I'm baaaaack! It's always sad when vacation comes to an end but it's good to be home. I have yet to figure out if I'm experiencing residual exhaustion from our adventures in Greece or if I'm still adjusting to the 7 hour time difference, but in either case - it's been a struggle to get back into the swing of things. 😴 If you love to travel you know that the mountain of dirty laundry, the piles of mail to sort through and the empty refrigerator that you return home to - are all totally worth it though. 🧳 😁
We had some fantastic adventures on our trip to Greece. 🇬🇷 We hiked, we fished, we cooked, we rode donkeys, we snorkeled and we ate LOTS of amazing food. I don't know what I was expecting but I was absolutely blown away by the incredible food and wine that we experienced in Greece. The fresh seafood from the Aegean Sea was so tasty. 🐟 I had a grilled octopus dinner and a risotto with shrimp meal that would rank in the top 10 favorite meals I've eaten in my entire life. 😋
Octopus and shrimp might not be everyones cup of tea, but Greece also produced some of the sweetest cherry tomatoes that I've ever put in my mouth. I don't know if it was the mineral rich, volcanic soil on Santorini or the atmosphere where I ate them but the tomatoes, the wine and the olives all seemed more intense and flavorful in Greece. 🍅 I'm fairly certain that I consumed my body weight in olive oil last week. 😂 The Greek olive oil was just soooo good - I could not get enough. 🫒
I didn't stop with oil consumption either, I ate more pasta, pizza, pita bread, gelato and baklava last week than I have in an entire year. 😅 No regrets though - that's what vacation is all about. Now that vacation is over and it's time to get back to a healthy diet again. When I got home, I stocked my refrigerator with fresh vegetables and lean proteins to encourage me to get back into healthy cooking, and eating.
Pan Seared Chicken with Herbs de Provence
4 bone in split chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon crushed Herbs de Provence
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Transfer chicken to a plate.
Transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle chicken with pan sauce.
I didn't talk much about this chicken but don't let that fool you. This chicken is really delicious. Super juicy and tasty and easy to make. As a matter of fact, this is my new go-to recipe when I need chicken for a salad or a sandwich or just an easy, healthy, weeknight meal. And one pan meals also mean quick and easy clean up, which is always a bonus when it comes to meal prep. Hope you enjoy!
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