After making this dish, I knew it would become a staple dinner meal for us. Not to mention, it makes for great leftovers! Traditional chicken piccata is usually dipped in a flour batter and topped with cheese, but this recipe is simpler - and healthier. It is made up of satueed chicken and lots of artichokes, mushrooms, and bright lemon juice. As I was typing this I realized this would also make a great dish to serve a crowd!
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the butter and olive oil. When it is hot, quickly sauté half the chicken in a single layer until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes on each side.
3. Add half the lemon juice, half the chicken broth, and half the capers.
4. Cover the pan and let cook for 2 minutes more.
5. Transfer the chicken from the pan to a serving dish.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the remaining chicken.
7. Sauté the mushrooms and artichokes in the same pan for about 5 minutes.
8. Pile the cooked mushrooms and artichokes on top of the chicken and serve.
As the end of January is approaching, several people might be struggling to keep up with some of their new year goals. You might have started 2017 with great intentions, but as the weeks go by life happens, and it can be difficult to stick with some of your goals.
One of the most popular new year goals is to eat healthier. With one month almost down in 2017, I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips for continuing to eat healthy throughout the year.
1. Eat More Veggies
Eat more veggies. Super simple and very effective. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and tons of other nutrients that our body needs. Try filling half your plate with veggies. Try a different color veggie each meal. Maybe spinach for breakfast, sweet potato for lunch and broccoli for dinner. The more you try, the easier it will become!
2. Eat Healthy Fats
Fat can be good! Dietary fats provide energy, provide essential fatty acids, form our cell membranes, brain and nervous system, manufacture and form our hormones, and help transport fat soluble vitamins. Your body needs healthy fats! Try adding coconut oil and/or grass fed butter to coffee, cook with quality oils (olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil), eat avocado, use full fat coconut milk.
3. Cut the Processed Foods
My favorite! Most packaged foods are highly processed. The more processed a food is, the less nutrient dense it becomes. Try to limit your processed pantry staples and make healthier alternatives. Try vegetable noodles out instead of regular pasta. Make a protein bar or ball, instead of buying a packaged option at the store.
4. Eat Real Food
This goes along with number 3. Just eat real food! Real, whole, nutrient dense food. That means veggies, meat, fats, complex carbs. That also means cutting out processed foods – see how some of these go hand in hand. If you eat real food, you’ll cut out the processed foods. And if you eat veggies, you’re checking another thing off the list. It’s a win-win. Try to shop the perimeter at the grocery store. Start in the produce section, move to meats, and continue around.
5. Food Prep
Food Prep saves my life. If you are prepared, it’s going to be a heck of a lot easier to make smart, healthy choices. Food prep can be super simple or super complicated. You should find what works for you. Try to find a few recipes on Pinterest that you want to make. Write out the ingredients. Pick a day to grocery shop. Pick a day where you can dedicate 1 – 3 hours to prepping meals for the week. Prep. Save time throughout the week!
Trying to do all the things, all at once is not always the best option. Keep in mind, that it is a journey. You don’t have to master healthy eating in 1 week. Don’t be discouraged if it takes time. Better to start small than not start at all.
Which eating healthier tip is your favorite?
This dish is the perfect healthy version of comfort food. The cauliflower takes on the role of a potato, so mix that with meat and put it in a casserole... you've got a delicious dinner! Topping it with almonds at the end gives each bite a lovely crunch too. Super easy to make for a week night meal, then heat up leftovers for the lunch the next day.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and discard the core.
3. Bring a pot of water to a boil - enough water to cover the cauliflower.
4. Add the cauliflower to the boiling water and let boil for about 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender - set aside.
5. Place the ground beef in a frying pan over medium heat, and season liberally with salt and pepper, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Break up the beef into small pieces with a wooden spatula while cooking.
6. When the meat is mostly cooked remove from heat and set aside.
7. Beat the eggs, coconut milk, and broth together with a pinch of salt and pepper.
8. In a casserole pan layer the cauliflower and ground beef until it is used up.
9. Pour the egg mixture over it, making sure the meat and cauliflower is covered.
10. Bake the casserole for 50-60 minutes until the center is set.
11. Add the sliced almonds on top, and broil for 5 minutes.
12. Let it cool for 5 minutes then serve.
I wanted to share this workout with you because this one has really been helpful for me. I choose to do this circuit quite often first thing in the morning. It's a great AMRAP to get all your muscles involved and get them woken up. A sure workout to start your day off on the right foot!
