What I’m reading….
The Happiness Project. I’ve been working on this book since Christmas in my downtime and I love it so far. It’s a nonfiction book about her journey through a year of the ways she tries to find happiness. Each month she focuses on a new goal and builds on each one as the year progresses. It’s very uplifting.
I haven’t started my own happiness project (yet) but I did make weekly goals and also goals I want to achieve by the end of my semester in May. Having weekly goals has been really motivating because they are small, simple, easily attainable goals that enrich my life. I put a number with each one so for example I want to call a friend from home once a week, study 2 chapters for the ACSM certification, go out at least once a weekend with friends, do crossfit 2 times per week, talk to my mom everyday, and a few others that focus on family, blogging, and my job.
The other book I picked up from the library this week is…
Evolutionary Aspects of Nutrition and Health. Nerd Alert, I know. But I find this topic captivating and even though I can read about all of this on the internet I think absorbing a whole book cover to cover offers a lot more depth. This book is part of a large collection, recommended at many nursing colleges, all pertaining to chronic disease, nutrition, and biology that I’d like to get through several of.
I’ve been listening to….
And since this is a food blog after all, I’ve been eating….
Chicken Thighs with Olives and Dates
The best decision I made all week was picking up chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Seriously, the darker meat and extra fat adds so much flavor and fills me up so much more. Serves 3-4. Adapted from this recipe.
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/3 cup olives and some olive juice
- 8-10 pitted dates
- olive oil
- salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried thyme (or any other herbs and spices you prefer)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Wash chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel. Place chicken in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper on the top.
In a bowl mix together water, apple cider vinegar, garlic, herbs, olives and juice, and dates. Pour over chicken.
Place chicken in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to 350 and continue to cook for an additional 20 minutes or until juices run clear and the chicken is fully cooked.
I ate 2 for lunch plus the skin (the best part) off the other two. Oops!
I wanted to eat the other two for dinner that night but I refrained and saved them for the next day. The olives and dates contrast perfectly and the dates become sticky, chewy, and caramelized. If you’re sick of chicken, like I was last week, give chicken thighs a try to mix things up.
What are you reading, listening to, and eating lately?