Testing , Toenail, Tasty Tuesday

January 20, 2016

In that order…

Testing: Not like ISTEP standardized testing or classroom testing but REAL life testing of patience and reaction.  This week has worked every bit of my nerves and my stress is at an all time high because of work and life and all things adult.  As I sit here, I realize how little any of that matters and I am 100 percent over it – mother nature (women, you know) is testing me.

Toenail: Were you intrigued by that?  I know you are either grossed out prior to knowing what it means or you are extremely intrigued.  I love when we partake in Toenail Tuesday for Lady (our perfect pup orrrr in reality 7 year old curious loud dog).  Our locally owned pet store has toenail clippings for 5 bucks on Tuesday and they are awesome and Lady loves to sniff around the store.  She doesn’t get out much so it is a bit of an adventure for her and we always let her “pick” a special something.  She doesn’t really pick anything but I think I am so excited about the outting that its a really big affair and big deal (cue Kevin’s eye roll at me taking SO long to pick stuff for her).  This legit made my day; its the small things.

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Blog readers meet my BFF/dogter, Lady…

Tasty:  I had a veggie scramble with some blueberries this morning and finished off the pot roast for lunch.  I knew I had chicken to cook tonight and it was time to make the Garlic Rosemary Chicken with potatoes (sans the green beans cause Kev isn’t into green beans).  First off, is there much better than the smell of FRESH rosemary?  The answer is HELL no.  Just the smell of rosemary made me so giddy that I knew this dish would not and could not fail.  Secondly, this meal is cooked on one cookie sheet which any person knows is such a positive.  Lastly, its an oven meal so once its prepped and in the oven, turn on the timer and relax without babysitting. Recipe Here!

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*Please note that I used boneless skinless chicken breast because it was all I had;  it didn’t brown like boob with skin would but flavor was still delish!

Easy cleanup.  Already have heartburn from the garlic (proof that we’re only getting older) and now a little Vegas planning…so much happening these next two months, New Orleans twice, Vegas and Texas.

Stay warm, be positive and hopefully everyone gets over the hump of the week with grace and happiness!

Naughty Girl

January 18, 2016

So its Sunday, so I wanted to go to the gym and be SO productive and SO healthy.

I failed so hard. I am so naughty.  But we all deserve an all around naughty day, don’t we? I knew right away that I was going down the wrong path quick.  I just looked at Kevin and said “you want me to make some donuts this morning?”.  So with my new donut pan out and begging to be used, I made donuts.  Not HOMEMADE (although I do have some recipes but this was my first go round).  I used this batter:  Stonewall Kitchen Powdered Donuts.  I am not a sweets or donut girl, but these were delicious cake donuts and I would make them again.  This specific pan/batter made a dozen and Kevin ate 3 and I had 1.  I would say, if you have kids and have sleepovers, etc…get a pan and these mixes (many varieties available).  Very little time and effort and delicious breakfast!  We don’t have kids, we don’t have sleepovers but this will be in my aresenal for life now.  I am excited to try out my homemade recipes!

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Then lunch was leftover Pot Roast; does anything say winter and comfort like pot roast or beef stew?  My pot roast was delicious and small enough that I won’t waste a lot (Kevin doesn’t eat it) but have enough for 4-5 meals for myself!  Easy, little cleanup and so perfect for these cold days:

1.5 lbs of English Roast (seasoned with some salt and pep)

4 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (chunks)

1/2 bag of baby carrots

3/4 large sweet onion (chunks)

Onion Soup Mix, Couple Minced Garlic Cloves, Salt, Pep, 1-1/4 cup water

Cook on high for 3 hours, then low for 4ish hours. Shred beef.

Last night Kevin wasn’t hungry enough to make the rosemary chicken so that will be tomorrow more than likely.  Speaking of tomorrow, I am less than thrilled to hear about the frigid temps tomorrow.  I feel sorry for all of us and our skin.  If I even hear that its going to be frigid with a little wind, my skin breaks out before even going outside.  It is going to be a rough week!

