Easy. Simple. Quick. Healthy. All words that are used to search recipes on Pinterest or Google, am I right? Don’t worry, I do it, too. I am not a huge recipe maker, and I actually don’t really like to cook that much. That’s why I choose simple dishes and spice them up with…spices and sauces. It can get expensive changing things up all the time and buying 123984 different sauces (you should see our fridge door), but it is also much easier than having a pantry full of canned sh*t you’ll never use! So that’s why I wanted to share with you a few quick dinner recipes using the same ingredients, just changing the way it is cooked and put together!
Whole, Simple Ingredients
The key to eating healthy is actually just keeping it simple. I know a lot of people tend to talk about how hard it is to eat healthy, but what they are really saying is that it’s hard not to eat all my favorite foods covered in fake cheese sauce. If you head into the store only to stay on the outskirts of the store and shop in the produce, then you are going to be less tempted to buy the pre-packaged junk that makes it so hard to eat healthy.
Over the years, as the food industry evolved, so did our palette. Instead of eating to fuel our bodies, we started eating to savor the taste. We never wanted to eat something that wasn’t sugar filled, crunchy or cheap. And that is what gets us in trouble with chronic disease and being overweight. The idea that this is even “food” is appalling, but that is what the food industry and marketing has created.
The number one thing I can tell you is to start changing your diet to whole foods. More foods that don’t need a label and less foods that have a shelf life of 3 months. The more you start to shift your focus and simplify your foods, the easier it gets to live a healthy lifestyle.
A friend once said “a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips” and although at the time I was about 17 and was like “but have you ever taaaasted it” I now understand. And not in a sense of “lifetime on the hips” meaning everything is going to cause you to gain body fat. I mean a lifetime of carrying extra baggage like weight, disease, exhaustion etc.
So step one, simple ingredients. This blog is going to break down how to create a few different means out of chicken and sweet potatoes (you could also use regular potatoes as well). I am going to show you how simple ingredients can create delicious, healthy, and quick meals!
The only groceries you need for any of these meals include:
• Chicken breast
• Sweet Potato
• Vegetable of choice
Stuffed Sweet Potato
A simple, yet delicious meal that you can make in no time! Just make sure you are aware of the size of the sweet potato so that you know your stuffing will fit!
This recipe will yield a single sweet potato – adjust according to your needs.
• 1 chicken breast
• 1 sweet potato
• taco seasoning
• Shredded cheese
1.Preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Wash your sweet potato, stab with a fork all over to create small holes to ventilate, wrap in tin foil and place in oven. These should cook anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on size.
3. Dice your chicken breast up small and add it to a pan with some olive oil. Once the chicken begins cooking, sprinkle with taco seasoning.
4. Once chicken is fully cooked (usually about 8-10 minutes, flipping only 1 time), drain in and set it aside.
5. When sweet potato is cooked, remove it from foil and cut down the center length wise. Fill potato with chicken, top with salsa, cheese and avocado and place in oven under broil for 2-3 minutes to melt cheese!
6. Enjoy! (:
Sweet Potato Nachos
• 1 chicken breast
• 1 sweet potato
• taco seasoning
• shredded cheese
1.Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Wash sweet potato and slice into “chips” and lay flat on a cooking sheet. Spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place in oven. Cook for 20 minutes and flip halfway. If you want them crispier then leave in longer or turn the broiler on for a bit at the end.
3. Cook chicken in a pan with some olive oil and taco seasoning. Flipping only 1 time to keep from getting dry. Once cooked, shred.
4. Assemble your nachos! Base of potato “chips”, chicken, salsa, avocado, cheese and you can even add in beans if you’re feeling fancy!
Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries
THE most simple meal, yet so delicious every. dang. time.
• chicken breast
• sweet potato
• olive oil
• sea salt
• vegetable of choice
• dipping sauce
1.Preheat oven to 400F or use an air fryer.
2. Clean sweet potatoes and cut into fry shapes (the thinner they are, the quicker they cook). Place them on a cooking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and place in oven. Let them cook for 20 minutes before stirring them around and cooking for another 20-30 minutes.
3. Season chicken breast – we like to use liquid smoke, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic.
4. Cut up desired vegetable – we tend to use asparagus or brussels sprouts. Prepare them by cutting off ends or cutting in half, season with olive oil and sea salt and place on a cooking pan. When potatoes are halfway done, add the vegetables to the oven.
4. Cook chicken on the stove top and cover for 10 minutes, then flip and cover to cook another ~10 minutes.
5. Once everything is done, assemble your plate and grab your dipping sauce of choice!
These are a few of our staple meals. You really can’t ever go wrong with sweet potatoes and chicken, and there are so many more ways you can make it. I hope this is helpful for those of you who are stressed and confused about eating healthy. You really can make things exciting and delicious, while also keeping them easy and healthy!
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