Herbs de Provence Chicken

Now that I am officially remote working, I have an extra 2 hours in the day that I can spend on recipe creation.

This weekend I made an incredibly delicious chicken in my new Le Creuset braiser. It paired really well with some roasted carrots and yellow rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup herbs de provence
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 medium onion

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I split the chicken in half but you can cook whole.
  2. Chop the onions and lemons into slices.
  3. In a bowl, combine the oil, herbs and spices.
  4. Dry the chicken. Salt and pepper the skin. (I used some Tony’s instead of just salt and pepper). Spread the oil/herb blend on the chicken.
  5. Add some onion and lemon underneath the chicken in the pan and on top chicken.
  6. Bake the chicken while covered for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  7. Uncover and increase the oven to 450 degrees and brown the skin. This took about 20 minutes for me.

I hope you enjoy and are staying healthy during this difficult time!

Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies and cookie cake are probably my favorite desserts ever. I am trying hard to embrace my new Low FODMAP diet so on Saturday night I was determined to make some delicious cookies. Lately I have been making the microwave cookie in a mug but it is just not the same. I signed up for Thrive Market and got some coconut sugar, oat flour and sprouted brown rice flour (okay we get you fancy flour).

I recently downloaded the FODMAP app for my phone and it is so helpful! I also did a ton of research on gluten free baking and am not quite ready to explore the gums yet. In my normal chocolate chip cookies, I add a little corn starch, it always keeps them light and fluffy and it really worked in these too.

All of these ingredients are low on the FODMAP. However, everyone’s stomach is so different, you may need to sub some ingredients based on your own needs.

These cookies are so so amazing! Even my husband likes them and he hates cookies (a serious flaw that I can’t believe I overlook).

One note about the recipe. Keep the oil pretty cold. In my second batch, the oil got warmer and those cookies are now a little harder.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz cold coconut oil
  • 3 oz coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 oz oat flour
  • 6 oz rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 oz milk (I used pecan milk)
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place cold coconut oil and sugar into mixer with paddle attachment.
  2. Cream together for about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flours, soda, powder, starch and salt) until combined.
  4. Then add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Add the milk. It will still be a pretty thick dough.
  6. Roll in the chocolate chips. Then shape into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake until crispy on the bottom. I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes.

Hope you enjoy! Next week I will be trying gluten free bread.

90 Day Self Transformation Project – Week 5 (Days 32-35) – Weekly Check In

Instead of trying to post everyday, I am going to do a weekly check i so I can spend more time actually hitting my goals and getting some balance in my life.

I am over a month in and I am definitely changing! I’ve lost over 15lbs and have some balance in my diet. I started out very restrictive. I have a little less than 9lbs left to go before I can start high impact exercises and I am hoping to hit that before spring. However, in my weekly weigh in/measurements, I am still at the same weight for almost 3 weeks now. I think I have hit a plateau so I am going to reassess my workout routine and also purchase a scale for my food and see what happens. The good news is I lost about 5 inches since my last measurements in various places so something is working. 

This week my sleep and water intake have not been great. I get barely 6 hours of good sleep. I know it’s my depression which is very frustrating. I did find these great sleep meditations on youtube which helped the past two nights. I also need to figure out a way to get more water. I noticed this week I drink around 30 oz a day which is just not enough especially at a higher altitude. I got a dehydration headache almost everyday. 

This week, I did not get to a church service either. Sunday morning is always my grocery shopping time and I am struggling with adjusting to my new routine. 

I got so many new things to try at Trader Joe’s. I went to the store so hungry that I wanted everything in the store and went a little overboard.

Everything but the Bagel Chicken Meatballs

Ready!

I am obsessed with the everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. It is so good on everything. Salads, veggies, avocado toast, sandwiches, whatever. I wanted to try them in meatballs. I needed to food prep for the weekend so it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

These were so quick and easy to make. I wish they would have kept their shape a little better. Even my husband liked them.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz ground chicken
  • 3 Tablespoons Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons buckwheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large combine the ground chicken and egg.
  2. Add the spices.
  3. Fold in the buckwheat flour.
  4. Line a pan with parchment paper and then create some balls with the chicken mixture.
  5. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Rest for 2 minutes then enjoy or pack for later!

