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Saturday, June 7, 2014

50+ Healthy Chicken Recipes

It's amazing how easily we can fall into the same old routine. Whether its our daily schedule or, in our case, the same old dinners. It seems that I always cook the same- taco, baked chicken, and pork chops. If you were to ask "What's for dinner?" more than likely I'll answer with one of those 3 things.

I have been working hard to switch it up around here, which I have found easier said than done! We are jumping back on the healthy food/ healthy eating wagon, so of course I needed some new recipes. I've scoured Pinterest and come up with 50 ways to prepare chicken!

Why chicken you ask? Because chicken provides around 26 grams of protein, and it is one of the leanest meats available. Not to mention, we eat an average of 88 pounds of chicken a year! (Who couldn't use a few new ways to cook it!

Salads, Soups, and Stews

  1. BBQ Chicken Salad from Damn Delicious
  2. Honey Glazed Chicken Salad from Season with Spice
  3. Chicken Gnocchi Soup from Key Ingredient 
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Stew from Skinny Ms.
  5. Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad from Self
  6. Greek Grilled Chicken Salad from Diabetic Living
  1. Chicken Skewers & Tzatziki Sauce from With Style & Grace
  2. Honey Lime Chicken Skewers from Budget Savvy Diva
  3. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from All You
  4. Chicken and Pepper Kebabs from All You
  5. Thai Chicken Satay with Grilled Pineapple from Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Sauce from Self
  1. Sticky Coconut Chicken from Mom I'm Hungry!
  2. Margarita Chicken from The Slow Roasted Italian
  3. Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Club from Closet Cooking
  4. Grilled Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa from Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts
  5. Chicken with Minted Yogurt Sauce from Better Homes and Gardens
Wraps and Pizza

  1. Baked Buffalo Chicken Rolls from Dainty Chef
  2. Kale Ceasar Salad with Grilled Chicken Wrap from Heather Christo
  3. Thai Chicken Pizza from Annie's Eats
  4. Roasted Vegetable & Balsamic Chicken Wrap from Nutritionist in the Kitch
  5. Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza from Gimme Some Oven
  6. Artichoke, Goat Cheese and Chicken Pizza from Self
Mexican Inspired
  1. Mexican Rice with Chicken and Lime from Emily Loves Food
  2. Chicken Fajita Wraps from The Talking Kitchen 
  3. Jerk Chicken & Simple Vinaigrette Slaw Tacos from Nutritionist in the Kitch
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos from Bev Cooks
  5. Chicken Chimichanga from Cully's Kitchen
Photo Credit- Every Day with Rachel Ray
Asian Inspired
  1. Chicken Club Eggrolls from Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts
  2. Chicken-Veggie Stir Fry from Spark People
  3. Chinese Chicken with Noodles from Blog Chef
  4. General Tsos Chicken from Every Day
Photo Credit- Vintage Mixer
Everything Else

  1. Sriracha "Buffalo" Chicken Wings from Best Recipe Box
  2. Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches from The Comfort of Cooking
  3. Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie from Vintage Mixer
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde from Two Peas & Their Pod
  5. Roasted Lemon Chicken with Green Beans from Eat Well 101
  6. Cajun Chicken Fingers with Spicy Ketchup from All You
  7. Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables from Better Homes and Gardens
  8. Jerk-Style Chicken from Cooking Light
  9. Spinach Artichoke Chicken from Add A Pinch
  10. Rotisserie Chicken Banh Mi from Better Homes and Garden
  11. Chicken Cordon Bleu for Two from Eating Well
  12. Avocado-Mango Chicken from Self
  13. Oven Roasted Chicken with Spicy Potatoes from Eat Well 101
  14. Chicken Rollups with Fruity Couscous from Every Day
Enjoy and have fun (finally) making something different for dinner tonight!

Please note- each photo has its own watermark or some other form of identification. Please refer to this marking when identifying where the image came from.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

One of those days!

If your anything like me, sometimes you just don't feel like doing anything. You want to sit at home on the couch, watch Food Network and take time just to relax. And no matter how long you spend on the computer looking at different exercises, healthy foods, and other healthy things, your not helping yourself.

Today has been one of those days. I was so exhausted when I woke up this morning, I almost fell asleep in the shower! Did manage to grab a quick breakfast to eat on the way to class. (Go me!) But, I got a headache in class and it just would not go away! By the time I got home it was so bad I didn't want to move. So honestly, I didn't. My fiance went and grabbed us lunch, and not long after I was sound asleep on the couch! I'm happy to say that after my nap my head is better, and here I am typing away.

