I love to eat, but I didn’t always love to cook. I used to dread it actually because as a young adult out on my own, all I knew how to do was pour the box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese into a pot of boiling water. Once I became a wife and mother I needed to up my game a bit. After watching Food Network for a while my interest was piqued and I began to try to cook the meals that Rachael Ray and Giada made look so easy. It took some experimenting, and my family can tell you, we had some epic flops. Since then, cooking morphed from being a chore into a hobby. I have come to love my time in the kitchen.
On the weekends when I really have time to enjoy it, I turn on some music, pour a glass of wine and just create. As a busy mom and business owner, I don’t always have the time to sip, sing and chop, and I’m sure this is true for you too.
Optimum health begins with the food we put on our plate, but the busier we get, the more we opt for convenience over nutrition. I realize that without the proper tools, this can be a challenge.
Home-cooked Meals Can Still Have a Place in Our Busy Lives
I have kids involved in sports, so during the week I don’t have the luxury of time, and can’t futz around in the kitchen for hours. I need a no fuss, no hassle approach to dinner. I have many easy crock-pot and one-pot recipes to share with you to help you optimize your valuable time. This recipe is one of my favorites, but you can tweak it anyway you like.
Mediterranean Crock Pot Chicken (Serves 3-4)
- 3 large boneless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup brown rice
- 8 cloves garlic smashed
- 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes
- 1/2 cup capers,
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Season chicken with salt & pepper and place in bottom of crock pot. Stir in rice, garlic, tomatoes and drained capers. Mix water, lemon juice, oil and pour over rice and chicken. Stir to coat chicken and cook for 8 hours on low.
Do It Your Way
You’ve got lots of options with this recipe. I sometimes add Kalamata olives and cheese. You can serve it inside tortillas or lettuce wraps, or omit the chicken and make it a vegetarian dish. Be creative, and eat the foods you love.
I Can Help
My coaching program is designed to support busy moms and professionals that struggle to find the time to nurture their mind, body and spirit, let alone prepare nutritious and delicious meals daily. I want to empower people to take their health into their hands, and be their very best self. As a Health Coach, my mission is to help my clients make lifestyle changes that help them to not simply survive, but to thrive!
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