7 Things You Can Always Find in My Fridge

Hey there, friends! How's it going? I hope you're having a relaxing and fun weekend. I've been playing catch up this weekend on a lot of things on my to-do list that I've been putting off (oops) so it's been a productive one! Later today my sister, my mom, and I are heading to a local winery that's having a sampling event AKA all of the wine and cheese so the weekend will definitely be ending on a high note!

I wanted to stop by today and share with you all five things that you can almost always find in my fridge. So, let's just jump right into it!

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1. Spinach or Spring Mix

I almost always have a bag of spinach or a bag of spring mix in the fridge. Spinach can be thrown into a side salad for dinner, the base of my salad for work lunches, or it can be thrown into a smoothie! A lot of times I'll buy a bag of frozen chopped spinach to keep for smoothies and then get a bag of spring mix for salads! Such an easy way to add some greens into your daily eats :) 

2. Vanilla Soy Milk 

A splash of vanilla soy milk is the perfect addition to my morning coffee! I love the creaminess it adds to my cup, and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I always have at least a small carton of this in the fridge!

3. Lemons

You can almost always find a lemon rolling around the produce drawer in the fridge at our house! I love adding lemon slices to my water, especially in the summer. It makes water a little less boring to drink ;P Lemons are also great to add to chicken or fish - just a little bit of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and EEVO and you're good to go!

4. Eggs 

I always keep some eggs on hand each week in the fridge - they're an easy and quick week night dinner, a great snack when hard boiled, and of course nice to use for breakfast on the weekend! Try making a simple egg scramble one night this week. Just throw in some spinach, tomatoes, onions (and whatever else you have on hand) and you'll have a quick and nutritious dinner in no time!

5. Tessemae's Dressing

I talked about Tessemae's dressing last week, but I absolutely love having a bottle of this on hand at all times. I not only use it as a salad dressing for lunches during the week, but I'll also use it for dinners too! I'll get some chicken breasts and throw them into a large ziploc baggie, pour some Tessemae dressing over them, and let them sit in the fridge for the day. Voila! Easy and tasty chicken, whether you want to grill or bake it :) 

6. Carrots

Carrots are a great snack to throw into your lunch or munch on throughout the day at home with some hummus AND easy and delicious for roasting in the oven as a side dish. If you haven't tried roasting carrots yet, do yourself a favor this week and give it a go!

7. Bread

I usually stick my bread into the freezer to ensure it won't go bad, and I try to always have a loaf waiting in there for me. Sometimes if I run out of salad mix during the week, a quick sandwich will do the trick for my work lunch the next day! I'll also sometimes quickly fry an egg to top a slice of toast with - easy, healthy, and filling lunch. 

Alright, friends, that's it - seven things you can almost always find in my fridge! What ingredients/foods do you always have on hand? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

What’s Been in My Lunch Lately

Hello, hello! How are you all doing? I hope that your weekend was full of relaxation time with just the right amount of fun :) 

If you’ve been reading my blog posts or even Instagram posts you know that I started a new job recently, and with a job comes figuring out what to pack for lunch! I’m hoping to write a post about my job and schedule it for later this week to give you all a little life update too. But anyways, back to the main attraction: lunch food.

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So, where I work does have a cafeteria with some good options – they have a salad bar, etc., but I’ve still been trying to pack my lunch each day. Why you ask? 1. It saves me money and 2. I’m less tempted to pick something unhealthy. Can you guys relate to this? If I don’t pack my lunch and have all of these options in front of me I’m more likely to say “Oh, I’m just going to get some French fries, it’s no big deal.” Packing my lunch completely takes this out of the equation – I pack something healthy and that’s what I eat!

I’m totally a creature of habit when it comes to lunch. I’ll make and pack the same thing for about 2-3 weeks until I get sick of it, and then I’ll make something else for 2-3 weeks, and so on. I’m always looking for new healthy, tasty, and satisfying lunch options and I figured I’m not the only one so I thought I’d share what I’ve been packing with all of you!

I’ve been keeping it real simple recently. Let me run you through everything that is in my lunchbox.

