About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

13 One Pot Comfort Meals

This post was sponsored by Foodie. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another recipe roundup with my friends at Foodie. This month, I chose to pull together some recipes that fall into my favorite meal category – only one pot/pan required. Things are busy around here and when I do find time to cook, the last thing I generally want to do is make a main dish, a couple of side dishes, etc to get a complete meal. That’s why I love these recipes. My definition of one pot/pan meals are any that combine lean protein, lots of veggies and some healthy carbs in one dish! What’s better than getting a balanced meal in every bite?!

Check out the 13 recipes I rounded up from some of my favorite bloggers:

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by Lindsay L, RD at Foodie.com


Anything catch your eye?

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What’s your favorite one pot meal? Leave me a link!


Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Shredded Beef)

Hi Friends!

Time for another delicious guest post! Today, my lovely friend Marisa is here to share a fabulous slow cooker recipe with you guys! I’ve fallen in love with Marisa’s blog Uproot From Oregon over the past year or so. She shares healthy, flavorful recipes and her pictures will leave you drooling. Case and point? Today’s recipe. I know my hubby would LOVE this in his burrito bowl on our homemade Chipotle nights!


Hi Lean Green Bean readers, Marisa from Uproot from Oregon here! I am happy to be guest posting while Lindsay is baby snuggling and enjoying her life with a newborn. Lindsay has always been a constant source of inspiration for weekly meal prep for me, and I wanted to share a new favorite of mine that can make a week of prepared eats even more exciting.

This Slow Cooker Shredded Beef (Barbacoa) is a riff off of her hubby’s favorite Chipotle Barbacoa bowls – and while I can’t deliver the goodness to her doorstep, I know this make-ahead recipe will be perfect for fall to winter meal prep in their household.

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On days at home when I know that I am super busy and going to be out later than usual, I throw a top notch meal into my crockpot. I finally pushed myself to buy a piece of meat that wasn’t chicken, and I am glad I took on the challenge.

I came home to a fantastic smelling apartment, and had leftovers for days that also froze perfectly for another crazy night. I recommend making the full recipe because you will want the leftovers (and you will snag bites of cold beef out of the fridge, which is totally not my character).

Instead of hitting up Chipotle, throw a roast in your slow cooker in the morning after blitzing the sauce together in the food processor or blender. I kill two birds with one stone and set my rice cooker to be done in the evening too, but frozen rice or rice that cooks in the microwave is a healthy quick option to make this a meal.

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The zesty cooking sauce that juices out from the shredded beef is incredibly flavorful and a bit spicy, and I like to tame it with lots of sautéed veggies & rice mixed in for a great burrito bowl or on top of lettuce (my heaven in a sentence). The spice is customizable by decreasing or increasing the amount of chipotle peppers – I would say this is currently mild to medium depending on the size of your peppers. Don’t forget cilantro, chopped tomato, and avocado for fresh and creamy notes and to dull the heat!

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Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Shredded Beef)

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro
  • ½ white onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 pounds beef roast
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 dried bay leaves

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the 3 chipotle peppers (removed from the can with some adobo sauce), cilantro, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, the juice of one lime, and the apple cider vinegar. Blend until almost smooth.
  2. Trim the fat off of the piece of beef and cut it into pieces if necessary to fit it into the bottom of your crockpot.
  3. Pour the homemade sauce on top and turn the meat once or twice so it is covered. Add 2 cups of water (it should cover the meat in liquid) and the bay leaves.
  4. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Mine was perfect at 9 hours but it depends on the heat of your crockpot. I recommend removing the meat from the crockpot a half hour to an hour before serving time to shred the meat and return it to the sauce to soak up more flavor.

I have a 4.5 quart slow cooker. I used a piece of beef labeled bottom round rump roast, but many different cuts will work: anything labeled shoulder or rump roast, round (top or bottom), or brisket will work.


Set It Forget It Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Barbacoa similar to Chipotles shredded beef Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Shredded Beef)
What do you like to make for dinner at the end of a long day? Does pasta sometimes feel like the only quick option?

