lifestyle & food

Allow me to introduce myself!

My name is Staci Patton. I am Oklahoma born and raised, Edmond to be exact. I am a business owner by passion, hair stylist by trade. I also enjoy athletics and cooking, among other things. I am self-taught in almost everything I have done, with some outside help and support along the way. I love cooking with a slow cooker. I also pride myself in making dishes healthier when I can.

 

My daily goal is to create life balance. If I am not careful, I will immerse myself into work. I love what I do that much. So, I limited my hours, hired a fantastic manager, and now have time to do other things that also contribute to my overall happiness.

 

I grew up in competitive athletics. My mom enrolled me in ballet and tap at age 3.  I continued to dance into high school. I also picked up power tumbling, and at age 8 started racing BMX (bicycle motocross). It got to the point with racing bikes and dancing I had to choose one. Naturally, I chose BMX. I raced until I graduated high school, for a total of 11 years. I had the privilege of racing all over the country and even crossing the ocean a handful of times. I still have a deep love for BMX. I have a BMX family I stay connected with today.

 

Now that I am a working adult, I want to stay healthy and fit. I achieve this by doing a boot camp 3 days a week and running. I finished my first half-marathon in November of 2011 in 02:01:41! I was never a runner as a kid, so this was a huge accomplishment for me.

 

As I mentioned earlier, I love to cook. Fortunately, I love fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, my weakness is desserts. Most of the time a small piece of dark chocolate will take care of that craving.

 

My first recipe post is one of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker. It comes from Best of Prevention Slow Cooker Recipes book. I make minor adjustments to most of the things I cook. For instance, this recipe calls for reduced-fat mayo. Instead, I use non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Making that one change cuts out 40 calories per 1/2 cup serving.

 

Chicken-Currant Salad

Adapted from Best of Prevention Slow Cooker Recipes

 

2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1-1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or water)

2 Tbsp. currants or raisins

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1 rib celery, finely chopped

4 scallions, minced

Pinch salt

3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (I prefer Chobani brand)

3 Tbsp. fruit chutney (or favorite flavored jelly/jam)

1 1/2 tsp. curry powder

  1. Place chicken in 5-quart or larger slow cooker. Add just enough broth (or water) to cover chicken and then add currants.
  2. Cover. Cook on high 2 1/2-3 hours, or until chicken is cooked through. Strain chicken and currants and let cool in refrigerator 1 hour (I have eliminated this step when I’ve been in a hurry). Cut chicken into small cubes.
  3. Place chicken, currants, almonds, celery, and scallions in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Combine mayo (or yogurt), chutney, and curry powder in another bowl. Stir into chicken mixture. Serve over lettuce leaves, if desired.

This also makes a great sandwich or wrap. I typically eat mine over romaine. One-1/2 cup serving is approximately 161 calories using the Greek yogurt. If you stick with mayo it’s 201 calories per serving.

 

Live. Life. Beautifully.

Staci Patton

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