Chicken Ceasar Salad

Best ever! Modified a bit from the Fixate Cookbook which is an amazing cookbook that can be used with the 21 day fix portion control program or just for some great clean eating recipes 🙂  

 

It’s the dressing that makes it! 

Dressing

1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt – I use the 2% Kirkland brAnd – it’s our go to 

3 TBSP lemon juice

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – shredded

2 cloves of minced garlic

2 anchovies – I get these in a tin in the seafood section of the grocery store – way cheaper than paste and way better.

1/3 cup of olive oil

1/2 tsp black pepper – always better when it’s freshly ground so I eyeball the amount and probably put in more like a full tsp cause I love pepper.

1 shake of sea salt – I never use a ton – just enough to bring out the flavor. 2-3 grinds from a mill if that makes sense 😝

Put’er all in a food processor or blender or magic bullet or whatever the hell yA have and blend baby!!! 

Salad 

It calls for 4 cups of romaine lettuce but that’s a friggin ton of lettuce! Seriously! I go with 2 cups approx. 

3/4 cup of grilled chicken – I just grill in with a dash of salt and pepper

1 slice of whole grain bread cubes and toasted – I use about a 1/2 tsp of olive oil and a dash of pepper and toast them at 400 for about 5-7 min depending on your oven.

  
Add 2 tBSP of dressing – toss and munch!

Optional – 2 tBSP of Parmasean cheese and a tsp of capers. 

  
This will be packed for many school lunches AND

The dressing is good tossed with baked new potatoes !!!! Mmmmmm

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Teriyaki chicken

I stumbled upon a recipe and tweaked it to make it a “clean” version. Not that it’s dirty lol. I just didn’t want the refined sugar, soya sauce and corn starch in it so I modified it.

  
I took chicken thighs and took all the skin off them. Place them in the crock pot. The chicken was only 5$! For 7 thighs. Pretty awesome.

Then mix up 

1/2 cup of maple sugar

1/2 cup of braggs liquid soya seasoning

1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

1 clove of garlic minced

1/2 tsp of ground ginger

1/2 tsp of black pepper – I use freshly ground.

Pour over the chicken and cook on high in the crock pot for 3-4 hours

  
Supper is going to be yummy tonight! 

Marinades

so sometimes all yA need is a good marinade to have a meal kicked up a knotch. We are wanted to eat clean and keep things interesting in the kitchen and one of our most important cabinets is our spice cabinet that also holds all our oils and vinegars . 
Here are two marinades we used this week that are go tos for us when we need quick easy meals 

  
21 Day Fix Steak Marinade

This is enough marinade for 2 pounds of steak. We have a meal for 2 and slice up the rest for salads or when we have the kids with us we cooker all up 🙂 it’s a really big hit. 

Mix all together and pour into a ziplock with the steak and leave overnight 🙂 

1/3 cup of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of red wine 

1/3 of Braggs liquid soya seasoning 

1/4 cup of honey

1/2 tsp black pepper 

  
Souvlaki Marinade

This does about 4 chicken breast so it does a ton of chicken 🙂 yA only need about 1/2 a Breast for a souvlaki so you’ll have enough  for 8 🙂 Either feed an army of kids like we do sometimes or, have leftovers for salads and wraps – which we also do!! 

 
1/4 cup of olive oil 

2 TBSP lemon juice 

2 cloves of garlic, minced 

1 tsp. Dried oregano 

1/2 tsp. Sea salt, crushed 

We cutting up the chicken into cubes and toss it in the marinade. We let it sit for at least 2 hours – actually when we do our food prep, if it’s on our menu plan we do it the night before. 

For putting together the Souvlaki we get our pitas that are made here in NB…. So so so good when fresh and soft. We chop up onions, tomatoes and spinach and our Feta and Tzatziki sauce we also get from Costco. The sauce is made from Greek yogurt… Yum! 
Enjoy! 

Enroute to Cape Breton 

So I’m enroute to Cape Breton for a family wedding and Mike and I didn’t want to eat crap so we packed a cooler …. Yet again! Lol our cooler has got a. Lot of use this year! And man are we ever saving money! For real! 

In our cooler we have our staples….

Boiled eggs

Blueberry , Greek yogurt, steel cut oats and hemp heart parfaits ( my fav.), carrots, cut up melon, lots and lots of water and we made fresh chicken breast wraps with an awesome whole grain mustard and lots of veggies 

Before we got on the road I had to stop in at Aura Foods – a local health food store, to get a few supplements my amazing therapist perscribed me. My back has been giving me a lot of grief lately so I’m stepping up with more proactivity 👍

  
And I found these little gems for the ride to help curb my sweet tooth 😜

  
We stopped in Moncton to add a big bag of spinach, bananas,  and frozen strawberries so that we could make our shakeology while in Cape Breton. That’s a must for us. Of course I stopped and got a new , cheap blender from Walmart…ummm 24.95…. Hello it’s red!!!  

It’s not going to be easy to eat completely clean but I’m going to try my best and we have our workout gear packed with our  DVDs! Wish us luck! 

Sorry for the delays!!!

Ok so summer hasn’t been my best friend for keeping up with my blogging. I was so good at it when school was it but it all went ta hell since vacation kicked in. And it’s not like I’ve been layin around doing nothing! I haven’t stopped since school was out! I took on a masters course (#7) on creativity, I took on a fundraiser with Mike (good thing I love him cause it’s been a pain in my ass) and we’ve had family visiting for awhile…still getting ready to head to Cape Breton on Friday and I just wrote a 10 page paper….gahhhh….

Oh and this happened 🙂

 

Keeping up with workouts has been going pretty good and eating clean is always top on my list…but ohhhhhh the wine has been flowing…summer … is ….hard. BUT I haven’t gained any of my weight back and I am determined to reign everything in! I just started a new challenge group for myself doing the new CIZE beachbody program. I LOVE IT!!!!!

I’m a complete nut and love to do this in the privacy of my own home…as you can see why!!!

 

Hehehehehehe

Seriously though if you are interested in this program – message me!!! We have lots of challenge groups you can join!! It’s a ton of fun and the eating plan is the same as 21 day fix! The best ever!!!

Kay so here are some recipes ya’ll…cause I know thats why your here lol

  A Taco Turkey Burger with fresh homemade salsa

Salsa 

4 Roma tomatoes – seeds removed and diced

1/2 red onion

1 jalapeño pepper

2 tap minced garlic

1/2 cup cilantro leaves – chopped

1 lime – juiced

Salt & Pepper

Directions- mix it up – duh

Taco Turkey Burger

1 pound of ground turkey

1 Tblsp minced garlic

1/8 cup southwest seasoning – in the 21 day fix book

Seasoning mix

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp. Ground cumin

1 tap coriander

1/2 tsp. Onion powder

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Dried oregano 

1/2 tsp. Smoked parprika

1 tsp. Sea salt

I make big batches of this as we use it a lot! 
Mix er up and into parties and BBq away!!

Containers are 1 yellow for the bun, 1 red for the meat and 1/4-1/2 of a green for the salsa! 
  
Kay so 21 day fix Nachoes are soooo easy!!!

I take 2 corn tortillas and cut them into triangles with a pizza cutter – toast them in the oven at 350 till toasty 

Top with Turkey meat that’s been seasoned with the Southwest Seasoning 

Then add chopped veggies of your choice and some salsa

I add a little hot sauce 🙂 and a blue container of some cheese – Feta is really good 🙂 

Containers – 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green and 1 blue