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Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger’s own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This week’s theme is Oatmeal! What better way to join in than to include this healthified oatmeal recipe that I love since it’s:

  1. Easy: Mix, Pour, let it sit. Seriously this easy!
  2. Versatile: you can add anything in here, chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, different fruits, spices…it  is super adaptable!
  3. Healthy: Oats, milk, fruit, and optional add-ins with the chia, flax seed, greek yogurt
  4. Fast: This is a perfect fix-it-and-forget-it type of meal. Make the night before and you have a great breakfast ready to go!
  5. Portable: For those of us that may work outside the house…this just pops in the bag in the morning, and you can eat it once you get to work! Or…if you are on the go constantly, this will sit nicely in the car until you need a balanced meal.

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

…right now being in the midst of trying to eat super healthy and make sure every meal is a balance of complex carbs+protein+fat, this recipe is a great way to keep to this challenge and I love that this recipe does it all!

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

Here’s the base:

1/2 cup milk of your choice
1/2 mashed banana
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. ground flax seed

Strawberry Flavor Add-ins:

Handful of freeze-dried strawberries (about 1/8 cup)
4-5 frozen or fresh strawberries (no sugar added), cut into pieces

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Process:

In a small bowl, mix everything but the fruit together. Crush the freeze-dried strawberries and mix in.

Put the fresh strawberries into the bottom of a mason jar, and the oatmeal mixture on top. Let it sit for the night until the next day.

You can enjoy it early morning cold…or like a normal person, you can heat it up. I microwave mine (without the lid) for 30-60 seconds. If it seems too dry, add a bit more milk. Enjoy!


P.S. I may or may not enjoy this with a tablespoon of peanut butter on top…for the PB&J thing. Or if I want sweet, I will mix in a spoonful of strawberry jam to get it super sweet and just a little bit more delicious!

P.P.S. If you don’t have a mason jar, just keep it all in a bowl, covered in plastic wrap.

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

 

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

Easy Strawberry Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seed
  • Flavor Add-ins:
  • handful of freeze-dried strawberries (about 1/8 cup)
  • 4-5 frozen or fresh strawberries, cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix everything but the fruit together. Crush the freeze-dried strawberries and mix in.
  2. Put the fresh strawberries on the bottom of your jar, and the oatmeal mixture on top. Let it sit for the night until the next day.

Notes

I may or may not enjoy this with a tablespoon of peanut butter on top...for the PB&J thing. Or if I want sweet, I will mix in a spoonful of strawberry jam to get it super-duper sweet and delicious!

You can enjoy it early morning cold...or like a normal person, you can heat it up. I microwave mine (without the lid) for 30-60 seconds. If it seems too dry, add a bit more milk. Enjoy!

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Skillet Chicken Parmesan #SundaySupper

Reclaim Sunday Supper! Take the Sunday Supper pledge and make dinnertime a priority in your life. With all the activities and racing around that we all do, it is so hard to actually sit down to enjoy dinner with our families every single night- actually its pretty much impossible sometimes!

But Sunday nights or any ONE night a week, I try to make a family meal, that everyone enjoys, so we can slow down a bit and maybe share some time together at the table to reconnect and maybe, just maybe create some memories over a shared meal.

I like this Skillet Chicken Parmesan, because it tastes a lot like the one that takes hours to make in the oven, but it’s fast, uses one skillet, and is less caloric than the heavier baked chicken parmesan that you have in a restaurant. I also love this because I serve it with pasta for the kiddos and with some sauteed kale for my husband and I who try not to indulge in the pasta too much- we all win here! Serve with some crusty garlic bread for the kids and you are set! Enjoy each other and share some food!

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. olive oil
4 split and boned chicken breasts (or two whole boneless breasts)
3 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (no sugar, no salt)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
extra salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken

In a small bowl, combine the basil, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Mix. Set aside.

Using a serrated or sharp bladed knife slice the chicken in half like this:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

I know! Raw chicken pic- not appealing, but I want to show you how to slice in half!

