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 of 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.