Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice

Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice

Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice. 

A blog by: Nina

Inspiration by: Lily

Eating healthy can be such a drag sometimes, but what if it didn’t have to be? Nina & Lily would love to start sharing recipes that are helping them see progress during their fitness journeys, starting with one of their more basic BUT delicious weekly prep meals, the ever famous chicken, broccoli & rice! Remember, you can always go off script & make it your own! 

Prep: 15 minutes 

Chicken cook time: 8 hours *that’s the secret- you’re welcome*

Rice cook time: 40 minutes

Broccoli cook time: 18-20 minutes 

Serves: 4-6 people

 *or will yield 6 prepped meals*

Ingredients:

1 pack of bone-in thighs 

1 pack of chicken breasts 

(our fave brands are GreenWise or Perdue from Publix*) 

A drizzle of olive oil

1 sazon packet- Goya product

2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning 

Black pepper to taste – because that’s your business*

3 teaspoons of adobo- Goya product 

1 tablespoon of adobo- Goya product (for broccoli) 

4 bay leaves (going into chicken crockpot mix) 

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic 

2 cups of jasmine rice 

1 bag of frozen broccoli 

Salt (for rice) 

Sriracha (for spice) 

Cooking spray 

Utensils to use: 

Rice cooker

Crockpot

Tongs

Measuring utensils 

Baking sheet (aluminum foil if you don’t want to ruin your pan)

Food scale- if you are counting calories. 

Instructions:

The night before: 

Throw all of the seasonings into a gallon bag with the chicken and let it marinate overnight! * remember to shake the bag well! You want all of the seasoning to cover the chicken*

{A drizzle of olive oil

1 sazon packet- Goya product

2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning 

Black pepper to taste – because that’s your business*

3 teaspoons of adobo- Goya product 

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic }

Leave the bay leaves out, you will use those when you put the chicken in the crockpot the next morning. 

8 hours before you plan to serve your chicken, put it all in a crockpot with the marinade & set it to low. 

*wait for your house to smell delish around hour 4*

45 minutes before you serve: 

Get that rice cooker out- yes, make it easy on yourself and get a RICE COOKER. 

Fill it up to line number 3 then put 3 cups into the cooker and press cook.

(For some extra flavor we like to put a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil into the water before closing the lid.)

*wait patiently* 

25 minutes before you serve: 

Prep: 1 minute

Spray baking sheet with your cooking spray. 

Put all the broccoli onto the baking sheet & drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. 

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of adobo evenly over broccoli. 

Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes.

They should have a little charred effect to the tops once they are ready. Well, that’s how Nina & Lily like them anyway. 

Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. 

Once the chicken is done, get out your serving plates because YOU ARE READY TO EAT! 

First, you want to measure out a 1/2 cup of rice, then weigh out 4 oz. of the chicken. It should just pull right apart. If you don’t have a scale then just make sure the portion size is no larger than the size of your palm. 

Once your broccoli has rested, then you can place them on top of your chicken & rice or around the sides of your rice & chicken. 

The reason we specify is that Nina likes to eat her meals on a plate sitting at the table & Lily prefers a more casual style dining experience on the living room lounge chair, in a bowl, so she can swirl everything around together. 

For some extra flavor, you can add some Sriracha to the top!  

You do what makes you feel good! 

What’s your favorite way of eating dishes such as these- formal dining or sitting on the couch watching your favorite show? 

We hope you enjoy it! 

Estimated Calorie total: 450-500 (give or take a few depending on the amount of seasoning you use) 

 EVERY SPRINKLE COUNTS! 

Taking the Steps to Become a Better Me!

Taking the Steps to Become a Better Me!

A Blog By: Nina

Hello all!

Can you believe this is my first blog EVER?!? I hope you try not to get caught up in the silly little grammatical errors and just focus on the big picture and that’s my story telling. 

A little back story … *ahem* 

2005-2009

In high school I was crazy obsessed with being in shape & couldn’t see past the 3 cellulite dimples on the back of my legs so I worked out twice a day and tried all the latest diet fads at the time, just so I could keep up with the cool crowed. You would think I’d be happy back then right?! Well, surprise surprise I wasn’t . 

2010-2013

As time passed & after a couple of really earth shattering breakups later, I got less obsessive with working out & way more obsessive with junk food. I ate to celebrate, to grieve, to socialize etc. & you would think that I was just living my best life over here but again, I was not. 

2014-2017

Some more time passed & I finally got the kick in the tush I needed by my aunt Anna’, to become more serious about my health. She got me an awesome trainer & alas, 4 grueling months later, I was 42 pounds down and feeling better than ever! In this same year I met a real hottie who I now call my husband. He’s kept me on my toes ever since, so my mind stayed busy & my soul belonged to him… the diet & exercise just came with the territory of being a “new couple”, I suppose.  

2018-2019

So, you know the drill by now. More time passed & I thought that my mind, body & soul were completely fulfilled, until I found out I was pregnant. PREGNANT! Gosh, I had talked about it with my husband before, but actually being pregnant brought so many fears to mind with the biggest one being, how much weight I would likely gain in 9 months. Crazy enough, I only gained 37 pounds throughout my entire pregnancy & lost 25 of it 3 days post partum. It was after childbirth that put me into a spiral. I was breast feeding, starving, hormonal & not taking care of myself mentally or physically, which lead me to regaining all the weight I had just lost! As you can imagine, I was devastated once I finally took the plunge to step on the scale after a pair of my ‘big’ shorts  no longer fit me. 

2020 – CORONA’S YEAR 

 Since this was the last year I had before turning the big 3 0, I realized It just wouldn’t be right to start the next decade doing the same things over & over, trying to achieve new results- you know… INSANITY?! I knew that this year had to be different. I had to stop thinking that others could carry me to the finish line of success & start thinking about what I was going to do to make a complete lifestyle change to help better myself for the rest of my life. I’ve always put stock in others helping me along the way when the drive has been tucked away inside me the whole time and I just wasn’t working hard enough to bring ‘her’ to the surface. I have to give my sister a huge shout out and thanks for being my biggest cheerleader & number one confidant during this time…… Love you Lily!

Since coming to this realization, both my sister and I have completely shaken things up and have been in the ‘treat yoself’ mode but not in the give me another slice of cake notion. We been treating our mind, body & spirit. 

How you ask?

Well, I will have to let Lily tell you her own story in her blog but I personally have been working on changing my mind by listening to many different uplifting podcasts from some really rad women. I’m also working on bettering my body by fueling it with healthy food instead of junk food. Most importantly, Iv’e treated my soul by going completely zen during a massage, mediating & singing worship music again. Basically, I am finally focusing on my life as a whole instead of filling voids with peoples views of me & food. 

I’m learning that you really can live a balanced lifestyle. All it takes is waking up and wanting to make those changes EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

I’ll leave you with this…

We have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week & I’m finally making 0 excuses! 

What kind of changes are you making this year to better yourself? Leave me a comment & tell me all about it!