Dashing Devotional~ What are You Thinking About!?!

September 14th, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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Have you ever spent a portion of your life thinking about things that you wish you could change? Most likely the answer is yes, and you are certainly not alone! We all have days when we feel particularly ‘discontent’ about certain things.

As women, I truly believe one of the greatest areas of discouragement generally relates to our image. Whether it be about a body part that we wish we could change, ‘wishing’ we could look better, or even more like someone else…I’m sure most of us women have had thoughts relating to such things.

Now, before I go any further I want to clarify that I am not talking about setting ‘goals’ to improve or to become healthy. However, I am talking about thinking about your appearance to a point where you are letting it steal your peace or happiness. We must realize that these types of thoughts are a strategic way that the enemy tries to get us distracted from our purpose and to steal peace and joy from our daily lives.

Don’t believe me?!? Just stop for a moment and think about the type of ‘thoughts’ that play in your head when you think about your body or appearance. Now imagine if you never had a thought like that again. EVER. Do you realize how much joy, peace, and freedom you would have knowing that you would never have to waste another moment of  another day worrying about that thing that used to plague you.

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What can be Found in the Dashing Dish Pantry?

September 10th, 2012 - Announcements, Articles

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You may have noticed that Dashing Dish recipes are unique and different from almost any other recipe. What makes them different is that I create each recipe based on my personal philosophy of cooking…It has to be simple, healthy, and use ingredients that are already in your pantry.

The recipes on this website are one of a kind in that there is no added sugar, butter, or flour in any of them. In fact, the majority of my recipes are gluten free, sugar free, whole grain recipes that are high in fiber and protein. All of these components have been proven to keep you satisfied and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight for life!

Most of my recipes are listed as  ‘Clean Eating’, which simply means that I use foods in their most natural state, and don’t include any processed ingredients. One example of this is that I use whole grain oats in my baked goods rather than white or whole wheat flour, (which is essentially a whole grain that has beens stripped of it’s nutrition in a factory).

Here’s What You Will Find in My Pantry, and in Dashing Dish Recipes:

  • Protein Sources: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Egg Whites, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Protein Powder
  • Veggies: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Squash, Green Beans, Onions, Sweet Potatoes
  • Fruit: Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Bananas
  • Whole Grain Sources: Old Fashioned Oats, High Fiber Pasta, High Fiber Wrap Bread, Ezekiel or Whole Grain Bread
  • Healthy Fat Sources: Avocado, Nuts, Nut Butters
  • Sweeteners: Stevia, Honey, Agave, (I also always give an option and measurement to use sweetener of choice that measures like sugar)

My number one goal is that my recipes are not only enjoyable to your palate, but to your whole body as well! Hope you enjoy!

 

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Top 20 Fall Inspired Recipes to Start off The Season!

September 6th, 2012 - Announcements, Articles, Inspiration

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Ok, so it’s not quite fall yet, but I have already noticed the desire for fall recipes is on the rise! It’s no surprise to me, I mean what’s not to love about the warm spices, comfort foods, and seasonal flavors of fall!?! So, to get everyone ready for this fabulous season, I thought I’d do a quick fall recipe re-cap to start this time of year off right! I  have included the 20 most popular fall inspired recipes from the previous year on Dashing Dish! Enjoy!

         

         

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How-to Put Together a Healthy Lunch Box For Back To School

August 28th, 2012 - Food News, How-To, Inspiration

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A Well-Rounded Lunch Box Includes:

  • Whole Grains (Examples: High fiber wrap, pita, or sliced bread with at least 3 g fiber per serving, (I like LaTortilla wraps, Brownberry protein and health-full bread, and Ezekiel brand wraps and bread. Other ideas include whole grain cereal in a ziplock, high fiber pasta, or a Dashing Dish muffin!)
  • Lean Protein (Examples: Low sugar Greek yogurt, lean deli meat, cheese sticks, thinly sliced cheese slices, hard boiled egg, or chicken or tuna salad.)
  • Veggie/Fruit (Examples: apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, bananas, sliced red peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, etc.)
  • Healthy Fat (Examples: Small portion of nuts, hummus, or even olive oil based mayo or avocado on their sandwich. You don’t have to focus too much on incorporating a healthy fat, as many foods have at least some fat in them, like cheese or the yolk of a hardboiled egg for example! )

Other Tips for Preparing a Lunch Box:

  • It’s great to get kids involved in making their lunches! It gives them a sense of independence as well as sparking an interest in learning healthy habits at a young age! These habits will most likely carry them through life, so any time you can get kids in the kitchen to cook with you is truly a wise investment!
  • I have found in my own life that it is best to prepare lunches on the weekend, (I sometimes will prepare as many as a week’s worth of lunches on Sunday night!) or the night before. This prevents any feelings of being overwhelmed in the morning!
  • Leftovers often make great lunches as well and prevent any unnecessary wasting of food!