Now I'm going to be honest, I have days when I don't wanna do anything and I feel just fine. I just simply don't want to do anything. And I no we all have those days. When we have those days, sometimes all we need is the motivation to do something. And sometimes, you can spend the day getting motivated and it will last you a while. And that is the best kind of motivation, the kind that stays with you.

Have you ever hear of TED? If not I strongly suggest you check it out! I first heard about it in one of my classes, as there are some great motivational and helpful teaching videos. But I wanted to explore, and I found wonderful fitness and health videos as well! Here are a couple of my favorite.

Jamie Oliver -- Teach Every Child About Food -- GREAT Video!

A.J Jacobs -- How Healthy Living Nearly Killed Me

And these are just two videos! There are so many more out there, even just on TED there are hundreds more. Find your own motivation, find what motivates you, it WILL be different for every single one of you. Find what works! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Zucchini Carrot Muffins

Even as I'm writing this post, I'm sitting here enjoying one of this delicious muffins. I can not describe how good these are! They are super moist, just sweet enough, great for desert or breakfast, and you don't taste the vegetables! And even if you have a picky child, or fiance like me, the aren't going to know there are veggies in it unless you tell them. Really, have them try it first then share that it's good for them.

I actually found these muffins on another site, and I just knew I needed to add my own twist to them. And I even managed to make them even healthier and pack more veggies into it. To start simply mix all the dry ingredients together. I don't sift them or anything like that. Simply dump them in a bowl and mix away. Feel free to lessen the amount of sugar, or use a sugar substitute.

Now, you may notice there aren't any nut or oat chunks in my dry mix. I actually take the time for one more little step. I place my oats and nuts into a mini chopper, or food processor, and lightly chop them up. I personally don't like the texture of the whole oats and nuts in my muffin. You can also use just about any nut you have on hand. I've used walnuts, almonds, and pecans. All are very good. I would stay away from peanuts though, as they have a much stronger flavor.

Now mix the wet ingredients. Here you'll notice a very pale, eggy color. This is because I used applesauce in this batter, not apple butter. My favorite thing to do is to add both applesauce and apple butter. They each have their own unique flavor and really help to sweeten the muffins. Next grate your veggies. Use a hand grater or a food processor. My tip to you if using a food processor is to grate using your grater, but then to chop it up a bit more with your blade, just for 3 seconds or so. I've noticed the grated pieces can be a little on the larger side.

Yes, all those veggies go in the muffins! Can you believe that? Your family is sure to get their veggies for the day. Mix in the veggies and the raisins to your wet mixture. You'll end up with a goopy mixture that looks like this:

Your almost done! Add the dry ingredients into the wet veggie mix. I just use good ol' fashion elbow grease, but a mixer would work fine as well. I normally add the dry ingredients about half at a time. This way I know everything is incorporated very well. 

Once your dry mixture is incorporated, spoon your batter into greased muffin tins. Now the first time I made these I tried to use paper muffin cups. Boy do the muffins stick to the cups! I really recommend just spraying the tin and adding the batter. (Which is what I've done ever since,and it works perfectly) I get about 24 muffins every time I make these, and fill the cups about 2/3 full.

Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Test with a toothpick, when they are done a toothpick should come out clean. Cool on a wire rack, or enjoy warm. These are great plain or with a touch of spray butter! Now, here comes the recipe. You have made it this far--so don't run away when you see the ingredient list. Chances are you have most, if not all, of them in your pantry!

Zucchini Carrot Muffins
adapted from EatingWell

1/2 Cup Oats
1/4 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Salt
2 Large Eggs
3 Large Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Apple Sauce or Butter
1/4 Cup Canola Oil
1 Cup Grated Zucchini
1 Cup Grated Carrot
2/3 Cup Raisins

Preheat your over to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tin with non stick spray. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Be sure to really incorporate all the ingredients. In a large bow, combine the eggs, applesauce or apple butter, . Grate your zucchini and carrots, if you have not already. Then mix the zucchini, carrots and raisins into the wet mixture. 

Combine half of the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Fully incorporate the two together, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Spoon into greased baking tin, about 2/3 full. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack. 

Freezer Meal-- After baking flash freeze on a baking sheet. Transfer to freezer bags. To Eat: Take out to thaw, or heat for 30 - 40 seconds in the microwave. 

Calories-- 120    Fat-- 3g  Carbs-- 21g   Sugar-- 12g    Protein-- 3g 
* Nutritional Info will vary. Depends on brands and ingredients used.