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Last year, when I was bestowed with two very lovely pelvic stress fractures.  The only thing I could do for exercise was sit my butt on a stationary bike and pedal away.  Day in.  Day out.

The first week or so was fine.  I had never really ridden on a stationary bike before and so it was new and glamorous and exciting!  (Plus, the week or so before that had been spent on crutches and no matter how much I begged and pleaded, my roommate, Sophie, wouldn’t let me anywhere near the gym.  So by the time I was “allowed” to bike, I was of the opinion that anything was better than nothing.)

But eventually (a week in) the bike and I hightailed it out of the honeymoon period.  Straight into disillusionment and resentment and pure hatred.  Typical.

Basically, I went stir crazy.  Hit a low that even Bethenny and the Real Housewives couldn’t rescue me from.

And so is it really any surprise that I attempted to eat my weight in brownie batter?

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I think not.

Let’s just say that I (and my thighs) thanked the gods of bone healing the day that I stopped hurting enough that I could get onto an elliptical.  Variety is the spice of life, people.  Really and truly.

This week at Eat.Live.Be. we are talking about how we get ourselves out of a rut.  Or prevent ourselves from ever getting into a rut to begin with.  I think we’ve all been there.  We stick with our New Year’s resolution for a few weeks…and then it just gets old.  And tiring.  And we just don’t feel like we can go on like this anymore.

I know how you feel.  Here are a few things you can do to kick yourself back into gear when this happens.

Mix it up.  I refuse to do the same workout at the gym two days in a row.  Some days I go to spin classes, some days I go to body conditioning classes, one day hopefully soon I am going to do Zumba, one day a week is reserved for a long run (12 miles this weekend baby! woohoo!), there’s a day of biking, a day of ellipticaling and then a rest day.  I guarantee you that if you do the same workout every day, you are going to get so bored that you are going to start to resent the gym.  Or your exercise videos.   Or the trail that you run around at the park.  Then you’ll find yourself naming your jars of peanut butter and speaking to inanimate objects.  You don’t want to turn out like me, okay.  Plus it’s just not good for your body to do the same thing every day.  Whether your mind gets bored or not, your body will, which is when you’ll stop seeing results.  You have to keep your muscles guessing, keep exercising new ones, and the only way to do this is by changing it up a little.

Dance to Lady Gaga.  Or whoever.  Doesn’t have to be Lady Gaga.  It could be Frank Sinatra.  Or The Beatles.  Or Justin Beiber (no judgment).  But whenever I’m in a really bad, depressed mood.  I turn on my local Top 40 station (Z100 baby!).  Blast it.  And dance like I’m in. Da. Club.

Play Russian Roulette with your cookbooks.  If you find yourself eating the same thing every day.  And you are just seriously bored of it to the point that all you want and think about is chocolate and cookies and cake.  Then what I recommend doing is picking up your nearest cookbook.  Close your eyes.  Open it up to a random page.  And cook.  You can do the same thing with your favorite food blog or online recipe site.  But once again, spicing it up and trying something new, even if you don’t LOVE the dish, will keep you engaged.  It might also trigger new ideas and will keep you inspired and excited about what you’re doing.

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So now I want you to tell me what YOU do to get yourselves out of a living healthy rut. Either write about it on your blog and link up here, or write about it in the comments!

And be sure to check out how the other Eat.Live.Be. kick themselves back into high gear!

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In keeping with this whole “variety is the spice of life” business, I have to tell you about this chicken dish.

But even before that I have to tell you about this cookbook.  In The Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark.  Love it.  Maybe because it reminds me of me.

Each recipe has a story to go along with it. And they are funny.  And engaging.  So entertaining, in fact, that I can often be found reading this cookbook at the gym.  Yeah I am totally that girl.  The one sitting on a bike with the food network on and a cookbook in her lap.  That’s me.

And if this chicken is any indication, the recipes in it are as good as the stories, if not better.  I don’t even like chicken very much.  (Neither does Melissa.  We are soulmates.)  But I loved this dish.  The chicken is covered in a thoroughly addictive sweet/spicy glaze and then roasted in the same pan as the sweet potatoes are. It’s definitely one of the best and easiest chicken recipes I’ve ever had.

(Right, you heard me.  One pan.  This kind of thing never happens around here.)

I had to hide the chicken from myself to keep from going back to the fridge and eating it.  Weird.  But true.  Make it.

