Now, I know its been a while between posts. Study, work, and family have certainly kept me busy the last year. 2017 is shaping up to be no different.
I started this year with so many commitments eating up my time, that I have to look at being more efficient where I could. I have started meal planning to make sure that I’m not wasting foods (pet hate of mine) and that I’m not spending more money on groceries than I should be. After our mortgage, food is our biggest expense in my household.
So, I got busy planning, and coming up with some new recipes. This one was one of them…
It’s that time of year again! Time to reflect on the year that’s been and the new year that lays blank ahead of us. It’s a time to choose how we approach and shape the new year. For me I look forward to the new year and a new fresh start. Living in Australia, the new year also brings our warmest weather, and that itch to be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Many of you will be making new years resolutions, and others will be picking one word to inspire them throughout 2016. Some will be doing both. Last year I wrote a post about breaking down your resolutions and setting goals that are achievable. You might find it useful to read about that here. Re-reading it, it’s still very relevant.
This summer I am challenging myself to experiment with salads. I’m the type of person who is quite happy to have a simple garden salad, no dressing, every day…but I understand not everyone in my family feels the same. So I’m making an effort to make different salads, experiment with flavours, and not stick to my ‘norm’.
It’s also a great way to add more vegetables and fruit to your diet. As well as I eat, I still struggle to eat my daily recommended intake. So here is the first of hopefully a few new salad ideas I’ll share with you.
Chicken is the popular white meat in most households. Many of us prepare it the same way day in day out. Today, I wanted something a little different from my chicken. I wanted more flavour. Something that got the taste buds tingly, but not be too spicy for the family. So, I came up with my green chicken and sauce.
Chicken thighs really are a more succulent cut of chicken for this dish. While you could use breast meat if you prefer, it tends to be drier and not as flavoursome. I used to be one of those people who would only eat chicken breast meat. I have been converted though, and really do prefer using thighs more for baking or frying. This recipe would also be perfect to grill on the bbq as well.
One of my favourite meals when I dine out is a well cooked steak. Prior to going paleo, I would always choose that steak with Diane sauce. There was something about the flavour that I made me a big fan. I’m guessing it was the garlic (I love garlic). I’ll reassure you now though that this sauce isn’t overly garlicky, if you’re not a fan of garlic like me. Either way, the traditional sauce isn’t paleo and I soon had to make the choice to leave it out when choosing off a menu.