Monday, June 20, 2011

New Recipes, and My Suit! Yikes!

As promised.... New Recipes Posted!!

I had tons of fun in the kitchen this weekend. One of the best recipes out of it was my Chicken mini loaves! I'm super excited about these! Jamie Eason and tons of other kitchen wonders have created mini meatloaf muffins and such, the recipes have been all over the 'net for years. They're terrific (the recipes and their creators) but they just don't meet my needs. I need a protein without the carb kick, that I can grab and go... and that isn't my standard grilled chicken breast. The other recipes all include a starchy carb as the binder or filler (quinoa, rice, etc), but I wanted something I could eat at snack time, so that starch was a no-go. After fiddling with pen and paper, then bowl & pan, I got it!

I used ground chicken breast as my lean protein, then added 1 whole egg (for binding, and healthy fat) and filled it out with veggies... the bulk of which are on my "Free Food" list (mushrooms, onion, garlic). This gave my recipe extra flavor, moisture, and bulk. Awesome! I gave the hubby a bite and he said, "Wait, where's mine?"  :-)

Here's the recipe...

figure competition recipes - Chicken Mini-Loaves
Chelle's Mini Chicken Loaves
2 lbs ground chicken breast
1 cup finely minced crimini (brown) mushrooms
1 cup shredded zucchini (usually this is about 1 medium sized zucchini)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced pepper (green, yellow, orange, red, whatever!)
2 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 whole egg
1/3 cup salsa (try this with different kinds each time! I used Whole Foods brand, 365, Chipotle salsa for this batch)
2 Tbsp Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning

Spray Muffin Tin or Mini Loaf pan with oil. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

Mix all ingredients, then divide among 8 muffins or loaves.

Bake 20 then carefully drain off any liquid. Check for doneness. May require a total of 30 minutes.
When done, serve immediately, or cool on wire wrack and individually wrap for snacks/meals.

Nutrition data is per individual loaf
Nutrition Informatin for Chelle Stafford's Mini Chicken Loaves
Other additions to the recipe page today are: A Blueberry version of my Zucchini Protein Muffin, my simple stuffed poblanos, and my recipe for baked Swai (white fish). Still working on that downloadable recipe book, I just need more hours in the day :-) You can view them all here:

In addition to my fun, I also baked pie... yep, the Caramel Apple Pie... It smelled soooo good! Everyone raved over it, so I'm guessing it tasted good too. Gotta love homemade caramel :-) Since pie wasn't on my menu, I whipped up a batch of my protein ice cream and used Capella's flavor drops to have my own caramel apple pie taste-treat!   1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Beverly's UMP), 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 8 drops apple pie (capella flavor drops), and 10 drops caramel (capella flavor drops). It was awesome!! Loved every bite!

And now... my suit.

So many of you have asked to see it... I've been trying to gather the courage to post the pic. It's funny, as great as I felt in it, I'm super self-conscious about anyone else seeing my not-ready-to-be-in-it photo.  So... be kind. Be really, really kind. Lol! I'm not stage-ready, I'm not posed, I'm not evenly tanned (ROFL!). This is me, 10 weeks from show. 

These are my shoes:
And there ya have it!


  1. Chelle,
    you look amazing! Awesome muscle tone and then add the tan, and boom, you are on stage! stay strong to the finish. And thanks for the chicken loaf recipes!

  2. Chelle, that's awesome. The food looks good, the suit looks amazing!! I am so inspired and touched by all you have accomplished!

  3. You look fabulous!!! I can only hope to look half that good when I reach my goal!! Congrats to you and all of your hard work, Chelle. It is really paying off!!! Oh, and I love the suit and shoes, too!!!! LOL

    Netty : )

  4. You look amazing!! That suit is so pretty. You can totally rock that out!!

    You know, I was just looking for a blueberry muffin recipe yesterday!!


  5. Chelle- Your shoulders look A-Maz-Ing! Your dedication is paying off and is so inspirational. Thanks for letting us share your journey.

  6. You look fantastic those shoes are something else wow, thank you for sharing. What an accomplishment you must feel so proud, I'll be cheering you on from the UK at competition time.

  7. Wow!! You look GREAT!! I am so excited for you, and I just wanted to say thank you for the yummy protein ice cream recipe...I now have that every night and it has helped me with my night time snacking!!! Thanks!!

  8. Thanks so much!!! Your encouragement is so very appreciated!!!! :-)

  9. WOW Chelle!!! You are going to knock them dead in the water! This is the perfect suit for you and you look amazing in it. Can't believe the transformation you have made just since you posted your last pictures.... I can't wait to see the pictures from the show, wish I could be there to cheer you on! Your TN Friend and Biggest Fan!

  10. Love your hair, LOVE that color on you! You look awesome and you are so inspiring to me!

  11. Wow! (sorry, I'm a little late in reading this post!) You look great! Love the suit!