Crockpot Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

My number one most popular recipe on this blog is the Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin and for good reason, it is easy (hello, crockpot) and insanely good. However, I have pretty much kicked refined sugar to the curb and I wanted to make a 21 Day Fix friendly version. After a little experimentation I came up with a new twist on the old favorite and, trust me, it is JUST as good!

Ingredients: 

1-2 lb pork tenderloin
2 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 – 1/2 cup of water (use 1/4 if you have a 1lb tenderloin, 1/2 if it is 2 lbs)

For the glaze:

3 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)

Directions:

Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl. Prepare loin by trimming any fat and patting dry with paper towels. Rub the sage mixture over all sides of the pork. Place in crock pot with 1/4-1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

About 1 hour before roast is done, whisk together ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush the pork with the glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

6-10 servings. 21 Day Fix: measure out with your red container and count as one red serving.

This is fabulous served with brussels sprouts and mashed cauliflower.

See printable recipe card below.

21 Day Fix Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork

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Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
Crockpot Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
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Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
Crockpot Maple and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Prepare loin by trimming any fat and patting dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the sage mixture over all sides of the pork. Place in crock pot with 1/4-1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. About 1 hour before roast is done, whisk together ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens.
  5. Brush the pork with the glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
Recipe Notes

This is fabulous with brussels sprouts and mashed cauliflower.

21 Day Fix: measure out with your red container and count as one red serving

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Mexican Lasagna

 

21 Day Fix Mexican Lasagna

 

This Mexican Lasagna is 21 Day Fix approved, super easy, delicious and family friendly. What’s not to love? This fed our family for a couple days and will be a new addition to our rotation for sure!

Ingredients:

1 red and 1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 lb ground turkey
3 tbsp 21 day fix southwest seasoning
6 blue containers shredded cheese
2 red containers refried beans
2 small cans diced chilies, drained
2 tsp evoo
12 corn tortillas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat oil in large skillet. Add peppers and onions and cook until tender. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add the meat to the skillet and brown until almost done. Add chilies and finish cooking through. Add cooked peppers and onions, southwest seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Spray 9×13″ pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with 6 tortillas. Top with 1 red container refried beans. Top with 1/2 of the meat mixture. Layer the remaining 6 tortillas, the remaining refried beans and the remaining meat mixture. Top with shredded cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings. 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue.

Serve with salsa and Greek yogurt.

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole is super yummy and makes BIG portions! It can easily be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge until ready to bake. Take it out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before you are ready to bake it. Leftovers are delish and this is an all around perfect meal for the whole family. It is also 21 Day Fix approved!

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole 21 Day Fix

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tsp olive or coconut oil
1 lb raw chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
6 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 cup milk (or almond milk)
1.5 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

While quinoa is cooking, heat oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until almost translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-hight and add the cubed chicken. Stir in spices and saute until cooked through. Transfer to a large bowl.

While chicken is cooking, steam or boil the broccoli until crisp-tender. Do not overcook the broccoli as it will soften further in the oven. Add the broccoli to the bowl with the chicken along with the cooked quinoa.

In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 tbsp flour and 1/4 cup milk. Place over medium heat and add the remaining 3/4 cup milk. Heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese.

Pour sauce over chicken mixture and stir until ingredients are combined and evenly coated. Add to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the additional cheese over the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven an allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6
21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue

 

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole 21 Day Fix

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Broccoli and Bacon Penne with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Broccoli and Bacon Penne with Cauliflower Alfredo - 21 Day Fix Approved

I saw a post recently for cauliflower Alfredo sauce and I thought, hmmm, I’ve already had success with cauliflower pizza crust and cauliflower mash so why not, right? Do you ever think we are going to look back at our cauliflower and kale obsession and be like WHY? Ha. But, for now, I am going to take every chance I can get to sneak extra veggies into my meals. I took a couple different recipes and changed them up to be 21 Day Fix approved. After trying it over plain noodles, I thought it could use some texture and flavor so I came up with this broccoli and bacon penne loaded up with the cauliflower alfredo and it was AWESOME (leftovers were also terrific when reheated).

Ingredients:

For the Alfredo Sauce:
8 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
5-6 cups cauliflower florets
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup vegetable broth

For the pasta:
8 oz whole grain or quinoa pasta
2 cups broccoli florets
8 slices nitrate free turkey bacon

Directions:

For the Alfredo sauce:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 7-10 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Drain and set aside.

While the cauliflower is cooking, saute the garlic in the olive oil over low heat. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant, being careful not to overcook or brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Transfer the cauliflower, and garlic/olive oil to a blender. Add the vegetable broth, milk, salt and pepper. Blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Add additional broth as needed to reach the desired consistency.

This makes roughly 5 cups of sauce. Extra sauce can be refrigerated or frozen.

