Chef’s Profile

Jessica Romeo

https://www.crazybusymealplans.com/

I am Jessica Romeo, Nutritionist/Chef and Owner of crazybusynutrition.com I am also a military wife and mother to 3 adventurous and active kids. As a Chef and Nutritionist with a degree in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Nutrition Science, creating and cooking healthy and delicious food is my primary passion, followed by a love for fitness. When I am not spending time with my family outside being active, or in the kitchen cooking, you can find me in a spinning class or in the weight room.

One thing many people do not know about me is that I am formerly obese. On the brink of diabetes and heart disease at the age of 20, December 25th 2002, I stepped on the scale and read 242 pounds it was right then that I decided that life was too short to keep living this way. After years of bad food habits and lifestyle habits, I made a choice to change the path that I was headed on. By paying better attention to what I ate and going on walks with my husband and daughter, the weight came off quickly at first. After losing 20-30 pounds and hitting a plateau for awhile I decided to take things more seriously. I joined a gym and became active in step aerobics, running and lifting weights. While doing this I also started tracking my food and decided to try and make better food choices. I finally cut out soda and most sweets, this helped me to drop more body fat and gain muscle. The confidence I gained from these improvements in my health motivated me to go to culinary school so I could learn how to cook in such a way that food would be a tool to shape a healthy and better version of myself. By learning how to pick out the right foods, and determining the best way to cook them I learned how to turn such things as brussels sprouts and broccoli into delicious masterpieces. Developing a healthy relationship with food was key for changing my diet even further. By eliminating processed foods and instead filling my plate with lots of vegetables, meats, healthy fats, as well as a little fruit here and there, I started seeing more changes to my skin, muscle tone, and I even dropped additional body fat. I graduated Culinary school and hit my weight goal all in the same week in May of 2009. From here I decided to pursue my love for food even further, by way of Nutrition Science. Now not only am I able to make better food choices for myself, but I can also help others achieve their health goals. This has always been a passion of mine.

From a formerly obese wife and mother to a fit and happy Chef/Nutritionist, I now have energy to chase after my 3 active kids, cook ALL the time, hike the Grand Canyon with my husband, paddle board in the ocean, run away from a tiger if need be. Most of all I enjoy life again. Having the confidence to get up and live a life with purpose is what I have gained most out of this journey.

