Payton Reed

Go-To Recipes

Payton Reed
Go-To Recipes

My Favorite Recipes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m no chef. I’m not a personal trainer or a fitness coach either, shocking I know! BUT I am a lot like you: busy, tired and hungry. I’ve developed a few quick, easy and somewhat healthy go-to meals for 2 over the past year and I wanted to share them because I think they can help ease your time in the kitchen and fill your rumbling tummy.

Instant Pot

Mexican Chicken

You need:

Chicken Breasts (I cook 6-8 at a time)

A Jar of Chunky Salsa (I prefer mango salsa)

1 Small Can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 Small Can of Sweet Corn

1 Packet of Taco Seasoning

Salt and Pepper

Mexican Rice or Brown Rice (I use Microwavable Minute Rice)

You will:

  1. Cover the chicken breasts in the taco seasoning (I usually use about half the packet), add salt and pepper to taste then throw them in the pot. Really, toss ‘em in. It is satisfying

  2. Pour salsa directly into the pot, trying to spread it evenly across the chicken and letting some sink to the bottom of the pot…the more juice, the more flavor

  3. Drain the corn and add it to the pot

  4. Add can of tomatoes to the pot (don’t drain)

  5. Turn your Instant Pot to the “saute” setting and to “sealing”

  6. When the timer goes off, remove the lid (carefully and only after “venting” the steam) and use a meat thermometer or a fork to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not, replace the lid and use the “saute” setting again

  7. Do your rice in the microwave, or if you’re an over-achiever, on the stove. (You CAN do rice in the pot - I just find it easier to microwave)

  8. Once your chicken is done, remove it from the pot and place on top of a bed of rice. Use the juice leftover in the pot to pour on top of the entire dish and help give the rice more flavor

  9. EAT and ENJOY!

Serve with chips and guac, or pull the chicken and serve it in a rice bowl or on a tortilla with cheese and lettuce. Yum!

Beef Fajitas

You need:

1 Pound Flank Steak

2 Tablespoons Fajita Rub

Frozen Bag of Bell Pepper and Onion Mix

Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles

1/4 Cup Beef Stock or Beer

Cilantro Rice (optional)


Cheese (optional)

1-2 Limes

You will:

  1. Slice the steak into thin strips, rub with fajita rub (taco seasoning can be a substitute) and place in the pot

  2. Pour bell pepper and onion mix over the top

  3. Add salt and pepper

  4. Add tomatoes (don’t drain)

  5. Add beef stock or beer

  6. Use the “saute” setting and “sealing” setting

  7. Check meat temperature after the timer goes off and after “venting” the steam

  8. Prepare cilantro rice

  9. Warm tortillas

  10. Add cilantro rice to tortilla as a base

  11. Remove fajita meat from pot and add on top of rice

  12. Sprinkle with Mexican-blend cheese

  13. Add lime juice

  14. Serve open-faced bc it’s pretty

    Sheet Pan

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Okay so this one isn’t healthy, but my hubs loves it so whatever ;)

You need:

6-8 chicken tenders

Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Ranch Dressing (or a healthier substitute)

Bacon (Turkey bacon will NOT work for this)

Whole Wheat Wraps

Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges (I prefer spicy jalapeno)



You will:

  1. Cut the chicken into bite-size chunks

  2. Season them with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl

  3. Add 1/4 cup of Hot Sauce and 1/4 Cup of Ranch Dressing to the bowl

  4. Mix until the sauces are spread evenly on the chicken, add more as you see fit

  5. Place the chicken evenly across a sheet pan

  6. Tear or cut bacon into small chunks and then spread evenly across the pan ON TOP OF the chicken (this is key bc the bacon juices run down onto the chicken and make it delish)

  7. Pop in the oven on 350 for about 25 minutes (checking regularly)

  8. Warm the tortillas and spread 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese on each tortilla

  9. When the chicken comes out, place inside the tortilla on top of the rice and add lettuce and tomato

  10. Eat and become addicted

    Turkey Sausage and Veggie Bowl

    You need:

Turkey Sausage




Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Lemon juice

Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Teriyaki Sauce

You will:

  1. Cut the sausage into small pieces and place on the pan

  2. Cut the zucchini, carrots and broccoli into bite size pieces

  3. Add vegetables and spread evenly in with the sausage

  4. Season everything with salt, pepper, Slap Ya Mama and the juice of one lemon

  5. Drizzle olive oil or coconut oil over the entire pan, paying extra attention to the vegetables

  6. Bake on 350 for about 30 minutes, checking regularly

  7. Remove from the oven, place in a bowl, drizzle with Teriyaki sauce, stir and eat!

So, like I said, I am not a pro! These “recipes” are so simple but they work for us health and time-wise. So if you are looking for meals that are easy and yummy, try these out! Feel free to email me if you have questions about anything that I used or shared. Be sure to tag me on IG if you decide to give one of these meals a go! Good luck, Gordon Ramsay!