We cuddled up inside tonight, eating baked ziti and enjoying some brews before reality hits tomorrow.  Stay safe and warm y’all!

 

 

Weekends…

January 16, 2016

One of my favorite parts of weekends is my ability to have a fresh (not reheated) breakfast and Kevin has an actual cooked breakfast (not cereal).  Today I had veggie scrambled eggs with homemade hash browns and Kevin had pancakes with some hash browns.

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My favorite pancake mix (GF) and then my deliciousness on the right!

I am the biggest advocate of breakfast and how it should NEVER be a meal that is skipped because I accredit my weight loss to restructuring my meals to include breakfast and a mid-morning snack.  I talk to a lot of people that do something quick and processed (and maybe full of sugar) which at least they are jump starting their day and metabolism, but I do try to make my breakfast meal as CLEAN as possible.  As stated before, I check sugar in everything and being conscious of this has really helped my skin, mood, and weight.  I was looking at Yahoo and this article came up: Breakfast Foods to aid in weight loss.

My weekday breakfasts are either a veggie and egg scramble with tomatoes on the side, yogurt with a fruit, or an apple with PB (or Justin’s almond butter which is an obsession of mine).  So I stick to 3, 4, and 5 with very little 2 and rarely 1. I try to incorporate oatmeal into bars/smoothies/etc every so often because unfortunately I hate oatmeal unless its mixed into things.  If you like oatmeal (without the added sugar though!), you are really on a good track too.

Some recipes that I have that could help you on your POSSIBLY new breakfast journey: Oatmeal Cookie SmoothieBanana Oatmeal Cookies (add in dark chocolate or some nuts), Egg White Muffins (any variety of veggies or seasoning), and PB Blueberry Breakfast Bars.

After breakfast, I threw ingredients in for a pot roast and I am also going to make Rosemary Garlic chicken with red potatoes and fresh green beans.  I am unsure if we will have any company today but one thing is for sure, there will be enough food 🙂  I will report on the taste and recipes tomorrow, after they’ve made it into our bellies of course!

Enjoy your Saturday & watch your step and don’t bust your ass like  I did this morning…(I’m fine, lots of laughs about it)

 

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

January 14, 2016

Happy Hump Day y’all!

It was a hectic day but it felt good getting out after another ridiculous night of sleep (8 hours again).  Feeling a little more myself but who are we kidding?  If you live in the midwest you know that the darkness and the cold sometimes catch up to your mood and your well being.  Its so easy to be grouchy, but today – I decided against grouchy because I had so much to do!

Today was meal plan and grocery day.  I have found that planning for 5 days is much better than trying to do a full 7; you want your produce to be fresh and meat naturally doesn’t last too long in a fridge (I really hate freezer meats, its one of my weird things) so for these next days we have:

Skinny Buffalo Chicken strips (happened tonight)

Rosemary Chicken with Red potatoes and fresh green beans

Pot Roast

Pizza Pasta

Breakfast for dinner

Do you see how much likelihood there is for leftovers? Me too!

I spent $82 for this week of food plus some; like REAL maple syrup which I have an ungodly obsession for and Kevin eats (probably couldn’t tell you the difference in taste) yet I have it once every 3 months and I refuse to go back to the fake side.  If you love pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc and you haven’t spent 7-14 bucks on REAL maple syrup….do yourself a solid and try it.  Also got some bathroom supplies and unnecessary organic flatbreads I’m obsessed with.

Okay, enough about the groceries, how about what filled our tummies tonight??

I made Skillet Buffalo Chicken Tenders and they were a household favorite already.  These are simple, delicious and if you don’t want them to be buffalo then they’d be great with just the seasoning prior to the tossage!  They remind us a bit of BW3’s naked tenders.  If you read the stats on the food, 2 strips is 110 calories.  Great deal.   Would be great in a salad with some onion, gorgonzola or bleu cheese, celery and carrots with a little bit of ranch.  Yum, that makes me wish I had leftovers!

