Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday

First of all, THANK YOU for all the love yesterday on my blogiversary!!  Wowza - You know how to make a girl feel good!  I truly appreciate all your kind words and feedback.  If you missed it, head over to be entered into my Blogiversary Giveaway (ends Jan. 17).

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Part of January's Food Journal Challenge is taking pictures of the food you eat. I've found this really helpful in eating healthy.  Do I really want to take a picture of THAT?  Easy solution, don't eat it.  Find something you're proud to take a picture of.  I've done super well on food this week because of the photographs.

Here's a sample of my day yesterday...
BREAKFAST
Whole-grain waffle topped with peanut butter and banana
Good fuel for my morning workout!

 LUNCH
Salad loaded with veggies!

SNACK
Apples with peanut butter & raisins



And then for dinner, I tried this new recipe.  Dinners are tough because they have to be family-friendly.  I'm sharing the recipe because this one was a winner.  Healthy, great tasting, easy to make and family-approved!!  Give it a try.

Italian Herb Chicken
Thawed chicken - assorted pieces or breast
Fresh mushrooms
McCormick Seasoning mix - Italian Herb Chicken
Can of Italian diced tomatoes
Can of tomato paste
Fresh or Frozen vegetables of your choice


Spray the inside of your crock pot lightly with olive oil. Place chicken on the bottom. Slice your mushrooms in halves or quarters and sprinkle on top. In separate bowl, mix together tomatoes, paste and seasoning mix.  Pour mixture overtop the chicken and mushrooms.  No need to mix. Turn crock pot on Low (for 8 hrs) or High (for 3-4 hrs).


About halfway through cooking, I added a couple healthy handfuls of frozen vegetables to the top.  (I recently found a huge bag of Normandy mix at Wal-Mart that has a great variety of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash and zucchini.)  Don't mix the veggies in.  They'll cook fine on top without getting mushy from mixing.  Every once in a while, I scraped down the sides, but other than that, left it untouched the entire length of cooking.


The dinner looked nice on the plate.  Chicken was super tender, almost falling apart. The Italian seasoning gave both the chicken and veggies a nice flavor without being overpowering. Even my hubby, who doesn't really care for chicken, said the flavor was great - plus it disguised the cauliflower, a veggie that the rest of the family normally won't eat.


Italian Herb Chicken is hubby & kid approved!
I can make it again.

11 comments:

  1. Your daughter is adorable. Thanks for sharing a crock pot recipe, nice to add another to my recipe book.

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  2. Wow, I might have to try that recipe! I am trying to do a new recipe every week this year and so far so good. That does look really good and my husband and I eat chicken all the time (since I only eat chicken and turkey).

    Plus, that salad you had looks SO good. I want it right now!

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  3. That looks really yummy. I'm always up for trying new things. You're making me hungry.

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  4. Dinner looks yum! I completely agree with you on the taking pictures of the food you eat. It really helps hold you accountable for what you're putting in your body!

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  5. Great chicken recipe. I dont cook chicken at home for the same reason. My hubby and boys not a fan of chicken. I hate to cook it for me only.

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  6. It is a great recipe. We use the same big bag of mixed veggies from Walmart here at our house. great bargain!

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  7. Such a sweet picture! I didn't join the Runtothe finish challenge b/c I didn't think I'd take pictures every day, but I'm enjoying taking pics for wiaw, and it's definitely helping me make better choices! Such a sweet picture of your daughter!

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  8. That breakfast waffle looks great, what an idea! The dinner also looks good. I am really into crockpot meals right now, and that one looks like a must try!

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  9. Your snack looks great! Such a delicious combo :)

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  10. Thanks, always looking for new crockpot recipes!!

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  11. Your daughter is toooo cute!! :)

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