And I packed my lunch to go with fresh herbs, veggies, grilled chicken and kabocha!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I have been asked by many people do I ever get bored of the food I eat and how do I keep it interesting so I literally do not burn out from eating boring blah foods. Well I do have some tips that I have been using to keep me from getting bored while prepping!
First of all I take advantage of spices. Spices are a fabulous way to add flavors to food without any additional calories. I swear, each time I go to the grocery store, I pick up a new spice whether fresh or jarred, I always end up with a new one! The benefit to spices is that it can take you on a journey to a whole new country in the matter of a few seconds! Chicken breasts can be marinated with tons of fresh oregano and dill to bring it to Greece or it can be marinated in cumin and curry to have more of an Indian flare to it!
My favorite “Go To” spices
- Trader Joes 21 salute seasoning (no salt seasoning)
- ALL Mrs. Dash—Original blend and lemon pepper are my favorites!
There is one chicken dish I have been making about once a week is SO simple , easy and delicious. Balsamic Lemon Rosemary Chicken Marinade!! I think the key to making this chicken mouthwatering is to let it marinate for at least 2 hours AND to pound the chicken with a tenderizer first. This really helps to absorb all of the fresh flavors
Balsamic Lemon Chicken Marinade
- 1-2 T fresh or jarred rosemary
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1-2 T balsamic vinegar
- Packet of stevia (optional)
- 2 T Dijon mustard (or any mustard of your choice)
I mix all of the ingredients and pour it over one pound of chicken breast in a gallon zip lock bag. I stick the bag in the fridge for 1 hour-overnight and VOILA! Cook in a baking dish in the oven for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees (or until fully cooked) It is SO good!
Another way I don’t get bored is that I vary up my food—often. I try to buy at least one ‘new to me’ fruit or veggie at the supermarket each week! This week I went for alfalfa sprouts and broccoli rabe. I usually don’t get these two items but love them so it was a nice addition for me to have some extra choices! I also picked up some peaches and pears from Trader Joes which are not the ‘usual suspects’ of fruit that I purchase.
Not only do I vary foods I eat, but I also vary when I eat them. If one of my meals is greek yogurt, quinoa and fruit, sometimes I will have it mid morning and other times I will have it in the mid afternoon—so my body doesn’t get used to the exact timing of when I eat certain foods.
In the morning, I sometimes throw cocoa powder on my oatmeal to give it a little ‘chocolate’ kick and other times I simply use nutmeg to bring out a nuttier flavor. This is one way I use spices to vary up the flavors of my food!
The key is just to keep it interesting and vary it up! Different fruits and vegetables have different benefits to your body so the more variety the better! You can check out my grocery list for an idea of what I typically buy these days! (of course not all in one trip!) I pick a few from each category and have myself a great week of meal planning!