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Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash

Ingredients

  • 20 oz butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 20 oz sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive ol
  • 4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
  • chopped cilantro or basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the sweet potatoes and butternut squash with 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray and then spread the sweet potatoes and squash over it. Roast for 15 minutes.
  2. While the sweet potatoes and squash are cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the remaining tbsp of olive oil, chiles, garlic, honey, cider vinegar, salt, cumin, and cinnamon, until they form a paste. Rub the paste all over the chicken. Carefully place the chicken on top of the sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Put back in the oven and continue to roast until the chicken is just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro or basil.

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116 Responses to Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash…Eat.Live.Be. for a Better 2011!

  1. Shannon says:

    need to add that book to my list! this looks great, especially those sweet taters and squash… yum!

    i’m with you–variety helps!

  2. janet says:

    The chicken looks so Moroccan-style, so I can see why you like it so much! I love the sweet-savoury combination. :)

    I completely agree with you that variety is the spice of life! Having a concrete goal also helps me.. now that I have officially signed up for 178kmx2 over hilly terrain, I have the motivation to hit it hard at the gym.. otherwise I may never get to Kingston come June. :)

  3. Agree with mixing it up. I am referring to exercise but applies to your dish as well:) As you say you end up exercising different muscles, keeps you from getting bored and increases stamina. Same philosophy applies to bars – go to different ones, this will keep you from getting bored, you meet different people and it improves drinking stamina:)

  4. How funny! I made the same recipe from Melissa’s book…..I will wait a few days to post it, so I don’t look like a copycat! I am going to be giving a few of her books away. I’ve been enjoying this book!

  5. Sarah says:

    I love your “rut tips” Russian Roulette with the cookbook is a great idea. Every time I crank up the music and dance like no one is watching, my husband is always watching and asking “Are you drunk?” LOL, but then I just make him join in and he regrets stopping to watch rather than quietly walking past me and my craziness :)

  6. Amy says:

    “…I can often be found reading this cookbook at the gym.” :D

    The only thing that kept me running on the treadmill was watching old (new to me) episodes of LOST. And the minute that was finished, I completely LOST (pun intended) my mojo to run. And look where that led me…the torture of Insanity! Best work out ever. And probably because it’s different every day.

    Love this cookbook Russian Roulette idea – I never thought of that! I shoulda had a V-8! Or a serving of this honey chicken, which sounds devine. I <3 chicken.

  7. I get bored all the time with the foods I eat so I create challenges for myself to liven things ups. If I ewmntion if on my blog then I have to be accountable.

  8. The chicken sounds super flavorful with chipotles and honey, and just perfect paired with sweet potatoes and squash, an excellent meal!

  9. This dish sounds so tasty I wish I can have it for lunch. I can’t resist sweet potatoes :)

  10. Martha (MM) says:

    Mmmm, that chicken sounds delicious! Hope all has been well in your world :-)

  11. Candace says:

    This meal is a thing of beauty. I am saving this recipe to try soon. I love that sweet/spicy combo. Great photos!

  12. I watch a lot of Food Network at the gym. People who come into the gym often look at me funny but it gets me through my workout :) And really, what’s not to love about a meal of meat and potatoes? Yum!

  13. ASHLEA says:

    Yum. I just bought sweet potatoes and have some leftover so I will have to try out this whole recipe. The chicken looks delicious.

  14. Eden says:

    Ugh, I know stress fractures all too well. But that is because of my over exercising days. My pelvis was basically a mosaic…..yea never doing that again!
    I do like to mix it up. But I have yet to do Zumba….I dunno, I just dont have the balls to show I have no rhythm in public.

  15. I love the Russian Roulette idea, fabulous! This dish looks so simple and delicious, and right up my alley. Thanks for posting!

  16. Dawn says:

    I’m always watching food network at the gym and then get all shocked that everyone else is watching like CNN and Sports Center.
    I think I have everything for this recipe except the chicken! I’m sending this to myself because I love that it is so easy and you know I love all those flavors.

  17. Mo 'Betta says:

    I’m craving chocolate chips, but that chicken sounds really good too!

  18. Faith says:

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS, Joanne! It’s almost lunchtime and I want this…no I need it! ASAP! And by the way, I love the idea of playing Russian Roulette with your cookbooks! :)

  19. Chipotle and honey are two of my favorite words in the world! To get rid of a rut…I like to rearrange things in my house & declutter…it always opens my eyes to new possibilites!

