Friday, January 18, 2019

Chicken Meal Prep Recipes

Hi, friends!

I am so excited to be back into a steady meal prep groove once again. The awesome nutrition clients participating in the Master Your Macros Challenge have totally inspired me! (FYI: A second round is starting on February 4th. If you’re potentially interested, just enter your email address here.) I love getting meal prep and recipes ideas from others, and I love hearing about all of the awesome changes people have made with the help of macros and working with a coach. That support and accountability certainly makes a big difference!

Anyway, I know a lot of us are constantly looking for new recipe inspiration and chicken dishes are one of the top requests I get from clients. So I’ve gathered some of my favorite CNC meal prep chicken recipes, plus several that are on my must-try list from around the Internet. I hope they spice up your usual chicken meal prep routine! 🙂

BBQ Chicken Casserole

One-Pan Parmesan Chicken Caesar

One-Pan Chicken Taco Skillet

Hummus Chicken Salad

Easy Balsamic Chicken with Potatoes & Royal Raisins

Instant Pot Lemon Artichoke Chicken

The Easiest Chicken Fajitas

These are a few of the recipes from around the Interwebs that I’ve been meaning to make:

PaleoOmg Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Peanut Butter Runner’s Simple Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Wellness Mama Healthy Chicken Salad

Skinnytaste Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Question of the Day

What are your favorite chicken recipes? 

P.S. Looking for even more recipe inspiration? If you’d like to receive weekly macro-friendly recipes and monthly meal plans, be sure to sign up for my nutrition email list!

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Gluten-Free Donuts on the South Shore

Hello from nap time! 🙂

Quinn told me he was “too tired to close his eyes” and then proceeded to pass out on the couch. Haha! I mean, that’s what happens when you wake up at 5:00 AM!

I woke up at 4:01 AM to work this morning, but I was sabotaged by a tiny human walking into my office an hour later. I tried to get Quinn back to bed because I know how the day goes if he gets up that early – plus, I woke up early to work! Unfortunately, getting him back to bed was unsuccessful, so we went downstairs and started our Quinn and Mumma day. I made a glass of celery juice while he played with Cozmo.

After that, we played with Quinn’s science experiment kit and then made “foam slime,” which is always a big hit!

Recipe below – it’s so easy to make!

While Quinn played, I cooked breakfast for the two of us. On the menu for me: Microwave steel cut oats (from Brandless) mixed with collagen, cinnamon, and Chocolate Donut Seasoning, which were delicious and super satisfying!

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After breakfast, we headed to the gym. Quinn played while I did a (sort of lame) lifting workout on my own. I just wasn’t feeling it today. Oh, well.

After the gym, we headed to local bakery, which was rumored to have gluten-free donuts. Sadly, Baking with Joy didn’t sell gluten-free donuts, but they had some other treats, so Quinn and I shared a gluten-free carrot cake cupcake, which he actually picked out – probably because it was so pretty! 🙂

FYI for the local folks: Baking with Joy is located in Rockland and, unless you live close, it’s not really worth the drive. The selection was just okay and the service was super weird/not great. They also pour hot coffee over ice to make iced coffee, which is one of my biggest pet peeves (in addition to littering), so I’m not sure we’d visit again. Just wanted to let you know, and I’ll continue my search. Our next stop is Whole Foods for gluten-free donut holes!

After that, we headed to Goldfish for Quinn’s weekly lesson. He was so happy in the pool today and earned a “I deserve an A+, I floated like an octopus!’ ribbon. He was so proud of himself! 🙂

After swim lessons, we headed home for lunch. On the menu for me: A “protein bowl” made with canned tuna (mixed with mayo and relish), arugula with Ranch dressing (also from Brandless), and sweet potatoes and onions cooked in the air fryer. Lunch came together in a matter of minutes, and it was so good! I love super easy meals like this!

Questions of the Day

What high-protein breakfast are you loving lately? 

Any idea where I can get a gluten-free donut on the South Shore? 

