I’ve had this recipe on my meal plan since last week, I just never got around to making it. I had the ingredients though, so I figured I better make it this week! This chicken recipe originally came from a clean eating cookbook that I had gotten a couple years ago as a Christmas gift.  I subbed orzo for the potato and green bean salad that we usually make it with to switch things up a bit. My nearly 6 year old son HATES rice, so that limits some of our starchy sides. He does however like rice shaped pasta..while I know it isn’t the same as rice maybe it is one step closer to him someday deciding he and rice will get along. Oh they joys of motherhood!

Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken breast

1 lemon juiced & 1 T zest

3 cloves garlic crushed

4 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 t (or more for spicier) dried red pepper flakes

1/2 c chopped fresh or 1-2 T dried oregano

2 t fresh dill or 1 t dried16865136_10202829978668260_5953350469688915722_n

To make: combine the lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano to make a marinade. Reserve some of the marinade to dress your side dish.  Marinate the chicken for 2-3 hours if possible. Grill, broil, or Traeger the chicken until it is done and the juices run clear. Note: You could serve this over a salad, with orzo, or rice. Use the reserved marinade to dress your side dish and enjoy!

Progress report:

Full disclosure: I do NOT own a scale, so I don’t know if I have actually lost any weight, but I do know my clothes fit better, I’m not starving or depriving myself, and I notice muscles popping out here and there!

3 1/2 weeks into P90X3. We have done almost all of our workouts in the mornings like we  set out to do..the exceptions are the weekends : ) I am noticing that I am less sore after the workouts which is nice! The first few workouts were brutal and I felt them for a couple days afterwards. I am excited to move into transition week on Monday and am excited to see what happens in this next phase. I have found my nutrition has been pretty good overall. I would say I am following it about 90% of the time. I know what I need to do to get the results, just have to decide if what I want most outweighs the daily temptations to “slack” off. I love that I can be done with my workout in the time it would take me to drive to the gym and get warmed up. Life is busy, no need to add extra pressure. Work smarter, not harder!