Balsamic Chicken and Eggplant

Foodie Friday!

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French Food ~ And we all know French women don’t get fat! Balsamic Chicken & Eggplant

I saw some absolutely BEAUTIFUL eggplants in the produce section, which inspired me to pull out an old recipe from the summer I was obsessed with French food.  It’s simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant cut lengthwise into 4 thick slices (fit chicken breasts) OR as I did, cut into enough rounds to match your chicken – I used boneless, skinless thighs And made 6….
  • (4) boneless, skinless chicken breasts – or see above
  • 1 14 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, cut into quarters – save some of the juice!
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + some for greasing the pan
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400, oil baking dish – large enough to fit eggplant slices in a single layer ~ place eggplant in the dish and top each slice with chicken breast (or whatever)

2. Combine tomatoes, capers, vinegar, oil, 1/2 cup tomato juice, and sugar/honey- mix well.  Spread tomato mixture over chicken

3.  Bake until chicken is cooked through (the thighs took about 40 minutes, thinner pieces would be less; the recipe said 20-25 minutes, but those must have been thin chicken breasts)

~to serve, sprinkle with basil and pepper and spoon some of the yummy balsamic-tomato vinaigrette over the top!

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Fresh from the oven ~ each chicken sits atop a round of eggplant

Turkey Chili: Simple and hearty!

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FOODIE FRIDAY

So for the last several weeks I’ve been following the portion fix meal plan that goes with The 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max 30 ~ this last week I’ve been combining BOTH Max 30 and 21 Day Fix Extreme in SUPER WORKOUTS.  It has been AWESOME and I feel like a super hero!  But it definitely needs HIGH PROTEIN SUPPORT!

I made Turkey Chili this week – a recipe straight out of the 21 Day Fix Extreme Recipe Book.  It was delicious!  It’s chili.  Chili is always delicious!

Ingredients:
-1.5 pounds ground turkey
-1 tsp olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-1 green pepper, diced
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1.5 tsp cumin
-2 tbsp chili powder
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-2 15oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
-1 15oz can diced tomatoes with liquid (I used fire roasted!)

(I also added 1 pint of home made tomato paste and 1 pint of water, because following the recipe LOOKED like it was kind of dry to me!)

All you do is saute onion, green pepper, and garlic for a few minutes, then add the turkey and cook until it’s not pink, add the spices, beans, and tomato, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 more minutes.

I ate it over 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa with cottage cheese:  REALLY hearty and delicious!

Setting up for Foodie Friday… A whole new meal plan!

Insanity Max:30 meets 21 Day Fix!

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I am on week 5 of ShaunT’s Insanity Max:30 workout program.  It is serious, hardcore fitness, and I LOVE ME SOME SHAUNT!  What I wasn’t really doing until this week though, was following the meal plan exactly.  I eat pretty well anyway, with whole foods and made from scratch everything and all that…

21-Day-Fix-bannerBut this week I also started  mentoring a group doing the 21 Day Fix.  With 21 Day Fix, it’s such a short time, so following the meal plan is INTEGRAL to success – and coincidentally, the meal plans for Max 30 and 21 Day Fix are the same.  It’s all about portion control, eating a few less carbs, and eating a few more servings of protein and vegetables.  The group is a PERFECT opportunity for me to get serious about the meal plan for Month 2 of Max 30, and continuously post meal ideas for the 21 Day Fixies.

The Eating Plan:

containersHonestly, there isn’t a “diet” in 21 Day Fix or Insanity Max:30. The eating program uses a color coded system of containers and a Shakeology Shaker Cup to give you perfect portion sizes every time.  I think most people don’t have a clear idea what the right portion sizes are for various foods ~ well, seek and ye shall find.  Indeed, the container-measured meals often end up much larger than anticipated!

  1. Green Container: For vegetables
  2. Purple Container: For fruits
  3. Red Container: For proteins
  4. Yellow Container: For carbohydrates
  5. Blue Container: For healthy fats and cheeses
  6. 2 Orange Container: seeds and oils
  7. Shakeology Cup: For mixing drinks

How it works:

  • First, the diet plan will show you how to calculate your caloric intake based on your current weight and your caloric needs:

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  • The caloric intake will lead you to know the exact number of each container and teaspoons (oils, butters) a day. The eating plan comes with 4 caloric levels, as you can see in the picture :

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  • The best thing about this program is its simplicity: fill up the containers with the food that goes with each one’s color and enjoy! You don’t have to count calories. Just choose the foods from the list that comes with the program. It’s all about portions. Portion control is what makes this program so special and revolutionary, it teaches you how to make healthy choices without restrictions or obsessions and it’s something that you’ll be able to take with you for the future.
  • The program recommends drinking a lot of water and also allows coffee and tea (I’m pretty sure you can even have a glass of wine!).
  • Autumn also recommends taking an extra green container when you are hungry because it’s hard to overeat veggies.

ANYWAY, so far so good!  It’s actually a perfect amount of food for me, eating at the 1200-1500 calorie level, and I am making some AMAZING meals.  I also can’t wait for STAT-urday, because I feel REALLY LEAN.  

Meal plans matter, folks.  You can’t outrun your fork!