Iwantwellness.co, Soon-to-be, ledtoshare.com

So here we are, 2021 and I feel like I haven’t written a blog in years. Lucky for you, it hasn’t been that long. Lucky for me, y’all are still here. (Thanks!)

So first things first, the name change. I’ve realized that as much as I don’t want to get rid of iwantwellness.co and everything that comes with it, that I do want to change it all, at least to a point.

Yes, I still want wellness. Always.

But I want to share what’s on my heart, more. You will still see food posts as I cannot resist. You will see lots of God, my favorite verses and songs, books of faith, and anything else I feel ledtoshare. See where I’m going with this?

You will still hear my stories, and struggles. I’ve bared my soul more than once on this blog and I will only continue to.

When I share the deep and dirty, it allows others to relate. If this isn’t connection in the world, (especially as we know it right now,) I don’t know what is. I chose to be publicly vulnerable and not because it’s easy (and sometimes it’s not fun either) but if I help one person, it’s worth it to me.

If I remind one person that God is always with them and it helps them through that minute, hour or day, it’s worth it. If I share my (new to me) workout struggles and it gets one person to relate and inspires them to get back into activity, it’s worth it.

If I write something and no one reads it, no one comments or posts, it’s still worth it to me.

Because I am ledtoshare. I pray that God blesses ledtoshare.com to whatever He inspired me to do it for. If nothing more than to share His word, His love, and my delicious food, then so be it=)

I’ve missed y’all and I’m glad to be back. (I know, back again HA.) Have a blessed Monday and expect to hear from me soon, and a lot more frequently.

XOXO, Emily

Ground Chicken with Garlic, Onions, and Parsley

This is a remake of an old favorite, it’s easy, and I love it. I switched the meat and some of the spices, but the cooking method is the same as my Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans. This rendition has the tastes of Chicken Kiev but is way easier to make and no breadcrumbs needed. Enjoy!

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  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)

Add avocado oil to a skillet on medium heat. Then add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the ground chicken and crumble. When the chicken is almost white, pour in the chicken stock and turn up the heat to medium high or until it begins to simmer. Add the salt and parsley. Cook until the broth cooks down or about 20 minutes.

Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa

This recipe, like so many, was truly created out of necessity. Typically, I would have used chicken broth, but I was out. I did have beef broth though, and thus,  Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa was born.

Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa

  • 1 cup waterIMG_20191216_190257
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Make the quinoa according to the box directions. (So I added into a medium saucepan on high, the water, beef broth, and quinoa. Bring to a boil uncovered, then turn the heat to low, add the salt, stir, and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat. Keep covered for 5 minutes, and lastly, fluff.) After it’s cooked, add the pepper, butter, and Parmesan and enjoy!

This dish is quick and easy as a side or could be great with my Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans recipe.

The Easiest Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Rice Soup

My first post Thanksgiving turkey meal was a turkey salad, and it was delicious. My second turkey meal was a full plate of turkey dinner, and it was just a good as the first.

Then, I used some more of the turkey to make turkey soup. I just threw in shredded turkey, vegetables from inside the turkey, leftover rice from the fridge, and gravy for the liquid, and boom, soup.

Just kidding! I didn’t use the gravy for the liquid in my soup, or the stuffing, but this was the easiest soup ever, and here’s the recipe.

The Easiest Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Rice Soup

  • 1 cup leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 cup turkey vegetables
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1-2 cups chicken stock (whether you like it more chunky or more soupy)
  • pepper to taste

First add the turkey to the pan, then the vegetables, then the rice, and lastly the chicken stock. Pepper to taste, and salt if you want more. My turkey had tons of spices and flavor already so I didn’t have to add much to season the soup.

This soup is the easiest and quickest, not to mention super healthy, way to use up some of your leftover turkey and I know you will love it as much as I do!

Hope your Thanksgiving was great and full of love=)

You’ll Love This Ginger Snap Cookie Diffuser Blend

Ginger Snap Cookies always remind me of Christmas. My mom and step dad bake up dozens of homemade cookies over the holidays and they always do these, too. (And even made them gluten-free for me this year=)

I added these oils to a spray bottle and the first spray was instant memories of Ginger Snap Cookies. I love this blend and you will, too! Here’s the recipe.

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Ginger Snap Cookie

  • 10 drops Thieves
  • 10 drops Lemon

In a spray bottle, add the oils to 2 tablespoons of salt and then about a cup of water and shake. For a diffuser blend, add the oils and water to a diffuser.