I eat breakfast at home so that doesn’t come with me (recently it’s been some oatmeal with cinnamon and a sliced banana) so the first thing that I pack for the day is a morning snack. My snack for the morning has been the same since I started work about four weeks ago – a sliced apple with a packet of Justin’s peanut butter. I slice my apples the night before work and they’re still nice and crisp by the time I eat them the next morning. I love the packets of Justin’s peanut butter because they’re just the right amount and easy to throw in my lunch box!

The apple and peanut butter holds me over until lunch, which I usually eat around 12 or 12:30pm. I’ve also been keeping my lunch super easy and simple too – I buy a bag of Italian salad mix and a bag of spring mix at the grocery store and mix that in a good-sized Tupperware container. I top that with just a little bit of freshly shaved parmesan cheese and chicken that I sauté in EEVO. It’s easy to throw together, delicious, and satisfying. I also love knowing that I got a good amount of my greens in for the day! The dressing I use is Tessamae’s and you can find it at Whole Foods. It’s my favorite brand of dressings by far!

I also pack some Simple Mills cheddar crackers (or the sea salt flavor). For me, I need to have something crunchy in my lunch and these totally do the job. The ingredient list gets an A in my book - simple, few, and GOOD ingredients. 

The final thing that goes into my lunch box are some mixed nuts. If hunger strikes in the late afternoon, I’ll munch on those!

And that’s it! I hope that if you were looking for something for lunch this gave you some new ideas :) I’m going to try something new out in the next few weeks, so I’ll make sure to post an update of my lunchbox then!

What do you pack for lunch? I'd love to get some ideas! Let's chat in the comments below :)

*What works for me in terms of snacks and lunch may not work for you. This post is solely meant to give you inspiration or ideas for what to pack for your lunch! In no way am I giving out dietary recommendations, as I am not a Registered Dietitian. 

White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

Hi there, friends! I hope that you all had a great Halloween night. Remember how I was so excited to give out candy? Well, only four kids showed up in total. Womp, womp, womp...

And now I have way too much candy leftover, which means it's all too tempting to grab one of those little suckers! Anyone else have leftover candy and find yourself reaching for some? I've gotta find someone to give this candy to before I've eaten it all ;P

I know I'm late to getting today's post up, so for those of you who are subscribed to my blog, this won't show up in your inbox until tomorrow morning. Sorry about that, guys!!

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I did want to make sure I stopped by today with my white bean chicken chili recipe, which originally comes from Giada from the Food Network. Anyone else just as obsessed with watching shows on The Food Network? Can't stop, won't stop. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post an Instagram story while I was making the chili last night. I decided to swap out the swiss chard the recipe calls for and throw in some kale. And when I say I decided to swap it out, I really mean that Trader Joe's didn't have swiss chard so I was forced to replace it haha. But it actually turned out really great, and I think kale will be the permanent replacement from now on! This chili truly is the perfect weeknight dinner. It's tasty, healthy, and easy to make. It also makes a decent sized batch, which means you'll have leftovers for lunch or for dinner the next night. Score!

Also, one random thing to note, but white bean chicken chili is just not photogenic. Honestly, no matter how hard I tried to make the bowl of it look nice it just didn't really work out. So, my apologies for the not-so-great picture, but don't let that fool you - it really is delicious! Let's go ahead and get into what ingredients you'll need. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons EEVO
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground chicken (you can also use ground turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano 
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2, 15 ounce cans cannellini beans 
  • 1 bunch (about a pound) of swiss chard, or kale, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley 

The steps you'll need to take are...

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. 
  2. You'll then add the chicken, salt, cumin, fennel, oregano, and chili powder. Cook, stirring frequently until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir the flour into the chicken mixture.
  3. Next, add the beans, kale, corn, and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, scraping the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. 
  4. Simmer for 55-60 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half and the chili has thickened. Add the red pepper flakes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Ladle the chili into serving bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy!

