    It's the 21 Day Fix cookbook called Fixate.
    (If you are doing the 21 Day Fix, you NEED this book!)
    Check it out!
    Fixate Cookbook 
    And for those interested in the 21 Day Fix, 

    For more about ME and what I do please visit this post.
    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad

    Looking for a simple, DELICIOUS salad to make?
    I guarantee your family and friends will LOVE it.
    I get asked for this recipe ALL the time and it's one of my "signature" dishes that I make year round.
    Enjoy and let me know if you make it! 

    TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
    MAKES: 12 servings
    1/2 cup red currant jelly
    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    6 cups fresh baby spinach
    2 pints fresh strawberries, quartered
    1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
    1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
    1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted ( I also like walnuts or pecans)
    For dressing, heat jelly in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar.
    In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, oranges, onion and blue cheese. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts. 
    *recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015


    I LOVE making these cookies. And my kids equally love them as well.
    I even eat them for breakfast they are so delicious. It's like a breakfast cereal packed in a cookie! Perfect!


    For more tips and recipe ideas, including fitness tips as well. Follow me on Facebook at


    Tuesday, August 11, 2015



    Shared with my fitness groups last night on Facebook and wanted to share with all of you. We made these last night. They are one of our favorite things to make on the grill! And I make them 21 Day Fix approved if you are following that program!
    It's simple... 
    Pasilla or Anaheim peppers
    Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
    Cooked chicken, shredded (rotisserie chicken bought from the store is the best!)
    Slice peppers down the middle, remove seeds.
    Stuff peppers with chicken and cheese.
    Wrap in tinfoil tightly.
    Medium high heat on the grill. Rotating for about 20 min or so.
    Chicken is already cooked, so you're just cooking the peppers and melting the cheese so time varies.
    Soooooooooo goood!! And I ask my husband to make them for me all the time wink emoticon
    Enjoy! Let me know if you try them!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    READY TO DANCE? Cize test group starts Aug 3!

    ****Looking for 20 people for exclusive test group***

    Tired of squats, lunges, push-ups, and boring cardio?
    Like to DANCE?
    Want to ROCK out and have some FUN?

    Because you're about to look forward to working out! Shaun T goes back to his dancing roots and makes losing weight an “experience.” You'll be LIVIN’ and SWEATIN’ to hot new moves and great music!

    And if you think you can’t dance, don’t worry. Shaun breaks down the routines, step-by-step, move-by-move, and builds them into a full dance workout. And at the end, you’ll get to CIZE IT UP to songs from Shaun’s playlist. You’ll be so focused on mastering the moves that for 35–40 minutes you’ll forget you’re actually burning fat and calories, and getting in the best shape of your life.

    In reality, I would recommend Cize for people who like cardio, who like to dance, who like their workouts to be FUN. So if you like Zumba, or traditional aerobics or Hip Hop Abs, you will love Cize.

    PLUS I had the privilege of getting CERTIFIED by SHAUN T himself this past week. So I will be bringing my tips and advice not to mention my 25 years of dance experience to the group.

    "Don't say you can’t dance…because anyone can dance…" —Shaun T

    I am taking 20 PEOPLE ONLY to be a part of this exclusive CIZE test group starting Aug 3! You will be the very first ones to try out this exciting new program launching July 20th!

    Check out the video below to get more of a feel of what CIZE is:

    Ready to dance it out for 30 days?
    Last day to register is July 28th! No ifs, ands, or buts. I will close it so we all start on the same day. If you don't make it for this group, you'll have to wait for the next round. But, don't you want to be a part of the very first one!!? ;)

    **This is not a FREE group. You will have to purchase the CIZE workout program or Cize challenge pack. You will be a part of an online accountability group where I will be hosting, giving tips, advice and coaching you the entire 30 days.

    To ORDER
    Go to
    Click SHOP
    On the left, go to FITNESS PROGRAMS
    Click CIZE


    Order HERE for the LIMITED Cize Challenge Pack

    I highly recommend getting the Cize Challenge pack because it comes with Shakeology, a 30 superfood meal replacement. This has been an absolute game changer in my fitness journey. It has helped me lose my pregnancy weight, keeps me focused, regular and gives me the energy I need to keep up with my kids without that afternoon slump where even a red bull won't help. It also helps me maintain my weight in that I don't have junk food cravings or a sweet tooth. It keeps me full between meals and I get more than my daily dose of nutrients and vitamins daily. It really is my healthiest meal of the day. And I love chocolate right now! (Although Vegan Tropical Strawberry and Vanilla are 2 of my other favorites!)