For those of you who haven't heard of the POPSUGAR Must Have Box before, here are a few details:
POPSUGAR sent me their January Must Have Box, and I am so excited to try out these amazing products!
Great news is that I have a coupon code for you! Use code SHOP5 for $5 off at this link http://bit.ly/2j20mDM
Here is a breakdown of the items in the January box:
Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel
Taking the term fresh-faced literally, this supercharged peel removes dead skin cells and with continued use, skin may become softer and brighter. This natural skin care line is clean and cooling while delivering effective results. Rejuvenate your skin this season from the inside out!
Desk Calendar & Notecard
Start each month off with a bit of beauty as you flip through this calendar filled with 12 hand-painted floral patterns. You'll not only enjoy the unique designs, but someone else will too! Flip over and cut along the dotted line to turn each page into a note for someone special.
Your Hair Wrap Towel
Kiss that frizz goodbye! With special microfibers, this towel helps reduce flyaways, cuts your blow-dry time, and wraps around your hair comfortably while staying put. Tuck it into the reusable pouch for the perfect travel mate at the gym, at home, or on vacation.
eQua Mat Towel in Playa
The perfect addition to any yoga class, this absorbent, quick-drying, and slip-resistant towel is ready to hold you in place as you breathe deep. Ultra-lightweight with exceptional durability, the soft suede-like feel will cover your mat in style.
Instant Happy Notes
Who doesn't need a pick-me-up now and again? Whether it's for yourself or a coworker in need, these notes are full of fun illustrations and inspirational quotes bound to bring a smile to anyone's face. A daily dose of instant happiness is just a note away.
DEAN & DELUCA
Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea
It's time to wind down and relax with this aromatic peppermint tea. The soothing menthol flavor and added digestive benefits will keep your days and nights calm and refreshing.
N3 - Coconut and Beach Woods Candle
Cold Winter days are wonderfully cozy when paired with a spectacular scented candle. This soy candle, part of a new line of multilayered home fragrances, will transform your space into a sweet and woodsy oasis.
Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
At the beginning of 2017, I decided I was going to do a lot more cooking. I also chose to make that cooking mostly Paleo and healthy. Not much beats cooking with fresh and healthy ingredients.
So, you can imagine my excitement when Jennie-O brought me on as one of their 2017 bloggers! My first shipment of product was their Ground Turkey Breast (pictured above). Ground turkey is one of my favorite meats to cook with. You can find all sorts of turkey recipes on my Recipes Page.
To keep in line with my healthy cooking and eating goals, I used the Jennie-O Ground Turkey Breast to make this new recipe - a delicious meat and veggie skillet. My husband and I both agreed that this might become a week night staple for us, and it makes for great leftovers too!
If you are interested in cooking a healthy recipe, give this easy skillet dish a try!
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
2. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions are soft
3. Add the ground turkey, garlic, and spices and cook for 15- 20 minutes, or until the meat is completely cooked through and no longer pink,
4. If needed, set some of the meat aside in a bowl to make room for the brussels sprouts.
5. Melt the remaining coconut oil in the skillet and add the brussels sprouts and bell pepper. Stir-fry for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
6. Add the meat back into the pan - here is where you would add cooked cauliflower rice or regular rice if you choose - and mix well before serving.
Chili is one of those dishes that you could make 6 different ways and still call it chili. I feel like everyone has their own little spin on making chili. I have made chili several different ways in the past, but this might just be my favorite way. It has a delicious, smoky flavor to it that Josh and I really loved. Give this Paleo version of chili a try, and let me know what you think!
1. Cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, set aside.
2. Sauté the onion, peppers, and garlic in the leftover bacon grease.
3. Add the ground beef to the pan, and cook until no longer pink.
4. Place the beef mixture and bacon in the crockpot.
5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot and mix together. Season with salt and pepper. Do not add the garnish ingredients.
6. Cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours.
7. Serve the chili in a bowl with a scoop of coconut cream on top and sprinkled with fresh cilantro.
Sending a short and sweet workout your way today. This workout is for one of those days when you need to get moving, and you need to get your workout in during a crazy day. Buckle down and get it done!