Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness


Yoga Thursday was definitely a success today!

I did a 60 minute Baptiste Power Flow via podcast and it was wonderful—definitely a fast paced strength workout and my heart beat was up there the whole time throughout all the vinyasas. A few of you have asked which podcasts I like the most and I have actually only tried Dave Farmar so far but loooove him. All you do is just search Dave Farmar if you have itunes and it should lead you directly to his podcast site. He has about 20 and actually records a new one every two weeks or so. The one I did today was recorded last December but still was very timely for me and great. Lots of chaturungas, looooong pigeon poses and delicious headstands.

And then after yoga I was treated by my mommy by one of my favorite dinners. This chicken is what I request most on birthdays and special events. It is sooo delicous! Check out that brown sugar on top!!! =)


Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken

Serves 4

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1 tbsp grated lemon zest

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp chicken stock

2 tbsp canola oil

1. Combine the chicken and the lemon juice and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes and up to overnight.

2. Drain the chicken. Set aside. Fill a plastic bag with the flour, salt, paprika and a dash of pepper. Shake well. Add the chicken and shake well to coat completely.

3. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron). Add the chicken and cook for about 10 minutes or until browned. Take out the chicken, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth and then return the chicken to the pan and follow step four.

4. Sprinkle the lemon zest and brown sugar over the chicken and transfer it to the oven to finish baking for about half an hour or until the chicken has cooked through completely.

I also had an ENORMOUS baked garnet yam and steamed sugar snap peas. Oh, man, do I ever love these little peapods!


As well as a small square of (unpictured!) organic dark chocolate for a finale. Nothing better than that!

I’m smiling for so many reasons! YOU should too =)

1.) God is so GOOD and His timing is always perfect (see last night’s post if you don’t know what I’m rambling about!)

2.) I am waking up 10 minutes earlier (at 3 AM!!!) every morning during Lent to pray and read Psalms

3.) Vegan cupcakes taste even BETTER than regular cupcakes—-especially with sprinkles and all natural organic oreos!

4.) I have a steamy hot bubble bath waiting for me along with a warm towel.



Something fun and sweet: Chocolate-Covered Katie (previously Chocolate Covered Vegan) is giving away an ENTIRE BOX of Jocolat bars to one lucky reader! Check her new blog out to find out how to register.

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  • Emily
    February 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    love dinner & your lent commitment!
    hooray for friday!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Mmm that chicken looks wonderful!

    Glad you had a great yoga practice. And love what you are doing for lent! Have a good night =)

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    February 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I love that you are happy about vegan cupcakes. What a positive post Jenna – it made me smile…as did those melted brown sugar globs on your chicken.

    Glad you got in some great yoga. I love a good looooong Pigeon Pose! Have a good sleep-filled evening!

  • FoodsThatFit
    February 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Look at how orange your yam is! Your skin must glow after eating that! That is a perfect balance of protein and carbs! Thank you for sharing the recipe. That is an early morning! Your commitment is admirable and I appreciate your positive attitude.

  • Michelle
    February 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    oh my what an aweeesome piece of chicken. It’s making me sooo hungrrryyy!!! 😛

  • Adi
    February 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Looks like some yummy chicken! … unrelated question, but is a yam different than a sweet potato?

  • Caitlin
    February 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I really enjoy your posts…and your top 5 reasons to smile are great!

    btw that brown sugar chicken looks so good-I am going to have to try it!

  • Matt
    February 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I think I am going to make that for dinner tonight!

  • K
    February 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Sweet potatoes and snap peas = two of the best veggies 🙂

    Ahhh your kitty!! We haven’t seen him is so long!

  • Whitney
    February 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I want your kitty! My parents have a black cat who looks just like Dexter and he is always doing crazy yoga-like poses

  • Shelby
    February 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I think I will try that chicken recipe with tofu instead! It sounds yummy.

    I agree about vegan cupcakes…and not just because I’m vegan, they just taste more “pure” I guess. Like nothing fake or refined. Yum.

  • megan
    February 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Yay for yoga thursday 🙂 I am glad you had such a good practice.
    I love the ending of your post with things we should all be happy about. This post made me smile!
    Have a great night, Jenna!

  • Natalie
    February 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I love your reasons to smile, they are so true!

