2015 hasn’t been an easy year, to say the least. January started with a lot of strife — a dear college friend committing suicide, health problems with my fur baby, and my best friend/now business partner going through one of the hardest times of her life — all in the first month of the year. It hasn’t gotten easier along the way. Most people only convey on social media what they want the rest of the world to see, but I’m using this post to put the harder, real, “uglier” parts of my life out there. This has been a year of transition, heartache, vulnerability, and ultimately, growth. It’s been hard. It’s been a forcing function to make me grow up a little. It’s been a lot of things.
And by the way, this post will be a novel, so I’m going to dive right into the recipe for Lemon Asparagus Chicken that I’ve been holding out on for a few months (here you go, Alyssa!), then dig into the deeper stuff. If you’re looking for some nighttime reading to put you to sleep later this evening, you’re welcome to read on beyond the recipe. :o) Continue reading Lemon Asparagus Chicken // Dose(s) of Reality
With summer coming to an end and colder weather (maybe?) on the horizon, I’ve been trying to get as much grilling in as possible during the last few weeks. Not only is grilling the easiest and most efficient way to mass-produce whatever protein source(s) you’re cooking for meal prep, but it’s also one of the tastiest. This week’s recipe uses a rather underrated lean meat that packs an impressive 3 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein per 3 ounce portion; the pork chop.
I eat tons of chicken. Grilled Garlic Ranch and Honey BBQ are two of my menu staples. Delicious, yes — but as with any other food, it’s pretty easy to get tired of the same meals when you eat them 2-4 times each week. So, during my grocery shopping last Sunday, I decided to opt for more ground turkey and other meats instead of getting an ungodly amount of chicken to throw on the grill. I was in a pinch for time — my weekend was jam-packed with the arrival of my brand new niece and a 3-day bachelorette party for one of my best friends. I knew I wanted to stick to the grilling theme for the efficiency, but I wanted to experiment a little bit. :o) This turned out being one of the best pork chops I’ve ever eaten, and it was the easiest thing I cooked during meal prep.
I’ve done some thinking over the last few weeks. Actually, not just “some” — I’ve done LOTS. I felt compelled to get my thoughts out of my system and into written form (not 100% sure why), and I don’t really have anywhere else to do that. I certainly didn’t create this blog to build a following or have some sort of self-centered public diary. It’s built for sharing health-minded recipes. While this post is definitely health-focused, it doesn’t have a recipe or any pictures of creative food (sorry); it’s just my life in a nutshell over the last 12 months and really the basis of why I started approaching food in a different way. It’s the foundation for all of these recipes, the reason I choose to cook the things that I cook, and how I’ve made my health and fitness a focus since last October. Continue reading NOT a Recipe (Just a Rant): My Last 12 Months and Why the “Lifestyle Change” Cliche Gets Under My Skin