Recently I wrote about my personal journey with participating in the PCOS Diva Jumpstart program on my PCOS Programs page. It was a great experience! The PCOS Diva Jumpstart program helped me to get my body back on track. I often receive emails and comments from my fellow PCOS Cysters asking me about what I do to stay on track with my diet. It’s not always easy and like everyone else I have my moments of weakness.
Speaking of moments of weakness, I recently celebrated my birthday with my husband by taking a week long cruise visiting Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. We did great at fitting in daily site seeing, walking, and experiencing fun excursions like kayaking and horseback riding. Unfortunately, eating well was not part of the plan for this vacation. Sadly, I gained a few pounds back and felt exhausted again.
So here I am getting back on track with Amy’s PCOS Diva Jumpstart program. It’s more than a 7 day jump-start program, for me it has become my go to healthy eating plan so that I feel my best. Some of my favorite dishes include:
Now that I have experienced the benefits of the PCOS Diva Jumpstart program first hand for myself I will recommend this program for anyone suffering from PCOS looking for an easy to follow healthy lifestyle program. Be a PCOS BOSS or Diva ;), and take back your health, loose weight, and improve your overall well-being. Make YOU a priority for once and change your life, sign up for the next PCOS Diva Jumpstart that starts on November 7th just in time to help you navigate the holiday season.
Like everyone I have my favorite go to recipes for dinner. In my book anything that basically cooks itself, saves me time and money, and tastes great is a winner. This is why my crock pot is my best friend. I set it in the morning before I run out the door for work and come home to an amazing home cooked meal. Here are my top three PCOS BOSS quick and easy go to recipes for dinner.
I discovered the Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup recipe through Pinterest. I still absolutely love this recipe. It tastes great, is easy to make, and you can change it up by adding other ingredients like green chili. Trust me this is one dinner your family will request time and time again.
Next on the list is my Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry recipe. Like the Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup, this dish offers a simple, light and tasty dinner. The best part is you can prepare it in less than 20 minutes and the end result is an amazing meal your entire family will enjoy.
Speaking of Amazing…. I absolutely love crock-pot dinners! One of my favorite dinners is the Amazing Whole Chicken in a Crock-pot with carrots and potatoes. This is one recipe you can’t go wrong with. It’s convenient, easy, and when it’s all said and done there is very little clean up. If you’re looking to cut out unhealthy food this is the best way to go! This dish is flavorful, juicy and one I’m sure the whole family will relish.
I absolutely love crock-pot dinners! It’s convenient, easy, & when it’s all said and done there usually is very little clean up. One of my fav’s is cooking a whole chicken in the crock-pot with carrots and potatoes. If your looking to cut out processed unhealthy food this is the way to go! This dish is flavorful, juicy and one I’m sure the whole family will enjoy.
Here’s my recipe for amazing whole chicken in a crock-pot. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to share your recipe tips in my blog comments.
Desired seasonings: Black pepper, salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme etc.
1 chopped onion
1 bag of small carrots
1 bag of small red potatoes
1 large chicken
Combine the dried spices in a small bowl.
Place the chopped onion, carrots and the potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Remove any giblets from the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over.
Put prepared chicken on top of the onions, carrots, and potatoes in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to high. (*I added a cup of chicken broth)
Cook for 4 – 5 hours on high (for a 3 or 4 pound chicken) or until the chicken is tender.
Thank you Pinterest for helping me find the recipe for Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less soup. I absolutely love this recipe, it’s easy to make and tastes amazing! You can make it your own by adding other ingredients like hominy.
pounds chicken breasts (you can use bone-in, skin-on if you’d like, or boneless skinless. The goal is to have somewhere close to 2 or more pounds of cooked chicken at the end)
tablespoons of oil of your choice, divided (we used coconut oil)
teaspoons of fajita or taco seasoning (use a mix of ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne if you don’t have)
large or 2 medium onions, diced
cloves garlic, minced
jalapeno peppers, diced
poblano peppers, diced
quarts (8 cups) chicken stock
28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes (if you can’t find fire-roasted, you can either fire-roast your own, or just use regular canned tomoatoes)
Juice of 2 limes
cup cilantro, chopped
avocado and fresh cilantro for garnish
1. Preheat your oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit (350 for convection). Place your chicken breasts in a large baking pan, and pour one tablespoon of oil over all, coating well. Sprinkle your fajita seasoning over the chicken, coating well, and place in the oven. Cook for about 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken pieces) until cooked through and liquid from chicken runs clear. Using two forks, shred the chicken (while this is not so easy to do while the chicken is hot, I find I get a better “shred” if I do so while the chicken is still hot). Alternately, you can just chop the chicken into small pieces.
2. Meanwhile, in a large dutch oven over medium heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and when hot, add in the onions. Cook until onions are translucent, about 4-6 minutes.
3. Add in the garlic and peppers and saute for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
4. Pour in the chicken stock and fire roasted tomatoes and bring to a medium boil.
5. [THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL] If you want a slightly thickened soup, strain out some of the tomatoes, onions and peppers to a blender or Magic Bullet and puree. Pour back into the broth mixture. I did this with about 1/2 of the solids in the soup.
6. Add the chicken, cilantro and lime juice to your bubbling cauldron of goodness. Taste to see what you’re in need of (salt? pepper? more of a kick?) and adjust as need be.
7. Serve nice and hot with some fresh cilantro and chopped up avocado to go on top. Maybe a wedge of lime if you’re feeling pretty tart, or some extra diced up jalapenos or poblanos if you need more heat. Heck, get out the hot sauce if you really want some zing!
References: Julie, F. N.p.. Web. 18 Sep 2013. <www.keyingredient.com>.