Colombian-Style Zucchini Rellenos

These Stuffed Zucchinis, which are low-carb, Whole30, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo, are inspired from a Colombian dish, Pepino Rellenos which I fell in love with when I was there many years ago.

These Stuffed Zucchinis, which are low-carb, Whole30, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo, are inspired from a Colombian dish, Pepino Rellenos which I fell in love with when I was there many years ago. It’s not a dish you would see in a restaurant menu, it’s a dish you would find someone cooking in their kitchen for a weeknight meal. In Colombia, they don’t use zucchinis, instead they use Pepinos known as stuffing cucumbers or Slippery Gourds in English. Because that’s not very common here, I used zucchini which are in season.

Colombian-Style Zucchini Rellenos

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 88)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 88). Adding some easy meals to the list plus one of my family’s favorite – Breaded Pork Cutlets with Lime. If you haven’t tried this I highly recommend it! If you don’t eat pork, chicken would work. And with so much basil still in my garden, we LOVE the tomato soup, hope you do too!

Pictured below is The Skinnytaste Meal Planner where I plan my dinners for the week (you can of course use any meal planner). Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for the week! My breakfast is usually something quick like eggs with fruit, a smoothie or avocado toast. We’re a family of four, so if a recipe serves more, it’s either packed up for everyone’s lunch or eaten the next day as leftovers. If you would like to see some of the previous week’s dinner plans, click here

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 88)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 88)

Monday: Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup with garlic bread
Tuesday: Grilled Steak Fajitas
Wednesday: Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Feta Cheese with salad
Thursday: One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans
Friday: Breaded Pork Cutlets with Lime with brown rice and salad
Saturday: Dinner Out
Sunday: Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans

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How to Get Back on Track with Motivation & Habits

By Leo Babauta

It happens to all of us: you are going strong with a project, with learning something new, with a new habit or two … and things go sideways. You get derailed.

This is a critical junction. If you let yourself quit, all your time and effort up until now has been for naught. If you can get back on track, things can be great again.

Most people don’t know how to get back on track, and so fail repeatedly. Today I’m going to share a simple method that works for me.

Recently, I’ve had to use the method because of a few difficulties:

  • A learning project got sidetracked. For a couple months, I’ve been focused on learning something new, but I got discouraged because a) my learning efforts got interrupted by travel, which was a bummer, and b) I had a couple of failures that made me feel like quitting. As of a couple of days ago, I was on the brink of quitting altogether.
  • My eating habits have been crap lately. Well, not complete crap, but crappy enough that I’ve felt a bit unhealthy. And I haven’t been able to get it back on track.
  • My focus hasn’t been what it could be lately. In recent months, I was super focused on my mission, on mindfulness and meditation and helping others. In the last month, that focus hasn’t been there, for a variety of reasons. I haven’t given up, but have definitely been sidetracked.

Sounds discouraging, right? But not to fear, getting back on track is actually fairly simple.

The Key Principle

Here’s the key idea to understand: getting off track and getting back on track is all about mood.

When we get off track, it’s because things that affect our mood as it relates to the project or habit. For example:

  1. We get interrupted because of travel, illness, visitors, crises, etc. This interruption makes us feel discouraged. It’s not the interruption that is the obstacle, it’s the feeling of discouragement that gets in the way.
  2. We get tired because of travel, illness, a lack of sleep, etc. … and the tiredness makes us feel unmotivated towards our project or habit. Tiredness is a huge obstacle, because when you’re tired, you don’t feel motivated, your mood isn’t as good, and you just want to comfort yourself with distractions and food (among other things).
  3. When things aren’t going well, we can get very discouraged — we’re not losing weight on our diet, exercise is harder than we fantasized about, language learning is very difficult, etc.
  4. When things get busy in our lives, we often have to skip the habit, which can make us feel bad about ourselves.

When our mood, as it relates to the project or habit, is bad … we often feel like quitting, and don’t even want to think about the problem. We avoid thinking about it, turn away from it, and seek other comforts.

The Method

So how do you get back on track? Here’s the method I use.

  1. Admit there’s a problem, and ask a key question. We often want to ignore the problem, not even think about it. But this only encourages quitting, and doesn’t help the problem. All we have to do is simply say, “I’m feeling bad about this. I’m discouraged and thinking about quitting.” Then we can ask ourselves, “Do I really want to quit, or is there a good reason to get back on track?”
  2. Take one small, easy step. If you have good reason to get back on track, don’t think about the entire project of getting back on track. That’s too much, and can be overwhelming, which means we’ll never start. Instead, just think of one thing you can do. For example, if you’ve fallen off the meditation habit … can you meditate for 30 seconds right now? 10 seconds? If you stopped listening to your language tapes, can you just do 2 minutes of the tapes today? If you stopped doing yoga or bodyweight exercises, can you just do a few minutes right now? It might seem ridiculously easy, but that’s exactly what you need to do. Something tiny, anything. This is the key step, so don’t take it lightly.
  3. Focus on getting any kind of victories. If you do 30 seconds, 2 minutes, whatever … you’ve had success! This is a victory, and a victory changes your mood. If you’ve been trying to play chess and you’ve been losing and become very discouraged, then focus on doing some tactics training for one minute. That’s a victory! What other kinds of victories can you get? Look for anything: just doing another minute later today or tomorrow morning, doing a little practice on your commute, reading a little about the topic online, anything you can do. Nurture your mood — victories change your mood. Defeats and tiredness can bring it down. So see what you can do to lift your mood up, including talking to someone else about it or making it more social, playing some good upbeat music to make it fun, making some tea or lighting some candles to make it more enjoyable, etc.
  4. Build long-term strength with small steps. If you build little victories, take small steps, and nurture your mood as in the previous steps … you’ll start to have a more solid habit or motivation for your project. After awhile, you become more robust, so that a little defeat won’t really matter too much. You have room for some tiredness now and then. You’ll be strong and won’t need to worry about all of the little mood changes. But it takes a bunch of small steps and victories to get there. So focus on one small step, one victory, at a time. Don’t worry about the long term, just focus on the short term. And the long-term strength will come.

