Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I sometimes struggle to find meals that both my husband and I will enjoy.  I try to keep things healthy and he…well, he doesn’t prefer that.  But this Salsa Chicken recipe makes us BOTH happy.

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And the best part?  It’s SO EASY to make.  Start by dicing up an onion, green and red pepper and layering it on the bottom of your crock pot.

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Next add your chicken.  I like to use a combination of breasts and thighs.

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Next up, your seasoning and the salsa.  I use two jars of the Salsa Autentica from Trader Joe’s.  Don’t have a TJs near you?  No problem!  I’m also a big fan of Herdez, found in the Latin food aisle of most grocers.  (I also add salt and pepper!)

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And my secret ingredient…

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This gives your chicken a smoky and spicy flavor.  If you don’t like spicy, then leave it out!

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Now we’re ready to roll.  Cook it on low for 7-8 hours and watch your house fill up with the most amazing aroma!!!!

When it’s time for dinner you pop open the lid and what you have is a thing of beauty.

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I shred up the chicken and serve it over salad as “taco” salad for myself and JP has his in burrito form with lots of cheese.  Ya see?  We both are happy with this meal!

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I also sauteed up some peppers and onions to give it that extra fajita feel and added avocado.  Some crunched up tortilla chips are also amazing on here, however it’s not on my 21 Day Fix plan :-P!

We enjoyed our meal outside last night since it was the most perfect spring evening here in Atlanta.

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Doesn’t every meal taste better when eaten outdoors on a gorgeous night?  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!

Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, diced

1 red and 1 green bell pepper, diced

1 package of chicken breasts

1 package of chicken thighs

2 jars of favorite salsa

1 can chipotle in adobo

Generous shakes of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder

Salt and pepper

Season with hot sauce

Directions

Layer your onion and peppers on the bottom of a crock pot, top with whole chicken pieces, generously season with spices, pour salsa and chipotle in adobo (juice included) over salsa.  NOTE: chop up the chili pieces on a plate before adding to the crock pot since they have some kick.

Cook on low for 7-8 hours and shred prior to serving.

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I Wanted More

Do you ever feel like you’re not doing what you’re meant to do in life?  I’ve struggled with this feeling for several years now and it’s become even more intense since getting pregnant and having my son.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do like my job and have been beyond appreciative for its flexibility, but I also wasn’t following my passion.

My true passion in life is health and fitness.  I’ll give you a little history on this.

I’m a girl who grew up in a gym, not in a mall (sorry mom).  My dad has always been super into working out and it was ingrained in me at a young age that we exercise and that this is normal.

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I started tagging along with him back in junior high and high school at 5am.  I learned early that to get results you had to have dedication and commitment.  He taught me how to lift weights and I’ve never thought that this was strange as a woman.

But somewhere in my head I thought that you had to work out for an hour+ a day and mainly do cardio, despite him telling me otherwise.  I would later learn in life that it’s much more about QUALITY over QUANTITY.

I got really into running once I went away to college in Boston.  Boston is a runner’s city and I fell in love with the sport and went on to run 3 marathons and other races.

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But what mystified me every time was how I would GAIN weight while training for a race.  How could I be doing hours and hours of cardio during the week and still gain weight?

That’s when clean eating entered into my life.  I pulled a calf muscle training for my fourth marathon and took a big step back from running.  This ended up being a blessing in disguise.  I started focusing more on weight lifting and lifting heavier than I ever have before.  Ya know what happened?  I didn’t bulk up.  I started to lose weight!

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Enter P90x.

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My coworker Bryan introduced me to the program and a bunch of us would go down to the work gym at lunch break and bust out the workouts.  In my opinion, this is still one of the best overall workouts I’ve ever done in my life.  I went from a girl who couldn’t do a single pull-up (seriously, I couldn’t even bend my arms) to one day cranking out 3 like it was no big deal.  I was busting out 50+ push-ups at a time and felt strong and alive.

