Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Last night I made an awesome casserole! Mexican food is always a fan favorite in our home, so I chose one of many Pinterest recipes. This one was from Family Fresh Meals. I made a couple of changes to it to suit our family. It was a huge hit, and leftovers for lunch were great!

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

  • 18 6-inch corn tortillas (gluten free)
  • 1 packet Frontera, Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 4 cups Mexican blend cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Place 6 tortillas in the bottom of a buttered baking dish - allow them to overlap some

  3. Top with 1/3 the packet of enchilada sauce evenly over tortillas
  4. Top with 1/2 chicken, 2 TB of onion, 1 cup of cheese
  5. Repeat steps 1-4
  6. For the final layer, add 6 more tortillas, the rest of the sauce, chicken, and onions. Top with one more cup of cheese.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

7 Tips for Living Fit on a Budget

Often times we think of being healthy and fit requires a lot of time and money - especially times a money we don't have. This can also often be completely untrue! Here are 10 ways to get/stay healthy without living beyond your means!

7. Budget: This should be like numbers 1-10, honestly. Budgeting can be an ugly curse word that strikes fear in the hearts of many. Actually, making and keeping a budget is freeing! (But, that is all for another post.) When you are making your monthly budget, make sure you incorporate your gym fees, the cost of your supplements, or healthy foods. If you make your budget and stick to it, then that will be an extra bit of accountability - both financially and in your health. 

6. Gym memberships: There are so many ways you can slash costs for gym memberships. Some gyms have different levels of memberships. Ask yourself, are you really using the gym for the amount you are paying for? Also, maybe you live in an apartment that has a free gym. Bingo! Also, some health insurances offer discounts at certain gyms. 

5. Free apps: I am currently loving the NTC (Nike Training Club) app. The app is free and it has free workout plans. You can customize your plan to your equipment, current fitness levels, goals, time you have to work out, etc. There is such a wide variety of workouts that you won't get bored! Also, did I mention it's free?

4. Meal planning: Meal planning is something you hear about a lot to stay on budget, but it can often seem like a daunting task. My family has started using a service called eMeals. The cost of the service is nominal, and each week that send us a list of meals. I can even have the grocery list I need sent straight to ClickList. You can choose meal plans depending on your goals or tastes - they even have paleo and gluten-free plans! It's a win-win on so many levels!

3. Grocery services: This is sort of piggybacking on #7.  A lot of stores like Walmart and Kroger offer grocery services. Personally, I am a fan of Kroger's ClickList. You can reduce the risk of impulse buying, and you can see your order total. Since you can see your order total, it can keep you on budget. 

2. Coupons: Coupons can often get a bad rap, but they are really a money-saver. I have often left the grocery story saving over $40 just with coupons. 

1. Prioritize: A lot of living a healthy lifestyle is about prioritizing. I don't see my supplements as "in addition" to my grocery budget, but as a part of my budget. I make protein shakes for lunches and/or breakfasts. It may seem to some like protein powders, like Arbonne are expensive. But, Arbonne for example, comes down to about $2.50 a shake. $2.50 for a meal packed with delicious, filling protein is a no-brainer! 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

National Women's Health & Fitness Day + New Recipe!


Happy National Women’s Health & Fitness Day!

I love all of the National Days. I subscribe to the emails from National Day Calendar, and post them in my classroom for my kids. Sometimes I pull them in to my lesson plans, but mostly I just think they are fun and interesting. I was super excited to find out today is National WOmen’s Health and Fitness Day! Coincidentally, it is also one of my best friends' birthdays! Toady is her Golden Birthday - meaning she's 27 on the 27th! I didn't even know about Golden Birthdays were a thing until a couple of years ago. My Golden Birthday was 14 years ago - oh, well! :)

Additionally, I'm amping up my healthy eating (in preps for my wedding + it is just a necessity). With this, tonight's dinner was Chicken and Rice Soup.  It makes a huge batch! I'm pretty sure you could feed an army with it!

Chicken & Rice Soup

Ingredients

2/3 Rotisserie Chicken (diced)
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
2-3 carrots, diced
2 cups brown rice, cooked
32 oz low sodium chicken broth
2-3 cups water
Sprig of fresh rosemary (optional)
Salt/Pepper to taste

Directions

Cook rice according to package instructions. Dice chicken and all veggies. Place in a 2+ quart pot with broth, water, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low medium, add rice, and cook until veggies are tender (usually 1-1.5 hours). Or throw all ingredients in your crockpot on low all day. Make sure to precook the rice, so it doesn't absorb all of the liquid.