You should have 8 slices total. Season with the extra salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. Saute three chicken pieces at a time, to avoid overcrowding in the pan, about 5 minutes each side, until cooked all the way through. Remove and continue until all the chicken is cooked.

Add the chicken back to the pan, overlapping the pieces. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the spices over it all. Simmer covered for 5 minutes.  Flip the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the cheese all over the top, cover and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with some chopped parsley and serve!

This serves 4 servings, of 2 half-cut breasts each person or 8 servings of 1-half cut breast. This recipe is easily doubled (or cut in half) and will serve my family of 6 (2 adults and 4 smaller eaters)!

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Here’s a printable version:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

This is a great one-pan dinner to serve any night of the week and adapts to suit the diverse tastes of a big family!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 split and boned chicken breasts (or two whole boneless breasts)
  • 3 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (no sugar, no salt)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • extra salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the basil, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Mix. Set aside.
  2. Using a serrated or sharp bladed knife slice the chicken in half.
  3. You should have 8 slices total. Season with the extra salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. Saute three chicken pieces at a time, to avoid overcrowding in the pan, about 5 minutes each side, until cooked all the way through. Remove and continue until all the chicken is cooked.
  5. Add the chicken back to the pan, overlapping the pieces. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the spices over it all. Simmer covered for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the cheese all over the top, cover and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with some chopped parsley and serve!

Notes

This serves 4 servings, of 2 half-cut breasts each person or 8 servings of 1-half cut breast. This recipe is easily doubled (or cut in half) and will serve my family of 6 (2 adults and 4 smaller eaters)!

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First Goal for 2018: 80 Days of Healthy Living

As I sit and reflect on all the changes 2017 brought , I am eager to start a little goal setting an getting back to a routine.

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I have enjoyed many a holiday cookie and party appetizer and washed it all down with a hefty cocktail these last few days of the year, and now I am looking forward to re-focusing back on my overall health & fitness!! Who is with me??

If you have been looking for an easy way to jump-start the process for you this month, look no further! Advocare has just introduced an 80 day system designed to not only kick start your journey, with their 24-Day Jumpstart, but it includes an easy maintenance plan as well. It’s called Advocare One/80. It’s a common-sense eating and exercising plan, with additional supplements to support your overall health.

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It’s simple- you choose your flavors and the packages are set to ship to your doorstep. You are now ready to start 2018, with at least 80 straight days of supported nutrition and community with the Facebook Group I have started . We can all keep each other motivated, share clean-eating recipes, know-how, great ideas,  and I can give you any product help- or I can point you in the right direction if I don’t know the answer!

I was pretty much on my own when I did my first challenge and for the months that followed it, not partnering with anyone who was doing it at the same time.

It was a lot of experimenting and finding out what I thought worked best for me. When I look back I really wish I had some guidance and someone to keep me accountable and just tell me what to do next. If someone says DO THIS and shows me how it’s worked for them….I am ready to go!! I don’t want any of you to stop at day 25 (After the 24-Day Challenge is over) and find yourself giving up because you felt totally lost and not knowing what is next.

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I will be posting here throughout the challenge but if you want to follow along, I highly encourage you to join the Facebook Group => Hardly A Goddess Healthier Living with Advocare

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Well be talking meal planning, recipes, exercises, product information, and just generally bouncing ideas off each other and learning and sharing a lot of great information! I so look forward to the routine of this planned 24 days, and beyond, in keeping my healthy self on track and motivated.

If you want to order your challenge or the One/80, Check out my separate Advocare websiteor email me at hardlyagoddess@gmail.com, or leave a question in the comments for more information.

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Why do I love it? It focuses on good nutrition and physical activity. This is a common sense approach to living a healthy lifestyle and I have had great results with several of their products.

I hope you’ll join me in getting healthy in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you on Facebook too! And, as always, it’s never ever too late to join in!

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute nutritional advice or counseling. Please see your doctor before starting any nutritional program. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health.