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Avocado Chicken Salad – Keto Lunch Idea

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Lunch is the hardest meal to plan for – I get so bored with the usual lunch ideas.  I have been thinking long and hard about new recipes that are simple to prepare.  

I came up with this easy avocado chicken salad the other day and I love it.  I may or may not have made it a few times since that day, too.  

This avocado chicken salad is even keto friendly, which is great since I’ve been trying to eat more of a ketogenic diet (some days are better than others!).  All you need is a bowl, fork and 5 ingredients to make this yummy dish.  

Check out this quick video of how I made it!

Avocado Chicken Salad
Serves 2
A delicious keto friendly lunch recipe.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Large can of chicken or 2 cups cooked chicken
  2. 1 Ripe Avocado
  3. 2 Tablespoon Sour Cream
  4. 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  5. 1 teaspoon lime juice
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
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Avoid the Lunch Burnout

How To Avoid The Lunch Burnout

Now that we’ve survived our first No Eating Out Challenge, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  Every time we try to pack lunches we do so good for the first week or so and then we start slipping.  I know it’s because we’re getting bored with what we’re bringing.  The same thing (or variation of the same meal) every day can get old.  

We have been working hard to avoid the lunch burnout and have found a few recipes that we rotate.  I wanted to share these quick lunch ideas that you can take to eat cold OR heat up.

egg roll in a bowl

This egg roll in a bowl has been one of my favorites to make.  I typically will make a big recipe on Sunday and then measure it out to last all week.  I’ve eaten it warm and cold, and either way is tasty.  

This turkey club roll-up is a great low-carb idea.  I tend to add a little more avocado since I like it so much.

Justin even made this Big Mac salad and it was prefect.  All you have to do is brown the hamburger on Sunday or one evening during the week.  You can even pre-make the dressing and store in a container until you’re ready to eat.

fried chicken salad

One of the easiest meals to make is this fried chicken salad.  You can make it super simple by buying fried chicken from the store to use or even make your own.  Since switching to low-carb we’ve made these yummy chicken tenders that work perfectly.  

whole30, avocado lime salad dressing recipe

I’m also a huge lover of salad so I’ve been known to make this Avocado Lime dressing to top mine, too.  It’s easy to make and can keep in the fridge all week.

What are some of your favorite lunches to avoid the weekly burnout?  Leave a comment letting me know!

Keto Recipe – Parmesan Peas

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What is the Ketogenic Diet?

Have you heard of it before?  I hadn’t until about March when one of my favorite podcasters started talking about all of these health findings.  She was talking with doctors and experts on the affect our diet was having on our bodies, our brains and our overall health.  Something clicked because I needed to know more.  I had to know more and I was willing to give it a try.

I was tired of being tired.  It was exhausting feeling sick all of the time.  I know some of it was working full time, trying to build my brand and having a toddler to take care of, but it just felt more than that.  I looked around and was so unhappy about my body, my diet and my activity level.  I knew I needed to change.  Once I heard about the keto diet, I decided I needed to research it.

Because, though I love Chalene Johnson and trust what she says and her experts, I needed more.  I needed my own research.  Maybe it’s the financial specialist inside of me, but researching something just makes me feel better before starting.  So here are some interesting bits about the ketogenic diet:

disclaimer:  I am not a doctor so this is just from my research and my opinions.  Before starting any diet, you should talk to your doctor.

Keto is short for ketosis.  Normally, your body burns carbs and sugars (known as glucose) for energy; however, in a ketogenic state your body burns fat (ketones) for energy.  The ketogenic diet eliminates glucose from the body and causes it to burn its own fat.  A benefit can be rapid weight loss, even when consuming enough calories during the day.  

I’m not going to lie the rapid weight loss part caught my attention first.  Because when you’re overweight and tired of being heavy then that will always stand out.  Now once I heard that benefit I kept reading and researching to discover more.

Let’s talk more benefits of the ketogenic diet.

It can help prevent cancer cells and may even kill cancer cells.

It typically does not raise cholesterol and may actually reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially in those who are obese.

It has been used to treat and even help reverse cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s symptoms.

It can be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetics wishing to reverse their condition.  When I went to the doctor in early March I was prescribed metformin which is a diabetic medicine.  It was a huge eye-opener for me.  That’s what started me on this crusade to change my health without medicines.

