Recipes

Healthy Garlic Chicken Soup

It’s that time of year again y’all. Holiday season! While it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not the most wonderful time of year for our waistline.  I don’t know about your office or school or place you work, but here at mine, this time of year is when people start shoveling in the doughnuts, chocolates, cakes, caramel covered popcorn, cookies…the list could go on and on!

This time of year you must find different foods to combat all of these evil lovable treats. Start eating more vegetables and fruits to keep you full! Find different recipes that will excite your tummy– for example, this garlic chicken soup!  I just wanted to share a delish recipe that my friend Jessie from Fashion Life of Marlowe shared with me! ( Thanks Jessie! :D)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 whole onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley
4 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step 1: Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and start to peel the tomatoes. (Watch out, will be hot so place under cold water for a second, if you must.) Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Step 2: Chop the onions and set aside.

Step 3: Mince Garlic and set aside.

Step 4: Heat the oil in a large pot. Add pieces of chicken, onions and garlic into pot and heat until chicken is lightly browned.

Step 5: Add parmesan cheese and cook over medium for 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add chopped tomatoes, spices and water and bring to a boil.

Step 7: After you have brought to a boil, lower the temperature a tad and let cook for 15 minutes.

Step 8: After 15 minutes, bring the temperature to medium and add eggs slowly.

Step 9: Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

When I say you’ll love this soup, I mean it! It’s now a staple in our house!

Happy Tuesday!

XoXo!

Sig

Skinny Chicken Salad

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One of my FAVORITE things to eat is chicken salad. I could sit there and eat it for every meal. One of my most loved brands of chicken salad is from COSTCO. It’s called Cape Cod Chicken Salad. I seriously dream about this BUT when I saw that it has 22 grams of fat in it for 2/3 of a cup, my heart sank a little bit. I’m not saying I won’t indulge in this every once in a while because like I said I’m utterly obsessed with it. Everything is ok in moderation, right?chicken

I have been dying to figure out ways to recreate my favorite chicken salad and while it’s not EXACTLY the same, it’s just as yummy and A LOT better on the waistline.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 & ½  boiled skinless, boneless chicken breasts – Simply cut the chicken up in little cubes or shred it.
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped ( feel free to use 2 stalks, I’m just not a huge fan of celery)
  • ¼ Cup red onion, chopped
  • 2/3  cup red seedless grapes, quartered
  • ½  cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ Cup of unsalted pecans
  • 1 ½  tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp  ground black pepper
  •  sea salt to taste
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds ( optional)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Let sit for at least a couple of hours before indulging. It taste better after sitting for a little while. Enjoy!

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Yummy!

XOXO!

Sig

Overnight Oats

This weekend I’m hopefully saying “Yes to the dress” and in a couple of weeks, Brian and I will be having our engagement shots done! We are so excited! With all of these exciting times ahead, I am trying (of course) to get a little slimmer. Right now , i’m on the eating clean bandwagon. I’m limiting the number of processed foods in my diet. We will see how that goes!

I’ve  admired Lauren Conrad since back in the good ole days of the reality TV show, Laguna Beach. I still like to follow her on pinterest and look at her website.  I think she has great style and I love seeing her different looks.  She also  gives some great fitness and healthy living advice on her website .  I think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I’ve been trying to figure out new healthier things to eat! “Overnight Oats” is a concoction LC eats and I tried them out today! They were fantastic. I normally start to get realllly hungry right at about 10 am but this meal kept me fuller for a little bit longer!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup milk {or milk of your choice, I used Skim but you can also use almond milk}
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla {or plain} Greek yogurt {I used non-fat}
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight {they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best}.
  3. Enjoy when you wake up with a fresh cup of coffee!

I topped my mine with a little bit of brown sugar, strawberries and chia seeds. By the way, if you didn’t know, chia seeds have a lot of health benefits such as helping with weightloss, reducing blood pressure, helps you feel full faster, and has tons of omega-3 ( even more than salmon!) Click HERE for more information on those tiny wonder seeds.

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Happy Monday my loves!

Sig

Low Cal Banana Muffins

Sometimes I let food go to waste. There, I said it. I don’t mean to and I hate it but with traveling and being on the go, every once in a while, my banana’s will get a little too ripe. When this happens I don’t get TOO upset because that means that I get to make one of my favorites, BANANA MUFFINS! YAY!

While I love banana muffins, they can be loaded down with a lot of fat and too much sugar! One way to lower fat while baking is to not use butter. NOT USE BUTTER?! (I know that’s going through your head right now) Replacing applesauce for butter or oil in sweet recipes is a great alternative!

Getting hungry for some banana muffins?

Low Cal Muffins

 Here is what you’ll need:

  •  1 ½ cup mashed bananas (typically 3-4 ripe bananas)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

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Here’s what you’ll do:

1st: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2nd: Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3rd:  In another bowl, beat together banana, applesauce, sugar, egg and vanilla.

4th: Mix all ingredients together.

5th: Pour mix into muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  If you don’t have muffin liners, make sure you spray with pam or something similar.

{Makes approximately yummy 12 muffins.}

{P.S– In my opinion they taste better if you let them sit in a bag or container overnight in the refrigerator.}

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Happy Monday!

XOXO!

Sig

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