Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I enjoyed some time off from blogging so I could spend time with my family. It’s great to dust off the keyboard and camera and start back up with my love of blogging again.
During my time off I contemplated about the direction of MT as there are changes happening in my life. Yesterday I started the new year with a fresh start and decided to join Weight Watchers. It’s a program that I have wanted to try for a long time and after many years of failed diets and programs I am pretty confident that WW will be a program that will work for me. Mr. Mother Thyme is jumping on board with me so it will be great to have his support as we shed the pounds together. I feel with Weight Watchers I don’t have to limit myself like other diets I have succeeded then failed on. Between low carb diets, 21 Day Fix, you name it I’ve tried them all. And while I really enjoyed the 21 Day Fix, I plan on adapting certain things about that program like the exercise routine which I loved in with my WW program.
After I had my twins in 2010 I lost 50 pounds! Yes 5-0! It was a huge achievement shedding that weight after I had my kids. I basically ate right and was determined to get in shape before summer. I started right after my birthday in January 2011 and by June I was down 50 pounds. It was great. A month later in July of 2011 I started MT and slowly the weight creeped back on. Since then I struggled with balance between my love of food and making healthy decisions. Last year before I turned 40 I had a goal to lose 40 by 40 which didn’t go exactly as planned. Tomorrow I turn 41 and since 40 didn’t go exactly as planned I’m not going to dwell on my failures any longer but pick myself up and focus on a successful and healthy year ahead. And now that I’m sharing this with you I feel even more accountable which is a good thing. I’m excited about the months ahead and I’m sure I’ll be chiming in along the way in my posts about my progress.
As I begin my new Weight Watchers journey I plan on making changes on MT. For awhile I thought of changing my blog name or just simply starting a new blog that reflects my new lifestyle however it has taken me years to build MT to what it is today. It was also years ago that my vision for MT was healthier recipes. I got off track as I felt that what I needed to share on MT was the cookies,goodies and all the good stuff that was packing on the pounds. Let’s face it, for me being a food blogger was tough when it came to willpower and the brownies always overpowered me. I know some bloggers that can handle sharing the sweets while eating well themselves, I can’t and honestly I feel that I wouldn’t be fair to anyone including myself and my willpower if I try to juggle both. I want to be honest and I want to share recipes that I’m creating because I’m also eating it. I’ve gone too long blogging because I felt I had to be a certain way.I know what I need to do, I just need to do it and it begins with not being tempted. When I look back some of my most popular recipes are actually the healthier ones like my Buffalo Cauliflower Dip and my Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake so I know people like them which gives me encouragement to want to share them again. Along with my healthier recipes I look forward to sharing more ideas for the home, family and of course the kids this year as well.
So I’m ready to transition MT back to yummy and more healthier recipes with the occasional treat of course. Everything is about moderation but most importantly for me it’s about making a change and that change starts today. Honestly at first I was leery to write about this but it’s the risk I’m willing to take. Sometimes I feel I have to play it safe and just focus on the recipe with a little commentary but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to open up and share this with you. This is a blog after all and I’m sure there are people that can relate or find my posts useful. I hope you join me on my new journey that will include yummy eats that are not only delicious but good for you! So stick around, it’s going to be good!
Without further ado it’s time to kick off the new year with a recipe I couldn’t resist sharing for Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken which is actually one that I had lingering in the MT vault for about a month. It’s so good and super easy! And with only 7 WW points per serving you can certainly enjoy this family friendly dinner any night of the week. I originally created this with maple syrup instead of honey which is just as good so you can definitely go either way. The secret in this dish is the gravy that is topped on the slow cooked chicken. With just one of two tablespoons of flour mixed in the sauce you get a thick gravy that is perfect in this yummy dish and with minimal prep time you can have dinner ready in a snap any night of the week. Whether you are watching what you eat or not you definitely need to try this. It’s so good!
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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
- 4 4 ounce each boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place on the bottom of slow cooker.
Mix honey, mustards, balsamic, rosemary and garlic powder together in a medium bowl.
Pour over chicken and turn to coat.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Carefully remove breasts from slow cooker and set aside on plate.
Whisk 1 tablespoon of flour in liquid in slow cooker until gravy thickens. Add another 1/2-1 tablespoon if necessary.
Place breasts back in slow cooker and turn to coat then serve.
Substitute maple syrup for honey for delicious Slow Cooker Maple-Mustard Chicken.