My Recipes
Time
Rating
Zesty Avocado-Deviled Eggs [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish, Snack
10 mins
Skillet Eggs with Caramelized Onions [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Breakfast, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
20 mins
Roasted Dijon-glazed Chicken Thighs [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
50 mins
Rustic Balsamic Asparagus and Tomatoes [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
30 mins
Asian Inspired Roasted Cauliflower Bites [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
30 mins
Shrimp Pad Thai with Almond Butter Sauce [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
1 hr
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Snack
20 mins
Shrimp and Green Bean Stir Fry Category: All Recipes, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
20 mins
Red Curry Chicken[Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Chicken, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
Rustic-Apple Tart
Apple Tart [Phase 2] Category: All Recipes, Dessert, Phase 2, Phase 3
55 mins
Carrot-casserole
Carrot Casserole [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
1 hr
Brussels Sprouts and Apples
Brussels Sprouts and Apples [Phase 2] Category: All Recipes, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish, Vegetarian
45 mins
Cranberry-Apple Sauce
Cranberry-Apple Sauce [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes
30 mins
Grain-Free Stuffing
Grain-Free Stuffing Recipe [Phase 2] Category: All Recipes, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
1 hr
Teriyaki Turkey Stir Fry [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
Taco Soup [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
40 mins
Berry-Ginger Smoothie
Berry-Ginger Protein Shake [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Beverage, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
8 mins
creamy-hummus-dressing
Creamy Hummus Dressing [Phase 1] Category: All Recipes, Lunch, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
5 mins
chicken-apple-skillet
Chicken and Apple Skillet Dinner [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
45 mins
chipotle beef roast
Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Roast [Phase 1] Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
6 hrs 5 mins
Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake [Phase 1] Category: Beverage, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
5 mins
Greek Style Chicken and Chickpea Salad [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Lunch, Phase 1
15 mins
Fresh Tomato Salad [Phase 1] Category: Phase 1, Side Dish
10 mins
Fried Chicken [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
Eggs in a “Nest” [Phase 2] Category: Breakfast, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Apple-Chicken Salad [Phase1] Category: Chicken, Lunch, Phase 1
10 mins
Teriyaki Chicken over Red Cabbage [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
Spanish Cauliflower Rice [Phase 1] Category: Dinner, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
20 mins
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake [Phase 1] Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
5 mins
Zesty Cabbage and Carrot Citrus Slaw [Phase 1] Category: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish
10 mins
Coffee Shop Blended Almond Latte [Phase1] Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
5 mins
Green Enchilada Soup [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
40 mins
Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie [Phase 1] Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
50 mins
Crispy Chicken Thighs [Phase 1] Category: Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
35 mins
Cilantro Lime Dressing [Phase 1] Category: Condiment, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Super Simple Cinnamon Turkey Chili [Phase 1] Category: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
35 mins
Tropical Dream Protein Shake [Phase 2] Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 1
5 mins
Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts [Phase 1] Category: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Side Dish, Snack
35 mins
Italian Style Stuffed Tomatoes [Phase 2] Category: Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 2, Phase 3
40 mins
Banana and Spinach Protein Power Shake [Phase 2] Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 2, Phase 3
5 mins
Roasted Acorn Squash with a Tasty Sage Beef Stuffing [Phase 2] Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 2, Phase 3
1 hr 20 mins
Tasty and Easy One dish Chicken Sausage and Brussel Sprouts [Phase 2] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
Creamy Mocha-Banana Protein Shake [Phase 2] Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
40 mins
45 mins
Hearty Sweet Potato Chili [Phase 2] Category: Beef, Main Dish, Phase 2, Phase 3
50 mins
Hearty and Filling Cobb Salad [Phase 1] Category: Chicken, Lunch, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Zesty and Filling Buffalo Chicken Chili [Phase 3] Category: Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 3
45 mins
Easy and Nutritious Trail Mix [Phase 3] Category: Phase 3, Snack
5 mins
Pumpkin Chili Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
30 mins
South of the Border Stuffed Bell Pepper Category: Beef, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
25 mins
Kitchen Sink Scramble with a side of Berries Category: Breakfast, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
“Deconstructed” Steak Fajitas with Easy Pico de Gallo Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
1 hr 15 mins
Curried Tuna Salad Category: Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
15 mins
South of the Border Frittata with half of a pear Category: Breakfast, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
35 mins
Ginger Chicken Stir Fry with Zoodles Category: Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
25 mins
Zesty Halibut Taco Cups Category: Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
15 mins
Berry Protein Shake Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Vegetarian
10 mins
Zesty Halibut with Peach Pico de Gallo served with Sliced Cucumber Category: Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
40 mins
Balsamic Steak Salad Category: Beef, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Balsamic Steak with Sautéed Mushrooms and Roasted Brussel Sprouts Category: Beef, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
2 hrs 30 mins
Garden Fresh Chicken Salad Category: Chicken, Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Category: Breakfast, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Vegetarian
5 mins
Salmon with a Dill Sauce and Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Category: Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Seafood
30 mins
Chicken Fajita Soup Category: Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
20 mins
Protein Packed Edamame Raw Salad Category: Lunch, Main Dish, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Vegetarian
10 mins
Peach and Spinach Protein Shake Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
10 mins
My Reviews
Eggs in a “Nest” [Phase 2] Review Posted on January 25, 2017

Yes of course! Have you seen the newest recipe? this might be something to take the place of the eggs in a nest recipe:
https://recipes.ps1000.com/recipe/skillet-eggs-caramelized-onions-phase-1/

