Dinner, fitness, Recipes

Cajun Chicken Zoodles

So it’s Sunday morning at 7:30am and I am awake, drinking coffee, writing this blog. Why? I have no idea. I can never sleep in anymore when I have the opportunity – it’s very depressing.

The holidays are finally over and I’ve been having a hard time getting back on track. I tried to eat according to Macros for awhile, but in all honesty it’s too many things for me to keep track of. I completely believe in Macros and with my health coach education I understand them, but they just personally don’t do it for me. I like to keep things simple when it comes to my eating habits – the less to pay attention to, the better.

I thought about just tracking calories again through MFP but I was never really good at that either. Counting calories is something I also think works, heck that’s how I lost majority of my weight, but at this point with my workouts – I need to make sure I focus on nutritional values instead of just caloric intake.

That being said, I’ve decided to go back to Paleo eating. It’s basic, easy to follow, and the options are pretty open. To me, Paleo is easy as long as you’re prepared. I know my issues are going to be eating out, so I’ve decided to let myself have one cheat meal per week while I’m doing this. I should be good to go!

I joined a Diet Bet that starts tomorrow to help my motivation. I thought about using this weekend to just go hard with the food and eat a bunch of crap so that it’s easier for the weight to fall off when I start eating healthy again – but then I realized that kind of defeats the point. So I’m just eating regularly today and then tomorrow it’s back to Paleo.

Menu for week one will have Cajun Chicken Zoodles, egg muffins, shrimp & sweet potatoes, hardboiled eggs, and lots of veggies as snacks. It’s back to basics people!

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I know I’ve given egg muffin recipes several times before, so I’ll just tell you that these ones have spinach, onions, red peppers and onions.

I got a spiralizer for Christmas but I haven’t had the time to use it. I did yesterday though! I spiralized a sweet potato and tossed it in some cajun seasoning and baked it – SO GOOD. I’m probably going to use that thing to spiralize every vegetable I can.

Cajun Chicken Zoodles

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 4 large zucchini
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Cajun seasoning to taste (I used about 1/4 cup total)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning on each of the chicken breasts and bake. (This took me about 15 minutes but it’ll depend on the thickness of chicken you use.

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While that’s cooking, you can spiralize your zucchini. Once it’s all spiralized you can “flash boil” it. I say flash boil because you only need to put it in the hot water for 1-2 minutes. If you leave it in there any longer than that, it’ll get soggy and not noodle-like.

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Once the zucchini is boiled, the chicken is cooked and diced, and the tomatoes are sliced in half, you can toss it all together and add in more Cajun seasoning. The juice from the tomatoes and zucchini should make it so that a dressing isnt necessary. However, if you feel like you need to add something, I’d suggest just some lemon juice.

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Super simple, super easy, super delicious and super Paleo.

Happy Sunday — GO PACK GO!

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