Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad
This recipe is definitely is enough for 4 but more like 6
Some tips about this recipe, it is spicy, so next time I may cool it down by adding celery to the veggie mix, and a little less Red Hot, and some greek yogurt to add some creaminess. These are just some options, if you try and like adjustments, please let me know! Other than the heat this is delicious and nutritions. It is high in protein, it has good fats, and a great mix of veggies with the cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and onions. This is a great way to sneak in some veggies for kids, if you tone down the heat!
So this weekend marks the beginning of the summer for many people. The pools will be open and people will be traveling to visit friends and family for cookouts, or going on a long weekend getaway. So whatever your story may be you will be faced with temptations over the long weekend. Let's be honest the weekends are a struggle to begin with because they are typically our unstructured time and we find ourselves munching for no reason. So when you think about overindulging, think about your goals and what will help you get there.
Carry a water bottle with you to all everywhere. You should drink at least 72 ounces of water everyday. Drink even more when it's hot outside, or you've had an intense workout. Drinking water is easy not to do- especially when you are busy! Also, if you feel the need to mix it up infuse it with fruit or start the day off with a cup of green tea.
What to do when going to a cookout, get together, or meal out on the town? First, make sure your other meals that day are clean and healthy. Don't forget your Shakeology, because that will give you the nutrition to power you through your day. Before I go places I like to make my shake and drink it on the way, this way I feel full longer, and I will be less likely to pick at food whereever I am going.
Get up and moving. While I am relatively diligent about getting my Beachbody workouts in, today was a beautiful day so I got the kids dressed, and headed outside. We had work to be done outside, like shovel and move 5 cubic feet of mulch, so I grabbed a shovel and helped out my hubby. We weeded the garden and prepped it to plant our veggies and greens. In between shoveling and weeding I was chasing my toddlers around making sure they did not run into the street, or roll down into the containment pit. In addition, I will be doing a 10 minute workout. The point is to get up and moving.
Have a great and safe holiday weekend! I hope these tips help keep you on track through the holiday! Please message me if you would like to work together to reach your summer health and fitness goals.
This is a great dinner that the whole family loved! My 1 year old ate an entire piece himself! Again, I stress that I am not a measurer! These are all guestimates. I am somewhat old school when it comes to cooking, I just throw stuff together. This was just delicious and packed with good stuff.
Brown the ground beef and drain the grease. Spray the pan with olive oil and add the garlic. After 2 minutes add the remainder of the veggies, except for the zucchini. Then add a handful of fresh basil chopped. In a bowl mix 1 egg and add about 16 oz of part skim ricotta cheese. Mix in parmesan, garlic powder, pepper, salt, & parsley with the cheese and egg mixture. Add the beef and cheese mixture to the cooking veggies. Spray a 9x13 dish with nonstick spray, then add a layer of thinly sliced zucchini. Put half of the meat, cheese, and veggie mixture on top of the zucchini. Add a layer of sauce and repeat. Then top off with a layer of zucchini and the mozzerella cheese. Bake at 350 covered for 1 hour.
Caution: It came out pretty watery, so you may want to cook the veggies a little longer to evaporate the water, or cook uncovered and add the cheese the last 10 minutes. I just used a baster to suck out the water once a couple of pieces were removed.
Meals are what you make them. Just because you are eating clean, it does not mean you are eating bland. Spices are clean! So use what you want! However, the pre-packaged mixes are not, because they are loaded with salt and other additives to keep the different spices from clumping, so buy the spices separate, and you can find clean mixes to make on your own just as easy.
Tonight we are having a One-Pot-Meal (inspired by: apronstringblog, however, I am using another pan to pre-cook the chicken some. Anyways, all I do is add a can of homemade canned sauce to veggies and pasta in a pot, and I let the sauce cook down the pasta. So here is exactly what I made tonight:
8 oz of quartered tomatoes
1/2 package of baby bella mushrooms
1 box of spinach
1/2 Yellow Onion
1/3 Box of Whole Wheat Linguini
8 baby carrots sliced
2 chicken breasts Cooked and Cubed
Handful of frozen basil from last year's crop
Additional Spices to my liking
Another Meal that I love to Make is Hummus Crusted Chicken
I got this recipe from:oprah.com but altered it slightly.
Take your chicken breast and slice them in half to make them thinner.
Place in a baking dish sprayed with PAM
Cover your chicken with a layer of hummus - I used Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
I then sliced some tomato and placed on top.
Bake at 450 uncovered for 30-35 minutes.
These Recipes are really that easy, simple, delicious, & nutritious!
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