I had the hardest time deciding what to make for dinner on Tuesday. From my last Whole30 I have some good recipes, but only “some”. Meaning I was feeling bored with what I’ve made before and too lazy after a long day of work to experiment. After about an hour on Instagram looking up #whole30recipes, I finally decided chicken piccata sounded good. Only problem: no breading, no butter, no wine. And I don’t like capers. Thank goodness for all of the paleo/whole30ers before me who solved this problem! I read pretty much every recipe that comes up on the front page of the Google search “whole 30 chicken piccata” and this is what I eventually made (with a major shout out to StupidEasyPaleo for a starting place!).
Chicken Piccata-ish: no wine, butter, grains, capers
1 package Trader Joe’s all natural thin sliced chicken breast
1 cup almond flour
4 tablespoons ghee
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon Trader Joe’s crushed garlic
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 lemons; two and a half juiced, half sliced
Sea salt and black pepper
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp ghee in skillet over medium high heat.
- Mix almond flour with salt and pepper (to taste) in a shallow dish/plate (think pie tin).
- In a small bowl, crack the egg and scramble lightly.
- Dip each chicken piece in the egg and then coat both sides with almond flour mixture.
- Cook chicken in skillet until browned on each side, about three minutes per side. Make sure it’s cooked through (salmonella = gross!) and use more oil/ghee if necessary.
- Set chicken aside and keep warm.
- Add more oil/ghee to skillet and throw in the onions and garlic. Cook until you’ve got that yummy-smelling, see-through onion thing going on.
- Throw in the chicken stock and lemon juice. (Feel free to be fancy and call this step deglazing.)
- Heat on high until the sauce reduces by about half. Add in those sliced lemons you’ve still got hanging around.
- Plate your dish by placing one or two chicken cutlets on the plate, covering with sauce, and topping with a lemon slice or two.
- Turn off your burners and go eat!
I’m a 20-something rapidly approaching the end of the glorious decade that was my 20’s. To celebrate, I’ve put together a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30, and this blog is an attempt to document those adventures! I have also celebrated life through my 20’s in a gloriously destructive way. Therefore, the other driving force of this blog is documenting my attempt to clean up my health, mindset, and lifestyle.
At some point I will post the 30 before 30 part of this blog, but for now let’s focus on what’s most important: food. To say I am a healthy eater would be like saying the Pope’s not Catholic… It’d be pretty cliche. So instead of saying that, let’s just cut to the facts:
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Slightly elevated blood glucose
- Ex-party girl who didn’t give a crap about what she put in her body for the majority of her 20’s.
In an effort to get this all in check, be healthy, and increase energy levels, I have decided to embark on a Whole30 lifestyle. If you don’t know about Whole30 yet, you should. Click these pretty blue words and check it out. In March of 2015 I completed my first Whole30 (well, really a whole27… There was a disneyland trip the last weekend), and successfully crossed off “high cholesterol” from the above list. My success with the program the first time was amazing, though it wasn’t long enough to really accomplish all I needed (see above), especially in regards to a permanent lifestyle overhaul. It changed my life, but I’m not done changing yet!
I’m starting my second Whole30 this week, though again it is actually a Whole25 (yeah yeah yeah, it’s my best friend’s birthday that weekend okay?! I’m pretty sure it will take at least a third Whole30 to get this to stick). I’m documenting this one for a few reasons:
- I want to post and share recipes: since my first Whole30, 5 coworkers and my dad have decided to try it out!
- I want to annoy my boyfriend by taking pictures of all the food I eat.
- It is a part of my 30 things to do before I’m thirty!