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Eating out can get expensive.  A fast-casual meal usually runs about $8-12 a person, and when you go out several times a week, 52 weeks a year, it adds up fast. One favorite fast-casual meal is a burrito bowl.

This recipe isn't meant to replicate the ones you can get at Chipotle, Qdoba, or Burrito Beach. This recipe is more of a healthy, low fuss version that you can personalize. Spice up the chicken, add guacamole instead of avocado slices, salsa instead of tomatoes...the list goes on. 


  • 2  cooked chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 6 oz can of corn
  • 1 12 oz can of black beans
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese


  1. Layer rice, black beans, chicken, avocado, tomatoes,  and corn. Stir.
  2. Top with sour cream and cheese.



When you're on the go in the morning, it can be hard to make a hearty breakfast. These Muffin Tin Pancakes are a great option for grab-and-go. This recipe adds sausage, bacon, and blueberries to the pancake bites, but you can make it your own and add your favorite fruit, nut, or meat.


  • 1/2 cup pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup syrup
  • sausage links, bacon, or blueberries


  1. Combine pancake mix, milk, and syrup together in a bowl.
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Pour batter into muffin tins, filling about 2/3 of the way.
  4. Add toppings like sausage links, bacon, or blueberries.
  5. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes.


When it's cold out, there's nothing better than a warm bowl of soup. Forget the canned versions- this is a homemade chicken noodle soup. Chicken Noodle Soup really encompasses the 21 Day Challenge in several ways- it's an easy recipe to follow, it doesn't take a lot of your time, it's low cost, good for you, and it makes enough to take for lunch. What's not to love?


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp parsley


  1. 1. Add all of the ingredients except noodles and parsley to the crockpot.
  2. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  3. Remove chicken and either dice or shred.
  4. Return chicken to crockpot and add the noodles and parsley.
  5. Cook for about 5-10 minutes more, until the noodles are cooked through.

See more great recipes on the 21 Day Challenge!



What good is having delicious recipes if you don't have the tools needed to make those recipes? This is a list of the basic items you should have in your kitchen. Anyone who has been cooking for a long time will have these tools and more. If you're not comfortable in the kitchen, this is a good starting place, as you grow your skills, you can venture into more specialized tools for more complicated dishes.

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Basic Tools Needed in the Kitchen

Pots and Pans

  • Large and small skillet
  • Medium saucepan
  • Dutch oven 
  • Large pot or pasta pot
  • Rimmed baking sheets
  • Muffin tin
  • 9-by-13-inch baking dish


  • Wooden spoons
  • Tongs
  • Metal and silicone spatula
  • Whisk
  • Large metal spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Ladle
  • Y-shaped peeler
  • Basting brush
  • Pizza cutter
  • Oven mitt


  • Chef's knife
  • Paring knife
  • Serrated knife

Kitchen Appliances

  • Blender
  • Crockpot
  • Hand or Stand Mixer


  • Cutting boards
  • Mixing bowls
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Can opener
  • Box grater
  • Rasp grater
  • Colander
  • Sieve
  • Food thermometer
  • Shears
  • Pepper mill


Fish can be intimidating. Most are delicate and can easily be over cooked. This recipe aims to ease your fish woes. Cooking meals in tin foil may remind you a bit of camp, but that's a good thing- it makes cooking an entire meal simple, easy enough for a kid, and a breeze to clean up. It's also easy to scale up to make more, and easy to refrigerate for lunch the next day.


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • tin foil
  • 1 can asparagus (fresh asparagus can also be used)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved


  1. 1. Lay out 2 sheets of aluminum foil on baking sheet.
  2. Toss asparagus 1 teaspoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide asparagus evenly among 2 pieces of tin foil.
  4. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Layer over asparagus.
  5. Spread pesto sauce over top of salmon fillets, making sure to evenly coat.
  6. Toss tomatoes with remaining teaspoon of olive oil.
  7. Drizzle lemon juice over fillets.
  8. Top fillets with tomatoes.
  9. Wrap up the salmon fillets, making sure the tin foil is tight so no juices can escape.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Tin foil will be hot, so allow to cool before unwrapping.


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