About ten years ago when I decided to change my diet from primarily Doritos, chocolate doughnuts and Frosted Flakes to actual food, one of the first things I learned to cook was a whole chicken.
If you don't like cooking but love a good juicy chicken, you're seriously in luck right now.
As a Health Coach, one of the things I love most about my job is helping people discover how simple it can be to also get real food on their own plate.
Not only can cooking real food be simple, but the satisfaction you get from creating your own meal vs. consuming a packaged product is something that can't be replaced.
Now, of course, I've burned plenty of home-cooked meals which didn't feel so satisfying but when I learned to start cooking real food at home instead of consuming everything from a package, it became a beautiful adventure that has taught me more about health than any textbook ever could have.
If you are currently eating the worst diet on the planet, I completely get how intimidating it is to think about giving up foods you've been enjoying for years, chop up vegetables and get the rest of your family on board with healthier meals. Those are all very valid fears that hold most people back.
The thing is, you don't need to change everything at once. You don't have to go Whole30 to start a healthy journey. Start with small steps....like cooking this whole chicken with a side of yummy sweet potatoes instead of eating frozen breaded chicken strips from Costco.
If you're needing the support, resources and accountability to make small shifts in your health when it comes to food, movement and other habits, we'd love for you to join our Tribe where we help ease the frustration of healthy living.
Whole Chicken (Insta or Crockpot)
1 whole chicken (about 3 lbs)
1 cup water
salt + pepper + garlic salt (to taste; or seasonings of choice)
1. Place Instapot on "saute" setting. Add 1 T butter or avocado oil to pot. Brown chicken on both sides. Hit "cancel" on Instapot.
2. Add 1 cup of water to bottom of pot and sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and garlic. Place lid on pot and set valve to "seal." Finally, choose "manual" setting and set to 20 minutes.
1. Add chicken to a crockpot with 1 cup of water. Add seasonings. Place lid on and cook for 4 hours on low (I have a really hot crockpot so you may need 5-6 hours for yours).
Serve with sweet potato rounds , sliced avocado and sauteed kale.