Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Paleo Chicken Parm

Last night I ended up going to the early CrossFit class (where I completed death by power cleans...ouch!) so I had time to make dinner once I got home.

I was feeling extra Italian so I decided to make some Paleo Chicken Parmesan and I wanted to make it fast and easy.

I used Trader Joes Marinara for the sauce- I always add extra garlic, red pepper flakes and italian seasoning to my sauce.

What ya need: 
-Chicken breasts 
-A can of marinara 
-3 small or 1 large zucchini squash 
-3/4 bag of spinach 
-olive oil 
-spices (basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, s&p) 
-almond flour
-2 eggs 

 I am in a rush so instead of writing out each instruction I will show you what to do via pictures. Start by pre heating your oven to 375.
 Start by heating up that marinara and leaving it to simmer while you do everything else. Add all of the spices to this sauce and let it meld together (is meld a word?!).  Next grab two eggs and beat them together. Get some almond flour and mix it with spices (I used basil, oregano and red pepper flakes).
Butterfly your chicken breasts and set up a little "breading" station. Dip a piece of chicken and cover both sides in the egg mixture then do the same with the almond flour. Place the chicken onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Throw those suckers in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking grab your zucchini and use a mandolin slicer to make it look like spaghetti but so much healthier. I have made a decision. I know I am big about spaghetti squash- but this is 10x easier and I think tastes 10x better- SO I would like to formally say I like zucchini noodles better. Feels good getting that off my chest.
Grab a bag of spinach (just for added flavor and nutritional value) and saute about 3/4 of it in a pan with olive oil. When it is wilted add in your zucchini noodles and warm everything up. I added a bit of butter and put it in the microwave to keep it warm.
When the chicken looked finished and crispy plate it by adding the noodles first then the chicken and finally add some of that sauce to the top. I like adding parmesan to the top too because I love cheese but you don't have to!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quick Catch Up- Hungry for Change

WOAH! it has been waaaay too long!! I am exhausted after CrossFit so I do not have enough energy to write more than a little bit. We have been doing really well and eating some pretty tasty and healthy food lately. Over the weekend we watched an AMAZING documentary called- Hungry for Change.

If you have an hour and a half to spare I HIGHLY encourage you to watch Hungry for Change. It opened my eyes to a lot of things that I was not aware of before.

Seriously. Watch it. ASAP.

I took notes I loved it so much-what kind of nerd takes notes while watching a documentary? This girl.

One of the quotes that truly impacted me was in regards to changing the way you think about food if you ever want to be healthy. This was the quote:

"Instead of thinking 'I really want that but I CAN'T have it- say I CAN have that but I don't want it'".

Mind. Blown.

Stop dieting! Start LEARNING about what you are putting into your mouth. Learn about how harmful chemically altered and processed foods are for you. Food is killing us and as a country we haven't opened our eyes and accepted it. The next time you are staring at that grocery store blueberry muffin (which I learned in the documentary has NO blueberries in it- the 'blueberries' are a mixture of toxic chemicals and dyes) instead of thinking "Oh man if I wasn't on a diet I would eat that I really want it" Think to yourself, "Wow, I could eat that right now but knowing what is in it repulses me". If you are really DYING for a blueberry muffin- get off your a** get some blueberries, flour, etc. and make a fresh one!!

Am I perfect? No. Do I eat bad things sometimes (see last post on Taco Bell). Yes. After seeing this film am I changing the way I think? YES!! I just hope the next time I am tempted to have something like that I think about what I have learned and I won't WANT it anymore. Will that be hard? Of course. I have spent 23 out of 25 years of my life eating highly addictive and processed foods not having a clue about what I was putting in my body.

All I know is after watching this film I am more educated and inspired to change my way of thinking.

Rant over.

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