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The only tips I can give are this:  Let them brown in the pan, don’t flip too soon.  Give them a good 3-4 minutes on each side.  The browner, the better.  Once you toss them in the sauce, throw them on a pan and broil them to cook the sauce in and make a little less messy!

I will make this an easy go-to meal.  As you can tell, we are a buffalo sauce obsessive family and we know this.  But usually buffalo can be interchanged with BBQ sauce for you milder people…let me know if you make this and your thoughts.

Before I sign off for the night, do you guys eat 1-2-3-4-5 meals a day?  Do you allow yourself a snack time?  I generally meal at 8 AM, snack at 10 AM, lunch at 12 PM, snack around 2 PM and dinner around 5-6 PM.  I think my next blog may include my favorite snacks because ever since Advocare cleanses (if interested in any of those products or the 10 day cleanse, let me know! or get with my go-to, Danielle Tratar) – I’ve stuck to their meal plan.  It has generally worked for me.  Let me know your meal type and what works for you because I am always interested.

Well…this scramble for tomorrow isn’t going to make itself…thank you all for the reads, love it and love you all for the support!

Rough Start

January 13, 2016

Well, Mondays are just…Mondays!  I am thankful that I get to see another one but it seems like I am just off-balance all day which my husband will tell you that I am just weird and off all the time.

Yesterday, I went to work as normal (hopefully that stops when Kevin buys the winning Powerball ticket right now) and knew that I was coming home for a solo night with just Lady and I.  I held back some leftovers from my mom and dad’s house to have so that I could literally just relax – cuddle, snuggle, watch trash TV and maybe blog.  Tiredness hit me like a ton of bricks and I did the first two with lady and started drifting away around 7 PM and was sound asleep by 8 PM.  That is quite early even for someone who acts double their actual age most of the times; so that brings me to this morning wake up.  Normal 4:15-4:30 wake up and my head was feeling a little off and then turned on a light and HOLY misery.  It hurt to have my eyes open and I felt that I could literally sleep all day long at that moment.  So I let my boss know that I  wasn’t going to make it in – please note this is my first call off due to sickness in like 4 years.  I hate doing it but I really didn’t want to drive nor did I think I could stand the flourescent lights.  So I passed back out until like 7:30 (cause Lady was not thrilled with the later wake up) and decided to try to make myself something.  So I made a little egg scramble with some protein and veggies to get some nutrients in my body.  Back to laying down and doing nothing with lady; dozed here and there and then luckily had some leftover soup to heat up for lunch.  BAM, I felt human again. I am still a little tired somehow but I feel like I can function.  Which brings me to the kitchen a little bit longer.

I felt completely worthless for the day so I figured that Kevin would have a not fun ride home from Indy so I baked him some Cookies! and they are supposed to be chocolate chip according to the recipe…but I was in the house and decided to go with what I had which was dark chocolate M&M’s.  This specific recipe had some little facts on like “why cornstarch”,  reasons to go heavy on chocolate chips and brown sugar, etc.  I am all for pointers and explanations.  These were a big hit and Kevin said they were “fluffy” so I think that is one time to TOTALLY accept that as an adjective!

I had those and a cold beer poured for him when he got home; sometimes I am not so bad!

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Upper left is a modeling picture because Kevin was over our cookie sheets so he got “me” some for Christmas; men!  Disclaimer:  I made larger cookies which extended the cook time to 15ish minutes and made 16 cookies!

I love baking and I love watching people enjoy the sweet goodies that bring comfort as well as some happiness.  With that being said, I don’t generally enjoy anything sweet and rarely will you see me munching on sweets.  I really dislike adding sugar to my diet that isn’t natural (like in fruits) because it is a trigger for my skin among other things.  So if sweets are your thing – there is a chance that weekly i’ll have a cookie or muffin or cupcake of sorts around…come on over and bring chips & salsa, we’ll barter!

