Weight loss goes a little like this: 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. You can exercise as hard as you want, but you cannot out work a poor diet! Taking time to put effort into what you are going to eat is essential to a healthy lifestyle. It’s worth it because when working to build muscle and burn fat, like we’re here to help you do at Ellipse Fitness, you’ll want to look for meals that are low in sugar and high in protein.
Start simple with something like baked chicken! An excellent source of protein and almost zero sugar. While baking your chicken, sauté vegetables on the stove top. The original recipe, curtesy of Olena of iFOODreal, calls for red peppers and mushrooms. This combination is super tasty, but you can play around with your veggies of choice!
Baked Chicken with Sautéed Veggies
Nutritional Information: 8 Servings Per Recipe
Amount Per Serving = 2 thighs w/juices:
Total Fat: 13.1 g
Cholesterol: 148.5 mg
Sodium: 379.2 mg
Total Carbs: 3.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 36.6 g
- 3 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, boneless & skinless
- 1 large garlic clove, grated
- 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 10 brown mushrooms or 2 portobellos, chopped
- 2 large bell peppers, chopped
- Feel free to add vegetables of your choice
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1 cup hard cheese like mozzarella or marble, shredded (Gluten Free cheese is a great alternative)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse chicken and if using breasts cut in half lengthwise. In a large baking dish, add chicken, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well to coat evenly and spread in a single layer. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes. Chicken is cooked when pale and surrounded by clear juices.
- In the meanwhile, preheat in a large ceramic pan on low-medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and sauté for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers and sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring.
- Remove chicken from the oven and turn broiler on High. Separate chicken a bit from each other and top each piece with vegetables (sprinkle around too) and top with cheese. Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot with rice, quinoa or veggies.
It’s low cal. It’s flavorful. It’s easy to make!