Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Lemon Garlic Chicken with Green Beans and Red Potatoes

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I found this recipe on Pinterest and immediately had to try it. I mean, who doesn't love a one dish meal? 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Green Beans and Red Potatoes

Serves 4Prep Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • Ingredients:
  • 6  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4  pound  trimmed green beans
  • 8 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 chicken breasts 

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the green beans and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the green beans and arrange them on top of the lemon slices. Add the potatoes to the same olive-oil mixture and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, arrange the potatoes along the inside edge of the dish or skillet on top of the green beans. Place the chicken in the same bowl with the olive-oil mixture and coat thoroughly. Place the chicken, skin-side up, in the dish or skillet. Pour any of the remaining olive-oil mixture over the chicken.
  3. Roast for 50 minutes. Remove the chicken from the dish or skillet. Place the beans and potatoes back in oven for 10 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender. Place a chicken breast on each of 4 serving plates; divide the green beans and potatoes equally. Serve warm.



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Monday, October 22, 2012

Musical Monday: When We Stand Together

I am linking up with My So Called Chaos.

This week's song is a song from my favorite band. This one was hard because I have A LOT of favorite bands. But, I went with Nickelback and the song, "When We Stand Together". I don't know what it is about this song, but I just love it!




When We Stand Together
by: Nickelback

One more depending on a prayer 
And we all look away 

People pretending everywhere 
It's just another day 



There's bullets flying through the air 
And they still carry on 
We watch it happen over there 
And then just turn it off 



(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
We must stand together 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
There's no giving in 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Hand in hand forever 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's when we all win 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's, that's, that's when we all win 
That's, that's, that's when we all win 



They tell us everything's alright 
And we just go along 
How can we fall asleep at night? 
When something's clearly wrong 



When we could feed a starving world 
With what we throw away 
But all we serve are empty words 
That always taste the same 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 



We must stand together 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
There's no giving in 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Hand in hand forever 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's when we all win 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's, that's, that's when we all win 
That's, that's, that's when we all win 



The right thing to guide us 
Is right here, inside us 
No one can divide us 
When the light is nearly gone 
But just like a heartbeat 
The drumbeat carries on 



And the drumbeat carries on 
(Just like a heartbeat) 



(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
We must stand together 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
There's no giving in 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Hand in hand forever 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's when we all win 
(Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) 
That's, that's, that's when we all win 
That's, that's, that's when we all win

My version of Musical Monday is based on the 30 Day Song Challenge.

Friday, October 19, 2012

I Confess.... {10/19/12}

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Mamarazzi is on a blogging break so Friday Confessional is being hosted by High-Heeled Love during her absence. 

I confess.... that I am having a blogging conflict. I feel as if I never have time to blog consistently. Which, honestly, I don't between cooking, cleaning, home schooling, and college. But, I also feel that if I did have time, I'm confused on where I want my blog to go. It used to be about parenting, then it went to a lot about me, now where? Parenting? Me? My weight loss journey? Hmphhhh...... I guess it will come to me.

I confess... that I do have 4 other blogs besides this one. One for home schooling, one for sports, one for my psychology papers, and I have the blog supported on Spark People. Maybe I'll take a few days later on and write about them.

I confess... that I had this whole blog planned in my head this morning but have completely forgotten what I was going to write now.

I confess... that I am craving a soda real bad right now but am winning the battle not getting one. 

I confess... that planning meals right now is hard for me. I started counting the calories involved in my homemade lasagna. Just with the meats, it was over 500 calories per slice. Crazy! I don't want to alter my recipe because us Italians just aren't like that. But, I need to find a way to make it lower calorie.

I confess... that today is my daughter, Caitie's, birthday. She's 7. Her twin sister's birthday is tomorrow. I really don't like that they have different birthdays. While others think it cool, I find it troublesome. They are old enough now that they realize that one "turns older" a day before the other one.

I confess... that I really hate having 5 birthdays in a month. Its a lot of gifts and cake.

I confess... that I just realized that while I made my menu this morning, I forgot to make my grocery list. Whoops... Maybe I should go get on that now....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reverting Back to Old Ways

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For the first time in a long while, I looked at myself in the mirror after my shower. I was appalled  I literally had moments of hating myself, hating what I saw. This was just 10 days ago. I went through a  few days of depression. Then this past Friday, I decided that the image I saw wasn't going to stay around any longer. To be honest, I hadn't been weighed since February of 2010 when I checked out the hospital after giving birth to my seventh child. I knew I had gained weight because of my clothes. I took the plunge Friday night and bought a scale. I was partially terrified to stand on the scale and read the numbers. To be honest, in my guesstimate, I was only 18 pounds off. However, I hated the number I saw. Beginning Saturday morning, I began watching what I ate and cut out all sodas. Four days later, I am 7 pounds lighter. And I have still eaten, even splurging on Sunday and getting pizza for dinner. Since Friday, I have only drank water, snacked on rice cakes and eaten smaller portions.

Now, here's what truly scares me - the chance of reverting back to old ways. You know the saying, "An addict is never truly cured."? Well, when I was a teenager, between the ages of 13 - 19, I was anorexic, even to the point of being severe anorexic (weighed MAYBE 90 lbs the day I graduated). And being anorexic is like being an addict: I was addicted to being skinny. When I became pregnant with my now 10-year-old, I weighed 110 lbs. I have gained A LOT of weight since then. Do I want to be that thin again? No. Do I want to be at a healthy weight? Absolutely. But, I'm scared that once I stall out in losing weight, that ugly monkey on my back will be back. That I'll suddenly resort back to starving myself in order to drop weight. I don't want to. I want to do this the right way, the healthy way. I could probably have already lost even more weight if I had already began my treadmill workout, but I'm starting this diet lifestyle change slowly as to not overwhelm myself.

But, I'd be a liar if I said that it didn't scare me that I could revert back to starving myself. Or exercising out of control if I did eat. Honestly, I'd exercise for five hours over a piece of lettuce back then. I won't even begin to discuss the amount of diet pills I took back then either.  I don't want want to be that way again. So, not only am I battling to make the weight disappear, I'm battling myself to keep it a healthy battle.

Linking up to Pour Your Heart Out on Things I Can't Say.