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13 Bean Veggie Dump Soup (Because it’s so easy)

I recently made a post about my Top 8 Items for Post Thanksgiving Detox on Facebook and the response was great. So much in fact, you all wanted a bean soup recipe.

I created this recipe based on the fact the we are all so busy and have limited time to cook, chop and clean up. Look no further!

I call this “13 Bean Veggie Dump Soup”

1 Cup Bobs 13 Bean Soup Mix (I soaked them overnight)

1 Cup Bob’s Veggie Soup Mix

3-5 cups (Or more) Chicken Stock (depending on your favorite consistency)

2-3 Carrots Chopped

3 Celery stalks chopped

Dash Salt

1/2 tsp.pepper

palmful cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

3 dried Bay leaves

Dump everything in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Add more seasonings to taste.  Serve over rice, pasta, quinoa, farro or as is. Remove Bay Leaves.

Mangia, Nicole

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Free Live Women’s only Webinar Dec. 3- “How to create the work life balance without feeling stuck, overwhelmed or alone.”

It was about 2 years ago. I woke up in the middle of the night,  grabbing my throat and trying to catch my breath.  I thought I was dying. I could not breath or get any air. My husband would wake up with me. This would happen every couple weeks and Paul would grab me to help calm me down. It took a while but I would eventually fall back asleep. I was very scared.

This was the same time when I would walk around the house telling Paul, “I think I have brain tumor”. I would be holding the back of my head trying to relieve myself from the pain. This was getting out of control, he thought the same.

What was my problem? I’ll tell you some of it:

  • Stressed, suffered from anxiety (self-diagnosis but I’m pretty damn sure I hit the nail in the head)
  • Trying to grow my business globally but didn’t know how
  • My mom was very ill, dying in fact and  I had strained relationships with family members
  • Built a brand new beautiful home…..bigger bills which caused more stress on our family
  • Trying to raise well-rounded children and worrying if I am making the right choices
  • Traveled quite a bit to help with family and took a toll on my own immediate family and business (I lost some clients),
  • I think I went through some depression during this…NO, I know I did.
  • My “to do” list never got shorter and drove me crazy. I felt like I was drowning with my schedule and the kids
  • I had NO work-life balance in my life
  • The list goes on about more and more pain

One day, I had enough. I put my big girl pants on, booked a 2 night stay in Maryland and attended The Personal Training Institute East Convention to figure out what the hell I was going to do with my life. I WAS STUCK.

I was looking for a sign…..right…..like that really happens…well, it did. Here’s what happened;

I went to lecture after lecture trying to figure out my next move. Was it going to be opening up a brick and mortar studio? Would it be to leave the industry completely that I have been in for over 30 years? Change careers? Would it be to get a new certification and try something new?

By the end of the second day, I was practically in tears heading to my last lecture. I did not have a sign.  I was out of energy and “gumption” (as my dad puts it) and wanted to just give up. I sat in the last seat of the last row. I took my phone out to tell Paul I’ll be home in 2 hours and I’m miserable. Buy me the Half Baked Ben and Jerry’s! I am going to drown my sorrows in ice cream.

Then he started to speak.

I have to admit, I went to his lecture for only 2 reasons. 1. The title intrigued me, it was about online opportunities and 2.  He was Italian.

I felt like a spotlight was on me during his entire lecture. And then I felt like he was speaking to me, directly. I wanted to jump out of my seat and scream, “Vito, I know you came here to speak to me.” But I didn’t because I knew I would probably get weird looks from everyone.

This feeling was a fire in my belly that was starting to burn. I haven’t had this fire ignited in years. It was clear what I needed to do. I waited until everyone left and spoke with him.  I needed him in my life. I wanted to hire him on the spot as my mentor. I haven’t felt this way in a long time and I didn’t want it to end. I hired Vito as my mentor and life coach.

Fast forward 8 months.  I dove in head first and created a brand where I can help women who are stuck but have that fire in their belly and want it ignited.  Vito brought out in me an entire new purpose. I realized that my life experiences could help motivate others to do the same. Get unstuck and kick ass in life.

Is that you? Well, if so, I have  a question for you. Are you going to add fuel to that fire or is it going to stay on the pilot light the rest of your life?

If you can relate to any of these feelings, sign up for the call this Sunday, December 3 at 8pm. Click the link below…

https://nicolenaples.myvisionarypath.com/

You DO NOT want to miss this, I will be giving away $100 worth of lessons that someone will win and an offer that will only happen on this call because my brand is just beginning.

Hope to see you there,

Nicole

 

 

 

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Foodies on Friday – Gluten Free Nachos

Foodies on Friday!

