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Pinterest’s perfect chicken

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes.

I have seen this recipe repeatedly pinned by Pinterest users. I am always willing to try a new way to spice up and add flavor to chicken. I have made this twice with great results. It is super easy and does lend nice flavor to chicken. When I went back to look for the “pin” last time, it was no longer accessible, so I am blogging it. Perfect chicken: 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1-1.5 pounds chicken breast Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all dry ingredients together. I tripled the recipe to have extra on hand for next time I made chicken. Rub on chicken. Heat a little oil of choice in cast iron skillet on medium to medium-high on stove top. Cook chicken about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Place in lightly oiled(or non-stick

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Going green and a healthy shamrock shake

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I know it’s 2 days past the grand holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, but I thought I’d share with you the delicious green things I’ve eaten lately. On Saturday in Chicago was the dying of the river green. I spend the day running errands and having my taxes done. It must have been good luck as I’m getting a little green(refund). Then I went to Target and got an iced green tea at Starbucks. Saturday I made myself a chocolate mint protein shake and a “shamrock” shake for Brian. For Brian’s shake, I used vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice, green food coloring and a few drops of mint extract. He said it was good, but would have been better if it was made with ice cream. Of course! Yesterday, we had a potluck at work. I made a chicken pesto sandwich on a baguette for everyone to add

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Weekend review

Published on February 17, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

It was a very simple weekend in terms of meals. Apparently, I did not do as good of a job as I thought with planning meals last week. We have an odd amount of extra groceries that need to be used up. So, I picked up a few things to supplement what we had left and it is my challenge to get these groceries used up and make it until the weekend before needing more groceries. We went out for a quick dinner on Friday night before catching a movie. Saturday, I needed good healthy fuel after eating out Friday night and having some Junior Mints at the movie. I had  fruit and sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with an egg. For lunch, Brian had tacos and I had a taco salad. We have lots of taco fixings left over for the week ahead. We had a Screw Cupid party

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BBQ pineapple chicken wraps

Published on November 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are a satisfying but easy throw together lunch or dinner. I spread a little bbq sauce and mayo on a wrap shell. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but I don’t know what it does when it mixes with the bbq sauce and pineapple in this wrap, but it’s a little magical. Then I added some shredded mozzarella and some sharp cheddar. Layer on some cooked chicken and fresh pineapple. Add lettuce and any other veggies you want. I would suggest tomato and cucumber. Roll it up. Stick a toothpick on each side. Slice down the middle. Serve with healthy sides.

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How to eat more vegetables: breakfast and lunch

Published on October 23, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This is not a sponsored post. I ran across a product today that I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to give you some tips and trick to add more vegetables into your daily diet. I love salads. A lot. I don’t use much dressing and sometimes don’t use any at all, but there are some salad combinations that just need it. I was low on salad dressing at work, so I stopped at the grocery store this morning. I spotted this delightful looking bottle of feta dill yogurt dressing. I tend to like yogurt dressing and love feta and dill. Even better, it was on sale. You get 2 tablespoons for only 50 calories. It almost sounded too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. This stuff is delicious! So how to I eat vegetables at almost every meal? I had a salad

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Update

Published on October 22, 2013, by in Update.

What have I been cooking up lately? Not much. I have been determined to be super healthy lately. This plan has put a halt to most of my baking which is really hard to do with the colder temps setting in. I love to bake when it gets cold out. However, we have been eating a lot of unremarkable meals. Tuna salad made with mustard not mayo, blackened tilapia, other lean protein and vegetables. I did have the opportunity to bake last week. It was Boss’s Day, so I took some Chai latte with vanilla bean cupcakes to work. It was a great excuse to use my new collapsible cake/cupcake carrier. It’s amazing and I love it. A great gift I got at my bridal shower. We had a cold snap this week that led me to not want to leave the couch, wear only fuzzy socks and drink hot

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Take out fake out sesame chicken

Published on October 11, 2013, by in Recipes.

I actually like this better than take out sesame chicken. No gross fried breading, the sauce has more flavor, it’s healthier than ordering out and cheaper! The best part… Drum roll please…. It’s ready in less time than delivery. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Boom! That is what I call a win-win situation. Adapted from Gimme Some Oven. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts(trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces) salt and pepper 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon sesame seeds olive oil Steamed broccoli(optional) rice or quinoa for serving Heat a little olive oil or non-stick spray over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper

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Walk it off

Published on September 10, 2013, by in Update.

This past winter, I got a great deal on a watch. This was no ordinary watch, but one of those sporty heart rate monitor exercise watches. The only problem with these watches is that the battery doesn’t last nearly as long as a regular watch as they are working so much harder and tracking so much more. So, the battery died about 2 months ago. Last week, Brian was trying to change the battery and accidentally broke the LCD screen on it. He very kindly bought me a new watch, which might actually be an upgrade to my old watch. This one also had a pedometer, calculates the calories you burn throughout the day based on your heart rate and you can set daily goals on it. I really like. It’s also very motivating to move more. I had a lot of errands to run this weekend and by run,

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Happy Friday!

Published on August 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve been on a bad cycle for the past month to 6 weeks. A cycle of summer socialization. While the socializing is great, the food and booze that I chose to consume in conjunction with the socializing has taken a toll on me. I’ve been feeling non-stop bloated. Gross. The good news is that I’ve been eating well and exercising this week and things are quickly turning around. One night this week I brought back a version of the good old macro bowl. This time I used a lentil and bean mixture with rice, chicken(seasoned with five spice powder and berbere), kale and sweet potato. Delicious! On Wednesday we received a gift in the mail from our registry. A mortar and pestle! I was so excited. I have been dying to make dukkah ever since I saw More Cheese More Chocolate post about making it months ago.  That mortar and pestle made it

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Easy teriyaki and pineapple chicken with rice

Published on July 10, 2013, by in Recipes.

This was a super simple recipe that I threw together in almost no time. I had bought a package of chicken breasts for another recipe and had one giant breast left over. Seeing that I also had some pineapple in the fridge, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Teriyaki chicken. I love teriyaki chicken. Or teriyaki pork. Or teriyaki turkey burgers. I think I like it because it’s sweet, tangy and a little salty. I started by marinating the chicken in some kikoman’s teriyaki sauce in the pantry. I’m not a big fan of this sauce and think it lacks flavor, so I added some honey, garlic, cilantro, and pineapple juice. If you find a teriyaki sauce that you like, you don’t need to do that. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to a few hours. Heat up a skillet to medium heat. Place chicken in skillet once

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