Monthly Archives: March 2016

101 wholesome nourishing Hypothyroidism Slow Cooker Recipes

There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? Heal your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome nourishing hypothyroidism fighting recipes that cook themselves. All my recipes are Gluten free that feed your body and soul. Let’s kick hypothyroidisms booty the slow cooker way.

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A Survivor’s Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s Booty

Brilliantly written, startling truthful and utterly original. This is A.L. Childers at her absolute best. She sets an exciting new level of awareness for hypothyroidism. An unforgettable cookbook that helps you find that lost piece of yourself.

I’ve been battling hypothyroidism for years and I needed a way to get my voice out there into the world. This is why I decided to start blogging and writing. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy life. A personal favorite quote of mine is “From stressed to blessed.” I mean this, believe, and receive this. I’ve been battling hypothyroidism for years, and I wanted to create a user-friendly handbook to help anyone affected by this disorder. I’ve seen many doctors over the years and none offered me ideas on diet change. I’ve included recipes, ideas on solutions for a healthier home, what you should be eating and shouldn’t, how to shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want you to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful. This is my heartfelt guide to you. Together, once again, you can start to gain that wonderful life that you deserve. Everything in this user friendly handbook is catered to your thyroid. You can find many ideas on solutions to solve beauty issues, what you can eat to naturally start to heal your thyroid, how to help shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want to provide a fresh view on an old concept. My purpose is to help others transform their lives. Let’s feel strong, sexy, and beautiful together! Let’s kick hypothyroidism’s booty together!

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The Ultimate Magical pill that will get you in that bikini body

1 Magical pill that will get you in that bikini body. This magical pill  will have heads turning all summer long. It’s a all natural nutrient packed formula combined with the ultimate extra sexy sizzle that will have heads turning all summer long and even guaranteed to attract the opposite sex!

Do I have your attention? Well, of course I do. We all seem to be looking for a 1 fit all program or that “magical pill” to get the imagine in our minds of what we think we should look like but guess what? There’s no such pill and  no such program but what we do have is lifestyle choices and lifestyle changes.

You need to make your calories count! Healthy weight management starts with eating the right foods , physical activity and another powerful tool called reading labels.

Reading labels isn’t that hard but it can be very misleading. Food manufacturers are brilliant in using misleading tricks to convince people to buy their products.

One of the best suggestions I can offer you on this is ignore the labels on front of the packaging.  Front labels are there to entice and lure you into purchasing the products by making health claims. Companies  want to make you believe that their product is healthier than others.  The first list of  ingredients is what the company has used the most.

Glance over first three ingredients, this is actually the largest part of what you’re eating.

If your first ingredients include refined grains, some sort of sugar or hydrogenated oils, you can beat your bottom dollar that this product is unhealthy.

What you can do when reading labels is opt for items that have whole foods listed as the first few ingredients. Also if the ingredients list is longer than 2–3 lines? You guessed it, it’s highly over  processed.

This has actually been studied. Research shows that adding health claims to front labels affects people’s choices. It makes them believe a product is healthier

A few things you should look at when reading labels.

 

What is the serving  size?

Make sure you do the math and get the serving sizes right.

How many serving are in the container?

How many calories are in a single serving?

How much sodium does it have in it?

Too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which increases heart disease risk, and it may be a sign of a more highly processed . The recommended daily limit for sodium (2,300 mg). If you have high blood pressure already you are not suppose to consume more than 1,500 mg’s of sodium per day.

How much fiber does it have?

The idea is to eat heart healthy foods . If you anything that has enriched wheat flour or enriched anything that  it is  a sign that the grain has been refined, meaning it has been stripped of the germ and bran, which pack most of the grain’s nutrients including fiber. Any product that contains grains you want it to have  at least have 3g per serving.

How much saturated fat does it have?

It if it has healthy unsaturated fat, that’s a better product.  If the product has any trans fat, put it back on the shelf. Trans fat has been shown to increase levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol while decreasing levels of “good” HDL cholesterol— YUCK- a major health hit.

Misleading Labeling Claims – and What They Actually Mean

Health claims on packaged food are designed to catch your attention and convince you that their product is healthy.

