Monday, April 18, 2016

Chicken for Days

I love meals that you can cook once and turn into multiple meals. This is one of those. I whipped up this week-night meal and now I also have yummy chicken to add to salads for my work lunches throughout the week. Super easy, relatively healthy and so versatile!


Chicken Drumsticks
Ingredients:

  • Chicken drumsticks (I get the large, long package at the grocery store - usually less than $10!!) 
  • Your choice of marinade. Here are some options: 
    • Raspberry Chipotle marinade (my favorite) 
    • Frank's Hot Wing Sauce 
    • BBQ Sauce 
    • Honey Mustard 
    • Italian Dressing 

Basically, go to the sauce/marinade section of the grocery store and look at your ingredients. Try to stick with low calorie, low sodium options. Less than 100 calories per 2 tbsp. and try not to go over 200 mg. of sodium (this is difficult to do in a lot of marinades).

Instructions: 

  • THE NIGHT/DAY BEFORE: Separate your drumsticks into 1 gallon bags, based on how many different flavors you want to do. 
  • Pour in marinade until chicken is pretty covered. Try for about 1/4 c. marinade per 3 drumsticks. 
  • Close the bag, leave a little air in it. Shake around the chicken and the marinade until it's all pretty coated. 
  • Then remove the extra air in the bag, close back up the Ziploc and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This could stay in the fridge for a couple days. 
  • Once ready to cook, heat oven to 450 degrees. 
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the drumsticks onto the foil. 
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the edges of the chicken are starting to char. 
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy! 


If making for a dinner, I recommend pairing with sweet potato fries and a salad. I chopped up sweet potato fries and roasted them at the same time as the drumsticks. Made for a really quick meal.

You can also shred up the chicken and heat it up to top salads or make into a sandwich or wrap. Endless possibilities!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup


This soup is super easy to make and can last you multiple meals. I divide it up into 3 GIANT bowls. :-)

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 sweet, yellow onion, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced 
  • 1 can sweet corn (unsalted), or 2 cups frozen corn 
  • 1 can black beans (unsalted) 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (unsalted) 
  • 1 can tomato sauce 
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 
  • 11 oz. of shredded chicken (I usually grab from a rotisserie chicken I've broken down) 
  • 1 packet of organic taco seasoning 
  • 1/2 packet of Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt ranch seasoning 

Directions: 
  • Pour EVOO, garlic, onion and bell peppers into a large soup pot. Cook until onions are starting to turn translucent. 
  • Add corn, beans, and tomatoes. Cook for about a minute to get them warm. 
  • Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, seasonings and shredded chicken. 
  • Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 45 minutes. 

Spice it Up: 
There are a few ways to spice up this dish. 
  1. You can dice up 1 jalepeno and include it at the same stage you add the bell peppers. This will add some extra heat to your entire pot of soup. 
  2. Add pickled jalapeno and hot sauce to your finished product. This allows you to customize your heat level per bowl of soup. Some days you might want to have it super hot, other times not so much... this option allows you to customize it your way. 
The Perfect Skinny Margarita!! 


I have perfected my favorite Skinny Margarita. To me, "skinny" means low calorie, all natural ingredients. The former being priority. So here you go, my friends. Here is my recipe. And I may have had a few before writing this, so please let me know if you would like me to clarify anything. :-)



Ingredients (makes 1 margarita)

Put the following in a shaker with a handful of ice:

  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Tequila 
  • 1 tbsp. grand marnier 
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice 
  • 3 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice 
  • 1/2 a packet of Stevia or Truvia

Shake a few times to get it nice and mixed up.

Take a lime wedge and put it around the edge of a glass, Place the edge of the glass onto a plate filled with kosher salt to get a nice, salted rim.
Strain ingredients into a high-ball glass.

Pour in a splash of sparkling water (I like to use Lime La Croix)

Top with ice. Enjoy!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Curry Chicken with Mango Chutney

INGREDIENTS:
2 chicken breasts
1 tbsp curry powder 
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil 
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1/4 cup mango chutney (find in the Asian food aisle of the grocery store)
3 tbsp sliced green onions
1 package naan bread (find in the fresh bakery section of the store)
Mixed greens

DIRECTIONS:
1. Put chicken on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound it with a mallet or heavy glass to about 1/2 inch thick. 
2. Combine curry powder, salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cover the chicken with the mixture on both sides. 
3. Put a little oil in a skillet, cook the chicken breasts a few minutes on each side until done. Then let it rest a few minutes. When ready to serve, slice into strips. 
4. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, chutney, green onions and 1/4 tsp pepper. 
5. Place naan in oven at 400 degrees for a few minutes to get it warm. Cut it in half lengthwise. 
6. To make a sandwich, take a half of the naan, spread some sauce on it, place some pieces of chicken and mixed greens on it and fold in half. 

Honey Sriracha Chicken!

