Wow, what a crazy few weeks it has been! My weeks have been filled with lots of school work, but lots of fun events as well. This past weekend we celebrated the marriage of my cousin Alex and her new hubby Josh. We traveled to Iowa City for the event and we had a great time! It is always awesome to see other couples who you can tell, just by looking at them together, that they are perfect for each other. Congratulations, Alex & Josh! We love you!
The weekend prior we had virtually all of my closest friends out for a Brewers tailgate! My sister and I refer to this as the “Annual Brewers Weekend”. It has been about 6 years now, I believe, since we started the annual event. It started as a way for our friends from Minnesota to learn the real way to tailgate–the Wisconsin way! Now the weekend includes our college friends from UST and our friends living in the area and is simply an excuse to get to together–no matter the distance between us–and eat & play! I look forward to the Brewers Weekend every year because we still have a huge sleepover all together at my parents house. I know the weekend may change in this aspect over the years, but I hope the event continues for many, many years to come.
With all of these events, school, and work it has been pretty crazy! This week alone I have 3 mid-term exams and a research proposal due. With all the craziness, my husband and I are working hard on staying active and making health choices. I think we all know that when things get busy, we tend to eat poorly.
Two days of the week, I am at school at least 12 hours (straight!). When I come home after those days, the studying or work isn’t done yet. The other days of the week, I am usually at school for about 6 hours and then head to work for the night. This makes it really hard to want to make healthy dinners. Since yesterday was one of my 12 hours days on campus, we decided to try a new crockpot meal. My husband started the meal in the crockpot between his day at the hospital and his day at the pharmacy. When I got home later that evening, I finished preparing the meal. Luckily there were few dishes and little clean-up required so I could get back to work after my brief dinner break.
Crockpot Caesar Salad Sandwiches
Recipe Adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Makes: 8 Sandwiches
WW+: 8 points per sandwich
- 2 pounds, boneless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup light caesar salad dressing
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 8, 100% whole wheat sandwich thins (or, buns of your choosing)
Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker with 1-2 cups water. Cover and place on medium-high heat for about 3 hours.
Remove the chicken from the slower cooker and place on a cutting board. Drain (or even clean) the slower cooker pot. Shred the chicken into small pieces. I find it easiest to use two forks to pull the meat apart.
Place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker. Add the dressing, parsley, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Mix well. Cover and cook for 30 minutes on high heat, or until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted.
Spoon approximately 1/2 cup onto each sandwich roll. Top with shredded romaine lettuce. Enjoy!