I like to stock up on fruits at home because it’s a great to-go food when you’re in a hurry or hungry for a quick nibble. Fruits are the healthiest form of fast food!

What do you use lemons for?
Keep your fruits in the fridge if you buy them in bulk so it will last longer.

Charlie likes to use lemon for his Johnnie Walker cocktail. I prefer to drink lemon with just ice cold water. First thing I do every morning is drink a large glass of lemon water. It adds a zesty flavor to plain water which is not just refreshing, it helps to kickstart your digestive system and keeps your skin healthy and glowing as you stay hydrated.

Breakfast the other day: Plain oats, Special K, Carman's muesli, a dash of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, yogurt and fresh blueberries. Maximuscle Promax Diet protein shake and lemon water.
Breakfast the other day: 1) Plain oats, Special K, Carman’s muesli, a dash of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, yogurt and fresh blueberries. 2) Maximuscle Promax Diet protein shake. 3) lemon water.

Another use for lemon is to cook! One of my New Year resolutions is to eat in and cook more often. So lately I haven’t been able to stop looking at recipes online and  cooking healthy dishes at home for Charlie and I. He’s been a good taste tester and  food critic. I sometimes would imagine he was Gordon Ramsay and I was a Hell’s Kitchen chef cooking the best dish to please his appetite. Except he could never be that mean towards me even if the dish didn’t come out perfect.

Here’s a delicious healthy recipe that you should definitely tryout. I made it for the first time the other day and it was so easy and turned out wonderful! Charlie even said “I never expected this chicken breast could taste so flavorful.”

That made my day!

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe

You’ll need:

Half a lemon
1 boneless chicken breast
1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped)
1 tablespoon of butter
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 ziplock bag
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Cooking for 1: Half a lemon, 1 boneless chicken breast, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped), 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 garlic cloves (minced)
Cooking for one person only: Half a lemon (oops, I forgot to slice the lemon into two for the picture), 1 boneless chicken breast, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped), 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 garlic cloves (minced)

Step 1: Put the chopped rosemary (save about 1/4 of it for later), minced garlic, about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the chicken breast in a ziplock bag and spread out ingredients evenly. Allow to marinade for a couple of hours. (I left mine to sit for an hour before and it still tasted great).

Marinade for a 2-8 hours for extra flavor!
Marinade for a 2-8 hours for the best flavor!

Step 2: Squeeze lemon juice.

While waiting for the chicken to marinade, why not roast potatoes in the oven?
While waiting for the chicken to marinade, why not roast potatoes in the oven?

Step 3: Remove the chicken from the ziplock bag and sprinkle some salt and pepper on both sides. You can skip the salt if you’re conscious about salt intake.

Step 3: Bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: Bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a bit of olive oil. Lay the chicken breast down and let it cook for about 4 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. You might wanna put it on a couple sheets of kitchen paper to soak up excess oil.

Step 4: Cook the chicken for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t lift the chicken up to check for at least 3 minutes!
Step 4: Cook the chicken for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t lift the chicken up to check for at least 3 minutes!

Step 5: You’re gonna have to do this step very quickly and make sure you have all the ingredients ready! Now, add the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water and the remaining 1/4 of chopped rosemary. Let it sizzle while constantly stirring the mixture with a spatula. Lower the heat and add the butter. Stir it in until completely melted. Mmm, your kitchen should be smelling hella good right now.

Step 5: Add the zest!
Step 5: Add the zest!

Final step (not pictured): Add chicken back to the pan, and toss to coat. Serve the chicken breast on a dinner plate and pour the remaining sauce over it.

Enjoy this simple dish with some roast potatoes, broccoli and brown rice.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Rosemary Lemon Chicken

(hat tip: no recipe required)

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