One-Skillet Mozzarella Chicken Thighs

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 6

 

Ingredients:


3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1½ T. Italian seasoning, divided
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3 T. unsalted butter
¼ c. chicken broth, preferably organic
½ c. multi-colored cherry tomatoes, quartered*
8 oz. fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced
½ t. red pepper flakes

Optional garnish:
Sprigs fresh basil

*Multi-color tomatoes suggested for visual appeal. Can substitute fresh tomatoes of choice.  

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat.

  3. Rub the chicken thighs with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle both sides with one tablespoon Italian seasoning. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and transfer to the hot skillet.  

  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the chicken develops a golden crust. Remove from heat and add butter, chicken broth, and cherry tomatoes. Top each chicken thigh with a slice of fresh Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and remaining Italian seasoning. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.  

  5. Transfer skillet into pre-heated oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and the Mozzarella is melted. Remove from oven and allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes.

To serve, top chicken with some pan sauce and fresh basil sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately with loaded cauliflower au gratin for a complete LCHF meal or your choice of sides. Enjoy!

Loaded Cauliflower Au Gratin

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

4 c. cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces

6 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
¼ c. heavy cream

3 T. unsalted butter, softened

¼ t. garlic powder
½ t. dried dill
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1½ c. Italian cheese blend, shredded
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 T. fresh chives, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry.

  3. Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.

  4. Transfer to oven-safe casserole dish and top with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in pre-heated oven and roast until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives. Enjoy!





 

 

 

Chat Yourself Up

There is nothing more important in your journey than the way you talk to yourself. Yes, eating healthy, and finding your community are important but they won’t take you anywhere if you are not able to take time every day to be kind to yourself.

 

No one is responsible for your success or failure except for you and that can be a lot of pressure. Learning to fit healthy eating into your already busy life is a lot of pressure, All of this pressure can easily make things a struggle for you.

 

You need someone in your corner, someone who will talk you up and motivate you when you feel like quitting. Most importantly you need someone who knows exactly what you are feeling all the time.

 

When it comes to changing your life, you are your own best friend. There is no one else on earth who cares for about your success as much as you do.

 

Don’t be Afraid to Talk To Yourself

 

If you think about it, we are all chatterboxes. From the time we get up to the time we go to bed we are chatting with one person or another. Whether it is on Facebook or with the cashier at the grocery store we are constantly talking.

 

The irony is that we spend so much time communicating with everyone else that we forget to communicate with ourselves. Or worse, we only communicate with ourselves when we are angry with ourselves.

 

Think about it, when was the last time you felt angry with yourself because you did something silly? Likely it was likely something you would tell your friend not to worry about if they had done it. For some sad reason we are able to get angry with ourselves for the same things that we would tell others not to worry about.

 

The way you talk to yourself is going to affect how you see yourself. You might not realize it but over time this can really do damage to your self esteem. If you start your journey to healthy living with a negative self image, it will be so much easier for you to fail.

 

You will stumble on this journey and you will have times when you feel like you are being tempted or challenged. These things are only natural when you set out to change your lifestyle. If you aren’t talking to yourself with kindness it will be easy for you to fail when these challenges hit.

 

Reward Yourself

 

Talking kindly to yourself is just one aspect of loving yourself. You also want to learn how to motivate yourself. Giving yourself something to be excited about will help you greatly as you move through this journey. Yes, there will be a time in the not too distant future when your greatest reward will be the way you feel about yourself, but while you are just starting to form your healthy eating habits rewarding yourself is a great way to stay excited about the changes you are making,

 

Your rewards don’t have to be anything big, just something that is a treat for you. Maybe you have been eyeing a certain book or wanting to get a certain hairstyle. Maybe your reward can be something as simple as going to a local shop that you have wanted to check out but have just never had the time.  Your rewards don’t have to be huge, they just have to be something that matters to you.

 

Forgive Yourself

 

The biggest way you can show your love for yourself is to show yourself forgiveness. If you stumble, tell yourself that is okay and start over again the next day. If you mess up a recipe, laugh at yourself and try again the next day.

 

In the beginning, learning how to treat yourself well might be quite the challenge. It might even seem strange to put an emphasis on loving yourself every day. But over time it will get easier and you will feel better for it. You can be your own worst enemy, but you can also be your own best friend. And a best friend is a great thing to have when you are trying to change your life.