INGREDIENTS:
3-4 chicken breasts
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp Corn starch
1 cup water
2 tbsp Sriracha 
5 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup sugar OR (to make it healthier 2 tbsp agave + 1 tbsp molasses)
2 tbsp honey 
Brown rice 
Favorite Veggies

DIRECTIONS:
1. Dice up chicken into bite sized pieces and put into a large Ziploc with 1/3 cup corn starch. Shake it up to coat. 

2. In a saucepan, mix the water, Sriracha, sugar (agave/molasses), soy sauce, garlic, honey. 

3. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile mix 1 tbsp water with 1 tbsp corn starch. Add to the sauce to thicken and remove from heat. 

4. In a large skillet, heat up your favorite veggies, set aside. 

5. Put a little oil in the skillet and add the chicken. Cook until cooked through. 

6. Cook the rice according to package directions. 

7. Pour the sauce into the pan with the chicken so that everything is heated up. 

8. Assemble your meal! Rice, veggies, chicken and sauce! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

One Recipe, Endless Possibilities

It's important to me, as someone who is trying to lose weight and someone who wants to help others, that I find healthy recipes that are DELICIOUS! The 21 Day Fix has been extremely helpful for me to have lost 25 pounds so far, and I've been able to do that because I get to eat REAL food and YUMMY food! So I continuously search for, find, and modify recipes to make everything I eat mouth watering. 

Thanks to Martha Stewart, I have found a great recipe that has endless possibilities to modify into several different meals. I made these Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs on Monday night and I've already had them in two different lunches at work!

Lunch 1: I mixed them with some brown rice and sauteed bell peppers and onions to make a great, balanced lunch. 
1.5 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Spoon 

Lunch 2: I crumbled them into a whole wheat tortilla with some cheese to make a quesadilla
1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow, 1/2 Spoon
*I added a side of green beans and sauteed mushrooms to get my Greens in and make sure it was balanced!

So, here it is. Enjoy! (Thanks, Martha!)

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1-2 tbsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (depending on spice level you prefer)
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix turkey, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Do not overmix. 
  3. Form into meatballs
  4. In a small bowl, stir together honey, chipotle peppers, and vinegar
  5. In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil and add meatballs to brown on all sides. This should take about 10-12 minutes
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and pour the honey mixture over the top of the meatballs. Swirl them around in the pan so they are coated with yummy goodness. 
  8. Put back in oven for another 5 minutes. 
  9. Remove and enjoy any way you'd like! But don't forget to mash them into a red container to measure! I formed the meatballs about quarter size and found that I could fit about 4 in a red container. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Why I Chose to Coach

It was only months ago when I was in such a dark place, I didn't know how I could get out. Throughout my alopecia, my self-esteem had completely disappeared. Z tried to help, tell me I was still beautiful... but I couldn't get out. I had gained about 50 pounds and constantly made excuses as to why I couldn't change. I wanted to be healthier, but I had no idea how to begin.

Moving to Seattle really helped. Sometimes, when you move to a new city, it gives you a completely new perspective on things. It allows you to look at things, not from what they are, but at what they could be. All around me I saw people here enjoying life - living life to their absolute fullest. At the end of each week they asked, "What are you doing this weekend?"

"Going skiing."

"Going camping."

"Taking a weekend trip to wine country and biking from winery to winery."

I was green with envy. I wanted their lives.

Then, one day I saw a post on Facebook from a friend about the 21 Day Fix. It's a new nutrition program released by Beachbody - the same company that launched the extremely successful Insanity and P90X. I was drawn to the fact that it wasn't a diet - it seemed like an educational tool that would help me learn portion control and how to balance my food groups to maximize my health and energy. I could eat real food and even make up my own recipes that fall into the program. Now, I love to cook, so being creative in the kitchen was a must for me.

In addition to the program, I also received Shakeology - a vitamin shake powder I could mix with all sorts of different fruits and other ingredients to have as a snack or meal. I had tried other protein shakes, but this one was so delicious and so versatile.

Within days, I could immediately tell a difference. My energy level was so much better, my stomach aches were disappearing, and I was finally starting to feel like myself again. I started running with Z in the morning, I started working out at the gym. I have never felt better in my life!

Today, I am 15 pounds lighter, inches thinner... I mean I am running out of clothes that fit!!! I have never felt healthier in my life. And what's better, this is a lifestyle I can keep. It's not some fad diet where I am going to gain it all back when I started eating normally again. I am already eating normally!


I have never felt better and I feel it's my honor and duty to pay it forward. The team I have joined is compelled by a mutual desire to change lives and to help reverse the obesity epidemic in this country. If I can inspire just one person to become a healthier version of themselves, then I will feel like I've won. Do I make money doing this? Well, we will see! Yes, I will get a commission if I inspire anyone to purchase a Beachbody product, but that's not why I'm doing it. So, I will use this blog to post recipes, fitness things I'm doing and anything else inspiring I come across. I can't wait to continue this next chapter in my life and I hope I can help you start yours.