I love to make these chicken skewers and tzatziki sauce on Sunday and pack them up as individual meals for the week.
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 squeezed lemon
1/2 squeezed lime
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp dill
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, skew, and marinate in lemon/lime seasoning mix for 30 min. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
1 6oz container of plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp dill
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 squeezed lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix). Again, I like to put my chicken and tzatziki sauce into separate meal containers to heat up later in the week….or it can even be eaten cold as a quick easy meal on the go! The chicken and tzatziki sauce is a great, healthy combo to have stocked in your fridge.
Combine all ingredients and mush into balls. Takes only 10 min. max! Makes about a dozen balls. 2 balls = 135 calories, 7g fat, 13g carbs, and 8g protein. Sold! BTW, don’t ask my kids about them. I ate the first batch all by myself. Oops!
My chili recipe is my most requested recipe. It’s a little spicy but still enjoyable for the kids.
1.5 lbs of lean ground beef
1 large yellow onion – chopped
5-6 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 large can (or 2 small) black beans
1 small can of northern beans
2 small cans of Bush’s chili
1 small can of Rotel chili fixin
1 large can (or 3 small) original rotel
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. chili powder
In a large skillet, brown the meat with the salt, pepper, and chili powder. The amount of chili powder depends on how spicy you want it. Add more and it has a bigger kick.
In a large stockpot, caramelize the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes. Add Bush’s chili, rotel chili fixin, and original rotel cans. Rinse and drain the black beans and northern beans and then add to stockpot. Drain the grease from the meat and also add to the stockpot. Cook for 30 minutes constantly stirring.
**Crockpot option: brown meat, onion, and garlic together. Drain and add to crockpot. Continue same as above with cans and stick in the refrigerator. Pull out when needed and heat in crockpot on low for 5-6 hours.
I serve mine with fritos corn chips, corn bread, or oyster crackers and green onion and grated cheese. Makes for a great game day spread. Enjoy!
This recipe has been over a year in the making. Originally it came from my best friend (Thanks Jenn!). My boys had spent the weekend with her and she made them pancakes. They asked for them repeatedly when they got home. I got the recipe from her, made them, and yes, I can see why they requested them. Yum! The only problem was the 3/4 c. of brown sugar in them. Yikes!
I started first by eliminating the sugar, adding protein powder and then experimenting with different mixes until I came to the following. My boys LOVE them and I love the added protein!
1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I used 4 scoops of Shakeology which added 72 grams of protein)
1/2 c. Heart Smart Biquick Mix
1 c. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Mix
1 c. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. almond milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth and runny. Carefully flip once bubbles start. This makes about 12 pancakes (enough for 4). I like to make 2 batches and put the leftovers in the frig to heat up quickly during the week. We do NOT use syrup with theses since they are so good on their own. XOxo
Being that I grew up not eating red meat, school lunches were quite difficult for my mother. I ate a lot of tuna salad sandwiches while everyone else was having their deli meat sandwiches. I still really enjoy Tuna salad sandwiches but not the calories that come along with them. This recipe is a lighter version which includes broccoli and gives it a nice crunch. It makes for a quick easy delicious lunch!
1 can light tuna in water
3 stalks of chopped celery
head of broccoli
1/2 chopped red onion
2 tbsp light mayonnaise
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp pickle relish
I mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and then separate into 2 separate bowls – one for lunch and another for the next day (or I guess you could share). Notice how little mayo is used but it really adds a ton of flavor.