Strawberry Overnight Oats

It’s been a long time since my last post, mostly because life happens and I have been trying to find the motivation to get back to cooking and writing about it.

One thing I have needed is a quick, healthy breakfast that both my husband and I like. This is where overnight oats step in. I know many have been making and sharing this recipe but I decided to share the recipe I made and love the most. One of the questions I get most is what type of oats to use, I recommend any quick oats that you prefer. I find that quick oats tend to get good flavor and also texture when they sit over night.

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt plain

1/3 cup of low fat milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

1-2 tablespoons of honey

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries (or as desired)

I like to layer my ingredients and then in the morning shake it all together. I prepare these a night before or over the weekend. I also include a bit of milk and drizzle it on top to help soak the oats. The recipe is for one jar which I end up eating half in the morning and the other as an afternoon snack if needed. Jake can eat the whole thing for breakfast but also mentioned that it keeps him full right up to lunch!

Make sure to seal up your jars and pop them in the refrigerator overnight, wake up give them a shake and enjoy! This truly is an extremely easy on-the-go recipe and good for you!



Bless your heart chicken

You may be wondering why I have named this chicken “Bless your heart chicken” the only reason why is because I made it while I was in Oklahoma visiting my grandma and that happens to be one of the phrases she says most often.
photo (6)She also is one of the most caring, independent, at times stubborn, beautiful and inspiring women I know. I consider it a huge honor that people think that I have taken after her in some ways. She is the quintessential country woman and she is a mean cook!
When I decided to cook for her I knew I had something to prove- even though I could have made mac n’ cheese and burned it and she would have told me it tasted great. So here it goes- “Bless your heart chicken”
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chicken seasoning, any flavor
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion flakes

Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
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Coat the chicken with the mixture on both sides (I added a little more parmesan and salt and pepper on the top of each).

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Wrap each breast in foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

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I think the reason this chicken was so juicy is because of the wrapping of the foil. Also after making this chicken I recommend pounding out the chicken a bit so you have thinner chicken breasts.
I served this up with some roasted corn and some steamed veggies and my grandma’s response? “Well bless your heart Shari this is good”
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Healthy twist on buffalo chicken salad

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I wanted to try it out. I changed up a few things- for things I had at home and in case I didn’t like a few of the ingredients. It turned out pretty well.

1/2 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
1 cup Franks Red Hot Wings Buffalo sauce ( we like things spicy in our house)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic (we always have minced garlic in a jar in the fridge)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 cups of cubed cooked chicken (about 1 rotisserie chicken I used 5 chicken breast I had at home)
8 mini bell pepers chopped
1 cup cilantro, minced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheeseImage

Directions: (So Easy!)
In a large bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, buffalo sauce, salt, garlic and black pepper.Image
Fold in chicken, peppers, cilantro and blue cheese.Image


ImageWe ate the salad in some pita pockets and it was delicious. It was light and a good summer lunch or dinner!Image