At the beginning of every new year, most people strive to be better versions of themselves, whether that means eating healthier or practicing self-love. This month, I attempted to try the Paleo Diet again…last year it didn’t last too long. This year, the same thing happened. I mean honestly, it should not be that hard for me not to eat carbs, dairy, refined sugar, processed foods, legumes, and grains. But at the same time, french fries are my weakness (especially those waffle fries from Chick-fil-A). However, I was determined to practice the Paleo diet for the whole month of January. I created a meal plan for the first week and bought all of the food to be successful. (Tip: if you don’t buy cookies, chips and other processed foods while at the store, it makes it so much easier to resist eating them at home).
Anyways, the first day of my Paleo Diet went great! Since I was also trying to burn fat, I planned to eat 5 small meals every day. I ate 2 boiled eggs and an apple for breakfast, tuna and avocado salad for a snack, crockpot chuck roast for lunch, pesto chicken for dinner, and a couple of dark chocolate squares for dessert. The second day was going swimmingly until it was time for dinner. I already had leftovers for lunch that day, so I was stuck choosing between eating more leftovers or making something else. My indecision caused me to snack on baby carrots, sunflower seeds, and an apple throughout the night.
However, the one good thing that came out of my 43 hours of the Paleo diet was the pesto chicken that I made. I’m not sure where the inspiration came from, but you cannot go wrong with bacon wrapped anything…like seriously. I was going to make the pesto from scratch, but the pine nuts alone almost set me back $5 for a small bottle. So I decided to buy pesto and stuff it inside the chicken, then wrap the chicken in bacon. The results were amazingly delicious; I surprised myself at how good it turned out. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process, but I will explain the cooking directions below.
Bacon Wrapped, Pesto Stuffed Chicken
For this recipe, I used a package of thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast. You’ll need to rinse and pat dry the chicken before getting started. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper to season the chicken. Do not add too much salt to the chicken, as the pesto has plenty of salt in it. Flip the chicken on it’s “back, ” where you’ll dollop one to two spoonfuls of pesto on it. Carefully roll the chicken into itself, then wrap one piece of bacon around the chicken. The bacon should hold the chicken together, but if it doesn’t, you can use toothpicks. Place all of the wrapped and stuffed chicken into a glass pan and cook in a 375° oven for 40 minutes. After the chicken has cooked for 40 minutes, changed the oven to broil to crisp up the bacon for 1-2 minutes (check to make sure it doesn’t burn).
Honey Sauteed Baby Carrots
This carrot recipe will be enough for two servings, but feel free to double it or replace with regular sized carrots. Add two tablespoons of butter to a skillet over medium/high heat. Then add three to four handfuls of carrots, salt and pepper to taste, two tablespoons of honey, and a couple of shakes of dried parsley. Stir and cook for around 10-15 minutes, or until desired tenderness.
Well, there it is…the silver lining to my failed attempt at the Paleo diet. I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Please comment below if you liked this post or if you tried it. I am truly grateful for all of my followers, as you inspire me to continue writing. And if you’re still hungry for more, check out my rotisserie chicken food hack post and my sheet pan post.