Well as we finish up this Tuesday up…I end with dinner conversation which I wish could be another recipe but it isn’t.  I offered to make dinner even though I am still tired and together we decided on a gourmet Jack’s Frozen Pizza.  Sometimes, frozen pizzas are like a little piece of heaven on this earth – doesn’t dirty many dishes, quick and easy, and simply remind me of being in college.

Tomorrow is a little meal planning, a little cookin’ dinner and hopefully a lot of relaxing.  Hope everyone had a great first two days of the week; hoping hump day brings a good feeling Kristin and a lack of stress work day.

 

 

 

Weekend Madness

January 10, 2016

You know when you feel like you’ve done SO much but really accomplished very little?  That was me this weekend.  Shot straight to Indy on Friday after work for a nice home-cooked meal from my mom and just enjoying some adult beverages and conversation.  One of the convos happened to be about the winter storm that was coming on Saturday late afternoon/evening and they urged me to hurry back Saturday and cancel the appointment I was there for.  So I did and guess what! The region didn’t even end up getting an inch.  Its okay, I got in a nice visit and a chill weekend with Kev and Lady.

My mom made me Beef and Noodles with her homemade mashed potatoes on Friday with a follow up of her homemade Biscuits and Gravy on Saturday morning.  Not shitting you, the smell woke me up.  My dad even said “told you the smell would wake her”.  One day, I will learn how to make the gravy but until then, I will allow her to make it for me whenever she deems it necessary. (Also, her mashed potatoes are the BEST – her supposed secret? Yukon Gold potatoes, Milnot and reserving a little water from boiling them among other things…mine still are NEVER the same as hers).

That brings me to yesterday.  Doomsday according to NWI.  It was really ridiculous and why milk and bread?  Is that really going to save you when we get snow and you are stuck inside?  As soon as I got into town, I  had to go to the store because we literally had very little to make an actual meal with so I stopped by Stracks only to find zero parking spots and ended up getting honked at and the middle finger.  My anxiety was through the roof so OFF TO TARGET I went.  I have enough to last me Saturday-Wednesday for $50 bucks.  I consider that a huge victory (since the Velveeta alone was $6.50, enter in extremely dramatic eyeroll).

Last night,  I made homemade Bacon Mac N Cheese.  Kevin is a huge fan of this meal and I gave it thim as an option, he jumped on it.  It is just my own improv meal using elbow noodles, Velveeta, butter, milk, breadcrumbs, bacon and the bacon grease.  It is easy and delish.

Today was brunch and then I meal prepped for the beginning of the week, on deck?  Lemon Orzo Soup!  Today, I decided to change it up just a little bit.  I told you how I am frugal so I only bought one package of chicken for this week and didn’t want to use it for this so I chose to put chickpeas in place of the chicken.  Beans are perfect substitutes.  It ups the amount of carbohydrates of course, but I will just keep that in mind for breakfast and dinner.  Beans are so good to help you make a cheap meal or a meatless meal – so interchangable.

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This is about 5 servings because I did only 4 cups of chicken stock and 3/4 cup of water.  This is less than 2 dollars a serving which is great.  Fresh produce, pantry products, and just great for when you are feeling a little under the weather.  Even use the lemon carcasses to clean up your kitchen and make it smell delicious.

That brings me to the importance of meal planning and grocery gettin’.   I have brought up pantry meals in ever post but I am going to tell you my favorite things to make sure I have around: garlic (fresh), some type of rice, boxed pasta, diced tomatoes (reg and rotel), chicken broth, potatoes, carrots/celery, frozen onions and spinach, pasta sauce, panko breadcrumbs and regular breadcrumbs, italian or ranch seasoning packet, taco seasoning.  Do you see the opportunity?  Mix some italian seasoning with panko breadcrumbs and then bread chicken and bake them – DELISH.  Chicken broth to slow cook some chicken and then add some taco seasoning or salsa, make anything.  Ranch seasoning mixed with ground beef and onion – burgers.  Just sit down, think about what you enjoy eating regularly and use regularly and make sure to buy an extra couple.  That way, you can just focus on buying your meat.  If something is on sale, I will purchase multiple so that I don’t have to pay full price.

