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Chicken Piccata

17 May

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Last Saturday night with my mother in law in town, we decided to make one of my husbands favorite dishes, chicken piccata.  Keith first had the dish about six months ago at a local Italian restaurant that had just opened.  It was love at first bite!  Smile

While we were sitting around around trying to make plans for dinner, I suggested trying to make chicken  piccata.  Keith was on board immediately and told us he was just about to suggest making it.  Great minds think alike!  His mom was also on board and had experience making this dish before.

If you haven’t tried chicken piccata before, it is a delicious light tasting dish and pairs well with white wine and a no-fuss salad.  It’s made with butter, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine and capers.  Calorie wise, this meal isn’t for your weekly rotation because of the butter (although it is less than 1 tablespoon per serving), but it is for you to enjoy here and there.  Serve with whole wheat noodles and you’ll get in an extra dose of both protein and fiber!

No Fuss Salad = A simple salad made with few ingredients.  Think lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and a balsamic dressing.

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Chicken Piccata

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentis

Serves:  4

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time:  25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, butterflied, cut and pounded out
  • Freshly ground Pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

Season the chicken with freshly ground pepper.  Dredge chicken  in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt  1 1/2 tablespoons of butter with 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.  When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the chicken and cook each side for approximately 6 minutes, until browned (the chicken should get a great brown color to it).  When the chicken is fully cooked, no longer pink, remove from the pan and set it aside on a plate.

Using the same pan, add in the lemon juice, chicken stock, capers and white wine.  Bring to a boil and make sure to scrape up the brown bits form the pan to add in extra flavor.  Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for five minutes.  Remove chicken to the platter.  Add in the remaining butter to the sauce and whisk vigorously.  Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley.

Serve and enjoy!

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This recipe is sinfully good, but paired with a healthy green salad, whole wheat noodles and a small glass of white wine, you’ll have yourself a sinfully good balanced healthy meal!  It is filled with nutrients your body craves and has just a small amount of calories from the butter.  I can say with confidence this meal is much healthier than what Keith was ordering at the restaurant, but tastes 10 times better!  A win-win in my book! 

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Trainer’s Tip:  If you are going to have a sinfully good meal, try to incorporate other healthy items into the meal so you can fill up on them first, such as a fresh green salad with this meal.  You wont be tempted to over eat and you’ll walk away from this meal feeling satisfied. 

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If you try out this recipe let me know what you think!  I think it is fabulous and can’t wait to make it again!  I love taking recipes and making them healthier than their original version.

Questions: 

  • Do you like making healthy changes to your favorite recipes?
  • What is your favorite recipe that you’ve made healthier?Please feel free to link them in the comments below!

 

 

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Good Morning Friends!

17 May

Good morning sunshines!

How are you all today? 

I’m great as I slept really well last night.  Cameryn only woke up twice and each time was for about ten minutes.  Amazing!!!  Now, if I could only get her out of our bed and into her own crib…

Today is a bittersweet day.  It’s good because we’ve all almost made it to the weekend, but a bitter day since Keith’s mom is heading back to Montana today, along with his Aunt back to her home in Arizona on the other side of the mountain.

My mother in law Ann and aunt Ali!

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It has been such a nice treat having them here to help out with the baby.  I took full advantage of the babysitters and have been able to workout three days so far this week, experiment with new healthy cookie recipes (all fails) and have been able to keep up on housework.  It has been nice to run out on errands with just the husband.  It feels weird in a good way.  We weren’t able to sneak out to have a date night, but maybe next time.  The baby still gets really crabby at night and doesn’t like drinking much from the bottle…

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BREAKFAST

My breakfast this morning was eggs, light cheese, light machaca all on half of an Ezekiel wrap!  I love Ezekiel products, I don’t know what I would do without them, you could say I’m slightly obsessed!

I wasn’t too hungry but knew I should start my day out on a healthy note since I’m about to head into the gym to train clients.

*I topped my eggs with salsa after I took this photo!

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EATS

My eats, from the past few days have been pretty healthy, I’m not going to lie to you guys and pretend my eating has been spectacular.  I’ve had my fair share of good food, so this weekend there wont be any indulgences.  Keith and I mad the most amazing machaca recipe and we also ordered Chinese food last night.  My body feels slightly bloated so today I’m all about the vegetables and lean protein for dinner.  During the days, I’ve been sticking with homemade grapefruit juice (1 whole grapefruit, water and ice), banana berry smoothies, PB2 smoothie bowls, eggs and salads).  I think a grocery shop for fresh vegetables is in my future soon!  I love eating as much greens as I can each day!  Got to keep the meals a little bit green!  Smile

Trainer Tip:  Remember you can eat anything you want, you just need to balance out your eats with mostly healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy carbs) with little indulgences here and there.  This way you wont binge on food if you are being too restrictive all the time.  If you want the cheeseburger, eat it.  Just eat healthy for your meals the following day!

Here is a sneak peak of the machaca, the recipe is coming later this weekend!  It is a pretty healthy recipe, using lots of vegetables and lean flank steak!

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WORKOUT

So far, I’ve worked out the past three days.  Here is what my workouts have looked like:

  • Monday:  45 minutes of cardio + core
  • Tuesday:  45 minutes of cardio + core
  • Wednesday:  20 minutes of running intervals + back, biceps and shoulders

That means I only need to get in two more workouts this week.  I would love to do more though as workouts have been feeling amazing this week!  I also have a goal in mind to hit by June 6th when we head to Minnesota to get Cameryn baptized!

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Okay loves, I’ve got to get on with my day.  I’ve got clients to train, errands to run, a house to clean and a workout to accomplish!

Once again, it’s a busy day in the Conrad house!

I’ll see you all later with a healthier chicken piccata recipe post that is amazing and will blow your socks off!  We made it for dinner last Saturday and I’m still thinking about how delicious it was!

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Toodles!!!!