One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hey everyone! My name is Jani and I run a blog called My Life in Med School. I write about a bunch of different things, but I focus more of recipes and beauty, all the foods and makeup. I am a second year medical student from Puerto Rico and I was in desperate need of a hobby to escape my endless hours of studying, hence my blog and channel were born.

Kelsey’s blog was one of the first blogs I followed when I began my journey, and when she posted about doing a guest post, I jumped right at the opportunity. After brainstorming for a while she told me she liked my recipe’s and if I could do one for the guest post it would be awesome. So without further ado today I am going to be sharing with you a favorite of mine and my husband’s, a super easy one pot pasta.

When you are a full time graduate student, have a full time job, have a family, etc. spending a few hours cooking dinner can be a nightmare. If like me, your time is precious and you get tired of traditional bolognese or Alfredo pasta then one pot pastas will be your new best friend.

There are several reasons why one pot meals are a wonderful part of life. First easy cleanup, second combination of flavors, third lots of room for creativity, and fourth no going crazy with a million things on the stove. I especially love how simple they are and the little amount of cleanup.

So let us go back to fall of 2014 and I was feeling like I wanted to try something new and different using lemons for a pasta sauce. Of course first thing I did was log into my trusty friend Pinterest and looked for recipes.

I found one that I liked but since doing it the first time I have modified it and basically made it my own recipe. I love doing this recipe both with chicken and with pork, I usually prefer boneless pork chops.

This One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is one of me and my husband’s favorite dishes and I hope you enjoy it!

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

First take about 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and ½ tbs butter over medium heat in a deep skillet or a wok, which is what we use.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

In the meantime, season your meat using salt and pepper or good old adobo and once the oil is hot, add the meat.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Cook it on both side for 5-7 minutes if it is thin or until mostly cooked, add half of the lemon juice. Set aside so it finishes cooking in its own juice.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Add the chopped onion, garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until onion is starting to clear.

Add the pasta of your preference, I usually go for spaghetti or linguine, and bathe in the onion garlic and add the chicken stock. Add basil, and any other spice you wish to add.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Let simmer until pasta is cooked and most of the liquid is evaporated. Add milk or heavy cream, chopped parsley, and grated cheeses.

Add meat back into skillet and let sit for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for my One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta, and I would love to hear feedback on it and if you have tried anything like it before.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts cut into tenders
2 servings of pasta of choice
½ medium onion
6 garlic cloves
2 cups of chicken stock (or you can use 2 cups of water and 1 cube of chicken bouillon)
1 big lemon or lime juiced
¼-½ cup of milk or heavy cream to desired consistency
1 ½ TBS fresh parsley
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
½ tbs butter
Adobo
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated parmesan
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated mozzarella
¼ tsp of basil

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My DietBet Challenge

If you are one of my FUNmail subscribers, you read on Friday that I had a little adventure to share this week. And that little adventure is I’m joining a DietBet Game!

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Yo Kelsey, WTF is a DietBet? Let me tell you.

DietBet is a website that allows you to basically bet on yourself losing weight. Give yourself some extra motivation by putting money on the line.  If you lose the weight, you split the pot with the other “losers”.  Don’t lose the weight, and you lose your money.  You can join existing “games” (which is what I did) or start your own.

I joined FittyBitttty’s Fitness February Challenge for a $35.00 bet.  There are currently 59 other players, with a pot of a little over $2,095 at the time I’m writing this. We’re betting to lose at least 4% of our weight in 4 weeks (for me, that will be about 8lbs total in 4 weeks). When I lose my weight, I will get at least my $35 dollars back, if not more.

Now, I’ve said before that I am working on an extremely tight budget.  My money is not something I play around with, which is why I thought joining a DietBet would be a great incentive for myself.

(And also deciding to share with the internet that I am paying $35 dollars to try to lose weight, so there is the added humiliation if I don’t follow through as an extra motivator. Using alllll my resources here.)

In 2012, I lost 35lbs in four months without a gym membership. I kept it (mostly) off for about a year, but slowly started to gain it back as I let life take over. I loved how I felt when I was eating healthy and how light I felt with that weight off, so I’d love to get back to that. Mostly I’d love to feel comfortable in my own skin again.

