What I’ve Been Cooking for Dinner

Happy Wednesday, Friends! In this post last week, I shared that Dillon and I have been eating really well in our first month of marriage. I have taken great care each week to plan delicious, healthy meals that we both enjoy. I have so enjoyed the process! Inspired by this post, today I’m sharing what I’ve been cooking for dinner for the past few weeks.

We’ve been trying lots of new meals to find our favorites. As we settle even more into our routine, I plan to have more repeats throughout the month. Most noteworthy of our dinners so far were the pineapple chicken quesadillas – yum! I created the recipe as I went and will share it soon. In the meantime, enjoy a look into the delicious food that’s been on the table at the Shattuck home!

What I've Been Cooking for Dinner - Zucchini Corn Chowder

via Little Broken

Week 1
Sunday, July 2 – Caribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa (Skinny Taste)
Monday, July 3 – Summer Fresh Corn and Zucchini Chowder
Tuesday, July 4 – Picnic Chicken, Baked Beans, and Corn on the Cob
Wednesday, July 5 – Slow-Cooker Sante Fe Chicken (Skinny Taste)
Thursday, July 6 – Roasted peppers and onions with Italian chicken sausage
Friday, July 7 – Thursday leftovers tossed with protein pasta and parmesan
Saturday, July 8 – Dinner out

Week 2
Sunday, July 9 – Pineapple chicken quesadillas with mango salsa and black beans
Monday, July 10 – Tuscan Panzanella Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread (Skinny Taste)
Tuesday, July 11 – Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks (Skinny Taste)
Wednesday, July 12 – Chicken Hand Rolls (we use ground chicken instead of pork)
Thursday, July 13 – Dinner out for me, leftovers for him
Friday, July 14 – Protein pasta with sausage, peppers, onions, and baby spinach
Saturday, July 15 – Leftovers

Week 3
Sunday, July 16th – Dinner with family
Monday, July 17th – Crock Pot Chili (we used ground chicken instead of beef)
Tuesday, July 18th – Dinner out with family
Wednesday, July 19th – Leftover chili and sweet potatoes
Thursday, July 20th – Chimichurri Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
Friday, July 21st – Persian Turkey Burgers (Skinny Taste)
Saturday, July 22nd – Leftovers or dinner out

Visit this Pinterest board for more of our dinner inspiration!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad, the South, and My Job

I cannot even tell you how happy it makes my heart when someone asks if I’m from the South. I’ve been born and raised in New Hampshire but it’s no secret that I consider myself a Southerner at heart. Some people claim to have a spirit animal, or a celebrity they identify with. In place of those things, I have an entire region. I am enchanted by the culture, the tradition, the hospitality, the style, the food, and the warmth of the South.

via Deer Pearl Flowers

That being said, this morning I saw a recipe for strawberry pretzel salad on my News Feed as I ate breakfast. Southern Living had posted the recipe as a video, calling it a Southern classic. I had never had it before, but it sounded delicious! Fast-forward to work today, when one of my coworkers walked by my desk with a plate of that very dessert. Another team at work had a potluck today, and a girl from Virginia had contributed strawberry pretzel salad to the party. There was enough leftover to share, so I grabbed a little for myself and relished in the Southern goodness. Moral of the story: I should watch more Southern Living cooking videos before work.

If y’all are intrigued, click here to try the recipe. Happy Friday!

Clean Eating Tips From My Sugar Fast

I have been on a modified sugar fast for the past ten days and it has been pretty successful! With our family vacation next week and our wedding a month after that, I am determined to eat well in preparation. When I shared this with one of my dear friends earlier this month, she offered to be my accountability partner in eating clean. We started our modified sugar fast on April 17th, taking last Saturday off to enjoy all the delicious treats at my bridal shower.

My original plan was to cut out all sugar, starches, and dairy, but I have since made a slight modification to my approach. In the past week, I have incorporated sparing amounts of whole grains and cheese. This has helped me to avoid feeling deprived, while still staying on track with progress. I have found some clean eating tips to be particularly helpful throughout this process and am excited to share them with y’all today!

Clean Eating Tips from My Sugar Fast

— Make a big batch of caramelized onions and keep them on hand to add to any and all meals! I have tossed these into salads and omelets almost every day for their savory flavor!

— Stock up on a variety of greens. I have kept a big container of spinach on hand, along with a bag each of spring mix and chopped romaine. The spinach is great for sautéing or tossing into smoothies, and the other two are a great base for salads. I like greens for their source of iron, and the beautiful benefit to my skin!

— Buy a flavorful hummus (or three!). My favorite lunch to make this week has been the Heavenly Hummus Wrap from Pioneer Woman. I’ve been using the smooth garlic hummus from Trader Joes and am such a fan of its flavor!

— Choose a fun seltzer flavor and keep it on hand for an afternoon treat. I picked up a box of the ginger peach seltzer from Target last weekend, served in fun slim cans! Sipping seltzer in the afternoon has helped me to feel like I’m indulging in something sweet, without any of the caloric cost. The bubbles also help my stomach to feel full between meals, a win-win!

— Keep a Think Thin bars on hand throughout the day. I have tossed one of these into my bag every morning, as they especially provide me with a protein-packed afternoon snack. This also makes a great go-to during errands or unexpected car trips. My favorite flavors are brownie crunch and smooth peanut butter.

Through this sugar fast, I have found myself to have more energy, less cravings, and my clothes are fitting better! I plan to continue implementing these clean eating tips after the sugar fast is over to continue these lovely benefits.

What are your favorite clean eating tips? Please share in the comments below!