Marisa Westbrook is a public health professional, nutrition enthusiast, and recipe blogger sharing healthy ideas for active lifestyles. Her blog Uproot from Oregon focuses on using wholesome ingredients, cooking from scratch and sharing her love of eating simpler, healthier foods. Visit her blog for healthy recipes, travel and restaurant recaps, and active lifestyle tips, or connect with her via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.


Cinnamon and Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

This post is sponsored by Pompeian. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi Friends!

Just popping in with a quick little snack idea for you! Sweet potato chips. I know these are nothing new. If fact, I make them all the time. However this time, I put a bit of a dessert spin on them!

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This month, as part of Pompeian’s Pantry Insider Program, I was sent some of their new Coconut Oil Spray. It’s just coconut oil, in a handy spray bottle. It has a high smoke point which makes it perfect for baking and also for using in things like marinating.

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Spraying the sweet potato slices with oil gives them a perfectly light coating, adds a subtle hint of coconut flavor and helps them crisp up nicely in the oven! Instead of just eating them plain, I sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for a bit of added sweetness and to kick things up another notch, I dipped them in vanilla yogurt!

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These are so easy they can hardly be considered a recipe, but here’s what I did:

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Cinnamon and Sugar Sweet Potato Chips
A lightly sweetened homemade chip that makes a great dessert or snack!

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling
  • Pompeian Coconut Oil spray
  • Vanilla yogurt for dipping (optional)

  1. Thinly slice the sweet potato using a mandolin or sharp knife.
  2. Place on a baking sheet and spray with coconut oil.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip the chips over, spray with oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook 5-10 minutes more, checking often to avoid burning.
  7. Serve with vanilla yogurt for dipping if desired.



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Hi Friends!

Have no fear, Bean Bytes is here. We’re delayed a day this week because we had to announce Elf4Health yesterday! Check out the post if you haven’t already signed up to join us! Now, on to what you may have missed last week.

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Tips and tricks:
5 Ways To Practice Mindful Eating Around The Holidays via The Foodie RD
Preparing Financially for Baby #2 via Our Freaking Budget

On fitness:
Shoulder Opening Yoga Sequence via Tina Reale Yoga
Returning From A Stress Fracture via Lattes and Laces
5 Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release via Love Life Surf

Good read:
On Being Authentic via Survive & Thrive


Good reads:
What 10 Pounds Taught Me via The Real Life RD
Lighten Up On Yourself via Almost Getting It Together
Is The Mirror Your True Reflection via Creating A Great Today
I Wake Up Before Dawn & It’s The Best Part Of My Day via Side of Sneakers

Tips and tricks:
Exercise Guilt? It’s Time For An Intervention via Feminine Muscle
Tips for Getting The Most Out of Online Training via Fit Knit Chick
How To Thrive In A Long Distance Relationship via Clean Eating Veggie Girl


Good reads:
3 Ways to Reinvent Yourself via Cotter Crunch
A Letter To My Son via Keep Calm and Carry On

Do you agree?
The Problem With If It Fits Your Macros via FitAspire

Tips and Tricks
7 Ways To Eat Healthy While Traveling via Love and Zest
17 Super Useful Links for Food Writers and Bloggers via Will Write For Food


How To Get Kids Interested In Running via Run To The Finish
Childhood Obesity Prevention: Stop Blaming & Start Acting via Thrive Personal Fitness
Yoga Poses for Tight Hip Flexors via Chickadee Says


Good reads:
6 Things That Will Change The Way You Think About Food via Nutrition Awareness
14 Tips For Understanding Diabetes via Fannetastic Food

Do you agree?
Don’t Push Yourself via Healthy Helper on Carla Birnberg

Complexes- A Killer Way To Torch Calories via Girls Gone Strong
Tips For Better Crossfit Recovery via The Sweet Life

Tear Jerker:
10 Things Your Mom Never Told You via Huff Post


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Whole Wheat Frozen Waffles
Roasted Acorn Squash Bolognese
Blueberry Walnut Coconut Chocolate Bark
Almond Latte Nut Butter
Black Bean Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Homemade Protein Powder
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Snack Bread
Healthy Baked Spring Rolls
Sunset Smoothie
Funky Monkey Pancakes 
Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes


Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
Easy Avocado Egg Bake
Butternut Black Bean Burgers
Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie
Gluten Free Apple Cider Pancakes


Breakfast Stuffed Arepas
Sriracha Cornbread Sausage Stuffing
Pumpkin Cranberry French Toast Rollups
Sweet Potato Rolls
Healthy One Pot Meals
Apple & Caramelized Onion Pretzel Stuffing
Gingerbread Latte
Homemade Hot Pockets
Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations
Slow Cooker Bacon Egg & Hashbrown Casserole
Pomegranate Molasses
Cinnamon Plantain Bread
Vegan Gingerbread Tofu Pudding


The Deep Dish Pancake 
Overnight Fireman’s Breakfast Casserole
Healthy Fruit and Cream Oatmeal
Beer Flax Bread
Lentil Rice Veggie Loaf


Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Thanksgiving Leftover Pumpkin Waffle Sandwiches
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
Paleo Ginger Spiced Pear Muffins
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls
Vegan Cranberry Corn Muffins
Soft & Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Baby Chase will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. We survived our first week home without daddy but definitely enjoyed having him home for the weekend! My parents and sister are coming into town at the end of the week to spend a little family time together before Thanksgiving.

Baby is doing well…eating like a champ and a pooping machine like his daddy. I’m finally starting to feel a bit better after a few rounds of antibiotics. Breastfeeding is still a challenge but we’re hanging in there. Baby even helped us kick off the week on the right foot by sleeping for 5 hours straight for the first time on Sunday night!

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He’s starting to spend a little more time awake during the day and opening his eyes more, which is awesome. He had a weight check last week and is up to 9 pounds, 12 oz. Like I said, he likes to eat icon smile Bean Bytes 115 He also had an ultrasound last week to check his kidneys since they were retaining fluid while I was pregnant. Everything looked good on that front which was a relief as well.

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We’re trying hard to get into a bit of a routine. One day last week I even got dressed! I upgraded from sweatpants to yoga pants and even added a scarf and earrings! It was a big day.

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3 Places Smart Women Get Stuck When It Comes To Emotional Eating
The Advances 7 Minute Workout
Why I’ve Stopped Reading Most Mom Blogs
How To Handle Picky Eaters
Revised Food Labels Still Won’t Tell The Whole Story
12 Universal Truths That Will Change Your Life For The Better
10 Healthy Egg Muffin Recipes
7 Rules For Feeding The Food Allergic Child
You Finished A Couch To 5K, Now What?
Creating Bad Eating Habits & How To Correct Them
8 Food Myths I Learned At Nutrition School
5 Minute Post-Workout Hair Trick
5 Signs Your Inspiration Is A Negative Trigger
5 Tips For Staying Fit When You Sit All Day
10 Ways To Make Your Oatmeal Creamier Without Milk
Simple Strategies Nutritionists Swear By
5 Secrets To Raising Successful Kids
Time Management For Bloggers
Dirty Dozen Food Additives
Artificial Food Coloring vs Natural Options
52 Myths Debunked In One Infographic
5 Ways To Love Your Body
I Don’t Speak Whine

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Don’t forget to check out the Elf4Health Challenge and join us if you haven’t already! This year there’s a solo option if you don’t have time to commit to being an elf but still want to participate in the daily challenges!


Elf4Health 2014

Hi Friends!

Elf For Health is back for another year and it’s time to kick things off!

Three years ago Elle of  According to Elle (formerly Nutritionella) and I started this challenge to promote health and wellness during the holidays, a time when healthy habits tend to fall to the wayside. In years past, all challenge participants were paired up as elves to support and encourage each other during the holidays.

We recognize this is an especially busy time of year and not everyone can commit to having an elf, so this year you’ll have the option of having an elf assigned to you, or participating solo. Regardless of whether you want your very own elf or choose the solo route, all elves are welcome to join our awesome community on Facebook, as well as by using the #elf4health hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Here are all the details about what the challenge entails and how to sign up!

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Introducing the Elf for Health Holiday Challenge! This is a four week challenge that will run from the Monday November 24th thru December 21, 2013. The challenges fall into 4 different categories: Food, Fitness, For You & For Others. There will be daily tasks, daily winners, prizes, weekly newsletters, and a Facebook group for support.