  20. Mo Diva says:

    How the heck did you fracture your pelvis! poor baby! glad youre on the mend.
    the dish looks fab! and comforting!
    and Look at you being a rock star going to the gym when youre injured. im healthy and i refuse to go… lol

  21. Chipotle with squash and sweet potatoes gets a big thumbs up from me! And, we have similar work-out routines. I never do the same thing two days in a row. But, I was just thinking I’d like to add something new to the mix. Maybe a boot camp class once a week or something like that.

  22. I know , if only the bicycle is the only form of Cardio , id soon be bored , eve with the ipod blasting:-)or not!
    Mix and match it is from aerobics to zumba to pure strength training, but mix n match and dance work for me , now i could barely be saying this coz i havent worked out in a bit ,and it feels like a long time (already)
    The chicken is excellent , get my v good share of proteins , de delicious way + some complex carbs,if any, which i love:-)
    Ur eat.live.be posts are going to benefit a lot of us , i must add!

  23. Ada says:

    Ouch, pelvic stress fractures sound awful! I’m glad you’re all recovered now. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog saying that I’m always welcome at your house if I get stuck on the east side, you’re too sweet:) You’re always welcome in my upper west side home as well!

  24. Kristin says:

    Yum! I still have some sweet potatoes left over from the soup. I will have to give this a try.

  25. I would go nuts too… But I would tryyy to keep my cool! We should be able to take time off from ‘perfect’ lifestyles and not freak out, ya know?
    To keep out of ruts I try to update my music and do different weight lifting routines and run at different paces/intervals or just occasionally do something completely random – like row.
    Also – wonderful recipe! Very easy to do but obviously very flavorful. Those are the best.

  26. Pam says:

    A cookbook that I don’t have?? Must remedy.

  27. That Girl says:

    When I lived with my parents for a year after college, our neighborhood gym used to show cooking shows on the tvs. I still haven’t figured out if that was motivating, or begging for people to leave the gym and stuff themselves with chocolate cake.

  28. Victoria says:

    I agree that chicken can definitely get boring, but I love the sweet/spicy glaze on these and the sweet potatoes and winter squash take it over the edge of savory/sweet!! And they bake in the same pan?? That means less cleanup!! Love it!

  29. RamblingTart says:

    I love this dish, Joanne. :-) I ate so much summery food while in Australia that I’m craving wintry things like squash and stews and soup. This is such a beautiful presentation – so warming and comforting. :-)

  30. This looks like quite the yum! And you know I have a weakness for sweet potatoes.

  31. nico. says:

    That chicken looks fantastic! The sauce reminds me of a sauce I made for yesterday’s Superbowl wings. My boyfriend would love that sweet and spicy combo.

  32. Looks awesome!
    As for getting in ruts–I find I need a balance between a routine and mixing it up in order to stick with something longterm. I need the basic structure to stay the same (i.e., I exercise for 45 minutes three days a week as soon as I get home) but then can mix it up within that pattern. For another example, I meal plan and grocery shop Saturday afternoons, and cook at roughly the same time each day, but make wildly different things every week. For me, variety rides on structure to create fun stability.

  33. teresa says:

    just gorgeous! i’m with you on variety. i’m happy to eat healthy as long as it has flavor and it’s something different every night. i just love the sweet potatoes, i can’t get enough of that magical orange spud!

  34. These past few weeks certainly have been rough on the soul… but I’m doing my best to get through it.

    Eating healthy can certainly put us in a better mood… so it’s nice that you’ve been featuring such wonderful recipes.

  35. Juliana says:

    Joanne, love the mix of butternut squash and sweet potatoes…the chicken breast looks very tasty…what a lovely and healthy meal ;-)

  36. Swathi says:

    sweet potatoes become gorgeous Joanne. I love to have them with little spices. Mix of butternut squash sounds awesome. healthy meal with chicken breast.

  37. Julie says:

    i remember when i was told i couldn’t run for a while. i thought i was going to die a slow death but it turned out for the good because it kicked my ultra not healthy running obsession and i learned to love exercise in other forms!

  38. Pam says:

    12 miles? You. Are. Insane. Nicely done girl.

    Nicely done on this beautiful dinner too – I want it now.

  39. The moment I enter the gym I put on food network or cooking channel amongst horrid looks from other people working out.See, they would never understand the obsession of a food blogger, I tell myself and igonre them.I love the potato & squash salad combo with chicken..yummilicious!

  40. elra says:

    Perfect meal to keep us in shape and healthy!

  41. I love it! Delicious and healthy. Thanks for the exercising pep talk. I do get bored..

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  43. New recipes are a must. It’s like my brain can only hold so many ideas at a time, and I forget that OH YEAH I could make raviolis, I could make a pork loin, whatever, it doesn’t always have to be the same old same old. That’s where food blogs and lotsa cookbooks come in!

