Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Brussel Spouts and Bacon

I could seriously eat pasta 24/7. I love all of the different shapes it comes in and how many unique ways you can pair it with veggies and proteins to make countless dishes and never get bored.

 

 

For the longest time I thought I had to give up pasta if I wanted to lose weight and tone up. I constantly cut it out my diet trying to go carb-free and ended up feeling so deprived that I would end up bingeing on it and feeling awful after. I wasn’t seeing the physical results I wanted because I kept putting my body in shock every time I would do this and it was confused and I constantly felt bloated and puffy. Over the past 3.5 years I have taken a hard look at my nutrition and started learning about different ingredients, what foods make me feel the best/worst, and learning that if I eat all food groups in the right balance I can have everything I want, feel amazing, and see results.

When it comes to pasta specifically I have changed over to eating either whole grain, gluten free, and even chickpea or lentil pasta. These varieties of pasta typically have more protein and haven’t been stripped of so many of their good nutrients. I have also focused in on managing my portion size and if you have been following me for the beginning of 2018 I have been on an 80 day fitness in nutrition journey where I have been practicing timed nutrition.

 

 

Timed nutrition was an adjustment at first because it did require more food planning and prep than I typically do but when making sure I have food to eat every 2-3 hours (eating 5-6 times a day) while working full time I needed to have everything ready to grab and go! It was an adjustment the first two weeks but eventually I found my rhythm, got a good handle on how much food I needed to buy each week so I didn’t waste anything (or not have enough), and got super speedy in my prep! I usually prep 2 times a week on either Saturday/Sunday and again on Wednesday which helps me have variety in what I am eating and keeps me from getting bored – my KEY to staying on track! Now that I got through that uncomfortable time of learning and being a little outside of my comfort zone in my routine it has made my life SO much easier is something I will continue to do for the rest of my life. I have noticed the biggest improvement in my energy levels from eating this way. Because each of my meals includes the correct balance of protein, veggies, carbs, and healthy fats my metabolism is running at an optimal level which has prevented any mid-afternoon energy crashes for 3 months straight. It has also given me more energy to power through workouts and increase the weights I use that I have never been able to do before.

 

 

 

What I love most about this nutrition plan is that I can eat pasta. I am eating pasta with at least 1 meal a day and then the rest of my carbs come from either sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, beans, lentils or sprouted grain bread. I am in legit foodie heaven yet I have the results you see below!! Eating to fuel your results is real!!

Since I am constantly on the lookout for new pasta brands I was excited to come across skinnypasta™. This high-protein, low-calorie and low-carbohydrate fresh pasta has amazing texture and taste which I find extremely important when choosing which pasta brands I eat. If it’s mushy after cooking it just won’t work for me and skinnypasta™ has the perfect al dente texture and it cooks up in 2-3 minutes because it is fresh! They also offer low-glycemic, vegan, gluten-free and other allergy-sensitive options as well. Today’s recipe features their HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccini and I will be creating another recipe using their SUPERFOOD Teff Penne which is gluten free to have ready to share with you in a couple of weeks after all of my travel I have going on!

 

 

I love a creamy flavorful pasta sauce but my waistline can only handle it on occasion so with this recipe I wanted to create a healthy alternative by making some key ingredient swaps and Creamy Pesto Fettuccini with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon was born! This recipe as NO cream and NO cheese – crazy right? But I promise you all the flavor is there and you will feel completely satisfied after eating this.

 

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give skinnypasta™ a chance to help you #NourishPassion in your life! If you make this recipe snap a picture and let me know how it comes out by tagging me on Instagram.

