Today I did a Sam’s run and was thrilled to find that they were carrying a great Kale-Spinach-Swiss Chard-Carrot Medley Salad Mix. It made it a snap to toss this with some of the Pomegranate Chia Seed Dressing I purchased from Sams on my last trip along with some Pine Nuts and Feta cheese.
I also purchased a big ol’ bag of pretty yellow lemons and was itching to use them. So, decided to pair them with some chicken I had taken out earlier in the day to thaw out.
Tip: Fresh lemons are a great staple to have on hand. Not only do they make your copper shine, but squeeze a section of lemon into your ice water and you’ll help your liver flush out toxins and aid your body in digestion (not to mention get some Vitamin C.)
To keep the chicken from sticking to the skillet, I added some bacon grease to the pan as I turned on the heat and before I started to add any seasonings. From there, I added some fresh rosemary from the garden (this smells heavenly I might add y’all), and about 5-6 spoon full of minced garlic, freshly ground Himalayan salt, pepper, and squeezed lemon juice on top and added a slice of lemon to rest on the chicken while it cooked in the skillet under a aluminum foil canopy. I allowed this to cook at medium heat until the chicken breasts reached 165 degrees – 175 degrees internal temp.
A money-saving tip on buying chicken: Check out the freezer section at Sams or Costco and you’ll find it cheaper.
While the chicken was cooking away on the stop top, I added my sliced beets to the oven, lightly drizzled with some canola oil and salted it. I had some rosemary left over from the chicken so threw some on the beets, too. Why not?! 😉 The beets cooked at 350 degrees F. for about the same length of time as the chicken.
Did you know? Buy your beets with their leaves on them. Beet leaves are chock full of nutrients that you can chop up and add to your salad mix. As for the actual beetroot — it has a glycemic load of only 5, which is very low. Studies have shown that beetroots, or beetroot juice, can reduce blood pressure by up to 3-10 mm/Hg over a period of a few hours (21, 23, 24, 25).
The plating went fast. Just scooped up each chicken breast after checking that all were cooked completely, scooped up some beets, and some salad and — BOOM! Dinner served. My teenage boys ate it all up. They must have been hungry, because they raved at how good it was. My six year old ate everything, too except for the beets. And my three year old daughter only went for the chicken and a little bit of salad. She didn’t want to touch those beets.
Tip: Make extra beets and you can eat your broiled beets the next day on top of your salad. Yum!
Insert recipe here.
• 5-7 skinless Chicken Breasts
• bacon fat (for skillet)
• 5-7 TBSP Garlic, minced
• 4-5 sprigs of Rosemary Leaves
• freshly ground Pink Himalayan Salt
• freshly ground Pepper
• Lemon Juice (enough to squeeze over each chicken breast)
• sliced Lemons (enough for each chicken breast)
Other things you will need:
• Aluminum Foil
• Large black skillet
• Tongs to remove from skillet
• Heat-resistant spoon to scoop seasonings from pan onto top of chicken as it cooks
• Meat thermometer to test internal temp of chicken for doneness
1. Heat your skillet up on medium heat. Add bacon fat to the bottom of the skillet.
2. Add rosemary leaves (fresh), garlic (I use minced garlic from a jar and just store it in the fridge)
3. Add your chicken breasts.
4. Squeeze lemon juice over top of chicken and salt all chicken breasts. Place a lemon slice on top of each chicken breast.
5. Using aluminum foil, create a tent to allow the chicken to cook and to retain moisture in chicken.
6. Every so often, check the chicken for doneness and scoop up some of the seasonings and drizzle on top of each chicken breast. Replace aluminum foil tent until the internal temp reaches 165 -175 degrees.
7. Serve with roasted beets and salad medley or your choice of sides.
This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.