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About hardlyagoddess@gmail.com

Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

15 Clean Eating Dinner Ideas for Advocare

clean eating advocare dinnersFollowing a new eating plan is hard enough without having to re-create new recipes for your family that you can actually eat too. I find that these are good recipes to use for the Advocare plan, which is really just eating what I normally do except limiting the dairy, sugar, and white-bread- I still have potatoes and rice on the plan, but if I need to add a carb for the kids like pasta, I will make that and adjust what I am eating. Here are my ideas with links to recipes that I have on the blog:

  1. Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale

  2. Pulled Chicken with BBQ seasoning over a baked sweet potato

  3. Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

  4. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Breasts over rice

  5. Indian Curry Chicken & Veggies over rice

  6. Chicken “No-Parmesan” with sauteed zucchini

  7. Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

  8. Turkey Chili

  9. Roast Chicken with vegetables

  10. Steak on the grill with Grill Potatoes

  11. Baked Fish with asparagus

  12. Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

  13. Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

  14. Cajun Shrimp & Veggies with Rice

  15. Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

You can also follow my Advocare Pinterest Board, which includes a lot of great recipes that you can use for Weight Watchers, 21-Day Fix, Whole30, Paleo or other plans without too much adjusting.

If you’d like to check out more about Advocare, I outlined it in this post, and you can also check out the full 1-7 day meal plan to get you started, or as you know I sell it too (see full disclosure), so you can check out all the products on my site. 


Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale (just leave out the pasta!!!)

Healthier Italian Meatballs

Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

Ratatouille

Of course, you will wonder: there is spinach in this? No…but I added it, because I had it and it is green and pretty, and I loved it. Feel free to add it too if you have it, but it isn’t required for the recipe!

Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Turkey Chili

whole 30 chili

Whole 30 Chili

Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

pork loin filet

Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

double pepper pork chop

Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

cabbage saute

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Ultimate Coffee Chat: July

ultimate coffee

Original photo by Michael Ramey @unsplash

Ack! Did you miss the Ultimate Coffee Chat for June?! I did! I made it a point to join up this week, though to be honest, I may or may not be on a beach today, and let technology post this for me {wink!}.

If you are as relieved that June is over as I am, can I get a “Heeeey!”?

*This post may contain affiliate links- see my full disclosure page.

I really had a hard June. It was healthy and happy but lots of change. For someone like me who loves change and is borderline ADHD, that is saying a lot. I will post on the topic of losing one’s job (ugh) later, but for now, let’s just say, delving into unemployment and looking for a new job is not ideal for one’s self esteem! I am not a person who shouts my strengths from the rooftop, so cover letters and all that jazz can be hard: “I have 8 years of experience…..being awesome!” is sort of how I feel I need to be when selling myself in an interview, but in reality, I sort of am just like, “please, please, please give me a job“! But I know we all have been there, so I am trying to keep a positive outlook and in general it’s working!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I did the Advocare 10-Day Challenge in June.

spark and advocareFull disclosure is that I sell the stuff. Advocare, I mean. But honestly, I sell it so I get the awesome discount! I absolutely love how I feel when I am doing a challenge and also how it motivates me to drink more water, take my vitamins, and generally take care of myself, which can sometimes go by the wayside (you hear me moms?!). I decided to re-group before summer so I can sort of stop my eating off the kids’ plates and start eating salads and chicken and all that…which brings me to this:

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that my Dr. says I have plaque in my arteries! Say whaaaa?

Seriously?! I am 43 y’all! He wants me to go on a statin- which I have heard good and bad about. He said, on paper I am a study in great health: run regularly, eat really healthy, cholesterol is great…but my family history is awful! Darn that DNA! I have just a bit of plaque, but honestly, it scared me off my egg yolks and butter! Lots of diets (paleo) say lard and eggs and butter are the bomb, but for me it just wouldn’t work- it would literally be a bomb to my body! I have to dial back on the beef and up the egg-whites and chicken my friends! End to baking with butter and the start of some new healthy recipes! Do any  of you have experience with a statin? I would love to know in the comments!

Staying healthy as I age

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am really looking forward to the 4th:

We are headed to family and fireworks! I love how excited the kids get and a vacation of sorts is just what we need! I always feel like it’s the start of summer after the 4th of July, so that means I can officially go to the beach now!fishing at the beach

That’s really all I have for now- lots of sports for the kids: field hockey, summer basketball leagues, baseball, and pick-up soccer! We are full of summer things to do! If you visited here looking for actual coffee, since this IS the “Ultimate Coffee” chat, I will add a couple of fun iced-versions! Have a great week!

iced mocha

Almond Joy Iced Coffee

iced mocha healthy

That’s it-  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy July! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

This post includes affiliate links, which does not mean you pay a penny more when purchasing through my link. It means that in helping you easily find some of my favorite products, I receive a small commission if you purchase. Thank you so much for supporting Hardly A Goddess! *P.S. I only share products I truly love! For more information, see my full disclosure page.

Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs #SundaySupper

Healthier baked italian meatballsFitting with the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper, as “Cowboy Cooking” I am making Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs. So what is Cowboy Cooking you ask? (and I’m glad you did) According to Cowboy Kent Rollins (THE modern day authority on Cowboy cooking)  it’s hearty food, not fancy! You can see him on CBS Sunday Morning to get his gist!   Kent and his wife Shannon carry on the tradition of cooking on a Chuck wagon as they make their way across the country feeling hungry cowboys and cowgirls with recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Sparkly Taters (add beef!), and Green Pepper Frito Pie.

So why “healthier” meatballs for me? Well I love all kinds of meat, but I am not paleo. I am not totally veggie either. I just wanted a healthier meatball but still had plenty of flavor...So I made one. Click To TweetWith  only egg-whites, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and no cheese, I consider it “clean” and also Advocare compliant (you can read more about that here). In the recipe I note that the breadcrumbs are optional- and guess what?! They are! I like the texture better with the added crumbs, but if you are following a paleo diet, take them out and these are still delicious!  If you are just wanting to eat healthy foods, but still want a really tasty meatball…here you are:


meatball ingredientsHealthier Baked Italian Meatballs

Makes 20

1 and 1/2 pounds ground Certified Angus Beef® brand beef
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg white liquid
1/3 cup onion, chopped (either green or white)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Optional: 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (and I opt)

Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Form into 20 meatballs. The best way to do this is to wet your hands and scoop a large heaping tablespoon amount into your palm. Roll and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until no longer pink in the middle. Serve with your favorite sauce.Healthier Italian Meatballs


To get more great Cowboy Cooking ideas check out Kent and Shannon’s blog recipes HERE. You can also find inspiration on Certified Angus Beef® brand’s website HERE. Look for this label:

certified angus beef brand

This is the pre-made patties label too, but you need to look for that little cow and the “Certified Angus Beef” brand!

The recipes do not have to be made over a campfire (but they can be)! They have some amazing recipes for using beef and their burger recipes look perfect for summer grilling. And don’t forget, for the best recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand check out our Sunday Supper Bloggers here, thanks to the host today, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Healthier Italian Meatballs