5 Healthy Ways to Cook Chicken

Whenever I think of “healthy meals” I always resort to grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli. How BORING, amirite?! I believe a lot of people fall off the health bandwagon because of these types of thoughts.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there is SO much more to healthy food than that! You can be so creative with what you eat so that it keeps you interested, and you continue to eat right.

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Instead of giving you some recipes today, I am going to talk about 5 ways to cook chicken that will most definitely keep you coming back for more! This way, you can put your own spin to the cooking styles, and enjoy for meals to come.

COOKING STYLES:

Grilled

I like my grilled chicken super simple, so I usually take my chicken breasts and season them with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Plus, this helps the flavor of the grill come through in the meat. Make sure the grill is clean and oiled up (don’t overkill it) and lay the chicken on the grill. You really don’t want to overcook the chicken (165 internal temp is ideal) so using a fire that’s between 375-400 Fahrenheit will work perfectly.

TIP: Pounding out the chicken before grilling will help even out the temperature throughout the breast, This will help ensure that the thinner edges don’t get overcooked while the thicker middle is undone.

Baked

Baking is an easy way to keep chicken moist, but it’s also an easy way to overcook and dry the chicken out. You’re going to want to heat your oven to 450 degrees and bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes. This will allow for a nice crispy outer layer, and a tender, moist inside.

TIP: I like to season my baked chicken with Mrs. Dash lemon pepper. GUYS. SO. GOOD. Try it, you’ll thank me later.

Roasted

The main difference between roasting and baking is the form of the meat you are cooking. Generally you will ROAST a whole chicken, while you would BAKE a breast or thigh. Roasted chicken is amazing, and there are so many options to stuff it, season it or cook with vegetables and potatoes.

Poached

Poaching can be seen as boring, but it’s a good healthy way to cook your poultry. It will also ensure that your meat is incredibly moist. WOOHOO! I like to season the liquid in which I am poaching my foods in, because that flavor will end being the seasoning.

TIP: Use a base of chicken broth, I normally go for a low sodium one! Throw in some garlic, bay leaves, some sliced lemon and any extra spices laying around and you’ve got yourself a great base.

PS- Poached chicken is PERFECT for a chicken salad!

Braised

Braising is a cooking style that incorporates both the wet and dry heats. You will first sear the meat (dry heat) and then finish it in a liquid (about 2/3 of the way up the meat) at a lower temperature.

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Try some of these new cooking methods and play around with the seasonings! It will definitely help ‘spice’ up your life 😉

Eat up my friends, I hope you enjoy!!

Xo, Dev

The Basics of Meal Prepping

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It’s Monday morning. You wake up late, your hair is a mess, you rush to take a quick shower and throw it up in a bun. Frantically, you are running around the bedroom throwing clothes on without a care of whether your socks match or not. You snatch your purse from the counter and run to the car.  Glancing down at your watch you think to yourself, 9am meeting? I’m pushin’ it. You pull out of the driveway and *phew!* you’re on your way to work. As you start driving you remember, “Oh my goodness I didn’t have time to make breakfast AND I didn’t pack a lunch!!!” *sigh*

PAUSE. REWIND. 

Sounds like a familiar scenario, huh? It’s happened to me… A lot. And I am sure that it has happened to you, too. If it hasn’t – you must be some sort of God and I’d like to know your secret. But for those of you that have experienced this type of Monday morning, read below.

Imagine if there were a different outcome for this situation. Imagine if – though you were running late- you had breakfast and lunch already prepared and all you had to do was grab them from the fridge and go. Imagine if these were healthy meals. You’d be a lot less stressed out on that morning car ride, a lot less HUNGRY, and you would feel more prepared to take on the day.

Well, guess what? I am here to help you make that happen! The solution: Meal Prepping.

For me, Sunday nights are my nights. They help me prepare for the upcoming week and really let me feel like I’ve got my life in order. I lead a crazy busy life – My 9-5 job often turns into a 7am-7pm job.. add in my hour commute, taking care of my dog, making it to the gym 5 days a week and oh yeah, having a social life? I don’t have children right now, but for those of you that do I can only imagine how hectic your schedules are. Meal Prepping will help check one thing off of your long list of to-do’s.

First, check your calendar. What’s going on this week? Dinner with a client? Your sons soccer game? Family outing with the in-laws? Know which days you need to prepare for, and those you don’t.

Look in the pantry and see what you have on hand. Then pick out some recipes that you love. Need some ideas? I’ve included some below. To make it easier, make them in bulk so you can have the same meal 2-3 times. Maybe dinner with the family on Monday night and lunch leftovers the next. Generally speaking meats and poultry will last around 3-4 days, while rice and pastas will last 3-5 days. Jot down a list and head to your local grocery store.

Once you’ve got all the foodies – you can decide what to make now, and what to make later. Maybe you want to make 2 days worth of food and cook again on Wednesday- That’s what I do to ensure I have fresh food the entire week.

Prep the foodies. Wash and cut your fruits and veggies. Cook and brown your meats. Cook your rice and pastas.

Once they are done and cooled, split it all up into Tupperware. You can get them anywhere! It can be as simple as Gladware – or portion control containers with separate compartments. I order mine from Amazon.

TIPS:

  1. Go in with a plan
  2. Take an hour NOW to save multiple hours LATER
  3. Portion control
  4. Stick to fresh, healthy ingredients
  5. Make delicious meals so that you are more apt to eat them

Remember: Crock pots are amazing. Good Tupperware will save you. Keep Ziploc bags for the little things. Lunchboxes will hold you together.

Now, Mondays wont be so hard! You’ll have quick, healthy (and I forgot to mention CHEAP) meals at your fingertips!

MEAL PREP RECIPES

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8 Seriously Easy Meal Prep Recipes

25 Healthy Recipes for People Who Hate Salads

Meal Prep Ideas to Save Time

Chicken Breast Recipes

Meal Prep Bowls

xo,

Dev