Recipe: Dijon Chicken

A few years ago I bought a crock pot. I’d actually read about them already when we lived in the US but never purchased one. I tried it the first time shortly after I bought it, but then it has just been standing in one of my kitchen cabinets collecting dust. 2 weeks ago I decided it was time to change that! So far I’ve used it twice and I have just picked out a new recipe for this weekend!

Two weeks ago I made a deer stew and found a recipe that was not for a crock pot so I modified a bit. For a first try in a very long time it turned out quite good, but last week I decided to find a recipe made for a crock pot. I was quite set on trying chicken this time around so that narrowed down the recipe choices a little bit at least.
Here are links do the recipe I used: Swedish recipe and English recipe

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The ingredients
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Dijon chicken ready to be enjoyed.

The recipe turned out good although the next time I will add more spices than what the recipe calls for. The chicken turned out really tender, I would actually call it “pulled chicken” as it fell apart even more easily than pulled pork. 🙂

Now I just need to learn that it is possible to leave the house while the crock pot is doing its work. 😉

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Crawfish heaven

Right now we are in the season of eating crawfish here in Sweden. I love crawfish parties and I’m so eager to eat the first crawfish every year in the beginning of August. So far we’ve actually managed to have two crawfish parties already within the past 5 days. 🙂

The only disadvantages with crawfish is that I’m having huge issues trying to peel them. Depending on how hard they are I might manage a little but for some of them I just have to give up because my fingers will start hurting otherwise. Thankfully I have a loving hubby who don’t mind helping me peel so I can enjoy my craving for crawfish anyways. I so wish I were able to peel crawfish myself so I’ve decided to put it on my bucket list! I guess I need to start doing some hand exercises together with the NFA workouts because otherwise it will never happen. 😉

While on the subject of bucket list… I’ve actually put it up as a separate page accessible from my blog’s menu. The list is far from done and I will update with more when I think of items. Of course I will also update and strikethrough a goal when I’ve done it.

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Food tracking

There are three modules part of the Nerd Fitness Academy (NFA): Mindset, Nutrition and Workouts. The mindset module I’ve done several quests for already and the workouts I’m just starting to take a look at this week. The Nutrition module feels like the easiest one for me. I mean, I know what is good to eat and what is not. I’m fully aware of calories in/out, portion sizes etc. I also know what food my body do not appreciate and limiting those makes both my stomach and my joints happier.

The food tracking quests are all related to keeping a daily food log and writing down or taking pictures of everything you eat. Two of the quests I finished quickly as it only required keeping a log for 3 and then 7 days. As of August 1st I’m now working on the 30 day log. I’m writing everything on a piece of paper, the most convenient would be to have an app on my phone but all apps I’ve found turns to counting calories… 😦  I’ve done that before, several years ago, and I don’t like that kind of tracking. Yes, I did loose weight and it’s a good way to start when trying to be aware of what you eat, but at this point in my life I’m not interested in counting every single calorie I put in my mouth.

As I’m a person who love taking photos of food and sharing on Instagram I’m really looking forward to the next food tracking quest which is sharing a daily food log for 14 days. I don’t want to work on too many quests at the same time so that quest will have to wait until the 30 day quest is over. 🙂 Obviously I’m still going to post food pics on Instagram… I can’t help myself… 😉 If I eat something good, or visit a restaurant, or just figure out a nice way to present a meal in a photo I will share it not matter a quest or not!

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Yesterday’s food: Egg, bacon and avocado (breakfast); Salmon sushi (lunch); crawfish and Västerbotten cheese pie (dinner).