Here at Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, we love the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” What a wonderful expression to summarize the ability we have to redirect and turn situations around. Exploring the many uses of this one ingredient helps illustrate that it is what we do that makes the difference.
As a child I remember my Mother’s motto was “when life gives you lemons…” and she sure delivered, with her expertise knowledge on redirecting and transforming experiences. Everything was always an adventure with her. She helped me have fun at the doctor’s offices, making fun of the art or making plans to visit a nearby zoo if visiting a specialist from out of town. Mental health is certainly about how we use the ingredients we have. Brookhaven Retreat is passionate about life skills and tools that can be used outside of treatment to transform everyday life on the path of wellness and recovery.
Lemons are a tart fruit that can be used to make everything from lemonade, a cream pie, or a savory marinade. Let’s turn some lemons into a delicious Lemon & Dill Chicken Sautee:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (1 - 1 1/4 pounds)
- Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.
Recipe: Eating Well