Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Hey guys!  For this week’s meal prep edition, I’m giving you a little treat!  Not only am I sharing my meal prep from this week, but this one comes in the form of a recipe!  I have been craving a big hearty salad, so I decided to make one for my lunches all week.  This salad is healthy and full of flavor!  And the bonus is that I also made my own dressing and I’m sharing that too.  The recipes are at the bottom of the post.  I hope you try it!  more “Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette”

Meal Prep Edition 2

Hey Guys!  Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly meal prep.  This week I tried to use up any food that I already had.  So, my meals are pretty simple, and there wasn’t much prep involved. 🙂 And, that means that this post is really short!  I hope you get some inspiration from my meals!   more “Meal Prep Edition 2”

Recipe Roundup: Favorite Chicken Recipes

Hey Everyone!  Today I want to share some of my favorite chicken recipes with you.  With a new year usually comes new fitness and healthy eating goals.  Chicken is one of my favorite lean meats to eat.  It has tons of health benefits and is packed full of protein.  In fact, chicken is lower in calories and higher in protein than steak or pork.  Below are some of my favorite ways to eat chicken.   more “Recipe Roundup: Favorite Chicken Recipes”

Juicy Baked Chicken

Hi Guys!  Today I’m linking up for another What I Ate Wednesday post. I have a recipe that I want to share with you.  Last week I made some epic juicy baked chicken! EPIC! It was tender, juicy, full of flavor, and delicious. Which is not usually what you get with baked chicken. I can’t take all the credit though. After all I just followed some instructions and threw it in the oven. It’s not that hard! This was definitely an easy thirty minute meal, and would be great for busy nights!  All you need is chicken and the breading kit that I found!  more “Juicy Baked Chicken”

Healthy Oven Baked Fajitas

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Last night, I was in the mood for Mexican!  I had found some Carne Asada steak on sale this weekend, and I knew Jeremy would love fajitas.  So, I picked up some chicken to go with it.Healthy Oven Baked Faitas #ontheblog runandlivehappy.com

I know there are a ton of different recipes for oven baked fajitas floating around Pinterest and the internet.  I found one a while ago, and I can’t remember whose I used.  But, I have made some changes and made it my own.  Plus, it’s so easy that I don’t have to look up the recipe every time I want to make it.  Last year, I was making this pretty regularly because it was an easy dish to make on Sunday afternoon and then have for lunch all week.  I would eat it without tortillas or toppings – just the chicken, peppers, and onions.  I also would dice it all up and throw it all together in a salad.  I have played with the spice combinations to see what I like, and have added in some of my own.  One time, I accidentally added in way to much chili powder and it was so spicy that I had to throw it all out. #epicfail

This is a very simple one dish meal.  Plus, you can serve it however you want, and add any toppings that you want as well.Healthy Oven Baked Faitas #ontheblog runandlivehappy.com

 

I have cooked the beef and chicken together before, but I have found that the beef doesn’t need to cook as long, so it made it tough.  You can really do this any way you want, and you can add whatever vegetables you want to it.  This time I added 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, and 1 green bell pepper.  I forgot to pick up onions, so I was missing that.Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

 

For the chicken fajitas you will need:  1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, 1 can (10oz) of Rotel (tomatoes with green chilies), 1-2 bell peppers, 1 small onion, 2 tsp cumin, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tbs olive oil.

Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a 13×9 glass baking dish.

Cut up your chicken and lay the strips in the greased dish.  (When I can find them, I buy the chicken strips so they are already cut for me.)Healthy Oven Baked Faitas #ontheblog runandlivehappy.com

In a small bowl mix all of the spices and olive oil.

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Stir together and drizzle over the chicken.

Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

Stir the chicken to make sure it is all coated in the spice mixture.

Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

Cut your bell peppers and onions into slices and throw in with the chicken.  Stir to combine.

Pour a can of Rotel on top ( do not drain) and stir to combine.

Cook this for 30-35 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.  The time depends on how many vegetables you put in the dish.Healthy Oven Baked Faitas #ontheblog runandlivehappy.com

 

You can serve this with any number of toppings, or you can eat it just like it is.  It makes good leftovers, and I can eat on it all week long.  The liquid in the Rotel keeps the chicken moist.  When I store the leftovers, I make sure to include all of the liquid.

