Category Archives: Crockpot Eats

Healthy Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

I found this awesome chicken fajita recipe over at StacyMakesCents . If you cannot cook, you must invest in a crock pot/slow cooker. Everyone will think you can cook and you may even surprise yourself. I changed one or two things in mine and it turned out great and healthy.

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Slice green, red, yellow peppers and 1 medium onion. Lightly grease crock pot/slow cooker with olive oil. Place the peppers and onions in the cooker and place 3-4 skinless chicken breasts on top. Pour about 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock over the top. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasonings. Cover completely with the spice mixture. Then drizzle the juice of one fresh lime on top. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

I did not shred the chicken, I cut into chunky pieces but you could do what you like.  I warmed a few whole wheat tortillas, added a little cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and avocado. There you go, an easy healthy meal and the leftovers are great too.

Well, it is that time of year when we are all thinking about new ways to stay healthy. I am going to experiment with more crock pot recipes over the next few weeks so I will share what I come up with.

I am excited about the new year. I have set some new goals for myself that I will be sharing later. Also, another Fit In 5 workout will be posted this week. I think we all need a good sweaty New Year’s Day workout.  Are you in?

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Easy And Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

This weekend was awesome and relaxing. Friday night I cooked fish tacos and Saturday night I cooked sea bass for the first time. It turned out great. Tonight was the slow cooker chicken parmesan. No frying is involved so that eliminates a bunch of fat that this dish is known for. Keep in mind it will not be crunchy, but it still has the yummy comforting flavor with fewer calories.

In a bowl beat 2 eggs with a fork. In a separate bowl combine 1/4 cup parmesan cheese with 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Spread a little olive oil in the bottom of the slow cooker/crock pot. Take 4 skinless chicken breasts, dip each in egg and then into crumb/cheese mix and lay on the bottom of the crock pot. Pour 1 jar of your favorite sauce on top and cook on low for 5-6 hours. I served the chicken with whole wheat pasta. This easy, healthier version will be a hit with the family!

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Well, I have a lot going on. The 10,000 Steps For Health Challenge is still going strong. I was interviewed by our local paper about the challenge. I am hoping to get the word out to inspire people to make small changes that can improve their health. I am wearing my pedometer every day and I am averaging about 10,000 to 12,000 steps per day. I have also been doing the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak Challenge. I have completed 11 days in a row. Some days I do just a mile, but my streak is going strong. This challenge has really kept me motivated and I can already feel improvements in my runs.

I am still involved in the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Competition. I have been a part of the What’s Beautiful Community for over a year now and I love it. It is such a strong support of women from all over the world. We compete with each other but we all support each other too. These women are so inspiring and motivating! If you have not checked it out, go take a look at http://www.whatsbeautiful.ua.com and see what you are missing. I will be doing a separate post about the What’s Beautiful Community soon. I am also involved in an Instagram challenge from Under Armour. I have won 2 swag bags of their awesome gear. This is a fun challenge where you post a pic of yourself doing the challenge that is given for that day. They pick two winners every week to win a swag bag and trust me, they are very generous 🙂 To join just follow @Shauna_Harrison @UnderArmourWomen and tag them and use the hashtag #sweataday. Below is a photo of myself in a side plank challenge this week. Keep in mind, she always gives modifications for the challenges. The sweataday challenge is for men and women so check it out!

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I finished the weekend decorating for Christmas. Time seems like it is flying by and the New Year will be here before you know it. I have got to start thinking of my resolutions. Organizing will be one. What is your New Year Resolution going to be?

Lean Italian Turkey Meatballs And Zucchini Spaghetti

Here it is, the most delicious low carb Italian meal. I got this recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com . This is how it goes 🙂

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2 pkg lean ground turkey

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

2 eggs

2 cloves of garlic crushed

Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

2 tsp olive oil

4 cloves of garlic crushed

2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes ( I used fire roasted organic)

2 bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, garlic and cheese. Using clean hands, mix all ingredients and form meatballs. In a small saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden. Pour crushed tomatoes into Crock Pot with the bay leaves. Add garlic and oil. I made large meatballs so I cooked on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees. I then transferred the balls to the crock pot in the sauce. I cooked on low for 4 to 6 hours. I served with zucchini spaghetti. I made the spaghetti with this little gadget below

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Very simple to do. Just wash zucchini and cut ends off. Lightly shred into a bowl until you get near the seeds of the zucchini. I used about 4 or 5 large zucchini to make this pan of spaghetti.

