Healthy Chicken Fajita Soup! | SIMPLE & EASY 30 Minute Gluten Free Dinner

Hey guys!

This is one of my all time favorite healthy soups to make! It tastes like comfort food but is a totally clean dish. You only need one pot to make it and it takes about 30 minutes to make with very little prep time! The recipe feeds 6-7 people and is super yummy to save for leftovers!

Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 151  oz can black beans (drained)
  • 151 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 64 oz chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 fajita seasoning packet
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:

Start by chopping peppers, onion and garlic. Heat olive oil and sauté ingredients on medium-high with fajita seasoning packet until tender.

Add black beans, fire roasted diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, whole chicken breast and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes remove chicken and shred with 2 forks or shredders like the ones I have. Season with salt and pepper and add back to soup. Let simmer till everything is heated and mixed together.

Don’t forget to taste your soup and make sure that you don’t need to add any more salt and pepper. It’s all preference based! 🙂

Quesadillas are a great side with this meal! Here’s how to make them:

  1. Spread butter on one side of a tortilla. Season with salt, pepper & garlic powder (optional). Heat tortilla butter side up on medium heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add however much cheese you want to one half of the tortilla and let the cheese melt.
  3. Fold the tortilla in half and push down with your spatula so it sticks to the cheese.
  4. Let each side of the quesadilla cook to a golden brown color. When it’s done, cut into slices to easily dip in your soup!

 

Small Closet Tour | 5 Tips For Maximizing Space In A Tiny Closet!

Living in a small home can be challenging sometimes. I’ve always lived in a small house, and I’ve always had a lot of clothes. I’ve become very good at maximizing my space to fit all of my things over the years.

In our current home, my boyfriend and I share a small walk-in closet. We have a dresser and clothing rack separate from the closet that mostly stores his things. Dressers and clothing racks are great ways to store clothing if you don’t have a closet at all. If you’re working with no closet space at all, try storing things under your bed in easy access containers like this one.

While different methods of organization can be helpful in different homes the following tips are great ways to organize most small closets.

1. Get a clothing rack and keep extra stuff on it separate from your closet.

I have had the same clothing rack in 3 different homes. I usually use this for big coats that take up too much room in the main closet as well as storage for bags, hats and robes on the sides.

2. Use collapsable fabric storage bins.

These are a game changer for small house organization. I don’t just use these in my closet to store all of my t-shirts, tank tops and socks, I use them all over the house!

3. Use felt hangers, they’re thinner so don’t take up as much room.

Not only do these prevent your clothing from falling off the hanger, they are better for the shape of your garments. They take up noticeably less room than the typical plastic hanger, allowing more hang space in your closet. I use black hangers, but I’ve seen closets with pink and tan ones that look very elegant too!

4. Put shoes in bins.

Shoes are my biggest storage problem because my boyfriend and I both have many pairs. I use one hanging shoe rack as well as this cute laundry bin to store my sandals and tennis shoes. The combo of the hanging shoe rack and laundry basket really helps free up space on the closet floor where almost all of his shoes are.

5. Cycle your winter and summer clothes out.

I used to live in Oregon where the seasons are less definitive and sometimes you need warm things in the summer and cool things in the winter. But here in Idaho where the seasons are extreme, I cycle my clothing out seasonally. It saves a TON of space, plus it’s like going shopping when you pull out the clothes you’ve been storing at the beginning of each season. I almost always forget what I have put away!

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful in organizing your own home. Let me know some of your awesome ideas for small home organization in the comments below! 

What I Eat In A Day! | Gluten & Dairy Free Diet | How To Cook in The Heat When You Don’t Have An AC!!

Hey There!

Today I wanted to share with you what I eat in a day on a gluten and dairy free diet. While what I eat changes a lot each day, I usually have a large breakfast with a medium sized lunch and smaller dinner. I snack throughout the day when I’m hungry – my motto is eat when you’re hungry! I try to just listen to my body, it will usually let you know if it needs food! 🙂

Breakfast

For breakfast I had a homemade veggie scramble with gluten free toast. I love the two brands bellow for my bread and butter, it’s the best I’ve tried since being gluten and dairy free!

To make this scramble I whisk together 3 eggs, pepper, salt and dried dill weed. I then sauté 1/2 an onion, a handful of cleaned and chopped kale, as well as a 1/4 of a yellow squash and zucchini in olive oil.

This is a delicious and very filling breakfast! The dill really flavors the eggs and the mix of textures is yummy! For a healthier option you could substitute corn tortillas for the gluten free bread.

Lunch

For lunch, I usually have some variation of a bowl with protein and veggies every day I work. I have white rice or quinoa with tamari (gluten free soy sauce) under green onions, tomatoes, butter leaf lettuce and smoked trout or shrimp. I find this dish to be absolutely delicious! I’m not a huge sauce or dressing person, but I could see an Italian dressing being good on it if that’s your jam.

Snacks

I snacked on a banana between breakfast and lunch. I also had some strawberry dairy-free yogurt (I like the So-Delicious brand best!) with some Kind Raspberry Granola between lunch and dinner.

Dinner

Did anyone else hear that it was supposed to be the hottest North American summer in recorded history? I was skeptical at first, but it’s starting to really feel like it where I live with 90 degree weather for weeks on end.

If you live in a home without AC and are suffering from the intense heat this summer, I feel your pain! Lately my boyfriend, roommate and I have been using our grill solely to cook dinner, when it’s hottest in the day. Our oven puts off so much heat and it’s unbearable to be in the house after dinner is finished.

The grill we use has a burner on the side that I cooked the noodles and shrimp for the shrimp scampi I made. It’s important when using your grill to cook a full meal, to prep everything you need before hand so you’re not having to run inside while tending to the food. I prepped the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper and chopped the hard ends off. I diced some garlic and took the tails of all the shrimp I thawed from the freezer (just run them under cool water in a strainer and they thaw really quick!).

I boiled the noodles first so that the asparagus and shrimp could cook at the same time. I put the cooked noodles aside and sautéed garlic in margarine. As soon as the garlic is fragrant you can add the shrimp. I cooked them with a lid, stirring often. I added a little white wine, salt and a lot of pepper when the shrimp were done cooking. This mixture makes a great light sauce!

The asparagus was cooked straight on the grill. We brushed them with olive oil as they cooked to keep them from drying out. They’re a great side with any pasta dish.

This is the simplest dish to make but it’s one of my all time favorites. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about over-heating in your house because you can cook everything on the grill!

Let me know what your favorite summer meals are in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Plan With Me | July Overview + 2 Weeks of Planning! | Erin Condren Life Planner | Vertical

Hey Guys!

I cannot Believe that it’s July already! I have been so busy with work and summer fun that the time has been flying by.

I don’t usually show the monthly overview of my planner so let me know if you want to keep seeing them in the comments below!

I know there are several Etsy shops that sell sticker kits for the overview but I don’t currently decorate with stickers here. I put my work schedule and bills color coded with my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens in this part of my planner.

 

I was expecting happy mail that ended up getting delayed the week before this so I was left with no kit and had to improvise. I used a bunch of scraps leftover from old kits to create this spread and while it’s very simple, I still love the way it turned out!

4th of July 2017’s spread is probably my favorite of the year so far. I was so impressed with this sticker kit from PaisleyPrintsCo I ended up placing another order as soon as I realized what great quality and how cute the design of the stickers were (Haul coming soon!).

I hope everyone had a good 4th!! Thank you for reading!

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