Happy Marathon Monday! If you live in MA or are just a fan of marathons, then you know what I’m talking about. In Massachusetts, the third Monday of April is a holiday, Patrtiot’s Day, and it’s also the day of the Boston Marathon. It’s a BIG deal around here. Unfortunately, my company is headquartered in Michigan, so I don’t have the day off. 😦
The weather is supposed to hit 88 degrees today, which is WAY too hot for a marathon. I hope all the runners are okay!
In other news, in case you didn’t guess, I treated my friend Kara to a chicken nacho night on friday. The two mystery ingredients were salsa and a packet of taco seasoning. The chicken was sooooo easy to make. It was delicious with a bottle of red wine that Kara brought over from Trader Joe’s.
The meal really was pretty healthy too. I used organic chicken breasts, baked tortilla chips, fat-free salsa and reduced fat cheese. Even had lettuce and tomato on top 🙂
Someone wanted nachos too.
Slow-cooker Taco Chicken (recipe from TastyKitchen.com)
1 envelope taco seasoning
6 chicken breasts (I bought 3 big ones that equalled 1 1/2 lbs)
1 16 oz. jar of salsa (you probably only need about 3/4 of the jar)
Put the chicken in the slow cooker. Pour the taco seasoning on top and then pour the salsa on top of that. Stir it a little bit. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When it’s done, shred the chicken with two forks and serve on chips, taco shells, salad or how ever you like!
I cooked mine for 8 hours on low while I was at work. My apartment smelled awesome when I got home!
On Saturday, I went out with my grandma for a belated birthday date (thanks Frammy!). We got pedicures and then ate lunch at a delicious Chinese restaurant, Mandarin. We had the lunch buffet and it was to. die. for. Not greasy at all- very fresh and lots of choices.
Buffet’s usually scare me, but I went in and just kept thinking that I didn’t want to overdo it. No need to gain 10 lbs in one sitting. I followed all of the usual advise for managing buffets and it really seemed to work:
- Have a cup of soup to start. Egg drop soup (yum) is only about 70 calories for a cup.
- Load up on the healthy/low-cal food. I tried to fill my plate with veggies and non-fried food like the shrimp and pineapple dish and the Chinese Broccoli.
- Only eat the good stuff. Don’t just put any and all of the food on your plate just because it’s there. Pick and chose the best food. I did have one Crab Rangoon and one chicken wing because I love those, but I skipped the sweet and sour chicken and fried rice because those aren’t my faves.
I was definintely full when I left, but I don’t think I over-did it. Big improvements Steph! 🙂 (I like to cheer myself on).
Yesterday, I just relaxed and went to bed by 8:30. So lame! Haha. Hope your week is off to a great start. So how do you handle buffets?Do you like red or white wine? I usually prefer white, but the pinot noir was pretty tasty.