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Recent Eats: Healthy, Formulaic and Easy!

Hi and I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend. I just got home from co-hosting a baby shower for a friend. I can’t wait to share all the details with you in Monday’s post but for now I’m going to recap last week’s meals. They were healthy, super simple and a little repetitive but very accessible and doable with a busy schedule. I hope that you get some inspiration from them to take into your week.

Breakfast

As I mentioned (whined about?) last week, it’s insanely hot and humid in Charlotte right now. Even at 7 a.m. you walk outside into a blanket of hot, humid air. The only breakfast that has sounded remotely appealing to me is a smoothie. I’ve been using coconut water instead of milk in my smoothies for the last month or so and it’s a great change for summer.

Exhibit B but with Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch instead of granola because I ran out of granola. I’m not a cereal girl but this is hands-down my favorite cereal and it was delicious on top of a smoothie. I shared this on Instagram but if you missed it, here’s the recipe.

3 chunks of frozen banana
Handful each…frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen cherries
1 pump SFH omega 3 oil
2 tablespoon collagen powder
Big spoonful peanut butter
Big handful of baby spinach
1 date
Coconut water (or milk of choice)
I also added dark chocolate cocoa powder a couple of mornings (you can see it makes the smoothie a little darker)

Lunch

Kale and quinoa salad with avocado and leftover baked chicken thighs.

Baby spinach with canned wild Alaskan salmon, blueberries, tomatoes, dried cranberries, cucumbers, pistachios and avocado. Topped with tahini turmeric dressing and Be Runa garlic cayenne seed salt.

And again. The only change here is toasted pecans instead of pistachios. I also ate this same salad another day!

I ended the week with the most delicious tomato and avocado sandwich on homemade sourdough. I can’t even get over how tasty and flavorful the tomatoes are right now.

Dinner

Dinner this week was all about chicken and veggies. Here’s steamed basmati rice, baked chicken thighs and roasted brussels sprouts. I cooked the chicken and brussels on the same pan at a temperature of 400. The chicken juices made the brussels sprouts extra yummy!

Monday night was sautéed Vidalia onions, zucchini and chicken sausage over baked parmesan polenta with sliced tomatoes. This was totally a “open the fridge and pantry and get creative” kind of dinner and it was surprisingly good!

Tuesday night was baked chicken thighs again but this time with roasted sweet potatoes and red cabbage. Again, all cooked at 400 on the same pan.

Dinner at Dorie’s for girl’s night. I cooked cilantro lime rice (<– obsessed with all things rice right now) and Dorie served a salad and rotisserie chicken breast. I also ate a ton of hummus and cheese and bagel chips.

And finally, Thursday night was another one pan baked chicken and veggies dinner. I took all the veggies I had in the fridge and chopped them up. I think we had carrots, parsnips, broccoli and kohlrabi in the mix. I plopped a chicken breast on top and baked it all together at 400. I swear, cooking the chicken with the veggies ups the deliciousness factor by about 100! Try it!

I am off to teach yoga and then to the gym. Enjoy your Sunday evening.

Favorite way to eat or cook chicken? 

What are you eating for breakfast this summer? 

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Kelly Franks July 23, 2017, 4:45 pm

    How do you season your chicken and veggies???

  • Laura Stern July 23, 2017, 5:40 pm

    Asking the same as above! When you bake your chicken and veggies how do you season them, particularly the chicken? Thanks!!

  • Hilary July 23, 2017, 8:24 pm

    We have been loving almond flour chicken tenders in our house lately. I love to change up the spices on this dish to give it a different twist each time!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design July 24, 2017, 8:37 am

    I love that cinnamon crunch cereal — it’s the perfect topper for smoothies or yogurt!

  • Aimee July 24, 2017, 11:47 am

    Oh man, I love that cinnamon crunch cereal too!! I just can’t keep boxed cereal in the house – I eat it all in about 2 days. I stick to muesli or homemade granola on my smoothies.

  • Christianna July 25, 2017, 12:18 am

    Thanks for sharing – Love that your salads are always SO colorful! On the topic of healthy meals, have you by chance caught “What the health” (documentary on Netflix)?

  • Lindsey of This Miss Cooks July 25, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Formulaic is the name of the game for me too, haha. I love getting to try little variations on meals throughout the week!

    Lindsey at This Miss Cooks
    https://thismisscooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/save-money-groceries-menu-plan/

  • Amanda July 31, 2017, 6:02 am

    How long do you cook the chicken and veggies on the sheet pan for (at 400)?

    • Jen July 31, 2017, 4:38 pm

      it depends on what i am cooking. boneless, skinless thighs, maybe 18-20 minutes. they’re usually done before the veggies. bone-in thighs, quarters or breasts, more like 30-40 mins. i swear by an instant read meat thermometer. you want to make sure it’s at 160.

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