A Picky Eater and a Confession

I have a confession to make….

I thought I was over this, that I had evolved to a state where I was beyond such worries. Well, I was wrong. Here’s the story. My work holiday party is in a 2 weeks. Last night, they sent out the menu options requesting we RSVP with our entree choice. I immediatley sent back an email asking about Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free options. The response I received was a little non-commital and I began to worry. Yes, I work for a GF company so they understand the problem of cross contamination, but does the caterer? Plus, I’m a Celiac, not just some high-maintenance person trying to make their lives difficult. I never want to be a bother to people and was beginning to feel like one. Thus began a self-imposed mini panic attack. It has been a long time since the thought of eating in public has caused one of these. In retrospect, it is awfully vain of me to worry about what others will think. I should just pack a lunchbox and be done with it. BUT, (and there is always a “but”) it is my first work party with this company. I’m still getting to know people and trying to make friends. I don’t want to be “that person”.
I finally sucked it up and sent another email detailing my worry about cross contamination, etc… They, of course, said it is no bother and they will make sure to speak with the caterer to make sure this will not be a problem. Crisis averted! It turned out to be no big deal. I just had a moment. We all have them… right?
My next challenge of the day was cooking for my little sister. She is a picky, “Plain Jane” eater who doesn’t even like sweet potatoes. I consider sweet potatoes to be Nature’s Candy, so this revelation shocked me! After much thought, a recipe idea came to mind. It turned out to be delicious! WIN! The combination of onions, apples, and rosemary made the perfect sauce for this quick, healthy meal. Enjoy!
PS- Bear with my cell phone photos. When I’m traveling, I can’t bring my camera.
Chicken & Apples
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, sliced
  • 1 Gala Apple, sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh Rosemary
  • about 5 oz. Apple Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season chicken evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, & Italian seasoning.
  3. Place chicken in a large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over high heat and cook for 3 minutes on each side. This will seal in the juices and prevent dry chicken.
  4. Place chicken in an oven-safe casserole dish and evenly pour BBQ sauce over top. Cook in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in the same skillet you used to cook the chicken prepare the sauce.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add 1 tsp oil.
  7. Saute the onion until translucent.
  8. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  9. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook until chicken is ready.
  10. Remove the rosemary sprigs and spoon the apples and sauce over the chicken to serve.
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