While doing a little Internet perusing the other day I came across one of those motivational posters that you often see on social media that I thought was perfect- "You will never find the time to exercise, you will need to make the time." Or something to that effect. No kidding, how many people just find themselves with absolutely nothing to do? There's always something you could or should be doing but unless you make it a point to exercise that will probably be one of the things that gets left out. I try to make a plan for each week, write on my planner which days I'll run, which days I'll do some strength and which days I'll do neither. Sometimes they get shuffled around depending on what comes up during the week. If I miss something I try to make up for it with an exercise DVD or Pilate's on demand (Verizon Fios has one that I really like) or even go out for a 2-3 mile walk with one or both kids. The same is true for making good, healthy non-processed food. If you make the time to pick a recipe and make it, you will be amazed at how easily and quickly you can bang out a healthy homemade meal for your family. With the exception of a couple of crazy recipes that I've posted, I've selected every one based on the fact that there is little to no skill required and they are relatively quick. If you're eating out most nights, you're probably spending at least an hour in the restaurant. You can be done way faster at home making a meal that doesn't have 2300 calories or 3200mg of sodium. Then you won't need to find the time to spend in the hospital with ailments ultimately brought on by a terrible diet and sedentary lifestyle. OK, done with my rant for today.
I found this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens called Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower. I made a couple of adjustments, took out a couple of things and added a couple of things. I'm going to share my adaptation along with some substitutions you may want to make to suit your tastes or your pantry.
Lemon-Braised Chicken and Cauliflower (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into strips
1 large shallot
1/2 head of cauliflower cut into florets (about 2 cups)
5-6 artichoke hearts drained and quartered
5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
cooked brown rice
Preheat the oven to 375. Heat 2 Tbs of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 3 min on each side. Remove chicken to a plate using a slotted spoon. Add shallot, artichoke hearts and cauliflower to the pot and cook until lightly browned about 3 min. Add garlic, thyme, white wine (optional), lemon zest and a 1/4 tsp of salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Cook for about 2 min. Add lemon juice and stir scraping up any bits that stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the chicken broth and browned chicken to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to the oven and bake for 10 min or until the chicken is cooked through. Add spinach and cover allowing the spinach to wilt, about 2 min. Spoon over brown rice and top with a sprinkle of chopped nuts and a pinch of shredded parm.