90 Day Self Transformation Project – Days 24-25 – Week 3 Check In

8e342882-b371-434f-b688-6cde35f8bc81The holidays really through me off schedule and my weekly check in is a little late. My husband and I have been apartment hunting and we had some parties so I have not been able to cook as usual which means it is hard to track my food intake and calories or workout on my usual schedule. 

I tried my best to eat in moderation and the good news, I am finally below the 190s. I am officially down to 189; lost over 16lbs! My doctor said I needed to get to 180 so I can do any type of exercise and relieve pressure on my joints so only 9lbs left to go. I haven’t been below 190 since August so this is a great success. 

While apartment hunting, I tried two new meals – poke bowls and ramen. I have only ever had the cheap ramen. I got the ramen with vegan kale noodles and I am definitely going to try these at home.  

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I know it’s not a huge amount of weight; however, I already feel better carrying around less weight. It is getting easier to walk up steps and walk inclines. 

I know I set sneakers and a manicure as rewards. However, I decided to go with a 2020 planner instead. It’s getting closer to 2020 and I want to start the year off with a plan. 

I am grateful for progress.

90 Day Self Transformation Project – Day 13 – Preparation

e3c11768-464f-49e1-9739-ba55adf12ccfToday was all about preparation for the week and relaxing. I binged an entire show on Hulu while planning out Christmas gifts. It felt so incredible to have a slow day where I could just do nothing. My brain felt like mush after this week and I needed a day to unwind. 

In all of my meal plans that I researched, almost everyone suggested this sheet pan recipe. I went with some carrots, mushrooms, peppers and chicken and used a super grain base (quinoa and millet).

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This is going to be a very busy week so I want to be as prepared as possible. I also wrote out all of my food for the week so I know exactly what I will generally be eating all week. 

My husband is not a huge healthy food person. Last Sunday was the first time in our entire relationship where he didn’t like my food. I even turned him into a dessert person with my strawberry cake. I tried to make a healthy version of Indo Chinese fried rice. I substituted brown rice. He ate one bite. I had to redeem myself. 

I made him my family’s jambalaya and he loved it! My pride is healed 🙂

I am grateful for Christmas, slow days and streaming services.

 

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90 Day Transformation – Day 11 – A Highly Caffeinated Friday

351615a5-bfbb-47fa-ad88-c45c7c82ec61After a long week of work, I my boss told me to come in two hours late. However, around 8am we realized I had to be at this all day meeting. So I was stuck in a meeting from 9 until 5:30, not a super exciting day.

The meeting finally ended and I got to spend some time with a friend. My husband is just refusing to go to True Food Kitchen, even though I love it! My friend graciously agreed to go, and I had the best turkey burger ever. It was juicy and flavorful and I need a recipe. 

I made the mistake of getting a cappuccino but they had oat milk! I am obsessed with oat milk. I know it took me a while to get on the oat milk train but I am hooked. I was up until 1am watching Hulu. 

It is getting easier to make healthier eating choices. I didn’t crave sugar today which was really surprising. 

Today I am grateful for friends, my bed and comfy pjs.

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90 Day Transformation – Day 7 – Hungry

f68848a6-ce24-4d6e-9321-16c867df799aI struggled today. Work was so hectic. I realized how quickly it was to slip into old habits. I felt like a failure so many times yesterday. 

I woke up at 4am thinking about work and couldn’t fall back asleep. Then I spent all day staring at a computer and jumping from call to call. This felt like Day 1 again. I wanted candy most of the day. I was hungry all day and I wanted to emotionally eat my stress away. It is a tried and true habit for me.

This is how I got here, carrying unnecessary extra weight and being out of shape. I prioritized a stressful job over my health and developed unhealthy coping habits. I didn’t snack on anything unhealthy and I have no idea where that will power came. Other than constantly reminding myself that if I ate junk, I would crash and wouldn’t be able to work as late as I needed to. 

I made a commitment to reprioritizing my life so last night I took a break and went to the gym before working again. I have to develop the discipline to have some work life balance. 

Today I am grateful for this 90 day challenge and the changes it is bringing to my life. 

