Maybe it’s the smell of spring and the rush toward long, sunny summer days. Maybe it’s the upcoming trip to Kauai with Kevin. Or maybe it’s just my body telling me I need to up my fruit game to boost my vitamin C levels. Whatever the reason may be, I CANNOT stop thinking about this smooth, creamy tropical green smoothie bowl packed with pineapple, mango, kiwi, banana, and spinach.
Salads have a bad rap. They’re often viewed as punishment. They’re what you force down your gullet when you’re trying to repent for the half-dozen Nutella Chocolate Chip cookies you downed the previous evening. They’re relegated to the “I’m-on-a-diet-so-I’m-only-going-to-eat-lettuce corner.” They’re what you eat for lunch for 17 days straight every January (does this resolution sound familiar?), until you bite into a juicy, bacon-topped cheeseburger after a few weeks and sigh with contentment.
When my doctor told me I should go on an elimination diet to fix the nasty reflux issues I’d been experiencing for months, I nodded in agreement. I mean, it sounded great. Ridding my body of nasty toxins and all of the things that were causing inflammation and excess bile? Count me in!
As we got into the details and she listed out all of the things I wouldn’t be able to eat for a couple of months, my head stopped nodding and started spinning as I quickly tried to come up with a short list of what I’d be able to eat. Which, in a moment of sheer panic, I had deduced was pretty much only rice, beans, and lettuce.
Once I actually dug into the details (which you can find here in my guide to getting started on the elimination diet), I realized there were plenty of options for well-rounded, healthy and filling meals on the elimination diet. And so I began to put together a list of elimination diet recipes and meal ideas.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling a bit under the weather, there’s nothing I want more than a ginormous vat of chicken soup. I’m talking an industrial-sized vat, loaded with veggies and a healthy serving of rice for good measure. I’m a firm believer in the whole, “chicken soup is the ‘Jewish Penicillin’ for your cold” thing.
In addition to its magical healing powers, this easy chicken soup is a cinch to throw together. Meaning you’ll be able to promptly go back to burying yourself under the covers with reruns of Friends and How I Met Your Mother.
Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking.
Baked chicken? You’re sharing a recipe for baked chicken?! You may as well be sharing a recipe explaining how to boil water! (Don’t worry, I’m not offended. I’d probably be asking the same question if I were you.)
But! I wanted to share this delicious, straightforward recipe with you because chicken breasts and I became well acquainted while I was on the elimination diet. Oh, and because I have a serious thing for roasted carrots and parsnips this winter.