Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Easiest!: Crockpot BBQ Chicken

It happened on a football game night (Chistian's game,) I only had 30 minutes to get something in the crock-pot to be able to have dinner ready by the time we got back from the game.  I was nervous about it, but the concoction turned out to be a beautiful thing

This was one of those recipes that I literally, threw together on a busy afternoon using what I had on hand.  It was so popular with the hubby and child that it now has become part of our weekly menu

Now, I am big planner but, this just goes to show that the best recipes are made without a plan.

I love this recipe because it requires only a few  ingredients that most people (or red wine drinkers) have at home.  I love fool proof "go-to" recipes like this, and all crock-pot recipes in general.  Throw everything in there, forget about it, and a few hours later; DING, DING, BOOM, dinner is ready!

 I just had to share it with you... ;o)

Crock-pot Pulled BBQ Chicken
3 chicken breast
1 cup of red wine
1 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 small white onion (cut into wedges)
1 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of black pepper
1/4 cup of water

I also used...
a medium size crock-pot
measuring cups & spoons
2 forks (to pull chicken apart)
a large wooden spoon
Turn on your crock-pot to high.  Place your chicken breast in the crock-pot.  Sprinkle in your salt and pepper over the chicken.  Throw in your onion wedges and pour in your wine and BBQ sauce.  Cover your crock-pot and let it cook for 4 hours, NO PEEKING!  lol

After 4 hours, pull apart your chicken breast with the help of two forks.  Add in your water and stir it around with a wooden spoon, make sure you get all that brown yumminnes that usually builds up on the sides.   Change your temperature to warm until you are ready to serve. 

Easy, right? Enjoy!

This is a great recipe to throw together on a football Sunday, when unexpected guests arrive. 
We love serving it along side brown rice.
 I know I always say this... But, please, please give this recipe a try, you and your family will love it!
Yum, Yum Yum!

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Impression and Haul: Trader Joe's #ColoradoSprings

Happy Monday!  This is an exciting post for me!   For the last few weeks, I have been holding a humble countdown to the opening of Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs.  I live about 20 minutes away from the store, but since it is the only one around I am considering it a local store for me.

If you have been a reader of this blog for a while then you know that I have been DYING to visit a Trader Joe's.  I have shared my passion for the store so much that on a Foodie Pen Pal box sweet girl Kim, sent me a package from the TJ New York city store.  Check out that post here! 

For those who do not know what a Trader Joe's is (since I am now an expert lol,) here's a little info from their website...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles

Have you seen the workout challenge I posted on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter yesterday??...
I challenge you to perform this workout at least two times this week.  If you give it a try do not forget to tag me on Instagram @ahealthier_fitterme.  Would love to hear how it went for you!

OK... on to  THE WAFFLES!

I posted a photo of my recent breakfast obsession on Instagram and a couple of you wanted the recipe.  Can ya tell how much I love Instagram....?   No? OK!  Anyway...  These are super simple and could easily be converted to paleo if you use an animal protein based powder.  
I hope you give this one a try!

Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles

Monday, October 6, 2014

September 2014 Healthy Favorites!

Happy Monday!  Can you believe Halloween is only a few weeks away???  It is crazy how fast time has passed.  Anyway, today I wanted to share what products I loved in the month of September.  I am sure a lot of you do this too, we tend to have a "go-to" breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner that we like to rotate in throughout the week.  It saves us time and we know exactly what we are putting into our body.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have been  loving protein pancakes and overnight oats for breakfast.  I literally had these all month long and I think they are slowly rolling over into October as well.;o)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Instagram Workouts

Happy Saturday!  I started my day with a brisk walk with my dog Angel.  They recently open a new road by our house and she really enjoys that route, and visiting her dogie friends. Super cute! 

I followed my walk with a batch of my Gluten Free Pancakes.  You guys, this was my very first recipe on the blog, the photo is a bit blurry but the pancakes are delicious.  I have not made them in quite a while, it was a nice treat to have this morning.  Check out the recipe here!

Also, please feel free to check out my Recipes and Workouts labels above.  I get a lot of questions in regards to workouts and recipes, you can find all of them on those two labels.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Vegan Chili Featuring #TolerantFoods & #BeyondMeat

When I embarked on my health and fitness journey 3 years ago, I took a plant based diet approach.  I was suffering from indigestion caused by meats and dairy.  After my second year, (as my workouts increased and intensified) I felt the need to start incorporating more animal protein in to my diet.

I hate putting labels on my diet...  Please note that I am not claiming to be a vegan nor a vegetarian by any means, but do prefer veggies over meats. We have been incorporating more plant based diets in to our meal planning.    We still consume eggs, fish and goat cheese daily.  We also love the way a plant based diet makes us feels. 

 I have been loving experimenting in my kitchen again with things I have learned from Indian inspired meals.  I organized a weekly menu to make it simple and everyone in the house knows what to expect for meals.  

On Sundays, I make some sort of vegetable based soup. We typically  have someone over for football so, soups serves as a light dinner after indulging in all of those chips and guac.   Am I right! ;o)

I recently made a vegan chili using my new three favorite grocery finds...  Beyond Meat beef-less crumbles and Tolerant Red Lentil Pasta.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Goat Cheese Lemon Leek Frittata

On my social media accounts last week I mentioned how much I have been enjoying frittatas for lunch.  I do not know about you but, as the weather gets cooler I crave hot lunches.  The egg base of my frittatas is always the same however, I switch the extra components of them every time.  I simply use whatever veggie combination I have at hand.

  I had this particular combination for lunch today and it was perfection.  I just had to share it with you.  I also used parsley from my herb garden which, made it extra special.