Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Roasted Chicken & Veggies - One Pan, 15 Minutes

Since starting Weight Watchers, I've been on the hunt for more and more meals offers me plenty of protein, uses zero SmartPoints fruits or veggies and allows me to have more per serving for less overall SmartPoints.

Last week I was on my A-game with my food choices. I wanted to see a big loss come Wednesday morning and when I made this one pan chicken and veggies, I knew it would quickly become a staple in our dinner rotation. You guys, it's so good. It's simple yet filling. I kind of want to call it "veggie drawer chicken" because any veggie in your fridge's vegetable drawer would do for this recipe. Here's my version on the all to famous one pan chicken.


ROASTED CHICKEN & VEGGIES - ONE SHEET 15 MINUTE MEAL
{4 SmartPoints for 4 oz of chicken, unlimited veggies}

INGREDIENTS:
3 medium chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
Veggies of your choice - I used broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and asparagus 
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of dried onion
1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic 
1/4 teaspoon of paprika 


DIRECTIONS:
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Chop all veggies into bite size pieces. On a fresh cutting board, trim any fat off of the chicken breast and cut it into bite size pieces. Place the chicken and veggies on the sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt, black pepper and seasonings. Toss to combine. Bake for 15-17 minutes. 

I know I said it once but it's worth repeating: THIS RECIPE IS SO DANG GOOD. You can easily personalize the veggies and seasonings to match your tastes. I'm thinking of trying to Asian spin on this next time, pairing it with rice. If you like peppers, this would be equally tasty with bell peppers, zucchini and onion. 


Add this to your dinner menu and I promise you it will be a hit. The best part? It takes 15 minutes to bake. Summer isn't the time of year to be using the oven for long period of times so this is perfect. From start to finish you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! 


Monday, August 21, 2017

$10 at Target x10 Giveaway!

In lieu of my regularly scheduled $10 at Target post today I'm sharing with you a chance to win a $100 gift card to Target or $100 deposited into your PayPal account. Now doesn't that make Monday hurt a bit less? Here's a look at my most popular Target posts along with the Rafflecopter for the giveaway.


If you've read my blog for a while, you know I tend to shop in the Dollar Spot for my items. I've ventured out a bit but for the most part, everything I need for this shopping challenge is located at the front of the store. My top 5 posts share the diversity in the Dollar Spot, showcasing why I love that section of the store so much.


Next month, I plan to share the goodies we bought from Target for our at-home family game nights. I am really excited to put our goodies to use over the next few months as the weather here begins to turn and it starts to get dark at 5PM. 

Enough of my chatter. You want to enter the giveaway, right? Here's your chance - good luck! Be sure to share your monthly shopping trips in the link-up below as well.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Faves: Snacks, Workouts and Quiet Time

Can someone share with me the secret of making the our week's last a bit longer? This week FLEW by and now the weekend is among us and as per the usual, it's filled with plans, too. A part of me is excited for school to start back so I don't have as much time to make plans. Because let's face it, it's my fault we are constantly on the go. I plan the bulk of our social events. So... someone tell me how to do this less? Because it's been on heck of a jammed packed Summer. Here is a look at this week's highlights and a few random thoughts. And trust me, they are RANDOM!


ONE | SNACKING ON THE GO


Connor is never not hungry. He eats and eats and eats. To help keep him full, I've been packing Veggie Go's* with us. He doesn't know there is veggies hidden, he just thinks they are fruit snacks. #momwin. I love that they come pre-packaged so I just toss them in our bags and head out. They are perfect for on the go, don't make any mess and provide CJ with some extra vitamins and minerals thanks to the "hidden" veggies. MomsMeet sent us so many boxes of Veggie Go's that we have plenty of options and we can snack on the go for quiet a while.

TWO | BIRTHDAY PLANS


I fully realize that C's birthday isn't till October but this year we have a lot to celebrate so I'm starting to plan things early. Not only does CJ turn 5 but James turns 40 and well that's something to celebrate as well. James isn't one to be the center of attention so I'm going to have to figure out how to get him on board. I refuse to let his 40th birthday be ignored. Connor has already picked out the theme for his party and I have to say, I'm pretty excited.

THREE | THAT TIME I NEARLY DIED


On Tuesday a friend and I attended a new workout class at Sky Zone called SkyFit. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that says you can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour with their SkyFit class. While I didn't get in that kind of burn, I have to say I left a soaking mess with muscles screaming for mercy. While I might not have really almost died, I will say I haven't worked out that hard in a long time. The routine includes planks, sit-ups, jumping jacks, hill climbers and so on. Overall, I really liked the class and think I would do it again. Maybe once a month to try something new.

FOUR | QUIET TIME


I've been enforcing a hour of quiet time every afternoon. For both Connor and myself. During this time, I put my phone of do not disturb and place my laptop in my office. Connor lays quietly on the couch and watches a show or movie while I read. I've noticed that when we skip too many quiet hours, Connor seems really restless. It's as if his body craves a bit of relaxation. I like it for myself, reading is something that allows me to unwind. Do you have "mandatory" quiet time in your house?

FIVE | HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TOYS?


Connor is one lucky kid! He has an entire room full of toys. However, we lack storage so I feel like he doesn't have a ton of room to play in nor does he truly play with all his toys. I feel bad giving any of his toys away yet he doesn't play with all of them. I'm looking for a system to get his toys played with more along with a way for us to store or rotate them. Any suggestions?


Tonight is open house at school, tomorrow is packed with plans and Sunday, I hope to take a hike. The weather is supposed to be amazing and when it's low 80's in August, you get outside all you can! 

Happy weekend, friends!
*Disclosure: our family may have received products and services for free in return for our full, honest review. WMMblog only promotes companies we know and love. As always, contact us with any questions on products and services mentioned if you have questions or concerns. Thank you MomsMeet for keeping CJ's belly full while we enjoy the rest of our Summer.