Here are some of the most common ones, and what they actually mean:

  • Light: Light products are processed to reduce either calories or fat, and some products are simply watered down. Check carefully to see if anything has been added instead, like sugar.
  • Multigrain: This sounds very healthy, but basically just means that there is more than one type of grain in the product. These are most likely refined grains, unless the product is marked as whole grain.
  • Natural: This does not necessarily mean that the product resembles anything natural. It simply means that at some point the manufacturer had a natural source (for example, apples or rice) to work with.
  • Organic: This label says very little about whether the product is healthy or not. For example, organic sugar is still sugar. Only certified organically grown products can be guaranteed to be organic.
  • No added sugar: Some products are naturally high in sugar. The fact that they don’t have added sugar doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Unhealthy sugar substitutes may also have been added.
  • Low-calorie: Low-calorie products have to contain 1/3 fewer calories than the same brand’s original product. However, one brand’s low-calorie version may contain similar calories as the original of another product.
  • Low-fat: This label almost always means that the fat has been reduced at the cost of adding more sugar. Be very careful and read the ingredients listed on the back.
  • Low-carb: Recently, low-carb diets have been linked with improved health. However, processed foods that are labeled low-carb are usually just processed junk foods, similar to processed low-fat junk foods.
  • Made with whole grain: There is probably very little whole grain in the product. Check the ingredients list and see where the whole grain is placed. If it is not in the first 3 ingredients, then the amount is negligible.
  • Fortified or enriched: This basically means that some nutrients have been added to the product. For example, vitamin D is often added to milk.
  • Gluten-free: Gluten-free does not equal healthy. It simply means that the product doesn’t contain wheat, spelt, rye or barley. Many foods are gluten-free, but can be highly processed and loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar.
  • Fruit-flavored: Many processed foods have a name that refers to a natural flavor, such as strawberry yogurt. However, there may not be any fruit in the product, only chemicals designed to taste like fruit.
  • Zero trans fat: “Zero trans fat” actually means “less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.” So if serving sizes are misleadingly small, the product can actually contain a lot of trans fat (5).

 

Sugar goes by many names in ingredient lists, many of these you might not recognize.

Types of sugar: beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered sugar, cane sugar, caster sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, golden sugar, invert sugar, muscovado sugar, organic raw sugar, raspadura sugar, evaporated cane juice and confectioner’s sugar.

  • Other added sugars: barley malt, molasses, cane juice crystals, lactose, corn sweetener, crystalline fructose, dextran, malt powder, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, disaccharides, maltodextrin and maltose.

You can always  avoid being misled by these labels and start eating whole foods and avoid processed foods altogether.

However, if you decide to buy packaged foods, it is necessary to sort out the junk from the higher quality products.

Keep in mind that whole food doesn’t need an ingredients list, because the whole food IS the ingredient.

Remember Babe you got this!

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, Got Hypothyroidism?   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

 

 

Resources:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/videos/CFSAN/HWM/hwmintro.cfm

How to Read Food Labels Without Being Tricked

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20708150_4,00.html

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

How to Avoid 3 Harmful Foods that Add lbs to your Waistline

You know that healthy habits make sense, but did you ever stop to think why you practice them?

I’ve heard women, in particular, say this a lot lately. They say, “Why can’t I look like that ?!”, ” I will never look like that!”

Why do we mentally sabotage ourselves? Let’s get something clear. You are unique. You are not meant to be me & I am not meant to be you. We are on this planet as individuals, each of us has a unique finger print that can’t and wont ever be duplicated with any other human being. Ever! So why do you mentally sabotage your mindset with self doubt and in return it starts a domino affect on your health? You are telling your subconscious with out even realizing it that you are not made for greater things. You are telling your subconscious that you can not be sexy, be brilliant and be fantastic. Be happy in your skin.

Everywhere you look — on every billboard, on every social media channel — it seems that there are beautiful, scantily clad women. So it is pushed down our throats that beauty starts from the outside but actually its starts on the inside and radiates outward.

Here’s the thing: if you treat your body like it’s your worst enemy – or not take ownership of your physical wellbeing – you are repelling good health. You’re keeping yourself from being the best you can be in your life, because you dislike your body so much.

Here is my list of 3 harmful foods that add lbs to your Waistline that you need to avoid.

  1. Diet soda- diet soda is a chemical cocktail made up of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain.
  2. Yogurt- Conventional yogurt usually comes from milk produced by cows that are confined and unable to graze in open pasture. They’re usually fed GMO grains, not grass. As the yogurt ferments, chemical defoamers are sometimes added. Then high doses of artificial sweeteners, sugar, or high fructose corn syrup are sometimes added too. That’s not all: colors, preservatives, and gut-harmful carrageenan can be dumped in.
  3. HFCS- read labels, stay away from any products that contain this, it is 20x sweeter than sugar an our bodies don’t recognize HFCS. What happens when our bodies doesn’t recognize something? It turns it into fat. It also confuses your body &* doesn’t let your brain know when your full!