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Well that is it. The husband and Piper loved it. This was very easy and healthy.

What is your favorite healthy Italian dinner?

Yoga, Turkey Tacos, and Yoga Journal

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Yoga Journal – Revolved Triangle Pose.

Hi, if you are interested in yoga and eating a healthy, easy to cook lunch, you might like this post. If not, don’t read it 🙂 The first photo is a personal yoga goal I have been working on. It is a version of Scorpion. I use the wall for support, and because I am scared to death not to. The other day I balanced without my feet on the wall for like 5 seconds (as shown in the picture), excited!  I am still working on it, I know I can do better. Do you have a yoga pose you have been dreaming of mastering?

The second photo is lunch today! Easy to prepare and healthy to eat. I used lean ground turkey (browned before put in the crock pot), 1 can black beans (drained), 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles (<3) and 1 packet of taco seasoning mix. I dumped everything in the crock pot and mixed together. I cooked it on high for 3 hours. The husband made tacos with a hard whole grain shell. I am having mine over a fresh bed of nutrient rich spinach with a little taco sauce and a tiny bit of cheese on top. Looking forward to lunch today. Try a taco salad without the shell to save some calories 🙂

Click on the link above and you will see one of my favorite poses that I include in my classes. It has many benefits. It strengthens and stretches the legs, stretches the hips and spine, opens the chest to improve breathing, relieves mild back pain, stimulates the abdominal organs and improves sense of balance. I love the Yoga Journal website. I click around on it often finding interesting articles and new information all the time. I am always learning new things about yoga and fitness. There is always something and someone else I can learn from. Have you done yoga recently? What is your favorite pose to stretch the legs? I look forward to my class tonight which will include revolved triangle pose.

This blog is written by me and it expresses my opinions and experiences. Consult your own physician before beginning a new exercise or nutrition program.

ROW#3 Beer and Chicken

I thought beer might get your attention. I really liked last weeks ROW because I love the chili garlic sauce. I am obsessed with that right now. This weeks ROW is Crock Pot Beer Chicken. It is so easy to prepare, high protein, low-fat and you get to put a beer in it. I found this recipe over on laaloosh.ziplist.com This is how it was done.

  • 2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bottle or can of your favorite beer

You can use more or less of the seasonings to your liking. I put in the fresh garlic because I like it very garlic-y. Dump all that in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Done.

I served the Beer Chicken with Sweet Potato No Skins (better than potato skins) and steamed asparagus. The Sweet Potato No Skins recipe came from Prevention Magazine and I think it was a “Biggest Loser” recipe. This is how they are done.

  • 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • low-fat cheddar cheese
  • non fat Greek yogurt
  • just a few bacon bits (the real deal)
  • chopped green onion

In a big bowl toss cut potatoes with olive oil. Line pans with foil and place potatoes on pan without them touching. Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Cook on 400 for about 10 minutes and then turn them over. Cook for another 7-8 minutes or until done. Top with a little cheese, Greek yogurt, bacon bits, and green onion. These are so tasty and healthy, a definite do over at my house:)

This is how it looked plated.

Are you ready for this week? Please comment and let me know how you like this recipe.

Tasty Tailgate! Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hoagie!

This was dinner last night and it’s what’s for dinner tonight. Buffalo chicken! This was an easy, healthy, spicy, tasty crockpot recipe. The white hoagie bun, not so healthy. I could not find a wheat bun and I had to leave the store asap so no time to stop at another. This is how it went down.

Ingredients:

3 large skinless organic chicken breasts

1 large bottle Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce

1/2 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip

2 tbsp melted butter

Hoagie Rolls (preferably 100% wheat)

Lettuce, tomato, onion

First, place chicken in the crockpot. Sprinkle the ranch dip mix over the chicken. Pour a little more than 1/2 of the bottle of Frank’s RedHot Sauce over the chicken. Add about 1/4 cup water. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Take chicken out and shred. Discard juice from crockpot. Place chicken back in crockpot. Mix 1/2 cup hot sauce with melted butter and pour over shredded chicken and blend. Spicy and delicious. Enjoy in a Hoagie like this:)

This would be a great tailgate party food. It could be done with little slider buns for easy handling at a tailgate. Try it out. Let me know how you like it.

What is your favorite tailgate food?

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