When I first told my husband I was going to be changing up our meals and how I cook so I can follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan, he rolled his eyes and made a snarky remark about getting to eat cardboard for dinner. Anyone else have a similar reaction? Well, honey, challenge accepted! He was pleasantly surprised that ‘eating healthy’ didn’t mean sacrificing flavor. I have to tell you, I was NERVOUS about doing this – changing our eating habits, reprogramming myself at the grocery store and in the kitchen. But I dove in and immersed myself in this program and got out of my comfort zone and started trying new things! You know what? We are eating a much more diverse menu now than we ever were before! My husband tells me, almost every day, how much he appreciates it that I love cooking for our family.
I have put together a list of 10 of my go-to dinner recipes I use when I am doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme (and also when I am not). These are all family-approved meals that I serve in my house regularly.
#1 GROUND BEEF TACO SKILLET
This one is AWESOME and we usually will have this a couple times each week. Why? Because it is easy, quick and DELICIOUS. Serve it up over some brown rice, in a tortilla or (my favorite) in a lettuce wrap with a little Sriracha for an added kick!
#2 CHEESE STEAK STUFFED PEPPERS
Hands down, my husband’s favorite 21 Day Fix meal. He LOVES his Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and was skeptical about no bread – let me tell ya, one bite and he was hooked. He gets all excited when he hears ‘it’s cheese steak night!’. I will admit, I do too!
#3 SLOW COOKED PUMPKIN TURKEY CHILI
Who doesn’t love chili on a cold day? (or if you are like me, any day of the year!) Not only is this recipe simple – love my slow cooker – but it is hearty, robust and delicious! You can also make this one on the stove top – quick and simple!
#4 TURKEY SWEET POTATO SKILLET
Ok, this is the exception for my yellow container rule at dinner time. IF I have a yellow left, this is my favorite dinner! It is one recipe I have received a lot of positive feedback on from friends and challengers! It is definitely a favorite in our house!
#5 CHILI LIME PORK LOIN
Marinade some pork loin, loin chops or even chicken in this seasoning blend and then grill it up on a grill pan or on your outdoor grill for a delicious dinner with a little kick. Full of flavor – these are amazing. Period.
#6 LEMON DIJON PORK CHOPS
This may be my favorite marinade for pork chops (it would be good on chicken too!) Such a simple meal that is full of flavor. I let it marinade all day and then grill them up and serve with a side of roasted veggies. Get in my belly!
#7 CHICKEN SPINACH SAUTE
Simple is always best and it doesn’t get much easier than this. The flavor is amazing. Serve it up over some brown rice or spaghetti squash – this one is always a crowd pleaser!
#8 UNSTUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS
The first reaction I see when I talk about this recipe is a look of uncertainty – but I am here to tell you this is now a staple in our home! This meal is amazing AND the left overs are even more delicious the next day! Try it, you won’t be sorry!
#9 RUSTIC TURKEY & VEGGIE SOUP
Easy peasy soup that will leave your family wanting more! This is my husband’s ‘favorite soup of all time’ according to a message I just received from him as he ate his lunch today at work. I have to say, it was pretty much a walk in the park to make. Brown up your meat, chop some veggies, dump in the rest of the ingredients and simmer.
#10 TURKEY MEATBALLS
This is a standby favorite at our house – they are a little bit of work – forming the meatballs – but they are so full of flavor! These are out of the 21 Day Fix Extreme book and are a favorite. I serve them over spaghetti squash with some feta and some sauteed veggies.
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As you can see, we are not short on variety or FLAVOR here at our house! I have made this program into a healthy lifestyle for my family. I have made it work for us through these delicious recipes that I am excited to share with the world!
Let me know what your favorite is! I hope you and your family enjoy these delicious dinners!