I recently purchased the newest Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook because they advertised that they were easy and quick recipes. As I have said before I am not a chef but I like preparing good food. I really like this cookbook because it is full of advice on buying natural foods and the recipes are usually 7 ingredients or less. Perfect for throwing together something after getting home from work.
What you will need:
4 (4-ounce) skinless chicken breast
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
4 tablespoon cranberry sauce
2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) goat cheese crumbles
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, or to taste
First they suggest you flattened your chicken but I just cut the chicken breasts in the middle to split them. You will want to put some salt and pepper to flavor the chicken.
Saute the chicken by putting the stove on medium and cooking each side of the chicken for about 2 minutes, just until they are golden brown on each side.
Then you will put a tablespoon of cranberry sauce on each chicken breast (I had extra chicken that I will put in fridge for lunch tomorrow) and sprinkle 1/4 of the goat cheese and 1/4 of the rosemary leaves.
I made some brown rice and steamed mixed veggies for a complete meal. I tell you what, this meal was delicious. I will definitely be making this more often.
One of the foods I have been missing since taking on my anti-gallbladder attack diet is pizza. one particular pizza is Papa Murphy’s Bacon Chicken Alfredo, so I decided to try to make a light version. I used a light Alfredo sauce, Chicken, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, low fat cheese, parmesan cheese, and 100% whole wheat tortilla for the crust.
1 100% Whole Wheat Tortilla
4 ounces of grilled chicken breast
handful of baby spinach
3 ounces of sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup of lite Alfredo sauce
1/3 cup Low Fat Mozzarella
A dash of parmesan cheese
Take foil and place on a cookie sheet. Spray oil on the foil to prevent tortilla from sticking. Spread the Alfredo sauce on the tortilla and then arrange the cut up chicken, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, the low fat cheese, and the parmesan cheese on the tortilla. Place in the preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. BOOM! A 373 calorie delight!
For about the last 6 months I had been having gallbladder attacks, at least that is what I soon discovered was the source of the excruciating pain that would sometimes bring me to my knees. The pain would sometimes last 2 hours and I would either be pacing the floor or on the floor. I am not sure if I was just afraid of what a doctor would tell me or if I just ignored it the episodes would go away but for that 6 months I did nothing about it. I knew it had something to do with my diet and I was trying to eat healthier but it was not until mid October that I had the worst gallbladder attack that I decided to see a doctor. It was about 4 in the morning and I was awaken by the urge for a bowel movement, sorry to gross you out, but I could not not go. Then suddenly that old familiar pain started in the center of my chest…no it was not a heart attack. I begin pacing the living room in hopes that it would eventually go away like the other times. After an hour the pain was still there and I began to feel nauseous, I went outside and began heaving liquid. That episode finally went away after two and half hours. It was then I decided to see a doctor.
To keep my gallbladder or not to keep my gallbladder…that was the question.
After getting a sonogram done I was told I indeed had gallstones. A nurse told me that the next step would be to setup a consult with a surgeon so that we could schedule a day to have my gallbladder removed. WAIT…STOP…what if I did not want it removed. I began scouring the Internet since we all know every thing on the Internet is the truth. I began finding home remedies where I would drink only apple juice for 4 days and then chug down 1/4 cup of olive oil and I would be able to see the gallstones in my toilet the next morning. Then I read that this self healing ritual was the stuff of health nut-whackos.
My consultation with the surgeon went very well. I told him I wanted to keep my gallbladder and he told me that I had small mobile gallstones but there was not thickening of the walls of my gallbladder and he was comfortable with me controlling everything with my diet. So the low fat adventure that I had begun awhile back suddenly got kicked into high gear. I have done a lot of reading on certain foods that aid in gallbladder health and what foods to avoid.
So a new journey has begun, one that will consist of a lot less saturated fats, less meats, more juicing, and a lot of exercise.