And then I wanted to have a baby.  And well, yeah, I’ve already talked about this on here (and here).  Fitness, my true love (aside from my husband), was no longer a priority.  While I grew a little life inside of me, it was like another little part of me died.

I kept active during pregnancy, but limited my workouts to walking and light lifting.  Nothing fancy or intense.

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But damn did I miss it!

After having my son, Allston, via C-Section it was another 6 weeks of nada, but honestly that was ok.  I was so busy being  a new mommy that fitness was the last thing on my mind.

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I lost weight quickly and was down to my pre-pregnancy weight in 2 weeks (don’t hate me yet), however I was still UP 10 lbs from trying to conceive.

And then I started slowly gaining weight.  At the end of my maternity leave I was up almost 10 lbs more than my 2 week postpartum appointment.  How the heck did that happen?!

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(Is there anything worse than taking a before picture?)

I went back to work pretty depressed.  I was sad to leave my son (understatement of the century) and I felt terrible about my body.  It was probably one of the hardest times in my life.

Fitness has always been a way for me to deal with sadness and stress, but I had no free time.  I couldn’t work out in the mornings because I wasn’t sleeping at night, I couldn’t workout during the day at my work gym because I was breast pumping non-stop, and the thought of going to the gym in the evening and leaving my sweet baby and husband was out of the question.  I had heard of T25 and hemmed and hawed over this decision for a month.  It wasn’t cheap, but it was only 25 minutes and I knew that Shaun T’s workouts got results!  Finally I bit the bullet and bought it!

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I would do my workouts after Allston went to sleep.  I would bust it out before dinner and 25 minutes later I’d be sweaty and DONE!  I had sweat like that during a workout in nearly two years.  It felt awful and great at the same time!  I completed the entire program and here were my results:

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This was only 6 lbs, people!  I could not believe just how differently I looked despite a rather subtle weight loss.  It goes to show that it’s not just about the scale.

At this time I was starting to feel better about my body, but I still felt like I had more in me.  Enter Veronica.  She’s my high school friend’s older sister and I saw her posting on Facebook about her challenge groups.  First off, what the hell is a challenge group?  I asked ;).  It’s a private group where everyone motivates each other and holds each other accountable.  They’re fitness and nutrition focused and help people get results so that they’re not going it alone.   All I knew was that I WANTED TO DO THIS.  I didn’t want to just participate.  I wanted to run them.  THIS is what I was meant to do.  It just clicked.  I didn’t have time to be a personal trainer/instructor, an idea I had toyed around with.  This opportunity would also allow me:

  • the flexibility to work from home and not at a gym,
  • work my own hours and not clients’ hours,
  • start earning a residual income,
  • build a team,
  • help people anywhere and everywhere in the country and more

I’m also able to do this on top of my other job outside of the home and as a mom!

I jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running.  I started drinking Shakeology at this time and will talk more about this in depth.  My results started to take off and I lost another 6 lbs in half the time.

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I was starting to run my own challenge groups and help my friends and family lose weight, get healthier, and feel better about themselves.  My relationships have been deepened and I’ve reconnected with so many great people.  I’ve also met some fantastic new people along the way.

I am now part of a community of coaches that are just like me.  We have become friends AND business partners.

I’ve participated in trainings that are amazingly in-depth and free for being a part of my team.  I’ve worked on my own personal development that has carried over into all areas of my life.  Especially my family!

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I’ve begun growing my own team of coaches, helping them to get started and supporting them on this journey.

I’ve started to earn additional income for my family that is growing quickly.

I feel alive again!  I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, finally!

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You can see the physical change on the outside, but it’s the change on the inside that has truly made me a happier and more fulfilled person.

Signing up as a coach was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and can’t wait to live a lifetime of personal and professional fulfillment through helping others get healthy.  Both physically and emotionally for my customers, but also financially for my team!

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