Also when you are buying groceries, think about the uses of the protein/meat throughout the week.  I will buy a pound of sausage to make omelettes for the week as well as make your own pizza.  Baked chicken as a meal and then used in a salad.  Always think about how to MAXIMIZE your purchases and use all you have.

Eating at home was the key to successful weight loss and overall feeling good for me personally cause I controlled everything and portions.  Diets are a great thought BUT do NOT take away everything you love or skip meals or limit yourself so much that you can’t stand it.  And don’t beat yourself up because its a process and nothing changes over night so no one should be like this:

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Everyone.  Survive Monday, actually…CONQUER your Monday!

 

Every day has been a Monday…

January 8, 2016

but I am getting my hair done Saturday FINALLY! (cue the hallelujahs!)

It has been easy peasy kitchen days (or lack of kitchen days) because my sweetheart husband decided to plan a little mid-week date for the two of us.  Dinner and a movie.  Highly recommend “The Big Short” to anyone interested in more serious yet informative movies; I am sure the housing market issues and chaos from 2007-2008 affected you or someone you knew.

Today, I needed to go to Target after the gym and I was dreading it.  I know  most people are like me, walk in with a list or monetary amount you are wanting to spend but walk out with that plus a million.  Today, I sat out in the car pep talking myself because it is just ridiculous the amount of random shit I walk out with.  How did my pep talk go? “Kristin, you don’t even need to look in women’s or junior’s because you have enough to get you through til spring/summer.  You do need a new sports bra and regular bra but if you walk to these sections, you’ll purchase like 5.  Don’t do it. Stick to the necessities.”

So I did. Ish.

I had to buy bathroom necessities – razors, TP, D.O. for our B.O. but then the hard part was going to the food.  I love their food section.  I love just looking at what they have.  For instance, they had a 10 oz package of pre shredded organic chicken – WHO KNEW!?!  Remember the whole lazy meal thing?  There ya go, perfection in the refrigerated aisle.  Either way, since I ran into someone I knew and spent so much of my time just looking, I decided make your own pizza night for the Hetrick’s tonight and make an omelette for tomorrow morning.  Seriously, omelettes are quick (and can be easy as long as the flip goes well) and so many health benefits from them.  I usually do an omelette but sometimes do a nice scramble. Tonight,  I made a green pepper, onion and turkey sausage with a smidge of cheese omelette.

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Some things I’d like to plug is this (10% off on Cartwheel plus a $5 dollar gift card if you buy three):

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Serving size of this one is four per bag and it is delicious! You see the amount of IRON ladies? Fiber, potassium. This is a quick something to make to last you a good part of the week for your lunch.  They give you ideas of what to add to it too; they ring in between 3-7 bucks (this specific one is on the 3 dollar side and I do love it).  A little high on sodium but their is a lot of positive to this meal.

That wraps up my last two days, looking forward to the weekend…may even have a co-host tomorrow, Phyllis Kay.  I am visiting my parents and she is cooking beef and noodles with homemade mashed potatoes.  There is nothing better than being cooked for!

 

Go-to & Easy

January 6, 2016

Its all about simplicity when you are feeling the struggles of the week already (and its only Tuesday). I am all about simple staples/pantry meals at my house because some days, you just don’t want to be a domestic diva!

Today, as I would tell one of my best friends Danielle in reference to Destiny’s Child,  I am the Kelly Rowland and there is no sight of Beyonce. I try to Beyonce everyday, but we all have days where we are more so her backups. So I Kelly’ed my way to the gym for a quick sweat and then came home and let Kevin decide the simple dinner through three choices and as always: cajun potatoes with smoked turkey sausage.