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Top 10 Favorite Foods…right now

As you can probably tell from my title, I do change my mind sometimes.  🙂  I find something I like and I am stuck on it for a long time.  Then I will get tired of them and go for a long time without it.  But, as of right now, these are my go-to foods.  I pretty much eat these almost every day.  For the most part, they are all healthy, but I just really do like them.

  1. Granola bars – I love granola bars because they are so handy to just grab for a quick snack. They are filling and give me energy, and they are low calorie (140).  I carry one with me at all times.  I love all Nature Valley bars, but my absolute favorite is Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Cherry.  I’ve been stuck on this one for a long time and I get really mad when Walmart is out of them!   I usually have this for breakfast and then I’ll have one for an afternoon snack before I run.  I also love Bear Naked Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter bars.  They taste like no bake cookies!  This was the best find!!  These are protein bars, so they have a few more calories (250).  I eat them for lunch.  They have 8 grams of protein in them, so one of them fills me up!

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  1. Eggs – I absolutely love scrambled eggs. If you have noticed in my previous posts, I eat these for dinner several times a week.  Scrambled is the only way that I like them though.  I could eat breakfast for every meal. Eggs are a great source of protein, and they are packed with vitamins!  #winRandomness from my week

 

 

  1. Jelly – I have a huge sweet tooth, so I am so glad that Smuckers makes low sugar jelly. I have been eating the strawberry for a long time, but I recently found the grape, and I am in love!  I just wish that it came in a handy squeeze bottle.

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  1. Toast – Just like I said before, I love breakfast foods. I like toast because it’s not as heavy as biscuits.  I can eat it and not be miserable, or feel guilty for eating a lot of calories.  I use Sara Lee 45 Calorie Multi Grain Bread for my toast.

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  1. Pumpkin – Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. I love fall when everything is pumpkin!  Of course I love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cookies, and really pumpkin anything.  But, I try to use it in a healthy way.  I am going to make some healthy pumpkin muffins this week.  So, I’ll get that recipe up soon.

 

 

  1. Yogurt – My favorite yogurt is Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurt. I really like all of the flavors.  I am always stocked up on yogurt.  It’s only 80 calories and it’s the perfect snack or breakfast.  My favorite flavor is the blueberry.  I really love how the fruit flavors have real fruit in them. Plus, yogurt contains probiotics, which is a huge helper in your digestive health.

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  1. Bell Peppers – Any color! I eat these on everything.  I keep them cut up in the fridge and will eat them raw with hummus.  I sautee them and eat them on chicken.  I cut them up small and cook them in my eggs.  I love them! They are low in calories, and they contain a lot of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.

 

  1. Chicken– Chicken is so versatile.  There are so many different ways to cook it.  (check out my Chicken board on Pinterest for ideas)  I love it marinated and broiled!  It is one of the healthiest meats that there is, and it is a great source of protein.  Plus, it’s just really good!

 

  1. Blackberries – Growing up, I never really liked these because of the seeds. But, a few years ago, we found several blackberry bushes in our pasture, so I started picking them.  I have bags full of them in the freezer.  I will just fill a bowl up and let them thaw out in the fridge.  I love to just eat them raw.  Usually, they are super sweet when I pick them, but sometimes I will have to put a little Stevia on them.  I keep a bowl of berries in the fridge, and they are something easy to snack on.  I will also mix them in yogurt.  But I usually just eat them by themselves.

 

  1. PB2 – This is my saving grace! I am addicted to peanut butter. I always have been.  However, I can look at a jar and gain 5 pounds!!  So, with PB2, I can still eat peanut butter and not have to worry about all of the calories.  PB2 still gives me the energy that regular peanut butter does, and to me it tastes better.  I didn’t realize how sweet regular peanut butter was until I started eating PB2.  I also like that I can throw it in smoothies, or use it in cookies.  It’s very versatile.  I like the regular PB2 and also the chocolate PB2.

Bonus:  Number 11:  I also love Cholula!  I eat this on everything.  Eggs, meat, tacos, anything Mexican.  It’s perfect.  It’s not too hot, but it gives you a little kick.  It has the perfect flavor.

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Here is what my dinner has looked like most nights for the last few weeks:  Sara Lee toast, Smuckers low sugar jelly, scrambled eggs with bell peppers, and Cholula.

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What are your favorites right now?