Dinner Tonight? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

“I do great with breakfast and lunch, but dinner’s are tough, especially when all this kids are home.”

Heard it a million times…

Admit it, you have said this and thought this before. This is such a common theme in my consults and just talking with clients in general. Dinners can be daunting. You have been at work all day, you have to run the kids to soccer, and your husband or wife is no where to be seen (convenient, right?)

Never fear, I have a secret weapon that will save you time, won’t bust your wallet or your belt, and will taste pretty damn good too.

Rotisserie Chicken to the rescue!

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Rotisserie chicken can be found at almost every grocery store, and even at convenience stores and gas stations these days.

We all know how healthy chicken is, and cooking it tends to be the longest and hardest part of the meal. RC takes all that work from you, and puts it back into your energy and time bank. Score.

Check out the following three awesome recipes that your whole family can enjoy, and they will save you a ton of time!

Stay fit my friends.

BBQ Chicken Tacos

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INGREDIENTS

 

2 c. shredded skinless rotisserie chicken meat

0.33 c. barbecue sauce

1.50 c. fresh corn kernels (1/2 cup per ear)

2 plum tomatoes

1 tbsp. fresh lime juice

8 flour tortillas

3 c. thinly sliced iceberg lettuce

0.50 c. reduced-fat sour cream

 

DIRECTIONS

In large bowl, stir together chicken, barbecue sauce, corn, tomatoes, and lime juice.

Just before serving tacos, place stack of tortillas between paper towels on microwave-safe plate; heat in microwave on High 10 to 15 seconds to warm.

To serve, divide lettuce and chicken mixture among tortillas; fold over to eat out of hand. Serve each with a dollop of sour cream.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a30016/bbq-chicken-tacos/

Nutrition Facts

Serving = 2 Tacos

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 376

Total Fat 11 g

Saturated Fat 5 g

Total Carbohydrate 56 g

Protein 17 g

Sesame Peanut Noodles

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INGREDIENTS

0.33 c. creamy peanut butter

0.25 c. lower-sodium soy sauce

3 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil

1 clove garlic

2 c. shredded rotisserie-chicken meat

1 small red pepper

1 lb. spaghetti (PRO TIP: Try substituting Black Bean Spaghetti noodles here to ramp up the protein and fiber!)

1 large cucumber

1 c. fresh cilantro leaves

Sriracha (hot chili sauce)

 

DIRECTIONS

Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high.

In large bowl, gently whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and garlic.

Add chicken and red pepper, tossing to combine. Set aside.

Cook pasta as label directs. While pasta cooks, cut cucumber in half lengthwise and thinly slice into half-moons.

Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Add pasta and cucumber to bowl with chicken mixture. Toss until well coated. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Sriracha, if desired.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a36337/sesame-peanut-noodles-recipe-ghk0314/

Nutrition Facts

 Servings 6.0

Amount Per Serving

Calories 247

Total Fat 11 g

Saturated Fat 2 g

Total Carbohydrate 29 g

Protein 11 g

 

Low Carb – High Protein Chicken Salad

(pair with roasted potato/sweet potato for a carb)

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INGREDIENTS

 

4 slice bacon

2 tbsp. cider vinegar

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. olive oil

0.25 tsp. salt

0.25 tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1 bag cut hearts of romaine

2 c. shredded skinless rotisserie chicken meat

DIRECTIONS

In 2-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until browned.

With tongs or slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from saucepan.

With wire whisk, add vinegar, Dijon, oil, salt, and pepper to drippings in saucepan and heat to boiling over medium heat. Remove from heat.

Place romaine in large serving bowl. Pour hot dressing over romaine; toss until coated. Add chicken and toss until well mixed. Crumble bacon; sprinkle over salad.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a23735/rotisserie-chicken-salad/

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2.0

Amount Per Serving:

Calories 244

Total Fat 17 g

Saturated Fat 3 g

Total Carbohydrate 4 g

Protein 17 g