I had tried so many different diets over the years, they would work at the time, but one slip and it was a downward spiral for me.  One of the programs that worked the best for me was Weight Watchers.  I joined in college and lost quite a bit of weight in just over a year.  I am a huge fan of Weight Watchers and love what their program offers. I even worked as a leader for a few years in college after I lost close to 60 pounds. But now things are a bit different in our house. We’re really working on paying down debt, cutting our spending and sticking with our budget. So an extra monthly expense (even if for health) wasn’t an option.

That’s why I’m so glad I found the keto diet.  Because I just made simple changes at home and saw results.  Not just weight loss (though I did lose about 15 pounds in the first 4 weeks, which I met with my doctor to make sure all was okay), but my headaches were gone and I could focus so much easier while at work.  It was this weird mental clarity that hit me and I liked it.  Work became easier, having a million things to juggle because simple and I was sleeping so good at night!  

Let’s be honest, it can be scary when you tell someone you eat low carb, high fat foods.  I strive to be about 5-10% carbs, 70% fats, and 20-25% protein on most days. Some days are better than others. When I want ice cream or a cupcake at a party then that’s what I’m going to have, it’s no more of this all or nothing mentality.  I now know what works for my body and what foods make me feel no so good. 

I’ve gotten pretty creative with our dinners and lunches, too.  I love simple recipes and especially since it’s Summer I love having J grill most of our food.  Now for side dishes you can keep it simple.  I created this three-ingredient keto friendly recipe in under 5 minutes.  

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These Parmesan peas were amazing.  You can use fresh or frozen peas, which ever you have on hand.  You can even use fresh or bagged Parmesan cheese, too.  

Parmesan Peas (Keto Friendly Recipe)
A delicious easy to prepare keto recipe.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-4 cups of frozen or fresh peas
  2. 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
  3. 1 T. grass-fed butter (or any butter will work)
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of water on the stove. Once boiling add the peas.
  2. Fresh peas cook for 3 minutes. Frozen peas cook for 1 minute.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Place cooked peas back into the pot, add butter and cheese.
  5. Stir until butter and cheese is melted.
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Ranch Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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Want to know a little something about me?  I could eat chicken pretty much every single day and be happy.  My go-to favorites at any restaurant are the chicken dish or a nice big salad.  Now if you put chicken on that salad that’s always going to be my choice.  Always.  Well… let’s be honest if sushi was an option then my choice would be sushi – hands down.  Since we are living on a budget I don’t get to have sushi everyday.  But I digress…  

Add a little bit of ranch dressing to the mix and I’m in heaven. Now J on the other hand could take it or leave it with the chicken. I think it’s my fault you see we have some sort of chicken dish about 3-4 nights a week in our house.  He gets it too often and he’s burned out.  But this weekend I cooked the meals which means I got to pick what I wanted.  And I wanted an easy chicken dish.  I found this recipe and fell in love.  I adapted it for what I had on hand because of course I didn’t have everything.   I’m going to be a 100% honest with you I ate this chicken on Saturday when I made it, Sunday for lunch, and then I plan to eat it again Monday for lunch and dinner.  It is that good! So maybe it’s not a bad thing J doesn’t love chicken because it means there was more for me.  

Keep reading for the recipe for my Ranch Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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All you have to do is place the potatoes in your slow cooker (I use this one) top it with the chicken.  Then mix the cream of chicken soup, ranch dressing and other ingredients together then pour over the top.  You can cook it on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.  I topped mine with a little more ranch dressing because I have a problem.  It was delicious!

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Ranch Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Serves 4
An easy to prepare ranch chicken and potatoes meal in the slow cooker
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1 can (10.75oz) cream of chicken soup
  3. 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  4. 8 baby red potatoes
  5. 1 packet dry ranch mix
  6. 1/2 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Wash the potatoes and then place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Place the chicken in the slow cooker on top of the potatoes.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the soup, broth and ranch mix together.
  4. Pour mixture over chicken and potatoes.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.
Adapted from Life in the Lofthouse
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Easiest Dinner Ever – Pizza Meatballs in the Crockpot

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Do you ever have one of those mornings where you’re about 10 minutes late on everything? You finally get the baby up, breakfast in his belly and your face put on just to realize your evening is going to be just as crazy. You need to go ahead and plan dinner – if you have dinner ready before you even get home from work that’s bonus points.

I have the easiest dinner ever for you. Pizza Meatball Subs. Watch the video below to see just how simple this family-loved dinner is. You can use the meatballs in spaghetti, make sub sandwiches, put on top of a pizza, or eat just as they are.

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All you need is a bag of frozen meatballs, jar of pizza sauce or pasta sauce, extra spices and a slow cooker.  Here’s the slow cooker (it’s even on sale!) I use and talk about in the video.  I love the fact it has a timer that kicks off the cook feature and automatically turns on the keep warm capability. 

