Pesto Chicken Roll Ups

As both my boyfriend and I work a lot, I really love easy dinners.  Like I’ve said before, I troll Pinterest and Google Search for inspiration.  This time my inspiration let me to make a Pesto Chicken Roll Up.  Hope you Enjoy!

Grocery List: $15-$20
Chicken Breasts (I used about 3 for this recipe)
Pesto Sauce (I bought jarred pesto from our local grocery store)
Roasted Red Peppers (I bought jarred pesto from our local grocery store)
Spinach (I just had this in my fridge and threw it into the mix)
Mozzarella Cheese (I had string cheese handy… I told you I was on a budget!)
Olive Oil
Italian Seasonings or Italian breadcrumbs

Let’s Cook!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Spray your cooking dish with a non stick cooking spray
3. Place chicken breasts in heavy duty large plastic bag and pound with meat mallet until flat
4. Spread pesto on chicken breasts
5. Top with peppers, spinach, and cheese.
Tip: I cut the string cheese long ways a few times so that it will melt easier
6. Roll your chicken up and place in dish
Tip: As you are rolling up your chicken continue to tuck in the toppings so they are snug in the chicken
7. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning or Bread Crumbs on top of chicken
8. Drizzle with olive oil
9. Bake for 45 minutes (give or take)
Tip: Depending on your chicken, oven, etc.. keep an eye on the chicken. You don’t want it to get dry so if you see it’s done, take it out. Also drizzling a little olive oil throughout baking may help it stay moist.
10. ENJOY!

**I paired mine with a spinach salad with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds as toppings and a Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette.
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Skinny Tacos

Let’s get serious!  Aren’t tacos like the easiest and yummiest food to eat?  I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like tacos – shrimp, veggie, chicken, beef.  And with the toppings being endless!  Please excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth.

Yeah, so I love Taco’s.  I grew up with my mother making homemade tortilla chips and taco shells.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  But as I’m trying to watch my figure, I’ve had to update my taco recipe.  The below recipe is boyfriend approved!

Grocery List: $10-$12
Lean Ground Beef OR Chicken OR Ground Turkey
Taco Seasoning (Your Preference in Brand)
Frozen Corn (This is an add in – I’m obsessed with corn)
Red or Green Leaf Lettuce
1/2 Red Onion (I use red b/c it makes me cry less)
Toppings: Cheese, Tomatoes, Diced Jalapenos, Hot Sauce, Etc.

Let’s Cook!
1. Brown Meat until cooked through(I used extra lean ground beef and added the onion, taco seasoning, and corn while browning)
2. Wash your leafy greens and dry (I simply place them in between a paper towel until I’m ready to eat)
3. Set out your toppings
4. EAT

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Monday Blues

“Oh my gosh, it’s Monday!  I’ve been waiting for this day all weekend.  So excited!!”
-said no one EVER.

Here are some tips to help you get through some Monday Blues.

1. Meal prep your breakfast the night before.  I use Herbalife meal replacement for my breakfasts.  So the night before I meal prep my powder(s) into a snack size baggie.  That way when I wake up on  Monday morning and can’t help but hit snooze 1 (or 6) times, I have piece of mind that all I have to do is throw my meal replacement in the blender and go!

 

2. Put your gym clothes in the car… in the front seat… so that you don’t have any excuse to go home after work and plop on the couch and somehow forget all about the gym!  Having a visual for me is huge and having my clothes right there staring at me in the face helps me remember it’s worth it and my body will love me for hitting the gym.

 

3. Have your dinner planned out.  I am lucky enough to use Pinterest during the day and I simply get an idea in my head and roll with it for dinner.  This (usually) prevents me from staring into the fridge wondering what I should eat.