Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

It’s the season of Winter, which can only mean ONE thing..You feel like you have gained weight and have been eating too much comfort food. The holidays are over, the new year has begun, and you are ready to make a change in the kitchen. You just don’t really know where to begin, but I am here to tell you to try this easy and delicious stir-fry.

Can you really ask for a quicker meal..15 minutes? I think you can put aside that amount of time for a quick and healthy meal. It beats running through a drive-thru on your way home from work. Just do it and you will be proud.

Some health nuts might laugh and laugh, but I am calling this dish healthy. It’s healthy for my husband and I anyway and we feel better about ourselves.

Cast of Characters: squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, chicken, brown rice or noodles, thyme, cavender’s greek seasoning. salt, pepper, worcestershire, liquid smoke, and olive oil.

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To begin, pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a wok. If you do not own a wok, any pot/pan will work.

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Rinse, dice, and pat your chicken dry so your seasoning will stick better.

You don’t have to rinse your chicken, but chicken freaks me out.

Throw your chicken into the wok with the olive oil.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add cavender’s greek seasoning.

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke.

Add 1 tablespoon of worcestershire.

Turn on high.

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While your chicken is cooking, chop your vegetables up.

I dice the bell pepper, squash, and zucchini..I grate the carrot with the cheese grater (my husband won’t eat carrots any other way).

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Once your chicken looks like this (about 3 minutes on high) you know it’s time.

Time for what? Time to throw in the good stuff.

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Throw in your veggies.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1 teaspoon of thyme.

Stir around and let the heat remain on high until cooked.

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Once your veggies are cooked to your liking (we like our’s extra soft-about 10 minutes) turn the heat off.

It’s time to dish up your easy and delicious meal.

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Serve by itself, or over rice.

Last night we ate it over brown rice, but you could serve over noodles as well.

I love this recipe because you can totally change it up however you’d like. Different veggies. Different seasoning.

You name it.

I hope you enjoy and feel proud of yourself for both cooking and eating healthy!

With Love,

AO


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Yellow Squash

1 Zuchinni

1 Whole Carrot, Grated

1 Red Bell Pepper

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 Teaspoon Thyme

Cavender’s Greek Seasoning to Taste

 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire

Brown Rice or Noodles

Fiesta Chicken Salad

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My husband and I have a new favorite food, and it definitely isn’t what you think. Well, if you saw my above picture, then it was probably a spoiler alert. It’s a salad that will forever change your food palette. Yes, a salad. Here’s the recipe:


   Fiesta Chicken Salad

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Grab one ear of corn per person.

Since it is just my husband & me eating, I gathered 2 ears.

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Go ahead and slice the corn off the cob before cooking.

When the corn is hot it REALLY burns and makes it more like a Science Fair project.

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Throw your corn into the pan with one tablespoon olive oil. Also, throw some salt and pepper in the mix.

Do not turn the heat on yet, there are other things to be processed first.

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Gather a bunch of green onions (we like a lot).

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Chop them bad boys up.

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Grab a purple onion.

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Slice it if you desire.

You may also dice it, but we like to slice it.

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Go ahead and put your chicken on the stove (or grill).

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, then add the chicken.

Salt and pepper the chicken to your likings.

Grilling the chicken is a great idea, but if you have a cast iron skillet with the grill in it, then it’s just as delicious.

Once your chicken is turned on, then go ahead and turn the corn on High.

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In the meantime, rinse and dry your lettuce.

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Once your corn is browning, then it is time to remove from the heat.

We love when our corn is slightly brown..it gives it a whole new flavor.

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When your chicken is fully cooked (about 10 minutes on each side) remove from heat.

Chop into strips or cubes.

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Assemble your salad with the chicken, corn, purple and green onion.

Add cheese (we use pepperjack for a nice kick).

Add salsa ranch (1 tablespoon salsa per 1/4 cup ranch).