Pineapple Chicken Mexican Bake For One with a secret…

Just popping in quickly to share with you all my first single-girl ready recipe of the week!

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A Secret

Here’s my secret for the odd sizes of this meal.  I stopped by Whole Foods over my lunch break today and hit up the hot and salad bars.  I am VERY familiar with Whole Food bars with how often I visit for meals. . . but today was a little different.

I struggled in the produce section trying to find reasonably sized and priced veggies, meat, and random produce for meals this week.   I HATE wasting food and money and know that I won’t eat enough of one thing before it goes bad myself unless I eat the same meal all week.  No fun.

As I was walking through the store I got a brilliant idea.  Hit up the bars and get individual portion of different produce in the sizes I need.  In the produce bar I got:

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The chicken and pineapple salsa I picked up

  • 8 oz of chicken prepared
  • One large spoonful of grapes
  • Two tablespoons of dried cranberries
  • One small container of greens
  • 2 tablespoons of corn kernels

all in two containers keeping the produce section.  I did put the meat separately in it’s own little plastic container from the produce, just for cross contamination purposes.

Easy, cheap and a way to reduce waste!   And without further adu, here is the recipe from the first bit of my secret Whole Foods trip!

Pineapple Chicken Mexican Bake

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  • 1/2 large sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons of corn
  • 1/2 a red jalepeno
  • 4 oz of chicken, pre cooked
  • Pineapple salsa to taste
  • 1 oz colby jack cheese
  • Pinch of cinnamon

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  • Prepare the sweet potatoes (I chopped them into cubes and steamed them with a little cinnamon for 20 minutes)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Layer the pineapple salsa to create a wet base
  • Layer half of the sweet potatoes, corn, and jalepeno
  • Add a layer of chicken
  • Layer the second half of the sweet potatoes, corn and jalepeno with some more salsa to taste
  • Top with cheese and cover with foil for baking
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and enjoy!


You know I did 🙂

I had my bake with a very small side of greens and my FAVORITE Whole Foods tortilla chips.  The perfect ending to a Monday!

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Seems like cooking for one doesn’t have to be that difficult or wasteful 🙂

If anyone can tell me how I can add a pin it button to my recipes, I’d love you forever!  Leave it in the comments or email me 🙂

7 thoughts on “Pineapple Chicken Mexican Bake For One with a secret…

  1. I’ve discovered the salad bar secret too because I know all the veggies I want in certain dishes will go to waste, best idea ever!

  2. This sounds delicious, anything with melted cheese, and a side of chips usually wins my heart. but really, the whole dish sounds great!

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