    For more on Shakeology, watch this informative video:

    Any questions? Please feel free to leave a comment below, email me at or find me on Facebook HERE

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015


    I had to throw it back today.
    I was going through some old pics and came across some where I incorporated my daughter, who was less than 1 year at the time. It was so difficult to find the time to workout, especially since Lilah was (and still is very clingy) But I just used her as my weights. Which, by the way, is sometimes even harder! And even though I did the original Insanity in the beginning, I usually like to pick workouts that are 30 minutes or less. In fact, I still do. Because I know what it's like to be a busy mom! I need to get my workout done as quick as possible. (Focus T25 is my ABSOLUTE favorite and go to workout of all time)
    It took me less than a year to lose all of my pregnancy weight PLUS 10 more pounds, weighing less than I had in 8 years.
    I know working out at home doesn't work for some, but for me, I couldn't live without it.
    And I'll probably never step foot in a gym again, unless it's to teach Cize  wink emoticon (6 days til I get certified, wooohooo)
    If you've never tried an at home workout, give it a try! It just might get you in the best shape of your life. It did for me smile emoticon
    Need help deciding, hit me up!

    Friday, July 3, 2015



    The End of Exercise is Coming.

    Tired of squats, lunges, push-ups, and boring cardio? Then pay attention because you're about to look forward to working out! Shaun T goes back to his dancing roots and makes losing weight an "experience." You'll be LIVIN' and SWEATIN' to hot new moves and great music!
    And if you think you can't dance, don't worry. Shaun breaks down the routines, step-by-step, move-by-move, and builds them into a full dance workout. And at the end, you'll get to Cize IT UP to songs from Shaun's playlist. You'll be so focused on mastering the moves that for 35–40 minutes you'll forget you're actually burning fat and calories, and getting in the best shape of your life.
    If you're ready to sweat.....if you're ready to have FUN.......if you're ready to DANCE IT test group is forming NOW! 
    Get on my email list to be one of the first people to be in my exclusive Facebook test group.
    Sign up here

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Nutrition is SO important!

    I shared this with my fitness accountability group on Facebook and wanted to share with all of you...
    "Cassandra, why do you focus on nutrition SOOOO much?"
    Well, because honestly, in my opinion, it is just as important if not MORE important than just exercising and working out. This is why I always, always, always suggest to do clean eating groups and have nutrition accountability groups. You can workout as much and as hard as you want BUT if your nutrition is not in check and you eat like crap, all that hard work won't matter one single bit. You HAVE to eat right.
    You may think to yourself, "Well, I eat healthy." 
    But really, do you? Are you absolutely sure you're not sneaking in little bites here and there, because honestly they add up. Are you drinking anything other than water? That adds up. Are you really watching how much you serve yourself or are you just eating however much you want EVEN though it's healthy? THAT adds up.
    Trust me, I think I've tried a dozen diet fads (not eating, no carbs, coffee and cigarettes, just veggies, diet pills) but nothing has ever worked better than simple eating clean and portion control. And the program that I use is the best nutrition plan I have ever come across. The portion control is soooo key! It is a balanced eating plan. Lots of veggies, lean proteins, good carbs (there is a difference) fruits and small portions of good fats.

    IF ANYTHING, if you can't exercise right now, focus on your nutrition!!! YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. When I was doing my last fitness program, I was seriously not being truthful with myself about what I was eating. I was working my A** off BUT it wasn't until I cleaned up my diet, that I finally started seeing my hard work.
    If you want to know exactly what I do, I will teach you! It will literally change the way you look at food and you'll learn to be a better eater! I have groups forming now and my next one starts on June 1.
    If you would like to be a part of it, leave your email below and I'll send you the info. PLEASE don't be shy. We all start on day 1 :)

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    Time to get Summer Ready!

    Hi Everyone!
    I wanted to extend the invitation and invite you to my 21 Day Meltdown to Memorial Day group that is taking place on Facebook. We start on Monday but don't worry, it's not too late too sign up. There is still plenty of time. Check out out all of the details below. And yes, this is me in the video. Now you know what I look like ;)

    If I could provide you with a 21 day program that included a simple eating system that helps you with portion control and exactly what you need to eat....and you could lose 10+ pounds in those 21 days (and be ready by Memorial Day weekend!), would you be interested?


    You will be given a simple yet very effective meal plan that will not only teach you what to eat but how much to eat with recipes & a grocery shopping list as a bonus!

    Have I mentioned it's a ton of food, too? No starving yourself, no highs and lows. You will gain energy and lose weight within a couple of days! (look at my pic, true story!)

    No guessing or counting calories. The portion controlled containers do it all for you. This is a plan that teaches you how to lose weight the healthiest way possible. 

    Based on your goals and needs, you can start off at a beginner level or bump it up to the extreme level for even faster results that will get you shredded. 

    You will receive a total body fitness program that works for all levels of fitness, and the workouts are only 30 minutes long. And the best part of the deal is MEEEEEEE as your personal coach ;) But seriously, I'll be there to encourage and motivate you EVERY step of the way - you will never be alone in this!

    This is not a free group. The whole package which includes your meal plan, recipe and grocery list, containers, 30 day supply of Shakeology, free 30 day club membership, private online accountability and one on one coaching with me is $160 for the entire package. (purchase below)


    And just to let you guys know, it's not just a program for girls!! Countless men have gotten great results from this program as well...just sayin:)

    Space is limited so I can focus with everyone one on one! We start May 4th. Are you in?

    Send me an email at find me and send a message on Facebook 

    Watch this video to learn more about the 21 Day Fix Program 

    For the more advanced, here is 21 Day Fix Extreme Program

    The benefits of  Shakeology!

