Thursday, September 7, 2017

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Anyone else in love with BBQ?? Living here in Kansas City has us LOVING everything BBQ! Plus I think C would bathe in BBQ sauce if I let him! Here is a quick, easy, tasty recipe that requires VERY little work! 




Ingredients:
4-6 Chicken Breast 
1/4 cup Chicken broth 
1/2 Chopped onion
Jalapeno chopped (optional) 
Salt 
Pepper
6 Baked Potato 
BBQ Sauce (choose anyone you like or for a healthier option make your own!) 

Directions: 
1. Place chicken broth, chicken, as much BBQ sauce as you would like, onion, jalapeno, dash salt, dash pepper in crockpot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
2. In the last hour, poke wholes in potato and place in a pre-heated oven of 400-425 degrees. Let cook for a full hour. To test, poke potato and make sure it is soft! I don't like to wrap mine in foil because it makes the outside a little crusty! 
3. When potato is done, cut in half, top with the BBQ chicken and any other topping you would like! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

This one is EASY PEASY if you are in a hurry! When you serve the dish it will look like you have slaved over a hot stove allll day :) 




Ingredients
6 Chicken Thighs (use whatever part of a chicken you would like) 
Baby Redskin potato, cut in half 
2 cups baby carrots
2 cups green beans 
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 small sweet onion, chopped 

*Sauce*
1/2 cup soy sauce 
1/2 cup honey
3 TBS ketchup
1/2 cup water or chicken broth 
dash of basil 
dash of oregano
dash of red pepper flakes (optional) 
pepper 
salt 
 
Directions 
1. Combine all the ingredients to make the sauce in a small bowl
2. Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cover with sauce
3. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours 
4. Serve and enjoy! 

*If at home, baste every hour! If not, no worries
**Place chicken under broiler to get a crispy outside after done cooking if wanted

Crockpot Ziti Bake

I love a good crockpot recipe on a cool fall day, especially one that includes PASTA!! Now, this may not be "healthy" completely, but it will come with a homemade sauce sooooo it will help! 




Ingredients: 
2 28oz can crushed tomato (make sure there is NO other added ingredients) 
1 6oz can tomato paste (once again, no other added ingredients) 
2 cloves diced garlic 
1 medium chopped sweet onion 
a few dashes Italian seasoning or basil, oregano, and garlic powder combo
1/4 cup red wine 
1lb ground turkey 
1 box pasta noodles (I eat gluten free so I usually grab rice noodles) 
      *Whole wheat pasta is SO much better for you 

Directions:
1. Brown ground turkey in fry pan
2. Add all ingredients BUT the pasta to crockpot. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3 hours. 
3. The last 25-45 min add pasta noodles to crockpot (or when you get home from work)
4. Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Crockpot Chicken Fajita's

Well, by now you KNOW I love my Mexican dishes! Since its fall I am taking a NEW twist on crockpot recipes and going for an amazing Mexican dish that is VERY little effort! 

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breast (add more for more leftovers!) 
16-20 ounces Salsa (look at the ingredients for some that have NO sugar added) 
1 Onion sliced
1-2 Bell Peppers sliced
1 Packet of Fajita seasoning or Taco seasoning 

Recipe:
1. Place all the ingredients in a crockpot! Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 
2. When finished, take two forks and shred the chicken in the crockpot! 
3. Scoop out the mixture on to whole-wheat or corn tortillas! Check out my homemade gluten-free/paleo friendly tortilla recipe if you are feeling fancy! 
4. Top with lettuce, cheese, guac, etc! 


Sorry, no pic for this one but it is coming! Enjoy!! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Homemade Tortilla Shells

It's no surprise that I LOVE food! Especially Mexican food! It's always my go to cheat meal! I love the chips, the dips, margs, cheese! But man, it sure doesn't fit into most meal plans! The other issue is that I am gluten sensitive and I have some issues when I eat too much gluten! But those dang corn shells fall apart the second you move them!



So I found this recipe online and tweaked it to make it my own! So here ya go! Flour tortillas for those of us who can't eat the store bought ones!

