Stovetop Chicken Noodle Soup


The new recycled-almost-weekly recipe in our house is this stovetop Chicken Noodle Soup that we pour overtop mashed potatoes. Probably not the healthiest thing but it sure does taste good! 

Note: I’ll give my husband credit for the mashed potatoes addition. 

 

Stovetop Chicken Noodle Soup

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • ½ cup celery, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cups egg noodles, uncooked
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and onion to pot and cook until tender; about 5 minutes.
  2. Next add broth, egg noodles, chicken and spices. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once there, reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Tuna Pasta Salad

Monday is here and I just started Prep Week for Beachbody’s Transform20. I’m sure most of you have heard of Shaun T, and if you haven’t – do a quick search. He has the most exhilarating workout programs (Insanity!) and is such a motivator. The new Transform20 program only calls for 20 minutes of your day, perfect if you’re the type of person who loses interests after a half hour of hearing a trainer yell instructions and moves. Plus you can lose up to 20lbs in just 6 weeks! If that’s not convincing enough to give it a try, I’m not sure what is. 

(Check out the program here if I’ve sparked your interest. We start in a week!)


I’m not in my best shape. My eating may be OK and I have lost 5lbs in the past 3 weeks, but I’m not IN shape. We’re in the middle of having our home gym area remodeled and so I can’t use any of my go-to equipment. So every pound I’ve lost lately has been due to eating clean and cutting down on snacks and sweets. This week is especially an exception because while I will be doing quick prep workouts, I also will need to focus on remaining on my clean-eats path!

Starting the week off right with this salad.This particular salad is packed with plenty of vegetables and protein! I don’t like fish myself, but I love a good can of tuna with some light mayonnaise. Add it into a salad and you’ve got even more of my attention. But I feel as though I see a lack of tuna recipes on the internet. I guess maybe there are only so many ways that you can incorporate it into a meal other than just the by using it in staple recipes.

It’s awfully colorful too, and I know that can be appealing to some. I like pretty food. It’s more photogenic and it also meal-preps wonderfully which should always be the exception. We don’t necessarily have the time to prepare our foods daily and in order to stay on track, you’re guaranteed to succeed with your personal goals if you’re preprepared.

Tuna Pasta Salad

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole wheat pasta
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1 stick of celery, diced
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • ¼ cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta accordingly and drain. Set aside.
  2. Using a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients; whisk well. Set aside.
  3. Divide ingredients between 2 plates, lettuce and pasta first followed by vegetables. Lastly add tuna and drizzle dressing onto.
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Crockpot Marinara Sauce

This is one of those posts where I’ve only got one photo and it’s out of it’s element because I was too impatient and hungry when it was originally cooked. So if there are additional pictures, that can only mean I’ve made this recipe again since this post was published. 

Lately I have been purchasing a marinara sauce at the local grocery store because it was local based and all the ingredients were natural, no sugar included. It’s awesome, don’t get me wrong – I just sometimes prefer to make meals from scratch; especially if I can count all the ingredients on one hand. Marinara us one of those meals. 

Crockpot Marinara Sauce
A clean-eating marinara sauce that can be cooked in a crockpot.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 TB extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cans 28-ounce crushed tomatoes
  3. large sweet onion, diced
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 3 TB italian seasoning
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
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Greek Marinated Chicken Salad

 

Greek Marinated Chicken Salad
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Chicken Marinade
  1. 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½' thick
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. ½ teaspoon dried basil
  8. ½ teaspoon cumin
  9. ½ teaspoon onion powder
  10. ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  11. ½ teaspoon salt
  12. ¼ teaspoon paprika
  13. ¼ teaspoon pepper
Tzatziki Dressing
  1. ½ medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced
  2. ½ teaspoon salt
  3. 3/4 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  4. ¼ cup KRAFT Avocado Oil Mayo
  5. ¼ cup sour cream
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  8. 1 garlic clove, minced
  9. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  10. ½ teaspoon dried dill
  11. ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  12. 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Salad Mix
  1. 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  3. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  5. red bell pepper, diced
  6. ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
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Roasted Veggie Corn Tacos


While trying to incorporate as many vegetables as I can into dinner recipes for the week per usual, I stumbled across this one from Cooking Classy; a complete recipe that centered on nothing BUT vegetables. I’m sure you don’t necessarily need to use the same vegetables as the ingredients calls for if you don’t care for a particular one. Add something you like in place of! 

