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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Holiday tips:
A Quick Start Guide To Getting Ready For Christmas via Freeing Imperfections
7 Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies via Katie Serbinski

Get happy:
How To Tap Into Your Most Joyous Self via The Foodie Dietitian

For parents:
I Can’t Understand You When You’re Whining via Love Life Surf

4 Foods I’ve Changed My Mind About via Real Mom Nutrition

Important if you’re gonna do this:
How To Count Macros Without Losing Your Mind via Brittany Lesser

Wake up!
8 Tips For Feeling More Awake In The Morning via The Daily Muse


Holiday Tips:
12 Ways To De-Stress During The Holidays via Jill Conyers
9 Secrets To Maintaining Your Wasitline During the Holidays via The Lemon Bowl

Love these:
What I’m About via Fitting It All In
Why I Take Notes When My Kids Play via Raising Healthy Eaters
What To Say When People Undermine Your Healthy Eating Choices via Greatist


Tips and Tricks:
How To Start A Blog In 5 Simples Steps via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
How To Have A Guilt Free Holiday Season via An Avocado A Day
How We’re Saving Money On Christmas Shopping via Our Freaking Budget
How To Stay Active While Traveling via Fannetastic Food

Lots of good points to consider:
September 2014 Income Report via Back To Her Roots
Running & Weightloss – What Happens When It Stops Working via Run To The Finish
Do You Think You Deserve To Be Happy via Mom’s Little Running Buddies
7 Simple Shifts That Will Make You A Happier Person via The Muse

Love this idea:
How To Start A Cookbook Club via Living Well Kitchen


Great roundup:
Quick 10 Minute Workouts via Itz Linz

Tips and Tricks:
Simple Kitchen Hacks via A Healthy Slice of Life
How To Freeze Thanksgiving Leftovers via Savvy Eats
My 10 Favorite Kitchen Tricks via Real Mom Nutrition
How To Maintain Your Sanity and Waistline This Holiday Season via Musselfit

Do you agree?
Why Do We Seem Programmed To Just Quit and Move On via It’s Progression
Let’s Ban Working Mom From Our Vocabulary via Daily Muse


No Excuses:
Do Anywhere Workout Roundup via Fitfluential

Great idea:
Thanksgiving Tree via Yes I Want Cake

Should Parents Help Their Adult Children Financially via Our Freaking Budget

Good tips:
11 Social Media Tips You Need To Know via The Muse


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Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest
Savory Waffle Eggs Benedict
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Baked Snickerdoodle Donut Holes
60 Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Gingerbread Mini Bundt Cakes
Honey Mandarin Salmon with Almond Crust
Almond Flour Gluten-Free Pie Crust
Pecan Sticky Buns
Sweet Potato Hummus with Cinnamon Flatbread
Buddha Bowl With Cashew Cream


51 Easy Healthy 3 Ingredient Meals
Harvest Veggie Salad with Chili Sesame Sauce
Cheesy Turban Squash Dip
Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco
Peppermint Black Bean Brownies
30 Easy Healthy College Dorm Room Snacks
Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake
White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake
Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake


Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese
15 Minute Puff Pastry
Sweet & Spicy Breakfast Hash
Udon Bowls with 5 Spice Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Gluten-Free Shrimp Pho with Miso
Paleo Apple Pie Bars
21 Healthy and Portable Energy Boosting Snacks
Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies


Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Bake
Slow Cooker Pear and Sausage Stuffing
Mac and Cheese in a Mug
60 Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
Chewy Milk Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Baked Green Bean Fries with Balsamic Yogurt Dip
Sweet Potato Cheesecake Crumble Muffins
Spiked Apple Cider


Loaded Turkey Panini 
Cranberry Cider Punch
Buckwheat Dutch Baby with Cranberry Sauce
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bars
Bacon Wrapped Pears with Goat Cheese


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Lots of baby love. Little man enjoyed his third week of life. My parents came into town on Wednesday and my sister flew in Friday to meet her nephew for the first time.

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They’re all smitten. Can you blame them? It was so nice to have the whole family together for a few days. They were so helpful around the house and I was able to get a bit of extra sleep, which is nice because I seem to still be battling whatever infection I’ve had for the past 2.5 weeks. Plus they got to soak up some time with their grandbaby.

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We also got several inches of snow, which was not nice. I’m not ready for winter.

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Hard to believe this little squish will be a month old on Wednesday. He melts my heart!

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Does it get any cuter than a baby in a vest? I think not.

