Tasty Chicken Pesto- Quick and Easy

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share with you all the easiest recipe if you are needing a quick and simple meal to make this week. It only requires 4 ingredients and was a fam favorite!

chicken pesto

Servings: 4-6

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 20-24 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. chicken, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 4-5 Tbs. pesto
  • 2 Zucchini, sliced into 1/4-1/2″ slices
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Place the cut chicken into a large baggie with 2-2.5 Tbs pesto. Use enough to cover the chicken, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Let the chicken marinate for 3-4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Add zucchini and tomatoes to sheet pan and add the remaining 2-2.5 Tbs pesto and stir until coated.
  6. Add the chicken to the veggies and add some salt and pepper (red pepper flakes if you like a little spice!).
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Stir the chicken and veggies.
  8. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

 

Fitness Journey: Self-love or Self-hate?

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Happy hump day all!

After getting back into a rhythm at the gym over the last month, I was asked a very honest question by my workout instructor. She had asked if my fitness journey was started by self-love or self-hate. Truly, this question didn’t even need pondering because I knew in my heart that I started out this fitness journey with self-hate. I wanted to lose my baby weight, get back in shape, lose love handles, tighten my tummy, get rid of dimples, etc. As I began thinking of all the reasons I was back at the gym I came to realize that I have a heck of a lot of self-hate. I need to give myself grace and be much kinder to myself and my body. My entire body transformed to grow a human over 9 months, I can’t expect it to go back to normal right away. I am a role model for both my girls and would never let them know of any self-consciousness or body image issues I have. What I always tell them is what I need to constantly remind myself- I workout to get strong and to be healthy. 

After setting out on this fitness journey (it’s only been a month as I just got released to workout postpartum), I am now finding myself going to the gym for self-love. Am I one that is super hyped and always looking forward to my workouts? No. But the gym is the only “me time” I get in a day and I carve out those 60-90 minutes to get a good workout in, reset, sweat, get my heart rate up, breathe, and destress. This instructor also reminded me that if I don’t prioritize this time and make it mine, someone will fill it. I show up for my classes with excitement to give it my all, have fun, make new friends, sweat, gain strength, be better than yesterday, and hope that the transition I want to see in my body will eventually follow. For now I am just enjoying getting my strength back, getting my butt kicked by the motivating instructors, sweating out all of the negative emotions, exhaling my stress, and inhaling the goodness that the gym brings. Results will follow- but until then, I am going to love and take care of the body God gave me and enjoy my fitness journey.

Talk with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie