Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tasty Tuesday! Santa Fe Chicken Bowl - Seriously Yummy!

Today's recipe is sure to become a staple - it's simple, full of flavor, and easily customized to your nutritional needs. It's quick to put together with a few common pantry ingredients, and with the use of the crockpot, this meal becomes super convenient. You can even prep the chicken and the rice ahead of time (like on your food prep day), and the rest is literally opening a couple cans, chopping a few things and tossing it all together. Make the full batch, and use the leftovers for tasty lunches the rest of the week. See the tips at the end for customization ideas.

Santa Fe Chicken Bowl

"This recipe is sure to become a staple - it's simple, full of flavor, and easily customized to your nutritional needs. It's quick to put together with a few common pantry ingredients, and with the use of the crockpot, this meal becomes super convenient. You can even prep the chicken and the rice ahead of time (like on your food prep day), and the rest is literally opening a couple cans, chopping a few things and tossing it all together. Make the full batch, and use the leftovers for tasty lunches the rest of the week. See the tips at the end for customization ideas. "

Serves 8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chicken (breasts or thighs) in crockpot.
  2. Add 1 16-oz jar green chile
  3. Cook on high 4 hours, or until chicken shreds easily.
  4. Remove chicken to a bowl, scoop green chili from crockpot into chicken (discard remaining liquid). Shred.
  5. Meanwhile, cook brown rice (either in Chicken Bone Broth or in water).
  6. Drain. Add cooked rice to large bowl.
  7. Add drained and rinsed black beans, and drained and rinsed corn with chilies and peppers.
  8. Add chopped cilantro, juice of 1 lime, and mix well.
  9. Serve with chicken on top of rice mix.
  10. Top with plain greek yogurt, cherry tomatoes, avocado, diced onion, sliced black olive and/or a sprinkle of shredded sharp cheddar if desired.
  11. Serve.

Amount Per Serving   Calories: 282 | Total Protein: 30 g | Total Carbohydrate: 35 g | Total Fat: 4 g | Total Fiber: 5 g | Total Sodium: 530 mg 
Net carbs: 30g

NOTES:
This makes fabulous leftovers, so  portion out any into serving size containers for tomorrow's lunch.
TIP:
Reduce carbs by eliminating or reducing brown rice. You can also replace the rice with quinoa for a more complete carb/protein profile.

View this recipe, and many others, on my main website, www.RecipeForFitness.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

How's it going?

How's everyone doing? Any fun plans this summer? Special goals? The only goal I've set for this summer is to survive it with joy ;-) Things are still rough here. We're working our way through the challenges, and holding tight to each other. On one front we got some scary and sad news about a family member's health. On another, I'm just back from another trip out of state, and plan to go back again in about a week. But hey, I only got lost ONCE on this trip! Lol!

I'm learning a lot about living in a state of grace. When things are out of my control, big things, I tend to fold in on myself - internalize, reduce my circle and just focus on getting through. These things our family members are dealing with are so huge, so devastating, and so completely out of our control. I'm trying hard to just stay in the moment and do everything I can there - rather than worry, rather than fear. I can't change the outcomes. I can only change how I face them. There's so little I can "do" to help, that it can drive me a little nuts. So, in turn, I drive my family nuts ;-) I can't do the big work that they have to do, but I can provide resources, cook, clean, do laundry, walk the dog... so I'll keep on with that while I pray for miracles.

While in CA, my daughter and I headed up to Temecula for some girl-time (mall!). Afterwards, we went looking for this little store I used to shop in when we lived there (10 years ago) - and we found it! I was so excited that it was still in business! I have a thing for silly gargoyles (weird, I know), and have several that I purchased there back in the day - well they had a bunch more! I got these adorable guys for my library. Aren't they cute??? :-)

Yes, I'm a total dork, and I'm ok with that.

It was after that little shopping experience that we got lost. Lol. I still have no idea where we ended up, but we saw parts of Temecula that I never knew existed.

We were able to have lots of fun on this trip, and spent some time at SeaWorld (did you know they give free entry to Military and their families???), we saw the new Jurassic movie (amazing!!), watched a few movies on demand, and hung out. It was nice :-) Shiloh got me hooked on Parenthood, so we binge watch that during the days, lol.  I think Bethany is going out with me for the next trip (still trying to work out scheduling for the hubby so he can come too, at least for a few days). It'll be nice to have company on that drive.

I'm home for a bit longer than I anticipated this time (just over a week), so I'll be working on updating my protein muffin recipes while I'm home. Any other recipe requests, shoot them my way and I'll do my best to get to them. Shiloh and I have been testing Pinterest recipes while I'm out there, so I'll be working on some more of those this week, too. And I have a dog-treat recipe working in the back of my head that just might come to fruition. :-) Ironically, my daughter is on a high-sodium diet right now - so wrapping my head around that while I prep food is just boggling, lol. More salt? What? Hahaha.

I'll be spending a lot of time indoors this next week since we've been hitting the big temps here in Chandler... 117. Ugh. It's a little weird to go from the beautiful San Diego weather to this, lol. Right now though, I'm off to the grocery store to restock some real food (though Bill and Bethy did better this time, lol - at least there was no taco bell), and I think I'll buy some wine. Yes. I believe it's a wine night.

Cheers!








Monday, June 8, 2015

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin....

That's my new mantra... Just Roll With It. Lol. Another busy week is in the books, and we're gearing up for more. I'm back home now, having spent much of last week in San Diego with the kids. I'll be going back on Thursday, for another week. It's great to be able to spend so much time with them, and while I wish I could do more, at least I can be there. It's tough, though, be be away from home. Sadie's been glued to my side since I got back - she's going to be pretty mad at me when I leave again, lol. And I need to prep more food for these guys here - Taco Bell is not acceptable, haha. I think they had it every day I was gone! When the cat's away...

The weekend was quiet - a lot of sleeping, lol. Though hubby and I did get to spend some quality time in our new favorite together-activity - Game of War. Hahaha! Yep, we are total geeks, but we absolutely love playing that game together. Apart from that, this week is all about getting ready to go back to California. I'm catching up on laundry, cleaning out the fridge so I can restock it for Bill and Bethy, planning meals for the kids in San Diego, planning out my travel food. I need an oil change, too. Lots of busy work.

I had Kayla this morning and got in a good workout, I'll see her again Wednesday for Pilates, then I'm on my own. The kids' complex has a decent workout room, so I'll be hitting that up on this next trip.

If you missed it on facebook, while I was in CA, I did FINALLY complete my personal trainer course and am now certified. Whew! DONE!!! Needless to say, I will not procrastinate on my continuing ed units next time, lol. But, they are going to have to wait until we get through this current journey. My focus is completely on family, and it's going to stay that way.

I've always known I'm a bit of a control freak (understatement). The greatest challenges for me are when things are out of my control. It's hard to accept, and I start looking for ways I can take control. It may be as simple as doing a load of laundry, or cooking a meal, but if that's what I can do, then you can be damn sure I'm going to do it. I wish there was more. I wish there was a way I could do something to change the situation. But... it's out of my control. So, I'll do what I can, and when there's nothing else to do, I'll simply be there. And, maybe after a few more trips, I won't get turned around in Santee/Lakeside, or in Gila Bend. Lol!

So... here's to a fresh new week, full of hope and promise. Thank you, for the encouragement you've been sending me. I deeply appreciate each comment and all the emails.