Chicken + Brussels Sprouts + Potatoes = Yumminess!

Tonight we experimented a little to try out a new recipe and the results were delicious!  We made pan seared chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. I am so excited to share this with you!
 

Let me give you a couple of disclaimers first.  1.  Some of this will not be a “recipe” in the traditional sense, because that isn’t how I cook.  I will do my best to give you an idea of what I put into everything.  2.  There are differing opinions about whether to use the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder, or put individual ingredients into the tracker.  I personally think that if I eat a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts, it is 0 points.  The recipe builder thinks it is 2 points.  There is a very long explanation to this, which I won’t go into here.  Research it on Google a little and choose for yourself what is best for you.  This blog is based on my own experiences and opinions.  I think 0 points is 0 points, so for the purposes of this post, points calculations are my own and based on individual ingredients.  Whew…that was a long explanation itself!  Moving on…
 

The first portion of the meal was pan seared, boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  We seasoned the chicken with our preferred seasonings (dill and salt for me, Cajun seasoning for my family), sprayed a little olive oil in the pan with a mister, and cooked until it was done.  I believe it was about 35 minutes.

 

Chicken is in the pan!
Chicken is in the pan!
Then, I adapted an Ina Garten Brussels sprouts recipe.  It made about 3 1/2 servings once it was cooked.
 

1 pound raw Brussels sprouts, cut in half
6-7 oz. raw baby carrots
3 tbsp. light (That’s light in texture, not calories) extra virgin olive oil
Seasoning (I used seasoning salt and garlic powder.  Have fun!  Experiment!)

 

Combine Brussels sprouts, carrots, olive oil, and seasoning in a bowl.  Mix with your hands (or a spoon…but I use my hands!).  Spread onto a baking sheet, bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

 

My points calculation:  4 per cup
 

The veggies go in the oven!  So pretty!
The veggies go in the oven! So pretty!

 

Next, roasted potatoes!  For this one, we just cut up some fingerling potatoes and onions.  We had enough to fill a square baking pan, and once it was cooked, it looked like about 8 servings.  I added 2 tbsp. of light extra virgin olive oil, and seasoning (again garlic powder and seasoning salt).  This was also baked at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

My points calculation:  3 for 4 oz.
 

Potatoes go in the oven!
Potatoes go in the oven!

 

This was a delicious meal, and it was nice to try something different.  I personally had never had Brussels Sprouts, and now I think I will be addicted to them!  The leaves have such a crispy goodness when you bake them, and the centers are so buttery.  I highly recommend that you try it!

The finished product...yummy deliciousness!
Yummy deliciousness!

I hope this will inspire you to try new things and get creative in the kitchen!  That is how you can make this a lifestyle and not a short-term quick fix, which is the key to losing ALL of the weight and keeping it off.  Let me know if you try these ideas, or if you have new ideas of your own.  Eating healthy can be fun if you let it be!

 

Interview on HalfSizeMe.com!

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Heather for her website, HalfSizeMe.com.  For those of you who know my story, you can imagine what a huge step this was for me.  I can’t begin to tell you how honored I was to be asked and how excited I am to share it with you!  Please enjoy and feel free to give me your comments if you’d like!  While you’re there, check out Heather’s site.  I think you’ll find her to be as inspiring and relatable as I do.

http://www.halfsizeme.com/052-half-size-me/

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No more “I can’t…”

Being over a year and over 100 pounds into this journey, one would think I was close to being finished.  The truth is, I am just beginning.  First, I will give you a little bit of back story.  When I was growing up, I was always confident in my academic ability.  Athletic ability?  Not so much.  I said a lot of “I can’t…”and “I’m not…”   Deep down, I knew I couldn’t do it, so I just didn’t try very hard.  I was too afraid of getting embarrassed in front of everyone, and I knew I would fail anyway, so why bother to try?  This of course led to years and years of sedentary life, and…well…you know how that story goes.

Flash forward to last year, when I started this journey.  Step by step, I began to believe in myself again.  I got stronger, I got more confident, and I felt like I could accomplish so much more than I ever thought possible.  Even after all of that, I still caught myself saying “I can’t.”

“I can’t run.”  “I’m not a runner.”  I would see people running 5Ks, half marathons, or marathons and think, “I wish I could do that.”  Several months ago, I tried running, but it was just as difficult as I thought I would be, so I gave up.  I still looked at all of those runners and wished I was one of them, but time passed, and I didn’t think about it quite as much.  A few weeks ago, I thought about it again.  I decided I wanted to do a 5K.  “I’ll have to walk it.  I can’t run.”  Suddenly I realized something.  Years and years of saying “I can’t,” was what led me to becoming over 100 pounds overweight.  I decided then and there that I would stop saying I couldn’t do things.  I would at least try.  If I failed, at least I would know that I had given it my best effort.  So, I am now on week three of the Couch to 5K program.  I ran for three minutes straight at a 5.0 today.  When you consider the fact that several months ago, I could barely run for a minute at a time without feeling like I would fall off of the treadmill, I think that’s progress.  I am going to do that 5K, and I am going to run at least part of it.  I’m not putting pressure on myself, but I’m doing my best.  That is definitely the girl I want to be.  I like her.  I think she’s got potential.

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"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13