Dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

For those of you who don’t know, I have a brother. His name is Adam. He would be my twin if we weren’t four years apart (he got the better looks, though). I can prove that we are twins, but not today. I’ll show you tomorrow, perhaps, for Thinking Out Loud. That’s when I can share the strangest things with you and tell myself no one is judging (I know there are still people judging. Humor me).

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One trait that Adam and I do not share is a penchant for all kinds of food. He is as picky as I am not. Thus: I have to have a plan for at least one “plain” meal a week (i.e. no vegetables included in the main dish, preferably potatoes or rice on the side). Don’t get me wrong, I like a simple meal as much as the next person. Throw some chicken, veggies and a carb on a plate and call it a day. It gets old after a while, though!

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That’s where this dish comes in. My Honey Mustard Chicken is zesty, tangy, and slightly sweet – enough to make my tastebuds happy. Still, it’s not so complex that my brother will refuse to eat it. Plus, it doesn’t have any nasty additives! You probably already have everything you need for this recipe in your pantry.

Here’s a fun fact! My house doesn’t have a pantry. We just have a ton of cupboards. I’ve always been mad about that.

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Back to the chicken: I made this recipe with breasts, but it would also work with chicken legs. My family prefers the breasts because they soak up more flavor. Yay homemade honey mustard!

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 4 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. If chicken is thick, pound until it’s about 1/2 inch thick (or you can butterfly the pieces).
  2. In a quart size freezer bag, combine all ingredients except for the chicken.
  3. Close bag and shake to mix the marinade.
  4. Add chicken.
  5. Let marinate in fridge overnight or for at least three hours (for the best flavor!).
  6. Heat your grill for a few minutes.
  7. Put the grill on the chicken for 10-15 minutes, flipping once.*
  8. Chicken should reach a temperature of 160 degrees when its ready (use a meat thermometer). Let rest for a few minutes, then serve.

*Here’s another fun fact! Our grill is super wonky and takes 30 minutes to cook chicken breasts. These cooking times come from my previous experiences cooking on a grill that actually functions.

Questions of the Day:
>> Were you ever a picky eater? Tell me you grew out of it.
>> Do you have a pantry in your house/apartment?
Am I all alone?
>> How are your grill skillz?

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An Anniversary Dinner [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Lately I’ve been trying to get my family to eat a little healthier. Sure, I always encouraged them to, but now that I’m home with some extra time on my hands, I’ve been making dinner for them most nights. Mom and Dad have been on board, which I’m truly thankful for… Adam, not so much. I’m still holding out that I’ll eventually get him to eat more than seven baby carrots with his chicken patties.

I’ve been testing out one or two new-to-them and/or -me recipes per week, filling in the rest of the days will other staples. Breakfasts and lunches are still an individual thing, but hopefully I can start to help my mom meal plan her lunches, too. My parents have pretty much loved everything I’ve made for them so far, and, not surprisingly, I source most of my recipes from blogs I read. Yay blogs!

Recent Eats

I’ve tried this one out prior to this week, but The Hummusapien’s Chickpea, Brown Rice and Broccoli Crockpot Casserole has been and continued to be a big hit. I actually added too much water to this batch, so I soaked up the extra liquid by adding some quinoa, too. It’s not pretty, but it’s SO good.

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My mom and I munched on these Southwest Quinoa Burgers from Eat Yourself Skinny last night. They were really tasty! I made the whole recipe, but I found that six patties was more reasonable than the recommended eight. My mom agreed – but she also agreed they were delicious and “tasted like chili on a bun.” We used TJ’s whole wheat buns, for the record. Also very good. I topped mine with tomato and ketchup. #ketchupfreak

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On Sunday night, my entire family plus extended family on my dad’s side went out to dinner at Bravo! to celebrate my grandparents’ 55th wedding anniversary (!!!!! congrats! I love you both!). The food was pretty good – I ordered the Light Chicken and Vegetable Pasta – but the company was better.

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And check out these cookies my grandma got for dessert! Aren’t they the coolest? And talk about a good looking couple. They were actually married on the 4th of July, so that’s why the cookies are outlined in patriotic colors.

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As for breakfast, I rocked some pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The ones pictured here are made with spinach; the pancakes from Saturday were made with zucchini. They essentially looked the same, except the zuke ones completely broke up. Pancake fail. They still tasted amazing. I’ll credit the blueberries and maple syrup for that.

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I don’t remember what day I had this breakfast, but those strawberries were seriously on point. I put two over easy eggs atop some spinach and had a banana with Nuttzo on the side.

