Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some Favorite Recipies!

If you're anything like me, your life is constantly hectic and crazy and you rarely have time to cook a meal. Also, you're living on a college budget, which is nothing! But here are three of my favorite healthy recepies that are quick, easy and cheap including one staple item: Rotissary Chicken!

 I never have time to sit cook chicken, so discovering rotissary chicken was a dream come true! Pick one up from your grocery store at the beginning of the week (they're usually at the front of the store in front of the check-out stands) and it will last you all week!

Recepie #1
Mexican-ish chicken salad

What you need:
*Shredded rotissary chicken
*Salad (I use the leafy green spring mix and baby spinach)
*Veggies! (Whenever you make a salad, use it as an opportunity to pack it full with as many veggies as possible! Brocoli, peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, carrots, and also beans! Black beans and garbonzo beans are my favorites and they are an excellent source of fiber!)
*A little bit of shredded cheese
*A few crushed tortilla chips
*And dressing! Ranch is for sure the best with this salad! (My opinion on salad dressing- A lot of people REFUSE to ever have ranch dressing... yes, it is higher in calories. However, it makes eating a salad sooo much more enjoyable! If my salad is packed full of colors, veggies, and nutrients, I could care less what kind of dressing I eat!)

Recepie #2
Mexican taco chicken soup (I just made the name up ahah- recepie is courtesey of my sister, Natalie Sanford!)

What you will need:
A can of corn
A can of black beans
A can of pinto beans
A can of diced tomatoes
A can of Rotel
A packet of dry ranch
Rotissary Chicken

** Important note for beans: whenever you are using beans in ANY recepie, make sure you drain them ALL THE WAY, otherwise it will end up super gooey. So be sure to drain your beans really well!

Mix half a can of corn, black beans and pinto beans in with a whole can of tomatoes and rotel. While that is cooking, throw the chicken on a skillet and mix in the whole packet of dry ranch and let it warm up until the chicken is lightly brown. Once that is done, mix it in with the rest of the stuff, let it boil for about 1 minute, put a little bit of cheese on top and a few crushed tortilla chips and there ya go!

Recepie #3
Mini chicken tortillas:

Get corn tortillas, some chicken, a little bit of cheese and salsa, microwave and BAM! 3 minute lunch is done! Two of these with a side of fruit does the trick for a quick and healthy lunch!

Both of these meals use the same ingredients and they both are DIRT cheap and so quick! Be sure to make extras so you can take them for lunch or dinner the next day. Bon Appetit!


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