Easy Clean Up Tip

If you haven’t seen these slow cooker liners then you’re missing out! You can get them on Amazon (because Amazon is Mom’s best friend!) for pretty cheap. I won’t use my slow cooker without them because clean up is a breeze. Just grab the bag and throw away the mess. No washing, no scrubbing!

There you have it, friends the easiest dinner ever! 

No lie!  I like simple, mistake-proof dishes that take little time to prep and even less time to clean up.  These pizza meatball are so versatile and if you don’t want pizza flavored then you can use pasta sauce or make your own tomato sauce with some yummy spices.  Really the variations are endless.  You can even make meatballs using BBQ sauce and grape jelly.

 

How to Make a Healthy Baby Smoothie

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Our little guy went for his 9 month check up not too long ago.  We were almost a month late on his wellness appointment thanks to scheduling issues and a double ear infection.  Anyway, we go there and our little guy is growing so good!  He’s still a small guy compared to some of our friends’ and family’s babies, but I think he’s perfect.  The doctor said he’s right on track with everything he needs to be then she started talking about his feeding. I realized that we need to up our game when it game to solids.  We needed to make sure he was snacking and getting the right nutrients each day.  

Now I know that for at least the first year most of his nutrients will come from his formula, but it doesn’t hurt to up our game in the solids department.  Honestly, I was terrified (and still am) about choking.  I hate the thought of him not eating something perfectly pureed, but I know he needs to learn about textures and how to eat on his own.  I’ve started to work past my fear and give him more and more finger foods.  

So far he has really enjoyed these baby cookies I made the other day.  I love them because there isn’t any added sugar, he loves them because of the taste and the fact he can feed himself.  We’ve also given him some lentils and beans that were a huge hit.  Literally… he would hit his trays and beans would go flying! HA!

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Let’s see… we’ve also given him some pieces of fruit like pears and mangos…. and a few more.  I just make sure to cut them into smaller pieces so he can pick up and stick in his mouth.  He loves avocados and bananas that are smashed a bit.  Those are the messy dinners!

Since he doesn’t have the greatest hand-eye coordination yet, I want to make sure he’s getting enough nutrients through out the day.  I found this post about a baby smoothie and fell in love with the idea.  Something he could carry around, drink on through out the day and fill his tummy with nutritious foods.  I used what I had on hand to make one and he loved it.  At first he wasn’t so sure, but then he was spinning around backwards in his walker drinking it up!

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Here’s what you need for the perfect baby smoothie:

1/2 package of veggie filled baby food
1/2 package of fruit filled baby food
1 T. baby cereal (more or less)
1/2 juice from a fruit cup (packed in 100% juice)
1/2 banana, mashed
1/2 pieces of fruit from fruit cup
water, as needed

Add all of the ingredients into your magic bullet or blender, blend until combined.  Add water (make sure it’s drinkable for baby!) and keep blending until the desired consistency is reached.  You want it to be easily drinkable from a sippy cup.  

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Now these ingredients for this baby smoothie are interchangeable.  Use what you have on hand.  If you make your own baby food, like I do sometimes then use that!  Whatever works.  The banana and added fruit help take away from the veggie taste of the baby food so it’s more desirable to your little one.  The first time I made this I didn’t have any baby cereal on hand so I left it out.  It still worked great.  Super easy!

Oatmeal Banana Baby Cookies {recipe}

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Do you ever get in one of those moods where you need to stay busy all day long. Like sitting down would be the worst possible thing to do? No, just me? Seriously! Well it happens. Right now I’m working 6 days a week so Sundays are my typical lazy day. I change out of my pajamas just to shower and put a clean pair right back on. I usually get J to run any errands or pick up take out because the thought of cooking leaves me numb. Like, I cooked and cleaned all week, and I know I have to start over tomorrow so today I’m doing nothing!

Well the other weekend I was in a mood. J was out of town and the baby didn’t sleep all that great the night before. We were up and moving before 6 am. By 8 I was bored. I needed to run some errands so I figured early Sunday morning would probably be the quickest. I got the baby dressed and threw on a baseball cap.

FYI if you never wear caps and then suddenly appear with one on, your baby may not recognize you. Then when he does realize who you are, he will be mesmerized by the cap the rest of the day.

We were home from the store a little after 9 and I spent the next 4 hours in the kitchen. I didn’t sit down once and even had to run back to the store a second time. The baby was playing with my list and I guess I forgot a few things… oops!

