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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