Let's prepare meals that will keep you on track. We'll start with marinating chicken. Wait, what?



Yep. You heard me. Chicken, not seafood this time. But I have to rewind a bit now to explain my thought process:


So we are all done with guilt eating, Holiday parties, tons of excuses, will get back on track in January inner-persuasion talks. The problem is, how? How do we exactly get back on track? I must have read over 100 articles about creating good habits and only a couple actually made me do something about it. One of them particularly hit me as I think everything starts with creating good habits and the right mindset to reach our goals. Whether it is about eating healthy or being more productive in life. Here is a link that I think most of us would enjoy and appreciate:


https://medium.com/mind-cafe/8-meta-habits-to-make-2020-your-breakthrough-year-3dd00429cf3


So, that being said, I started a fitness program (which I will reveal in my future blog posts)- that requires for me to eat certain amount of protein everyday. I know why it is hard to eat healthy, it takes so much time to prepare it that most of us simply don't have. I was lucky to own a restaurant that already prepared full of protein and omega3 packed meals. I cannot wait for the locations to open so I can get them again but until then, I am on the same boat as everyone else: Have to prepare a protein based healthy meal for a family of four (Including two little picky eaters). So I will share my journey on changing our daily dinner preparation routine to an easy doable routine.


I was reading an article about American Families having a 7 recipe that they always go back to each week. Sadly, sometimes none of that 7 recipe is made with seafood. So I decided that before pushing people to eating seafood that they are not used to eating as much, let's start with the ones they already feel comfortable with: Chicken


I know, I know I am supposed to talk about seafood and I will; but hear me out. You will read my gourmet seafood recipes here but then tomorrow will go back to what you are used to making. So I figured we can find a way to integrate it all together.


Today, we will pre-marinate chicken for a full two week period. I will give you three marination recipes here for the chicken parts that you favor. I personally like tenderloins as they are not as dry as the breast and easy to incorporate to any recipe. But choose yours as you wish.


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First Marination/ Lemon Rosemary


In a large bowl I simply dumped all the tenderloins and mixed it with the following:


  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Rosemary

  • 1/2 cup EVOO for every 2lbs of chicken

  • 1 fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon Coarse black pepper

  • 4-6 cloves of crushed garlic for every 2lbs

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon pink salt ( I started using only pink salt for everything)


Second Marination/Spicy Blackened Chicken


  • 1/2 cup EVOO for every 2lbs of chicken

  • 2 tablespoon crushed red pepper

  • ( I used a turkish brand as they don't have the seeds in them)

  • 1 teaspoon Coarse black pepper

  • 4-6 cloves of crushed garlic for every 2lbs

  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon pink salt

Third Marination/Red Sauce



Once I mixed them, I seperated in small ziplocks, sandwich sized ones for easy use. Now I just pull the flavor I like from the freezer the night before to the refrigerator or the same day's morning and cook them as I wish. Marinating reduces the cooking time too. You can simply sautee them, cook in the oven throwing some vegetables and potatoes on the side or simply serve it with salad.


I hope you enjoy it. Stick with me, more practical meals will come. Definitely some seafood.


Stay tuned.

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