90 Day Transformation – Day 5 – Weekend Warrior?

8b758bb7-c5f3-4a7d-9656-e147a0ef9314The weekend will be a difficult test. I usually drink a lot of sugary coffee, make super unhealthy breakfast choices and stay on the couch catching up on tv then rush to get any errands done in two hours and buy tons of junk food as a “treat” for grocery shopping.

This morning I tried to reset my routine. I woke up around 730, journaled, and drank some non sugary coffee, tried out a new workout from Tone It Up. It was this 30 minute booty workout and oh boy, I will be sore on Sunday. 

I finally got going early enough to get the post office. It only took a month to get this errand completed! 

I then went grocery shopping and hit up Trader Joe’s. After reading all the cool stuff Blogilates bought there, I had to check it out. There was one particular item I couldn’t wait to try, dessert hummus. I also got some kombucha as my “treat” for finally going to the post office. 

d339171a-23f8-4b49-8c6a-fb706272ee4fAnd HOLY MOTHER, you would not know it was 50 calories a serving. It taste like brownie batter. I was in heaven! The hummus is a great portion control because I have IBS so I can have  1-2 tablespoons without being in mass amount of pain.   

I had to deep clean the house this weekend and catch up on much laundry. I cleaned almost every room except the kitchen and guest bathroom and still have two loads of laundry. But I was really enjoying the LSU game so those are problems for future me.

I was nervous about the calorie tracking app. I tend to fixate on the number for the day. However, yesterday around 8pm, I was so hungry. Any time I tried weight loss before I would restrict as much as possible, and if I was hungry, I would try to ignore it completely, thinking it was just emotional eating.  Last night, I decided to test it and see how many calories I had eaten. I had only eaten 850 calories so my hunger was totally reasonable. It also explains why previous weight loss attempts didn’t last more than a month, I would restrict and restrict then start binging. 

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Today I am grateful for Trader Joe’s (chocolate hummus for the win!), a working car and clean and fresh towels.

90 Day Transformation – Day 4 – Happy(ish) Friday

7bd6622c-d4bd-4b46-9a15-c6060970f83aFrom the time I woke up, I was in a terrible mood. I couldn’t pinpoint the reason. We had family in town over Thanksgiving and that usually takes all of my energy.  I was still tired and cranky despite sleeping for 8 hours. I just couldn’t work through my emotions.

I decided I would stop at Whole Foods to distract myself. I finally checked out the collagen powder section. It seems like everyone talks about how good it is for your hair and skin. I went with the matcha powder one. And it was yummy! I know I am just jumping on the oat milk bandwagon, but it is so good! I can’t wait to make some more this weekend. 

Still in a not so great mood, I ran into a coworker that I hadn’t seen it in a month and we decided to go to lunch. Getting some laughs with a friend was so helpful. This was my first time eating out since I started this transformation (only 4 days, I know) and it was hard. Especially because we went to a pub and the smell of fries was everywhere. I ended up with a steak salad. By 3pm I was starving and was starting to get one of those hungry headaches. I didn’t get all of the toppings on the salad like the candied pecans. It seems like they would have been riddled with sugar. 

At lunch, my friend and I decided to sign up for a 5k next February, so this will help with two of my intentions: connection and fitness. I am so excited! Thankfully, I packed plenty of food to help with my hungry so I ate again before going to the gym. I did one hour on the elliptical! This probably seems like a low amount but I have never done an hour. Even when I was at my fittest, I only did about 45 minutes. I am preparing myself for this 5k training. 

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On a typical Friday night, I usually order take-out (Chinese food) and watch trashy shows. I still wanted the take-out feel even if I couldn’t get my usually greasy food. I got take-out from True Food in Denver and I was blown away by the flavor. The kale salad had this awesome kick to it and the sea bass was perfectly seared! I also got this hangover juice drink but could only drink about ¼ of it. It was so sweet and I was full. I made it by halfway through A Christmas Prince: the Royal Baby before falling asleep. It was cheesy and good but I was so tired from this week. 

Today I am grateful for friends, having plenty of food, and access to the internet. There are so many cute animal videos to watch when you’re in a bad mood.