Spicy roasted chicken. Done right.

I think I just made my best roasted chicken to date. It’s crispy on the outside and fall off the bone tender on the inside. What’s the secret? Sticking a whole lemon in the body of the bird. This one takes the cake.

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Oh la la frittata

Oh la la frittata

I’ve been perfecting my frittata game the last few weeks. It’s safe to say I nailed it! These are so quick and simple to make and reheat just great for those who are on the go. I always make a weeks worth of breakfasts on Sundays to ensure I’m well fueled to start the day. By doing so I save plenty of time in the mornings and never skip the most important meal of the day.

Roasted wild salmon with garlic and spices

Roasted wild salmon with garlic and spices

I get really excited when I try making something for the first time with success! I’ve made my first whole salmon and it was delicious. Not too much prep work as I bought it already gutted, but I did need to remove the fins. I’m not going to lie, I can do without that again.

Here are the details if you’d like to give it a go. If you like salmon, you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients you’ll need:

1- 3-4 lb whole salmon (I prefer wild)
3 Tbsp. EVOO
3 large garlic gloves, minced
zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 roasting
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 sp. paprika
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

First I rinsed off the salmon and patted dry to begin. If there are still fins on the fish, you can use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to remove them. (Hope you’re not squeamish!) Then with a sharp knife, I made several 1/2 inch deep slits on one side of the fish, placing the salmon, cut side up, on to a parchment lined baking sheet.

In a bowl combine oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, cumin, paprika, coriander and cayenne pepper. Brush some of the mixture into the cavity of the fish and the remising mixture over the fish. Season with s&p if desired, and slice the remaining lemon into rounds and place on top of the fish. Roast for 40-45 minutes at 400F.

You can serve this along any vegetables you enjoy. I had it along some steamed asparagus and green salad. Enjoy!

My new paleo lifestyle

My darling brother, sister and my sister-in-law inspired me to give the paleo lifestyle a go. I saw how there lives and bodies transformed and was intrigued. So I did what anyone serious about such a change would do. I bought some books and did plenty of online research to ensure I was well informed and equipped for success. I was immediately hooked on the books and numerous websites. Full of interesting detail on the pros and cons of day to day food consumption. I committed to 30 days and told myself if at the end of those 30 days, I didn’t feel like this lifestyle change was a struggle day to day, I’d give it another 30 days and so on. March 10th was the end of my second month and I feel bloody fantastic!! I look at every meal in a whole new way. I’ve always been a label reader, and conscience of what I do eat, but it’s on a whole other level now. Having always struggled with my weight I feel like I’ve found my match. 2 years ago I made another commitment to myself to become more active. I found a personal trainer who I see regularly, I consistently monitor my food, and yet 2 years later I saw minimal results until recently. Removing everything that is not part of a paleo lifestyle has solved the unanswered stomach problems I’ve had for as long as I recall not to mention FINALLY getting past a weight loss plateau. People often make comments like “how do you live?”, “what do you eat?”, “why deprive yourself?”. I try not to shake my head as they seem like silly comments. I eat real food and it all tastes mighty mighty fine. I don’t feel deprived one bit. If I’m out for a night with friends, I will indulge to an extent, but know what affect certain indulgences will have so I ask myself if its worth it. Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not. Now, I’m not saying a paleo lifestyle is the be all end all, but it’s been great for me and my body and I couldn’t be happier.