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 

Taco Pizza

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Okay, so I know that today isn’t Tuesday and that’s usually when everyone enjoys their favorite day of the week because it’s tacos for dinner. But it is Friday and these can be considered pizzas; at least according to me that can.

Did anyone else use to order the Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell during their late teens/early twenties-my-metabolism-is-fantastic days? I miss them so much! I didn’t have refried beans in the pantry and forgot to grab them while at the grocery – so these aren’t my way of copying Taco Bell. I save that for a evening when the only person who enjoys beans in the house (me) will be the only person who will be enjoying beans on a flatbread (me again).

Until then! Enjoying this version, which is just as good by the way. If you want to drizzle some sour cream over-top yours, I suggest adding it to a little bowl along with a teaspoon of milk. It helps thin out the sour cream and keep the taste.

More pictures next time! I was in too big of a hurry to eat these.

Taco Pizza
Serves 4
Your favorite two meals mashed up into one. Does it get any better than that?!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
18 min
Ingredients
  1. 1lb lean ground turkey
  2. 4 flatbreads
  3. 1 package of taco seasoning
  4. 4 tablespoons medium salsa
  5. 1½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  6. tomatoes, diced for garnish
  7. shredded lettuce, for garnish
  8. sour cream, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and add flatbreads. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add ground turkey and cook until brown. Drain excess grease in a strainer and return to skillet. Add taco seasoning sauce accordingly to package and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes so ground turkey and seasoning are well combined.
  3. Add cheese evenly to each flatbread, followed by ground turkey. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.
  4. When flatbreads are finished cooking, add a pinch of cheddar cheese to each, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. For a crispier crust, add flatbreads directly to oven rack instead of using a baking sheet.
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Chicken Fried Rice

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I love recipes that call for rotisserie chicken. Not because it makes cooking slightly easier, you can always cook your own rotisserie chicken instead of buying one from your local grocery store. But because of the taste of a rotisserie chicken. 

We don’t necessarily have a good local take-out, or I haven’t found one yet. So as someone who personally loves fried rice, I’m always excited when preparing this one. I’ve been meal-prepping meals for fitness programs that I have been doing and Chicken Fried Rice is an awesome, low-calorie lunch. You’re getting your protein, vegetables and a healthy grain all in one dish.

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Chicken Fried Rice
Serves 4
Tastes better than take-out!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Rotisserie chicken, divided into shredded pieces
  2. 2 cups brown rice
  3. 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  4. 1 cup onion, diced
  5. 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 2 eggs
  8. ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice according to package. While doing so, divide a rotisserie chicken into shredded pieces and set aside.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic cloves, cook 3 minutes. Add frozen peas and carrots, cook 3-5 minutes. Push vegetables to the side of skillet. Crack eggs and scramble.
  3. Add skillet mixture and chicken to rice. Pour soy sauce gently overtop and mix well.
Notes
  1. Use whatever remaining leftover rotisserie chicken you have for another dish.
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Customize your popcorn!

cinnacorn Move over, plain buttery popcorn!

Popcorn is mostly associated with movies and sporting events, but can be an enjoyable light snack at anytime in the day depending on the kind of popcorn you have and the kind of toppings you add. Next time you’re in the mood for popcorn, try it one of these ways:

Healthier Popcorn Brands:
Smart Balance Light Butter
Newman’s Own Organics Pop’s Corn, Light Butter
Quinn Popcorn Olive Oil & Herbs
Jolly Time Healthy Pop Butter
Black Jewell Kettle

Optional Popcorn Toppings:
Dark 85% Chocolate: Simply place two squares of chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave for under a minute. Use a spoon to break up chocolate and drizzle overtop popcorn. Add nuts as well, if desired. 

Cinnamon: It works on just about everything, including popcorn. Sprinkle a light helping overtop for some cinnamon flavor.

Cool Ranch: Those dry packets of dressing have so much more use to them other than just for salads. Ranch fan? Use half a tablespoon of dry ranch dressing to sprinkle over your popcorn to create a tangy taste.

Buffalo Sauce: Add 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon buffalo sauce in a microwavable bowl, combining well. Microwave slightly and immediately drizzle overtop popcorn. 

Smoked Paprika and Olive Oil: Adding a slight amount of olive oil and sprinkling paprika adds a little bit of kick to your popcorn.

Neighbor Gift Tags for Remodel Purposes

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This past November we purchased our first home, a cute little capecod that needed some updating as well as additional square-feet added. Because we live in an area where there seem to be a lot of remodels, gut-jobs and new home builds currently happening, we know firsthand just how inconvenient the noise (and mess) can be sometimes.

So I thought up a peace offering; a bag of cookies just to say we’re sorry for our construction that has been happening and will happen for the next few months ahead. It’s also a nice little way of introducing yourself to your new neighbors as well. Plus, it helps that they turned out cute!

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To make some of your own – Download here