K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. You’re not stupid. It’s simple stupid, uncomplicated. Oftentimes, the simpler something is, the better it is.
Sometimes when we consider making healthy changes in our lives it can seem overwhelming. It can be hard to wrap our brain around changing the routine that we have spent years doing, to a new one. When “grass-fed”, “free-range” ,“organic” and “gluten-free” are all being thrown at you and you hear things like “Ghee”, “Maca”, “Chia”, “Nutritional Yeast”, and “Grass-Fed Gelatin”, you may have no idea what any of that stuff is, where to buy it and what in the hell you would do with it anyway. And smoothies? What do you put in them? You may feel you don’t know where to start. You also know that it’s more expensive to buy all this fancy stuff and you know your kids will protest, so once again, you throw the Easy Mac and frozen chicken fingers, cereal, chips and soda into your shopping cart and call it a day.
So here it is straight and simple. This is in no way meant to be condescending because I know from experience how changing your life can seem overwhelming, but if you just make one change at a time, you can improve your health and your life over time.
Take those chicken breasts you just bought, put some salt, pepper and maybe some butter on them, bake them or cut them up and cook them on the stove with some butter or olive oil. Take that broccoli you just bought, steam it in the microwave. Take the sweet potato you just bought and bake it. Now eat those 3 things together. Make a whole bunch of that simple meal at once so you have left overs to take for lunch.
Now next time you need to cook, just take another meat you bought. Ground beef perhaps, make burgers out of them. Put them on top of lettuce. Put a tomato and a slice of avocado on top. Maybe fry some bacon too. Eat it. It’s freakin’ delicious!
If you know you won’t have time to cook but you are all out of leftovers, take a whole bunch of pork chops, or a pork shoulder and put it in your crock pot. Stick a bunch of garlic in it and season it with salt and pepper. Let the crock pot do it’s thing for 8-10 hours. When you get home, you can take that box of baby spinach you bought and put some on your plate. Put the pork stuff on top of that. Dinner is done.
After you eat all this good food, go for a walk.
And that’s how it starts. Don’t over think it. Just start. You will be so glad you did! As you do more of this, you will do less of the stuff you did before and it will not seem like a big deal at all.
Here’s a really easy and delicious recipe. My family told me that this is their favorite and it really is the easiest one too. There are a few extra things in it that you may not have on hand. No worries. Just make it with what you have.
Here’s what you need:
4 or 5 Boneless Chicken Breasts
1 cup almond meal – Bob’s Red Mill is good and you can get it in the health food part of any store
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried basil
1 tbs fresh chopped parsley
2 tbs coconut oil or bacon fat, You can use olive oil if that’s what you have
salt and pepper to taste
Box of cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
1 whole lemon
Here’s what you do:
- Make a dressing by mixing together lemon juice from half of the lemon, 2 tbs olive oil, salt, pepper and ½ tsp onion powder
Pour it on top of your arugula and toss together. Set aside.
- Take the chicken breasts and turn upright on the side, then slice them through the center widthwise but don’t slice all the way through so that you can open it up like a book. Cover with plastic and pound out to ¼ inch thickness or a little bigger is fine. If you don’t have time or don’t want to pound them out, that’s fine too, but I think it comes out better if you do. Set aside.
- Make a coating for the chicken by putting the almond meal in a bowl, then add the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, basil and nutritional yeast and mix together.
- Melt a tbs of coconut oil or fat in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Drag the chicken breasts through the almond meal mixture and fry in the skillet until lightly browned then turn and repeat on the other side about 2-3 mins on each side. Reduce the heat slightly and continue to turn and cook them a couple more minutes until they are cooked through the meat is no longer pink inside. The thinner you pound it out, the faster it will cook.
You may need to do one at a time or in a couple of pans at once if your pieces are very large and keep them warm in the oven on 200 degrees until all the chicken breasts are done.
- Set it up. Place the chicken breasts on plates, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top. Then top it with the arugula salad and tomatoes, more salt and pepper and some fresh parsley.
- Eat and accept praise from your family!