No-Hassle Crock Pot Epazote Chicken & Salsa

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After a crazy work week and busy weekend I finally have some time to share an easy, no-hassle crock pot chicken recipe I made last weekend while I was home at my parents. After taking full advantage of the grill for my lemon basil chicken, I wanted to try out some fresh produce from my parent’s garden! My mom suggested I try out an herb called epazote which is commonly used in Mexican cooking. Epazote has a mild tangy flavor which inspired my crock pot recipe: Epazote Chicken & Salsa. It is the easiest recipe in the world and so tasty!¬†

Crock Pot Epazote Chicken & Salsa Ingredients:

  1. 1 & 1/2 containers of fresh hot salsa
  2. 5-6 Thinly sliced chicken breasts
  3. 1-2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh epazote
  4. 1 Tablespoon of cumin

Just add all the ingredients together in a crock pot and cook on high for 8-9 hours! Easiest recipe ever…gotta love the crock pot! ūüôā

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Lemon Basil Chicken

After seeing the rainy forecast, this weekend seemed like the perfect time to head out of the city for a couple days and spend some quality time at my parents house in the east bay.

One of the¬†best parts¬†about being home (besides¬†getting to see our¬†black¬†lab¬†Jazz..I will share pictures later!)¬†is getting to use my parents grill. There is something about BBQ grilled chicken that just puts regular pan or baked chicken to shame! ¬†Maybe it’s those¬†signature grill marks :).

Anyway, this weekend I decided to take full advantage of the grill and make a simple Lemon Basil Chicken. Basil is one of my favorite herbs and is actually full of health benefits!  Besides being packed with iron, basil can also help reduce stress! According to James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, basil contains phytochemicals that studies suggest help lower cortisol, the hormone secreted when we are stressed. Who knew?!

Lemon Basil Chicken Recipe Ingredients:

  • Fresh Basil Leaves (you can buy these at your local grocery story. Sometimes they come in little containers as you see pictured above)
  • 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Lemons
  • (5-6) Thinly sliced chicken breasts

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Step 1: After you have cut and cleaned the chicken to your liking, gather up all of the ingredients listed above. Once you have chopped the basil and measured out the olive oil, place the chicken, basil and olive oil in a bag. Then, squeeze lemon juice into the bag and let sit for about an hour (or longer) in the refrigerator for best flavoring.

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Step 2: Place chicken breasts on the grill. A little tip I learned from my mother this weekend: Don’t flip the chicken until the side facing the grill¬†seems cooked. You will know when the time is right to flip¬†when the chicken¬†no longer¬†sticks to the grill¬†if you pull away with a fork.

Step 3: Enjoy! I always make extra chicken for the week and store in a container to use for healthy lunches and dinner.

Happy meal prep! ūüôā

Berry Protein Smoothie

Berry Protein Smoothie Ingredients

After my 11 mile run this morning I needed to replenish the 800+ calories I burned quick! To go along with the beautiful weather I decided a smoothie was the just the ticket! This smoothie, along with plenty of water, was the perfect post-workout drink!

Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe:

  1. 1 Cup frozen berries (I used the frozen berry medley from Trader Joe’s. Frozen berries keep the smoothie cold so you don’t need to add ice!)
  2. 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (I used the light version, but you can substitute regular milk, rice milk or soy milk, go crazy!)
  3. 1 Vanilla Greek Yogurt cup
  4. 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein powder
  5. A sprinkle of chia seeds (this is optional)

Blend all the ingredients together and the smoothie is ready to drink! Next time I might add a handful of spinach for some extra nutrients. If you don’t like vegetables, combining spinach or kale in a smoothie is a great way to hide the veggie taste, but still get those nutrients. I promise you won’t even taste it!

Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

What is your favorite smoothie combination??

4 Ingredient Banana Oat Bites

4 ingredient banana oat bites

Evenings tend to be the worst time for sweet cravings. You have been good all day and come 8 pm, that chocolate chip cookie is really calling your name!

To avoid late night dessert indulgences I always like to come up with healthier options that will still satisfy my sweet tooth. Tonight, I decided to make banana oat bites. They have the perfect amount of sweetness to keep me from going on a sugar binge. Best part? You only need 4 ingredients and they cook in about 15 minutes!

Banana Oat Bites with Cinnamon & Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips Recipe:

1. 2 small bananas (you could even add a little bit of honey!)

2. 1  1/2 cup of dry oats

3. ~1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or as much as you like!)

4. Handful of semi-sweet chocolate chip (or carob chips)

Mash up the bananas with a fork then mix in the oats, cinnamon & chocolate chips. Form the mix into small balls on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees…enjoy!

What is your favorite healthy dessert?