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Simple Healthy Eating

It can be easy, accessible and delicious.

If you were to ask anyone about my skills in the kitchen, you’d receive a laugh. I’m not into food so it’s been a learning journey feeding my family because I am in to healthy, easy meals that my whole family will eat together. You don’t have to be a master chef to make meals that are healthy and taste good! I find that keeping things simple allows my mind to stay clear and stress-free in areas where I don’t excel or find interesting. How could that philosophy apply in your life?

When I’m looking for culinary inspiration, I like to use Pinterest because I can search for the dietary needs of my family, see pictures and look at the reviews all in convenient little rectangles. If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it allows you to “pin” things you choose to different virtual Pin Boards that you can refer back to later, which is especially helpful when you need to refer back to recipes.

Crock pot dump recipes are my go to when I know I won’t have time to cook in the evening. Today, on Taco Tuesday, I’m sharing my two favorite dump taco recipes that can be made vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free depending on your needs. What’s a dump recipe? As unappetizing as it sounds, it’s one where you dump all the ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on and let it cook until it’s time to eat. It doesn’t get any simpler.

Find the Chicken Taco recipe here.

Find the Lentil Taco recipe here.


To save time, use a pre-made taco seasoning.

Use corn tortillas or these egg wraps if you need a gluten-free option.

Use Violife Shreds if you need a vegan, dairy free cheese option. I like the mozzarella flavor.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you try either of these recipes! Happy, easy cooking my friends.

Peace, Jill

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Better Mornings Start at Night

How did you wake up this morning? Tired, hung over, refreshed, excited? Setting the tone for your day begins when you open your eyes. Which means, the way you close them the night before makes a difference.

This is more than a post about setting up your morning for success. It’s about setting up your night!

These are my five top tips.

  1. Register for your fitness or yoga class the night before. Setting the expectation that you will attend class helps you to stay in the appropriate mindset for actually making that class and not getting side-tracked. With many gyms and studios charging for no shows due to limited capacity, the ante has been upped even more to stay focused on your commitment to show up.
  2. Make a list. What’s on your priority list for the next day? Minimize the opportunity to become overwhelmed by listing what you want to accomplish. I like using the Calendar App on my smart phone to easily organize to-do’s for work and home.
  3. Clean Up. Don’t feel like doing the dishes or straightening the living room? Do it anyway. Waking up to a tidy house helps ensure you won’t be distracted by a full sink or a huge pile of laundry.
  4. Prep your meals & clothes. As a busy working mom, I hate to meal plan at the last minute because it often means less than healthy options. If you have a busy day, set up a crock pot meal or utilize grocery pick up so you’re not scrambling to feed yourself and your family. Pick your clothing the night before. Nothing is worse than wasting your precious morning time on indecision over your outfit!
  5. Listen to a guided meditation. Trouble falling asleep? Turn off the TV and harmful blue light in favor of a guided meditation. I use Insight Timer, a free smartphone app. There are meditations for almost every mood. I like to choose the Sleep Category and listen soothing meditations and bed time tales. If I happen to wake in the middle of the night, I’ll turn it on and be back asleep in no time.

Stay tuned for more blog posts that expand on this post, plus much more on mindful living. Good night friends. I hope this helps you feel more productive and clear in 2021. Peace- Jill Romano

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