Monday, January 28, 2013

Chicken & Artichokes


  1. The process of removing toxic substances or qualities.
  2. Medical treatment of an alcoholic or drug addict involving abstention from drink or drugs until the bloodstream is free of toxins.
Do you know that feeling - when you 100% and totally over-indulge? When you eat and eat, and drink and drink? When you wake up and your stomach just aches from all that it has had to endure? Good/bad/ugly? I call it "gut rot" ...  and it calls for drastic measures.
An extra long weekend in Orlando will take it's toll: Wednesday started at noon with dirty martinis and buffalo chicken sliders. It moved into a margharita flat bread, lemon basil martini, and a plethora of flavors of wines. (Thursday started with a hangover, and continued with a tea, 2 Pepsis, and an embarassing attempt to eat a prosciutto sandwich). 
Skip ahead to Thursday night. The dinner that Eleven puts on is out of this world. A carving station with beef, a pasta station with both marinara, and chicken and penne alfredo (which was seriously, out of this world). Cesar salad, bread sticks. The list goes on. I think I ate every item (and not necessarily a "taste"). Plus 4 mini dirty martinis, and a Bud Lite at the after party. (I was then in bed at 11:30 to make up for the night before).
I think you get the picture... but then you add in sushi (the Reunion's hotel lobby bar has THE best sushi you could have in your lifetime), a bevy of beverages, a double Whopper at 2:00 am, etc. etc. etc., needlesstosay you end up with "gut rot" - Cue: DETOX.
Detox-Day 1
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: JUICE!!! (yummy juice that tt got up and made this morning of carrot, celery, red peppers, tomatoes, and a green apple- almost like a homemade v8)
Snack: 2 clementines
Dinner: Chicken & Artichokes, with brown rice for tt, and peas

The Recipe
Recipe courtesy of: yours truly
Purdue "Perfect Portions" Italian-seasoned chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup organic vegetable stock
1 can artichokes, chopped
1 can black olives, chopped
  1. Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Brown chicken breasts in pan.
  2. Add can of diced tomatoes and vegetable stock.
  3. Meanwhile, chop artichokes and black olives, and add to pan.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through (10-15ish minutes)
Makes 6 servings (if one serving = 1 chicken breast)

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