The other night I made a delicious Santa Fe Chicken Salad! I want to share it with you!
I marinated the chicken in lemon juice, lime juice and salsa just for an hour. Once I put everything together in the giant salad bowl I baked it for 25 min at 350 degrees turning it at the halfway point- just like this in this pan.
Next I chopped up peppers, red onions, asparagus, tomatoes, green onion, lettuce, basil and cubed some cheese-cheddar and mozzarella blend. I let the chicken marinade for a while as I chopped everything up…..
Last, I made my own dressing using the ingredients pictured below…..
In this post I want to try to show you how easy and quick it can be to eat healthy…..
On Tuesday I chopped my veggies-tomatoes, zucchini, red onion and green onion-about 2.5 cups total
I cooked 1 package of chicken and cubed it so I can easily throw it in a pita pocket, salad or mix it with some rice or quinoa.
I boiled 2 eggs so I had them ready for when I wanted to add them too!
I had on hand already brown rice, quinoa, tuna, feta and mozzarella cheeses and lettuce.
If you take a little time 1 or 2 days a week to prepare your meals or part of your meals you will be more inclined to throw together something healthy quickly rather than stopping and grabbing something quick-that rarely ends well!! Try it this week and see if it works for you!!
This is what I ate all week for lunch and dinner. I spent maybe 5 min at the most putting it together and making a little homemade dressing each time if I wanted to add it. Below are pictures so you can see how I basically ate the same thing over and over again BUT I never got bored with it…..
Pizza…..Salad……tons of opportunities to get your color on with food!!! Mix fruits and veggies in salads (tomatoes and strawberries pictured here below)…..pile on the veggies when making pizza. Color=Nutrients…which reaps great rewards on your body and mind. Treat your body after a great workout with color, after a long day, a long week with colorful food. You will feel better, you will live longer, you will be more mobile, you will be happier, you will be light and airy maybe even bouncy! I love when I feel bouncy!!! Food is fun and good food is essential to our health….make it fun, make it colorful!!! xoxoxo-A
My way-so you can see about how big of a portion each takes up on my plate, mine was dressed with a homemade wasabi, rosemary, lemon, red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing. Max’s way-chopped up into bite sizes and mixed all around so the quinoa sticks to each bite. His was dressed with just a little olive oil and red wine vinegar. We were both feeling very happy and balanced after this meal!!! Give it a try!
Wasabi mustard inspired healthy cole slaw for today’s 4th of July picnic! Inspired by a show on the Food Network, a recipe I found online and the wasabi mustard I discovered in the store yesterday. This is what my imagination came up with:
Packaged cole slaw mix (Dole) approx 1 and 3/4 packages
Chopped 1 yellow pepper,1 orange pepper, 1/4 c red onion, 2 banana peppers
Salt, pepper and red pepperflakes to taste
Crushed peanuts 1/4 c
Dressing: (mix all together then fold into the cole slaw mixture)
Plain non fat all natural yogurt-about 1 and 1/4 cup
Wasabi mustard 1/4 c
Grey Poupon Dijon mustard 1/4 c
Red wine vinegar 1/4 c
I plan on topping a bun less burger with this and hope all of my family enjoys it today! Yummy and healthy is always the best way to go!
I really could not love these 3 things more. So why not put them all on the same plate!
No recipe needed. I just added red onion with balsamic/EVOO and a touch of honey and fresh basil. Look how pretty this is! If you have not tried this combo I promise you are missing out on a little slice of heaven!
Some facts about Watermelon:
Packed full of important antioxidants.
It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A.
Perhaps the greatest reason of all because its summer and all I do is sweat…. Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
Shocker….I love salad…I know…..When I make a salad it’s like a little game for me to see how interesting I can make it…how delicious and nutritious I can make it or how I can imitate a version of some of my favorite and more indulgent meals into a beautiful salad.
Pictured above are organic baby greens, tomatoes, chicken I cooked in a skillet with katamala olive spread-just a little, red onion, crumbled blue cheese-just a little, pine nuts (high in protein) and lastly flax and chia seeds because I didn’t have a smoothie this am so I just threw them in my salad instead.
Let’s talk about dressing. I would not want to make this oh so pretty and good for me salad and then dress it in pure fat-and NOT the good kind. So I always only use either balsamic and EVOO or Red wine and EVOO (2 tbsp).
Have fun with salad. The possibilities are endless and delicious!
Tomorrow’s salad….watermelon, goat cheese, tomato and red onion with honey basil vinaigrette dressing-home made!
Salads are an awesome choice once a day, everyday! Use your imagination to create something beautiful on your plate. Appreciate the color that a healthy meal brings to the table. The more colorful the better! There was a time in my life when I sat down to a table of food that was all the same color…that color was beige…that color was gross and haunts me to this day. Don’t be beige…be beautiful!!! xoxoxo-A