Sometimes you just need to be lazy. Like really lazy. I’m talking watching 4 back to back episodes of Burn Notice on Netflix while sprawled across the couch still in my PJs lazy. That was our day today, and it was glorious. Resting today has unfortunately been a requirement due to an injury I acquired from our workout yesterday. During a squat arm press, a move that I’ve done at least 1000 times without accident, I somehow strained the muscles in my back that rest just below my shoulder blades. Holy Cow, not good! Inflammation is seriously no joke! Michael had to help me out of bed this morning and it was not pretty. The muscles in my back are so tight I feel like I’m wearing a girdle, 1800s style. Ice, relaxation, and super uber healthy Paleo eats is my self prescribed healing plan. I really hope my back heals quickly, I hate feeling sluggish from not enough exercise.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s on our menu for the week:
L: Leftover Kalua Pig
D: Garlic Ginger Chicken with Roasted Green Beans & Sautéed Cauliflower
L: Leftover Garlic Ginger Chicken
D: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
L: Leftover Meatballs
D: Baked Mustard Lime Chicken with Broiled Asparagus
L: Leftover Mustard Lime Chicken
D: Fried Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes
L: Leftover Mustard Lime Chicken
D: Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wings with Salads
B: Scrambled Eggs with Veggies and Bacon
I can’t get over how fast this summer is flying by! Just 2 more days of work this week and another 3 day weekend will be upon us. Meal planning around such an active outing/company schedule has definitely been challenging, especially trying to come up with new dishes to share on the blog. When things get busy I tend to make the same items over and over. We’ve grilled brats and hamburgers so many times in the past 2 months I’ve lost track. Some of our other meal staples are fried pork chops, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted broccoli, and tacos. To get out of my recipe rut I threw together this easy baked chicken dish. It calls for bone in chicken (just our preference), but you could easily use boneless skinless chicken pieces.
Lemon Butter Chicken
2 lbs. bone-in chicken pieces
1/4 cup white wine
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 red onion diced
1 1/2 tbsp. crushed garlic
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 425. Arrange the chicken in a large glass baking sheet and set aside. In a small skillet melt the butter, then add the garlic and onion. Once the onion is translucent add the thyme, wine, and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the butter sauce over the chicken then salt and pepper as desired. Bake for 45 minutes and serve!
I have a feeling that this summer is going to rate in the top 5 of the best times in my life. Choosing to eat Paleo and moving to California are the 2 smartest and most rewarding decisions I have made yet. I’m not saying that we don’t have our fair share of issues, who doesn’t, but things are pretty awesome right now. My AMAZING parents came to visit last weekend, and we just had a blast exploring the city! They got here on Thursday evening with a small case of jet lag, so we laid low with dinner out at BJ’s Brewhouse. Friday we drove down to Mountain View to see where my parents lived back in the early 70′s while my dad was stationed at Moffett Field. Total blast from the past for my mom and dad, which was pretty cool to witness. Other festivities of our weekend included Fisherman’s Wharf, Sunset at Land’s End, and some strolls through the city. I can’t wait for them to visit us again next year, what an awesome new tradition! Now we’re eagerly awaiting one of my best friends Jackie’s visit next weekend, followed by Michael’s family, and then an end of summer trip to Vegas. Can you say LUCKY!?!
And now for some pictures…
Happy Fourth of July all! Michael and I have the day off and I plan on using it to its full advantage, which started with sleeping in until 8:30! I know, that doesn’t seem very late, but it was wonderful. We plan on doing some cleaning, grilling, and of course fireworks watching. It’s our first 4th in San Francisco and I’m hoping for some awesome fireworks displays. As much fun as the 4th is, I’m even more excited about the 5th! Why you ask?… because my parents are coming for a visit! I cannot wait to see my mom and dad for a few days of sight seeing and catching up. For those of you who know me personally you know my sister and I are extremely close to our parents, and I love it! I have yet to meet anyone who shares the type of friendship that our family has… so lucky!
Okay, on to a more Paleo related topic… I wanted to share this quick story of a girl who decided to veer off track for one small meal that included a bunch of rice, and REGRETTED it. This last week I decided to join my co-workers for some Thai food (one of my favs!) and chose the yellow curry served over a big helping of rice. There were hardly any vegetables and a small amount of pork, but it was a decent ‘cheat’ meal, or so I thought. I could feel the pang of hunger a couple of hours after lunch, which I ignored… then I got home. Holy Cow! That rice crashed my system to the point of seeing stars. I didn’t actually pass out, but if I had stayed standing for much longer I would’ve been on the floor. Michael ended up feeding me macadamia nuts while I sat shaking with my head between me knees. I can’t believe how much I was affected by eating a carb-y lunch. I feel like there’s no better proof of the effects of grains (even gluten-free grains) than almost passing out after a major sugar crash. Moral of the story… no more large meals consisting of mostly of carbs. Yikes!
And because this post is seriously lacking some quality food pictures, here’s one of more BUBBLES!! YAY!!