Yesterday was one of those crazy days. If I was an Uber driver, I would’ve made a ton of money! I spent the afternoon running around from the orthodontist to school pick ups to practices. I finally walked in the door at 7:15 to a wonderful aroma…and dinner was ready.
I love to cook but let’s face it, most of us have crazy weekdays. I found this recipe in Southern Living and let me tell you, it lived up to the hype. I prepared the entire dish (steps 1 & 2) in about 15 minutes earlier in the day and put it in the fridge. I followed the recipe except I doubled the chicken thighs because we love them and we are big eaters. About an hour before I got home, I called my 13 year old and she popped it in the oven. So easy. So delicous. A must try. The potatoes were cooked to perfection. And do not forget the French bead. The sauce it creates is to die for! We also had leftovers which will be great for my lunch!
The original link is here and I also put it below for quick access.
Hands on Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 (3.5 oz) jar capers, drained
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 10 garlic cloves, smashed
- 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 chicken legs (about 1 1/2 lb)
- 4 skin on, bone in chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 lb)
- 2 pounds small red poatoes
- Crusty French bread
Easy 3 Steps
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Step 2 Place a roasting pan on the stove top over 2 burners. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken with desired amount of salt and pepper; place skin sides down in pan. Add potatoes. Cook 9 to 10 minutes or until chicken is browned. Turn chicken and pour lemon mixture over chicken.
Step 3 Bake at 450 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve with sauce and French bread.
One summer evening when we were headed out to dinner with friends I grabbed my “go to” black top…and it didn’t fit. I just about started to cry. Over the last several years, the pounds have been slowly creeping onto my body. And as my 6th grader reminded me, a pound is 3,500 calories. Apparently, I’ve been eating and drinking a lot. I knew it was the middle of summer but I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to get healthy.
When I sat down to write this the day after I completed the Whole30, I was ready to tell you that I would not be doing the Whole30 anytime soon. The first 5 days sucked. I was hungry. I couldn’t figure out what to eat. None of the recipes I was finding in cookbooks sounded good. I was avoiding social events so I wasn’t around wine. I was DYING without Natural Bliss creamer in my coffee. This was going to be a once, maybe twice a year reset. I was happy to lose a few pounds but I was ready to get back to my wine and my coffee creamer!
Here’s what I learned on the Whole 30.
- There is sugar in almost everything…even the things we think are healthy. Read the labels!
- Organic doesn’t always mean healthy.
- Simple meals are often the best. Grilled meat and veggies rule!
- I should’ve done more research before I started. There are a lot of websites out there that recommend specific brands of foods that are Whole30 approved. I found great salad dressings, paleo bacon, and a coffee creamer alternative along the way. My transition to healthy may have been easier if I knew about these items from the start.
- All almond milk and coconut milk are not created equal. 90% of almond milk and coconut milk on your grocery store shelves contain sugar.
- It is challenging to be social on the Whole30. I didn’t realize how many cocktails and glasses of wine I consume each month. I found myself avoiding social occasions.
- The best place to dine out on the Whole30 is a steakhouse. You can always get a steak and a sweet potato. I spent a week on the road and ate a lot of steak.
- A salad without salad dressing is not very good. You can make your own salad dressing at home but on the road you are screwed. If you are lucky, the restaurant may have oil & vinegar. If not, you are eating a dry salad…yuck.
- I believe I have a dairy intolerance. My stomach feels so much better without it. Butter has milk in it…and I don’t like the taste of ghee. And cheese is in almost everything.
- I like to read labels now. And if I don’t know what an ingredient is, I don’t want to eat it.
- I have a lot more will power than I thought I had.
- My friends and family are very supportive…including my kids!
- I am training for a half marathon and I believe I need true carbohydrates in my life to run distance.
- I don’t miss bread and pasta like I thought I would.
- When the 30 days was over, my cravings were gone. I thought I wanted all the things I missed back in my life but I am happy without most of them.
Yes, I popped a bottle of Champagne on the day after I finished. I lost a total of 7.6 pounds in 30 days and that was every reason to celebrate. It’s been a week since I finished and I haven’t gained any of the weight back. I’ve had a little wine. I’ve had a sandwich. I’ve had butter. I’ve had dessert. None of it tasted as good as I thought it would and even made me feel not that great. I don’t think I will be as strict as I was on the Whole30 but I do believe I will adopt a Paleo lifestyle.
Have you tried the Whole30? What was your experience? Please share!