Based on Gianna’s Coffee Talk last week, We thought we should make Nachos. If you missed our coffee talk, tune in to my personal Facebook page @:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253394427&ref=bookmarks

So, here you go; a healthier version of Nachos. So easy you can make it in less than 15 min.

Gluten Free Nacho Recipe
2 bags of Beanitos Chips
1 can of Amy’s Refried Beans
1 can Green Chiles
1 Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup pico de galo or MORE if desired
1 chopped Avocado
1/2 cup Sour Cream

Line pan with foil for easy clean up. Pre-heat oven to Broil.
Spread chips over pan. Spread over top; beans, chiles, cheese. Broil for about 10 min or until cheese is melted. Then add pico, avocado and sour cream. Serve and throw away the foil. Bam easy clean up!

PS- As soon as I was done filming, the boys came up and devoured the pan!

Mangia, Nicole

 

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Be Vulnerable when you pass the Turkey

“We all try to dress rehearse tragedy to beat vulnerability”

I was listening to Brene Browns interview on Oprah’s Supersoul Conversation.  The conversation about vulnerability struck me bigtime!  It’s very common and it’s among us that many fear being vulnerable.

When I start to think about the people in MY close circle, I notice a pattern.  We are all vulnerable. We allow ourselves to be seen. We allow to let our guards down. And where others may think this is a sign of weakness, I say bullshit, this is strength.

Brene talked about how when good things are happening in our life, we stop and start to think, “oh no, things are going really well, something bad is coming my way.” (aka dress rehearse tragedy)

Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s absurd. We should stop and instead be vulnerable. Show gratitude. Be grateful for what is happening in your life.  Because when you are grateful, you will start to look for things to be grateful for. If you think about the possibility of being harmed then without realizing it, you will be looking for things in the universe to harm you.

Check out this definition of VULNERABLE: state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed.

Crazy, right? Going into this holiday season, understand this one thing; most of the people you will be sharing your turkey with may be very fearful of being vulnerable.

What you can do, is be YOU. Be vulnerable, its shows strength and confidence.

 

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Black Bean Brownies- They said you wouldn’t even know? Fail or No?

BLACK BEAN BROWNIES- Trust us you won’t believe they have black beans in them.

That was the title and the description. So, G and I had to make them. It was movie night at the Naples house and I wanted something sweet. I thought…..this is perfect.

So we mixed and she tasted.  I love that she is so daring and open to everything we do! She lives life that’s for sure.

I really want you to watch the entire video.  And I want to hear feedback! From YOU!

Below is the recipe.

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RECIPE:

1 15OZ. CAN RINSED BLACK BEANS

1/2 CUP QUICK OATS

1/2TSP. BAKING POWDER

2TBSP. CACAO POWDER

1/4TSP. KOSHER SALT

1/2 CUP PURE MAPLE SYRUP

1/4 CUP COCONUT OIL

2TSP. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT

1/3 CUP CHOCOLATE CHIPS, PLUS MORE FOR TOPPING

  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350
  2. COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS EXCEPT CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH.
  3. MIX IN CHOCOLATE CHIPS
  4. COOK BROWNIES IN AN 8X8 GREASED PAN OR JUST USE PARCHMENT PAPER. SPRINKLE TOP WITH EXTRA CHIPS.
  5. COOK 15-18 MIN.
  6. LET COOL OR PLACE IN FRIDGE
  7. ENJOY!

 

 

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“Coffee Talk With G”……. She said She Loves my Nachos? I don’t even cook Nachos!

This is my daughter Nicole, she is subtle as a train-wreck”.

That’s how my mother used to introduce me to people.  Because you never knew what was going to come flying out of my mouth.  It’s me. Don’t try and put me in a box. My dad will kick your ass if you try.  My dear husband sometimes cringes around his family because you never know what’s coming out of my mouth.

It’s not to hurt anyone, I am just real. And 99.9% of the people I am around tell me that’s the one thing they love about me. So, I am not changing my love, sorry.

Plant potatoes- get potatoes. Enter Gianna. She is a mini-me in every sense of the word. We struggle lots but when we are just “US” we crack each other up.  I decided I wanted to ask her a few questions about food, nutrition and do a “lively” as she puts it.

I love how REAL she is. Gianna just answers from her heart. Nothing fake or rehearsed. We have fun and laugh. Not to mention I found out that she likes my Nachos and I don’t even make Nacho’s. WTH?

 

When it comes to your kids, let them be them. Don’t try and change them. I have to admit that I used to want somethings a bit different. But it’s their journey, I had mine.

Enjoy the video and if you want to follow our Foodies on Friday, subscribe to my YouTube channel or find me on Facebook. YOU DO NOT want to miss this Friday! Links below!

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XOX,

Nicole