Recipe – Chicken Gratella

I don’t know if it’s just the restaurants around me or if it’s true everywhere but sometime in the last couple years Carabba’s Italian Grill took their chicken gratella off the menu. This was my wife’s favorite dish so last year I had to find a way to recreate it. The recipe below is a close representation of that dish.

-1/2 cup of basil leaves
-1/4 cup of garlic
-1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves
-1 1/2 tsp of salt
-1 tsp of pepper
-3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
-Juice from 1 lemon
-2 tsp white wine vinegar
-1 tsp dried oregano
-chicken breasts

Step 1- Place basil, garlic, mint, salt, and pepper in food processor and puree until it becomes a pasty type consistency.

Step 2- Put contents of processor into a mason jar and fill mason jar with lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. Place marinade in jar and put in fridge


Step 3- When your ready to cook, place chicken breast into a large ziploc bag and pour in some marinade. Make sure you shake the jar before you pour to mix around the contents.

Step 4- Heat grill to medium high and grill chicken breasts. Use a little marinade to coat the chicken while cooking to keep it moist.

Step 4- Once the chicken is cooked cover with a little bit of the leftover marinade and eat. The chicken should be moist and tender.The rest of the marinade can be saved in the fridge for a few weeks for another day.



Take a Picture of Every Meal Challenge 

My sister in law is a former NCAA soccer star and very fitness conscious. Every so often when she needs some motivation she offers me a fitness or nutrition challenge. The competition provides extra motivation for her…and me to take it up a notch or try something new. In the past we have tried intermittent fasting, vegan, paleo, run a mile a day, 100 burpees a day, and a host of other challenges. The object is usually who can do it the longest without missing.

This month she contacted me for an interesting one. For the next month you have to take a picture of your meal before you eat it and then text it to each other. The idea is that this will provide accountability, a bit of embarrassment for bad choices, and ultimately result in better choices and weight loss.

This theory is supported by some research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Prof Lydia Zepeda and David Deal, the researchers who carried out the study reported in New Scientist magazine, found that written food diaries were often filled in hours after the meal and were not as powerful in creating an impression of how much food had been consumed.”

We’ll see if it works. If anything it will at least improve my presentation skills. Here’s to day 1.

Recovery and Reset

The cruise is over and it’s back to reality. On day one the cruise director gave us a motto, “if you see it, eat it!” And boy did I. 

I stayed active on the cruise though….swimming, snorkeling, bike riding, taking the stairs, instead of the elevator, the gym every day. 

The gym was the best cruise/hotel gym I’ve been in  

Now I’m all for getting healthy, but I have a pet peeve. This is my third cruise and all 3 have been the same. Why is it that people decide on a cruise that that is when they want to start hitting the gym? Day 1 is packed with people taking up equipment, looking lost, working out in jeans and swimwear, and generally just wasting time. By day 3 the gym is empty and I can enjoy myself. 

So I’m back, a bit heavier , and definetly recharged. I have a tournament in about a month so I’m entering next week completely focused on that. 

But for now I feel like this 


Training 01-22-16

I haven’t been on my mountain bike in a few months and it’s been killing me. I worked overnight last night and had plans to go riding this afternoon. Well the work phone rang off the hook killing my sleep and right as I started to think about getting dressed to ride the wind, rain, and lightning started to pick up. 

So me and that bike will have to take a raincheck on that ride. 

I brought two friends today to class, former MMA fighter and a collegiate wrestler to help one of our guys train for an upcoming ADCC tournament. We covered a variation on uchi mata and then continued with our knee shield series. The majority of the class was spent grappling and by the end I was absolutely spent. My buddies enjoyed the rolls and hopefully they will be back again soon. 

Is fat an emotion?

A&E has a new fitness “reality” show out based on a book by Drew Manning. 

View the show here

I read the book years ago and it was a good read. The show was quite entertaining but the first episode focused heavily on the novelty of a super ripped personal trainer purposely gaining weight. 

The show touched on a point that the book really hit on and that was the emotional connection between food and the depression that sets in after the emotional comfort of eating. Manning felt this for the first time as he found it difficult to stop eating certain foods, especially when he was feeling down (sugary cereal if I remember right).

The show touches on this, with the trainer asking himself, “is fat an emotion?”, but mainly focuses on more entertaining segments like watching the trainer JJ consume a large burger or eat 4 pizzas. 

In the end it was a decent show that will have me tuning in for the next episode.