For the pasta:
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and place in a large bowl.  Cook the broccoli until fork tender, chop, and add to bowl. Cook the bacon according to package instructions, chop, and add to bowl. Add in desired amount of cauliflower Alfredo sauce and mix to combine until you reach the desired consistency. Serve immediately.

This would also be amazing with some parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!

Servings: 4
21 Day Fix: 1 yellow, 1/2 red, 1 green

Broccoli and Bacon Penne with Cauliflower Alfredo

 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad - 21 Day Fix Approved

I combined several different recipes together to create this “deconstructed” bacon cheeseburger salad with a creamy dijon dressing. It sounded delicious in my head but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out… well, I LOVED it! It totally satisfied my cheeseburger craving PLUS gave me an extra serving of greens which is definitely better than a side of fries! Plus, it is completely 21 Day Fix approved.

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Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef (preferably grass-fed, organic)
6 slices uncured, nitrate-free, turkey bacon
1 small (or 1/2 large) red onion, finely diced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4-6 cups salad mix
1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
1.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook turkey bacon in a large skillet. When done, remove from pan and allow it to cool slightly before dicing. Dice the turkey bacon and set aside.

Add the beef to the skillet and cook, breaking up the meat, until brown and cooked through. Drain the meat, if needed, and return to pan. Add turkey bacon, onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and tomatoes to the skillet. Stir to combine, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

While the meat is simmering, prepare the salad dressing. Combine yogurt, mustard, and vinegar in a bowl, mixing well with a fork or whisk. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly, until blended. Season with salt, if desired.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the meat, recover for a few minutes, and allow the cheese to melt.

Divide greens and top with meat mixture and dressing and serve immediately.

Servings: 4-6
For 21 Day Fix: portion out the greens with your green container (roughly 1 cup), the meat mixture with your red container (roughly 3/4 cup) and the dressing with your orange container (you may only need 1/2 of the orange container worth of dressing).
1 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 (or 1/2) orange

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad - 21 Day Fix Approved Bacon Cheeseburger Salad - 21 Day Fix Approved

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Mashed Cauliflower – 21 Day Fix Approved

This clean recipe for mashed cauliflower is creamy and delicious, containers NO butter, and can be whipped up for a last minute side dish. Plus, it is 21 Day Fix approved.

Mashed Cauliflower

Ingredients:

16 oz cauliflower florets
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
2 tbsp goat cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cook cauliflower until tender. Drain, return to pan, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Add cauliflower, Greek yogurt, goat cheese, and garlic powder to a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy.

Top with fresh ground pepper.

Depending on the size of your cauliflower, makes 2-4 servings.

21 Day Fix: portion out with your green container, I don’t worry about counting anything for the cheese or yogurt since it is such a small amount

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Veggie Egg Muffins

Veggie Egg Muffins

These veggie egg muffins should be called kitchen sink egg muffins because you can put in so many different vegetables in them. It is a great way to use up any veggies you have that may be about to turn. They are great to make ahead for a healthy, grab-and-go breakfast all week long. Store them in the fridge and reheat in the microwave for about 45 seconds and you are good to go!

Ingredients:

12 eggs
3 cups chopped fresh veggies/herbs (spinach, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, green onions, cilantro, basil etc.)
1 tsp all purpose seasoning
1.5 cups shredded cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray (I’m not sure if it is just my old muffin tins but I have had issues with them sticking – I get MUCH better results when using silicone muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray).

Chop up the veggies you want to use. Crack the eggs into a bowl (if you have a bowl with a spout, even better), add seasoning, and beat well. Dump in the veggies and cheese and stir to combine. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin tin.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are cooked and no longer runny.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Reheat for 45 seconds in the microwave.

Makes 6 servings, 2 muffins per serving.

21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1/2 green, 1 blue (if using cheese)

 

Delicious option: use chopped broccoli for your veggies and cheddar cheese – YUM

Broccoli Cheese and Egg Muffin Cups

 

Veggie Egg Muffins

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35 Healthy Snack Ideas – 21 Day Fix Approved

Healthy Snack Ideas for 21 Day Fix

 

Are you looking for clean and healthy snack ideas? Here is a list of my favorite snacks that are all 21 day fix approved!

