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Easy Eats // Southwestern Chicken Salad

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My first big craving this pregnancy has been Mexican food.  If you follow me on Pinterest, all of the food I’ve been pinning lately falls into this category.  Anything that remotely has those flavors, I’m all about it!  I have been putting salsa into just about every meal, including breakfast, for the past week and half.  So, in order to not drive my husband crazy with nonstop Mexi-goodness, I’ve been trying ways to incorporate those flavors enough for me but not too much for him.

The first recipe I’ve come up with is the SUPER DELICIOUS (if I do say so myself…and I do) chicken salad.  A bonus?  The longer it sits, the better it tastes!
*Please Note: This recipes makes A LOT so if you need to, just half the ingredients*
Ingredients:
2  12.5 oz cans Canned Chicken (or about 5-6 4.5 oz cans)
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Reduced Fat Sour Cream
1.5 tsp Cumin
1.5 tsp Chile Powder
1 cup Black Beans (drained and rinsed) 
1 Green Bell Pepper (chopped small)
Pepper and Garlic Salt to taste
Toppings Suggestions:
Salsa
Shredded Cheese
Avocado/Guacamole
Cilantro
Shredded Lettuce
Start with your chicken, yogurt, and sour cream and mix until incorporated well.  Then add the spices, mix well.  Lastly, add in the black beans and bell pepper.  
Serve chilled over lettuce or in your favor wrap!
XO, Kelly
PS: Don’t be surprised if my Instagram feed starts to be all pictures of Mexican food…just sayin’!
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Easy Eats // Simple Slow Cooker Teriyaki Bowls

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I, most definitely, am no chef when it comes to creating my own recipes so I typically turn to Pinterest or my recipe binder for dinner ideas.  However, on occasion, I’ll have enough of a hodge podge of ingredients in my house that will spark some cooking creativity.  This latest recipe is seriously one of my favorites because it tasted like something I would put together at Genghis Grill.  Ever been to one or a place like it?  They’re awesome and delicious and you totally should!
Ingredients:
uncooked chicken breast (about 1 lb – 1.5 lbs)
1 8oz can crushed pineapple
1 package frozen stir fry vegetable mix
2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
2 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
Place the uncooked chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker and pour the teriyaki oven sauce over it.  Spread it out so that the chicken is completely covered.  With a fork, poke holes into the chicken so that the flavor will soak into the meat.  Cook on high for 4 hours.  Go ahead and cook your rice at this time and set in the refrigerator for later.
After 4 hours, shred the chicken and stir in the crushed pineapple.  Turn the cooker to warm or low and let it simmer while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Saute the frozen stir fry mix in some olive oil until soft.  Add the cooked rice and cook for another 2 minutes.  Stir in the soy sauce and garlic salt.  Let this simmer, stirring frequently, for a few more minutes.  
Spoon the vegetable and rice mixture into a bowl, top with the shredded chicken, and enjoy!

XO, Kelly

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Easy Eats // Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Baked Peaches

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It’s pie and cobbler season!  Apple, peach, cherry, pumpkin, I love it all.  But there is quite a bit of guilt that can go into eating these delicious desserts.  So I’m taking (some of) the guilt out and still keeping the yumminess!

Ingredients: 1 Peach, 2 tsp Light Brown Sugar, 1 tsp Cinnamon
*This is a single serving recipe but if you’d like to make more just double,triple,etc the ingredients.

1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Cut the peach into slices and toss them in the brown sugar and cinnamon until fully coated.
3. Spread the peach slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture on top.
4. Bake for 45 minutes.
5. Serve warm and preferably with ice cream. (or if you’re trying to be good, like I am at the moment, frozen yogurt!)

I haven’t tried any other fruit yet but I’m thinking apples would be pretty great for this recipe too, so good!

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Easy Eats // Frozen Chocolate Bananas

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Mr. G loves sweets but I’m not really big on giving him tons of cookies or ice cream.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re great for a treat every once and a while and I have my share too.  But for an everyday after dinner kind of thing, I like to stick to something small like fruit snacks or a juice pop.   So I’m always looking for healthy treat options.  I came across some chocolate covered bananas in the freezer aisle and decided I’d try to make some myself.

