5 Ways to Eat Chicken and Actually Enjoy It
Let’s just be real for a minute here…you can only eat chicken breast and broccoli for so long without either getting bored or going straight to drive thru.
When I talk to my clients about being successful long term, it usually involves being prepared and having a plan. Which usually makes them a bit uneasy because they think about the typical Pinterest pictures of someone’s perfectly portioned out chicken, broccoli and rice. And if you enjoy that and it works for you, awesome. You keep meal prepping with your bad self.
However, if eating the same meal every single day or spending all of Sunday prepping makes you want to run the other way, this post is for you! Truth is, I did spend a lot of time prepping my meals in the more traditional way. But after throwing out my prepped food too many times to count, I figured there had to be a better way. In this week’s newsletter, I shared my number one tip to simplify meal prep. If you missed my newsletter be sure not to miss anymore chances for us to chat and sign up today!
Simplify Meal Prep with One Tip
My number one tip is to make sure you have access to protein sources. This usually means cooking 1-2 proteins for the week. Then I think of ways to incorporate them into food I ACTUALLY ENJOY! If there’s one thing I know, it’s that you have the eat balanced but also enjoy what you’re eating. Otherwise you won’t actually adopt healthy eating long term.
Today, I’d like to show you how you can actually do this. I am going to share 5 different ways that you can take cooked chicken and make it into something balanced and delicious. Before we get started, you will notice that there are not amounts or recipes. That’s because everyone’s dietary needs are different. Okay, ready to dig in?
Chicken Salad Wrap
Chop up some chicken, celery, onion, apple and grapes. Mix it with some mayo. I used a combo of greek yogurt and mayo. If I am being fully honest, I just eat this straight out of the bowl, it doesn’t usually make it onto bread, into a wrap or onto lettuce…🤷🏻♀️
Chicken Cobb Salad
For me, the struggle is REAL when it comes to getting in veggies. But this salad does make things much easier! This just requires some lettuce, avocado, hard boiled egg(s), bacon, sliced red onion and tomatoes. I then topped it with some ranch dressing. You can add cheese if that works for you. Easy peasy.
BBQ Chicken Salad
Flatout flatbread is awesome and versatile for wraps, pizza, quesadillas, etc. This was super quick to whip up. All you need is a little pizza or pasta sauce, your already prepped chicken, a little sliced red onion, cheese and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. I also put a little bacon on this one since I already had it prepped.
Speaking of which, baking bacon is the BEST way to prepare it! Throw it in and you don’t have to touch it again until it’s done! For real, give it a try. I also will save the bacon fat to use to add flavour to other dishes.
I chopped up a little peppers and onion, threw it in a pan with some chicken and a little burrito spice. Threw on some rice. While that was cooking, finished chopping up the lettuce, tomato, red onion, etc. The beauty of a bowl is that if can be ANYTHING you want it to me! Don’t feel like chopping up fresh tomatoes, cool, maybe adding some salsa sounds good to you. Top it with some sour cream to cut the heat if you like. I used canned beans and corn to make it ultra easy. Seriously, this is so easy and versatile!
Even though Taco Tuesday rolls off the tongue, tacos are good any day of the week! Plus, usually you can whip together tacos using common pantry staples. On mine I put lettuce, avocado, pico and cheese. Feel free to top with sour cream (or yogurt). If you prefer a little more flavour on your chicken, throw it in the pan with a little taco seasoning.
Bonus: You can also use your prepped chicken for my BBQ Chicken Salad recipe.
Other Meal Ideas
I had a BUNCH of ideas for the prepped chicken. Things like quesadillas, butter chicken, Buddha bowls, etc. Just a friendly reminder to make them as balanced as possible between protein, carbohydrates, fats and veggies.
Did you notice anything else? A lot of the same groceries could be used for the different meals! So less waste! I remember I would be very motivated to do meal prep and would look up a bunch of recipes only to have a giant grocery bill and most of my food going bad despite my good intentions.
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