Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken

This summer is FLYING by! I feel like I have been away every single weekend which isn’t a bad thing at all but it does make it difficult to come up with some new recipes. I have been buying exactly what I need to eat so I have no leftover and no food spoilage. 

When I don’t have a lot in the house is when I tend to get my most creative and I am happy to say that this recipe for Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken totally hit the spot. It even heated up well as leftovers. 

If you are pressed for time you can even prepare the chicken in advance and keep it on a plate covered in saran wrap or in a Tupperware in the fridge until you are ready to cook it later in the day.
Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken

Per usual I am heading out again this weekend. First up, a visit to my parents house on Cape Cod to spend time with my family and to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday.

Then I am home for 1 short day until I pack my bags and head for Nashville! This is my second year in a row I am attending the annual Coach Summit and I AM SO FREAKIN EXCITED!!!!

Last year I went to this event all on my own, not knowing a single person, and left with so many new friends and amazing memories. This year there are SIX coaches from my team (including myself) going and I am so excited to watch them experience this event for the first time.

It is legit the Grammy’s for Beachbody. And top it off we close down Broadway, the main road in downtown Nashville, and all 25,000 of us get together to do a LIVE workout in the streets with all of our favorite Super Trainers such as Autumn Calabrese, Tony Horton, Shaun T, Chalene Johnson, and Sagi Kalev.

I even get to be recognized up on the big stage at Nissan Stadium in front of 25,000 other coaches to represent my team and all that we have accomplished this past year. That was a goal of mine leaving Summit in 2015 and it gives me chills to think that I set my mind to it and accomplished it for 2016!

Coach Summit 2015

I have done quite a few Beachbody programs since I started working out at home back in September 2014 and becoming a coach so before we leave for Nashville my team and I are hosting a 3 day informational event that will break down each and every program and product there is out there!

During this event you will learn:

  • Background on each program (is it cardio, resistance, dance, etc)
  • Who the trainer is
  • What is the total workout time per day and length of the program
  • What equipment is needed (if any)
  • Additional “nice to knows”
  • Our transformation pictures
  • What the heck is Shakeology and how will it help me
  • What is the Beachbody Performance line

This event is information only – you are not required to sign up for anything at the end.

To make things even more fun during the event we are going to be giving away daily prizes along with a GRAND PRIZE on the last day. All you need to do to be entered to win is engage in the group by liking posts, commenting, and asking any questions if you have any.  

If you are interested in learning more click here to join this Facebook event – make sure to choose “Going” to ensure you receive the post notifications when we begin on Sunday!

 

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Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken
Serves 3
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of boneless, skinless, chicken breast (usually 3 pieces per pack at the grocery store)
  2. 1 head of broccoli, chopped into small florets
  3. ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, reserve ½ for the topping
  4. Pink Himalayan salt
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. Onion Powder
  7. Garlic Powder
  8. Smoked Paprika (optional or you could just use regular paprika)
  9. Dried Parsley
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set aside.
  2. Steam your broccoli for approx. 3-4 minutes until it is bright green in color but not cooked all the way through. Remove lid and remove and turn off the heat.
  3. Using a sharp knife cut a slit into the side of each chicken breast making a pocket. Stuff each piece with broccoli and 1 tablespoon of cheese.
  4. Close up the chicken using toothpicks and place on the lined baking sheet.
  5. Season the chicken with pink Himalayan salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika (optional) according to your taste preference.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each piece with 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Place back in the oven for 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  7. Top with dried parsley and serve with the remaining steamed broccoli as a side dish.
Notes
  1. 21 Day Fix Container Equivalents per piece: 1.5 red, 0.5 green, 1 blue
Simply Gourmet in Southie http://www.simplygourmetinsouthie.com/
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Skinny Burrito Bowls

It has been a while since I have posted a new recipe on here but that is what happens when I am traveling 2.5 weeks out of the month!!

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with my adventures on Instagram I spent the first week of May (including Cinco de Mayo!!) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with a friend where we soaked up all the sun we could get and went on an amazing excursion to Las Caletas. Tell me those hammocks don’t just scream relaxation?? 

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#fakelife right??

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We had a great balcony in our room and could see the ocean!

We stayed at the all-inclusive Riu Palace Pacifico. It was a great resort with tasty food, strong drinks and a wonderful friendly staff. I would definitely go back again!