Roasted Dijon-glazed Chicken Thighs [Phase 1] Review Posted on January 25, 2017

I apologize for that! I will go in and fix that. Add the vinegar to the dijon, and seasonings in the bowl. I hope you like it!

chicken-apple-skillet
Chicken and Apple Skillet Dinner [Phase 1] Review Posted on January 18, 2017

I am sorry about that! I went ahead and added that in to the step where you add the apples to the skillet.

chicken-apple-skillet
Chicken and Apple Skillet Dinner [Phase 1] Review Posted on January 9, 2017

Thats great to hear! So glad that you enjoyed the recipe(s) It is so nice to be able to enjoy good food, but also feel great too!

Apple-Chicken Salad [Phase1] Review Posted on January 9, 2017

Are all fruits a problem? I think grapes would work well, or pears.

Fried Chicken [Phase 1] Review Posted on January 9, 2017

thats fantastic! I find that people that are not even on the plan still enjoy the foods just the same!

Apple-Chicken Salad [Phase1] Review Posted on December 22, 2016

Sorry that was a mistake. The fat content is 0, the non-fat Greek yogurt does not count for any fat. I will make the edit on this thanks!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on December 13, 2016

So glad that you like it too! I am a huge pumpkin fan 🙂

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie [Phase 1] Review Posted on December 7, 2016

It's always a win when our family members like it too!

chipotle beef roast
Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Roast [Phase 1] Review Posted on December 7, 2016

Yes I think the broth does help out in keeping the moisture in 🙂

Carrot-casserole
Carrot Casserole [Phase 1] Review Posted on December 7, 2016

Thats fantastic! I am glad that people enjoyed it 🙂 It is always wonderful when others like our healthy recipes!

Taco Soup [Phase 1] Review Posted on December 7, 2016

So glad that you enjoyed it! and that your son wants to try it out 🙂

Chicken Fajita Soup Review Posted on November 17, 2016

Patrice, I have updated this particular recipe so it will be easier to figure out. Overall I have been trying to update each recipe, but all of them are not all figured out unfortunately. It's a work in progress.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 12, 2016

I am glad you liked it!

Taco Soup [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 12, 2016

This is wonderful! I am so glad that you enjoyed it and your husband did as well! I find that people are often afraid that "healthy" food is going to be gross, but once they taste how good it can be they are much more open minded about it.

Fried Chicken [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 12, 2016

Patrice the almond flour is counted in the fat category. Between the egg and coconut oil as well as the almond flour in the recipe divided by 4 servings the whole recipe amounts to 1/4 of a fat serving (approximately) The overall calories are listed as well.

chipotle beef roast
Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Roast [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 10, 2016

Yes! and this time of year it is nice to have an easy go-to crockpot meal that tastes good! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Taco Soup [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 10, 2016

I am so glad that you enjoyed it! Its a new favorite of mine 🙂

Curried Tuna Salad Review Posted on November 9, 2016

Great! Glad you liked it one way or the other!

South of the Border Stuffed Bell Pepper Review Posted on November 9, 2016

Best part of cooking, you can do whatever you like. Some like a little jalapeno for zestiness, others not so much, and yes of course it depends on the size of the onion. I guess I would clarify it as about 1-2 tbsp of diced onions.

chicken-apple-skillet
Chicken and Apple Skillet Dinner [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 8, 2016

So glad to hear!

Teriyaki Chicken over Red Cabbage [Phase 1] Review Posted on November 7, 2016

I hope you ended up making it! Let me know what you thought 🙂

Coffee Shop Blended Almond Latte [Phase1] Review Posted on November 7, 2016

I am so glad you liked it!

Pumpkin Chili Review Posted on October 25, 2016

That is so great to hear! So glad you loved it!

