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Scenes from V-Day & Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe

Hi friends! The Workout Log was updated today, so head over there if you’re interested to see how I’m trying to stay active these days.

I’m sharing one of my staple recipes towards the end of this post: crock pot shredded chicken. But first, let’s rewind a bit to the weekend.

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I am all about that chocolate, pink, and quality time with my love. This past weekend did not disappoint. Instead of captioning each individual photo, I’m just going to provide you with a vertical slideshow. Sound good?

Me and Bob

Me Courtney

G Love

homemade pizza

Barefoot Contessa casear salad

B Cuo

Sous Chef

Tired Baxie

I hope your Valentine’s Day was spent with the one(s) you love, or curled up with yourself and a good book/movie/glass of wine/full DVR.

Crockpot shredded chicken final

Each Sunday, as part of my regular meal prep, I throw three chicken breasts, some chicken broth and a couple spices into the crockpot and forget about it for six hours. What comes out is extremely tender chicken swimming in fragrant broth, ready to be shredded into pieces.

Ingredients medium size

We keep the shredded chicken in a large tupperware container and dig into it during the week as an addition to salad, in Mexican fajitas or baked into a pasta casserole. As I think about it, it’s the most versatile thing in our fridge!

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Tupperware

CROCK POT SHREDDED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Directions:

  • Line crockpot with tin foil or liner to minimize clean up.
  • Place all ingredients in your crockpot. There is no need to mix everything together; the crockpot does all the work.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 5-6 hours.
  • Shred chicken with a fork and add to tupperware container with 4 spoonfuls of remaining chicken broth mixture.

**Keeps for five days in the fridge!

Crockpot shredded chicken final

xo,

Lizzie

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Still Alice, Meal Prep + Workouts for the Week

Hey hey! Welcome to the last week of January, my friends. I wish I knew where the month went.

Before we kick off your regularly scheduled Monday programming, I must share with you the GNO (girls night out) that was had last night. It started with sangria at a local spot, Emilio’s Tapas, followed by a slew of Spanish small plates.

sangria

cheese plate goat cheese hummusAfter dinner, we headed to the movie theater to see Still Alice (a novel that we were assigned to read in grad school). Still Alice, the story of a college professor’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, is one of those narratives that comes along every once in a while. A heart wrenching, poignant, true-to-life depiction of how a deteriorating illness can turn a person into a shell of her former self. The story highlights a significant lesson that life is precious and can change with the snap of a finger.

Now how’s that for starting your Monday?

But honestly, it is a fantastic movie and even better book.

MEAL PREP

Because I am a great procrastinator when it comes to studying for the LSW, I decided to outdo myself with meal prep this week. I always make egg white muffins and some form of chicken for salads, but I added a few more recipes to my arsenal this weekend.

No bake oat balls prep No bake oat balls Tomato white bean soup

Meal Prep Tomato white bean soup pot

Snacks:

Dinners:

Workouts for the Week:

**You can keep up with my fitness now on the new Workout Log!

  • Monday: 20-minute cardio + yoga; foam rolling
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio + strength training (lower body)
  • Wednesday: yoga
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + strength training (upper body)
  • Saturday: FREE power yoga class @ Nordstrom
  • Sunday: rest/foam rolling

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Meal Planning & Workouts for the Week

I’ve had my fair share of kitchen disasters and last night was no exception. I’d planned to bake some panko breaded chicken legs: I placed the frozen meat in the refrigerator to thaw on Saturday afternoon, prepped all my ingredients around dinner time yesterday and realized the chicken was still quite frozen. I ran it under room temp water for 20 minutes, but it was still way too solid for the recipe. Bobby and I were starving and wouldn’t have eaten until 9 p.m. if we’d waited for the chicken to thaw.

Enter Jersey Mikes to the rescue!

jersey mikes

Turkey and provolone (I ended up taking off the top pieces of bread) + jalapeno chips

The plus side of the whole thing? Dinner will be prepped and ready for tomorrow night. I’d consider it just a mini-disaster.

