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

  • 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).


  • 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. :-)

  • 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 

  • 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!!