#LeftoverWednesday Lunch: Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato

Happy #HumpDay !

Check out this recipe made from my leftover spiralized zucchini and Healthy Bachelorette Pesto. Super easy to put together, and makes for a way more exciting lunch than say, a turkey sandwich. 

This dish is perfect for our Bachelorettes following a low-carb diet, or those that are like me and are carb challenged (thanks genetics).

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini using a spiralizer . Place into a microwavable bowl or steamer, add a small amount of water and steam for 2-3 minutes on high.
  2. While the zucchini is cooking, chop the tomato and grilled chicken.
  3. Heat a medium sized frying pan to medium-low heat. Add the in the steamed zucchini, tomato, grilled chicken and pesto. Toss together for about 5 minutes, until sauce is evenly distributed and the chicken is warmed.
  4. Pack up your lunch in a microwaveable container and top with some Parmesan cheese (optional).

Nutrition Facts: 356 calories, 3g saturated fat, 11g total carb, 4g fiber and 370mg sodium.

There you have it! You are guaranteed to have the best smelling lunch during your boring lunch and learn. #Winning

Happy lunching Healthy Bachelorettes!!

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato

 

 

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Healthy Bachelorette Work Day Lunch: Turkey Avocado and Tomato Sandwich with “Bells”

So we have all heard it again and again: use the portion plate to plan your meals. But what does that LOOK like?

Here is an idea for a simple, yet healthy and yummy lunch for the work week. Here’s how it works out:

  • 1/2 your plate vegetables  = 1 medium bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 of your plate carbs = 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 of your plate lean meat = 2oz sliced turkey

BONUS: The avocado gives this sandwich some healthy fats and also will help keep you full. This lunch only has 255 calories! Be sure to surround it with a healthy morning and afternoon snack (think 1/4 cup nuts or a KIND bar).

Healthy Bachelorette Lunch: Turkey Avoacdo and Tomato Sandwich

 

Healthy Bachelorette Work Day Lunch:

Turkey Avocado and Tomato Sandwich with “Bells”

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread (I used Dave’s 21 whole grain)
  • 2oz sliced deli turkey
  • 1 tomato slice
  • 1 tablespoon guacamole OR 2 slices avocado
  • Spinach leaves (I used about 1oz)
  • 1 medium bell pepper

Directions:

  1. Assemble the sandwich by toasting the bread, and then cutting the slice in half. On the bottom half stack the turkey, tomato and spinach and avoacdo (if you are using) and top with other half of bread. If you a re using guacamole spread 1 tablespoon on the top piece of bread.
  2. Slice the bell pepper.
  3. Chow down!

What does your Healthy Bachelorette lunch look like? Share comments and photos below!

Spring Fresh Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of those highly identifiable classic American foods – which typically, can be sized up by the usual ridiculous amount of mayo going on it. One of those items you see in deli counter while taking a lunch break at the beach that you really want but think “hmm maybe I should go for turkey and mustard instead”. Think again my friends, welcome to chicken salad you can have everyday, all day.   My version does still have some mayo, but not enough to give you an extra buttcheek by the end of the day. I like to add a variety of “extra” ingredients, not only to stretch the amount of chicken purchased, but to take the opportunity to fill it with good healthy ingredients. The extra’s can really vary on what you have in the house, here’s what I was working with below:

The Healthy Bachelorette: Spring Fresh Chicken Salad

Spring Fresh Chicken Salad

Serving Size – 1 cup chicken salad

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast                          2 lbs
  • Small Red Onion                      1/4 each, small dice
  • Celery, 4 stalks                          small dice
  • Fresh Oregano                          3 sprigs
  • Fresh Rosemary                        2 sprigs
  • Plain Fat Free  Yogurt              3 tablespoons
  • Low Fat Mayo                            2 tablespoons
  • Dried Cranberries                     Small handful
  • Juice of 1/2  Lemon

Directions:

1. Select a medium sized pot and place the whole chicken breasts inside, continue to fill the pot of chicken with water until the chicken is covered by 1 inch of water. Place on the stove on medium heat and let it come to a low boil.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until it is no longer pink int he middle.

2. While your chicken is cooking, grab a cutting board, knife, and medium sized mixing bowl. Dice your onion and celery, try and do this as small as possible to help make your bites nice and manageable. Place diced onion and celery in the bowl.  Slide the leaves of rosemary and oregano off of the sprigs into the bowl with the celery and onion.

3. When your chicken is finished, remove from heat. Take each piece out with a fork, shaking any excess water, and place into the bowl with the vegetables and herbs.  With a fork in each hand, shred the chicken into small pieces while it is still warm. You can do this by tearing the pieces apart using both forks together, this will take a couple of minutes. You can also dice chicken into small pieces as seen below in the photos.

4. Once you have shredded the chicken, place 1-2 tablespoons each of low fat mayo and plain yogurt into the bowl. You can adjust this to your liking. Mixing the chicken with everything while it is still warm will allow the mayo/yogurt to be “stretched” further and as a result you will not need as much!  Sprinkle in your cranberries and squeeze in the lemon juice and mix together!  This tastes good while it is warm but if it weirds you out, stick it in the fridge for about an hour before serving.

This chicken salad is delicious by the spoonful, on top of fresh mixed greens or romaine lettuce OR on a sandwich or lettuce wrap.  Substituting or adding cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper, and any fresh herb will be quite delicious! Continue to make it interesting by  adding humus or a bit of crumbled goat cheese to your wrap or salad- lets talk about how excited you are for lunch tomorrow MMMM!!!

Red onion, celery, fresh herbs  Chicken, mayo, yogurt added image copy