  44. Best advice ever: “dance like you’re in. Da. Club”! Love it!

    The cookbooks Russian Roulette sounds amazing too!

    ?
    Camila F.

  45. Kim says:

    I have heard the most wonderful things about that cookbook. I think it even made the top ten cookbooks of last year or something like that. Definitely going to check it out next time I’m at the bookstore.

    I love a one pan meal like this and think the chicken looks irresistible with the sweet and spicy glaze. Perfect with the sweet poatoes.

    P.S. I take my cookbooks to the gym too. I find it inspires a longer workout if I’m knee deep in a good cookbook.

  46. Big Dude says:

    Your dish looks delicious and I believe you must keep at least one sweet potato farmer in business :-)

  47. darcyeats says:

    This looks scrumptious! Annnd so perfect, I have been pondering how I want to prepare some sweet potatoes and squash I have. I shall ponder no more!

  48. Mary says:

    What a gorgeous recipe. Those sweet potatoes are luring me back to the kitchen. This sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  49. Tasha says:

    Beautiful pics and yummy sounding recipe. There are so many things I’d prefer over chicken most of the time- but I would make this recipe for the potato and squash part alone- so if you say you loved it, chicken and all, even more of a reason to try!

  50. daphne says:

    U r so right about variety is the key. 2 hrs of zumba, running, walking…etc loving different workouts everyday of the week!

  51. Joanne, you are such a delight and a bright light. Your suggestions are so concrete and sensible. ANd, inspiring. Did I tell you about my pelvis fracture? I think not. I was only 15, run over and in a wheelchair 3 months of my grade 10 year. Yes, weight piled on then, too. It all fell off when I started walking, but has forever been a problem since. Fat cells are like blowing up a balloon. It is so so so s hard to do, but once done, it is easier and easier.
    Bravo to your healthy lifestyle, healthy cooking and wonderful cyber support group!
    :)
    valerie

  52. chipotles and sweet potatoes are a match made in HEAVEN!

  53. Claudia says:

    I love roasting veggies like that, and that spicy sweet Chicken sounds so awesome. I’m going mix it up now for tonight.

  54. Hannah says:

    Really great workout advice… I literally -never- exercise, but you’re making me want to start! Especially if that means I can have an extra serving of those sweet potatoes, because they look awesome.

  55. Claire says:

    You’re all about the honey right now, aren’t you!? ;-) Looks wonderful.

  56. Natalie says:

    for years i ONLY ran…6-7 days a week. then i got injured and therefore got smarter :) now i run 3 days a week, even when training, and can’t imagine doing more. i discovered that i love other exercise and i’m actually thinner/stronger now that i switch it up!

    ps. there you go making amazing sweet potato recipes again! nom!

  57. Shannon says:

    Your photos are stunning. This chicken looks amazing… and sweet potatoes I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  58. Lizzy says:

    I’ve been cooking with all these flavors all weekend- chipotles, sweet potatoes, chicken, butternut squash- this recipe looks awesome!!

  59. Tessa says:

    This looks absolutely beautiful, and I’m sure it’s just as delicious! I absolutely agree with you about keeping things mixed up. It’s way too easy to get bored if you do the same thing day in and day out!

  60. WOW, love all the flavors!! Very healthy, yet delicious– a feat that’s hard to accomplish :) I found myself at a similar low point of boredom with my exercising, and that’s why we started dong CrossFit. Girl, you should TOTALLY find one near you in NYC!! You will become crazy and addicted, like me!!

  61. Love, love, love your photos (and your rut tips). For me, cold turkey is the only thing that works for getting out of an unhealthy eating rut. It resets my clock somehow and gets me back on track.

  62. aipi says:

    oh this looks like it’s straight from a restaurant!

    US Masala

  63. sweetlife says:

    great advice, I have been ina rut lately with my wouts and really need to keep myself motivated…I love your pcutres, they capture the sp color perfeclty, a wonderful dish…thanks for sharing

    have a fab week!
    sweetlife

  64. I love everything about this dish – I’m actually pretty partial to chicken, and I love sweet potato, and most of all I love anything that comes together in one pan – actually I pretty much consider myself the queen of the one pan wonder, so this is going to be pretty much right up my alley.
    Sue :-)

  65. Claudie says:

    At the beginning of the December, I started having a “small” knee issue which left me with no lower body exercises. No running, no strength training for the legs, nada. I had to resort to walking + focus on upper body. The result: I love the way my arms are starting to look :D But I’m also definitely happy to be able to do other things as well once again: elliptical, spinning. Hopefully, really soon, I’ll be able to run again… in fact, I’ve already ordered a new pair of running shoes :D

  66. MaryMoh says:

    I would love to dance like lady gaga but hope I don’t break any bones. Maybe I should cook and eat your delicious chicken with baked vegetables and then dance my heart’s out :P

  67. Ben says:

    Spicy chipotle and honey is a great combination. Hmm this chicken looks so good.