Ingredients:
1 C Almond Flour 
1 3/4 C Tapioca Flour (Starch)  
1 tsp Xanthan Gum 
3 TBS honey 
2 tsp salt 
1/2 C warm water 

Directions:
1. In a Kitchen Aid mixer or mixing bowl mix together Almond flour, Tapioca flour, Xanthan Gum, honey, salt in a bowl. Gradually add in warm water.
2. You may need to add more Tapioca flour or water depending on consistency! It shouldn't be too sticky and it shouldn't crumble. Once you get it into a nice ball store with a wet paper towel covering.
3. Break the ball into 6-8 small balls. 
4. Flatten each smaller ball and then roll to desired size. Leave about 1/4 inch think
5. Put cast iron skillet on medium low heat. Place tortilla on skilled. Let it cook for about 45 seconds on the first side. You should see bubble start to form. Then flip and do about 30 seconds on the other side. 
6. Once done, store in air tight container or aluminum foil :) Good for a few days! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wine & Games

This weekend was a joy! From naps to friends and food and fun! Haha but for real it was a much needed weekend full of balance! 


Friday night we ended up across the street at the neighbors sipping wine until midnight! I can't remember the last time I've been up that late! 


Saturday was a struggle to wake up but once I peeled myself out of bed coffee and donuts were a must! So I headed to my favorite little cafe for some donuts and a latte ❤️




We spent our Saturday learning allll about the great organizations on post and the groups I plan on joining! 


But my favorite part of this weekend was game time with C! I went to the store and picked up some board games for a date night in! First off, what the heck happened to most normal Game of Life or Sorry!? Anyone else have the new version!? 




They added some new rules and things to it! It's still super fun but it took us forever to understand the new rules! Haha 




Sunday was church, delicious BBQ, and food prep for my new workout program I started! Due to injury I couldn't finish my second round of the shift shop :( But is started a weight lifting one and I LOVE it! Day 7 is going down today! And my Stronger for September group is underway!! 


Interested in hearing what the heck an accountability group is!? Just let me know! 




Hope you all have a GREAT Monday! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Unplug and Unwind

This weekend was exactly what I needed!!!

Now, I LOVE what I do! I love running an at home business, helping people reach their health and fitness goals, motivating and inspiring others to follow their dreams, take risks, make mistakes and grow!! I LOVE it! 

But, and this is a BIG BUT, I realized this weekend I had come to my wits end! Saturday morning I had a slight meltdown because I felt overwhelmed! I felt like I wasn't doing enough! 

Often times, we are our biggest critic! We often look at the details in which we fail! Failed to wake up on time, failed to pack the kids lunch, failed to tell my husband I loved him, failed when I had an attitude with him for no reason. SO MANY FAILURES! 

And if you are ANYTHING like me we beat ourselves up! Thinking, "man I could have done this, that, this, that so much better!" And its a never ending cycle! If you are like me, we pour EVERYTHING we have into what we do! Our children, marriage, work, family, heck dinner and laundry! 

And often times we find ourselves exhausted, defeated, run-down, and think "but there is still SO much more I can do!"

Well, yes. That's probably true! BUT let me be real with you! 

YOU CAN'T POUR INTO OTHERS IF YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO POUR! 

                                       


Reflect on that for a second! You can't give yourself to your children, spouse, work, house chores, pets, etc if you HAVE NOTHING TO POUR! 

How do we get the liquid to pour???? TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES! 

IT IS OKAY TO PUT YOURSELF FIRST! It is okay to take 30 min a day, lock yourself in your pantry like the licorice mom (view below). Go get your nails done, go for a run, read a book, whatever it is take time for YOU! 



Thats what I learned this weekend! I poured myself too thin this week and I ran out of liquid. So I took the weekend to unwind! I put my phone down, I didn't answer any work messages, and I had a BBQ with neighbors, church on Sunday, lunch with my husband Sunday after church, a few glasses of champaign AND a good nap. 

You know what! I am ready to pour again. Its all it takes!! Its doable! But if you find yourself thinking "I can do MORE!" Think o what you HAVE done! Think of the things going right and pour yourself a glass of bubbly and tell your self 

"Dangggg, I am the Queen of getting sh*t done!" You know what, YOU ARE!