21 Day Fix Meal Ideas + A Giveaway! - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, March 6, 2015

21 Day Fix Meal Ideas + A Giveaway!

Over the past few months, Nick and I have been hearing about 21 Day Fix/Beachbody from just about everyone. Many of our friends, family, and coworkers are partaking in this eating and exercise plan that is centered around portion control and not simply cutting foods out of your diet. When I graduated from college, I was about 25-30 pounds heavier than I am now. I didn't follow a specific diet or cut out any foods to lose the weight, but instead really focused on portion control and ended up seeing results. I didn't even know what 21 Day Fix was at the time (or that I was doing something similar), and though Nick and I don't participate in this program, we can really see why it works for so many people we know.

Our friend Kayla, a Beachbody coach, recently reached out to us with some 21 Day Fix-approved recipes to try and they all turned out so amazing that we needed to share them with TSCR readers too! These four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!) are all 21 Day Fix-approved and vegan, which means that they not only fit the 21 Day Fix program, but work with our dietary restrictions as well.

If you want to learn more about the 21 Day Fix and Beachbody programs, head over to Kayla Zeller Fitness for recipes, exercises, inspiration, and more! You can also check out the Beachbody page for products, resources, and anything else you would need! Kayla was also awesome enough to co-host a giveaway with us - make sure you enter at the bottom of this post! Okay, are you ready to give this deliciousness a try? Let's eat!

Breakfast: Cashew & Oat Hot Cakes (Recipe via 21 Day Fix Meal Plan Book)
Here's what you need!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 dash sea salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flax seed meal + 2.5 tbsp. water; or sub 1 large egg if non-vegan)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Berries of your choice (we prefer strawberries)

Here's what you do!
- In a food processor, combine rolled oats, cashews, sea salt, and cinnamon until coarsely ground.
- Add in egg, coconut oil, water, and vanilla extract. Pulse until well blended. Batter will be thick, but you can add a tablespoon or two if it needs thinned out.
- Lightly coat a medium skillet with non-stick spray and warm over medium heat. Drop 1/4 cup batter into the skillet per hot cake. Cook until bubbles begin to form on top. Flip with a spatula and cook the opposite side for about 30 seconds or until lightly browned.
- Serve hot cakes topped with 1 cup of berries of your choice.

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 2 Hot Cakes = 1 Purple, 1 Yellow, and 1 Tsp.

Lunch: Veggie Burger & Sweet Potato Fries (Burgers adapted from No Meat Athlete)
Here's what you need!
For the Veggie Burger:
- 1/2 lb. dried lentils
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 portobello mushroom caps, chopped (gills and stems removed)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 cup red wine (we used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. vegan worcestershire sauce (many are not vegan - we used Annie's brand)
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup flax seed meal
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Whole wheat buns

For the Sweet Potato Fries:
- 2 sweet potatoes (yams)
- Sea salt and pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil

Here's what you do!
- Prepare lentils per package directions (boil in water about 30-35 minutes until desired tenderness is reached, drain if necessary).
- Meanwhile, in a large pan, cook onion in olive oil until soft. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper, and thyme. Cook for a few minutes to combine the flavors.
- Add in walnuts, wine, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Once lentils are cooked and drained, add to the pan and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat and stir in flax seed meal and whole wheat flour. Stir until stiff and well blended.
- Form into 10 patties and refrigerate for 1 hour. If you don't plan on baking all of the burgers at once, you can freeze them to eat later.
- While burgers are refrigerating, wash sweet potatoes and cut into fries. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Once burgers have been refrigerated for 1 hour, transfer to a baking sheet sprinkled lightly with whole wheat flour.
- Bake sweet potato fries at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, add the burgers to the oven and bake both for 15 more minutes.
- Remove the burgers from the oven and transfer to a pan with a tbsp. or two of olive oil. Fry over medium heat on each side for 4-5 minutes. While the burgers are frying, turn on the broil in your oven and broil the sweet potato fries until crispy.

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 1/2 Green, 1 Red, 1/2 Orange, 1/3 Blue, 1 Yellow, and 1/2 Tsp.

Dinner: Asian Garlic Tofu (Recipe adapted from Potentially Lovely)
Here's what you need!
- 16 oz. (1 block) extra firm tofu
- 3 cups green beans
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced

Here's what you do!
- Press and drain block of tofu to remove liquid. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
- In a large bowl, mix together hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Add tofu cubes to sauce, stir to combine and let marinade for 30 minutes. While tofu is marinading, cook quinoa according to package directions.
- Heat olive oil and minced garlic in a large pan over medium heat. Add tofu in a single layer and cook for 5 minutes until cubes begin to brown. Stir and continue to cook to brown all sides.
- Add in green beans, stir to combine, and cook an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve 1 3/4 cup tofu & green bean mixture over 1/2 cup cooked quinoa.

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 1 Red, 1 Green, and 1 Yellow

Dessert: Oatmeal Walnut Cookies (Recipe via 21 Day Fix Meal Plan Book)
Here's what you need!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped

Here's what you do!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Drop by heaping tablespoon onto baking sheet and lightly flatten with a spoon or spatula.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until firm.

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 2 Cookies = 1 Yellow

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  1. That breakfast looks AMAZING. I'm going to have to bookmark these recipes to come back to.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I had leftover hot cakes with syrup earlier this week for National Pancake Day and they were possibly even better that way (although not 21 Day Fix approved, haha!)

      Have a great weekend!

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  3. Ugh I'm going to try again

    For another yummy treat throw some frozen bananas and a dash of vegan chocolate shakeology in the food processor and you get chocolate ice cream - vegan and 21 day fix approved!!