This week I decided to initiate clean-eating and healthy living, which you might have seen over on my Instagram. Pay day meant grocery shopping and grocery shopping meant meal planning, which is one of the easiest steps to success. Last night I had some freshly thawed chicken breasts and wanted to cook them in a clean and flavorful way. I mean, isn't that pretty much everyone's ideal? Much to my happiness, I came across this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny. Lemon Chicken with Thyme, she said. Lemon. Chicken. With. Thyme. This could likely be the most natural, most flavorful, most healthy recipe I've ever made, and it's really opened my eyes to just how delicious clean eating can be.
Freshly squeezed lemons. Minced garlic. Happy herbage.
Oh my soul. It was de-freaking-licious.
I made a few modifications to the recipe, because… that's only natural:
- Substituted dried thyme for fresh thyme at a third of the recommended amount (because that was all I had on hand)
- Nixed the salt and pepper
- Beat the chicken with a rolling pin (inside a ziplock baggie) to make them an even thickness
- Greased the baking dish with coconut oil spray (because it smells real nice)
Too often, healthy eating is associated with boring and bland food, but that doesn't have to be the reality. While plenty of us have tried the "healthy" option at restaurants, it's been clear to me that they don't put much effort into those lackluster dishes---which you're spending as much or more on. Healthy eating then becomes a compromise, when it should really be the ideal. My hope is that I can learn to cook in a satisfying, healthy way that is palette pleasing, that doesn't require the apologetic "I'm eating clean so… I hope you like it" disclaimer. This is what I think the lifestyle change to healthy eating should look like: practical, tasty, and unapologetic.
I'm definitely a newbie in this department, but that doesn't mean I haven't had thoughts mulling about in my head for a while. Now, I'm going to call this a post, and go eat me some tasty chicken. ;)
Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think in the comments!
Happy weekend folks!