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie [Phase 1] Review Posted on October 22, 2016

It is a favorite in our home! I am glad you are liking it 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on October 22, 2016

I am glad you liked it! It is one of my favorites 🙂

chipotle beef roast
Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Roast [Phase 1] Review Posted on October 20, 2016

Did you use the exact cut of roast? This makes a huge difference because if there is not adequate fat on the meat, the liquid and juiciness overall will be far less! I would add some beef stock next time if that helps otherwise.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice [Phase 1] Review Posted on October 17, 2016

Thats a great idea! I love it 🙂

Fried Chicken [Phase 1] Review Posted on October 13, 2016

Yes 1/2 cup I am sorry this was not written properly

Pumpkin Chili Review Posted on October 11, 2016

It is about 1-1.5 cups worth, depending on if you adjusted any liquids. I usually divide the chili into 6 seperate (same size) serving containers to be accurate.

Apple-Chicken Salad [Phase1] Review Posted on September 30, 2016

Yay glad to hear you liked it!

Coffee Shop Blended Almond Latte [Phase1] Review Posted on September 28, 2016

Its one of my favorites! I am glad you love it

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on September 28, 2016

I am so glad you guys are loving it!

Chicken Fajita Soup Review Posted on September 13, 2016

I am so glad that you enjoy it! I love it also especially now that the weather in cooling off in CA!

Cilantro Lime Dressing [Phase 1] Review Posted on September 10, 2016

You could keep it up to one week just fine 🙂

Tropical Dream Protein Shake [Phase 2] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

yes of course! 🙂

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Review Posted on July 30, 2016

thats a great idea I love it ! I will have to try that myself

Curried Tuna Salad Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Sorry that you didn't care for the combination. You could try doing cottage cheese mixed with the tuna or you could just omit it all together.

Fried Chicken [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Glad that you love it and yes goes perfect with green salads I agree 🙂

Apple-Chicken Salad [Phase1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Yes I love this one as well! So glad that you are enjoying it 🙂

Spanish Cauliflower Rice [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Always a win when the hubby loves it too! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Cilantro Lime Dressing [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

That sounds delicious I may have to try it 🙂 Glad you enjoy the dressing!

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Yes this is one of our family favorites! it is the best 🙂 I am glad that you enjoy it!!!

Coffee Shop Blended Almond Latte [Phase1] Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Yes it is by far one of my favorite recipes! Keeps me out of the Starbucks line 🙂 I am glad that you like it!

“Deconstructed” Steak Fajitas with Easy Pico de Gallo Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Yes it is one of my go to favorite recipes! Glad you like it 🙂

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Review Posted on July 30, 2016

Great idea! that probably makes it even better!!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 24, 2016

so glad that you love it!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake [Phase 1] Review Posted on July 24, 2016

The fat content in this is not that high, but the fat in this recipe is coming from the almond milk, and a tiny bit from the protein powder.

Tropical Dream Protein Shake [Phase 2] Review Posted on June 15, 2016

Yes Of course that would probably be pretty tasty actually! Just be sure to add the calories for it 🙂

Zesty Cabbage and Carrot Citrus Slaw [Phase 1] Review Posted on June 4, 2016

So glad that you liked it!

Tropical Dream Protein Shake [Phase 2] Review Posted on May 25, 2016

I do love this one too! But yes I think you will enjoy the chocolate and strawberry too 🙂 It's nice to have options right? Thanks for the feedback!

Pumpkin Chili Review Posted on April 21, 2016

no problem I am so glad that you liked it!

South of the Border Stuffed Bell Pepper Review Posted on March 21, 2016

I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe!

Pumpkin Chili Review Posted on March 15, 2016

I am so glad that you liked it! I have to spice it up a little too, I made this recipe for my kids so I had to tone it down.

My Favorites
Time
Rating
Fresh Tomato Salad [Phase 1]

Category: Phase 1, Side Dish
10 mins