Is your Chicken boring?

In my book “Eat by Color” Chapter 2, Food, What is it and are We What We Eat?  We are what we eat.  Maybe not literally, but food is 90% of our success.  Get food right and you are on the home stretch.  Know what to eat is the first thing that needs to be addressed.  Next, how do we make the right foods easy to prep, make and eat even on the go? Plus if it goes old and boring you will quit eating it. 

I grill year round…it is always a great time to fire up the grill and cook outdoors.

 

Chicken, The Remake I

Look it can be boring and quickly lead to the ole “chicken again, ugh.”    Chicken can be fast, easy and reused.

What you need

Chicken

Mixed pack of peppers

Spices, garlic (if lazy else use fresh), oregano, a mixed grilling spice

Olive Oil

Grill a couple chicken breasts and maybe some peppers.  Go ahead and put the peppers right on the grill, wash em first.  Covers meal for day one and then day two.

 

Chicken, The Remake I

Chicken and peppers on the grill!

 

 

 

 

 

Done! Note I steamed some green beans and they are on the plate too!

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Using the Remake I

Day three, reinvent the chicken.  Slice the chicken, cold out of the fridge.  Slice and dice some onions and some of the peppers you did not cook on day one.  Put some olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the vegetables and sliced chicken. 

 

Chicken, The Remake I

Sliced chicken, peppers, and spices.

 

 

 

 

 

Get crazy with some parmesan or mozzarella.

Boom, done.  Chicken Remade.

 

 

 

 

Chicken the Remake II

What you need

Chicken

Mixed pack of peppers

Spices, garlic (if lazy else use fresh), oregano, a mixed grilling spice

Olive Oil

Italian Salad Dressing

Shish Ka Bob bamboo skewers

Using chef scissors, no idea what they are really called but the usually come with a knife set in a wooden block.  Cut and cube the chicken, peppers, and assorted vegetables you may use.  Get some bamboo skewers, my brother in law is Dennis Lil’ Drago of the original Chicago Dragobobs and he has made a million shish ka bobs and only uses the bamboo..why they don’t splinter or break!  

Skewer the chicken, peppers, and any other vegetables.   Go chicken-vegetable back and forth. 

 

Skewer and put on the grill!

Put on the grill, drizzle some olive oil and Italian dressing over them and dust with your favorite spices.  Done!  Covers meal for day one and then day two.

 

 

Ready to come off the grill!

 

 

 

 

Re-Using the Remake II

Day three.  Grab your left overs, if there are any.  Strip the chicken and veggies off the skewers with a fork.  Slice and dice some onions and some of the peppers you did not cook on day one.  Put some olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the vegetables and sliced chicken.  Boom, done. 

 

Chicken, Remade II

Chicken Remade, again.

 

 

Cook time is less than a half hour.  Plus when I did Remake I was also cooking 2 lbs. of venison chili (see the Eat by Color facebook page for pics of the venison chili) at the same time and boiled 2 dozen eggs.  Food for my wife and I for the better part of a work week.

That is it for now.  I have to skewer some of the original Dragobobs….then start my grill.

 

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Eat on the Go or the Road

 

People are dropping pounds with “Eat by Color.”  Joe has lost 20 lbs. since just after the New Year. From Elizabeth “Hi Ray, Thank you for checking in! I lost 2 lbs. so far, but 1-1/2″ from my butt and 1″ from my waistline.”  Sabrina shared she likes the simplicity of the program and meals.  Dana asked if “Eat by Color” would help a trucker that is trying to eat right.  Heck yeah it will.  This reminded me of when I worked for a living.  (Join the discussion and share your experience.)

 

 I was an engineer, sales engineer, and sales manager and this required travel to small town USA and as far as China.  A few times a month I went to Mississippi.  Chicago Midway to Jackson Mississippi, into a rent a car and south from the airport for two hours threw the pine belt to Hattiesburg.

My customer molded plastic for the appliance industry and some of your appliances have parts molded there.   I will never forget one of my first trips to Hattiesburg. I was going to be meeting with management; I dressed to impress…suit and wing tips.  I arrived and asked for the Operation Manager.  He came out, shook my hand, and said “Don’t dress like that.  You have everyone in the plant nervous.  Plus, its 96 degrees out.  Let’s walk the plant, you can meet the folks, and then go to lunch.  We got great barbeque down the road.”

I ditched the tie and jacket in his office then walked the plant.  We walked the plant, met some of the people, and left for lunch.  We headed down the road.  In minutes we pulled off at what looked like a gas station.  “We’re here.  You are going to love the barbeque.”  He said.

We went in.  There was a giant jar of pickles on a counter and a few tables.  Barbeque, hmmm….where are the grills…and where are the menus.  Apparently barbeque meant slow cooked/smoked pulled pork.  Giant pickles a side.  They did have canned pop,  no diet.  Eerily similar to Belushis bit in the Billy Goat episode of Saturday Night Live..”No fries, chips…NoCoke, Pepsi….”  Pickles were on my diet, so I had two.  I did not try the pulled pork and most definitely offended the Operations Manager.

That was 12 years ago.  Back then I would try and mold, pun intended, life around diet.  Today I know that does not work.  In “Eat by Color” I wrote “if you really want something have it, life is too short.”  Life is too short.  Live, experience life, and get back on track the next day or meal.

Dana reminded me what it used to be like on the road.  My experience traveling helped me write the sections on portable meals and snacks in “Eat by Color.”  Today with a little planning, knowledge, and effort you can make great food choices on the go.  Gas station convenience stores have great options, even a Subway connected to them.  Every fast food place now offers a grilled chicken salad.

Great choices on the go

Grilled chicken sandwich

Grilled chicken, fish, or steak salad

Mixed nuts

Peanuts

Protein bars

Single serving containers of Greek yogurt

String cheese

Beef or turkey jerky

Protein shakes

Of course pickles 

I scored brownie points later at the plant in Hattiesburg.  A few workers always called me Yankee.  One trip they were eating some type of hog brain meat loaf on white crackers.  They wanted to know if Yankee would partake.  Why not, I tried it, and was in.  Never did try the barbeque, a shame as it probably was incredible. 

 

 

This article is the courtesy of Raymond M. Binkowski former fat guy, author of “Eat by Color”, personal trainer and owner of FitWorkz. Its intent is to be shared. If sharing the previous following statement MUST be included any time this article is reproduced in part or entirety. So please feel free to share, you just might change a life!

 

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