Chicken + Brussels Sprouts + Potatoes = Yumminess!

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!

 

3 thoughts on “Chicken + Brussels Sprouts + Potatoes = Yumminess!

  1. This is my first time to write on a blog and have no clue what I am doing. But I read some of your entries and wanted to get connected. I am struggling with losing weight and need some inspiration. Used to be VERY thin and work out regularly, but after age 52, stopped working out and am now 58 and very NOT thin. Cannot seem to get started again. The recipe and Bible versuses is prompted me to reply to this blog. Any advice on just getting started again?

    1. I would say number one…if you are a woman of faith, PRAY. Ask God to change your heart and your mind. He gets all the glory for my weight loss, because I have tried and failed more times than I can count. You have to get your head in the game, or its just not going to stick. Second, have fun with eating healthy! If you are going to do this for the rest of your life (which is the only way to make it last), you need to figure out how to enjoy what you eat. Experiment and try different things. Figure out ways to make healthy versions of your favorite foods. For example, I like pizza. You will see a few different healthy pizzas on this site. Eventually, little by little, this will become the way you eat. Second, experiment with different ways of exercising until you find something you like. Get some kind of movement in every day. You can do this. Wanting to do it is the first big step. Thank you for writing, and be sure to keep me posted and let me know if you have any questions! I will be praying for you!

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