This chili is a tasty and healthy option for chilly Fall and Winter nights. Like I said earlier, a batch of it will usually last you 2-3 meals, so it's the perfect weeknight meal. It also pairs great with the cornbread recipe I posted a week or two ago. Click HERE to get that recipe. 

Make sure to let me know if you try out this recipe - I'd love to hear your thoughts. You can comment here, email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com, or tag me on Instagram (@joyfullyjenna). Bon Appetit!

Egg Muffins: The Perfect On-The-Go Breakfast

These eggs muffins are the perfect on-the-go breakfast for those mornings when you may have hit snooze one too many times. They're protein-packed, delicious, and also sneak in some veggies that will help to kickstart your morning. 

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Why helllo there, Monday! We meet again. I hope that your weekend was a good one! 

During my time in grad school I also worked towards achieving my graduate certificate in health coaching, which involved me completing a health coaching practicum. Basically, I had to complete a certain amount of health coaching hours at my set practicum site. A common theme I noticed from my clients during my practicum was that a lot of people don't eat breakfast (or don't eat a healthy breakfast) due to lack of time or lack of ideas. It can be so easy to just grab a slice of toast or a bowl of cereal on the way out the door, but is that really giving your body the fuel it needs to start the day off? Chances are, probably not. 

So, my clients and I worked together to try find what kind of breakfast foods would work for them, and egg muffins were one of the ideas we came up with. Egg muffins are extremely easy to make and they're the perfect on-the-go breakfast when you may have pressed snooze one too many times ;P

These "muffins" are packed with protein from the eggs as well as the sausage, and also sneak in some veggies too! Honestly, these taste like little mini omelets - yum!

Whip these up one night this week or wait until Sunday to make them for the upcoming week. I promise you these will be a total game-changer if you're someone who struggles to find time for breakfast in the morning.  

So, what will you need for this oh-so-yummy recipe? 

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  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers (I used about two bell peppers)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 cup roughly chopped breakfast sausage 
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 

Not too many ingredients, right? Let's get into how you make your egg muffins...

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Get all of your chopping out of the way - chop up your peppers, onions, sausage, and spinach so it's all ready to go.
  3. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and then add the bell peppers and onions. You want to allow the peppers and onions to stay in the pan by themselves for a good 2-3 minutes.
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4. Next, grab your sausage and spinach and add it to the pan. Allow all of the ingredients to hang out together for another 2-3 minutes. 

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5. Alright, time to grab that muffin pan. You'll want to scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture you just cooked up and place it in the bottom of each muffin cup. 

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6. Once you've done that, you're going to whisk your eggs.

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7. Now, take your eggs (it's easiest to put them in a bowl that has a spout on it to make it easy to pour) and pour them into each muffin tin, leaving 1/4 inch from the top. PS: Excuse our pans, they're old and have been baked in quite a few times :)

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8. You're ready to stick those muffins in the oven! They should take about 20-23 minutes. You'll know that they're done when they start to puff up, or if a toothpick comes out clean. 

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Enjoy them hot right out of the oven, or stick them in an airtight container to enjoy throughout the week (keep in mind, these will go bad after 5 days). I suggest heating them up in the toaster :) 

I hope that you guys will give this recipe a try! It's great for those busy mornings, especially now that kids are back in school. 

Before I sign off, I thought it would be fun to start having a "Question of the Day" on my posts. I would love for you to answer the question in the comments :) 

Question of the Day: What's your go-to healthy breakfast for those mornings when you're on the run? 

Catch ya next time!

Friday Favorites #5

It's the start of the weekend, happy Friday! I hope that your work day flies by and you're into weekend mode before you know it :) Not too much is on the agenda this weekend - I have a cousin's bridal shower on Sunday, but other than that, plans are up in the air. I'm going to try to take advantage of time and get started on a new business venture. Stay tuned for future posts to find out what I'm working on! 

As you all know, today is Friday favorites, which means I'll be sharing five things that I've been loving this week. I would love to know what your favorites of the week have been - feel free to let me know in the comments! 

