As of today I’ve been back in school for 2 weeks – it seems like time is flying by! Things are already picking up pretty quickly in my classes and I can feel the stress starting to pile on. I know a lot of people like to do meal prep during busy times and cook up big batches of food on the weekends, but that’s just something I can’t get into.
For me, taking an hour to cook myself a nice dinner is relaxing and helps me to manage my stress. But I know we don’t always have that much time to cook, so today I’m sharing a fast recipe I came up with a few weeks ago (back when peaches were still in season!).
Peach and caramelized onion chicken | Dairy free and gluten free
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 yellow or sweet onion, very thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 peaches, sliced
Brush the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then place on a preheated grill and cook for ~ 6-7 minutes on one side. Flip over and cook until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
Meanwhile, heat up the olive oil in a nonstick pan then add your thinly sliced onions. Turn to the heat to low and cook the onions slowly until they are soft and translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt, and continue to cook until the balsamic vinegar is about halfway reduced. Then add the sliced peaches and rosemary and cook until the balsamic vinegar is thick and syrupy.
Spoon over the chicken and serve.
I also wanted to take a second to talk about school! As you may or may not know, I’m studying to become a Registered Dietitian in school. I switched into this program after 3 years in another degree, so this is my 6th year as an undergrad student – luckily it’s my last one! Here’s what I’m taking this semester:
1. Clinical Nutrition II – this course covers the nutrition management of various clinical conditions such as GI tract disease, liver disease, cancer, etc. I think this is going to be my favourite course!
2. Research Methods – this course teaches us about the research process through developing our own proposal for a research topic of our choice.
3. Communications – in this class we learn about and practice communication skills that are important for RDs such as doing speeches, writing advocacy letters, using social media, etc.
I don’t want to get bored with taking only 3 courses, so I’m filling up my schedule with lots of other activities.
- Volunteering at my professor’s nutrition practice, which I’m really excited about because I’d love to have my own nutrition practice one day!
- Working a paid position on another professor’s school lunches study to see how children’s food intake is different when they have two food breaks during the school day compared to just one lunch hour.
- Finding a job in second semester, since I’ll only be taking one course!
This semester I’ll also be starting the dreaded internship and grad school application process, which I know is going to be stressful and time consuming! I might be absent from blogging, start writing delirious posts at 3 am, burst into tears at random times, and/or suffer a nervous breakdown so bear with me!
Do you meal prep in advance or do you like to cook almost everyday like me?
What are you taking or what did you take in school? What was your favourite course you ever took?