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Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili

2 May

Like most busy people, I love a good Crockpot meal.You can make a ton of food with the same amount of effort (or less) that it would take you to make a normal dinner.

Last night we celebrated hubby’s birthday a bit early and he wanted a simple dinner at home… which meant I had the time and excuse to try a new recipe πŸ™‚ It was a rainy day yesterday so based off this Catz in the Kitchen recipe, I decided to try a slow cooker chicken chili. Per usual, I made some adjustments.

You’ll need:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1Β½ lbs boneless, skinless/boneless chicken breast
  • 1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (can sub water)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Optional toppings: Light Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Cilantro

  1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into approx. 1 inch squares
  2. Place 1 cup liquid at bottom of crockpot, layer in chicken and sweet potatoes
  3. Top with beans, tomatoes, garlic, and spices
  4. Cook on low for 2 hours, then add in fresh onions and pepper and cook on high for another 2 hours (you can just add it all in at the start and cook on low for 6 hours per original recipe)
  5. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred then add chicken back in and stir into other ingredients.
  6. Serve with favorite toppings and enjoy!

  

Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken

20 May

I don’t know about you but when I’m using my Crockpot I want a recipe that is just throw it in and go. Nothing I have to keep checking on or adding to or… well, you get it. So yesterday when I was doing some meal prep I was trying to find a new recipe but finally just used a few different recipes as a guide to come up with a simple Santa Fe Chicken.

ImageYou’ll need:

  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 6 oz water
  • 1 can black beans- rinsed and drained
  • 4 cloves garlic- sliced
  • 1/2 onion- chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 3-4 chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in Crockpot. Place chicken on top and cook on high for 4 hours.

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Serving suggestion: add in some quinoa

 

Hey September…where’d you come from?

17 Sep

So, I don’t know where August went but it seems like I looked up and it was gone and I haven’t written anything in a month! We had some unexpected travel last month which threw off my sense of timing but things are starting to settle back in now πŸ™‚

I’ve been at my new job just over a month now and so far really like it. It’s challenging but I’m always on the go and learning a lot so I think after a month that’s all I can ask for. As of last week I’m settling into my 3 days a week schedule (I don’t know how most of you work 5 days a week… I love my 13 hour shifts) and hopefully that means on days off like this I can get back to writing again.

Hubby was gone most of August which meant my exercise was mainly taking Maia on her walks. She’s gottenΒ  a lot better about pulling and I like to think she’s fully “adopted us” by now. But, she’s still a big dog which means I try to take her on at least three 20 min walks a day… there’s my hour of workout time. The past week I have been able to do more at home workouts so between that and physical therapy twice a week I’ve hardly been sedentary, just haven’t had a lot of strength workouts to post :-/ I am going to start using my crockpot more again since I’m on the 12 hour shifts now so look for those recipes this fall!

Other than that, we’ve finally got a contract on a house so hopefully we’ll be moving out of the apartment and Maia will have a yard by the end of November! We’re just settling into the new pace of both of our new jobs and life together back in the states. How was August for you? Any big news for the fall?

ImageMy “lap dog” πŸ˜‰

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Arms and Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

16 Jan

Oh my arms… they hurt. But it’s a good hurt, it’s a getting back into it hard and loving every minute hurt πŸ˜‰

I’ve decided I’m going to look into the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. To be honest, I probably won’t follow it exactly at least for the 1st phase. The program is made to start people from the very beginning. BUT I do really like the principles of it and she has some great exercises. So honestly it’ll probably just be a few exercises here and there I change. Which also means about 3 weeks off of cardio other than for some ankle PT and locking down my diet (mainly goodbye to my after dinner sweet tooth). Since I had just done a similar workout to her day one, I started on day two and adjusted it based off what I did on Monday so the workout ended up like this…

3 sets of everything, not super-sets, lifting as heavy as I could with still hitting 12. I rested about 30-60 seconds in between each set (30 at the beginning, 60 at the end when I was tired):

  • 12 wide push-ups
  • 12 Dumbbell rows
  • 12 cable rows
  • 12 underhand cable pull-downs (this was new for me, I liked it)
  • 12 dumbbell bicep curls
  • 12 narrow push-ups… these I “set” with 20 calf raises for my ankle and to give my arms a break

I was def. feeling it by the end, and between this and the triceps from Monday my arms are worked today. The trainer had to reschedule yesterday so I’m hopefully meeting her today and we’ll hit legs πŸ™‚

Last night I knew I’d be getting home later than normal and gone when I normally cook so I wanted to use my new crock pot for dinner πŸ™‚ I made a honey sesame chicken and it was delicious! Based off the recipe from The Comfort of Cooking but made some changes to make it easier to cook and a bit healthier. This made about 5-6 servings.

You’ll need:

  • 3-4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken breasts
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/2 C low sodium soy sauce (again all you GF readers, make sure to check the bottles!)
  • Approx. 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 C water
  • 3 scallions- chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • quinoa (or brown rice)
  1. Lightly season chicken with pepper and place in crockpot
  2. Combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, oil, and pepper over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours **I was really worried about this drying out the chicken because her recipe is different but I didn’t have much choice with how my day played out. With all the sauce, it ended up being great and just falling apart!
  4. After about 4 hours I added in some water to the crock pot and after 6 just turned it to the “warm” setting before I ran out to my next appointment
  5. Remove chicken and shred into bite-size pieces (here you can either set aside or put back into the sauce)
  6. Prepare quinoa according to directions on package
  7. Serve quinoa onto plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce on top.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds and the chopped scallions over the top

I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture so here’s the one from Comfort of Cooking. We obviously didn’t have rice with it and since I didn’t add in any thickener the quinoa absorbed some of the sauce… but it looked about the same. Hubby said it tasted similar to “coke chicken” which I don’t remember having before but we decided this can be a healthy substitute. πŸ™‚

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