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Spicy Chicken Rice Bowls

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Ok, ok, want to know my secret to the fastest weeknight dinner – USE A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN!!!! In an ideal world, I would grill my chicken every week…but with the colder weather approaching, heating up the grill seems to take FOREVER and some nights…that little rotisserie chicken is simply perfect!!!

I started buying them when my little guy started on “real foods”. A friend of mine suggested it because the meat is so soft and easy to chew, especially when the teeth are limited! And although my little guy can pound the chicken, he couldn’t always finish it before it would go bad – so I started coming up with other uses.

No joke – this dinner went from the fridge to the table in about 5 minutes! But this was all in the advanced prep!

WHAT YOU NEED:

(makes 2 servings)

  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 1.5 cups shredded chicken*
  • 2-3 TBS of Hot Sauce (I prefer red hot)

*If you don’t have a rotisserie chicken you can make your own shredded chicken! I like to make big batches periodically by simply cooking several chicken breasts in the crockpot with about a cup of water or chicken broth and some garlic and fresh lemon slices. Once its cooked, shred it, let it cool and then freeze into smaller batches to add into meals like this or soups, salads, sandwiches, etc…! If its only lightly seasoned the possibilities are endless!!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Mix all ingredients in a pan until thoroughly heated – and voila! Dinner is ready!!!

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Since the chicken is already flavored and there is some salt in the red hot I don’t add anything additional seasonings. This makes for great, fast dinner and you can easily double for a quick lunch later in the week!

BONUS –> You can also make this fit your 21-day fix meal plan! Each serving would equate to one green (broccoli) 1 yellow (rice/quinoa) and 1 red (chicken). The hot sauce adds some additional salt but otherwise would be a “free food” so I usually count this as 1 teaspoon and my orange. You could also top with some avocados (1 blue).

If you’re looking for other uses for a rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken try one of my favorites – CHICKEN AVOCADO EGG SALAD or BUFFALO SPINACH QUESADILLAS –fast, easy and delicious meals!

Don’t let a busy schedule leave you limited to fast food, take out or other unhealthy dinner options. If you plan prep and focus – eating clean and healthy can be fun, delicious, and save you money $$$. Whether you’re new to clean eating or a seasoned pro – if you’re interested in more information fill out the form below to join one of my upcoming health and fitness accountability and support groups! Together we can end the trend of obesity!

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Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato chicken muffins

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So…I picked up a pound of ground chicken last week at the grocery store in hopes to make some homemade chicken nuggets for my picky, carb loving, anti-protein-eating 3 year old but every recipe I found seemed too difficult or I was missing something here and there and to be honest, she probably wouldn’t have eaten them anyway! Time was ticking before the meat either needed cooked or frozen so I decided it was time to get creative…and the Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato chicken muffins were created!

Besides….my amazing, supportive husband “happily” ate turkey burgers for dinner 3-nights in a row so I really wanted to make him something tasty! (Hey – this fall weather has been too good to be anywhere but outside!!!)

Colt outside

WHAT YOU NEED:

(makes 12 muffins)

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 35-40 minutes

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS WILDTREE Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato seasoning
  • 1 TBS Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Low fat, shredded Mozzarella cheese (I prefer the Sargento but any brand will work!)
  • 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

A few things to note: You could sub out the rice krispies for bread crumbs…I was just trying to keep it gluten free and my daughter liked dumping “her” cereal in the bowl so we went with it. Also, the seasoning is what makes this recipe. Wildtree makes organic, non-GMO all natural seasonings…I attended a home freezer meal workshop a while ago and found so many great seasonings that really fit our lifestyle! 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Spray pan with olive oil to prevent sticking (let’s just say learn from my mistakes!)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mix eggs, seasonings and garlic in a large mixing bowl
  4. Add the ground chicken and stir with a wooden spoon until well blended.
  5. Add the cheese and rice krispies and continue stirring until the mixture holds together well.
  6. Using a large cookie scooper, scoop into a muffin pan. (You can also roll into 2″ balls…I just have an aversion to touching meat and avoid when possible!!) You should get about 12 muffins total.
  7. Bake muffins for 35-40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through
  8. Enjoy!

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For all my 21-day fixers: 3 muffins would equal 1 red serving and 1/2 a yellow.

 

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Crockpot – Apple Chicken with sweet potatoes

Cooking healthy can be a challenge, especially during the week! 

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My kids are at that age where we run all day long, non stop and you cannot turn your head for a second or Colt is up on the table or pulling all the toilet paper out of the bathroom!

So…I use a lot of crockpot meals! This one is one of my favorites because it can easily be doubled and leftovers can be used for another dinner or lunches later in the week! Plus its super easy and full of flavor! And 21-day fix approved!

Makes 4 servings

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Layer the sweet potato chunks and chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot

2. Season with salt and pepper

3. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, red onion, apple sauce and vinegar

4. Pour the mixture over the chicken and sweet potato chunks

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5. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours until the chicken breasts are tender

6. Serve with a vegetable or side salad (so you can get in your green container for all you 21-day fixers!) or over brown rice

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I also like to use the Reynolds crockpot liners for easy clean up!!!

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21-DAY FIX: 1 SERVING: 1 RED (CHICKEN) 1 YELLOW (SWEET POTATO)

I would count the applesauce as 1/4 of a purple or just the orange for the day!

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I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!!

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