WIAW - Monday and Recipe Edition!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I typically link up with Peas and Crayons on Wednesday for What I Ate Wednesday. This week I am also linking up with Momfessionals for Recipe club! I decided that we would eat one of my new freezer meals recipes on Monday (the day I was going to document for WIAW) and hope it was great so that I could use the dinner recipe for recipe club....luckily it was a success :)

I had my usual, but was out of bananas, so it was just an English muffin with peanut butter. I still love it though. Really I would eat anything that included peanut butter, I know I am not alone there!

We met friends at McDonald's so that the kids could play and we could chat! I forgot to take a picture, but I had a Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap. It is really good. Not as terrible as having a Big Mac, but maybe not as good as having a salad (I do like salad, but wasn't in the  mood for one yesterday). It was 380 calories, more than I would typically have for lunch, but also, we very rarely go to McDonalds so I am not going to worry about it too much! I found this picture and the nutrition facts on the McDonalds website. Oh and I didn't mention that I also had fries...oops!

For dinner I made one of the freezer meals that I put together a couple of weeks ago. Every one has been delicious so far. This one was no exception! For the list of all the recipes I used, click here.
I am going to share the recipe for Who Needs a Cape's Applesauce BBQ Chicken
Chicken Breast (recipe called for 4 I used 3)
1/2 TSP Ground pepper
2/3 cup Chunky applesauce (I used Mott's Naturals, I couldn't find chunky)
2/3 Cup BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1 TSP Chili Powder
I put this all in a freezer bag a few weeks ago and froze it until Monday. On Monday, I ran it under warm water to release it from the bag and popped it into the crock pot (I use the Crock Pot liners). I cooked it on low for only 4.5 hours, then turned it to warm. I feel like even frozen it never needs to be cooked as long as the instructions say. It can dry out really quickly. I could have probably even cut 30 minutes off the cook time. I know its hard when you have to leave it all day, but I think cooking it less is a must for really tender chicken breasts!***(this is only my opinion, please make sure your chicken is cooked completely before eating)***I poured some sauce over the cut up chicken and it was delicious! I served it with leftover potatoes and broccoli.

I made the potatoes the night before. I don't use a recipe, but they are good enough to share what I do with them and super easy! Here are the ingredients. The amounts are to taste.
Steam bag of red potatoes
Garlic powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Olive Oil
I steamed the potatoes, cut them up and stirred a little olive oil in with them to make the dry ingredients stick. Sprinkled them with the spices and stirred. I use that combination of Olive oil and spices on a whole lot of things besides potatoes, like vegetables such as green beans and broccoli. It is really good, super easy and makes the stuff a lot less boring!
That's all I ate Monday, between my busy morning and bigger than normal lunch, I didn't snack at all. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I was talking to my friend on Sunday and she was talking about it being important to eat every 2-3 hours? This leads me to some reader questions for the day....
How many meals a day do you eat? 3? 4? 5? 6?
Do you schedule snacks into your day or just eat when you are hungry??


  1. I usually eat 5 to 6 times a day: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack (sometimes). I feel like it keeps my metabolism and energy levels up, throughout the day. I also get "hangry" (!) when I don't eat often enough, so this is a good thing for me. Your chicken above looks delish, thank you!!

    1. I think I am going to try to make sure I get morning and afternoon snacks in next week and see if it makes a difference for me! I ate the leftover chicken and sauce over lettuce yesterday for lunch and that was also really good as well! Thanks for commenting!

  2. I definitely try to eat every 3 hours, but if I'm not able to, I try to make sure I don't go more than 4 hours. And 380 calories is what I usually strive for at lunch (I aim for 350-400 at lunch, 400-450 at breakfast, and 350ish for dinner... that way I still have about 400-500 calories left for snacks, beverages, dessert, etc). But I think it mostly depends on your activity level! My biggest piece of advice would be to eat when you're hungry and to focus more on eating whole food rather than counting calories. I've noticed that when I focus on eating fruits, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains that I don't have to worry about calories. For example, today I had a huge salad for lunch that was probably over 400 calories, but I'm not worried about it because it was filled with all raw and roasted veggies and chickpeas for protein. It's all about whole foods! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your information!
      I am noticing that I do things opposite of you. I probably eat the least calories at breakfast and increase throughout the day, but you eat the most caloric meals earlier in your day. I am curious what you have for breakfast and dinner and how it differs from my choices!
      Have a great weekend!!

  3. mmmm great recipe for the chicken! Ill have to try!


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