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We’re talking Facebook instead of Twitter this week. I’ve been using the save function on Facebook, but rarely get around to actually reading the articles. I finally went through and checked them out. Here are some good ones:

For the parents:

What It Really Means To Be A Little Boy’s Mama
10 Things I Want My Daughter To Know About Working Out
9 Things Every Parent With An Anxious Child Should Try
A Letter To My Pre-Mom Self
Things I Learned About Having A Newborn
It’s Their Day Too
25 Ways To Ask Your Kids “How Was School Today”
10 Things Moms Of Boys Must Do
9 Things We Should Get Rid Of To Help Our Kids
Meals- It’s Not About The Food
There’s Nothing Wrong With The Mommy Track
If My Child Marries Yours
Why Getting Your Kid Into College Should Be The Least Of Your Concerns
On Motherhood and Sleepless Nights
What Not To Say To A Dad With 4 Kids
Why Must You Ask- Is She A Good Baby?
There’s No Such Thing As Work Life Balance
18 Non-Toy Gifts For Kids
Our Mommy Problems
The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up


There’s No Off In This Season
I Quit Liking Things On Facebook, Here’s What Changed
How To Find The Courage To Walk Away From Money and Security
The Difference Between Praise and Feedback
50 Things About Millennials That Make Corporate America Sh*t Its Pants
The Myth Of The Maxxinista
45 Things That Will Irritate You More Than They Should
Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap To The Poor
What Do Fit Women Want? Strong or Skinny?
Food Babe Visits My University
33 Ways To Organize Small Things
45 Ultimate Tips For Men
16 Things Unemotional Women Will Understand
10 Awesome Perks of Getting Married Really Young
The Cost Of Getting Lean: Is It Really Worth The Tradeoff



Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 91

Hi Friends!

We got a little bit of food prep done over here last weekend. Not much, but in my opinion, anything is better than nothing!

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I made a batch of Quinoa Breakfast Bars for hubby to eat during the week and a batch of PB Banana Oat Muffins for me to snack on. I also prepped some veggies for snacking!

Here’s what some of you prepped last week:

Amy at Healthy Hungry Happy – 

This is all food I prepped, then froze to use throughout the next week or so. Just started doing lots of freezer meals it’s really nice and convenient!

Clockwise from the too left :
Whole wheat pancakes for my two year old (and sometimes me)
Elk meat and black bean burritos for quick lunches
Slow cooker turkey bolognese- I plan on having with spaghetti squash
Slow cooker Greek chicken breasts- I’ll prep some quinoa with this
Pulled pork- cooked in the slow cooker. I’ll thaw it when we need some for lunches or quick BBQ dinner.
Paleo pumpkin muffins- I like to freeze these then take out a couple at a time so I don’t eat the whole bag at once icon smile Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 91

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Laura –

This week I’ve prepared snacks in the hope of making better choices when I’m grazing.

Included in the pic are:

  • Apple crisps
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Chia Seed Pudding, one vanilla, one raspberry
  • Cucumber slices with mint and olive oil
  • Dates
  • Almonds

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Amanda –

Starting from the top right corner:

– Washed and dried blueberries for smoothies and breakfast this week
– Made chicken sausage, butternut squash and kale soup (from Mountain Mama Cooks) for dinner tonight and leftovers during the week!
– Hard boiled eggs (quick snacks for me and the hubby
– Washed and chopped strawberries for breakfast, snacks, or smoothies
– Baked pumpkin spice energy bars for snacks (from Mountain Mama Cooks again…she’s got some great recipes!). I’ve been making these each week and they’re a huge hit in our house. Might have to stock up on pumpkin butter before it disappears from the TJ’s shelves!
– Washed and chopped bell peppers for lunches, dinners, or a quick snack with some hummus
– Made warm lentil salad for lunches this week (from Simply Stacie)

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Dani at Dani California Cooks

While I travel for work most weeks, it doesn’t make sense to do too much food prep, but I do love taking pre-made breakfast items with me. So I posted about my Single Serving Baked Chia Banana Oatmeal.

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Sheryl –

Weekly prep!
Top left- Ezekiel bread portioned out. Roasted yellow squash/zucchini. Cooked lean ground beef. Sautéed mushrooms and extra zucchini.

Top right- veggie frittata (6 servings. 20% egg, 80% egg white), bagged sliced cucumbers

Bottom left- Steel cut oats

Bottom right- paleo spaghetti squash pie. (Dinner/lunch for a few days)

Not shown – slow cooker carnitas

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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

15 Freezer Meals & Snacks
Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep

How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?


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:

Check out 13 One Pot Comfort Meals

by Lindsay L, RD at


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.