Asian Chicken Stirfry (100 cal/serving)

Keep it Simple September – Meal Prep Sautee – 4 servings

Sometimes you just want a meal that has two ingredients: chicken and broccoli. Boom. But then you think that it’s so boring you couldn’t possibly eat JUST chicken and broccoli two days in a row so you add a little asian twist.

2 chicken breasts
2 cups frozen broccoli
3 tbsp Aminos (soy sauce substitute)
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 garlic cloves, chopped
½ yellow onion, chopped

Sautee onion, and garlic in frying pan on medium heat.
Add chicken and sautee until chicken in halfway cooked through.
Add balsamic and aminos and continue to cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Add broccoli, stir, lower heat, cover and let cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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Cucumber, Tomato and Grilled Chicken Summer Salad (120 cal/serving)

Keep it Simple September – Meal Prep Cold Salad – 4 servings

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Starting realllllllly simple: a monkey could make this exquisitely fresh meal-prep lunch. It’s a manefestation of Farmers Market HEAVEN. One particular amish farm stand has the most amazing yellow cherry tomatoes I’ve ever had in my life – which deserve a spotlight in this dish.

2 chicken breasts
4 cucumber
2 cups cherry tomatoes (the more color variation the better!)
salt pepper garlic powder and fresh chopped basil to taste

Grill or cook chicken (I cooked in pan and then chopped)
Chop cucumber and halve cherry tomatoes.
Mix all ingredients and package up into four containters

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Farmers Market Mecca and Keep It Simple September

I hope that all twentysomethings in the country (and the world – if cultural norm allows) have access to the best, locally grown, organic produce and grass-fed farm raised meat in one easily accessible place. AKA a farmers market. I hope you all have amazing farmers markets. Our farmers market blows my mind. I am an AVID early morning marketer. Of course there are the strange trucks that come from somewhere in New Jersey that have bananas and mangos and avocados (excuse me sirs and maams… but that did not come from your farm) BUT there’s also the most gorgeous plants and flowers, HUGE abnormally sized and shaped produce (you KNOW that’s real) AND it CHANGES based on what’s growing. It’s like the most fun paleo/clean eating game since “what can we make in a slow cooker”.

I suggest making meal prep, farmers market in-season produce, and clean eating a science.

And so, to assist in this (just kidding, i’m walking down this new path with you side-by-side twentysomethings) this month will brand the theme: Keep it Simple September.

Easy recipes. Simple (fresh!) ingredients. Less involved cooking procedures. Minimized servings.

Here’s some farmers market fun!

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Warrior Games, High Ropes & Eggs from Chickens with Names

A weekend full of insane physical endurance – warrior games 2013 hosted by the Penn State veterans organization and CrossFit Lionheart was AMAZING! Dear friend Jim and I tag teamed the “Murph” honoring Lt. Michael Murphy – a true modern day war hero and posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor – two mile run, 300 air squats, 200 push ups, 100 pull ups, two more miles. In 38:00 min whaddup!! They ended up raising over $3000 for Wounded Warrior, over twice as much as last year.

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After celebrating the Penn State way (very un-paleo) we woke up at the crack of dawn to do the Odyssey high ropes course with more crossfitters. (Not necessarily timed but still pretty challenging- mostly fun)

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And THEN before the soreness could set in, I got to swing by the aunt’s farm to trade in my pre-weightloss hand-me-downs for some authentic organic eggs. The coolest thing about the eggs, in my opinion, is that they all came from a chicken who has a name and a personality (according to my aunt). I can taste the pet-affection! Cooking with love totally pertains to raising with love too. My uncle swears that the love eggs make even baked goods more fluffy and delicious – but he said he couldn’t guarantee the same results with almond and coconut flour – results to follow.

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And so, a weekend full of trying new work outs, kicking Murphs ass, conquering a high ropes course hungover, and eating love-induced eggs has proven to be a spectacular start of Spring. Happy Xersizing!