After Mexico I came home for a week and then re-packed my bags for Austin, TX. I work full time as an Event Marketing Manager for CLEAResult (along with being a Beachbody coach) and our company is based out in Austin. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities full of REALLY good food, drinks, and plenty of places to catch some live music.

After a few days in our office and doing some site visits for an upcoming event my friend’s flew in so we could celebrate Jaime’s bachlorette!  We got a really cute Airbnb, had amazing meals and cocktails at Launderette, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer HallPeche, Fixe, Torchy’s Tacos, swam in the Deep Eddy pool, and spent fun nights on Rainey Street and Dirty Sixth

We are all exhausted this week but it was well worth it! We had SO much fun and loved celebrating the Future Mrs. Fresh 

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Photo from La vie Jaime

 

Checking out all the beautiful murals around the city is a MUST!

 

Kicking off the celebrations with cocktails and lunch at Launderette

 

 

 

Mandatory bachelortte games…we tied Jaime’s hands and made her fish underwear out of a bowl with her mouth. It was pretty comical!

 

Now I am home for just a few days and it will be time to pack my bags again on Friday!

This time I am heading to Newport, RI to spend Memorial Day with friends and work on keeping my tan going that I got in Mexico a few weeks ago! Newport holds a very special place in my heart as I have rented a house there for the ENTIRE summer for the past 3 years. While times have changed and we can’t all commit to a full summer, Newport feels like a 2nd home and I am looking forward to the weekends I do have planned there this year. Maybe one day I will own a home of my own there and will enjoy countless summers by the ocean with family and friends.

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During my short week home I have been craving the delicious tacos and burritos I ate while in Mexico and Austin. While the ones  I ate during my travels were tasty I definitely overdid it on the carbs and was feeling sluggish and bloated from eating food I didn’t cook myself.

Luckily my nutrition plan gives me a lot of options to get creative in the kitchen while still cooking clean meals that help me get closer to my goal of being the healthiest and happiest I can be!

For those of you who don’t know I follow the eating plan from the 21 Day Fix which uses a simple color-coded portion control system (YES you can have carbs and even wine!) paired with Shakeology. I focus on clean eating with nothing processed and make sure to get plenty of protein, veggies, water and 3o minutes of exercise a day.

Switch over to clean eating, I promise you will be blown away at how tasty the food is and how much you DON’T miss the processed food that just weighs you down!! I started eating this way in September 2014 and have lost 20lbs  and 12.5 inches (and counting) and plan to never look back! If changing up your nutrition and/or incorporating simple fitness into your lifestyle is something you have been wanting to do let’s chat! Leave a comment on this post ⬇ or email me at  💌  emily.goodmanBB [at] gmail [dot] com.

Summer is HERE so why wait any longer?? 👙  ☀ 

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This recipes is great because it is very versatile. Like your food spicy choose a hot salsa and add extra cayenne. Not of fan of heat go mild! Get creative with what you mix in. Black beans would be a great addition, I just didn’t have any on hand when I made this. Really despise ground turkey? Swap it for ground chicken or beef.

I do suggest making your own taco seasoning. By making your own you can control the amount of salt. Store bought seasonings tend to have A LOT of salt and it is just so unnecessary. Check out my recipe for homemade taco seasoning. It makes more than you need for this recipe so just store the extra in a empty spice jar or small tupperware to use in future dishes.

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Skinny Burrito Bowls
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 cup onion, diced
  3. 1lb lean ground turkey
  4. 1.5 cups cooked brown rice, cook in advance according to package directions
  5. 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  6. 2 cups salsa, no sugar added (mild or hot – your choice!)
  7. 1 ear of corn, kernels cut off the cob (or ¾ cups of canned or frozen)
  8. 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (see link above for the homemade taco seasoning recipe)
  9. 1/4 cup chicken broth, low-sodium and fat-free
  10. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  11. *Optional toppings: Plain greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, additional tomatoes and salsa, chives or green onions, avocado, lettuce
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and ground turkey and cook until the turkey is no longer pink and the onions have become translucent.
  2. Drain off any fat.
  3. Add the cooked rice, diced tomatoes, salsa, and corn. Stir together and slowly add the chicken broth. Lower the heat and let cook for 5-6 minutes until the tomatoes have started to break down. If it starts to dry up you can add more broth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. You can serve this as is or garnish with the toppings of your choice (examples listed above).
Notes
  1. 21 Day Fix container equivalents for a 1 cup serving: 1 red, 1 yellow, 0.5 purple, 0.5 green
  2. For the greek yogurt and cheese pictured I would add an additional: 0.5 red and 0.5 blue
  3. I do not count the olive oil because each serving has such a minimal amount
Adapted from SkinnyMs.
Adapted from SkinnyMs.
Simply Gourmet in Southie http://www.simplygourmetinsouthie.com/

Behind the Scenes into Health & Fitness Coaching

Have you been curious about what coaching actually is or if it is right for you?