 

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Remember Babe you got this!

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, Got Hypothyroidism?   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo
Here is an easy recipe to make a Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt that is also located  in my book
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Dairy-free Coconut Yogurt

2-14 oz. cans coconut milk

2 teaspoons agar agar flakes or 2 tablespoons tapioca starch

4 probiotic capsules

2 tablespoons raw coconut sugar or grade B maple syrup, (optional)

Warm you oven and make sure you jars are sterilized. Warm your oven for about 5 minutes until it reaches 100 F, then turn off the heat.

Shake the can of coconut milk 1st before pouring into a sauce pan. Next add your thickener. If you’re using agar agar, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the agar agar flakes into the pot over the coconut milk- but don’t stir. If you are using the tapioca starch, scoop out roughly 1/3 cup of the coconut milk and whisk the starch in the milk. Make sure it is completely dissolved then add it back to the sauce pan.

Continue to Heat the coconut milk over the heat until it begins to simmer. Whisk the milk and turn it down on low. Continue cooking on low, whisking occasionally for an additional 10 minutes. Until the agar agar is full dissolved or the tapioca starch has thickened the milk.

Cool your milk until it reaches the temperature of 100 F. Next twist open your probiotic capsules and pour it into your milk. Whisk to combine.  Add your agar or syrup if you desire and whisk that in.

Pour into jars, seal the lids on them and allow the yogurt to sit for 12-24 hours at 110 F in the oven or a dehydrator without disrupting. After it has completed its cycle, place in the fridge to chill for no less than 6 hours. The yogurt will become thicker as it sits and chills. If you find the mixture to have separated and is yellowish of color, don’t be alarmed, just give it a good stir to combine again. This coconut yogurt will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

If the yogurt develops a pink or grey discoloration on its surface that means it has been contaminated with bad bacteria. Throw it away and do not eat it!

If you want a super thick Greek style yogurt. The night before place your canned coconut milk in the fridge. Don’t not shake. In the morning when you open it, scoop out the thick hardened top layer part of the cream. Discard the “liquidy” coconut water underneath it.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

 

How to start JUMPSTART your Morning off RIGHTwith Hypothyroidism

 

Hi My name is Audrey Childers , I am the creator and founder of Thehypothyroidismchick.com

 

It is my privilege to connect with women who are struggling with hypothyroidism. I am here to inspire and to add value to your life. I want to help you start to gain your energy back and your vitality .

1 in 3 women will experience hypothyroidism sometime in their life.

 

I’ve been battling hypothyroidism for over 10 years and trust me it hasn’t been no walk in the part. I’ve started researching and discovered what works for me. And yes, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way.

 

If it wasn’t for my own mistakes and failings, I would never have learned what I now know…

 

…and I wouldn’t be able to offer you the help I’m able to today.

 

 

It’s how we learn, grow, and get closer to achieving our goals.

 

Sometimes we can become our own worst enemy.

 

Like Thomas Edison, who had to learn thousands of ways NOT to make a light bulb before discovering one that actually worked?

 

We just have to be careful so we don’t continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.

 

A few of the biggest hurdles I see are people not starting their morning off right.

The 1st thing you can do in the morning is

 

 

Start your day with warm lemon water with your thyroid medication.

 

Lemons are loaded with healthy benefits, and particularly, they’re a great vitamin C food source. One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C — take that, oranges! Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.

It Aids in digestion and detoxification. It tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.

You need to wait 1 hour before you eat and wait 4 hours before you take any other vitamin supplements because it can interfere with the absorption of your medication. Now, as far as taking any other prescribed medications. You have to speak with your medical doctor about that.

 

  1. If you want to drink coffee wait 1 hour after you take your medication because it can also interfere with the absorption of your thyroid medication.
  2. Eat a breakfast! You should be eating 1 hour After you’ve taken your thyroid. A wholeness nutritious breakfast like gluten free oatmeal, with Ceylon cinnamon, almond milk & organic coconut oil.

An omelet with loaded veggies like onions, red bell peppers, celery and top it off with some goat’s cheese

A nice nutritious & gut filling smoothie that are simple & easy to make. Celery, cucumber, avocado, parsley, ground flaxseed & coconut water

 

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Thank you for watching.

Remember Babe you got this!

