Getting Healthy –

One of my many many resolutions for 2012 was to get healthy – not to just diet, not to just exercise, not to just drink more water and less diet pop – but actually get healthy and improve my quality of life. Well, here it is March 20, I am still going strong and doing even better than I though I would. I have all but given up sugar, totally given up caffeine, and also recently reduced my sodium intake by nearly 80%. I am not taking any sort of diet aids, pills or shakes. As of this morning, I have lost 16 pounds and down 1 full pant size. I am exercising 5-6 days per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. I feel super! I just wanted to quickly share my very best friend so far during this journey. My super yummy – super healthy – go to meal.

Roasted Veggies with Chicken

first of all, I make a HUGE batch of this in a big roasting pan so I have enough meals for me to last several days. One of the hardest things about this journey for me is making 2 meals every night – while I am totally satisfied eating this every lunch & dinner, my family is most definitely NOT.  Having single servings of this recipe all ready and waiting for me in the fridge is a huge blessing – I fix dinner for the family and then just heat up mine in about 3 minutes.  🙂  Anyway, here goes…

4 small-medium sweet potatoes – peeled & chopped
1lb carrots – sliced (I cut them about 1/4-1/2″ thick)
2lb broccoli flowerettes – I like these kind of big
1 12oz can of chicken
Toss all together in a large roasting pan with 2Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste (I use onion powder and garlic pepper) – cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes then pull out and stir. I’m pretty picky about the texture of my food – so I usually toss it all back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I like the sweet potatoes on the soft side, but I want my carrots to be a little bit crisp. And that is it! I divide it all up into 2 cup servings and store in the fridge. When I’m ready to eat it, I heat it up in a dry skillet and then toss on about 1 tsp on grated Parmesan.  I plugged all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and a 2 cup serving is approximately 350 calories!  WOOT WOOT!

It is totally crazy that I like this so much because I really am not a vegetable lover AND I normally HATE leftovers, but this I literally eat almost every lunch and dinner. It is so yummy!

For those of you near a Sam’s Club – you can buy 5lbs of carrots of $2 and 3lbs of broccoli flowerettes for $5 – that is CRAZY CHEAP compared to the local grocery store prices.

 

***UPDATE*** This recipe also works GREAT on the grill!  Use a grill basket or make foil pouches.  Also – when I reheat mine on the stove, I like to add some fresh minced garlic.  I don’t add it when the veggies are roasting because I’m afraid it (the garlic) will burn.  Oh – and I also love to add chopped onion to the grill basket. 🙂  I can’t wait to get some shrimp and try grilled shrimp and veggies in the grill basket.  YUMMO!

 

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