If anyone is interested in joining, registration is open until TONIGHT, 11:59pm EST (February 16th). Joining comes along with a community of other players to help keep you motivated. Pllllease join me, and we can be buddies in this.

 

 

 

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, Candidly Kelsey readers! My name is Michelle, but you can call me Elle. Who needs all those extra letters anyways? I run a blog over at www.ElleTalk.com where I talk about living a positive lifestyle, DIYs, and how to create killer cocktails.

Something a lot of people may not know about me is that I’m a choc-o-holic. I blame it on being born 2 days after Valentine’s Day and being gifted the left over candy. I love chocolate in popcorn, chocolate shakes, and chocolate covered fruit. I’ve even been known to dabble in my own chocolate making for Valentine’s Day gifts. Just call me Elly Wonka. For me this makes this time of year one of my favorites. Not only is Valentine’s Day a completely acceptable DIY holiday, but it also gives in to my love of all things sweet.

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

That’s why today I wanted to create you a cocktail that the chocolate lover in you could fully indulge on. We’re going to shake up a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini! We’re taking one of the best treats for Valentine’s Day and making it into the perfect after dinner cocktail. Shake it up for your significant other, for a Galentine party, or to just treat yo’ self! It’s super easy, and no prior cocktail knowledge is necessary.

In this take on a chocolate martini I use chocolate liqueur, strawberry vodka, creme de cacao, and half and half (or soy creamer if you’re LI). I prefer Godiva’s dark chocolate liqueur but I’d be willing to bet white chocolate would be delicious too. All of these ingredients are shaken over ice in a cocktail shaker then strained into a martini glass. I love adding chocolate sauce designs into the glass for a fun garnish. All you need to do is tilt your glass to a 45 degree angle, and twist the glass as you let the sauce fall into it. Then it’s time to drink it! Cheers!

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

I hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day cocktail and if you make it send me a photo at the social links down below! I’d adore to see your creations. In the comments let me know, what is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

Want more from Elle, join her over at Elle Talk for more cocktails, stories, and how tos. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini

Yields: 2
Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:
3 shots of Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 shot of Strawberry Vodka
3 shots of Creme De Cacao
5 shots of Half & Half
Chocolate Sauce for garnish

Tools:
Cocktail shaker
Martini glass

Directions:
Fill a shaker with ice. Pour your ingredients over the ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Swirl your martini glass with chocolate sauce, and strain your martini into the glass. Serve immediately.

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Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

It was never my intention to fall in love with LUSH products.  In fact, I started making my own bath bombs last year in hopes that I could never have to spend money at LUSH, mostly because I’m cheap. But acne is no joke. And neither is your acne skincare routine.

However, desperate times can make a gal do desperate things– like spring for a face mask in a fit of super low self-esteem to help her f!*#ing acne.  I didn’t want to love it.  I didn’t want to fall victim to the glory of LUSH products, and start handing them all my money.  But unfortunately, the face wants what the face wants.

Which is how I ended up with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty as an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine.

Mask of Magnaminty (Mag-na-mint-y) is a face and body mask. It is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin”. It also contains bentonite gel, honey, evening primrose seeds, and african marigold oil, and a few other ingredients.

Let me break it down for you:

Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C is great for the skin, as we all know.  And peppermint oil has antiseptic, and regenerative properties that are good for restoring your skin. The menthol that makes peppermint cooling and soothing is also good for the skin.

Kaolin is a soft clay. It helps exfoliate and cleanse skin.

Aduki beans are used as an exfoliant to cleanse and polish the skin.  Ground aduki beans also help absorb excess oil.

Honey is moisturizing and antiseptic.

Bentonite gel is soothing, absorbs dirt and oil, and promotes smoothing of the skin. It is used mainly for the base of a lot of LUSH products for it’s texture.

Evening Primrose Seeds are another exfoliating ingredient, with anti-inflammatory properties.

African Marigold Oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties that is good for soothing blemishes and inflammation.