Guys, this is a staple. Low on funds meal, feeling lazy meal, comfy meal. I have about 4-5 of these and most of them are self created. This specific one is a little sodium high but otherwise, it isn’t horrendous. You ready for these ingredients?

-Russet potatoes (cubed, 2-3 large)

-Eckrich Smoked Turkey Sausage

-3-4 tbps of olive oil, salt/pepper, cajun seasoning

Cook the potaoes til crispy yet soft to the taste, then throw in the sausage for a while and brown it up – add seasonings, toss and cook a little longer and you have yourself an EASY meal.

If Kevin isn’t here? Oh man, I will add onions or peppers or mushrooms. Zuchinni could work. Could put this in the oven versus my skillet way. Fact of the matter is, no real brain needed and it is quick and easy.

I think that the way to get through a week is pantry meals.  This is where some creative juices flow to; try different seasonings and try different things because if it was already sitting in your pantry, what other big plans did you have? Do you have a box of rice in your pantry and some chicken breast in the fridge with some steamable broccoli in your freezer – i smell a nice little rice bowl with a little seasoning here and there of your choice.

My mom loves to cook.  Her mom loved to cook.  It took me longer to get the bug but I have it also.  My mom has told me not to be scared to fail in the kitchen and I fail more often than I’d like to admit.  But it is simply one of the few things I’ve never given up on.  Don’t give up.  The failure is totally worth it because you find what you like (like your ungodly obsession with fresh cilantro and parsley).

Some of my favorite lazy meals are comfy, and not really “holy hell I am going to lose weight eating that” but they aren’t terrible for you either, remember PORTION control…if you want my bacon mac n cheese meal (totally comfy and fattening), that may come later. That is a remix of Phyllis Kay’s (my mother) recipe of regular mac and cheese.  A couple of my staples and easy go-to’s:

Hummus Chicken < with or without the veggies, and after its done cooking, pop it in the broiler for a little more crusting!

Cajun Chicken Rice <meals for days, I use brown rice instead. LOVE this meal, probably in my top 10 favorite meals.

Chicken Noodle Soup ITS THE REEEMIXXXX <game changer, make it this weekend. you’ll fall in love and I will simply say, YOU ARE WELCOME.

Let me know your favorite quick meals, lord knows we all need them!

 

 

 

 

Monday Vibes

January 5, 2016

I refuse to have this be a platform to bitch, moan and wheeze about my days so I won’t do that (for too long).  Everyone had bad Monday Vibes in the world and I actually was in a fairly good mood despite my thoughts to quit coffee cold turkey this morning (why on a Monday, Kristin? Why on the first Monday back after consecutive short weeks?). I felt every emotion today – happy, sad, excited, defeated, worried, and the list could go on.  Right now, I am content and completely worn out.

Kevin and I made plans for the gym but I honestly didn’t want to be a part of the new crowd so we skipped.  He wasn’t feeling well so he napped for a while and I figured I should be productive since I aleady found an excuse to skip the gym this week – dishes, laundry, dishes, and then it was time for DINNER!

I decided to try a recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs; I am a huge fan of making meatballs and things in muffin tins. I feel like the portion control is much easier, easier to pack for lunch and all around just cute.

I haven’t made these before but Kevin loves Chicken Parmy (tastes so good) in any form it seems. These naturally called for ground chicken and an array of some fresh ingredients which I always think makes for something delicious. The lemon zest threw me off, but it did seem to add a pop to the meatball as well as the fresh parsley and fresh garlic. This isn’t labor intensive and would honestly be a great meal prep meal for those who like to meal prep for days at a time, add a veggie and maybe even a smidge of whole wheat noodle for your carb – bam! Its a well rounded meal. I made 10 ish good size meatballs which equal out to about 1.6 oz each if you are into meal tracking. Recipes of my favorite bite sized foods are below. Happy Monday & let’s have a great week!