  • Apple and nut butter
    1 purple, 1-2 tsps

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Mixed fresh fruit and unsalted nuts (i.e., raspberries and almond slivers, blackberries and pistachios)
    1 purple, 1 orange

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Baked apple (core and cut in half, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 400 for 15 mins)
    1 purpleHealthy Snack Ideas
  • Apple and cheese slices
    1 purple, 1 blue
  • Apple with PB and Greek yogurt dip – Mix 2 tsps PB with 1 red container yogurt
    1 purple, 1 red, 2 tsps

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Stealcut oatmeal with unsweetened, shredded coconut, drizzle of maple syrup
    1 yellow, 1 orange
  • Whole grain waffle with almond butter
    1 yellow, 1-2 tsps
  • Whole grain waffle with Greek yogurt and berries
    1 yellow, ½ red, ½ purple

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • PB and 1/2 a banana on whole grain toast
    1 yellow, 1 purple, 1-2 tsps

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Whole grain toast with spreadable goat cheese and sliced tomatoes (add fresh basil for extra yumminess)
    1 yellow, 1 blue (½ green)

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Whole grain toast with smashed avocado and Sriracha
    1 yellow, 1 blue

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Baked sweet potato with cinnamon
    1 yellow

Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Cheese quesadilla – shredded cheese on whole grain or corn tortilla (optional add pico de gallo and/or Greek yogurt)
    1 yellow, 1 blue (1 green, 1 red)
  • Ricotta cheese and fruit, drizzle of maple syrup (optional add unsweetened granola)
    1 red, 1 purple (1/2 yellow)Healthy Snack Ideas
  • Greek yogurt and fruit
    1 red, 1 purple
  • Hard boiled eggs, top with Dijon or Sriracha
    1 red
  • Deviled eggs – mix yolks with Greek yogurt and mustard
    1 red for 4 halvesHealthy Snack Ideas
  • Tuna on whole grain crackers topped with hot sauce
    1 red, 1 yellow
  • Cottage cheese
    1 red
  • Shakeology
    1 red

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • 1 slice nitrate-free lunch meat, 1 slice cheese rolled up with mustard
    1 red, 1 blue
  • Handful unsalted nuts
    1 blue

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Avocado drizzled with balsamic
    1 blue

    Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Cheese and whole grain crackers
    1 blue, 1 yellow
  • Cucumbers or carrots and hummus
    1 green, 1 blue
  • Cucumber slices topped with hummus, roasted red pepper and feta
    1 green, 1 blue

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Red pepper slices with goat cheese
    1 green, 1 blue

    Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, drizzled with balsamic
    1 green, 1 blue
  • Tomatoes and avocado with a squeeze of lime juice
    1 green, 1 blue
  • Veggies and Greek yogurt Ranch dip
    1 green, 1 red

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Veggies and Tzatziki dip
    1 green, 1 red
  • Veggies and Baba Ghanoush
    2 greens

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Kale chips
    1 green
  • Celery and PB
    1 green, 1-2 tsps

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New Year New You Challenge Group

I love new year in the same way that I appreciate a Monday … it is a FRESH start, a clean slate. This year I am super excited for my New Year New You online health and fitness accountability group. I have not been as strict over the holiday season as I have been in the past and I, for one, am ready for the fresh start!

New Year New You

 

I started my health and fitness journey with the 21 Day Fix in June of 2014 and I can’t even begin to express how shocked I am that I have stuck it out this far! I have NEVER stuck to a “diet” or exercise program for more than a couple months. What I found out, is that the 21 Day Fix is more about a lifestyle change than dieting. I have completely changed my thoughts about healthy eating and have learned a TON of info along the way… info that I want to pass along to YOU!

I have been through a lot of ups and downs in my journey and I completely understand that the struggle is REAL. BUT, there is a way to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable manner. We can all do a crazy meal plan and drop some weight but learning how to MAINTAIN that weight loss is what is key. It is all about balance, learning to eat healthy the majority of the time and allowing ourselves to indulge just a little bit.

If you are ready to make a change I would LOVE to help you! Contact me if you would like more info and let’s chat! christina@burnthismamadown.com

 

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21 Day Fix Approved Chicken Enchiladas

These 21 Day Fix approved chicken enchiladas are simple and delicious! Mexican is my downfall and I looooove enchiladas. I have made tons of chicken enchilada recipes over the years but, recently, I went looking for one that was simple, 21 day fix approved, and tasted great. This is what I came up with and hubs and I both thought they were amazing! Enjoy!

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21 Day Fix Approved Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (for 21 day fix use 4 red containers worth)
15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
4 oz can of green chilis, drained
8 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (for 21 day fix use 1 red container worth)
2 tsp Southwest seasoning
10 corn tortillas
Shredded cheese (for 21 day fix use 5 blue containers worth)
1 jar good quality enchilada sauce (check ingredients, I used Trader Joe’s)
Cilantro, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine chicken, beans, chilis, tomatoes, yogurt and seasoning in a large bowl. Heat tortillas in the microwave before assembling. Add chicken mixture to each tortilla, roll up, and place in baking dish seam side down. Pour enchilada sauce over enchiladas so that all of the tortillas are covered. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Serves: 5, 2 enchiladas per serving.
21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, and 1 blue per serving

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