Rosemary Balsamic Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes

Ingredients:

4 (~1/3 lb) skinless, boneless chicken cutlets (thin sliced)

2 teaspoons rosemary – fresh or dried (chopped or powder)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

 2 tablespoons olive oil

½ medium onion – chopped

2 cloves garlic – chopped

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 cups grape tomatoes – cut in half

½ medium lemon (to squeeze for juice)

  • Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon rosemary, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.  Heat olive oil in non-stick large skillet over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook just until browned and cooked through (approx. 3 minutes per side).  Transfer chicken to platter and cover to keep warm. 
  • Add onions and garlic to same skillet.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened (about 2 minutes). 
  • Add balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, the remaining rosemary and salt, and squeeze in the juice from the lemon.  Continue to cook on medium heat until tomatoes are softened (about 3 minutes).  Put chicken back in skillet, along with any accumulated juice, and heat through. 

Too Busy to Eat Healthy?

Not so if you just follow these 6 time-saving, easy tips.

You’re super busy taking care of the house and kids, and you push yourself through that “To Do” list at work – just to get back home to take care of the house and kids.  So, planning your own meals and snacks gets pushed to the side most days.  But…a better, healthier diet can be just 6 easy steps away!

1) Make a quick, simple breakfast a habit

Don’t skip breakfast, as it is essential in giving you energy for your busy day!  Stock-up on items such as non-fat Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, nuts, fresh and dried fruits, and powdered protein (vanilla and peanut butter are two favorite flavors).  You can quickly mix in a bowl, add cinnamon, and heat in the microwave.  Or, make a yogurt smoothie – either sweet with fresh fruit, or savory with veggies, such as spinach and salsa.

2) Easy snacking.

When that mid-morning or mid-afternoon lull hits, you can avoid the trip to the vending machine by having healthy options ready, such as nuts, carrots, grapes, raisins, whole-wheat crackers, or bananas.  Preparing snack size portions for the week only takes a few minutes and will keep you pushing through those never-ending work tasks. 

3)  Drink Water.

You may think a cup of coffee is what you need to keep up your fast pace, however, water may be a better option.  While the caffeine in coffee will give you a quick boost, it is a temporary boost.  Water, on the other hand, will keep you from getting dehydrated which makes you feel tired and sluggish.  Water is also central to circulation, digestion, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of toxins.  Fueling these body functions throughout your day with water can only help your productivity!

4)  Eat at the same time each day.

Knowing what time you will be eating meals each day and actually scheduling them in your calendar will help you plan and make healthier choices, as you won’t be grabbing the quick food that’s available or rushing through a meal.

5)  Go for the lighter lunch.

Lunch is likely the meal that most impacts a busy woman, as it is in the middle of the workday.  While it is easy to order take-out, consider the hidden calories and sodium of restaurant food, not to mention the oversized portions, that will make you feel sluggish. Again, it only takes a few minutes to prepare a healthy salad of vegetables and protein, and you can include some sort of thin side carbs (low fat pretzels or crackers with hummus).

6)  Have groceries delivered.

The key to healthy eating on a busy schedule is to have options readily available.  Write out your shopping list and save time having groceries delivered, then spend the few extra minutes on the weekend to prepare your snacks and lunches for the upcoming week.  You can also quickly pack up individual lunch portions of dinner leftovers.

While this new planning and preparing may take a little effort at first, after a short while, it will be a habit that has seamlessly become a part of your routine.  And…the result will be a healthier you, with an added benefit of self-confidence, as you know you are in control and taking care of yourself!