Instead of trying not to eat the desserts at your next party (this never works), grab a rotisserie chicken (or 2 or 3) and whip up these 3 easy meal ideas to stay energetic, full, and in line with your goals during the holidays.
Chicken Fajitas or Quesadillas
5-Min Chicken Soup
Easy Chicken Salad
*REMEMBER, many of the ingredients are flexible and optional according to your personal taste and what you have on hand. The formula for each one consists of a Protein + Healthy Fat + Veggies + maybe a healthy carb, so mix and match as you can.
*1 Rotisserie Chicken will make both Recipes #1 & #2 -OR- Recipe #3.
1. Mexican Chicken Salad/Fajitas
Makes: 2 servings
2 rotisserie chicken breasts, shredded (TIP: use the thighs for chicken soup!)
2 corn tortillas/person (optional)
Salsa of choice
1 can black beans, drained & washed
Shredded Cheese (optional) (Tip: look for raw cheddars & pepper jack)
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt & pepper
The Salad: In a medium sized bowl (per person), microwave beans, salsa, & half the chicken (1 breast) for 60-90s. Mix in spinach and cheese. I personally like to toast the corn tortillas until they are hard like a chip and scoop the mixture while I eat.
Tacos: Throw the tortillas in the toaster or microwave for 20-60s until soft. Heat the chicken & beans. Make your own tacos night with all the ingredients. Enjoy!
2. 5-Minute Chicken Soup
Makes: 2 servings
2 legs/thighs from the Rotisserie Chicken, deboned & chopped.
3 handfuls Baby greens of choice: spinach/kale
1/2 Bag Organic Green Beans or 2 cups Frozen Peas
4 cups Chicken Broth of Choice
Salt & Pepper
In a covered medium saucepan over high heat, add chicken broth and green beans/peas while you prepare the chicken.
Add chicken and greens to the broth and heat until boiling. Reduce heat & taste. Add ½ tsp. Garlic and salt until it tastes amazing.
Enjoy! Can serve with a sweet potato or add a tablespoon of butter for extra flavor and filling power.
3. Easy Chicken Salad
(makes 4 cups)
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded & chopped
1 c grapes, halved
1 green apple, chopped
1/2 c. red onion, minced
3-4 ribs celery, chopped
1 c. crushed walnuts or slivered almonds
1/2 - 1 c. easy mayo (recipe below)
Salt & Pepper as desired
Pick all the chicken (no skin) from the carcass. Save carcass for broth. Chop & put into a large bowl.
Halve the grapes; chop the apple, celery, and red onion; crush the walnuts; make the mayo, if needed.
Add all ingredients to bowl. Mix well.
Salt & pepper as needed. Add garlic powder if needed (start with 1/2 tsp)
Serve on salad, in a tomato, or eat with a fork!
EXTRA: Since store-bought mayo is the worst possible food you can put in your body, make the most delicious mayo you’ve ever tasted with this 5 minute recipe.
Store-bought mayo can be inflammatory because is always made with industrial seed oils (canola, linseed, grapeseed, etc.) that are high in polyunsaturated fats. Instead, I like to use either avocado oil higher in monounsaturated fat and/or ¼ the total amount of oil with MCT oil, a concentrated form of liquid coconut oil that can be healthful and energizing.
Nom Nom 5 min. Mayo
Makes 1-2 cups
1 egg yolk (optional)
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1-2 c. avocado oil or light olive oil
Dash of - cumin, garlic, cayenne (optional, but I like all three!)
(Can Do Ahead) Let eggs come to room temp.
Put eggs, yolk, mustard, any spices & acv in a blender. Liberally salt (~1 tsp). Add ½-1 cup of oil
Turn blender on low-medium & blend for 20-30s.
Continue blending & slooooooowly pour oil (almost drips, but a slow stream) into blender while it is running until thick & will no longer blend.
Taste & salt as desired.
IDEAS: add garlic, a touch of cumin, and/or cayenne to spice up your mayo!
Send us your photos of what you make and enjoy your holiday season!