 

Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Brussel Spouts and Bacon
Author: Emily Goodman
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 10oz fresh brussel sprouts, [i]halved[/i]
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice [i]**If using fresh, it’s the juice of a half a lemon**[/i]
  • 1 box of [url href=”https://gkskinnypasta.com/product/high-protein-fettuccine/” target=”_blank”]skinnypasta™ HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccini[/url]
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper, [i]to taste[/i]
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and crumble once cool. Set aside.
  2. Wash and halve the brussel sprouts. Heat the olive oil a skillet over medium heat and add the brussel sprouts cut side down in a single layer. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and add 2 tablespoons of water but do not touch the sprouts. Cover and cook for 2 minutes more. Uncover and toss the brussel sprouts with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. While the sprouts are cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the fettuccini and cook according to package directions (2 minutes) until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  4. Add the pasta back to the pot. Add the brussel sprouts, bacon, pesto, and greek yogurt. Add the reserved pasta water as needed until the sauce gets to the consistency you prefer.
Notes
This is not a Portion Fix or 80 Day Obsession recipe so I do not have container counts for it.[br][br]If serving 8 people I recommend serving as a side dish alongside an additional protein. If serving 4 people it is enough for a main dish.[br][br]Optional adds: Toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, fried or poached eggs on top

 

 

 

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It’s time to make a ⚡SHIFT⚡

Be one of the FIRST to try this revolutionary new fitness and nutrition program with me!

 

 

I just got back from the Coach Summit in New Orleans where I learned all about breakthrough 3 WEEK fitness and nutrition program called Shift Shop.

After meeting trainer Chris Downing and testing out one of the workouts live with him (and about 1,000 other people) I was hooked.

 

 

This program is revolutionary because of the “ramp-up” method which will start you off slow then gradually increase the intensity as you progress through the 3 weeks. And don’t worry, there is an AMAZING modifier to follow if you are unable to do the moves full-out. Following the modifier can help you to increase your strength and endurance so eventually you can move on and do the moves at full speed and range. Workouts alternate between cardio and strength and start out at 25 minutes for Week 1, 35 minutes for Week 2, and 45 minutes for Week 3.

Along with the fitness we are going to refine our nutrition with a simple to follow, clean eating plan that will progressively eliminate grains, legumes, and the starchier carbs so that by Week 3 you are focusing mostly on lean protein and veggies and burning stored fat in the body for energy during your workouts > this is going to give you some KILLER results in only 3 weeks! I even have an EXCLUSIVE recipe book that I will be providing only to those who join me on 7/31 for even more meal ideas along with what comes with your Shift Shop eating plan!

 

 

If you have been following me for a while you have probably seen some of my own transformation photos and know that I have lost over 20lbs through at home workouts and simple nutrition. It’s not always easy but it’s a journey I am proud to be on and share with you through social media and my private wellness community. And I am so ready for this new journey to make the ultimate SHIFT!

This is going to be intense. This is going to be a challenge. But I’ve had a few friends who got to test it out pre-launch and it WORKS. Check out their transformation photos!!!

 

Join me starting 7/31 to make the ultimate SHIFT! 

Secure your spot by filling out this form or click the button below.

 

 

Are you ready for March Madness?

And just like that…it’s March! 

 

 

Although winter here in Boston really wasn’t that bad I am SO looking forward to warmer weather, longer days, and sticking my winter coat in the closet for good.

 

The beginning of the year is an interesting time. We start out fired up to start working towards our New Year’s resolutions but yet so few of us actually stick with them. Life starts to get in the way in the way and we get off track. Then panic sets in that warmer weather is quickly approaching, we are on the cusp of wedding season and so many of us have vacations planned.

 

Well don’t panic! This is where I come in to help you!!

 

As a coach it is my job to help you develop healthy lifestyle habits that are everlasting! Think about what you want to accomplish. Do you have a specific amount of weight you want to lose? Area you want to tone? Do you need help developing healthier eating habits or finding new unique recipes that not only taste great but make you feel great as well? I know so many people struggle with these things and that is where I come in!

 

I wanted to send you this email to invite you to my March Madness online accountability and support group. This online community is where I get all of my mojo and where all of the magic happens. Since we use at-home fitness programs we really rely on our daily group check-ins and I know seeing all of the other participants do their workouts, share their recipes, and get results motivates me to do mine as well.

 

 

Along with the accountability this group is going to have a fun March Madness Bracket Theme tied into the actual NCAA games where you will have the opportunity to participate in fun challenges that will get you some fun prizes and help you achieve your goals.

 

If you are interested in joining please let me know by replying to to this email or by requesting to join the group directly on Facebook.

