Balsamic Chicken & Veggie Bowls

Say BYE BYE BYE to your Chipotle bowl obsession, and say HELLO to this insanely amazing Balsamic & Chicken Veggie Bowl…

Let’s be real, I 100% pre-judged this bowl and thought I was NOT going to like it because it had cabbage in it, and it was warm. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First bite, Steve and I looked at each other, second bite, we looked at each other again. The telltale sign we LOVE something! He did his funny head bob, and I shook my fork over the bowl – our signs to each other that we are digging the meal. โค

So, I am gonna stop rambling and share this meal that we will now be enjoying EVERY week! From the amazing blog Autoimmunewellness.com!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fat of choice, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 2 tart apples, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Brussels sprouts(I used a green cabbage instead, brussels and me don’t love each other!)
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (omit for Whole30)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp granulated onion or onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (omit for AIP)

Instructions

1. Heat 1 tablespoon fat in a large 12-inch stainless steel skillet over medium heat.
2. Sautee onion until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cabbage and garlicย and sautee for 3 to 4 minutes until cabbage is browned and crisp tender. Add apples, Brussels and ยฝ tsp salt and sautee for 4 to 5 minutes until the apples are soft.
3. Meanwhile, whisk balsamic, broth, mustard and maple together. Pour into pan and toss to coat, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pan with a lid for 2 minutes until vegetables are tender to your preference. Transfer to a large glass dish.
4. Heat remaining tablespoon fat in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breast with oregano, onion powder and remaining ยฝ tsp salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve on top of the veggies with a drizzle of balsamic on top!

We can’t WAIT to hear what you all think, we hope it’s love at first BITE! ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค

xoxo

Liz

(And the Tall Blonde)

 

 

I think I am giving up Bacon….

Cue ALL the tears right now, but I am also adding Bacon to the list of foods I am giving up, at least for the next few days!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am addicted to bacon, call me gross, or weird, judge me all you want, but I can eat it all day everyday! This right here feels like another restriction, like I have nothing left to eat.

I will stop crying now….

I’m half kidding you guys, I am not that crazy. (Although some days Steve would disagree ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

 

Truth be told, I didn’t really have ANY heart palpitations while we are away in Europe, and I didn’t have a single piece of crispy bacon.

I’ve been eating it every day since we got back, told you I was addicted, and the palps are slowly creeping back in. BOOOOOOO!!!!!

I eat organic, nitrate-free, but we think the sodium is messing up my heart. (At this point I think we are grasping at straws and playing this game of “see how few food groups Liz can eat without going totally bat shit crazy”!)

But let’s be real….

This is not forever.

My friend is fighting cancer.

This will be over really soon.

I have the potential to feel REALLY good.

So, I am going to put on my big girl, granny panties, and keep trying to heal myself. Without Bacon!

xoxo

Liz

My A.I.P. Journey…..

Life has been overwhelming lately.

An alien has invaded my body, and I have been trapped, screaming for help, but no one could hear me. I couldn’t even hear me!

Trapped in my body, trapped in my mind, just plain old trapped. Anyone feel me on this?

My thyroid numbers have been going down, but it hasn’t felt like it.

I knew it was time to get help, so that’s what I did! I got HELP!

I went and saw a Functional Medicine Doctor a few weeks ago, and it was the wake-up call that I so desperately needed. Then we left 2 days later for a 2 week stint in Europe….

(Cue the shitty eating, and self-confidence issues.)

So here I am, all crazy with my jet lagged self, starting a new adventure that I had to share with you all.

Monday I started a 30 day journey with an AIP Elimination Food Plan, and let’s be real, food is an issue for me, and was terrified to start.

(For those of you that aren’t familiar, AIP stands for Auto Immune Protocol. It is a way of elimination eating to heal the gut and other auto immune conditions, like Thyroid Conditions. I will be removing everything I love, so bear with me as I have a tiny pity party over here! I am saying goodbye to all things gluten, grains, dairy, legumes, nuts, nightshade veggies, soy – see why I’m a bit sad? But the truth is, I am already sad, so it’s time to change the attitude about food LIZ!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I’m not terrified of the food that I cannot eat, I’m terrified of FAILING. This was my big revelation this week. I am afraid of failing, because I have done it SO well in the past, and those limiting beliefs and fear were holding me back from the change I so desperately need!

So here I am, facing those crazy food fears, day two of the journey half way through.

I am committed to this, I am committing to all of you, I am committing to sharing the ups and downs with you all.

I know this will be 1000% worth, I just might need you all to remind of this when I want a spoonful of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter or a slice of grass fed cheese on my burger! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I always say to my clients in my Fit Clubs….

You have to want change MORE than you want to stay the same. And I hit my rock bottom last week, on a beach in Greece.

I want to fell good, have energy to workout with my girl Autumn Calabrese, get rid of the constant bloat and digestion issues, get my self-confidence back, see food as FUEL!!!

So, get ready for a ride friends, I’m about to go ALL in with you!

xoxo

LIZ