Dinner

Chicken Casserole

This is a family favorite in our household growing up. The beautiful part is that I only made one small adjustment from regular milk to almond milk when mixing together the stuffing mix. It's so easy and such few recipes and even just the smell of it in the oven brings back so many memories before soccer practice paired alongside some canned green beans and boxed mashed potatoes with sweet tea! YUM YUM! Anyway, the macros are great in my opinion and I can't wait to make this more often now that I've remembered it! :) 

I can't wait to see if you guys do this! The macros are below and the macros are for 1/8 of the 9x13 pan! You can add more protein and chicken to the base if you'd like and cheese on top if that tickles your fancy but momma never did it that way growing up so therefore I don't mess with it ;) 

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Sweet Potato Avocado & Nutrition Ramblings

Last night, we had about 20 high schoolers in our house and it was just lovely! ha! They came over to just hang out, watch basketball, and it was good to get to know some of them more. Before they came, I whipped up some pumpkin and peanut butter cookies! But, for me on the side, I prepared this sweet potato, avocado, and peanut butter for dinner part 1! As you all know, I am plant based when I can be so as odd as it is in our society to JUST have a sweet potato, that's what I had.

Give me all the carbs and fat ;) haha! This is so simple. I just popped one of these sweet potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until it gets soft dependent on your microwave then added some avocado and peanut butter to my preference which means light on the avocado and heavy on the peanut butter!

The amount of peanut butter that we go through is ridiculous but I digress. Tanner knows the deal though so he will say "There's not enough peanut butter for your waffles, but I need to make a peanut butter sandwich for work. Can you bring me one?" hahaha! The beauty is he literally works 0.4 miles from our house (how convenient right?) and the grocery store is on the way. It's funny thinking back to the days in NYC when I had to like walk miles just to get groceries home and Tanner worked an hour away on the subway. Small town living for the win! I also love Shelby because even with our small town living, we have about 5 big cities surrounding us all within an hour! WOOP! 

Okay, now on to my rambles. I discussed this with my team yesterday and I felt it necessary and appropriate to share here. There are wide opinions (actually more so in the "healthy living blogger sphere") that don't agree with tracking of any kind. Obviously, I think of things differently but what I've realized is the beauty in knowing that everyone is different. I used to get all hot and bothered when people didn't agree with the way that I did nutrition...which was just plain silly...it works for me, and it works for others but that doesn't mean that it works for everyone! You have to find your route. 

However, if you decide to go the macros route that doesn't mean that you have to do it forever. When you make a cake for the first time, you use measuring cups and spoons to get that perfect amount of butter, oil, and vanilla extract to make your cake taste exactly how you want it to. You had GOALS for that cake ;) Once you have made the cake 100 times, you no longer need to measure because you know what it needs to produce the cake. 

That's how macros are. Sometimes, in our society, we are not taught about the actual nutrition in foods so we are either left eating in over abundance (and I don't mean like just listening to your body eating what it wants but like truly gluttony) or being scared to eat enough of it. I think it helps to use those measuring cups and spoons in the beginning to see what a serving size looks like and what a day consists of to give your body exactly what it needs. After you do this for a few months and you decide that tracking is not for you, now you are educated. If you have meticulously tracked for a year then you now know what exactly it looks like and it's not really as necessary anymore. 

Its okay to have goals for your cake. (This might be my new catch phrase because I feel as if can relate to cakes of all varieties HAHAHA!)

With that, let me know if you try this snack! I think you'll love it! :) The flavor combo with the avocado and sweet potato is odd but really good, and tie it all in with the peanut butter! YUM!!

 

 

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Single Serving Healthy Chicken Salad

I think this recipe is very classic, so it's nothing that you haven't seen before, but I think that most of the time, it's going to be something that you make in a big batch. 

I hear a lot from women that may be single or just alone that night that they don't want to cook for just one person. I've found actually this to be really easy. You don't have to always whip up a huge casserole, but just make something yummy and quick for just you. I think finding new ways to do recipes is GOLDEN in the healthy life. It gives you satiety which is the number one thing that you want to accomplish when making this a lifelong commitment! :) 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 lb chicken breast 
  • 1 tablespoon non fat plain greek yogurt 
  • 1 celery stalk 
  • handful of shredded carrots

DIRECTIONS:

I bought a bag of celery and shredded carrots for this. Honestly, I should have just not because we had celery but I knew that it was normally in chicken salad, so I thought I would give it a whirl. It is confirmed that we still don't like it! HAHA! 

First, cook your chicken. I went ahead and cooked the entire lb so that I could have it prepped for other things. This is what I do with all of our meats. I prepare large quantities to just throw into different recipes all week. 

I took a handful, added one celery stalk and a handful of the cut up carrots! I added one tablespoon greek yogurt and mixed it all together in a bowl! I added this to a bed of lettuce, and VOILA! 

Super simple and easy for a delicious protein packed lunch! 

Macros will vary based on how much chicken used, so weigh this out before you add the greek yogurt, but most likely this will be a meal with mostly protein and minimal carb & fat.



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