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Prep Ahead: Dry Poached Chicken

Dry Poached Chicken

This summer has been so busy, I’ve been all about fast, low-maintenance meals with fresh produce and, my new favorite, dry poached chicken. I rarely cook red meat at home and eat tons of veggies during the week, but I try to incorporate a lean protein in the rotation alongside my weight training schedule.

I wrote off baked chicken breasts as tough and dry before I found this method. The first time I used this recipe the results were so juicy I had to grab my thermometer again to be sure it wasn’t undercooked. Now I love adding this to meal prep and saving pieces for salads and stir fries throughout the week because the texture holds up so well!

Strawberry Chicken Salad 1

I know they say no good story starts with a salad, but this isn’t a sad iceberg lettuce situation and the greens are totally covered in fresh produce, nuts, chia seeds, and goat cheese! I made this when local strawberries were still in season, but I love adding cashews, avocado, and quinoa to most of these lunches.

Click through for how to make dry poached chicken!
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Beach Dogs

beach dogs
Doggles are a thing.
We are a big 30 minutes from the lakeshore and, somehow, I only make it out there once each summer. I think it has something to do with an aversion to sunbathing to preserve my vampire skin. Last month we packed up our pups and spent Fourth of July camping on the beach in West Olive, Michigan.

Doug and Huey don’t fare well in high heat and they weren’t keen on swimming, so I worried how they would do for the weekend. After a few reluctant dips in the water they were content to hang out under umbrellas poaching fallen sandy Doritos. Doug loves following Neil everywhere and, to my surprise, he waded out on his own to see him by sunset.

Beach Dogs
sam and toby
We knew this would be our pups’ first time experiencing fireworks so we kept them close on their leashes and in our laps. Fourth of July = “boom boom nightmare day” for many dogs. We camped in tents near the shore and the next day the dogs were so exhausted from all of the excitement that they lazed around all afternoon.

I feel so guilty every time we leave the dogs home on weekend evenings, I’m glad they were able to come along. I’ve been trying to vary our normal walk routine by taking them downtown to busier streets. This past weekend we took them to movie in the park so they can adjust to crowds and random passersby. It was a little stressful, but I’m hopeful they’ll adjust to excitement in time.

jenny and reggie
West Olive

  • Where do you take your pups for an adventure?
  • Any tips for traveling with fur babies?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

In college I thought on-the-go oatmeal was of the instant dinosaur egg variety. What could be a better start to your morning than hatched dinosaur sprinkles swimming in honey? Traditional oats were otherwise bland and unsatisfying, so I ditched them for yogurt and granola for a few years. My meal planning later evolved into searching for healthy breakfast options and I discovered overnight oatmeal. Preparation is so easy, and by morning I have breakfast ready for the next few days without fussing over clean up.

With added toppings this breakfast is far from boring. I ended up on the following recipe after adding in ripe bananas and peanut butter. You could stop here, but why not add raw cacao for a rich, guilt-free, peanut butter cup flavor?

Chocolate Overnight Oats
Topped with fresh strawberries and unsweetened coconut
I blend three cups of roasted, unsalted peanuts in the Vitamix to make homemade peanut butter. That’s it – no sugar or oil. You could substitute with your store bought peanut butter, but omit the honey if yours contains sugar.

I end up with four servings that I store in small, lidded mason jars. If you want to try it out, read on for the recipe:

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