What are you diffusing this season? Whatever it is, keep it up! Thieves is great for your immune system (over the holidays especially) but all year long and lemon is, too!

Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

 

 

Lemon Pepper Brussels Sprouts

Try these, even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts. Trust me! They aren’t mushy and they aren’t soggy. These Brussels are crispy and delicious. And, super easy.

Brussels sprouts are in season in the Fall so get some soon and try this recipe. Just toss the brussels with some oil and lemon pepper and bake them, they’re that quick.

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  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, destemmed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons Almond oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon pepper

Incorporate and mix together in a bowl. Spread out onto a parchment paper-lined baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until crispy and browning.

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Homemade Popcorn (with Lots of Mix-Ins!)

We love popcorn around here, but it’s got to be homemade. My Dad made it when we were kids and I’ve loved it ever since. I taught Nick his recipe and now he makes it. Yum

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  • avocado oil (or peanut)
  • popcorn kernels
  • butter (or Vegan substitute)
  • salt

Just take a large soup pan and turn it on medium heat. Add a high heat oil like peanut or avocado oil to the bottom of the pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Place one popcorn kernel into the middle of the pan and cover. When the kernel pops, you know the oil is ready.

Remove the popped kernel and pour in popcorn kernels to cover the bottom, just like the oil, and cover the pan. Once it starts popping, wait about 30 seconds but then shake it around with the cover on, so that all the kernels have a chance to pop and nothing burns.

As good as popcorn is, there is nothing worse than burnt popcorn.

Pour the popcorn into a bowl and finish it off with melted butter and salt for the perfect homemade popcorn.

Possible additions:
chili powder
parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese and black pepper
parmesan cheese and garlic
peanut butter
peanut butter and caramel
caramel and chocolate
chocolate and peanut butter
salt and pepper
italian seasoning
Everyone loves popcorn so make some tonight and maybe even try a new flavor!

Pear (Pan)cakes

It was at a wine tasting when Nick and I started talking about my pear cake. It’s an almond flour-based cake full of fresh, ripe pears, and it’s one of our favorites. The thing is, I don’t have an oven right now.

So I decided to make these pear (pan)cakes and they were a delicious substitute. The fresh pear shined through the dish and it was warm and cake-like.

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  • 2 pears, cored and smashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • avocado oil
  • 1 pear for topping
  • cinnamon
  • honey

Mix the two pears with the eggs, cinnamon, salt, and almond flour. Add the oil to a skillet pan on medium heat and cook your pancakes. (I like them extra crispy on the edges.

Top with sliced pears, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon French Toast

I can’t cook for just two people, like I literally CAN’T. I love to cook. I like to cook huge meals with lots of leftovers. And when I try to cook for just two, I always have enough for at least four.

But since going on the road, I needed to figure it out. And in a short amount of time, I’ve really gotten better! I’m buying less but prepping more and thinking about ingredient specific meals before even going to the store. #learning

My Gluten-Free Cinnamon French Toast was a great recipe to do for just two people and not make extras. (But truth be told, if we were going to be in this AirBnb longer than 2 more days, I would have batch cooked these, too, and had several breakfasts for the week.)

Gluten-Free Cinnamon French Toast

  • 2 eggs, scrambledcinnamon french toast
  • 3-4 shakes cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla almond milk
  • butter and maple syrup

Scramble the eggs in a shallow dish. Add the cinnamon and Almond milk and stir until incorporated.  Heat a skillet to low-medium heat and add 2 tablespoons butter. When the butter is melted, submerge the bread into the egg mixture and add the bread slices to the pan. Cook on each side until they begin to brown or to preference.

Top with butter and maple syrup and enjoy. Mmm.

I’m typically not a fan of sweet breakfast but when I do have sweeter things in the AM, they are always simple and delicious like this. I hope you love these as much as me!

Tip: If you like crispier french toast, quickly dip the bread into the egg mixture. For a “wetter” and less crunchy piece, submerge and let sit in the egg mixture for 15 seconds.

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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding

Nick loves chia pudding. And chia pudding is quick, easy, healthy, and a great dish to have on hand. So we have it a lot and I am always trying new combos.

This is my newest version and according to him, it’s a winner, too. Make this quick so you can get some of the last of the summer strawberries to add in. Yum!

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  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Stir a couple of times in the first couple of hours to make sure that everything is combined.)

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