Cooking Challenge Week One: Keeping it Simple

Last night I went for a very simple approach when it came to cooking my first meal as part of my “Eat more fresh and whole foods” challenge.

My plan was to marinate some of my Trader Joe’s chicken in herb and garlic and then saute it up while I roasted some red potatoes with olive oil and spices.

Imagine my surprise when I opened my chicken and realized it was the pre-cooked kind that had already been grilled and seasoned for me. All I had to do was heat it up. Not what I was going for, but oh well.

So instead, I turned my attention to the potatoes.

I took about four little potatoes and chopped them up.

Then I drizzled them in olive oil and sprinkled them with a seasoning from our spice cabinet. I choose an Italian pepper and onion mix and it was a delicious choice.

Popped them in the oven and warmed up my already grilled chicken in a frying pan on the stove.

At the last minute I decided to add some green beans to the mix.

And ta-da! Yummy and pretty healthy dinner that I cooked all by myself!

Week one = success!

Workout wise last night, I did a 30-minute living room bootcamp since it was way too cold for me to schelp to the gym and I wanted to watch some TLC. (sidenote: Comcast had taken away TLC and several other channels for like a month, so we had to upgrade our cable to get them back. I just got TLC back over the weekend. Talk about major withdrawal.) I did a very Jillian-esque style workout. Lots of strength circuits with two minutes of cardio blasts in between. It was fun, but I kind of miss running, even if it’s on the dreadmill. If it’s not tooo frigid tonight, I might try to brave the cold and head to the gym.

I’m such a wimp in the cold weather. I just want to batten down the hatches, cuddle up under some blankets and not leave my warm house until spring.

How do you all deal with the cold?


  1. By adding the right stuff, you can make simple dishes like potatoes and green beans taste good without a whole lotta calories! Yum!

  2. One of my favorite things to do with those potatoes is a little oil and a Zesty Italian seasoning (dressing) packet. YUMMY!!
    I’m the same as you with the cold weather. It is currently 30 degrees this morning and that is going to be the warmest day for the next 7 or so. I hate the treadmill, so I think I’m going to get my hiney out there at lunch. Cross your fingers for me.

  3. Yum! Once you start cooking, you won’t want to eat out. I found that to totally be the case.

    Luckily, my neighborhood has a free gym so I’ve been taking advantage of that. I’m so much lazier in the winter though; whereas normally I work out AND am active, now I just work out and bum around. 😉

  4. Way to go on the cooking! Looks yum yum!

    How do I deal with the cold? I just deal. LOL. However, when we have a storm forcasted (like for tonight into tomorrow night, I tend to slack off because I don’t want to deal with bad roads that haven’t been cleaned and such)… I might do a two-fer today, so if I can my swim in the morning, I don’t feel guilty! 🙂

  5. Oh man, that looks DELISH. Especially the potatoes! Good job!

  6. Looks good!

    I usually don’t have to deal with cold, but I think most people’s instinct is the same as yours!

  7. yummmm. dinner looks delish!

    i’m not doing well with the cold at all. bah humbug!

  8. Delicious! The greenbeans look wonderful.

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