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Lemon Thyme Chicken

Remember how I told you I love lemon??  The other night, I wanted to make a healthy but romantic dinner for Aaron and I.  You know what I mean, a meal that takes a little more time and love to create. ;o)  I had bought a huge pack of chicken breasts on sale to use for a few meals and thought of the whole roasted chicken that I like to cook for special meals.  It’s kind of a version of Ina Garten’s engagement chicken.  Ok, it IS Ina Garten’s recipe and it DID work.  For real, I made Aaron engagement chicken one Valentine’s day and we were engaged on March 23.  That shit works!

Anyway, I subbed Thyme for Rosemary, but most of the elements were the same.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

1 lb Chicken breast

2 lemons, juiced, zested and quartered

6 cloves of garlic

3/4c chicken broth

bunch of thyme

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp oregano

Preheat oven to 400*.  Sautee onions in olive oil and add garlic for the last few minutes.  Add broth, seasonings and lemon juice and zest to saucepan and then pour into baking dish.  Top with chicken and a few extra sprigs of thyme, add the quartered lemons and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear. (I use a meat thermometer to tell me when it’s done).  Serve with roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts for a wholesome meal.  Bon Appetit!

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You probably have learned by now that my photography skills suck. This picture was taken after my husband had already served himself, and it’s not especially pretty, but it tasted damn good!

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Crockpot White Chicken Chili

I love when fall rolls around and the air turns crisp and I can pull out the boots and scarves and sweaters.  It also means it’s soup and chili season!!!  I love chili.  White chili, turkey chili, texas chili, chili chili chili!  Yesterday was a busy day at work and I knew I’d be exhausted by the time I got home.  I depended on my fizzies and my crockpot to get me through, and neither of them disappointed!!  I went home at lunch and threw two chicken breasts, 2 cups of chicken stock (I keep homemade in the freezer), a bunch of diced veggies and spices in the crockpot on high.  When I got home from work, the house smelled amazing!!  It was a hit with both my husband and my mom, and luckily there was enough for all 3 of us to have leftovers for lunch today!

Crockpot White Chicken Chili – Gluten and Dairy free!

1lb chicken breast

2c chicken stock

1 diced onion

1 diced green pepper

1 diced and seeded jalapeno pepper

2 cans white beans

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp oregano

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

salt and pepper

Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5.  Shred the chicken and add back to the pot, and add 1/2 c unsweetened coconut milk and 1 tbl brown rice flour (mixed) to the crockpot and let cook for another 1/2 hour.  Add a squeeze of lime to bring all the flavors together and top with cilantro!  So comforting and delish!!

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Arbonne Protein Pancakes

Most mornings I’m satisfied with protein shakes or muffins, but on weekends I want something more substantial.  Veggie omelet with avocado, maybe some roasted sweet potato on the side.  Some black beans cooked with onion and peppers and topped with fried eggs and hot sauce.  Chili topped with eggs.  You see where I’m going.  Sometimes, I want the comfort of a pancake!!  Who doesn’t love pancakes???  These protein pancakes are thebomb.com.  They have a nice texture, unlike the egg and banana ones I’ve tried.  I like to throw some frozen or fresh berries in a saucepan with a splash of water and a few drops of liquid stevia and let it cook down into a syrupy consistency to top it with!  So good, you guys!!  And totally compliant!!!

Arbonne Protein Pancakes

1 scoop Arbonne Vanilla protein

1 egg

1/4c coconut, almond milk or water

That’s it!  How simple, but totally scrumptious!

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Blueberry Lemon Protein Bites

Do you love the sweet, tart taste of lemon?  I’m a fan for life!  We almost always have lemons in the fruit bowl, either for adding to water or tea, salad dressings, chicken, etc.  I loved the pumpkin protein bites, but I wanted something more tart.  I came up with this after buying a bag of frozen organic blueberries.  Now, I’d probably make them again with fresh blueberries as they are firmer and won’t burst in your hands as you’re rolling them.  They taste pretty great to me, though!!  OOOHHHH, maybe coconut would be good in them too!

Blueberry Lemon Protein Bites ~12 bites

4 scoops Arbonne vanilla protein

1/4c unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 c gluten free oats

1/2 c blueberries

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1 tbl chia seeds

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Combine all ingredients and roll into balls.  The number you get will be depend on how large or small you like them.  Refrigerate or freeze for a grab and go snack

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Arbonne Vanilla Muffins

I’m a vanilla lover, so give me a warm vanilla muffin in the morning with my arbonne latte and I’m happy as a clam.  What I like about these muffins, is that you can really customize them so many different ways!  Cinnamon and apples sauteed in coconut oil? Blueberries or strawberries?  So many options!!

The base recipe is as follows:

Arbonne Vanilla Protein Muffins serves 4

4 scoops Arbonne vanilla protein

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs (or 1 egg and 1/4 c egg whites)

1/4c coconut or almond milk

Combine all ingredients and bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes.

 

I prefer them with fruit mixed in, because it gives them a moister texture.

