So I’m finally going to start showing you guys some of my favorite foods! For my first one: Baked chicken thighs and broccoli!
First, I gotta admit something.
Like, really REALLY lazy. I’m usually so mentally/physically active during the day that I come home exhausted.
But a man has to eat at some point.
If you didn’t already know, I skip breakfast and lunch most days. Once you’ve hacked your body to burn fat, it’s really not that hard. Intermittent fasting was a huge thing for me, because I HATED having to eat 3 square meals (usually more) a day.
Now I just drink water/tea/coffee most of the day and chew gum. Simple. No ingredients or meal prep, and I saved lots of money.
But every single day, I have to decide dinner. On my laziest days, I’ll get something from the store or worse, go out to eat. Hey, I’m not perfect, but I’m still lean despite an occasional trip to the Chinese buffet. There ARE some very good options for dining out and still sticking to a decent diet, but that’s for another time.
Here’s the thing, I royally suck at cooking. The problem is I grew up letting my mom make me food or I’d buy it prepackaged or as fast food. In other words, I used to eat terrible foods all the time, multiple times a day.
Learning to cook is still elusive to me, but I’ve learned enough to make some pretty damn good meals with minimal ingredients and minimal time to prepare.
“I don’t have time or money to eat right!”
Now, a common complaint I hear from people who are trying to get into a healthier lifestyle is that they simply don’t have time and/or money to eat right.
That, my friends, is b******t!
I’ve been slowly collecting more and more pictures of my ultra simple meals that anyone could easily make. I’ve learned how to make meals that are so simple that even a child could make them.
After all, this is how I eat. I am extremely lazy and (sometimes) cheap, but I still managed to lose a ton of weight. You literally have no excuses, because some of these things are stupidly simple to make. Most of them are cheap too.
Baked chicken thighs and broccoli:
- Broccoli (buy it pre-cut or do it yourself! Organic is ideal)
- Chicken thighs (Ultra cheap, but buy organic if you can.)
- Olive oil. (Or melted coconut oil or butter, whatever sounds good)
- Spices (I used Magic Seasoning Blends by Chef Paul Prudhomme)
- Warm up oven to 400-425 degrees F. (220 C)
- Take out a big pan and line it with foil. The pan should have sides so the oils don't drip down and cause a fire. Take the chicken out and sprinkle spices on each side. Put aside.
- Grab another similar pan, same deal with foil. Open your bag and drop the now spice and oil covered broccoli on the pan. Stick 'em both in the oven. Set a timer for 20 minutes. At 20 mins, flip the chicken and stir up the broccoli and throw them in for another 20 mins. Then sit and relax.
- If you have meat thermometer, bake until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165°F! Make sure the chicken juice runs clear when cut and has no pink bits left over.