Honey & Garlic Chicken

I have been fighting a bit of a cold and wanted to hit my first ever Soul Cycle class this weekend, but I didn’t make it. I was hoping to share my raving review of the Taylor Swift 1989 vs. Reputation ride. Alas, I will have to find another one! I did make it to Sweat last night and will be heading there again tonight. My favorite teacher at Flywheel has been gone for a few weeks and won’t be back for another couple, so I have been trying to fill a Monday night void.

After the gym, I hit up my local Jewel Osco and spent about $15 on groceries to pair with some items already in my fridge from last week. To my surprise, they had Chicken Breasts and Chicken Tenderloins on special – 2 for 1! This makes my grocery bill for this week significantly less :).

When I got home, I filled the bottom of a glass bowl with the chicken tenderloins and the marinade before taking my dog out to do his business.

Yields: About 4 servings

Chicken Marinade (sit for at least 30 minutes):

  • 1 Pack of Chicken Tenderloins
  • 4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Spoonfuls of Dijon Mustard
  • 2-3 Dashes of Garlic Powder
  • 2-3 Spoonfuls of Minced Garlic
  • 2-3 Dashes of Cayenne
  • 2-3 Dashes of Turmeric

Cook Time:

Other Ingredients:

  • Half a bag of Kale
  • 8-10 Fingerling Potatoes Cut Up
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 Cup of Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Dashes of Sea Salt
  • 2-3 Dashes of Cracked Pepper

Start with the oil, bone broth, salt, pepper, kale, potatoes and onions in the pan.

Bring to a simmer and cook covered (stirring regularly) for about 5-7 minutes.

Add Yellow Squash and marinated chicken and recover for 5-6 minutes turning the heat up slightly.

Uncover and turn chicken over in the pan. Recover and simmer for another 5-6 minutes.

Serve hot!


One Sheet Spicy Roasted Chicken

This week the temperature dropped 35 degrees in one night and it’s freezing here in Chicago! I wasn’t sure it would be dramatic to experience this as a new resident since I am from Michigan, however, without a car, with the extreme wind and all the tall buildings I am definitely in for it! That being said, I am craving my workouts more and more because it gets my blood running warmer and I want to eat more warm dishes!

Last night I went to a Butt & Legs class at a studio in the Gold Coast called Sweat. It’s a really hard circuit style workout set to some fun music that gets you motivated. I felt really good afterwards and pumped myself up to make a new roasted chicken recipe!

While I walked my dog out to the dog park and then grabbed a quick shower, I put the chicken breasts in a bowl (you could also use a plastic gallon bag, but I try not to waste them) to marinate. I tacked on additional marinating time to this because I needed to prep my veggies and potatoes before putting them in the oven.

Marinade Ingredients:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Two-Three Dashes of Turmeric
  • Two-Three Dashes of Cayenne*
  • Two-Three Dashes of Garlic
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Spoon Scoops of Dijon Mustard*
  • Two Dashes of Basil

*If you don’t love spicy foods as much, you could cut back or eliminate the Cayenne and reduce the amount of Dijon Mustard (maybe substitute some for yellow mustard).


Marinate the chicken for 30-40 minutes, or overnight if you think of prepping the night before!


  • Cut Up One Sweet Potato
  • Cut Up Half a Bag of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Slice Up Half a Bag of Colorful Roasting Carrots
  • Drizzle Olive Oil Over
  • Sprinkle All with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper


Cooking Time: ~20 Minutes

  • Preheat Oven on Roast to 400 Degrees
  • Place Cooking Sheet in Oven
  • After Ten Minutes, Pull Out and Mix Potatoes/Veggies Around
  • Place Back For 10 More Minutes
  • Serve Hot!


One sheet cooking is a personal favorite because clean up time is so minimal! Have a great day 🙂 .

Vegetable and Lentil Bowl

Hello All!

Here we go with my first recipe to share. My roommate and I along with a few other people in my life have been on this health journey which includes trying to reduce the amount me meat (specifically red meat, which happens to probably be one of my love languages!) in our regular diet. Cue a recipe for Meatless Monday!

Prep Time: ~10 minutes

Cook Time: ~15 minutes

Bowl Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado (sliced)
  • 1 Red Pepper (chopped)
  • A handful of flat Parsley (chopped)
  • Half of a Seedless Cucumber (chopped)
  • Half of a Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • Half Cup of Lentils

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 3 Dollops of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Dashes of Turmeric
  • 2 Dashes of Cinnamon
  • 2 Dashes of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Dashes of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Dash of Pepper

Yields: 2 Servings


I had this for dinner last night – and packed up the leftovers for lunch today – and I was able to get my protein fix through the lentils that I needed after my workout along with some great veggies. You could add in or substitute the lentils for grilled chicken or another protein as I am sure it would be very tasty! The vinaigrette was delicious, however, it may be acidic for some and you should be able to adjust ingredients to fit your palate.

Not a difficult one and easy to throw together when you have a lot to get done in an evening. Hope you all have a great day :).


Monday: Trader Joe’s Haul

In a previous Orangetheory class I used to take, the instructor always reiterated to us to “Never Miss a Monday” and I have tried to make it a rule for myself. It helps me get the week off to a great and productive start. So tonight I hit up a new class at Kick@55. It is located in the River North area here in Chicago and it was a ton of fun – but very challenging! It was formatted as a bootcamp switching between floor and spin circuits. Major sweat workout!

After class, I walked over to Trader Joe’s to pickup my supplies for the week. I was able to pickup a bunch of my favorite items for the week spending a little over $38! I try to plan my meals out before I hit the store (knowing I will have those hungry eyes), taking an inventory of what I already have and what I may need.

On the list this week:

  • 2 bags of Spinach
  • 1 bag of Kale
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Bag of Fuji Apples
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 bag of Sweet Onions
  • 1 bag of Parsley
  • Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bag of Colorful Roasting Carrots
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 bag of Cherry Tomatoes


Check back and I will publish my first recipe for the lentil and vegetable bowl I made this evening with a homemade dressing!

Monday – Jump Start

Happy Monday!! I don’t know why today was the day, but here we are and I am excited to kick off this new blog adventure. I am hoping to share some of my fitness adventures,  recipes and creations, and some of my thoughts.

Today I kicked off the day getting things done at work, drafting my grocery list during lunch (I know I should have conquered this over the weekend… but oh well!) and deciding to try a new fitness class this evening. I will let you know what I think of it later on along with a picture and list of the items I am picking up at Trader Joe’s this evening.

Sharing a picture of me and my roommate from this weekend attempting our Studio 54 70’s looks for a party we attended with friends. I am the one on the right and I was able to find my whole outfit at Forever 21 – seems that the 70’s are making a comeback… who knew!?