Making Progress

Lost 4 lbs.!  Feeling great!

Tonight’s dinner was pretty good.  I’m not usually into chicken thighs…but these were yummy.

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes and Mushrooms

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 C. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 TBSP EVOO
  • 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and honey. Spread them out in a baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until soft. While the tomatoes are roasting, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan, then add the onions and mushrooms and cook for 10-12 minutes to soften and caramelize, stirring often.  In the same pan, make room for the chicken, then season with salt and pepper and place it in the pan. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce the heat, and cover. Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  While it’s cooking, spoon the sauce in the pan over the chicken a few times.  When you plate, place tomatoes on the bottom, then the chicken thigh, and then spoon the onions, mushrooms, and pan drippings over the chicken.
Garnish with parsley.

Also, need to prep some breakfast!  This is actually a good paring, because you can do it the same time you’re cooking dinner since the oven is already on.

Stuffed Breakfast Peppers

  • 2 bell peppers
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white mushrooms
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dice up your vegetables of choice. In a bowl, mix the eggs, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and vegetables. Cut peppers into equal halves and clean them out.  Spoon your egg / vegetable mixture into each pepper half.  Place on baking sheet and cook approximately 35 minutes or until eggs are cooked to your liking.  When they are done, add a little Frank’s Red Hot to the top!

As an added bonus today, I did squats while I was waiting for everything to cook!  Speaking of squats…

“So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin’ workout tapes by Fonda, but Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of her Honda.”

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I’m a 36 year old kid at heart. I reached a low point in my life where I felt like I needed to take control before I didn’t have the choice, and that’s when I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle. It’s going to be my life long goal to always achieve optimum health…I am still young after all. Here I am, over one year into my Paleo journey, and I never felt better.

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