And are you ready for the best part? You’ll have an elf to support and encourage you! When you sign up, you will also be committing to be an elf for someone in return. Over the course of the challenge, you will have two different elves.

Sounds like a great way to stay motivated and meet new people over the holidays doesn’t it?! Since this challenge is internet based, anyone can participate… no matter where you’re located! All you need is access to the internet and an email address.

So what does an Elf do?

Elf Duties

As an Elf, you are expected to support your assigned buddy with their holiday health goals and the daily challenges. Elves & buddies will be reassigned after 2 weeks so that hopefully you get to meet 2 new people! You are only asked to email your buddy 2 times per week:

  • Monday: Send your buddy an email to help them with the challenges for that week. Ideas of things to include/attach: your own personal tips & tricks, inspiring words and/or images, a new, healthy recipe or workout to try.
  • Thursday – Saturday: Any time during these days, check in with your buddy! For example, ask them if they tried a new recipe, workout, or had fun with any certain challenges. Feel free to tell them how you did with your challenges, too!

Anything more than those 2 emails is up to you but feel free to go above and beyond this to show your support! Just a few ideas: send your buddy Tweets, shout outs on our Facebook Page, email a fun workout you liked or send a hand written recipe or note.

Important Dates

  • *Friday, November 21st at 11:59pm EST: sign up deadline
  • Sunday, November 23rd: Round 1 Elf assignments emailed
  • Monday, November 254h – Sunday, December 7th: Round 1
  • Sunday, December 7th: Round 2 Elf assignments emailed; Round 1 “Best Elf” winners chosen
  • Monday, December 8th – Sunday, December 21st: Round 2
  • Sunday, December 21st: Round 1 “Best Elf” & participant grand prize winners chosen

*If you missed the initial sign up deadline, you can still participate:

  • Sign up before December 5th for Round 2

Not clear about something? Email Elle or Lindsay!


We have some fabulous prizes from some of our favorite companies to give to the winners.

  • 2 prizes for “Best Elf”, one awarded at the end of each round
  • 1 grand prize for best participant awarded at the end of the challenge determined by participation, hashtagging and being an awesome Elf.

There will be a daily challenge winner chosen each day. Daily winners will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize!

Best elf prizes will given based on participation and nomination. If you love your elf, let us know so we can consider them for a Best Elf prize. Best Elf prizes will be awarded at the end of each round.

Prizes will be provided by our 2014 Challenge Sponsors:
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Prize packs will include 3 months of meal planning from Cook Smarts, beautiful workout gear from Sweaty Betty, hemp seed protein powder from Manitoba Harvest, and more from Swanson Health, Love Grown Foods, Nuttzo, Cabot Cheese, and Sizzlefish.

** Unfortunately, due to shipping costs, only USA residents are eligible to win prizes. But we’d still love to have you participate, even if you’re from somewhere else!**

Still with me?

Challenge Calendar

If so, you’re probably wondering what the daily challenges are, right? Here’s a nice square image that you can save on the lock screen of your phone to remind you of the challenges!

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You can see more detailed descriptions on the calendar below and we’ll expand even more on the challenges in each weekly newsletter. See below for a printable list! Print it out and hang it somewhere to remind you participate, or add it to your Google calendar!

Sign Up

Want to sign up?! Fill out the form below.

We will be sending out a weekly newsletter reminding you of the weekly challenges so look out for a confirmation email to confirm your participation & newsletter subscription. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, check your spam box. If you still can’t find a confirmation email, let one of us (Elle or Lindsay) know ASAP and we’ll add you to the list.

Elf4Health Sign Up Form

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Make sure you’re following us for the latest updates, daily challenge reminders and winner announcements by social media.

Don’t forget to join the Elf for Health Facebook group, too! We’ll be posting pictures and updates there too.
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Info Pages

We’ll both have Elf for Health info pages up and running on our blogs if you’re looking for the calendar of daily challenges, the sign up form, important dates etc…
Whew! I think that’s everything! Let me know if you have questions! We’re excited to have lots of you join us for a happy, healthy holiday season!