Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Lately I have been thinking about a lot of different things in my life. This always makes Mr. J very worried. He knows that if I ever actually come up with any definitive conclusions he will be effected. 

I like to think I make good decisions so he will be happy.  Lately I read Born to Run. This book, like any good book got me thinking.  Mainly I need to be running more. But how I run, why, and what else about my lifestyle will help me run started filling my head.

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

One section of the book was based purely on diet.  Runner exert energy and there for need carbohydrates and protein to build that energy back up.  Well these mystic runners don't eat steaks or pasta.  

Beans, rice, leafy greens. 

This along with a lot of other studies I have heard and read about makes me think that we don't really need animal products.  I am toying with the idea of eating very little meat and drastically reducing my intact of dairy products. Animal protein does not seem to be what the body needs. 

Mr. J isn't as keen as I am to simply just give up meat.  In fact to prove me wrong he came up with this delicious chicken marinade to tempt my palate.  Then he grilled it knowing that my nose would make my stomach head in the right direction.  

We had chicken for dinner.  I never said it didn't TASTE good. 

Our compromise for now is...
  1. Eat more fruits and veggies - some with each meal
  2. Add more beans to diet - at least twice a week
  3. Eat less red meat - maybe once a week
Only time will tell if we can manage...especially during BBQ season.

Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: grill chicken

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp herbs de Provence
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
Mix all ingredients together and place in plastic bag or container.

Add chicken and coat thoroughly. Let sit for 20 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Remove chicken from marinade and cook any way you would like.
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  1. Hi Emily,
    So funny because I'm considering the same! I'm hoping to get pregnant this year, but I've always struggled with ovulatory issues. I just read a book called the Fertility diet that talked about severely cutting back on meat and getting most protein from vegetable sources. But like you, I'm not sure I want to go cold-turkey (haha). Thank you for sharing with me...and for your kind words on my blog. I truly appreciate your visits, posts, and recipes!

  2. I really like marinades like this that consist of ingredients easy to find or already in my pantry. I wish you luck with cutting back on the meats.

  3. This marinade recipe will be tested in my kitchen tonight. Love the mix. The ingredients are staples of my pantry...Thanks!

  4. I eat very less meat compared to most people who eat meat. One time I thought I could become a vegetarian myself but I realized I can't give up 100%. I think drastic change could be tough, but you can definitely reduce the amount pretty easily and slowly getting comfortable. The chicken looks awesome! Your husband is a great cook too!

  5. This would be a tough one for me. The giving up meat not the marinade. I've been looking for good marinades for chicken and will try yours.


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