 

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, Got Hypothyroidism?   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

Signs your thyroid may be out of whack

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Extreme fatigue. If you’re always tired, even after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night, it’s a common sign that your thyroid hormone levels are low. Of course, fatigue and low energy are associated with many conditions, but if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone (TH) flowing through your body, your muscles aren’t receiving a signal to get up and get moving.

Brain fog. If it feels as though you’re walking around in a fog all day, are having difficulty focusing, or forgetting things frequently, it could be that your thyroid is out of whack. Too much TH can make it hard to concentrate, while too little can cause memory problems.

Digestive issues. Those with hypothyroidism often complain of constipation, as an underactive thyroid can cause the digestive process to slow. An overactive thyroid gland can cause the opposite problem, such as diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements.

Mood problems. Mood swings, anxiety or depression can develop in those who have thyroid disorders. Anxiety and nervousness are linked to hyperthyroidism as the body is flooded constantly with a message to go, go, go, causing it to go into overdrive.

Do you exercise, eat right and still can’t lose weight?

Putting on a few pounds can be caused by many different things, so few physicians will consider this alone as a symptom of a thyroid problem. But if you aren’t eating any more than usual, exercise regularly and still can’t seem to lose those extra pounds, it could very well be an underactive thyroid.

EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY CAN BE IMPACTED BY THYROID MALFUNCTION

But… my thyroid test was normal (really?)

“Many people may be suffering from minute imbalances that have not yet resulted in abnormal blood tests. If we included people with low-grade hypothyroidism whose blood tests are normal, the frequency of hypothyroidism would no doubt exceed 10 percent of the population.

“What is of special concern, though, is that many people whose test results are dismissed as normal could continue to have symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Their moods, emotions, and overall well-being are affected by this imbalance, yet they are not receiving the care they need to get to the root of their problems.

“Even if the TSH level is in the lower segment of normal range, a person may still be suffering from low-grade hypothyroidism.” — Arem, Ridha M.D., The Thyroid Solution, 1999, 2007 revised edition.

Other signs that your thyroid is in trouble ( Do you have more than 3 of these?)

  • Fluid retention/swelling
  • Frequent viral infections
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent bruising
  • PMS
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to cold/heat
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Itchiness
  • Joint aches
  • Brittle nails
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Lack of concentration
  • Constipation
  • Depressed immunity
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Hoarse voice

How does diet interfere with thyroid function?

It is thought that diet plays a role in thyroid health. Although low iodine intake leads to low thyroid function, table salt does not appear to be the best option. Many foods eaten in Western culture contain what are known as goitrogens or iodine blockers. Two popular goitrogens are soybeans and peanuts.

I want to thank you  for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, Got Hypothyroidism?   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Health and Happiness,

Audrey
XoXo

 

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

Imagine You’ve Just discovered the Secret to an Amazing Formula

 

Imagine You’ve Just discovered the secret to an amazing recipe. You’ve come across the secret of all secrets to eating mind-blowing chicken? Many people think boneless, skinless chicken breast are the best part of the chicken. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Chicken thighs deserve the real love.

Chicken thighs are the most succulent chicken you will ever eat if cooked correctly, which really isn’t that hard! They are super flavorful with perfectly  crisp skin.

I find saying this a little strange because many years of my adult life I’ve been a vegan to vegetarian to pesicatarian. I still had to manage to cook meat for my family , they never jumped on my vegan/vegetarian/pesicatarian band wagon. No matter how much I swayed and had my “proven” facts of how it did improve your life.

These days, I find myself standing in front of a meat counter wondering what I even like, let alone what I can do with a particular cut or how much I need to get to feed my family of six. Even if it’s is hormone and antibiotic free and sustainably raised.  Sometimes I just feel so frazzled about even eating.

I’m still learning, but I can say one thing with certainty and I feel I say this with a whisper from my background with the love/hate relationship with meat, eggs and dairy : I love these chicken thighs.

The key to cooking chicken thighs is to start them in a cold cast iron skillet. Yep, you know I love my cast iron skilled. I prefer to just season them well with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then put them skin-side down in the skillet over medium heat. Lay them down in a cold pan.

Try not to touch them for 14 to 15 minutes. As the pan heats up, the skin will slowly get crispy. It might pop and hiss, but that is great. As long as you watch your heat, it’s almost impossible to burn or overcook these.

Once they have crisped nicely in the skillet, dot your thighs with lemon slices and fresh thyme sprigs and finish them in a 400°F oven for another 13 to 15 minutes, depending on the size.

If you’re in doubt on the cooking time, leave them in for another few minutes. It’s very hard to overcook these guys.

