Thursday, September 17, 2015

21 Day Fix - The Fixate Cookbook

One of the things I love most about the 21 Day Fix is how simple the food is. Clean ingredients, simple methods, delicious and healthy results. But I found myself repeating the same things over and over, and craving something different, which would often result in a cheat.

Enter Autumn's new cookbook, Fixate! It is full of new ideas for every kind of meal, from soups and sides to desserts and cocktails. There are also plenty of gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian and vegan options, and a handy index at the back of the book that groups them. There are beautiful illustrations of the recipes to inspire you, and it is truly a pleasure to flip through and explore. It definitely kicked my meal plans into a new gear, and made it a lot easier to keep it interesting and fresh! I make at least 2 new recipes from it a week, usually more, and have had very few that I didn't fully enjoy.

You can get Fixate either by itself or with a full set of the containers, so you can try out the eating plan without buying the whole program.

One of the great things about the book that makes it so much easier to plan is Autumn has linked up a lot of the recipes to use up leftovers in new ways - for example, her Grandma's Tomato Sauce is used in 10 recipes! Plus she provides variations for a lot of the recipes so you can change it up.

My favorite of the entire book so far is the Creamy Chicken Salad. Simple, I know. Who doesn't know how to make chicken salad? The key, though, is the honey mustard dressing. It's light, tangy and flavorful, and lets the clean flavors of the salad shine through. Going to share that recipe with you today!

Honey Mustard Dressing from Fixate

makes 8 servings, 2 tbsp each (1 orange)
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt (recommended brand: Fage)
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
Warm the raw honey briefly in the microwave at 50% power to soften, then whisk in the yogurt, mustard and vinegar until well mixed.

Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until blended. Season with salt as desired. Then use it to make chicken salad!

There is a recipe for the chicken salad in the book as well, but I basically just toss a little bit of the dressing with chopped cooked chicken, sliced grapes, diced Granny Smith apples, and chopped scallions. I make a good-sized batch on Sundays and it keeps nicely in the fridge all week, and is quick to portion out for my daily lunch prep.

More Fixate reviews to come! Other recipes from the book I have tried and loved:
  • Grandma's Tomato Sauce - this seems to be the universal favorite
  • Protein Waffles
  • Vegetable Egg Cups
  • Toasted Kale Salad
  • Caprese Chicken
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Open Meatball Sub
  • Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
  • Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
  • Skinny Pina Colada
What recipes do you love from Fixate? Share in the comments so I know what to try next!

Also check out this great post on the Team Beachbody blog - even more delicious pictures of successes from the cookbook!
9 Reasons Fixate Will Help You Cook Like a Pro

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