Anyway, how was your weekend? I hope it was exactly what you needed, whether relaxing, social, productive, low key or something else. Ours was a combo of the above and also included some downright tasty meals.

On Friday night I decided to conquer a cooking fear of mine: steak. I guess it was the possibility of grossly under or overcooking red meat that always turned me off. I was feeling ballsy and went with the Barefoot Contessa mustard-marinated flank steak. Thanks to my cousin Laura for text-coaching me through the entire process!

fri dinner

I ended my meal with a vanilla mug cake topped with sprinkles. It was everything.

mug cake

Saturday started with a heaping bowl of overnight oats. I combined 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt + 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1 tsp chia seeds, topped with walnuts.

ooats

Bobby had some work to finish in the morning so I spent a few hours reading Unbroken. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s one of the best, if not the best, books I have ever read.

We wanted to head out for lunch and were both in the mood for salad/sandwich fare. We walked a few blocks to Timothy O’Tooles, a neighborhood sports bar that has become a go-to for us. I realize this picture does not appear appetizing (particularly since I’d already dug into it before I remembered to snap a pic), but they have fantastic french onion soup. I also had the starter version of their michigan avenue salad.

french onion soup

I guess this was the weekend of eating out for us because we ended up at brunch on Sunday morning (I must have been taken against my will 😉 ).

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I ordered two scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns.

brunch

The rest of the weekend was spent spring January cleaning. I cleaned out our storage unit, organized files and re-organized the coat closet. One of my resolutions is to live a little more clutter-free. So far, so good!

organize

MEAL PREP & WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Despite Sunday’s dinner disaster, I managed to prep some items for the week including crockpot shredded chicken (for salads and lunches) and a batch of egg muffins. I also outlined our tentative dinner plans:

  • Monday: crispy mustard-roasted chicken, brown rice and veggie
  • Tuesday: ground turkey tacos
  • Wednesday: spaghetti squash and meatballs
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: out
  • Saturday: leftovers/takeout
  • Sunday: TBD

Last week was a little sparse in the exercise department, so I hope to make up for it this week. Here is my tentative plan:

  • Monday: foam rolling
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio; lower body strength training
  • Wednesday: yoga; foam rolling
  • Thursday: 40-minute cardio; upper body strength training
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 20-minute cardio; yoga
  • Sunday: foam rolling

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Questions for you:

  • Do you have a cooking fear? Grilling terrifies me. I hate fire, so maybe that’s why!
  • Do you plan out your workouts and/or meals? 

xo,

Lizzie

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Weekend Recap

One reason I love being home for extended periods of time is how relaxed I feel. We never have an agenda and just take each day as it comes. Today, I woke up at 10 a.m. and am sitting here in my jammies, sipping on coffee and typing this blog post.

coffee

SATURDAY

We arrived in Louisville around 4 p.m. on Saturday, just in time to get ready for my friend Leah’s wedding. Leah and I have been gal pals since high school and also lived together for a year in college. She is drop dead gorgeous, hilarious and smart as a whip. I’m so happy for her and her new husband Corey!

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College friend Susan, me, high school friends Brooke and Leah

Bobby and I both had such a blast. It felt like a high school reunion and I enjoyed ever minute of it. We chatted with everyone and danced until the wee hours. I was definitely struggling on Sunday morning!

group

High school friends!

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Me & Susan (also a bridesmaid)

Congrats to the Starks! ❤

SUNDAY

I realized I took zero pictures yesterday, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Bobby and I headed to Panera for lunch (I ordered the you-pick-two french onion soup + caesar salad) and ran some errands in the afternoon.

My mom hosted a little dinner party at our house last night. My parents have a lot of jewish friends in Louisville, so it has become a tradition over the years to host them around Christmastime. Our guests last night have known me since I was just a twinkle in my parents’ eyes (hi Barbara!), so I always enjoy catching up with them and of course, introducing Bobby this year.

It was a night filled with friends, family and good food. Just how I like it!

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Questions for you:

  • What was your favorite part of the weekend?
  • Do you stay in touch more with your high school or college friends?

xo,

Lizzie

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