Marinara Chicken Melts

Last night’s dinner was so easy, but had both me and Ryan “mmm-ing” over how good it was for a little too long.

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Marinara chicken melts!

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To make the melts, I combined about two cups of shredded chicken that we had leftover from a chicken we roasted over the weekend. I then poured marinara sauce over the meat until it was saturated in tomato sauce.

After toasting two pieces of whole wheat bread, I topped the bread with the chicken and some shredded cheese and microwaved it until the cheese melted a bit.

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Roasted green beans added a pop of green to the plate.

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Not too shabby for a Monday night!

After dinner and a walk with Sadie, we watched The Bachelor (and the Bulls game during the commercials… plus Ryan DVRed it). Courtney had me swirling further and further in to a world of irritation with each lip bite and “winning” comment. Ah.

I capped off the night with a little bit of reading and am about halfway through The Night Circus. I’m entertained, but not enthralled.


Today’s workout was good. I started with a 20-minute cardio warm up split between the stair master and the elliptical, which I completed while reading a 2009 issue of Shape magazine. I take what I can get!

Then it was time for an upper body and abdominal workout. I kept things movin’ pretty quickly today and my arms and abs were feeling the burn.

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I really liked alternating abdominal exercises with upper body strength exercises. It was a nice change of pace and kept me entertained and working hard.


Breakfast this morning looked like donkey doodoo, but tasted great.

chocolate protein oatmeal

I made myself a bowl of chocolate protein oats by stirring up the following before microwaving it for two minutes (stirring every 30 seconds to prevent overflow):

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Extreme Milk Chocolate protein powder
  • 1 spoonful peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • Enough almond milk to make everything moist

A cup of peppermint crème coffee brought a punch of caffeine to the table.

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The caffeine buzz is getting to me today in a good way. I’m feeling productive and am off to make the most of it!


  1. says

    I wish I could keep up with The Bachelor, but work keeps me at bay, haha. I’ll rely on Facebook for updates 😉

    I love any kind of melty dinner – cheese please!

    Enjoy your day!


  2. says

    Ha yeah…that breakfast doesn’t look too visually appealing. Though maybe you could spin it that it looks like pumpkin bread batter or something? No one should have to eat donkey doo doo :)….


  3. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life says

    I really do not like Courtney. I feel like she’s going to be the Vienna (Jake Pavelka’s season) of this season.


  4. Lindsay says

    Between Courtney’s obnoxious overbite and mouse faces and Emily’s overuse of her mouth (did you notice her moving it side to side CONSTANTLY last night?), I was so distracted that I couldn’t pay attention to anything BUT the girls’ lips. Too funny.

    Also, I noticed you haven’t been posting as much at night…is that a permanent change? I love reading your dinner posts at night!


  5. says

    Sauce and cheese are always a winning combo! It’s like a chicken parm sub minus the fried battered chicken!
    I love love love training abs in between upper body strength moves. It keeps your workout moving and I get a better workout than when I just tack some core moves on the end of my workout.


  6. Jackie says

    I have to talk about The Night Circus. It’s slow to build, but once you get rolling, and you know the characters better so the jumping isn’t so, so jarring, it moves much quicker. You’re going to be sad when it’s over, like a really fun friend is moving away. I read it on my kindle and ran out and bought the hardcover to have, too, because I liked it so much.


  7. says

    courtney is driving me craaaaazy. i feel like some of that has to be coached/scripted, though — i mean no one can be that terrible! right?!

    your marinara melts look delicious. for some reason shredded chicken breast tastes so much better to me than “regular”..


  8. barbara_lola says

    I’m also a proud owner of an anthropologie-name-mug … do you also have nasty brown stains in it (from grean tea/coffee) ? I only bought it 3 weeks ago :-((


  9. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats says

    Is it weird that I think marinara sauce goes well with almost anything? Your chicken melts look really yummy!


  10. says

    ahhh that dinner reminds me of arroz con pollo a la Argentinean style! I would be mmmm-ing too. And your oats sound delicious! But yes, it’s never easy to make chocolatey stuff look appealing, is it? haha 😛


  11. Julie @ Orcas Health Journey says

    Lol that chicken sandwich looks mouthwatering.. and for some reason its making me crave pasta like crazy!!! I just ordered me some Lasagna !


  12. Sarah says

    This looks so simple yet delicious! A great use of leftover chicken! One thing I have missed with you not always blogging at night (though I completely understand!) is your dinner meals because it gives some creative ideas.


  13. Tiffany says

    Happy National Peanut butter day! I see you started the day off right with a scoop of Peanut butter 🙂 lol

    By the way have you tried the ON’s Whey protein powder in vanilla?? Is it good, does it taste artificial?

    I use the whey gold standard natural chocolate and its delicious but sometimes I worry that vanilla flavors will taste artificial and chemically.



  14. Lindsey says

    I am SO glad we are on the same page with the madness happening on The Bachelor. Just had to say that lol last night’s craziness from Courteney was driving me insane!!!


  15. Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled says

    That melt looks so good! Anything with melty cheese has to be good, right?

    My husband always says that the stuff I eat looks like poo, but I figure as long as it tastes good, does it matter what it looks like? If I was serving it to others, I’d care, but not when it’s just me.


  16. says

    I love your blog so much! You always have such awesome workouts and delicious food and such a fun approach to everything! I plan on doing that workout later today and buying some pumpkin so I can make that breakfast. Love it 🙂


  17. says

    I feel silly for never combining shredded chicken + marinara sauce- it’s like an Italian BBQ style sandwich!

    P.S. The Bachelor is so bad this season it’s so good… Some of those girls are completely bonkers! But I will admit, they get to travel throughout the world for free and experience some totes awesome things!


  18. says

    This sounds delicious, and super easy for a college kid like me that doesn’t always have a kitchen at hand! I actually have some left over tomato basil pasta sauce that I’ll use! Now I’m excited for dinner! Hope you have an awesome day, gorgeous!


  19. says

    I feel you on the Night Circus not being enthralling. I do like it though and it keeps getting more interesting! I’m about halfway through too. Not going to make a decision until after I finish it. But, I have to say I think the WSJ way over shot by calling it the next Harry Potter.


  20. Nathan Miller says

    Congrats on the interview and a good one at that! Thanks for sharing and cheers to countless PB fingers the rest evening to celebrate the day


  21. Jenny says

    I have also come to love the distopian genre- thanks for giving me a name for it!

    You should really read “Matched”. It is the first of a three part series, and I loved it…mix of hunger games and the maze runner series with more romance added in. I have only finished the first book, but I am hoping the rest are just as good!


  22. Deena C. says

    Julie, thanks for this dinner idea!! After reading this yesterday, I quickly pulled out the ingredients to make this for dinner. My husband and I loved it!! Easy and delicious!!


  23. says

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