I really wanted to meal prep a few things to get ready for the next week. With our daily schedules being so crazy lately, I figured I could use all the help I could get. sugarless oatmeal banana cookies for baby  

First up was these cookies for our Baby Boy. I’ve been trying to make sure the food he’s consuming is healthy without a lot of added junk. I love the teething wafers, but sometimes he likes to take off more than he can handle. Then he starts choking and I start panicking. So I don’t give him those too often. We’ve working on his motor skills and I like giving him foods that he can pick up and feed himself with. Usually he ends up feeding the dogs about half of the food, but it’s a learning process.

I scoured Pinterest for a few snack ideas to give to baby. I came across a recipe for baby cookies and decided to adapt it a bit for my little boy. I haven’t actually tasted these to know if they’re good or not, but he seems to really enjoy them! Now in the mornings I can plop him in his highchair, tear apart a cookie for him to enjoy while I pack my lunch and get bottles ready.

What I liked best about these cookies compared to other ones I saw was that the ingredients are pureed pretty good before baking. So there’s less of a chance for him to get choked up. Plus, they’re pretty soft so his little gums can easily mash them down before swallowing. But I have to say my favorite part about these cookies is the fact that there is no added sugar. That’s a huge win for me! All of the sweet comes from the banana.

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Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Serves 18
A delicious sugarless oatmeal banana cookie for your little one. This cookie is soft and chewy, so it's easily ate by your baby.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. quick oats, ground in a food processor
  2. 1/4 c. + 1 T. milk
  3. 1/4 t. vanilla extract
  4. 1 banana, mashed
  5. 3 T. butter
  6. 1/4 c. flour (AP or whole-wheat)
Instructions
  1. Grind the oats in a food processor, blender or magic bullet.
  2. Add milk and vanilla, mix again.
  3. Pour ingredients into a bowl with the mashed banana.
  4. Mix together.
  5. Add butter and flour.
  6. Mix to combine.
  7. Scoop onto pan, using the palm of your hand you can smash the cookie to be flat.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Let cool completely before serving to your little one.
  2. You can easily break these into smaller pieces for easier eating.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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Easy Breakfast Cookies {recipe}

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Mornings are not my thing.  I can be honest with you right?  At 30 years old I still struggle to get out of bed each morning.   Maybe it’s because my mind races for the first hour or two every night, so I feel like I get cheated out of the full 8 hours of sleep I tell myself I deserve.  Maybe it’s because I toss and turn constantly, checking the baby monitor trying to make sure Baby Boy is okay.  Perhaps it’s waking up with Tiny’s paw dug into my back and Bud taking over my pillow.  I don’t know what it is, but I am not a morning person.

I don’t even set my alarm because I know I won’t wake up to it.  J wakes me up.  I prefer him to wake me up before he gets in the shower, but there are mornings that I can’t get out of bed until he’s walking out the door.  It helps on the mornings our little guy wakes up about 6:30 because then I have to get up too.  But if he sleeps in, I’ve lost.

J on the other hand… total morning person.  Ugh!  He’s up with the first sound of his alarm.  He’s off to shower and get dressed.  Most mornings he even has time to make breakfast.  I have no idea who I married!

I have to make sure everything for me and the baby is perfectly laid out the night before otherwise I’ll be late to work.  Like I have a mental list.  Is the car seat on the table ready to go?  Check.  Bottles filled and in the diaper bag?  Check.  Wipes and extra clothes packed? Check.  Gym bag packed?  Check.  Breakfast ready?  Check.  Clothes laid out?  Check.

Most nights I shower right before bed so I can have an extra 10 minutes of sleep.  And if I have to wash my hair then I better do it before bed otherwise, it’s not happening.

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I’ve gotten good at prepping our breakfast the night before.  I usually make J some egg cups for him to heat up, but I’m not a huge egg fan so I need something different.  I found a recipe for some breakfast cookies and decided to give it a whirl.  

They are good.  Like really good.  Taste similar to a no-bake oatmeal cookie, but they are baked and have less sugar.  

easy breakfast cookies

Now I can grab two of these breakfast cookies each morning and I’m out the door.  Plus, the best part?  They keep me filled until lunch.  The version I make creates 21 cookies, so I have enough for a full week and then some.  I even take an extra one as an afternoon snack before I go work out to give me a little extra energy boost.

What are your go-to breakfast recipes?

