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. 

TRYING TO GET YOUR “TO DO” LIST DONE – DON’T STAY UP LATE!

We “super-moms” rationalize that less sleeping hours simply equals being more productive, but that’s far from true! 

Although we’ve all heard that adults should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, us “super-moms” rationalize that less sleeping hours simply equals being more productive. 

I get it – you rush home from work and frantically get dinner on the table.  After clearing the dishes you face that “To Do” list (review homework, clean-out dishwasher from yesterday, laundry and tomorrow’s outfits, take-out recycling / trash, go through mail, pay bills, etc!).

But, first you open your laptop, to either finish “9 to 5” stuff, or work on that side-hustle, and you realize how tired you are….but, your plan is to push through and work a few hours…because you’ll be fine with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep, right?  WRONG!

When you are sleep deprived you are far from functioning at your best.  Your focus, memory, and creativity are diminished, and you are more easily stressed and angered.  You’ll likely also feel warn-out physically, waking-up with aching muscles and back pain, as you’re not giving your body enough time to heal sore muscles and repair worn-out tissue, which takes place during sleep.     

And, ladies, if this isn’t enough already to convince you to get your ZZZZ’s, consider this – sleep loss has a significantly negative impact on metabolism.  In layman’s terms, your body doesn’t properly react to insulin (sugar/ calories) and has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream.  As a result, you end up storing fat, a contributing cause of weight-gain! 

As you can see, denying yourself sleep isn’t getting you closer to successfully completing your “To Do” list or goals.  As you are busy throughout your day, get your rest to be properly prepared with the focus, creativity and energy to take it on!

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(sources:  AcademySuccess.com, International Journal of Endocrinology)