1. Fountain of Health Humm! Hummus

I discovered this hummus at Whole Foods probably about a year ago, and now I can't bring myself to buy a different brand! If you're a Sabra hummus fan, trust me, this is going to be way better. They have several delicious flavors including, artichoke and spinach (the one in the picture), chipotle, caramelized onion (my fav), greek olive, roasted garlic, roasted pine nuts, and roasted red pepper. The flavor that I have on hand, artichoke and spinach, has a short and great ingredient list: chickpeas, water, tahini (sesame butter), canola oil, artichokes, spinach, lemon juice, sea salt, vinegar, olive oil, caper puree, garlic juice, garlic, onion, spices. I love that I can actually pronounce (and recognize) each of the ingredients in their hummus! All in all, this hummus just tastes fresher to me, and I definitely recommend trying it out!

2. Mini Sweet Peppers

This next favorite pairs perfectly with hummus. These mini sweet peppers taste just like they're described in their name: sweet! They're perfect to snack on with hummus or on their own! They're small enough that you could just throw a few on top of your salad, and they're also great for grilling in the summer! Just throw these little babes on the grill for a few minutes on each side, and you'll have an easy and delicious side dish for your dinner. You can find these at most grocery stores, my mom happened to pick these up at Whole Foods on Sunday, but I've seen them at Giant before too!

3. The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now

image taken from mtv.com

image taken from mtv.com

Any other Lauren Conrad fans out there? To say that I was excited that The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now was on this week is an understatement. My sister and I used to LOVE watching Laguna Beach (pretty sure we have all of the seasons on DVD) and we of course followed Lauren Conrad onto The Hills. I'm sure (hope) that many of you can relate to my obsession of her shows, haha. It was interesting to be able to see how the show filming worked - like how her and Brody's romance seemed to be staged for the show a bit (or a lot). Also, I was loving her hair in the That Was Then, This Is Now special and her clothes! Wouldn't you love to be able to borrow clothes from her closet?!

4. Queen Munchkin

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

Ohhh, Munchkin. So, many of you know that Munch had some health problems a few weeks ago, and due to them she's been on steroids for about two weeks now, give or take a few days. She has a partially collapsed trachea which got inflamed from allergens and the humidity, which caused her to cough, A LOT. Her coughing is starting to settle down, although this humidity isn't helping (go away gross, humid weather). Anyways, if you know Munchkin, you know she's a feisty gal, and being on steroids only means she's even feistier (is that even possible? yes, yes, it is), which means lots of barking and getting annoyed at her lil sis, Lola. The barking and temper has been just a little (a lot) annoying over the past few weeks, but I'm so glad we still have our little Munchie girl with us. She's 13, but she's a strong pup, and she never fails to make me and my family laugh - like yesterday when I put my workout headband on her (LOL). I hope that picture gave you a little bit of a smile and laugh to start your day!

5. Laneige Hydration Trial Kit

I saw someone else online raving about this skincare line, and I noticed that it was offered at Target (major win). So, when I was there yesterday grabbing ingredients for the homemade dog treats I made (click HERE for the recipe), I decided to pick up their Hydration Trial Kit. I generally have dry skin, so that's why I went for the hydration kit, but they do have other sample kits available! I really like buying trial kits when makeup or skincare lines offer them, because usually you get to try a good amount of their products for not too bad of a cost! This kit was $29 at Target, and I get to try six of their skincare products: their multi cleanser, power essential skin toner, balancing emulsion, water bank serum, water sleeping mask, and water bank moisture cream. The picture I snapped wasn't the best (sorry, friends), but the samples in this kit are decent sizes, and I truly think they'll last me a good amount of time! I'll be sure to let you know guys know in a future post if I like the products or not. To see all of the Laneige products that Target offers, and the review for them (they got awesome reviews), click HERE

Well, that does it for this week's favorites! I hope that you all enjoyed this post, if you did give it a "like" by clicking on the heart at the bottom of the post, or let me know in the comments! I would LOVE to hear from you guys. Keep up with me over the weekend by following me on my Instagram (username: joyfullyjenna). 

I hope that your weekend is fun and relaxing, catch ya next week!

Jenna