Easy Low Carb Chicken dish

If you’re like me and you have no (as in, NO) time to cook after a long day, maintaining variety as well as a healthy selection of dinners can be pretty tough. I went through a stage where I was resorting to salads for dinner due to time constraints. Chicken, tuna, chicken, tuna.. and so the list goes on.

Cold, crunchy salad only satisfies for so long, and you start craving healthy yummy warm dishes again (As does the husband) so I’ve set out to learn to make some creative, new dishes that are low carb too. Bonus – from start to finish this dish doesn’t take me longer than 20 minutes (a few minutes extra to make a salad or cook veg.. but I get my hubby to do that 🙂

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Ingredients: (in order of cooking them)

4 x chicken breasts

Salt / pepper

Italian herbs

1 teaspoon garlic

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 x tin chopped tomatoes

A sprinkle of chilli flakes

Sweet basil or fresh.. I just don’t have fresh

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

White Cheddar or Mozzarella

Steps:

  1. Fry the breasts in coconut oil or a medium of your choice, adding salt and pepper as well as Italian herbs (as pictured). Fry on each side for 5-7 minutes. When you turn to the other side, repeat the salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
  2. Once nearly cooked through, take out the pan and place on a plate.
  3. Add garlic and balsamic vinegar to remaining coconut oil in the pan and fry for a minute or two
  4. Add can of tomato and sprinkle with the chilli flakes.
  5. Add sweet basil and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Add Worcestershire sauce
  7. Place chicken breasts back in the pan, sprinkling with some more Italian herbs. Simmer on a lower heat for two minutes
  8. Add slices of cheese to the top of each chicken breast and put a lid on the pan for a few minutes while you get your plates and cutlery ready. Dish when cheese is all melted!

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This dinner kind of makes me feel like I’m in Italy. You get a taste of the long lost carb-full pizza we are crave!

 

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Easy Low Carb Ice Cream

For those on it, the Low Carb lifestyle (LCHF) is a very rewarding one. After the initial adjustment phase, you start to settle in and think less about the loss of sugary goodness in your life. But if you’re like me, and every now and then you crave a little after dinner or weekend treat then having a few go-to recipes is a surefire way of preventing cheating. Because LCHF is a lifestyle and cheating can really set you back on your weight loss goals.

I don’t have any fancy mixers or ingredients so this recipe is super simple (And so delicious!)

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So delicious!

  1.  1 x tin of coconut milk
  2. 1 x teaspoon vanilla essence
  3. 100ml cream
  4. 100ml full cream milk
  5. 2 tablespoon xylitol
  6. 1 x shot of espresso (or a cup of filter coffee.. just watch out not too much water. Make it a short, strong cup!)
  7. Almonds or other lowcarb treats to add in / experiment with.

Directions

Mix/ blend (I use a stick blender) all ingredients for 2 min on high except for the nuts / other goodies. Add nuts at the end (They settle at the bottom but you can stir as its freezing) and put in a small, short container in the freezer. Stir every hour or so. Dig in!

P.S. You can play around with flavours (e.g. leave out coffee, keep it vanilla and add blueberries..) and also VERY delicious is leaving it in the freezer for an hour or so and drinking a glass as an iced-coffee. My hubby is crazy about LCHF treats and he keeps asking for some 🙂

Happy New Year!

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It’s safe to say 2017 is well underway. I’m nearly finished with my second week of work and I’m already exhausted..Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, I feel like every year truly is a new chance to set goals of things you would like to achieve and implement. So, I’ve taken the plunge and joined a gym! I’ve also cut sugar out of my diet completely and am back on the LCHF lifestyle, as I feel it really works for me. If you have never heard of the LCHF lifestyle, you can read more here.
But most of all, my resolution is to spend time blogging – something I’ve always loved!

Let me know what you want to achieve in 2017!