 

And last by very not least I have exciting news to share! Due to the popularity of the Beachbody On Demand All-Access Challenge Pack it was announced that the challenge pack is here to stay! If you are wanting to take charge of your health and fitness but don’t know where to start this is where its at!

 

The All-Access Challenge Pack includes:

  • 1 year digital access to Beachbody On Demand (think of this as the Netflix of fitness)
  • Portion Fix eating plan and color coded containers to ensure you are eating enough of the right clean, whole, non-processed foods
  • 30 day supply of Shakeology inf your flavor of choice to help you achieve and maintain your results for the long term

 

 

You can check out the All-Access Challenge Pack here. Or feel free to reach out to me by email or through Facebook with any questions you have!

 

I hope you see you in my March Madness group!!

xoxo,
Emily

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Want to know exactly how I turned a passion for cooking healthy and delicious food, fitness, and my blog into a thriving business using social media?

Join me Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:00pm EST // 5:00pm PST

During that time I will be giving you an inside look into exactly what I have done over the past 2.5 years to not only just start but GROW my business – all while working a full time job as an corporate event planner!

During this event you will get to hear my story of how I found and got started with this opportunity. I will share about how incorporating at-home fitness and a simple nutrition plan were the building blocks to the business I have today and how to use those tools to pay this opportunity forward and help others.

 

 

 

Because of this opportunity I have not only changed my own health, fitness, and finances but I have made a whole wonderful community of best friends through it as well!

 

 

CLICK HERE to RSVP to learn more!

 

 

 

 

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Ricotta Mac and Cheese

These cold winter nights has me craving my all-time favorite food…mac and cheese! There is nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of pasta and cheese right? However, that comfort tends to come at the cost of my waistline so I am constantly trying to find a recipe that hits the spot but has a healthier twist. This ricotta mac and cheese does just that!

 

The ricotta really helps to give this dish the thick and creamy texture that makes a mac and cheese so great. And I feel so much less guilty digging into this since there isn’t a drop of heavy cream in site ? The addition of broccoli helps to sneak in those veggies. Shredded chicken would make a great addition as well!

 

Mac and cheese is such a versatile dish you can really add in whatever YOUR favorite ingredients are!

 

 

I just finished my first round of Core De Force on 12/13/2016 and I am extremely excited to share my results with you!

 

3.6 lbs ⬇️
9.5 inches ⬇️

 

 

I purposely chose to commit to this program during the holiday season to help me stay on track with my health and fitness and to not let myself slip into the “I will start again after the new year” mentality. The first two weeks of this program I was doing GREAT with my nutrition. It was 80/20 all the way baby!!! Then came Thanksgiving which I had a planned splurge day for because, well, potatoes ??

 

While I never missed one workout during the 30 days my nutrition was more like 80/20 some days, 70/30 others, and even 50/50 at points during the last two weeks. The one constant that helped me to still get results while not having complete control over my eating was that I drank my chocolate Shakeology EVERY. DAMN. DAY. So no matter what was going on I knew at least one meal of my day was helping to nourish my body, provide me post workout protein to help my muscles repair and recover, and aid in my digestion (because let’s face it, I needed that if I wasn’t being better with what I was eating).

 

I am beyond proud of my commitment to this program these past 30 days and I actually just started Round 2 this Monday 12/19  These pictures just go to show that the fitness part of your journey can only take you so far. Nutrition is KEY when it comes achieving your goals!

Is health and fitness on your resolution list for 2017? If so, let’s chat!

Start by filling out this form and I will be in touch with you!

 

 

Since my Day 30/30 with Core De Force was on 12/13/2016 and I had a few days off from kicking and punching before I started Round 2 this week and dabbled in some other workouts I wanted to try out on Beachbody On Demand such as the new 21 Day Fix workout Remix the Fix. I also dabbled in some some new recipes such as this ricotta mac and cheese.  This recipe was honestly something I made up on the spot because I had a lot of leftover ricotta in the fridge and a head of broccoli. I love when a recipe I make up on the spot comes out SO GOOD!

