Recipes, Workouts

Maple Dijon Chicken

Yesterday was the first nice day in a long time here in Boston. The sun was out and the temperatures had started to climb into the 60’s. It was the perfect day for a long run, so I changed at work and headed over to a lake one of my coworkers had told me about. He had claimed it was at least a five mile run so I was all geared up to start and ran at a slower pace trying to not burn myself out. After one mile in I realized that this coworker had exaggerated a little as it seemed I was almost half done with the run so I picked it up a little bit and managed to get the 3.5 miles in under a 9 minute pace. I was really hauling (read almost weazing and getting to the end and falling over on the grass) at the end so I don’t think I could keep this pace for a longer run.

Less than 3.5 miles…close buddy. 

After the run I headed on over to Hannaford’s to get stuff for dinner and then salad stuff for my date night with WHO tonight. I was a tad nervous about dinner because it was something different that I wasn’t sure how it would come out or if the boyfriend would like it but I figured I should give it a shot and I am really glad I did. It was so easy to make and since he left nothing on his plate I’m assuming he wasn’t just saying it was good to be nice.

I found the recipe for Maple Dijon Chicken online and after making it once I think I’ll make a few tweaks to it, like add some mushrooms for bulk and perhaps a hint of garlic. Overall though it was very good and I will be making it again.

I started out by mixing the 1/2 cup of Dijon Mustard with a 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup and one TB of Rice Vinegar.

Then putting the chicken down in a baking dish I covered in with the mixture and baked at 450 degrees for 40 minutes, basting the chicken with the sauce ever so often.

While that was cooking I made some couscous. I was upset I couldn’t find regular couscous because I like adding my own spices to it, but when I asked the stock boy where to find the couscous he looked at me like I had sprouted an extra head and had to ask his manager what couscous was. So I felt fortunate at least I could find a box one that didn’t’ sound awful. (That’s what I get for going to Hannaford’s I guess) It wasn’t bad but I would have preferred regular instead.

I then made spinach by putting some olive oil down in the pan and some garlic paste and sauteing the spinach until it was just barely wilted. The chicken came out and I covered it with a bit of fresh rosemary and plated everything together.

This meal is so easy I was able to do three loads of laundry while I was making it. I would highly recommend for a week night when there is a lot going on!

This morning I started off healthy as well when I made a smoothie for breakfast before work. I put in some greek yogurt, spinach, strawberries, mango and an apple that was lying around. The color came out very gross as the spinach made it turn brown and the apple skin was a tad gross to have as well since it didn’t blend well but the flavor was good. Minus the apple I think I’ll be making these again for sure.

TGIF EVERYONE! Have a great weekend.

What is a meal you make when you are pressed for time?
For me it’s normally couscous with a poached egg on top. Not something I could feed the boyfriend as well though so I am going to have to invent some new ones when I’m cooking for two.

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