I am hosting this online event for you to learn more! My team of coaches goes by the name Determined Dreamers and we are a passionate and motivated group! Each of us are on our own journey to live a healthy and fulfilling life and are looking for other likeminded people to join us. I love this team and I am so excited you are interested in learning more about it!!

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Join me Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 5:30pm PST /8:30pm EST

Becoming a coach has changed my life in so many ways – I have lost 20lbs and 12.5 inches (and counting), I have made lifelong friends who I would have never known otherwise, I get to help people feel healthy and happy and watch lives totally transform, I have gotten to travel to some really great places such as Nashville, Lake Tahoe and Punta Cana (in 2017), and I have grown so much emotionally and mentally and learned I really can achieve anything I put my mind to!

I work a full time job as an event planner yet I still CHOOSE to coach because I love the community I surrounded myself with how it has changed my life for the better both physically, mentally, and financially.

During this hour long online event on May 17th you will get a behind the scenes looking into coaching! You will learn about what a typical day in the life of a coach looks like and I will answer many common questions such as “Is there an investment?” or “Do I need to be at my goal weight to begin?”

This opportunity has completely changed my life for the better and the beauty of it is that it can change yours too! ANYONE can do this and EVERYONE deserves to be happy, healthy, and live a life full of positivity!

As mentioned above, this event will take place on Facebook event page. All you need to do is select “Going” and then tune in Tuesday, May 17th at 5:30pm PST/7:30 CST/8:30 EST. Can’t wait to see you then!

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Do you have 22 Minutes to support our Veterans?

Did you know that every day 22 lives are lost to veteran suicide?

22 lives. A DAY.

That is 22 lives too many and it breaks my heart thinking about these people and their friends and family who love and miss them each and every day 💕

22 Minutes

In honor of these veterans I am committing myself to the 22 Minute Hard Corps program starting May 9th


💪This program was created based off real military-style bootcamp workouts (don’t worry there is a modifier!) and features real military veterans in the videos and filmed on real military bases.

⏰ While 22 minutes may not seem like a lot I have personally tried some of these workouts already and they are harder than anything I have ever done.

🍴 Along with the workouts is a simple nutrition plan, aka your “Ration for Results – Nutrition Field Guide”. Your body is going to need proper fuel to give you energy and help you see results from your workouts so get ready to eat up people – food is your friend, not your enemy!!

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‼ I am looking for 22 people who want to help drive awareness towards veteran suicide and join me in this challenge starting May 9th

‼ For every new challenger that joins me I will donate $22 to The Mission Continues to help veterans returning home adjust to their new life and give them the tools needed succeed and find purpose through community impact.

‼ To get more information on how to join me on this journey to support our active military, veterans, and those who love them please fill out this form, leave a comment on this post, or email me at 💌 emily.goodmanBB [at] gmail [dot] com and I will reach out to you within 24-48 hours.

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Matlaw’s Stuffed Scallops

Did you know today is National Clams on the Half Shell Day? It is also the last day of March aka Frozen Food Month!

I am so excited to have partnered with Matlaw’s once again and today I am talking about their New England Style Stuffed Scallops. I am a HUGE seafood and shellfish fan and with the warm New England weather right around the corner these scallops are perfect to welcome in the season!

 

Matlaws Stuffed Scallops

 

Matlaw’s is based in Gloucester, MA and I was lucky enough to try their Stuffed Clams last June and really enjoyed them. Similar to the clams, the Stuffed Scallops can go right from the freezer to the oven or grill!

 

Matlaws Stuffed Scallops (1)

 

Since I don’t have a grill in my condo in Southie I opted for the oven method! Preheat to 450 F and 30 minutes later they are cooked through and ready to enjoy!

 

Matlaws Stuffed Scallops (2)

 

These scallops not only make a great appetizer but can really enhance your dinner entree as well! They pair perfectly with a steak for a nice surf and turf.

 

Matlaws Stuffed Scallops (3)

 

You can find Matlaw’s Stuffed Scallops and many other delicious seafood options online or at these retailers.