June 15, 2017

Summer Crockpot Ideas

My boyfriend is moving in at the end of the summer, which really means we live together now but he still has his own lease, which means feeding two each night and not as many lazy nights eating whatever I find. When we met, he ate the same thing every night: chicken breast sauteed, green peas, and boiled red potatoes. I've been trying, without ruining the healthiness of the meal, to put a creative spin on his every night chicken. This week, I've been loving the crockpot and figured it'd be useful for everyone planning weeknight meals for >1.

Taco-Seasoned Chicken
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 clove garlic
2 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
crush red pepper
black pepper

Put the olive oil and garlic, pressed, in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the chicken breasts in and pour in the chicken broth. (If you pour in the chicken brother after seasoning the chicken, it will wash off all of the seasoning.) Add seasonings, to taste. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Shred with a fork and add chicken broth, if needed, until dinner.

You can make a great chicken taco salad with this by making a bowl of lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, etc., and the chicken on top!

Smoky, Seasoned Chicken
Not sure exactly what to call this, but it's turned out great, twice!

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. smoked paprika
salt
pepper

OPTIONAL: baby carrots and frozen peas

Put the olive oil and garlic, pressed, in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the chicken breasts in and pour in the chicken broth. Add seasonings, to taste. Cook on low 7-8 hours OR high 4-5 hours.

You can also slice the chicken breast before putting it in the crock pot.

May 18, 2017

Smoothies



I have always been a huge fan of smoothies, especially for a quick breakfast to-go that will keep you full. Lately, I've been converting my boyfriend to a smoothie-lover too and, in doing so, have been challenged with making banana-less smoothies since he's somewhat allergic to them. Here are some easy smoothie recipes with and without bananas for you to try.
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Source: Food Network


Mixed Berry
1 c. almond milk
5 frozen strawberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1 scoop soy protein
1 c. spinach

Blend everything together. If needed, add ice cubes. You can also use other berries, but I don't like how blackberries and raspberries leave seeds in my smoothies.

Tropical Berry
1 c. almond milk
4 frozen strawberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. frozen pineapple
1 tbsp. honey (optional)
1 scoop soy protein

Blend everything together.  If needed, add ice cubes. The pineapple may be a bit sour, so you can add some honey. Another good fruit to try is frozen mango.

My Usual
1 c. almond milk
1 frozen banana
4 frozen strawberries
1 scoop soy protein

Blend everything together. The banana, if frozen, is great for texture; so, you shouldn't need ice.

Here's an old post on smoothies with more recipes. You can also add almond butter to any smoothie for added flavor/protein.

May 17, 2017

Chicken Salad Chick

A friend of mine was just put on a paleo-type diet by her doctor, which inspired me to open up the Blog and write.  Today, I picked up Chicken Salad Chick for lunch and brought it home for my boyfriend and me.  This is one of my recent-favorite places!  The people are always friendly, and it always seems so fresh.


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Source: www.nrn.com
I learned, when I was ordering, that you can order an extra scoop of chicken salad as your side, which is great because most of the sides are not paleo-friendly! Oh, and you can also add lettuce, tomato, and bacon to your sandwich--though without the bread. ;)

My Order: The Chick (one scoop + one side) with Fruity Fran (scoop) and Fancy Nancy on the side. These chicken salads only have fruit and nuts in them, so nothing that is anti-paleo. Look closely at the ingredients though, some of them have cheese included.

Of course, their meals come with cookies that are not paleo-friendly, so ask for no cookie. They also come with a pickle. And, you can have a Salad on the side if you're feeling that instead.

October 11, 2016

A More Savory Chicken Salad

Most of my chicken salads are on the sweeter side--with green apple and/or grapes.  Last night, I decided to go for a more savory kick.  Here's the new recipe:


1 chicken breast, baked and cubed
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Parsley
1/2 tsp. Oregano
2 stalks green onions, minced
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Salt & Pepper

Full recipe in the Recipe Book.

October 9, 2016

Green Juice

I made my first green juice today. The recipe, Cucumber Scallion, is on the Juicing page. I've been nervous about making a green juice because it seems so difficult, but I was really happy with how this one turned out.

A few things to mention:

I'm not sure juicing spinach is worth it. I used about 2 cups of spinach and swear I got, maybe, a teaspoon of juice. I'd rather eat it whole and get the fiber. This confused me, though, because it's in the green juices I buy at the store.

There are several health benefits to green onions that are added to this juice by including the green onion. I took a chance on this one and snipped a few stalks from my plant.  I'm glad I did; they add good flavor that is not overpowering. Among others, they have Vitamin A, C, and K. Your eyes will thank you.

August 21, 2016

Back to Juicing

I've started juicing again! I will be updating the Juicing page with new recipes as I create them. I'm really enjoying the freshness of all of the product and the nutrition that's packed in one cup.

To prepare for work mornings, I juice on the weekends or the night before and put the juice in a mason jar; then, it's ready to be drank in the morning right out of the jar. Generally, 1 cup is a good serving without being too much.


July 21, 2016

Requests?

Views on the blog were the highest in a long time. I promise to get better about posting soon! Post what you'd like to know in the comments. :)