 

Roasted Veggie and Corn Tacos
Yields 9
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ears of corn, kernels cut from cob
  2. 1 zucchini, diced
  3. 1 yellow squash, diced
  4. ¾ small sweet onion, diced
  5. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  6. 2 tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced
  7. 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  8. ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  9. 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  10. 9 corn tortillas
Seasoning
  1. 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1½ tablespoons canola oil
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin
  4. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  5. pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add all diced vegetables to a large well-greased baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Using a small bowl, add together seasoning ingredients, stirring well. Drizzle seasoning overtop vegetables and toss so that they are evenly coated. Bake for 10 minutes, toss and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, warm up black beans; seasoning lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove roasted vegetables from oven and add black beans, cilantro and lime juice; tossing to coat evenly.
  5. Warm corn tortillas in a well-greased skillet over medium heat until they have slightly golden spots. Remove from skillet and top with vegetables, any kind of preferred crumbled cheese (feta, goat, queso fresco), sour cream and lettuce if desired.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
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Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Salad

Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded
  2. 1 cup red grapes, halved
  3. 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  4. 2 celery stalks, diced
  5. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  6. 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  7. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine greek yogurt, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, grapes, walnuts and celery. Add greek yogurt mix and combine well. Divide into 4 air-tight containers if not serving immediately and refrigerate.
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#80DayObsession Flourless Zucchini Bread

It’s the first week of 80 Day Obsession for me and as a newcomer to food and workout blocks, I was searching high and low for some unique recipes to try out. I specifically choose this particular recipe via Brownell Bootcamp for an in-between snack prior to my workout. You can’t really go wrong with zucchinis as they’re delicious no matter how you cook or bake them. I remember having a couple squash plants out back a few years ago that produced some of the most gigantic zucchinis I had ever seen! You could easily make 2-3 loaves out of bread out of just one. 

This recipe isn’t like most bread recipes simply for the fact that you’re not using any flour, sugar or butter. It’s about as clean as clean eating can get, which is exactly what my week 1 meal-plan calls for.

 

 

Flourless Zucchini Bread
Yields 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups zucchini, peeled and grated (about 6-7 zucchinis)
  2. 1½ cup old-fashioned oats
  3. 12 eggs, beaten
  4. 3tsp vanilla extract
  5. 6tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Well-grease a 9x9 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; making sure to mix well.
  4. Add mixture to baking dish, baking for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clear.
  5. Set aside to cool for a minimum of 10 minutes before cutting. Tastes great with a teaspoon of butter.
Notes
  1. This recipe is perfect for 21DayFix or 80 Day Obsession. One serving equals up to 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 tsp.
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Banana Bread Donuts

For years I had a staple recipe for banana bread that I used. I made it so often that not only did I know the ingredients by heart, but I probably could have prepped the entire thing blind-folded. It’s unfortunate that it was also super unhealthy. So I did a little research and I tested for a recipe that I could happily indulge with and at the same time not feel entirely guilty. And then I decided – let’s give an even more fun twist and create donuts out of it!

I have a donut pan – so yes, I cheat just a little when it comes to donut making. I’d like to give the ol’ make em round yourself a try but haven’t done so yet. If you don’t have your own donut pan, you can pick them up just about anywhere (Target, your local grocery store) for under $10. That’s a bargain if you’re a donut lover or live in a house full of donut eaters. 

AND – If you just aren’t into the donut thing at all, you can absolutely use this recipe as one for banana bread and just prepare in a loaf pan. Increase your cooking time to 50-55 minutes (it varies depending on your oven) or until the toothpick comes out clean as a whistle.

Enjoy!

Banana Bread Donuts
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Ingredients
  1. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  2. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  3. 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  5. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 2 egg whites
  7. 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas)
  8. ¼ cup applesauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease donut pan and set aside.
  2. Using a medium size mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. Next add mashed bananas, applesauce and egg whites to a medium size bowl. Mix until bananas are well blended with applesauce and egg whites. Slowly add to dry mixture, making sure to stir constantly until combined well. Pour evenly into pan, about ¾ full.
  4. Bake for 22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Notes
  1. If you are absolutely anti-sugar, you can try substituting with honey. I'm not sure what the results will be because I haven't personally tried it yet. If you do, let me know!
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Yoga Tuesday

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I’m convinced that everyone could use a little yoga in their life, be it for meditation reasons, to tone up, or to help cope with minor illnesses. If you research enough, you’ll find there’s a yoga pose for everything and the health benefits are a few pages long.

For my Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays I will be doing yoga sessions either early in the morning or later in the evening depending on at what point I do my 45 minute session on the elliptical. These are my off HIIT days and I would like to use those to concentrate more on tone and balance; something I desperately need.

Now I am by no means a yoga expert. Everything is always a learning experience, especially when it comes to our own physical bodies and the extent of what they can do. For the first week of summer sweat sessions, these are the following poses I will be doing. Feel free to jot them down if you’d like to give them a try – all of them are beginners poses and fairly easy to do!

Yoga Exercises: Session 1
Child’s Pose – Example, Example 2
Cat Pose – Example 
Cow Pose – Example
Downward Dog – Example
Halfway Lift – Example 
Mountain Pose – Example

Yoga Exercises: Session 2
Forward Bend – Example 
Halfway Lift – Example, Example 2
Chaturanga – Example
Up Dog – Example
Downward Dog 
Halfway Lift 
Forward Bend
Mountain Pose