Honey & Garlic Chicken

I have been fighting a bit of a cold and wanted to hit my first ever Soul Cycle class this weekend, but I didn’t make it. I was hoping to share my raving review of the Taylor Swift 1989 vs. Reputation ride. Alas, I will have to find another one! I did make it to Sweat last night and will be heading there again tonight. My favorite teacher at Flywheel has been gone for a few weeks and won’t be back for another couple, so I have been trying to fill a Monday night void.

After the gym, I hit up my local Jewel Osco and spent about $15 on groceries to pair with some items already in my fridge from last week. To my surprise, they had Chicken Breasts and Chicken Tenderloins on special – 2 for 1! This makes my grocery bill for this week significantly less :).

When I got home, I filled the bottom of a glass bowl with the chicken tenderloins and the marinade before taking my dog out to do his business.

Yields: About 4 servings

Chicken Marinade (sit for at least 30 minutes):

  • 1 Pack of Chicken Tenderloins
  • 4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Spoonfuls of Dijon Mustard
  • 2-3 Dashes of Garlic Powder
  • 2-3 Spoonfuls of Minced Garlic
  • 2-3 Dashes of Cayenne
  • 2-3 Dashes of Turmeric

Cook Time:

Other Ingredients:

  • Half a bag of Kale
  • 8-10 Fingerling Potatoes Cut Up
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 Cup of Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Dashes of Sea Salt
  • 2-3 Dashes of Cracked Pepper

Start with the oil, bone broth, salt, pepper, kale, potatoes and onions in the pan.

Bring to a simmer and cook covered (stirring regularly) for about 5-7 minutes.

Add Yellow Squash and marinated chicken and recover for 5-6 minutes turning the heat up slightly.

Uncover and turn chicken over in the pan. Recover and simmer for another 5-6 minutes.

Serve hot!

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One Sheet Spicy Roasted Chicken

This week the temperature dropped 35 degrees in one night and it’s freezing here in Chicago! I wasn’t sure it would be dramatic to experience this as a new resident since I am from Michigan, however, without a car, with the extreme wind and all the tall buildings I am definitely in for it! That being said, I am craving my workouts more and more because it gets my blood running warmer and I want to eat more warm dishes!

Last night I went to a Butt & Legs class at a studio in the Gold Coast called Sweat. It’s a really hard circuit style workout set to some fun music that gets you motivated. I felt really good afterwards and pumped myself up to make a new roasted chicken recipe!

While I walked my dog out to the dog park and then grabbed a quick shower, I put the chicken breasts in a bowl (you could also use a plastic gallon bag, but I try not to waste them) to marinate. I tacked on additional marinating time to this because I needed to prep my veggies and potatoes before putting them in the oven.

Marinade Ingredients:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Two-Three Dashes of Turmeric
  • Two-Three Dashes of Cayenne*
  • Two-Three Dashes of Garlic
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Spoon Scoops of Dijon Mustard*
  • Two Dashes of Basil

*If you don’t love spicy foods as much, you could cut back or eliminate the Cayenne and reduce the amount of Dijon Mustard (maybe substitute some for yellow mustard).

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Marinate the chicken for 30-40 minutes, or overnight if you think of prepping the night before!

Potatoes/Veggies:

  • Cut Up One Sweet Potato
  • Cut Up Half a Bag of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Slice Up Half a Bag of Colorful Roasting Carrots
  • Drizzle Olive Oil Over
  • Sprinkle All with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper

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Cooking Time: ~20 Minutes

  • Preheat Oven on Roast to 400 Degrees
  • Place Cooking Sheet in Oven
  • After Ten Minutes, Pull Out and Mix Potatoes/Veggies Around
  • Place Back For 10 More Minutes
  • Serve Hot!

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One sheet cooking is a personal favorite because clean up time is so minimal! Have a great day πŸ™‚ .

Monday: Trader Joe’s Haul

In a previous Orangetheory class I used to take, the instructor always reiterated to us to “Never Miss a Monday” and I have tried to make it a rule for myself. It helps me get the week off to a great and productive start. So tonight I hit up a new class at Kick@55. It is located in the River North area here in Chicago and it was a ton of fun – but very challenging! It was formatted as a bootcamp switching between floor and spin circuits. Major sweat workout!

After class, I walked over to Trader Joe’s to pickup my supplies for the week. I was able to pickup a bunch of my favorite items for the week spending a little over $38! I try to plan my meals out before I hit the store (knowing I will have those hungry eyes), taking an inventory of what I already have and what I may need.

On the list this week:

  • 2 bags of Spinach
  • 1 bag of Kale
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Bag of Fuji Apples
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 bag of Sweet Onions
  • 1 bag of Parsley
  • Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bag of Colorful Roasting Carrots
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 bag of Cherry Tomatoes

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Check back and I will publish my first recipe for the lentil and vegetable bowl I made this evening with a homemade dressing!

Monday – Jump Start

Happy Monday!! I don’t know why today was the day, but here we are and I am excited to kick off this new blog adventure. I am hoping to share some of my fitness adventures, Β recipes and creations, and some of my thoughts.

Today I kicked off the day getting things done at work, drafting my grocery list during lunch (I know I should have conquered this over the weekend… but oh well!) and deciding to try a new fitness class this evening. I will let you know what I think of it later on along with a picture and list of the items I am picking up at Trader Joe’s this evening.

Sharing a picture of me and my roommate from this weekend attempting our Studio 54 70’s looks for a party we attended with friends. I am the one on the right and I was able to find my whole outfit at Forever 21 – seems that the 70’s are making a comeback… who knew!?

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