Zucchini Noodle Chicken Bowl

Looking for a healthy meal but don’t have the time to get fancy and make something complicated? We’ve all definitely been there and it can be frustrating to try to find recipes that are quick, easy, and require few ingredients. One issue I always run into when looking at recipes is that almost all recipes require some sort of spice and seasoning that I do not have and it would be a waste of money to go buy them just for one meal. Below is a recipe that I love to make when I need to focus on eating clean but also need to have it be ready quickly.

Zucchini Noodle Chicken Bowl

This is one of my go-to recipes because it is only 5 ingredients, cooks fast, and tastes amazing. Zucchini noodles are just zucchini that have been spiraled instead of chopped. If you do not have a spiralizer in your kitchen, you can get a cheap one here. The idea here is to have the flavor and nutritional benefits of zucchini, but to create the texture of pasta. This will help trick your mind into thinking you are indulging in a bowl of spaghetti, when in fact, you are eating a low carb, low-calorie entrée. The best part of this is you can load up your bowl with as much zucchini as you want and not feel guilty about eating out of a large serving bowl. Another great thing about the recipe is that I mostly use chicken breast for the protein, but you can always change that up to steak, turkey, fish or any other type of protein so that it never gets old. Check out the ingredient list and cooking instructions below:

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Zucchini Noodle Chicken Bowl with a tomato salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini (spiraled)
  • 1 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chop the chicken breast into cubes and cook in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature is 165F and the inside is no longer pink.
  2. Set Chicken aside and let cool
  3. Spiralize the zucchini (if you don’t have a spiralizer, you can simply chop or julienne the zucchini)
  4. Add zucchini into the skillet and saute over medium heat. Add in garlic salt and pepper (Or whatever seasoning you prefer or have handy). Cook until it starts to become slightly translucent. Try not to over cook/steam the zucchini. If cooked for too long it will lose its density and will be mostly mush.
  5. Add zucchini and chicken into the bowl.
  6. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves and on top of the bowl.
  7. Finish off the bowl with some garlic salt and pepper
  8. Enjoy a delicious and low carb dinner!

As you can see from the recipe, this is super simple and can be made in under 30 minutes. You can also throw in chili powder or pesto or curry and change the flavor palate so that it never gets old. This is a good trick if you are meal prepping and do not want to be tired of all the food you made for later in the week.

If you are a wine lover and/or want to make this for a special date night dinner, go ahead and grab a nice Chardonnay to pair with this meal!

Hope you enjoy!

 

Super Bowl Workout: Commercial Edition

It’s SUPER BOWL time!! This year we should have another great Super Bowl Event. The game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is setup to one of the best Super Bowls in recent history. Then you add in a Halftime show with Lady Gaga and probably a guest star or two. All of this will be extremely entertaining, but we all know the main reason that most people will tune in is for the commercials (I mean who doesn’t love those Budweiser Clydesdale commercials)! The Super Bowl will be watched by an estimated 120 Million viewers this year, which means it’s going to be one of the biggest days of the year for TV advertising. The average commercial will run a company roughly $5 Million for 30 seconds and it’s almost guaranteed that they will make that back two-fold with an effective commercial campaign.

In addition to a great football game, halftime performance and hilarious commercials, there will be a plethora of snacks and fried food consumed by viewers. I know I’ll be eating and drinking my fair share of calories during the game. If you read my earlier post about food being consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, you know the average american will consume roughly 6,000 calories….yikes! So in order to help combat those calories, I’ve put together an easy workout to do while watching the commercials. It’s a little something to keep us active and off the couch while we eat/drink our body weight in chicken wings, pizza, and beer.

Concept: Watch the commercials like normal. After watching the commercial and finding out what the product is, do the workout listed below that matches up with that companies category. Each workout listed will allow you to do the exercise while still paying attention to the next commercial or the game.

Category Exercises:

  • Food/Drink – 10 Jumping Jacks
  • Alcoholic Beverage – 10 Squats
  • Automotive – 10 Push-ups
  • Electronics/Household – 10 Sit-Ups
  • Miscellaneous (gaming, movies, entertainment, etc.) – 10 Lunges

Feel free to tweak or change some of the categories or workouts to your desire. Hope you enjoy!

Scrambled Egg Muffins

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not only because it gives you the fuel and energy you need to get through the morning, but because it sets the tone for how you will eat the rest of the day. For me, I need to have something packed with protein that will keep me full until lunch. This way I do not reach that point of feeling starved and eat way too much at lunch.

My go to breakfast is super easy and I make them when I meal prep for the week. They are Scrambled Egg Muffins and are so easy to make that someone like me, who doesn’t bake, can make without any effort. I’ll make a muffin tin full of them and they will last all week. Simply just grab a few and heat them up for a minute and you are all set. Below is my go to recipe:

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