Need Inspiration? Check out the ‘Kid Friendly Recipes’ section of Dashing Dish!

 

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Month Two Meal Plans are Now Available!

August 27th, 2012 - Announcements

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I am excited to share that the New Month Two Meal Plan is now available! This meal plan has the same general layout as month one, which features a whole new month of new recipes, (there are even some of the best membership recipes included!) This meal plan is available for one, two, and four people in the form of individual weeks, and a complete month!

Month two can be found by clicking on the meal plan of your choice, and clicking on the drop down month two.

After doing a poll on month one meal plans, I made a few modifications on these! They have no leftovers or dinners out, and are filled all my favorite ‘clean’ and delicious Dashing Dish Recipes plus never before seen recipes!

The Dashing Dish meal plans feature a week or a month’s worth (depending on which one you choose) of unique & fresh recipes, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & desserts. It features a weekly grocery list & calendar to keep you organized!

I received tons of great feedback from month one meal plans, be sure to check out the testimonials if you are interested!

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Dashing Devotional Video~ Change from the Inside Out!

August 21st, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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“As a man thinks in his heart so is he” ~ Proverbs 23:7

This verse tells us that what we believe in our hearts about ourselves will inevitably be what we become. So, how do we change what we believe in our hearts about ourselves, and in turn become what God wants us to be? Renewing our minds to who HE says we are, and what HE says we can do, will change what we believe about ourselves, and will ultimatley shape who we become!  I hope this dashing devotional video helps you learn some simple steps on renewing your mind!

Link to 30 Day Dashing Devotional with Prayer. (Please note, this prayer is a great place to start, however I would encourage you guys to write your personal prayer own as the Lord leads you!)

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Has Anybody Told You Your Beautiful?!?

August 17th, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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I heard this song yesterday and KNEW I had to share it! It touched the very core of my soul as I listened to the words….I pray it does the same for you! You are truly beautiful because you are unique, one of a kind, and were created for a purpose that only YOU can fulfill!  You are so very precious to the Lord!!!

This song was written from the perspective of how the Lord views each one of us. I pray God renews your mind to this truth as you meditate on the words to this beautiful song by Nicole Nordeman.

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The Daily Dish~ Moving Time & A BIG Announcement!

August 9th, 2012 - Announcements, Daily Dish

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Hey everyone! I pray everyone is having a blessed week so far! I am finally feeling ‘settled’ in after our big move, so I thought I’d share some of the photos of our rental home, and tell you the crazy story behind this move!

I also want to share an awesome opportunity that God brought my way… So, here we go!

Here is a picture of our one bedroom apartment that we have lived in for the past three years! It was hard to say goodbye, as it was our very first place as a married couple, but I knew it would be so nice to have more space! (It was getting to the point where I was running out of places to ‘hide’ things. I even had food stored in my laundry room!)

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Run the Race with Patient Endurance! Don’t Give Up!

August 2nd, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” ~ Hebrews 10:36

God has really been speaking to me about patience lately. Although I believe it applies to many different areas of my life, one of the most common areas that I believe that impatience gets a lot of people (including myself at times), is in the area weight loss or overall health/fitness goals.

We all know that it takes time to put weight on, and it usually happens so slowly that it seems to ‘creep’ up on people. When people get ‘out of shape’ it doesn’t just happen over night, but is most likely a combination of getting too little activity, and poor food choices over time. The problem arises when this behavior forms into ‘habits’ that we don’t even realize have formed.

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Zucchini & Summer Squash Recipe Round-Up!

July 23rd, 2012 - Announcements, Food News

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Hello Zucchini & Squash Season! If you have zucchini and squash in abundance right now, you are not alone! Check out these zucchini I just recently received from a friend!

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