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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Many Ways to Prepare Chicken...Let's Count the Ways

I am committing to more physical activity and healthier eating to get back on track with my weight loss.  This week has been easy for exercise due to Spring break at work.  I have been walking, playing outside with the kids, riding my bike, and I can count Spring cleaning too, right?  I must admit it has felt wonderful to get back into the swing of working out again. It is scary how easy it is to let exercise slide and for how long I let working out fall out of my busy schedule. 

Well, my title is about chicken so let's get to it.  I am not a meat lover.  In fact, I could easily do without meat if it weren't for my family and the hassle here and there for recipes without it.  My go to protein for dinner recipes is chicken, and I think I have fixed it every way possible.  I grill, boil, bake, stir-fry, and use my crock-pot to prepare chicken.  I am always looking for new and healthy ways to prepare chicken. 

For dinner tonight I used a recipe from Pinterest that was labeled as a Weight Watchers recipe:  Honey Chicken  6-8 points
 I used my crock-pot on low for 4 hours and then it switched over to warm until it was dinner time:
2 lbs of cubed chicken
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. soy sauce ( I use low sodium)
4 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
I then poured in some rice to the crock-pot mixture during the last hour or so.  The meal was finished off with some stir-fry veggies.  I really liked how tender the chicken was for a crock-pot recipe as some of the recipes result in chicken that is tough and dry.  This meal was tender and full of flavor, so I would use it again for dinner.

Any favorite chicken recipes that you would like to share ?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Break is Here!

I was shocked to realize my last post was right before the school year started.  It is now time for Spring break and I find myself wondering where did the time go?  The plan wasn't to abandon my blog for the entire school year, but it just gets neglected with my busy lifestyle as a teacher and mom. 

The kids and I kicked off our Spring break with a long walk and a day of playing outside.  It was so nice to finally have some decent weather.  This winter has been brutal.  I don't think our school district has ever used so many snow days.  It was a constant back and forth of snow and ice days starting in December and continuing into March this year.

 Today, we enjoyed a 60 degree day with a promise of 70 degrees tomorrow.  We are planning on a bike ride tomorrow after we finish some much needed Spring cleaning.

The harsh winter conditions lead to more indoor time than normal and I have put on some weight.  Insert sad face :(  I'm up a total of 7 pounds, so I am determined to make the most of this week with a lot of physical activity.  My eating really hasn't been that far off course but without my usual exercise routines, I let some weight creep back on.