Quick and Healthy Chicken Caprese

So I said this already on Instagram yesterday but I am so excited that I was actually able to not only make this for myself for lunch but also start having the time and energy to eat healthier.

I think two things have happened lately that made this possible …

1. Austin is napping/sleeping for longer amounts of time. Some of this is due to the fact that we are rounding that six week corner where everyone says things get a little easier (man-oh-man I hope I didn’t just jinx myself) and some of it is thanks to the swing!

2. I realized that I was suffering from a little bit ofย  postpartum depression these past few weeks. It wasn’t just the baby blues either. I was withdrawing from family and friends and staying cooped up in the house. I was scared to bring Austin in the kitchen because of the hardwood and tile floors. “What if I drop him?!” was what I kept thinking. I saw it happen in my head (among other scary things) over and over and I was terrified to leave the bedroom.

I’m happy to say that after forcing myself to get out of the house with the little man more (a few trips to Tar-jay), going for walks and talking with my husband about somethings we could do together and with Austin to get out of the house there is a light at the end of the “I have a newborn” tunnel and I’m finally feeling better.

At my six week check up my doctor also suggested that I reduce the amounts of refined sugars I take in and that might help as well. Her suggestion really helped me amp up my clean eating plan. I am also taking fish oil pills and we just ordered a treadmill. I’m thinking exercise will be the final step in feeling 100% myself again.

Here is my amazing man. Swinging away while I snapped these photos.

Did anyone else suffer from postpartum anxiety or depression? How did you cope with it and recover?

Okay now about this chicken. Here is what makes it awesome; it’s half of a chicken breast that I pounded with a kitchen mallet so it would be really tender. I never liked chicken that much until I learned that trick!

The rest is below. It seriously took me 10 mins max. Do it. It’s healthy and your family (or just you!) will be so impressed.

Chicken Caprese (Serves 2) inspired by Cooking Classy Grilled Chicken Caprese
1 chicken breast, halved length wise
salt and pepper
1 small ball fresh mozzarella
1 small tomato
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1. Halve and pound your chicken breast. Season it generously with salt and pepper. Spray some light coconut oil on a frying pan and pan sear each side for about 3-4 minutes until cooked though and golden on each side. Remove chicken and turn your stove-top heat to medium.

2. Top chicken with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.

3. Pour your balsamic into your frying pan (all the salt and pepper seasoning still on the pan) and reduce until it thickens. Pour on top of your chicken and serve. I only used a little in the photos because it’s ruined the picture but be generous with it, it’s delish.

4 Responses to “Quick and Healthy Chicken Caprese”

  1. TheGirlinOslo posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm (#)

    I am getting hungry now:)

  2. Meeling posted on July 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#)

    Yum! I have a ginormous amount of fresh tomatoes from our garden right now – this will be delicious!

  3. brewyourownium posted on July 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm (#)

    that looks delicious, and i am impressed at your cooking abilities! sam and i were living on grilled cheese and canned soup until avery was a good 10 weeks lol ๐Ÿ˜‰
    i’m also proud of you for being open about PPD and for talking to your doctor about it. the first 2 months of motherhood are really really hard, and it doesn’t make any woman a bad mother if she doesn’t immediately start glowing with love and sunshine when her baby is born. i am glad that your outlook has picked up, and i’m really really really glad that austin is sleeping more ๐Ÿ˜‰ (and what a cutie!)

  4. April posted on July 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm (#)

    You write beautifully and your willingness to own your thoughts enough to “post them out loud” is commendable. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can’t say I had PPD necessarily, but I personally didn’t anticipate how much my expectations and my immediate reality didn’t exactly match like I thought they would. Wait, scratch that.. like I chose to believe they would based on what I had gleaned from Facebook and other blog posts. The emotional highs and lows were there, courtesy of all that hormonal shifting, and I definitely felt a crazy intense love for my little guy. The bright-and-shiny-everything-is-perfect-I-could-do-this-forever outlook that seems to permeate every new baby reference was instead however, trumped by a mother-load of exhaustion and a (perhaps) unreasonable willingness to entertain the notion that I didn’t adequately embrace my pre-baby freedom enough and now there was no turning back. I feared I was now lost to being tired and responsible forever, and surely that would mean the end of fun plans made with my husband and friends in exchange for mom jeans and a sad return to my natural hair color (’cause who can afford the time or money to get highlights when there’s a baby on the scene?). Silly me. ๐Ÿ™‚ In hindsight, it seems I forgot to focus on the fact that a HUGE life event had just happened, and to allow myself the full measure of time I needed to truly adjust to our new normal. For me that was about 2-3 months…for others maybe more or maybe less. It’s relative I think…and I happen to agree that the more I felt like myself physically (healing and dropping some of the baby weight mostly), well, the more I felt like myself again!

    Regardless, you are so very wise to keep tabs on your feelings and keep your husband & doctor in the loop. It can’t hurt to be mindful, right? Just having the communication alone is a really strong sign that you’re on a great track I’m sure. I love hearing that Austin is sleeping more and I swear that was a huge turning point in our house. We didn’t get that blessed sleep-through-the-night-on-the-regular thing until our dude hit 11 months but he surprised us here and there with a teaser, and man those nights were nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ All in all I think hit my most confident stride once we were settled into something that resembled a routine somewhere around 7 months. When you factor in the note that I started a new job when P was 5 months old, it’s not as scary as it sounds.

    I look forward to your posts and to hearing your continued adventures as a new mama. Forgive my lengthy comments…I have so much empathy to those walking where we were just a year ago, and I can’t help myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best to you and your little family!

    -A

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