Breakfast Cookies
Serves 21
A delicious grab-and-go breakfast cookie recipe.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  2. 1 cup AP Flour (or whole-wheat)
  3. 2 t. cinnamon
  4. 1 t. baking soda
  5. 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  7. 1/3 c. unsweetened apple sauce
  8. 1/4 c. reduced syrup
  9. 1 large egg
  10. 3 T. brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In one bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and chocolate chips.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, apple sauce, syrup, egg and brown sugar.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir to combine.
  4. Scoop onto parchment paper lined baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes
Notes
  1. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Adapted from Chef Savvy
Adapted from Chef Savvy
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Egg Roll in a Bowl {recipe}

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If I had to pick one type of food to eat every day for the rest of my life it would be Chinese. Hands down. No questions asked. No take-backs. I love Chinese food. J knows that he can always get me to vary from our meal plan if he offers to pick up Chinese food.

I’m also a pretty picky Chinese food junkie. I’m specific on what I want my beef and broccoli to taste like. There’s one restaurant in town and their beef and broccoli is the worst. Do you remember the frozen meals with salisbury steak? Yep, that’s what their meal taste like. Awful!

So if he’s going to bribe me with Chinese food then it has to be from my favorite place who’s beef and broccoli is amazing. Also, their crab rangoons taste like actually crab rangoons.

One of my favorite items to get is the egg roll. But again, I’m picking. I don’t want it dripping with grease and I want to be able to taste the meat inside. And if I bite into it and all of the stuffing comes out then I’m pretty bummed.  Usually I get tired of the fired shell, so I cut open my egg rolls in dump them in a bowl.  I know, I know, I’m crazy!  Egg roll in a bowl?  But it’s so good!

Now J and I have been trying to eat healthier, and Chinese food isn’t really the best thing to get for that. So I’ve been having withdrawals. I need my fix.

I found a couple different versions of an egg roll in a bowl on Pinterest and it sparked my interest. I wanted to keep it healthy, light on fat and Carbs so I went with my own version.
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I have to say it’s amazing. So so good! I even boxed up my leftovers and am having them for my lunch the next few days. Want to know the best part of this recipe? It’s super easy to prepare. No frying, no wonton wrappers, nothing.

Everything is prepared in one pan, too. So minimal cleanup, which is my favorite.
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meal prep ideas

I swapped out sausage for lean ground turkey from the original recipes. There is a little different taste, but I still love it. To me, it feels healthier.

What’s your favorite type of food? 

 

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Egg Roll in a Bowl
Serves 4
A healthier version of an egg roll
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lbs. lean ground turkey
  2. 1 package dry coleslaw mix
  3. 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  4. 1 t. ginger
  5. 1 1/2 t. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Brown turkey and drain off any grease.
  2. Mix soy sauce, ginger and garlic powder together.
  3. Add coleslaw mix to skillet with turkey.
  4. Pour soy sauce mix over skillet.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom
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Freezer Lemon Pepper Chicken for the Slow Cooker

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I’m not sure about your family, but we get in a dinner rut a lot around here. I feel like I make the same 5 dishes over and over again Sometimes it’s with chicken, hamburger or turkey meat, but overall it’s the same meal. I know why I always tend to make them too…

They’re easy to prepare.
They don’t require a ton of different ingredients.

I wanted to break out of our shell. Try something new for a change, but it had to fit my criteria for an easy dinner.

On Wednesdays we drive 30 minutes one-way to go bowling every week. We have to leave the house no later than 5:45 to make it there on time. So I prefer a slow cooker meal those nights. I pop the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and then J can finish up when he gets home a little before 5. That way when I walk in the door I’m not rushing around making dinner.

I hate feeling rushed!

I always get flustered and end of forgetting something.

With a little prep time I pulled together an easy slow cooker meal for this week. On Sunday I prepped a freezer bag full of chicken and a few ingredients, popped it in the freezer then the night before I pulled it out to place in the fridge. That’s all it took for a freezer lemon pepper chicken meal. Simple.

Remember my criteria for a good weeknight dinner?  This one fits them all!

It’s easy to prepare.

It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.

I also love my slow cooker.  I got as a gift a few years ago and it has earned every penny it costs!  I love that it has a timer, so I can set it to low for 6 hours and then it automatically switched to the keep warm setting.  No more burnt or overcooked dinners!  Here is a Hamilton Beach slow cooker similar to the one I have.  This one is great because it has a strap to seal the lid when traveling.   

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Freezer Lemon Pepper Chicken
Serves 2
An easy freezer meal that can be popped into the slow cooker.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 T. lemon juice
  3. 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
  4. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients into a freezer storage bag
  2. Seal, pressing out any air
  3. Freeze.
  4. The day before preparing, place in the fridge to thaw.
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
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