    To purchase choose one package below

    Hope to hear from you and get you signed up!

    To your health!

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    What's for dinner? - Crockpot Taco Chili

    What's for dinner?!

    Came across this simple recipe that I've made lots of times and wanted to share. Simple and quick.
    Prep:20 min
    Cook:4 hr (low) or 2 hr (high)
    1 to 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey meat
    2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes (I use fire roasted)
    1 15 oz can red kidney beans (or any beans you like)
    1 15 oz can of whole kernel corn (or frozen)
    1 1.25 oz envelope taco seasoning mix
    1 green bell pepper diced (optional)
    1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
    1. In a large skillet, brown turkey beef over medium heat. Drain off fat.
    2. In crockpot, combine meat, tomatoes, beans, corn, taco seasoning, green bell pepper, and jalapeño. Mix.
    3. Cover and cook on low for 4 hrs or high for 2 hrs. 
    Enjoy!! So good!!

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015


    These pics are so hard for me to post but I wanted to share my story and my journey from the past couple of months. I haven't been active on this blog because I've been through a tough time lately. And now I'm ready to tell my story. 
    In September of 2014, we got one of the biggest surprises of our lives when I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd baby. We totally weren’t expecting or planning for it but we quickly got excited and laughed about how big our family was about to become. So we started planning for our future. We bought a bigger vehicle, went through old baby clothes wondering if it was going to be a boy or girl, took pictures of my growing belly, hung up our ultrasounds after hearing the heartbeat. I started to feel the baby kick and move pretty early on. It’s always the most amazing feeling in the world. I was going to be a mom of 3, I couldn’t believe it!

    I had a pretty rough pregnancy, the first 3 months, I was extremely nauseous with morning sickness 24/7. It was so awful, I could barely get out of bed. Finally in the 4th month, in the 2nd trimester, I started to feel better. I started to get that “pregnancy glow” and my belly was proudly on display. Things were looking up and I was almost halfway through my pregnancy. We were over the moon! And then it ended…..

    On Dec 31, 2014, when I was 19 weeks pregnant, almost 5 months along, we lost our precious baby. We woke up on New Year’s Day 2015, heartbroken, empty and with the most enormous, stabbing, painful grief I could NEVER imagine.
    I cried. Every single day. I still cry. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life. 
    Depressed, broken, grieving, numb….for weeks I just sat. And whenever I looked in the mirror, I would cry some more. With every pregnancy, you gain weight. Well, I did. And it made me even more depressed because I had no baby to show for it.
    After about 3 weeks, I looked over at my husband and said, I need to do something. I need to dive into something that will take my mind off of this because if I don’t, I’m going to go into a downward spiral and I have 2 kids and a husband that still need me. I needed to heal my body. Ironically, Insanity Max 30 just came out. Planning on doing it after I had the baby, I immediately said that is what we are going to do. I lost all of my pregnancy weight from my 2nd baby with Insanity and T25 and it was life changing for me. And that’s exactly what I needed at the moment. 
    So that’s what we did. Not having been able to work out for months prior because of my morning sickness, I was a bit out of shape . The first couple of days I cried after the workout. It was exhausting and my body seemed so foreign to me. Taking my before pictures was excruciating and I hated it. I didn't even recognize myself.
    But I pushed myself. I got up, no matter what, and worked out. Some days were robotic because I couldn't even think. I just did it. And then little by little, I got stronger. Don’t get me wrong, it was never easy. But I was able to do more and more push ups each time. My max out time got longer. TWICE I made it through the entire 30 min without stopping. I started to smile again. I actually looked forward to working out every morning with my husband because I knew for at least 30 min, I didn’t have to think about anything. And we were doing this together. I knew he needed this as much as I did. 
    We finished the entire program last week. And I’m thankful. I had every excuse in the world to not do anything but I made myself get up every day, even when I didn’t want to. I ended up losing only about 7 pounds but I lost over 9 inches all around and even gained 1/4 inch in my arms (from the gazillion push ups! ) I'm not at my goal weight yet but I know I can get there and I will. No, I don’t have a six pack. I’m not trying to look like a fitness model. I’m just trying to feel good in my skin again. And I think I'm achieving that. This challenge has helped me heal not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The happiness it brought me means so much more to me than any number. 
    I still struggle with our loss every day. It’s been only about 4 months and the pain is still raw. But I keep putting one foot in front of the other every day and keep going. Not just for my family but for me, too. 
    So today... with some tears behind my eyes, I smile.
    I encourage you to take on a challenge like I did. Just do it!! It is so worth it in more ways than one.  For more info on Insanity Max 30 : Click here Make me your coach and sign To sign up for your free membership If you're looking for a fitness program and don't know where to start, shoot me a message at or find me on Facebook!

    MORE importantly, if you ever feel like you need to talk with someone because you have lost your baby during pregnancy, I would love to direct you to some websites and Facebook groups that have helped me heal during  my loss. They have been extremely profound in my healing and I wish the same for you and your family.
    Please send me a message through my Facebook at and don't be afraid or sad. Mothers need to stick together.  Because....I have been there.