What You’ll Need: Bananas, Craft Sticks, Chocolate Magic Shell, Paper Plate, Non Stick Pan Liner

Place some non stick pan liner on your plate (you could also use a baking pan) and the bananas, peeled, on the liner.  Cut each one in half and place a craft stick in each end.  I’m used jumbo craft sticks, since that’s what I had for my yogurt pops, but I really think that the regular size would work best for the bananas.  However, if you are using larger ones like me, just be careful putting them in the bananas since they will start to break the banana if you’re not.

Line up the bananas and stick them in the freezer until frozen.  This will take at least a couple hours.
Once they’re done, pour magic shell over them until covered.  This is the best part because it hardens instantly and they’re ready to eat!  Not ready to eat them right away?  Stick them back in the freezer.

Definitely toddler approved but Mr. G mainly just eats the chocolate.  I may be back to the drawing board on a healthy treat for him but I’ll be making these for myself anyway, delicious!  Oh!  And there’s always extra chocolate when you’re done!

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Easy Eats // 3 Ingredient Tuna Salad

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Nothing says easy eats to me like a sandwich.  Slap it together and eat, right?  Here’s a super quick and delicious tuna salad recipe you can make in minutes.

What You’ll Need: One can of Chunk Light Tuna (in water) , Half an Avocado, 1 Tbsp Lite Ranch Dressing

Drain the tuna and place in a mixing bowl.  Smash the avocado and mix into the tuna with the ranch dressing.  

So yummy and packed with protein!

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Easy Eats // Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Dessert Smoothie

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I have an enormous sweet tooth.  I embrace it but I also know that I can’t just eat all the chocolate and ice cream and goodness lying around.  So I try to find ways to combat my need for sweets and my love of staying fit.  Here’s one of my absolute favorite desserts that even my toddler approves!

Ingredients: 1.5 cups Almond Milk, 2 Tbsp Chocolate Drink Mix, 2 Tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter, 1 Banana, 1/2-1 cup Ice

Now just blend all the ingredients in a blender and drink!

This is what the powdered PB looks like.  It’s my new favorite thing for smoothies.  It has less fat, just about all the taste of regular PB and you can find it at Walmart.  If you want to use regular PB though, that would taste fabulous too!

Happy blending!

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Easy Eats // Veggie and Seafood Pasta

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Most of the concoctions that I make in the kitchen are just whatever I happen to have, thrown together.  Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but they almost always include pasta.  I don’t know why, they just do.  I was about to cook something that I had come up with before when I realized I didn’t have enough of one ingredient.  So I added something else and this is what came out!
Ingredients: Pasta, 2 Zucchini, 2 Yellow Squash, Minced Garlic, Frozen Shrimp, Frozen Tilapia (or your choice of fish), EV Olive Oil, Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste
Cook your pasta and set it aside.
Slice the zucchini and squash in half medallions and sauté them with the garlic.  
Prepare the Shrimp according to the directions.  Mine told me to boil them so I just used the pasta water after it was finished cooking.
In a separate pan, cook the fish until it is cooked through.  Chop the filets into small pieces and mix into the veggies along with the shrimp.  Continue to cook on a lower temp for about 5 minutes to combine the flavors.
Place the pasta in a bowl and spoon the veggie/seafood mixture on top.  Drizzle with EV olive oil and season with salt and cracked pepper to taste.
Don’t like seafood?  You could easily substitute chicken and it would taste awesome too!
XO, Kelly

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Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Easy Rice Puuding

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Today’s Pinterest project is a delicious recipe for one of my favorite desserts.  Rice pudding!
Anytime I see “Easy” in the title, I’m likely to try it but I’m also skeptical.  What’s easy for one person is not necessarily easy for all.  Not so with this recipe!

I even documented it.  One pot, that’s all…

Easy, delicious, and can be made with leftovers…I can handle that!
Find the recipe HERE.
See…it even looks right!
It also happens to be from two of my favorite gals’ blog, Pretty Providence!
XO, Kelly

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Easy Eats // Balsamic Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

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I love to cook.  But what I love most is cooking EASY stuff.  The easier (faster) the better for me.  So here is one of my healthy go to recipes!

Ingredients: Chicken Breasts (about a pound), 1 cup Balsamic Dressing, 2 Cucumbers, 2 Medium Tomatoes, Pasta, Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

Cook your pasta and chicken according to directions and dice up the veggies.  If you are using raw chicken, just cook it through anyway you like. 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving.

That all there is to it! This recipe made so much, it lasted about a week!
Bon Appetite!

XO, Kelly

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