Recipe: Chicken Stuffed Avocado

You can trust me when I say that this is probably the easiest thing ever to make. I myself am not a gourmet chef by any means, but I wish I was! This recipe is really just a few simple steps, but the result is a super delicious and very filling meal! This is hardly a recipe, more like a few instructions, but I figured I would share with you all anyways because it’s one of my favorite meals!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large Hass avocado
  • 1 can (4.5 oz.) of Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast
  • Light mayonnaise

Instructions:

  • Use a knife to cut the avocado in half, throw away the pit, and place both halves in a bowl or on a plate.
  • Open the can of Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast and drain the water into the sink.
  • Once you have drained the can of water, fill it up with water from your sink and repeat the draining process. Do this at least two times, it helps remove some of the sodium from the can.
  • Once you have drained the can of Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast, dump it into a separate bowl.
  • Grab your mayonnaise of choice (I refer Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise) and scoop 1-2 spoonfuls of mayonnaise into the bowl with the chicken. I sometimes use 1 1/2 spoonfuls of mayonnaise, it just depends on your taste.
  • Mix the chicken and mayonnaise well.
  • Once the mayonnaise and chicken are mixed well, scoop it and stuff it into the hollowed areas of the avocado where the pit was.

Enjoy!

xoxo, Megan

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Juicing: My Experience

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I first became obsessed with the idea of juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film about the 60-day journey of an Australian named Joe Cross. Cross decided to travel across the United States while maintaining a strict juice fast. He educates many Americans about the benefits of juicing, and even helps some people start their juice fast! I would highly recommend watching this interesting documentary!

Naturally, after I finished watching the documentary, I was enthused about the amount of weight Joe Cross was losing due to these fruit and veggie juices. So I decided to purchase my first juicer. At first, my mom thought I was nuts and insisted that I wouldn’t like it — I’m not a huge fan of vegetables, but am obsessed with fruit — but I ignored her doubt and decided to purchase a juicer.

Juicers can be very expensive. I did my research and searched various websites to find the best juicer at the best price. I finally stumbled upon the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor from Amazon. Once I received my juicer I was thrilled! For such a low (great) price, I was worried that it might not be up to par with other expensive juicers, but I think it works just as great!

When I first began juicing, I did not have any intentions to do an all-out 60 day cleanse like Joe Cross did. Honestly, I just wanted to see if I could do it for a couple of days, maybe three. However, unlike Joe Cross who strictly only drank juice and did not eat food, I decided to make up my own rules for my cleanse.

My Experience:

I decided that since I was jumping into this whole cleanse trend, I wanted to have a little something to eat every day — I figured I might starve if I didn’t. I made my breakfast and lunch juices the night before and made my dinner juice during the day. I planned on eating half of a ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard sandwich with my lunch juice so that I would have some energy throughout the day and my stomach would not be turning or growling. Some days, I replaced my half sandwich with a snack like fruit or vegetables. This was probably the strictest diet I had ever been on. But I learned a lot while I was on my juice diet.

My juice diet lasted two weeks, then I started becoming very busy and my diet sort of went out the window as diets usually do. I enjoyed my juice diet and truly never felt starved, in fact, I had a lot of energy! It was fun trying new juice recipes and trying different vegetables that I had never tried before, like beets!

My Favorite Recipes:

My Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you have a healthy ratio of vegetables and fruits (not too many fruits than vegetables, and vise versa).
  • When pressing your fruit/vegetable into your juicer, press very very slowly this way you get the most juice as possible from your fruit/vegetable!
  • Once you’re finished making your juice, put it in the fridge for a while, I personally think juices taste better when they’re cold!
  • Put a plastic bag (example: a grocery bag) in the bin where the pulp comes out. After you finish making your juice, all you have to do is throw the plastic bag away (the plastic bag will catch all of the pulp). This makes cleaning your juicer a LOT easier!
  • Keep the scrubber that comes with the Hamilton Beach juicer (if you decide to get this juicer) it is fantastic for the cleaning process!
  • Read the instruction pamphlet that comes with your juicer!! It truly is the most helpful part!
  • Try out several different recipes until you find what you love the most! I personally love fruit juices with a few vegetables thrown in.
  • Research what else you can make with your juicer! There is more than what meets the eye!

My Favorite Fruits/Vegetables to Use:

  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Carrots

Try a juice yourself, challenge yourself and become a better, healthier you!

xoxo, Megan

Food: Skinny Turkey Rigatoni

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (32 oz.) of tomato sauce (I used Prego Traditional)
  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 4 cups of cooked rigatoni, look for a whole wheat option (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) of shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 (1 oz.) of grated fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil water in a pot, cook rigatoni to al-dente (about 9 minutes).
  • Drain water from pasta.
  • Cook ground turkey in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-hot heat until browned. Stir to crumble.
  • Drain ground turkey well.
  • Spray 11 x 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine turkey, rigatoni, tomato sauce, and 1 cup of mozzarella in baking dish.
  • Top with 1/2 cup of mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. *Note: Make sure to cover every bit of pasta in sauce and cheese, if not…the pasta will be too firm.

I hope you enjoy this delicious meal! I’ve made it several times for my family and friends and it’s always a hit!

xoxo, Megan

Food: Veggie Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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This is probably the easiest meal I’ve ever made, and it was delicious! As a college student, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to make a large, delicious meal from scratch. I found a recipe for Confetti Mac ‘N’ Cheese on Pinterest from http://www.peasandcrayons.com.

Veggie Mac N Cheese ingredients

What You’ll Need:

  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (I like the Three Cheese kind!)
  • Ingredients needed for Kraft recipe (milk and butter)

Instructions:

  • Make macaroni & cheese according to the directions on the box.
  • Heat frozen vegetables according to the directions on the bag.
  • Once both the macaroni & cheese and vegetables are ready, combine in a pot.
  • Serve & enjoy!

For the homemade recipe, go to http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2012/12/confetti-mac-and-cheese.html

xoxo, Megan