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Please note my OBSESSION with my iPad stand for the kitchen; if you pinterest and grab your recipes online – splurge and get one! 

Some of my favorite bite sized recipes:

Chicken Parm Meatballs (as seen above)

Baked Turkey Meatballs

My favorite Turkey Meatloaf Minis

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

 

Sunday Funday

January 3, 2016

Anyone else get the Sunday Blues? I don’t even hate my job but I still hate the overall thought of Mondays (shoutout to all the teachers who head back after a long break, thats a tough Monday).

My most productive day of the week is ALWAYS Sunday and I would like to give you a better reason than the fact that I slack off Friday & Saturday by doing little to nothing.

So I woke up this morning and knew I needed to hit the ground running which brings me to my first break of the day, 3:00 PM. I made my way to the gym for a little cardio and lift session before I went a little loco in the kitchen. I tried 2 new recipes today, one is a big time keeper and the other one will make its way around here and there.

First up, PB Banana Blender Muffins. These would be so much easier for all of you with state of the art blenders but mine is a hand me down from like 1980. I went in knowing that there would be a couple cuss words towards this blender during this recipe, I was more than correct. I am always interested in recipes that are like 5 ingredients or less but I always think that they are too good and easy to be true. The biggest positive of this recipe is you are very likely to have all things on hand: bananas, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. These are flourless and added sugarless with protein from egg/PB and the natural goodness of a banana. I think it tastes good but not great, I feel it was missing something but I am unsure of what. Recipe here!

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As soon as I woke up, or was woken up by Kevin, I jumped up and got into the kitchen, set the crockpot on high with a little over a 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts and about 3/4 of a can of chicken broth. I don’t know how anyone else makes shredded chicken but this way is easy and you can literally walk away from it for whatever time is needed. A few hours in the crockpot and it practically shreds itself. I am a HUGE fan of shredded chicken and the opportunities it can provide. Please note that either of the next things made are also yummy with a Rotisserie chicken from the deli, not much work for you and the same deliciousness.

I decided to make Kevin Buffalo Chicken quesadillas and made myself Spicy White Chicken Chili. With this blog, you’ll notice a lot of his and hers meals. I love anything, Kevin loves very little.

Buffalo chicken quesadillas are simple (and if I ate it, I would have changed it up a little with some red onion and avocado with it) and overall not terrible for you minus the cheese, but who doesn’t love a little dairy? Simply shred the chicken, I put a little salt/pepper/cajun seasoning on it and then toss in some Buffalo Wing Sauce. Do not go cheap on the wing sauce and make sure that it is a bit on the thicker side because it will hold up on bread and tortillas much better. I used provolone cheese for the ‘dillas because something about provolone with buffalo sauce is  SO right. Made two for Kevin, he loved.

Then I shredded up the remaining chicken for the spicy white chicken chili – which i made very spicy. It was everything I wanted and more. As always, you can keep the heat down by taking out al the seeds in the jalapeno and maybe even up the fresh cilantro. I halved this recipe and I would say that it is near 5 generous servings. Definitely on the healthy side and it will last me through Tuesday night. I am all about maximizing the dollar and ingredients. This specific soup came in costing ROUGHLY $9.50. That includes all ingredients. If I can get 4-5 meals out of it, I am WINNING. Always think about overall cost! Chili Recipe!

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Shredded chicken is my staple when it comes to meal planning and easy meals because you get the nutrients from the chicken AND it heats up well.  We have all had the rubbery chicken from a microwave (barfed in my mouth thinking of it) but my shredded chicken go-to’s? BBQ chicken flatbreads, homemade chicken salad (usually put it in an avocado), bufffalo chicken taco lettuce wrap (use butter lettuce, its the only way to go), and burrito bowls! Let me know your favorites.

Hope you all had a great weekend and that tomorrow isn’t too much of a MONDAY for you!