Recipes I Prepared on Our Sugar Fast

Dillon and I completed a week-long sugar fast in October and it was surprisingly easy! I have tried different eating plans in the past, from gluten free to the Daniel Fast and everywhere in between. In the past, I’ve found that the first few days of eating differently are really difficult and often met with tempting cravings. Fortunately, this time was altogether different and fairly easy to stick to! I credit that partially to the healthy lifestyle we typically keep in our home, and mostly to the meals I prepared. By having healthy, flavorful meals planned, we knew from the start that we wouldn’t feel deprived.

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We didn’t set a specific duration for our sugar fast, but instead set out to reclaim our energy and reset our eating habits. We are so glad we did! It was a great reminder of how much energy we get from eating well. Today I am sharing the recipes we enjoyed during our sugar fast in hopes of helping others eat well too!

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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

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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.

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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!