Chicken is kind of the go-to meal when people think of a diet. Plain grilled chicken and steamed veggies all day every day. BOO. That’s incredibly boring. Chicken is a great dish and it is super easy to mix it up. You can bake it, stuff it, saute it, steam it, top it. There are endless ways to fancy up a chicken breast. Remember the key to staying on track is keeping it fresh. You may just adore your yogurt parfait in the morning or your turkey balls for lunch…but I promise you, if you eat it every single day…you will NOT. So get creative! The story of dinner: This originally was going to be bacon wrapped chicken w/ acorn squash. But I had some left over prosciutto from my shrimp dish that I wanted to use up. I also had a log of fig that Mat’s Mom had given use. Random but wonderful. As for the acorn squash, I’m not sure what the hell happened to it. I remember (sort of) purchasing it. Planning to cook it in the oven w/ some maple syrup, mmmm….but the little bugger was nowhere to be found! I looked in my trunk, cabinets, freezer, everywhere. No squash. SO I sauteed a 1/2 bag of spinach in a 1/2 a jar of garlic instead. I also found a yummy quinoa and brown rice mix. Quinoa has more protein than the typical rice. So it’s a great whole grain option. This dinner was actually fan-nominal. The prosciutto kept the chicken super moist and the little fig surprise in the middle…god I’m genius. I left the fig out of Mat’s chicken because he is not a fan of the fruit/dinner mix (weirdo!). So that’s an option too.
Prosciutto n’ Sage Wrapped Chicken
- 2 large chicken breast halved
- 4-5 minced leaves of fresh sage (or another fresh herb)
- 1/2 c fresh parm cheese
- 1 T olive oil
- cracked pepper
- 4-6 chopped figs*optional
- Mix fresh parm cheese sage and pepper in a small bowl
- Place chopped fig in center of chicken breast and just wrap into ball with hands
- Drizzle olive oil over 4 small chicken breast
- Dip chicken breast in bowl of cheese
- Wrap prosciutto around breast
- Bake at 375 for 30 min *time may vary
Here is another quick and easy chicken dish I use a lot. Less prep. You can mix up the toppings. Grab a little container of mixed greek goodness from the marinated salad bar at your store. I usually go for feta, olives, mushrooms and pepper mix. Bake. Top it over a bed of salad w/ additional veggies and your done! Good for a lunch too!
- Place chicken and toppings in tinfoil to keep juices together. It already has plenty of oil so no need to add anything. Bake at 375 for 30-40 min depending on breast size. Open foil for last 5 minues of baking. Top on bed of salad.
The other night I was craving something sweet, so I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies. I’ve been making this recipe for a while and it is one of my favorites. The cookies are actually a little dry, in a way that you need a large glass of almond milk to wash it down. But there’s something I like about that. If you make them don’t forget the sea salt! It’s essential! When I made these I swapped out 1 c of wheat for coconut flour, next I may try to swap out the wheat all together.
- 1 c wheat four
- 1 c coconut flour
- 1 c all natural PB (can use chunky)
- 1 c maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp fine grain salt
- 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
A good baker would mix wet then dry and get all science-y with it, But I just mix it all together. Use spoon to scoop onto wax paper, sprinkle w/ sea salt. Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. Do NOT over cook:) If anything under cook.
I’ve had a lot of questions on what to snack on. So here are some ideas.
- Nuts, nuts, nuts. Nuts and fruit, nuts and tea, nuts and cheese, nuts solo. Make a homemade trail mix-craisins, seeds, dried fruit.
- Cheese n’ fruit. One of my favorite combos. Grab handful of grapes and some low-fat cheese.
- Apple/banana and PB or any nut butter
- Rice cake and PB
- Ants on a log-love these!
- Celery w/ light cream cheese and chopped green olives
- Crackers w/ light cream cheese and locks
- Guacamole and veggies, tortillas, cracker (melba, triscuits, whole grain)
- Salsa mixed w/ greek yogurt and tortillas, veggies to dip
- Greek yogurt and fruit (Mix greek yogurt w/ crushed pineapples shredded coconut and some nuts. Don’t try to eat plain, add some goodness to it.)
- Pretzels and Babybell cheese
- Crackers,veggies and cheese
- Turkey Jerky
- Cottage cheese and pineapple
- Cinnamon/cocoa almonds
- 1/2 c soup
- Veggies and humus
- Homemade protein balls
- Protein mix and milk (sans fruit and extras for a snack)
- Dried fruit and nuts
- Pumpkin/sunflower seeds
- Yogurt dip, mix greek yogurt w/ ranch or onion-dip veggies
- 1/2 PB and banana sandwich
- Banana soft serve– a must try!!
Watch portions and brands, not all pretzels, crackers and packaged goods are created equal. READ labels!
What fit plans do you have for the weekend?