Gearing Up for Summer Weight Loss Challenge

The Gearing Up for Summer Weight Loss Challenge is already in its second week and there is some great focus and energy going on!

Here’s a simple and tasty crockpot recipe to add to your menu options. Kelly shared this recipe with me about a year ago and I’ve learned that it is a favorite around Tri! This is a high protein meal and particularly helpful when combating sugar craving or if you are feeling hungry all the time. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids when you increase your protein to help your kidneys process it well.

Fiesta Chicken

  • 2 or 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 4 Tbsp (or 1 small can) diced green chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oz cream cheese (optional)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (optional)
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 24 oz jar Pace Picante Sauce

Spray the crock with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 5-6 hours. When done, shred chicken and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Cook for 15 to 30 minutes to allow ingredients to come together. Serve on a bed of lettuce with sour cream or along with a salad. Enjoy!

With 3 lbs of chicken this recipe makes about 10 – 1 cup servings

With 2 lbs of chicken this recipe makes about 8 – 1 cup servings

Nutrition information: (A couple things to keep in mind – this is including all the listed ingredients (even the optional cheese and cream cheese) and the sour cream and lettuce were not included in the breakdown, so be sure to read the labels for serving amounts & calories of anything you choose to add to your meal).

I have included calorie & nutritional info for the 3 lbs of chicken and 2 lbs of chicken per recipe so you can see the difference.

3 lbs of Chicken – Calories per 1 cup serving:

  • 311 calories
  • 35 g protein
  • 32 g carbs
  • 5.1 g fat
  • If you do not add anything it is 45% protein, 41% carbs, 14% fat. Adding sour cream or anything else will change the calories and the percentages.

2 lbs of Chicken – per 1 cup serving:

  • 329 calories
  • 31.2 g protein
  • 38.9 g carbs
  • 5.8 g fat
  • If you do not add anything it is 38% protein, 47% carbs, 15% fat. Adding sour cream or anything else will change the calories and the percentages.

Please note – the nutritional information is approximate. If the ingredients are well mixed together this should be about what you get. If, for example, your serving has more rice and less chicken then the carbs will be higher and the protein lower.

What’s your favorite healthy recipe? Send it to me and I’ll figure out the nutritional information and share it here!

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