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Meal Ideas for Busy People: Roast Chicken

Let’s face it, life’s hectic. And some night’s prepping dinner is just not in the cards… leading many of us down a dark path to a drive-thru window. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When you’re in a time crunch, chart a course for your local grocery store and grab yourself a pre-made roast chicken instead. It’s the perfect guilt-free choice when you’re in a pinch. I know because I literally pick one up every week.

The key when stopping in at your local grocer is to not, and I repeat not, pick-up a side of potato wedges to go with your roast chicken. Alternatively, pair your chicken with a green salad, steamed or stir-fried veggies, or chop it up and roll it into a wrap. There are so many quick and easy ways that you can use your roast chicken to prepare a meal that won’t knock you off of your nutrition goals.

What makes it even better is that you can use the leftovers to make a healthy lunch the next day, THEN cook the carcass in a crockpot with some carrots, celery, garlic, cider vinegar and water to make a yummy (and super nutritious) chicken stock. The only leftovers your fast food meal will leave you with is a stomach ache. ????

Here are a couple of my favourite dinner and lunch ideas that use a store-bought roast chicken. Hope you enjoy them! And stay tuned for next week when I share more in a pinch meal solutions. ????



Dinner:  Fiesta Chicken Salad

Toss together:

  • Greens (kale, spinach, lettuce)
  • Chopped Cucumber
  • Diced Tomato
  • Diced Peppers
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Sliced Chicken


Then Top with…

  • Aged Cheddar (a small amount), Shredded
  • Salsa


After that it’s ready to serve up and enjoy!


Lunch:  Mediterranean Chicken Wraps

In a small whole grain tortilla, add…

  • Spinach
  • Cucumber, diced
  • Tomato, diced
  • Peppers, diced
  • Black olives
  • Sliced chicken
  • A sprinkle of feta cheese


Then roll up and enjoy!


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