Happy New Month!

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Happy Monday everyone.  Today not only ushers in a new week, but a new month.  There is something magical about new beginnings.  A chance to start over, a time to make goals.  January 1st everyone is so set about what the new year will bring them.  I am not that excited about new years, I prefer to look at new weeks!  Making small, manageable goals ladders up to something phenomenal in one year.  Think about it.  If you made a point to make a small change every Monday- imagine what 52 Mondays of change look like!
Last week I was so happy I hit every one of my workout goals.  Sometimes it isn’t always possible and I see there are obstacles already popping up this week.  Preparation is key to success.
Back to goal setting for the week and month ahead.  Sit down with yourself and come up with 4 things you want to focus on this month.  Then actually write them down!  Pick one a week to really focus on, then the next week try to do 2, then 3, then 4.   For example, they may be things like:
– Drink 1/2 my weight in water every day (this one is my downfall)
– Log my food this week
– Bring my lunch instead of buying it
– Eat breakfast every day
– Eat fruits and vegetables every day
-Try a new recipe/new food this week
– Exercise 2,3,5,7 x this week (you choose!)
– Incorporate strength training into my week (especially if you favor cardio)
– Incorporate cardio into my week (especially if you favor lifting)
– Incorporate stretching into my week
– Give a compliment to a stranger every day this week
– Do something nice to someone without being asked (or thanked or expecting something in return)
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I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish!
Share with me, comment here:   What are 2 things you are going to focus on this month?

Almond Crusted Chicken 

  First of all… Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
Tonight I wanted to make some Almond Crusted Chicken.  It is absolutely delicious, healthy, and the kids LOVE it.  

Here is the official recipe- but I modified because that’s just too many ingredients for this busy mom and Samantha is allergic to eggs.   
Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:

6 (4-oz) raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

1/2 cup almond flour

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup water

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 tsp. olive oil

6 cups mixed vegetables
Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place a chicken breast on a cutting board. Hold it flat with the palm of one hand and, with a chef’s knife in the other hand, carefully slice it in half horizontally (parallel to the cutting board). Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Place each chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a mallet or tenderizer until 1/4 inch thick (or about twice the original size). Set aside.

Combine almound flour, garlic, lemon peel, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish; mix well. Set aside.

Combine egg and water in a shallow dish; whisk to blend.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture; dredge in almond flour mixture until evenly coated. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken breasts; cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn chicken.

Place skillet in oven; bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until a thermometer instered into the thickest pat of each breast reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

While chicken is baking, heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat.

Add vegetables, cook stirring frequently for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender-crisp.

Serve chicken with vegetables.
WHAT I DID

Almond flour, Trader Joes Salt Grinder Everyday seasoning, garlic salt.  

   
 Cut chicken breasts in half, coated in milk then almond mixture, heated on skillet a few minutes each side then popped in the oven.

  
Side of asparagus, recipe courtesy of my brother in law.  Olive oil, salt, pepper.  Roasted in the oven until crispy, topped with lemon juice.  

Enjoy! 

Ps- for all you amateur cooks out there, I can’t live without this meat thermometer!  You pick the meat (chicken, lamb, pork, steak, turkey) poke the meat, it beeps when it’s cooked.  LIFE SAVER!