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Mexican Crockpot Chicken

Crockpot cooking is one of my favorites because it’s so easy. I tried a new recipe this weekend: Mexican Crockpot Chicken

(adapted from Spark recipes)

2-3 chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can mexican chili beans
(Do not drain tomatoes or beans)
1 Package Taco Seasoning
1 can black olives
1 can chopped green chiles

Layer chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order written. Do not stir. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Take out chicken and shred. Return chicken to crock pot and stir well. Serve with tortilla chips or on a flour tortilla. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese if desired. Extra ingredients are not included in nutritional facts.

Number of Servings: 6

Calories: 220 (before adding extra condiments)

I washed and dried the chicken fillets and then laid them in the bottom of the crockpot.

I had to have Michael open the cans for me because of my gimpy thumb. πŸ™‚

I altered the recipe a little. I omitted the Black olives — I think they would have just gotten mushy and gross. I also added a can of drained corn. (One less can in the pantry!)

I followed the instructions and layered each item. I bought a can of Mexican tomatoes instead of plain.

Next I layered the rest of the cans (not draining the beans or the tomatoes).

I picked up some Taco seasoning for chicken and topped the corn with it.

The last ingredient added was the diced chilies.

I turned on the crock-pot to low and let it cook for 7 hours.

I checked on the crockpot periodically and was worried about how much liquid was still in it. It looked more like chili than what I was imagining. I took the lid off and turned the heat to High to see if that helped–which it did not.

I decided to just led it ride and hope it turned out. About 30 minutes before it was supposed to be done, I took the chicken out and shredded it.

It was really easy to shred the chicken with two forks.

I shredded it all and put it back in the crockpot.

As I added more and more shredded chicken, I saw that it was soaking up the liquid. Mystery solved!

Michael was in charge of the guacamole–this time using just one avocado.

We spooned the shredded chicken mixture into small tortillas and added toppings like sour cream, a little bit of cheese, lettuce and olives.

Because the tortillas were the small ones, it was impossible to put too much in them.

Dinner was delicious! I loved the flavor. I’m not sure what exactly did it but the meat was sweet. I couldn’t tell what was sweet, but it was good.

Oh and I also won the lottery. πŸ˜‰

$12! WOO HOO! πŸ™‚ Winner!

When I was at the store earlier getting the ingredients for dinner I cashed in my hefty lottery winnings. I noticed in the checkout line that my magazine is gone. πŸ™ It’s onto the new month, with a new cover. Oh well…it was cool while it lasted!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite crockpot recipe? And have you ever won the lottery?

Lisa, Exposed

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Hello New Readers!

As a result of the Womansday.com and Yahoo! Health articles I’ve gotten a lot of new readers to my site. The FIRST magazine article brought even more. First, thank you so much for checking out my website after reading the article. Second, I am really happy to be able to share my story with so many people. I know a lot of people out there can relate to wanting to lose a significant amount of weight.

This post is a short recap of my journey and an introduction to new readers who may feel overwhelmed with catching up on old posts.

I’m Lisa, 30 years old and I live in Portland, Oregon. I’m originally from Seattle. I live with my boyfriend Michael and two cats (one is referred to as Fat Kitty–he has a bit of a chubby belly these days).

Despite the recent press and having a blog, I am actually quite shy. It’s a strange feeling to suddenly be exposed for the world to see. Strangers, coworkers, family, friends: now they are all aware of what I’ve done.

Most of my 2o’s were spent being significantly overweight and eventually obese. A wake up call regarding diabetes and high blood pressure was the shake up I needed to make a change.

I counted my calories.

I swam laps in the nearby community pool.

I eventually started using the elliptical machine at the gym.

After Losing 50 Pounds (LEFT)

Those things propelled me forward in my journey to lose over 100 pounds. It was a slow process. I wasn’t expecting to lose the weight over night. But seeing immediate progress on the scale motivated me to keep going!

DO NOT FEEL DISCOURAGED. Make small changes. Join Weight Watchers. JoinΒ  a gym. When you see progress, you will be motivated to keep trying!

This blog is partly about how I lost 110 pounds. It’s ALSO about how I am maintaining that weight loss. It’s been over 2 years now since I stepped on that scale 100 pounds lighter and my lifestyle has changed completely.

Instead of weekends spent on the couch, I ride my bike. I hike. I run epic races like Hood to Coast.

I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve hit weight loss plateaus. I’ve had negative experiences at the gym.

A recent running injury forced me to take a break. I did not give up on my lifestyle faced with this challenge. Instead, I continue to swim and I started lifting weights 2-3 times a week. In just one month I’ve lost 4 pounds and my body has been transformed in ways I didn’t expect.

Sometimes I write about recipes I try. I write a lot about Portland Restaurants I try out. Most of all I want to show that living a balanced, healthy life is a good (and achievable) thing!

I hope you stay and read more. I’m not a nutritionist and I don’t offer a quick fix to losing 100 pounds. My goal is to inspire you. If I could do it, you can do it!

QUESTION: If my magazine article inspired you to want to lose weight, tell me how you plan on making some changes to achieve that!