 

Serve as a main course or a hearty side dish and I guarantee you will have clean plates all around. It may even become that last minute holiday dish you have been searching for all week ❤

 

Ricotta Mac and Cheese
Author: Emily Goodman
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Cook time:
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 lb whole grain penne
  • 3 cups of broccoli florets, [i]chopped small[/i]
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 4 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup of whole milk ricotta
  • Fresh nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon of ground dried nutmeg)
  • 1 cup of sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground mustard
  • Himalyan pink salt and freshly ground pepper, [i]to taste[/i] (you can use regular salt as well)
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously right when the water starts to simmer. Once it is at rapid boil add the pasta and cook until al dente (2 minutes less than what the package directions say since the pasta will continue to cook in the oven).
  2. Add the broccoli to the boiling pasta for the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a large sauce pot over melt the butter over a medium heat.
  5. Add the flour and whisk continuously for 2 minutes to form a roux that is light golden in color (turn the heat down while whisking if the roux starts to burn).
  6. Add the almond milk and whisk continuously until it comes to a boil.
  7. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until thick whisking occasionally.
  8. Once thick remove from the heat and add the ricotta and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  9. Add the cheddar cheese and ground mustard.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Add the pasta and broccli and stir to combine and pour into a large casserole dish.
  12. Mix the panko with olive oil and sprinkle on top of the pasta.
  13. Cook for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and the panko has browned.
Notes
Add garlic powder and parsley to the panko for an added depth of flavor

 

Core De Force – Week 1 Review

I was having some internet issues this past weekend so I wasn’t able to get this video posted on Saturday like I originally wanted to but I am excited to share my Core De Force review from my week 1 with you!!

 

This program is HARD but I haven’t felt this motivated to workout since the summer when I completed Country Heat. It really is amazing how your energy levels go up, and how well you sleep when you are taking proper care of yourself.

 

One week down and although I am feeling sore I can already see my strength improving! Check out my full recap in the video below.

 

 

If you want to join me and do Core De Force with me fill out this application and I will be in touch with you in the next 24-48 hours! I would love to chat more with you about your health and fitness goals and help you get started!!

Core De Force – Free Sneak Peek Workout 10/24 only!

How badass does this Core De Force workout look?

 

Do you like boxing, kickboxing, or Muay Thai inspired workouts? I am so excited to announce that you will now be able to try the brand new Core De Force workout for FREE on Monday, Oct 24th right from the comfort of your own home ???

 

 

What is Core De Force?

 

Core De Force is NOT your run-of the-mill kickboxing program. Inspired by mixed martial arts and using 360-Degree Core Training each move, whether it is a jab, kick, or uppercut will engage and work your core to help you tighten up and carve out that defined waist you have always wanted.

 

This is a 30 day program with 8 different 30-45 minute workouts plus bonus core and kinetics workouts. No equipment needed!

 

Each workout is modeled after a traditional boxing match featuring 3-minute “rounds” designed to help you push as hard as you can for a short period of time. You will combine boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai moves along with body weight training and cardio spikes to help you shred fat and gain strength and speed.

 

Core De Force

 

How to try this workout out for FREE on Monday 10/24:

  1. Add yourself to the event page by clicking here
  2. Send me your email (you can do this by posting it in the comments below ⬇️, on a new post within the event page ?, or by emailing me at emily.goodmanBB@gmail.com ??)

 

Help us Fight For a great cause!

 

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Along with getting to try a Core De Force workout for FREE, for every single person who tries this workout through the Beachbody On Demand (BOD) Sneak Peek the Beachbody Foundation will donate up to $250,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. You can help us reach our goal simply by getting your sweat on with the BOD Sneak Peek.

 

On Monday, October 24th, all you have to do is log in to Beachbody On Demand through the link I send you and try the Core De Force BOD Sneak Peek workout. Beachbody will donate $10 on your behalf (up to $250,000) to provide children with the right opportunities, tools and support needed to promote self-confidence, health and empowerment through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Foundation. Let’s #BeAPositiveForce for our youth!!

 

I will continue to post more information about Core De Force in the Facebook event page between now and Monday. Can’t wait to see you there!!