Category: 2B Mindset

Healthy Chicken Cacciatore

(Gotta love the image… this is what happens when you post to Insta Stories and don’t save the photo first)

I always work to find and make healthy and quick delicious meals for the weekday! Most days I get home after 7 pm and want to be in bed before 10, so my goal is to make it quick and simple! I’ve also been working on eliminating carbs at dinner and finding alternatives!

Since my honeymoon, I’ve lost 8 pounds and am 0.4 away from wedding weight (hoping to be at wedding weight at my weigh-in Saturday). One of the biggest things that has helped me is no carbs at dinner and mostly veggies instead. Carbs give you energy so you don’t need them to sleep. Veggies on the other hand get you full and the little protein I add keeps me full until the next day!

So here is a healthy version of chicken cacciatore that can be made in 1 pot and in less than 30 minutes (and even less time if you buy precut things)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into bite stir pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used coconut oil, but olive oil works well too)
  • 1 onion, cut
  • 2 peppers, cut
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small potato (I added this because it came in our CSA this week but totally does not need it)
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • Basil, salt, pepper
  • Directions
    1. Heat oil in large skillet or wok… add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes
      Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until veggies begin to soften
      Add tomatoes, optional potato, and eggplant. Season with salt and pepper and basil… I used a few pieces of fresh basil but dried would also work
      Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until eggplant is soft… Enjoy!

    Serving Options

    1. My husband and I love hot sauce so we naturally put some in
    2. The tomatoes make it a little liquidy, which I like and the broth is delicious! You can serve this over a veggie rice like cauliflower rice or brown rice if you are eating carbs at dinner
    3. Feel free to add any veggie to this dish! The original recipe I got this idea from (The Beachbody Blog) had mushrooms and zucchini.
  • As alway, let me know what you think! If you post it on social media, make sure to tag me at @lovelearninghealth
  • My Healthy Relationship with the Scale

    Since starting the “wedding diet”, I’ve learned a lot and I’m excited to share this experience with you because I don’t feel like this “diet” is something I’ll only do for the next 7 weeks, but a lifestyle change, I’ve truly enjoyed…

    Prior to this time, I’ve been told so many things about how to be healthy and how to lose weight… so many fad diets, so many quick fixes, so many restricted foods… but none of those are sustainable nor have they worked for me… I’ve also been told this, and I’m sure many of you have as well… track everything, and don’t go on the scale more than once a week…

    I also know this about myself… I HATE tracking… I’m one of those people who tracks until they go off track and then just “forget” to track until the next day when I can start over – anyone else? Similarly, if I knew I was going out or to a gathering I would just not track that day because it was too hard.

    And what about the scale? The times in my life I have stepped on the scale daily resulted in two things – hatred for the scale going up aka hatred toward myself or a celebration for the scale going down… only so it would go up again… A vicious cycle that never helped me. The times in my life I have stepped on the scale weekly have resulted in almost anxiety every night before “weigh – in” and if I gained weight that week, whatever program I was following, I just assumed it wasn’t working for me or it was too hard given whatever circumstance I wanted to use as an excuse and I would quit.

    Well recently, on top of following the 80 Day Obsession, I have started learning about the 2B Mindset and Ilana, the nutritionist who created the program, has taught me two things… scale everyday and track everything… I’ve been skeptical until today… Yesterday, I didn’t track everything but I was also very conscious of the fact that Tom and I got Starbucks for breakfast, went out for lunch, and ordered Thai for dinner. This morning, I went on the scale and it was up three pounds. Here is the great thing (and yes, I said great thing…) It was the first time, I wasn’t frustrated or disappointed in myself… The difference was I looked at it as a learning opportunity… Clearly eating out three times in a day does not help me reach my goals.

    The scale can feel scary and depressing or it can be used as a tool… Do I look at today’s weight gain as an actual weight gain? No! My official weigh – in days are Friday, but I know what I need to do now to help myself avoid a three pound weight gain in a day… What will I do differently next time? I could have brought breakfast. I also could have had way more water throughout the day.

    It is important to remember that this is a lifestyle change and a journey and the more you learn and understanding, the more successful and the more happy you will be in the long term.

    Interested in learning more about the 2B Mindset or 80 Day Obsession? Let me know! New groups are always starting and 1 on 1 coaching is also provided at no extra cost!