How to Meal Prep With Rotisserie Chicken

Find out how to make the most of this popular dinner staple.

Food investigator and chef Danny Boome has come up with a few clever ways to make the most of an item you regularly find in the grocery store: rotisserie chicken. Whether you simply don't have the time to come up with a different recipe every night of the week or you're looking to save some money, it's easy to get a week's worth of meals out of this one purchase. Read on to discover five unique takes on a classic dish. 

More: 11 Ways to Make Meal Prepping Easy


Monday

Start with one chicken breast and make Buffalo chicken zucchini boats. Using zucchini as a base will save you countless carbs and calories so you can enjoy this meal guilt-free. The best part? It doesn't take much time to make so you'll have a hot dinner on the table in no time. 

More: Paula Deen's Zucchini Boats

Tuesday 

Use the other chicken breast to make chicken tacos. Using chicken as your protein source means you're getting a good serving of lean protein in your meal and making tacos out of the meat leaves you with tons of room for interpretation. Each member of your family can choose their favorite toppings to create a dish all their own.

More: Tasty Taco Recipes With a Twist

Wednesday

Use the drumsticks to make chicken lentil pasta salad jars. From oatmeal to salad and everything in between, jars are definitely trending and for good reason too. Not only does it make for a beautiful presentation and easy assembly, you can also whip up this meal with any veggies you have on hand and a dressing of your choosing.  

More: The Guide to Building the Best Salad

Thursday

Make an Asian-style grain bowl with the leftover chicken thighs, brown rice, avocado, edamame, and scallions.  This dish will keep you full and satisfied all evening long, thanks to a healthy dose of protein, fiber, and nutritious fats.

More: 7 Bowl Toppings to Avoid

Friday 

When the temperature starts to drop, make a bowl of comforting soup using chicken carcass, wing meat, water, and veggies. This low-calorie soup is bound to fill you up and warm your bones at the same time.

More: Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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