As you all know from Monday’s post I’m doing a program called the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
The diet is primarily meats/proteins, veggies and healthy fats so I’ve had to get pretty creative in the kitchen to make my food tasty without adding any sugar.
It really has been so eye opening to see that so many of my favorite marinades are packed with sugar, favorite condiments…packed with sugar and even some meats contain sugar WTF?!
So what’s a girl to do?
Well, I’ve been getting back to the basics flavoring foods with fresh lemon/lime juice, spices, fresh herbs, butter and oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil.
One of my favorite things I made last week was this Easy Lemon Caper Chicken- think of it kind of like a very healthy take on chicken picatta. I’ve made this exact recipe 4 times for meal prepping and both Bryce and I have really enjoyed the bright, bold flavors it has to offer.
In addition to this recipe being compliant for the 21 Day Sugar Detox it’s also perfect for those eating Paleo or Whole 30.
- 4 8oz boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in half lengthwise to create 8 thin sliced chicken breasts)
- I also love buying the thin sliced chicken breasts from Trader Joe’s to make life easier
- 2 lemons
- 2-3 tbsp capers
- 1 tbsp butter (melted)
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375
- Place the chicken breasts on a parchment lined baking sheet then squeeze the juice of 1 lemon onto them followed by the melted butter. Then sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste. Finish the chicken by randomly tossing 2-3 tbsp of capers on top then cut the other lemon and throw it on the baking sheet with the chicken
- Bake for 15-20 mins or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. FYI thin sliced chicken cooks fast so be careful not to overcook it
- Let sit for 5 mins then squeeze the roasted lemons onto the chicken and enjoy with your choice of veggies, brown rice, pasta or whatever
Look at all that deliciousness mmmmmmmmmm!
So what is a caper…
I honestly had no idea what a caper was until writing this post. All I knew was that they were delicious!
Capers are those small pea-sized dark green things that are often in Mediterranean and French food. They add a salty, pungent and vinegary flavor to food that can elevate even the simplest meals.
But you still may be wondering WTF is a caper?
Capers are pickled flower buds that are picked off a shrub-like bush way before the buds flower. The capers are then dried in the sun then brined or packed in salt. SO GOOD!
You can find capers at most grocery stores usually by cans/jars of olives, tomatoes, artichokes…etc. They are a great way to boost the flavor of your food. I love cooking them with proteins like chicken or fish or even throwing them into salads for a pop of flavor.
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Do you like capers?
What do you like to season meat with that doesn’t contain sugar?
Any easy protein recipes?
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