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And then of course I had to have my good old standby of avocado toast with Vegenaise, eggs, and carrots. And those cherries? PHENOMENAL. I could have eaten the entire bag (I know it looks like the entire bag there, but it was maybe 1/4 of it 😉 ).

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I also had this yummy concoction for lunch one day: my Red, White & Blueberry Granola Parfait. Super tasty and healthy!

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Recent Fitness

Last week’s workouts included yoga (of course), ellipticalling, a run, and this deck of cards workout.

I actually only made it to yoga once, but it was a 90 minute class I definitely needed before the weekend. I went the morning of the 4th, and it was incredibly crowded. Like an inch between mats crowded. It was a little more stressful of a class than I wanted, but it turned out to be a great sweaty workout despite the strange woman next to me who was staring right into my eyes during one of our final twists on the floor.

And, yes, that does say I went for a run. On Wednesday, I headed down to a trail with my friend to test out the ‘ol knee. Unfortunately, there was still pain even after basically taking the anti-inflammatories for a month. I went to the specialist yesterday, and I’m scheduled to get an MRI to make sure I don’t have any torn ligaments. The doctor wants to be sure before he gives me a cortisone shot, which is the next step if the MRI shows no out-of-the-ordinary ailments. It’s my first MRI, and I’m kind of nervous! I’ve never had to have anything more than an x-ray, knock on wood.

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had an MRI or anything of the like? I’ve had x-rays for my scoliosis and wisdom teeth, but that’s about it.
>> What is your strangest yoga experience?
>> Three things you ate this week! & go. 

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June Brought Great Food [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Happy July! I really can’t believe it’s already the 7th month of the year. I’m ready to start the second half of 2014 with a fresh outlook (and of course, some yummy food!). But before I jump into July, let’s play catchup on what I’ve been eating and doing for fitness!

Food

Breakfasts have looked very similar around these parts, not surprisingly. The funny thing about me is that I need to make sure I’m satisfied by my breakfast or I’m in a bad mood all day. That’s why I usually stick to similar formulas but just switch out fruits or veggies. My staples lately have been avocado toast, and I’ve switched out carrots with tomatoes or blueberries with watermelon.

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Lunches? A ton of salads! I’ve discovered that I really love a crunchy something in my salads. Fruit has also been on my salad radar lately, especially since berries are so abundant right now.

Strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, sunflower seeds, and walnuts with balsamic dressing over a (huge) bed of lettuce.

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Not surprisingly my most favorite salad made an appearance, too. This one’s going to be around for a while.

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I’ve been trying to make more dinners for my family to get them a little more nutrition. Here are just a few of the meals we’ve had as a family!

My family LOVED, and when I say loved I really mean it, PaleOMG’s Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie.

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I made some homemade meatballs with pasta another night. I served mine up with a huge serving of broccoli, too. Have you ever had your broccoli with pasta sauce? It’s a really tasty combo.

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I really enjoyed this meal: honey mustard drumsticks with a side of brown rice and yellow squash. It was really simple, but I was so satisfied!

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Aaaaaand I’ve had several meals out, too.

Thai Green Curry at Nicky’s Thai Kitchen. SO GOOD.

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Salmon with veggies and rice at Joe’s Crab Shack (as a whole it was just okay, but the salmon was cooked really nicely).

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And finally a rockin’ breakfast with my brother at Cracker Barrel #notsorry. I had their multigrain pancakes with a side of eggs. I didn’t eat the bacon, but Adam did, so I didn’t feel bad about it going to waste. I couldn’t even finish the pancakes! Also can we talk about that huge hunk of butter?

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Fitness

So, I know I said I was going to do Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up, but I didn’t follow through. I loved her Winter Shape Up, but I was not feeling these new workouts. By “not feeling,” I mean I was kind of bored while doing them. I also didn’t like that there weren’t plyo cardio sets or videos to accompany, which is what really drew me to her Winter Shape Up. I have trouble making myself do burpees or those kind of moves, and having a video helped me push through.

Instead, I’ve still been doing a lot of yoga, walking and weights. I’ve also been able to do some HIIT workouts on the treadmill. For some reason, those never bother my knee.

Speaking of the knee, I’m testing it out running a straight distance tomorrow, aiming for three miles, because I’m almost through with my medicine. I get it checked again next week. Wish me luck!

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I can’t wait to see what awesome eats and fitness the rest of the year will bring. Here’s to July and a great finish to 2014!

Questions of the day: 
>> What has your recent fitness looked like? 
>> Know of any good workouts I should try?
>> What restaurants have you been to lately?