Thursday, April 11, 2019

Healthy Clean Chicken Piccata

Officially halfway through my new nutrition program and I am feeling fantastic. I think what I love most about my job is that I do the program with my clients and in turn I get to live my happiest healthiest life because you are what you eat. Our gut is our 2nd brain. Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut,. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. The second brain informs our state of mind. A big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut. 
Simply translated... 
Put good fuel in ... your brain responds good.
Put bad fuel in... your brain responds bad. 
Which is why I constantly say...
If you are depressed... fix your diet.
If you have anxiety... fix your diet. 

You can pretty much have the food you like, you just have to be willing to be your own advocate and cook it, or find and support others that cook it. For instance. I LOVE chicken piccata, but traditional recipes have a ton of butter  (saturated fat). It just isn't worth it anymore because that makes me tired and lethargic. I want to feel GOOD and have ENERGY! Enter this heathified chicken piccata that tastes downright delicious. I don't miss a thing. Just a few tweaks and boom!

If you are in my nutrition program this counts as 1 RED, 1/4 YELLOW (if you really want to be strict, or you can omit) and 2 tsp per serving. If you are not in my nutrition program but want to be... send me an email and I will send you over deets!

Gluten-Free Healthy Chicken Piccata

1 lb boneless chicken breasts
1 Tbs plus 2 tsp of Ghee
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1/2 cup of tapioca flour
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 lemons, sliced
1 Tbs lemon zest
1/2 cup organic chicken broth
fresh parsley if you have some!

Mix together rice flour, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Lightly dredge each piece of chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

Over medium heat, melt butter mix in olive oil. Brown chicken on each side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Turn heat up to high and deglaze your pan with the lemon juice and chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium and stir liquid with the browned pan drippings from chicken.

Add chicken back to pan and top with lemon zest. Simmer on low heat for about ten minutes. Sauce should thicken a bit. Top with lemon slices and simmer for 5 more minutes. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper if desired and top with fresh parsley, if you have it.

Delicious served with brown rice and steamed veggies!

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