  68. Megan says:

    Ok, I am definitely tagging this one up. Sounds amazing and with one pan…sounds perfect for my nonexistent counters and tiny apartment kitchen. As for breaking out of a rut…I watch sports movies. They are super motivational. Love ‘em!

  69. Melissa Clark does good food, if this is any indication. I just made another version of this recipe and loved it. I need to try it with bone-in breast for the longer cook and caramelization. You take some mighty fine pictures!!

    As for exercise, my St Bernard has gotten me out and about nearly every day walking in the woods… but last week, the snow was too much… looked like Italian meringue and impossible to walk on… each step was a challenge.. would you sink OR hit solid ground…. even Petunia said, UGH!

    SO … I am feeling grateful for the break in the weather as I was getting sooo stir-crazy! Can’t wait to try the chicken.

  70. I tried to “link” but got a message that my url had to start with some strange symbols? Anyway, to get out of a “rut”, I invite Brad Pitt (never Tom Cruise) over. Next time I’ll make him your delicious dish!

    Best,
    Bonnie

  71. Melynda says:

    What a lovely meal! That cookbook sounds great as well.

  72. Little Inbox says:

    I must try to roast sweet potato the next. :P

  73. The chicken looks wonderful. And, I’m a HUGE lover of variety myself – it’s a must!

  74. girlichef says:

    Oh my gawd, I can see how this could be addicting. I’m addicted to the pictures alone. I mean, I love every single thing on that plate. Love it. Want it. Going to check out that book. Thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  75. The perfect dish to me! I am not a fan of the chicken just immersed in wine and sauces. i love the subtle flavor of a perfect sauce accompanying the chicken. Love this recipe and seriously the pics? Come on- you are making the rest of us look bad! LOL!
    Jessica

  76. Peggy says:

    Sounds like my kind of cookbook too! The pictures of this chicken are downright gorgeous and totally have me drooling! I definitely feel ya on the whole, ‘spice up your workout’… I find myself getting burnt out on the same routines sometimes.

  77. Joanne says:

    That’s one great recipe AND it looks so good.
    Good tips and tricks for exercise roulette.:)

  78. Eliana says:

    I know just the thing to get me out of a rut – this meal! It looks freakin awesome!

  79. Cumin and cinnamon would bring such a nice fragrant to this dish, sounds great Joanne!

  80. Chipotle and honey – the perfect yin/yang!

  81. tigerfish says:

    Love the roast of sweet potatoes and winter squashes! How easy it that.

    I missed all my exercises in the gym, ever since the cold bug hit me last week …argghhh…..:(

  82. Bridgett says:

    I get bored easily when working out but if this was my reward after, I would work out more often! Looks fabulous.

  83. Kelsey says:

    so guess what im going to be picking up tonight? WINTER SQUASH and SWEET POTATOES! you make them look like candy!! <3

  84. ann says:

    I was in NY last week having surgery at MSKCC and i thought of you. One of these times when I’m there I’ll look you up. We’ll go have a cupcake! maybe you’ll have something healthy:)

  85. Catherine says:

    Wonderful post Joanne…it brought a smile to my face!
    This chicken looks mouthwatering with the sweet and spicey flavoring!

  86. grace says:

    first of all, i like your fork. random but true. secondly, i love the sweet potatoes and squash combo–starchy but tasty. finally, great advice, although i usually don’t mind the ruts i get myself into… :)

  87. Lea Ann says:

    I love the honey chipotle thing going on here. I never worry about a rut…I know soon enough I’ll be back to to my good habits.

  88. Nadji says:

    Une délicieuse recette. J’aime beaucoup.
    See soon.

  89. Reeni says:

    The book sounds great! And so does this chicken! Love the spicy sweetness of it and the way it’s cooked over top of the taters. To get out of a rut? I look at unflattering pictures of myself or get out a pair of jeans/skirt I want to fit into. I hang them up outside my closet as a constant reminder.