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Arbonne Chocolate Protein Muffins

I was tired of having the same shakes every day while following the Arbonne 30 program.  I enjoy them, especially the chocolate covered strawberry shake, but wanted something I could chew and still get that beautiful protein.  Check these babies out!  They are so good that my husband requests them for his breakfast, and he doesn’t follow Arbonne.  Well, not officially, but he certainly eats compliant meals every day!!

Chocolate Protein Muffins – 4 Muffins

3 scoops Arbonne chocolate protein

1 TBL 100% Cocoa (I use Hershey’s in the brown can)

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg or 1/4c egg whites

1/2 c coconut or almond milk

Combine ingredients and scoop into a greased muffin pan.  Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes.  Enjoy alone or topped with sunflower or almond butter.  Y-U-M!!

Save yourself some time and just bake a double batch.  Enjoy two for a meal or one for snack.

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Arbonne Protein Cookies

Do you ever need a sweet treat after lunch or dinner?  I know I do!  I had been eating rice cakes with sunflower butter, which is delicious, but I wanted something more.  These protein cookies are Ahhmazing!! Enjoy with a mock latte for a late afternoon or after dinner treat and you’ll add to your protein consumption for the day!

Chocolate Sunflower Protein Cookies

2 Tablespoons Arbonne Chocolate Protein

1c Sunflower butter (again, you can use almond butter)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and roll into balls.  Press down with a fork to shape.  Bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool before removing.  Enjoy!

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Arbonne Mock Latte

I’m a complete coffee addict!  Venti sugar free vanilla, skim latte every morning and many afternoons.  Not only is this hard on the wallet ($100+ every month) but it was hard on my stomach.  I could not figure out why I was always so nauseous.  I hoped it was morning sickness for a long time, but nope, just the acid in the coffee eating my stomach.  I gave up coffee very reluctantly for my first Arbonne 30 round.  I drank my detox tea and shakes every morning, but I was not fulfilled.  I didn’t have that warm comfort every morning and felt that something was missing.  As soon as I finished my 30 days, the first thing I did was buy a latte.  Those darn nausea spells came back with a vengeance.  My second round of Arbonne 30, I did a little research first.  I searched Pinterest for recipes and found this mock latte.  Life. Changing.  Seriously, try it and let me know what you think!!

Arbonne 30 Compliant Mock Latte

1 cup of hot detox tea

1/4c coconut milk or almond milk (I always use coconut, as I have a nut allergy)

1 scoop Arbonne Chocolate, Vanilla or Chai protein.

cinnamon or vanilla to taste

Blend all ingredients until its incorporated and frothy.  Enjoy!!

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Arbonne 30 Recipes

One of my favorite things is making delicious food healthier.  Who says that living a healthy lifestyle means eating chicken breast and broccoli every day?  I could not do it!!  I need variety and spice.  I’ve started a notebook with recipes to try and many of them turn our pretty good….others, not so much.  You can’t win them all, right?

I will be posting a series of recipes that are Arbonne 30 compliant.  Gluten free, sugar, soy, corn and dairy free…and coffee free.  Sounds horrible, right?  I promise it’s not!!

Follow along!  xo, L

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Vacation Blues

Do you get the blues when vacation is over?  I returned to work on Monday, and that also meant the return of my headaches.  Coincidence?  I think not!  I love my job, I really do, but I love vacation more!

Our trip to Jamaica was everything I could have dreamed of and more.  The weather was good, the food was great, the staff was attentive and my time with Aaron was perfect.  Our already strong bond was strengthened even more.  It’s amazing what time away can do for your soul and your marriage!!

I don’t think I could ever stay in another resort brand again.  Secrets St. James in Montego Bay was truly amazing.  We had the greatest view from our amazing suite.

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Even before landing, you could see how clear blue the ocean was

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We were greeted by staff when we arrived to the resort and taken to our suite.  I wish I had taken actual pics, because it was gorgeous.  I loved the soaking tub and the bed was so comfortable!

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We had a nice little surprise waiting for us when we entered the room.  Aaron had told them that we were celebrating our honeymoon, which we were…a year and a half after we wed!

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We were also gifted with a romantic in suite breakfast, which was totally yummy!

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We woke early every morning, usually by 5:30-6am.  We took a walk every morning to watch the sunrise and then headed to the coffee shop.  This peacock was there to greet us every morning.  We were constantly trying to get good pictures of her!

We lazily laid by the ocean every day and floated around all afternoon.  I enjoyed my daily mimosas.

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We would check out the pool scene in the afternoon.  The pool bar bartenders were really funny and livened up the day.  This view from what we called the quiet pool was spectacular!

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The food was incredible.  I thought my favorite was the French restaurant, until I tried the Italian food.  Crazy, right?  Those Jamaicans can surely cook a mean steak, too!  Seriously perfect!  We enjoyed our dinners every night and dressing up.

It was truly a magical vacation and I’m already looking forward to our next trip away!  For now, the memories we made and the pictures we took will be at the forefront of my mind.

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xo, Lori