Anyone else hop on the celery juice train? (I know it’s SUCH a trend right now, but I’m feeling great and my skin has never looked better!)

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Seven Ate Nine

Birch rollin’ into the weekend like….

He looks so much younger there at just one month old! He’s closing in on 3 months and definitely not a newborn anymore! We’re also back to 4/5 hour stretches after doing those 7,8,9 hour nights. Bummer, I had a feeling it wouldn’t last, but getting up to nurse just once is still pretty good. I am definitely more well rested now than I was at this point with baby Mazen.



Daily Harvest invited me to be one of their Tastemakers, and I have a little welcome page with my top smoothie favorites here. You can always get free smoothies on your first order through any referral link. I recently tried the mango papaya one and was transported to the tropics. Plus granola on top!

I am still loving ordering lunch staples from Plenty. This week I had kale salad and quiche on hand (and last week the wild mushroom soup was incredible!) Della’s quiche crusts are the BEST! I’ve been ordering a half quiche and that will get me two lunches and a dinner (usually on a soccer night when T and I eat casually).

Exhibit B:

Thomas and I pull Butcher Box items from the freezer when we’re not eating Plenty. He hot-smoked some salmon from Butcher Box (they have wild salmon now! Get it free here) on the Big Green Egg recently and it was delish. Plus Quaker Grits with shredded cheese and a homemade kale salad with lacinato kale, goat cheese, honey mustard dressing, and candied pecans.

Mazen’s favorite: spaghetti with meat sauce (Grass-fed ground beef from Butcher Box). We use jarred sauce as a short cut and often pick more small-brand kinds from Whole Foods.

Since we’re in the middle of boot season, I have a sandal update for you! I’ve had my Mirror Birkenstock Gizehs for a while now and they were starting to look really rough. The “mirror” effect was gone and cloudy (and cleaning them did not help), the sole was cracking (repairing would have cost too much), and to be honest I think they were always a little too big for me! (A size 39, which is an 8 – 8.5, I am an 8). SUPER comfortable though, so I knew I wanted a new pair at some point. I wanted to get black which looked a little dressier in my opinion and to try the next size down.

I found the black ones on sale at Amazon of all places (I checked Zappos, etc. first) for $75. I got the next size down (38s, or 7-7.5) and they fit much better. No more hobbit foot! Now I just have to travel somewhere warm to wear them : )

Workouts This Week

A lil somethin’ everyday:

Sun: Couples HIIT + strength workout with Thomas!

Mon: Treadmill run with these two back to back from Aaptiv:

Tues: Gym session at 4pm while T’s mom babysat Birch. I did the sauna, 10 minutes on the Stairmaster, and a bunch of laps “walk one, run one” style with two friends.

Wed: Treadmill workout at home

Thurs: Evening soccer game!

Junk TV Updates

I’m on to season 5 of Southern Charm. It’s such a good breastfeeding show!

Things that I find hilarious:

  • JD’s laugh
  • Thomas speaking French in his exaggerated accent
  • Whitney calling Key West a “sh!thole” and using long vocabulary words
  • Patricia’s sarcasm

There are so many crazy things happening. The show isn’t scripted……right?

Did you know they were researching a Southern Charm for Charlottesville? I had a few friends meet with producers, but I think the show fell through. (This was over a year ago). It sure would have been crazy to have in our town, but I think it would also be fun.

Finally, Thomas and I finished the Dirty John TV show. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, do that first. And then watch the show (on Bravo). It was SO GOOD!

With those two shows at the top of my list, I haven’t started watching the Bachelor. I’m feeling very luke warm about Colton. But maybe I’ll start that when I finish Southern Charm and just skip all the dumb first episodes full of drama and group dates. I also still have 3-4 old seasons of Survivor to watch, so that might take priority!

It’s easier to watch TV while I nurse, but I try to read a little before bed each night. I’m still working my way through this book and it’s so good! My brain feels a little mushy though, so I’m thinking I should read Michelle Obama’s book next : )

One of my favorite quotes!

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