I’ve found  11 of the most Mouth watering Hypothyroidism Chicken Thigh Recipes out there for you!

1.Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

Serves 4

2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on (about 4 to 6 thighs)
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper
1 lemon, sliced thin
5 to 6 fresh thyme sprigs

Preheat your oven to 400° F. Drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil and season them well with pinches of salt and pepper.

Place the thighs in a large, cold cast iron skillet, skin-side down. Place the skillet on a burner over medium heat. Let them cook, undisturbed, for 14 to 15 minutes.

When a lot of the fat has rendered out and the skin is crispy and brown, flip the thighs so the crispy skin is up. Dot the cast iron skillet with lemon slices and thyme sprigs and stick it in the hot oven. Let the thighs finish cooking in the oven for 13 to 15 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 165° F. If you’re in doubt, leave them in for another few minutes.

Serve thighs immediately.

2.Crispy Mustardy Pan Fried Chicken Thighs with a lima bean salad

Adapted from Bon Appetit and Food and Wine

This chicken is so delicious. The key is rendering out the fat and getting the skin nice and crispy. The mustard rub is just gilding the lily. I try to buy chicken that’s at the very least hormone and antibiotic free, and ideally organic and pasture-raised. The last ones I got were from Slagel Farm, which I found at Andersonville’s Urban Orchard. (Note that if you intend to make this gluten free, you should make sure to use gluten-free tamari and read the labels on your mustard and Worcestershire sauce.) It’s great with a salad or dark leafy greens on the side.

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
kosher salt
neutral oil such as grape seed or canola

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

Make the mustard rub. In a small bowl, stir together the Dijon mustard, tamari, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and thyme.

Pat the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove the surface moisture and sprinkle both sides with kosher salt.

Carefully slip your fingers under the chicken skin to create a pocket for the mustard rub. Spread a quarter of the rub between the skin and the meat of each thigh. (Wash your hands thoroughly.)

Heat a heavy cast iron skillet over high heat, and add enough grape seed or other neutral oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down and cook for about two minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking until the fat renders out of the skin and the skin is golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Turn the chicken skin side up and continue baking for another 5 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the meat registers 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.

Remove from the oven, and let it rest in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a plate and serving.

Lima Bean Salad

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Lima beans have long had a bad rap, but not so in this fresh salad. Full of flavor, this is not the lima bean from a can that many of us cringe and remember from childhood. I really think you’ll be surprised at how delicious lima beans can be!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dried large lima beans
1 cup diced English cucumber
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
4 garlic cloves, mashed
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 teaspoons sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard
1/3 cup tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper

Rinse and and sort the lima beans and place in a medium saucepan. Cover with about 3 cups hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let it sit for 1 hour. Drain, then add about 4 cups of hot water. Let it come to a boil again, then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes partially covered, or until the beans are cooked (do not overcook, as it will be mushy). Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the drained and cooled lima beans with the cucumber, tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. In a small bowl, mash together the garlic and salt. Whisk in the lemon juice, mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with pepper. Toss the dressing into the lima beans and vegetables. Let it sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Give it one final toss before serving

 

3.Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken

This delicious honey spiced glazed chicken is made with chicken thighs and cooked under the broiler. It’s sweet, spicy and oh so delicious!

Yield: 8 chicken thighs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes per batch

Total Time: 25 minutes per batch

Ingredients:

  • 1 package boneless skinless chicken thighs (you should get about 8 thighs per package)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (regular paprika works well too but smoked brings more flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use less if you don’t like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Mix spices together and set aside.

Mix honey and cider vinegar and set aside.

Un-tuck chicken thighs so they are flat. Cover both sides in seasoning, set flat onto sheet pan. When all chicken as been seasoned put under broiler* (I put mine on low just so I don’t worry about burning the chicken)

Cook for 5-7 minutes on one side and flip. Cook for a 5-7 minutes on other side. Flip again and then baste the chicken in honey/cider mixture. Be sure to really get the chicken covered. Add to oven again and let it cook under the broiler for a few minutes until the honey starts to thicken up and glaze. It may smoke a little but this is completely normal.

Take chicken out of oven and let rest for a few minutes before devouring. You don’t want to burn your mouth with all that hot honey glaze!

* If you have a gas oven and your broiler is at the bottom you can bake the chicken at 400 degrees for about 15 – 20 mins.

4. Chicken With Mushroom Sauce with green beans

5.Roasted Chicken With Asparagus

6.Spiced Chicken Kebabs over a bed of quinoa pilaf

7. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Winter Squash

 

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