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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake

Morning!

I am only working a half day at work today :) Lucky me! I decided to just take a half day to get some stuff taken care of. I love doing that.

Last night I didnt go to training (I will be tonight) but I did finally go to lunch with my trainer to talk about my eating plan more in depth. I went prepared with the original list he had given me (some really simple guidelines and ideas) and also, per his request, a list of everything I have eaten in the last week so he could review it.

The goal of the whole meeting was for him to take the time and address any questions I had, etc and also he is a little baffled why my weight isnt dropping at all. I have seen noticable physical differences and also in my clothes, but it does have me starting to wonder why my weight hasnt changed at all. Since he sees how hard I work out he said it has got to be something in my eating.

So after reviewing that, he said really everything looks good. My carbs are still a little high (there was one day on there where I had an AB and banana sandwich for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, and a burger for dinner… oops!) so he said definitely work on keeping that under control.

And then… he surprised me by saying he thinks I need to actually eat a little bit more.

Now; I understand all that logic and actually have explained it to other people before, but I guess I didnt feel it applied to me. It’s the simple rules of giving your body enough fuel – and if it’s not getting enough, it’s going to hold onto what fuel you are giving it. For me, I have always eaten a lot, and when I was an avid calorie counter – I was always over what I “needed” to stay at to lose a few pounds. So since I always felt like I have been eating too many calories, I just never thought the “eating more” rules applied to me currently.

He did point out that now that I am eating more whole foods and not a bunch of processed stuff or junk, my body is actually absorbing the nutrients like it should, thus using up pretty much everything I eat. It actually does make sense. He is wondering if that is why I’m staying pretty stagnant. So we are going to try it out.

So basically I ended on the note of:

  • Continue trying to cut back my carbs a little (Note: I am not lowering them drastically or cutting them out, currently I just eat an excess amount and need to get down to the “normal range”)
  • Include more greens
  • Add an additional 300-400 calories per day. We are going to check-in in about 4-6 weeks again and see what kind of differences (if any) I am seeing with that.

Also, you better believe he commented on the bottle of wine I drank one night last week (yes I was honest and put it on there!) Oops!

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On that note…. For dinner last night I was ready to try a new recipe.

new

Looks like cookie dough kinda huh? Well I assure you, it is not.

I found this recipe through Pinterest and ended up changing a few things to suit my own taste.

I will tell you right now, it really is not a very appetizing looking dinner, but I assure you, it is so simple and delicious! Last night I served it with a salad on the side, but after eating it, I actually think it would be awesome (if not better) served as a filling dip at a potluck or party.

Either way, I present to you:

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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake
Yield: 5 servings (or serve as a dip)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (or one very large) chicken breasts
  • 1 packet of Uncle Bens brown rice
  • 3/4 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1 can (or 15oz) of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 ounces plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 ounces, canned chopped green chiles (see picture below for what I used)
  • ½ cup of salsa (preferably hot for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • taco seasoning
  • jalepenos for garnish (if you’re into that sort of thing)

chilesInstructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat medium pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray (or a little olive oil). Sprinkle chicken breasts with taco seasoning (I used a generous amount for flavor) and cook over medium heat until cooked through (about 3 minutes on each side, depending on size of breasts – (thats what she said)).
  3. Cook rice.
  4. Transfer chicken to cutting board or plate and shred with fork (easiest to do while still hot)
  5. Mix all ingredients, including chicken and rice in large bowl. Mix thoroughly so cheese and yogurt are mixed in throughout.
  6. Spread mix into casserole dish and sprinkle with a light layer of cheese. I used an 8×8 dish but most sizes would work if you dont have that size. Bake for 25 minutes to heat through.

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  • Do you like making “one-dish” or casserole type meals?
    I like to make them sometimes, but I dont do it a lot.
  • When was the last time you took a day off from work for no real reason/just to get stuff done?
  • What is a food/eating related goal of yours currently?
    From the above picture, you can probably tell that “eat less cheese” is not one of my current goals. Haha, kidding.
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  1. that dish looks sooo yum! i dont do alot of one dish meals myself but they are great and quick from time to time!

    i love taking a half day or day off for no reason but havent done it in a while!

    There was a longggg period of time that I was severely undereating..i’m pretty sure thats why i plateaued so badly…once i took up running I put a little weight on because I became ravenous and couldnt eat remotely as little as I did before…probably my body’s way of telling me that it didnt want to be there!

    April 4, 2012
  2. Corinne got under 165 and so can we! I think this just goes back to what I always say…our bodies are so freakin’ weird! BTW…that’s exactly what I had for breakfast this morning (although on an english muffin). Great minds…

    April 4, 2012
  3. Look at that cheesy deliciousness! Sounds like you’ve got yourself a good trainer :)
    Enjoy your half day!

    April 4, 2012
  4. Half days are awesome!! Love reading that nutrition advice from your trainer. Very interesting. I tend to be super slow dropping weight even when I work my butt off. And you know I do. I’m truthfully at the highest end of BMI, although I have muscle so wouldn’t mind dropping a few. I’m working on cutting back Diet Coke and caffeine over all, and just clean eating.But tomorrow night is treat night!! :)

    April 4, 2012
    • MMM!!! treat night! :)
      Yeah, I am short (5’3) so it does pu tmy BMI a little on the higher end also. Its weird how everyone is so different and our bodies react so differently!
      You and your diet coke!!! haha you’re too funny!

      April 4, 2012
  5. That breakfast sand looks yummy!

    April 4, 2012
  6. I was really strict with myself from like Sept-Dec, keeping my calorie intake at like 1,600 and I couldn’t get those final 10lbs to budge! It was SO annoying! But I was working out a lot and those calories definitely werent enough. When bumped it up to 1,800-2,000 (keeping in mind that I was working out every day) I finally shaved off 5lbs! I have 5 more to go to be at my “goal” weight, but it is crazy how eating MORE can help you shed those pounds!

    (And I’ve definitely had those nights where I’ve enjoyed a whole bottle of wine myself, hahaha)

    April 4, 2012
  7. I can actually be challenging to eat enough when you’re eating really clean, unprocessed food, isn’t it?? Right now, I’m really big on trying to eat lots more fruits and veggies and unprocessed foods. But it’s a little tricky, since we’re still living in the hotel and the dinners definitely aren’t the healthiest!

    April 4, 2012
  8. AND now I have dinner for tonight! Thanks!!

    April 4, 2012

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