Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken (Paleo)
Sometimes, you just need a rich, hearty meal to end a long day. Whether it was a rough day at work, or a long day of adulting, comfort food is named that for the exact reason… to comfort us.
If you looked up comfort in the dictionary, Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken would pop up.
This recipe comes together really quickly, involves bacon, leeks, and mushrooms (um, hello delicious combo!) and uses full fat coconut milk to give it a creamy, sinful feeling. This meal is definitely higher in fat content, and extremely rich, so I like to put it over cauliflower rice, and serve it with a veggie with some sort of acid, like lemon-garlic green beans.
Also, why are chicken thighs SO much better than chicken breasts?
I actually pretty wholeheartedly dislike chicken breasts. I think they always dry out, they have no flavor, and they’re just a “meh” type protein. I discovered chicken thighs when I was looking for a cheaper protein and after my first taste, I was hooked. I had always liked the dark meat from poultry better anyway, but I didn’t realize that its near to impossible to mess up chicken thighs. You can accidentally cook the living shit out of them, and somehow, they still maintain their moistness. They are higher in fat than their ugly cousin, the chicken breast, but pound for pound at the end of the day, you’re only upping your caloric intake slightly (if that’s something you’re worried about.)
P.S. Counting calories is so last season!
I haven’t counted calories in well over a year, though I still find myself sometimes checking (after I’ve eaten a whole bag of something) what “damage” I did. From such a young age, as a woman, we’re told that skinny is beautiful and in order to be skinny you should basically starve yourself. Even with counting calories most of my life, I never really got to a weight that I felt comfortable in. My initial Crohn’s Disease flare had dropped my weight by 30 lbs in a month. But even as I gained back to a healthy weight, I never went back to counting calories, and guess what… I’ve maintained a healthy, happy weight the entire time. There’s something to be said about the notion that “not all calories are created equal.” I believe it with all of my soul, and hope that as women, we can come to the agreement that our goal should be always to nourish ourselves, move more, and find happiness that doesn’t involve a scale.