Chicken and Scallops

Here are a couple recipes to get started. Hopefully after this, I’ll be able to post at least one recipe a week that’d I’ve tried out along with any other tips or goodies I find throughout the week.

Scallop Picatta with Sauteed Spinach

I was skeptical to try this recipe because I didn’t really think I liked scallops or capers. For some reason I was feeling adventurous so, I decided to try it, plus, they made it look so good in the picture! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I in fact like scallops. In this recipe they are browned in a skillet seasoned only with salt and pepper, that’s easy enough right? It definitely was easy. The scallops only take a few minutes to cook and can be done while your pasta cooks. Everything else pretty much just gets dumped in the same pan as the scallops. However, I wasn’t ready to overcome my fear of capers yet. I knew capers were supposed to add salty flavor, so I decided to use Kalamata olives that I already had in the fridge instead. I think they complemented the scallops and sauce very well and I will use them instead of capers again the next time I make this recipe. Scallops are a little expensive, but you only need about 2 per person. If you don’t already have vermouth, it’s a little pricy, but you’ll have extra to make a martini! Click here to see the recipe.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs

I wanted to try this recipe because I love using herbs to season my food, especially ones like rosemary, basil or cilantro. Also, this is another super simple recipe that hardly takes any effort. I ended up using chicken breast instead of thighs because I had one in the freezer already. The instructions tell you to broil the chicken for about 7 minutes on each side until browned then bake it in the oven to finish it off. My chicken ended up a little dry and over done. I think this was because I used a breast with no skin as opposed to a thigh with skin, which would have kept the moisture in a little better. Even though the chicken was a little dry, the flavor was still good. I will definitely be making this again but, if I use a breast, I’ll probably stick to only baking it, not broiling. I cooked frozen peas and made a salad with walnuts, dried cranberries, a little feta, and creamy balsamic dressing to go with it. Click here for the recipe.

I’ll try to take better pictures next time!

Comment on the post by clicking at the top if you end up trying it out and let me know what you thought.

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Getting It Together

I guess this all started when I returned home from my last week of class as a college student just last May. Graduating college and starting medical school 3 months later was a scary but exciting thought. Even more scary, going to get a physical and realizing that I had gone on one too many late night food runs and had one too many mocha frappes with whipped cream in my last semester. When I stepped onto the scale for my physical it read 159 pounds. I’m 5’6″ so 159 isn’t exactly overweight according to your typical BMI scale but, it’s right on the border. I immediately thought to myself, “If I gain one more pound I’ll weigh 160 pounds… If I gain 10 more after that, I’ll weigh 170 pounds!” This was a scary thought for me. Now, I’ve never been one to worry about my weight or what I look like or what other people think of me, and I still don’t care about those things. What I do care about is being healthy. Stepping on that scale and seeing a flash of myself steadily increasing in size meant that I would also be steadily decreasing my chances for a long, happy, and healthy life. So, I decided I better get it together. Getting it together was a scary thought also. It meant I would have to start exercising (for real, not just a walk or 30 minutes on the elliptical every now and then) and that I would have to change my diet. For me, exercising seemed easy to make a habit, I found that I could do lots of different things and have fun. I just had to make myself get off the couch to do it. Diet was another thing. I LOVE food, and naturally I love the foods that aren’t exactly the best for you. Ice cream, bread, pasta, chocolate, butter, cheese… the list goes on. But, if I wanted to get healthy and stay that way, I had to make some changes, so I did. I used resources from my Dad’s office to help guide me on serving sizes and healthy calorie amounts; then, I searched online and found my new best friend– Cooking Light Magazine. Combining these two things, I cut my portion sizes to the appropriate amounts and counted calories and nutritional information to keep track of what I was eating. I started working out using our Wii at home to do Zumba every day for at least 30 min and one day I was inspired to start running. For those of you who know me, running was something I absolutely hated. I just couldn’t do it, but I started out slow, alternating between running and walking (which I still do) and I love it. Over the summer I was able to lose 15 pounds. I was amazed at how quickly it happened and how much better I felt just from eating healthier and being more active. It really didn’t take much. By August, I quit counting calories because I knew what and how much to eat. I haven’t had time to work out everyday like I did this summer, but I try to exercise at least three days a week. I’m now 20 pounds lighter and feel great about myself and the choices I make. So, that’s my story for how I got it together. As for this new blog, I want to be able to share what I’m doing to stay healthy and fit. I’ll be posting the recipes that I’m trying and what I liked or didn’t like about them, what I’m doing for exercise, and any other tips that may come to mind to help others wish for their own wellness.