  90. oh, i miss zumba classes, i haven’t been to any classes since baby marcus was born…can’t wait to go back…maybe i’ll start with once a week first ;)

    look at the colors of the dish! LOVE!

  91. Lori says:

    I completely agree with your mix it up philosophy. I can’t do the same workout two days in a row. Good luck with your 12 this weekend!

    It’s quite tragic, but my husband revealed to me that he does not care for chipotle. The horror! Looks like I’ll be eating awesome meals like this alone. Looks so good!

  92. That chicken looks great! And I really love that it only gets one pan dirty. :) I just joined a gym so I really appreciate the tips. I can’t wait to try Zumba even though I’m ridiculously uncoordinated. :)

  93. I am so glad you dug out of that low point. Exercise is such a commitment but I think more and more the word is getting heard that it’s so important to our health.

    Speaking of which, you will never bore me with those sweet potato and squash dishes! Love that shot of them in the pan!

  94. This chicken dish with the chipotle and sweet potatoes is just too too good. I am sorry but with this kind of talent you are not going to last long in grubs.

  95. Angela says:

    Yum! I am all about sweet potatoes. I think you have some great strategies for getting out of a rut.

  96. Allison says:

    I am working on mixing up my food choices. Glad to hear it has such helped you. Love sweet potatoes.

  97. Such a great combo and healthy too! So yum ..

  98. Miriam says:

    Those veggies look like a fabulous meal all by themselves! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  99. these really caught my eye as a way to make sometimes bland chicken an absolute pleasure! and i just love love LOVE meals I can prepare then pop into the oven for an hour! This is a wonderful recipe!

  100. Yasmin says:

    Wow! I love this recipe, it looks delicious! I’m excited to see what else is on your blog as this is my first time! I will visit again soon xxoo
    I love sweet potato!

  101. Sarah Caron says:

    Great tips — but that recipe. It looks incredible. I can practically taste the sweet potatoes. YUM!

  102. Christy says:

    Well to be honest – before I even exercise I am bored. I want to be someone who needs to move, alas I have to fake it! I love the idea of recipe roulette – I will have to give that a try! And once again you have made a dish that makes me want to crawl through the computer and eat!

  103. Lynn says:

    Great post, Joanne. I’m afraid I DO get into a rut when it comes to exercise (been going to the same step aerobics/dance aerobics class for eleven-ish years ;)) but at least the routines there change every couple of months. I love your idea of just grabbing the nearest cookbook and opening to a page and . . . cooking! You never know what you might end up with for dinner.

  104. What a lovely meal…I do love sweet potatoes and squash, looks delicious :)

  105. sweet potatoes and winter squash, yummy !!!
    I love these dish
    Delphine

  106. Beth says:

    That just looks too good to be true. And I love the idea of you riding an exercise bike while you read a cookbook! I’ll have to try that myself sometime!

  107. Chris says:

    Quit watching me dance to Justin Bieber!!!!!!!!

    Freakin’ stalker, I swear.

  108. Johanna GGG says:

    you know I find myself looking at your meat recipes and thinking that is so good I could do it with a bit of tofu or beans – maybe that could be my suggestion to you for your eat live be inspiration – maybe try some of your meat dishes – the ones with lots of flavour – with a vegetarian centre instead – surely that would be a way to get change and health into a meal!

    and if the truth be told blogging always helps me get out of a rut with something new – though I have to try and avoid some of the chocolate cakes posts!

  109. This looks delicious–that sauce / paste the chicken is cooked with sounds heavenly. ;-)

  110. Julie says:

    This looks so delicious, can’t wait to try!!

    I love ZUMBA! Such a fun way to exercise and fun for the mind, too. Hard to be too serious when exercising to latin tunes :)

  111. Marisa says:

    Great looking chicken dish! TheHusband is a chicken fiend, so I’m always looking for new things to do with it.

    PS: You’ve just succeeded in making me feel totally guilty for sitting on my ass for the past 2 weeks. Going jogging THIS afternoon.

  112. Desi says:

    Looks yummy! Your pictures are beautiful! I found your blog through a linky party…

    I am your newest follower :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

  113. Ashley says:

    This is gorgeous! What a great combo!

  114. Anonymous says:

    Do you think this recipe would work well in a slow cooker?

    • Joanne says:

      Anonymous – I’ve never tried it in a slow cooker but would think that the chicken could definitely be cooked in one. I would sear it first and then put it in. For the butternut squash and sweet potatoes, I would probably still roast them so that they could get all caramelized and delicious. You just wouldn’t have that same effect in the slow cooker.

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