    I think I’m going to also start the 10 minute daily pray sessions during Lent to. I’m so glad you have been talking about this Jenna because I have been having a hard time deciding what to do for this Lenten season and your ideas have been really helpful. 🙂

  • pam
    February 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I live near the Greenwise Publix in Palm Beach Gardens, can you pleeeeeaaaase send your awesome vegan cupcake recipe to their bakery so they can make it and I can buy them????
    I would be soooooo happy if I could get them at my Greenwise too!!

  • Becca A
    February 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Chicken looks great and love seeing Dexter!

  • Bec
    February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    That chicken looks delicious!

  • chocolatecoveredkatie
    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Jenna! Consider yourself entered!

    And wow, I am so impressed at how early you’re getting up to pray! It’s seriously inspiring and is making me take a look at where I can add more prayer time in my life, especially during Lent.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    AWW! Your kitty and my kitty could be sisters!!!
    Thanks for the chicken recipe, it looks amazing!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm


  • Meg
    February 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    That chicken looks amazing! I will have to try this!

  • Jaimejoy
    February 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I TOTALLY agree that vegan cupcakes taste better than regular ones! The ones from the bakery at the Whole Foods near me are to. die. for. (i like the vanilla better than the chocolate, actually)

  • brandi
    February 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    that brown sugar on the chicken looks so good!

    Thanks for posting what is making you smile – it reminds me to think of what I’m thankful for today 🙂

    I just did a pigeon pose for the first time the other night and LOVE it!

  • Sarah W.
    February 26, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    that chicken sounds awesome!!!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    yay, your post just put me in such a good mood. And that dinner!! Your mom makes such good comfort food.

  • Michelle Hisae
    February 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Yeah, sugar snap peas are way addicting. What a great addiction, though! Haha. Put ’em in a cold salad with radishes, lemon, olive oil, and s&p, and you’ve got a great Spring dish!!

  • Kati
    February 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    That chicken looks soooo good ! And I want to look up Dave Farmer! I’m just now getting back into yoga though with so I’m not very advanced :>

  • Sharon
    February 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Oh wow, that chicken looks mighty tasty!

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    February 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my, that chicken recipe looks so good!

  • Ashley H
    February 26, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Cooking emergency Jenna! well not really but I thought you might be able to help having graduated from culinary school and all. I made ed&bv’s peanut sauce and it is so strong! I put it all over my rice and vegetables and half way through I just couldnt stomach it anymore. I hate wasting food! Is there anyway I could tone it down a bit (okay alot!!) I cant even figure out what it is that made it taste so strong. Please help. Thanks Ashley

  • joyful
    February 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I so wish I had a chance to taste those delicious looking vegan cupcakes!

  • Leah
    February 27, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Sounds like you had a great night last night. You sound so peaceful!

  • Amanda from Pittsburgh
    February 27, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Hey Jenna,

    Are you just going to read psalms from the Bible or from a website or another book? I would love to do the same and am interested in what you do! :o)

    -Amanda in Pittsburgh

    • jenna
      February 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm


      No, I don’t really have a game plan, per say. I was just going to read a couple every morning. This morning I read 1-4 I think because they were really short. I’ve always loved psalms because they are just so HONEST! David was struggling so incredibly much when he wrote them and I feel like so often we feel like we are alone in our suffering and doubts but we aren’t and psalms reassures me of that time and time again.


      That’s a great idea—I think I have something up my sleeve…. 😉

  • Kate
    February 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    weird!!! I also had a lemon-brown sugar type chicken last night! It was awesome!I’m actually doing a free yoga pass next week so I’m kinda nervous/excited!

  • Sarah
    February 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Yummy chicken recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Victoria
    February 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

    LOVE your positive attitude. Very infectious!

  • Jess
    February 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Awww…cat tummy.

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    February 27, 2009 at 11:55 am


    Another podcast you may want to try is grace yoga, she is based in Richmond, where i live and she does some awesome challenging flows.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    February 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I just had some lemon chicken yesterday! It was so good!

  • Melissa
    February 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The lemon chicken looks insanely delicious — might need to make some this weekend!

  • molly
    March 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm


    The chicken recipe looks great! Can you specify at what temp. it should be cooked in the oven? I’m guessing somewhere around 350?

    Thanks 🙂

    • jenna
      March 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm


      Oh my goodness! I’m sorry!! Yes, 350 🙂