Slow Cooker Chicken Santa Fe

This recipe is from Skinnytaste & is one of my all-time favorites. It takes about 10 minutes to just throw everything in a slow cooker and makes about 8 servings! It’s perfect for when you have limited time or just don’t feel like cooking (we’ve all been there!), but still want a healthy, delicious meal that will give you a few days worth of leftovers. To be honest, I skip the cilantro & scallions in my version, but I’m putting the recipe below as it is for those who might enjoy those ingredients.

crockpot-chicken-santa-fe-3

Ingredients:

  • -24 oz (1.5 lbs) chicken breast
  • -14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • -15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • -8 oz frozen corn
  • -1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • -14.4 oz can fat-free chicken broth
  • -3 scallions, chopped
  • -1 tsp garlic powder
  • -1 tsp onion powder
  • -1 tsp cumin
  • -1 tsp cayenne pepper to taste
  • -salt to taste
  • -1/2 cup brown rice (optional)
  • -tortilla chips (optional) 

crockpot-chicken-santa-fe-2

Instructions:

  • Combine chicken broth, beans (drained), corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt in crock pot.
  • Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.
  • Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred.
  • Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste.
  • Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.crock-pot-santa-fe-chicken

Healthy Turkey Chili

14590428_1156800524380220_3344121389550331941_n

My fiance & I make this recipe once a week – usually on Monday. Not only is it a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner, but it also gives us leftovers to take for lunch for about half of the week! We have yet to get sick of it and I hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

Feel free to play around with the ingredients – sometimes we’ll add some extras (jalapeno, corn, different amounts of the seasoning, etc) depending on what we’re in the mood for. It’s hard to mess this one up, so have fun with it & do whatever tastes right to you!

If you try it, please share your thoughts in the comments section!

                 15085649_1192204117506527_8075235262342160524_n  15356569_1223814814345457_2859499365860419819_n

Ingredients

  • Lean ground turkey
  • 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 1 can of low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can of low sodium kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5-6 tsp of chili powder
  • 3 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • Pink Himalyan sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Brown the turkey using medium heat
  • Stir in diced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all seasonings & mix thoroughly
  • Add 1/2 cup of low sodium chicken broth or water to prevent dryness
  • Cover & cook on low for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
  • Add more liquid if dryness starts to occur

*Optional: Mix in shredded cheese & serve with non-GMO tortilla chips

*Serving Size: 1 cup; Makes about 6 servings

14721704_1169198799807059_4860944091389391589_n

Core De Force – My Review & Results

coredeforce-before-after

Core De Force is a MMA-inspired workout program that mixes cardio with strength training using Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muy Thai combinations. It requires no equipment. Workouts times vary, ranging from 27 – 47 minutes. Some days include an additional 5 or 16 minute core workout. Each workout is broken into 6, 9, or 12 three-minute rounds with a 30 second break in between each one. It is a 30-day program with Sundays reserved for “Active Recovery” – a workout that involves 10 minutes of MMA moves and 10 minutes of stretching.

Below is my personal experience with this program! Your results and experience may vary & I am not an expert, so please read with those things in mind. 🙂
—————————————————————-
Results:

-Weight: maintained

-Waist: lost 1 inch

-Chest: lost 1 inch
-Hips/Thigh/Arms: stayed the same
-Stronger core/starting to gain some ab definition
-Major improvement in upper body strength/ability to do unmodified push-ups
Contributing factors:

-I did not skip a single day of the 30-day program
-I sometimes made up the 5 or 16 minute bonus core workouts on a different day
-I had a few unhealthy foods throughout (In-N-Out, pizza, wine, bagels, and tiramisu), but otherwise stuck to a healthy, clean diet at least 80% of the time
-I did not follow the meal plan that comes with this program as strictly as I would’ve liked to though I did keep it in mind for guidance
unnamed3

Pros:

-The workouts were fun, went quickly, and were effective
-Fast results; I saw some serious changes to my body in only 30 days & even within the first week
-I loved the moves & they made me feel fierce and strong!
-I appreciated the breaks in between rounds; it helped me to work harder knowing I’d get a 30-second rest
-There were modifications and progressions for all moves, so it was adjustable to any fitness level
-The moves and techniques were thoroughly explained & there were extra videos that allowed you to practice them before starting the workout
-The workouts were unique & versatile and allowed for some serious arm/ab muscle-building with no equipment or crunches needed
-There’s a cool down & warm up built into each workout and a day dedicated to stretching
unnamed2
Cons:
-My biggest complaint was the length of the workouts– the longest days consisted of a 47-minute MMA workout + a 16 minute core workout, equaling 63 minutes; however if you remove the time for warm-ups, breaks, instruction, and cool-down these workouts are technically only 18-36 minutes, so it helped to remind myself of this on tougher days
-Sometimes the instructions were a little lengthier than they needed to be
-Knee pain! I’ve never had a problem with my knees- EVER- but my right knee started to feel a bit wonky during the 2nd week. It eventually went away for me, but I know of a few people who had to stop the program because of this. Worth consideration if you already have knee issues.
-There was a workout every single day; I usually prefer at least one or two rest days!
unnamed
Overall, I loved this program & would definitely do it again (and probably will when prepping for bathing suit season!). I would recommend this program for anyone that is looking to tone up vs. lose weight and encourage those with knee issues to use caution & modifications for some of the moves that put pressure there. I also found the program to be helpful both mentally & emotionally, as many of the workouts require great focus and the kicks and punches often provided a release and were cathartic for me in their own way. I noticed a decrease in my anxiety levels this month and am confident that there was at least some correlation.
Have questions? Want to try this program out? Want to join me for my next round? Don’t hesitate to contact me & I’ll get you set up with everything you need for the best possible price!
XOXO,
Jess