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

Steak Chimichurri Recipe

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Steak & Chimichurri with seasoned veggies on the grill

Hey everyone! Thank goodness it’s our last evening before the weekend. I found this awesome and easy recipe on Food Network that I made for dinner and obviously you can too. It requires minimal ingredients and is so delicious! If you need an idea for tonights dinner, this is a good one! I paired it with a delicious red wine, but any drink would do 😉

A couple ingredients I added to the recipe was to the veggies- half of a white onion, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and a garlic and wine seasoning from The Melting Pot and I would say they were game changers! (This seasoning is also a great host or housewarming gift). When you are tossing the veggies in olive oil, salt, and pepper, just add in onion with the tomatoes and green beans, and then toss them with red wine vinegar and the seasoning and it adds so much flavor! The flavors of the veggies with these additions go great with the chimichurri sauce too.

What kind of sauce do you prefer on your steaks? I am always looking for either a good marinade or a good sauce 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

 

Healthy Breakfast Acai Bowl

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Today I wanted to share a new recipe I found to make delicious and healthy acai bowls. There are so many cute Acai bowl restaurants in the Denver metro area and I said if only I could made the purple smoothie part I could make my own for way cheaper!  The bowls at restaurants are pricey and for me, I would love to have an acai bowl multiple times per week.  I found an incredibly tasty recipe to make these bowls yourself on the Food Network and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new tasty yet healthy breakfast option. This says it makes one breakfast bowl, but I think that it is the perfect recipe for two bowls.

I had no idea what the acai packets were that they referred to in the recipe, and after searching multiple stores, I found them at Whole Foods.  Below is what the individual packets look like:

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I topped mine with whatever fruit is in season.  Mangos are delicious right now and they pair well with coconut flake toppings, apples, bananas, or pears.  Feel free to mix it up and use your favorite fruits on the top! The granola I used for mine was homemade by my sister and it was amazing!  I am going to try to get that recipe from her and post it soon 🙂

Happy healthy eating!

Quick, Easy, and Cheap Taco Salad Tuesday

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*Note- my husband and I are trying to eat healthier so I made mine a taco salad and chose ground turkey but if you want to make tacos or burritos, just add tortillas and if you prefer ground beef, go for it! Make it your own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (we used Old El Paso hot n’ spicy and it had a kick!)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1-2 heads romaine lettuce
  • Taco Toppings: Jar of salsa (I prefer On the Border, medium), avocado, onions, tomato, sour cream, cilantro, and any others you choose

Instructions:

  1. Brown ground turkey in skillet.
  2. Once browned, add about 1/4 cup of water to the turkey and taco seasoning.
  3. Bring it to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 4-5 minutes or until majority of the liquid is gone.
  4. Add the black beans to the meat and stir.
  5. Place the meat on top of the lettuce (or tortillas), top with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!