A week of healthy eats
  • February 17, 2014
  • I wrote an entire post about setting SMART goals for the New Year and it’s time to check in. How are you doing with your 2014 goals?

    I viewed 2014 as an opportunity to create purposeful, fresh and delicious food for Fiance and me and I set my goals around planning our weekly menu.

    If I left Fiance to his own devices, our plates would be 50 percent mashed potatoes, so he serves more of a sous chef role in casa de FabFitChicago. His sous chef-ery is complemented nicely by his ability to look cute in an apron.

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    On the menu this week: Slow Cooker Chicken Verde from Cooking Light. I love anything that happens in a crock pot because it takes my time and effort way down and the flavors in the protein way up. I’m going to turn this amazing chicken into three total meals. Chicken legs tonight, and quinoa bowls and salads later in the week. I love a cook-once-eat-three-times recipe.

    Start by broiling most of the Salsa verde ingredients – tomatillos, onion, garlic and poblano peppers.

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    Blend the broiled ingredients with cilantro, oregano, chicken stock, corn starch, salt and pepper. I could and would eat this vat of salsa by itself.
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    Pour the salsa verde over your seared chicken and set your slow cooker to high for 4 hours. I used a full chicken because I had a full chicken and I firmly believe that a recipe is a guide, not a rulebook.
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    Onto the snacks. I made some of the grab-and-go munchies that I like to have in the house to keep me from reaching for something unhealthy.

    Hard-boiled eggs: I use this method for egg perfection because nothing is worse than a chalky egg yolk.photo 5 

    I like to have portions of veggies ready for dipping or snacking.photo 4 photo 3

    And, to keep fiance from mutinying (and because it’s delicious) I made cauliflower puree that is ALMOST mashed potatoes. Almost. If you choose to add garlic, do yourself and your loved ones a favor and roast it first or your mouth will burn for days with fresh garlic flavor.photo (1)

    What’s on your menu this week?

    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of aSweatLife.com a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.