I noted earlier that there is no one way to lose weight, but that I suspected that some of the things that work for me are fairly universal. OK – two of things that I think are fairly universal – 1) cooking and 2) reading the ingredient labels of food.
Cooking and ingredient label reading are key to knowing what everything going into your mouth is. When you are buying packaged food (even if its spaghetti sauce or canned beets) at Whole Foods – you’ve got to hunt for (and sometimes not find) a product that doesn’t have added sugar. The first ingredient in some of my favorite things is cane sugar or sugar – sigh – back on the shelf it goes because I just don’t want to deal with the carb roller coaster ride. The nutritional experts advise against buying any product with ingredients you can’t identify or pronounce. Well I have a chemistry degree and I can pretty much pronounce them all, but identifying and knowing what some of these products do is pretty scary quite frankly. Some of the things we think of as safe for human consumption blows my mind. By cooking your own food, you control all that. Nobody is sneaking in strange ingredients or chemicals that will leave your brain spinning.
Anyways, some days a girl just wants comfort food. I’ve done nothing but comfort foot today. Banana pancakes with orange marmalade for breakfast. Pan fried chicken thighs for lunch. Its hard to really go wrong with simple pan fried chicken.
Costco sells these packages of Coastal Range Organic skinless, boneless chicken thighs. One package has three pouches and each pouch has about four chicken thighs. My intention was to make one pouch into two meals. It didn’t happen. They were sooo good and I just kept eating. It happens.
Melt some coconut oil in a pan. Liberally salt and pepper both sides of the chicken thigh. Add to hot pan (mine is kind of a dutch oven kind of thing where I can set it to 375 with the lid on). Cook 15 minutes on one side. Flip and cook for another 15 minutes. Enjoy. I suppose one really should let them rest a few minutes as well. That didn’t happen either. Sunday fried chicken was really enjoyed.