This isn’t a difficult method — anyone can do it. All it takes is a small admission of struggle, a willingness to ask whether you want to get back on track, and a focus on small steps and victories. That’s doable, and awesome.

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Gratitude (+ Ready or Not! Shopping Lists)

Gratitude by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Holy smokes. I can’t even begin to describe the past couple of weeks.

As many of you know, since August 1, I’ve been on my Ready or Not! cookbook tour, and in just the last 14 days, I’ve made pitstops in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, Ontario, and now, New York. Until a few days ago, Henry and the boys accompanied me, dutifully lugging suitcases full of Nom Nom Paleo swag wherever we went. (Don’t worry—we built in enough time between their sherpa duties to play tourist. Check out the Instagram posts tagged with #NOMNOMBOOKTOUR to see what we’ve been up to!) Sadly, with school starting today, the rest of the family had to head home and return to real life.

I, on the other hand, still get to hopscotch around the country, meeting loyal Nomsters and new readers alike. I’m incredibly grateful and thrilled to have the opportunity to do this book tour. The solitary months of developing recipes and writing a cookbook (not to mention blog posts and email newsletters) often fool me into thinking that I’m just shouting into a void, but when I’m greeted by smiling faces at my tour stops, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have such a generous base of support behind me. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.

Gratitude by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

What I’m trying to say is thank you. Your support allowed me to devote myself full-time to Nom Nom Paleo, and to write cookbooks for a living. And you’re the reason why Ready or Not! debuted stronger than I could have ever dreamed possible. In fact, our new book landed at #3 on The New York Times bestsellers list in our category, and #1 on both The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists for hardcover nonfiction! According to BookScan (think of it as the Nielsen ratings of book sales), Ready or Not! was the #1 bestselling nonfiction book, and the 5th-highest selling of all books—both nonfiction and fiction—in the week it debuted.

How crazy is that? (Answer: Pretty freakin’ crazy.)

Again, I have you to thank. And the best way I know how to express my gratitude is with a thank-you gift: Printable shopping lists to accompany the dinner plans in Ready or Not!

As those of you who’ve flipped through our new cookbook know, Ready or Not! features 4 weeks of dinner plans and shopping lists; these plans pull together recipes from different sections in the book to create incredibly tasty meals throughout the week. We’ve already gotten tons of fantastic feedback about these shopping lists and dinner plans—many of you are already using them to cook your way through the book! Still, we’ve also heard from you that a heavy, hardcover tome isn’t the most convenient object to haul to the market for grocery shopping. To solve this, we’ve tweaked the shopping lists to make them printable checklists. Just click the images of the shopping lists above (or this link) to download ’em!

And before I go, I wanted to remind you of two things:

COME MEET ME!

I may have completed Part One of my book tour, but Part Two is just getting started! In fact, I just added a slew of new tour events, including signings hosted by Whole Foods Market in Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, Berkeley, Fremont, Fresno, and Reno. Come meet me, and I’ll happily personalize your books and hand out some fun Nom Nom Paleo swag (while supplies last), too. For more information about tour stops and to RSVP, visit this link or click the image below:

Book Tour Part 2!

SPREAD THE WORD!

We love seeing all of your social media posts about Ready or Not!, so keep ’em coming!

Remember: in a couple of weeks, we’ll be randomly giving away a 6-quart Instant Pot Ultra—the fanciest new version of my favorite multi-use cooker ever—to THREE loyal Nomsters who help spread the word about Ready or Not! We’ll also throw in a bunch of exclusive Nom Nom Paleo swag into each of the three prize packages!

To enter this giveaway, just post something nice about Ready or Not! on social media (like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest) in the month of August 2017 using the hashtag #READYORNOTROCKS so we’ll be sure to see it! (To be eligible, please note that you’ll have to post publicly, as we won’t be able to see your private Facebook or Instagram posts.) We’ll diligently collect all of your social shares, and on September 1, 2017, we’ll randomly pick three winners. (Unfortunately, the Instant Pot won’t work outside of the U.S. and Canada, but if you’re a non-U.S. or non-Canadian Nomster and you’re picked as a winner, I’ll personally send you a $150 Amazon gift card instead!)

Okay—I gotta get going. Hope to see you at an upcoming signing!


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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