Basically this mask is chalk full of skin soothing and cleansing goodies to help problem skin.  The exfoliants remove dead skin while the other ingredients pull dirt and oils, cleanse the skin to remove any dirt and bacteria that is causing breakouts, and then moisturize, sooth and reduce inflammation.

And let me tell you, it works.

Though I can’t get the change I can see in my skin to appear on camera with a before/after, I can assure you that my skin just glows and looks so much healthier after using this mask.  My skin tone is much more even, the redness from my blemishes and scars has softened, I don’t look as textured, and my skin just feels better. I use this about once per week in the evening, and love the results.

Also, a little bit goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the price for something that is not only a natural skincare product, but also effective. I got the smaller version, 4.4 oz, for around $14.00(ish)at the LUSH in Water Tower Place in Chicago. I have had it for a few months, have probably used it 10ish times, and still have maybe 3-5 more uses out of it. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Bonus: LUSH runs a recycling program. If you bring back 5 empty/clean LUSH pots with their little recycling logo on them, you get a free Fresh Face mask. How cool is that?

(Also, this is not a sponsored post what so ever, but hey LUSH, I’d definitely be open to it.  Make me a believer, huh? What other acne products do you have for me?!)

If you have acne prone skin, or have been feeling like your skin is just off lately, I would recommend trying out this mask.

What are your favorite LUSH products? Let me know!

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The Easiest Way to Eat Healthier

Let’s talk about healthy eating.

One of my 2016 Resolutions was to eat healthier. I’m one of those and I’m not ashamed of it. (Okay, maybe a little ashamed). And I’m also the kind of person who likes to take the easy way out.  So you can bet the first thing I do is search for some healthy eating hacks that don’t break the bank.

Easy Way to Eat Healthy

 

To do so, I vowed to do more at-home cooking and experiment with healthier recipes.  Which brought back an old best friend into my life:

The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Easy Way to Eat Healthier
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And no, that is not the name of some new sexually transmitted disease.  It is the name of my favorite kitchen apparatus. And what will be your favorite very, very soon.

This hand-held little wonder will turn vegetables into pasta for just $10 dollars, and five minutes of cranking. And I know that sounded dirty, but that’s not how I meant it so I’m going to pretend I don’t see it even though I called it out. Moving on.

My easiest and go-to meal is sweet potato spaghetti and meatballs.  After work, I can toss some delicious Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs and Trader Joe’s pasta sauce (not sponsored, but totally open to the idea, Joe!) into the microwave to heat up. While doing so, I grab a sweet potato and start twisting it through the Vaggetti, creating sweet vegetable noodles.  If I have them on hand, I’ll crank a carrot or two through there as well.

It takes about 5-7 minutes on medium heat over a skillet with some garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil to soften the noodles, and voila, you’ve got yourself a guilt-free but totally satisfying dinner. Toss some parmesan on there too, who cares. You’re eating NOODLES made of VEGETABLES. A little cheese is just your reward for filling up on the good stuff, man. Enjoy that beta-carotene with a size of delicious cheese.

And this is all done in with very little preparation in about 15 minutes– which includes eating time as well. That is, if you’re me and inhale your food before it’s even cool enough to touch.

The possibilities are endless. Prefer something other than a sweet bowl of noodles? Make some zucchini noodles instead and get your greens. Though I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve also seen other suggested noodles include parsnips, squash, eggplant, and turnips.  And spaghetti squash is another personal favorite of mine, so I really don’t think you can go wrong with some Squoodles. Plus, you get to say Squoodles!

Once you have a spiralized slicer, just do a quick Pinterest search and marvel at the dinner ideas. It’s almost absurdly easy to get your vegetables when you have one of these bad boys. Invest in one and you won’t regret it. Plus, you’ll get to add “oodles” pretty much anything, which is always fun.

To get you started, here are some awesome recipes to test out:

BRB while I wipe the drool off my computer keyboard.

Do you have a favorite kitchen appliance that encourages you to eat better, or another healthy eating hack that you swear by? Tell me what it is. I love gadgets!

 

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