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Welcome to Mind, Body & Soul fitness Recipes! All the recipes you find are on your plan and over the years loved by many!  The recipes are uncomplicated and family-friendly.  There are endless ways to cook your food. If you have a recipe that you would like to try, text it to Lesia at 215-804-7975.

Why be creative with your food? I have found over the years that 80% of clients do not like to eat the same thing. They like variety and different tastes and textures. So, recipes assist you with getting out of that feeling. Recipes are also easy for families. If there is only time to cook one meal, this is a great way to feed the family and stay losing weight. For some of our clients, they prepare a weeks’ worth of dinners and freeze for the week.

Meal planning is essential for success.  Why? Because if you do not know where you are going, you will never arrive.  Meal planning is your road map to success.  You must understand how you are eating for the day or the week you are in.  I have found that a sense of peace washes over the clients who plan their meals. Before long, this becomes a habit.  Meal planning also sets parameters.  It gives you clear expectations and it provides you routine. Routine is something most people need.

Meal Planning success

Meal planning also saves you time and money.  It is also less stressful.  Planning will keep you calm and avoid feeling out of control.  Most clients do not do well with unknow or last-minute decisions.  It raises their stress levels and they feel out of control, so that leads to eating off-plan, the standard response to handling stress.  That is why you are here!  To deal with this take time! Plan your eating day and week! You can do it!!

The benefits of spending 15 minutes planning your week are: feeling acommplished, feeling fantastic, feeling in control and loving weight loss !

Give some recipes a try!!

Tuna Poke BoatBy Kevin PetrizioI have eaten raw seafood most of my life. Clams on the half-shell, oysters, sushi, etc. Even the grilled tuna steak I made last year is mostly raw. But I had never heard of Poke before a client asked about it. Poke is a Hawaiian dish with diced raw fish and veggies. A soy sauce based dressing is used to flavor the fish and veggies. But this is one of those dishes that you can make your own by changing out the types of fish and veggies. Even the dressing is adaptable. Have fun with this one. This dish is best made right before you are going to eat it. The fresher the better. It does not last long in the fridge. Any leftovers should be eaten no longer than the next day.
Shrimp and Cauliflower RiceBy Kevin PetrizioThis recipe was inspired by my client Mike. He took the Mashed cauliflower recipe and added rice and shrimp. Awesome Mike! I went a step further and took it in the direction of shrimp with grits. I added our creole seasoning and a splash of Louisiana hot sauce and before I knew it, I was eating shrimp and grits! Not really, but pretty close! Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think!
Butternut and Turkey SoupBy Kevin PetrizioA shout-out to my niece who made butternut squash soup on Thanksgiving as an appetizer. It was so good I new I had to adapt it to our Program. You can make it on the stove top if you want, just go low and slow. But the slow cooker really shines with this recipe. Either way, you can use turkey or chicken, and leftovers are perfect for this meal. Just portion out your serving size of the protein, and add it to 1½ cups of the soup. Here is another easy to make meal that freezes well. You can make several serving worth and freeze each 1½ cup portion. When you need a quick meal, just defrost some frozen, cooked turkey or chicken and microwave the soup. This is great for those cold winter night dinners.
Hot SauceBy Kevin PetrizioThis is one of the most used products by the men on plan. There are many commercially available products out there, but most are loaded with sodium. I thought it might be fun to try making our own. The interesting part is the amount of control that we have when making hot sauce. We can make all heat levels from mild to the hottest of the hot. Also, by choosing which type of peppers we use, we can control the flavor. Garlic and other spices can be added as well. In this recipe, I started with half a cup of jalapeños and half a cup of red bell pepper. I seeded and removed the ribs from 2 of the 3 jalapeños that I used to keep the heat level down. I would put the heat level somewhere between mild and medium. Experiment with different peppers and let me know your results!
Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesBy Kevin PetrizioMashed cauliflower tastes just like mashed potatoes! No, not really. Mashed cauliflower tastes just like, well, mashed cauliflower! And that's okay. Because we can make it a delicious side dish to almost any main course. Serve it with fish, chicken, beef or pork. There are countless dishes you can prepare that this will compliment!
Green Bean CasseroleBy Kevin PetrizioThis is a request from one of my clients and I thought it would be a great Thanksgiving Day side dish. This is a completely new recipe for me and I am pleased with the way it came out. The onions were crunchy, the sauce was creamy and you can taste the green beans! This one is a keeper!
Stuffed Turkey BreastBy Kevin PetrizioI have always found that fresh turkey is much more juicy and tasty than frozen. I know that some turkey suppliers inject salt brine solution into their turkeys as well. To me, this changes the taste and texture. If you have to buy frozen, make sure that it is just turkey on the ingredients list.
Squash and Chickpea SoupBy Kevin PetrizioThe cold weather is coming! There's frost on the pumpkins(almost)! It's time for some soup! This is a new recipe for me and I will say I enjoyed it. The bitter greens play well off of the sweet butternut squash. Feel free to try other winter squashes as well as kale or spinach. Soups and stews are my go to foods this time of year. One of the best things about them is they can be frozen and stored for later. There are days that I just don't feel like cooking, so I pop into the freezer and pull out a pre-made meal. Into the microwave and in no time I have a hot, delicious meal ready to eat. And this one is meatless!
Sweet Potato FriesBy Kevin PetrizioSweet potatoes are a tasty alternative to regular potatoes. They pair well with hamburgers, chicken, and even fish. They are considered a healthier starch because of the high beta carotene and potassium levels. They are also lower in calories and carbs then regular potatoes. These sweet potato fries have one problem; they are addictive! Be careful not to eat all that you make before dinner! One tip is to not add more than 2 servings to the air fryer at a time. Over loading it will not get you the "french fry" texture that you want out of them. They will still be tasty, but not crunchy
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