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Can we please take a moment of silence to CELEBRATE THE END OF NICK’S SEASON OF THE BACHELOR!!!!! It is finally over and we have our Monday nights back. All is right in the Monday night world. I feel very robbed of my time over the past 472 weeks since every episode was a let down. But I did figure out one thing – I now understand why the dates were so cheap and sh*tty this season…because they were saving up to bring out Nick’s GIGANTIC family to Finland and to be able to fake feed all of them at every meal for all the scenes of them talking about absolutely nothing. It makes complete sense now.

It is crazy that they are allowed to have a full 3 hour time slot on TV because we all know nothing happens in 3 hours that couldn’t happen in 30 minutes. But they do have to make Chris Harrison work for his very comfortable career. He appears maybe once every episode, but the finale he has to introduce each scene with some bullsh*t story about how it’s going to be jaw dropping. Jaw dropping, Chris Harrison? It would be jaw dropping if Raven made fun of his bedroom skills when he dumped her. Or it would be jaw dropping if one of the 600 candles fell over and lit the place on fire while he was proposing. That would be jaw dropping. Nick dumping one girl and proposing to the other was not jaw dropping, it’s  exactly what happens on the show every season. I hate you, CH.

The 12 hour finale starts off with Vanessa meeting the family and them all being served dinner, that they of course didn’t eat. As Vanessa chatted, Nick stared at the food with the most longing eyes I’ve seen him have all season. Did you see those mashed potatoes? They probably have 16 pounds of butter in them. Perfect ratio. Vanessa wanted to ask Nick’s mom if she thought he was rushing into it. Well duh, Vanessa. You’re on a game show of love that forces you to propose at the end, I think it’s a bit of a rush race. Vanessa cries the entire date, worried about Nick not only loving her. Hate to break it to you, Vanessa, but your soon to be husband has never even dated you without cheating on you. Tough pill to swallow. I get it. Their date is weird, it involves Santa for no specific reason that I could grasp, and they sit out in the freezing cold by a small ass fire. It looks like my nightmare. Literally.

The final date with Raven starts off with Nick wearing his beanie with the top part of his hair sticking out…again. That’s just not how people wear hats in the cold, Nick. Ughhhhhhh. They go ice skating and Raven mentions that there is no other person around for miles…until the camera zooms out and there’s at least 10 producers watching in the trees. No one for miles, though. They skate, make out on the ground AGAIN, and look totes adorbs because Raven is a joy and a gem.

And then the dumping begins. I already knew the ending since I had listened to the spoiler Reality Steve podcast, so I wasn’t surprised when Raven walked out of the limo first to her sad destiny. The break up part is the worst to watch. Raven goes on this rant about loving Nick and being so excited for the future with him, and Nick kind of teases the sh*t out of her with continuous smiles and laughs, knowing full well he’s about to dump her ass. But Raven held her sh*t together and just smiled like a sparkle in Hoxie’s eye. She’s the best. Nick says, “I’m going to miss you.” And Raven replies like a queen bee with, “I know.” But the worst part of it all, Nick walks her to her car without getting her coat. In Finland. He really is an asshole. This b*tch gets dumped, has to walk in heels in the snow, and isn’t even granted her coat that was probably given to her by the production staff? Way to punch her while she’s down.

Ok, so the proposal was boring. Vanessa walks in and CH places her coat on Raven’s left behind coat. F*cked up. And the staging part of the proposal was SO incredibly obvious. While Vanessa rants and raves about loving him, each scene and pretty much every other word has her WITH lipstick then WITHOUT lipstick. Seriously, go back and watch it. It’s crazy how edited it is. And makes me wonder how many times they ran through that scene and said all that bullsh*t to each other. Wow, I’m being bitter. I just feel so robbed of my time. So whatever, they get engaged and Nick says, “let’s do it” (as in, get married) and Vanessa says, “let’s do it, literally.” What a romantic way to end your season with Nick on national television.

Holy sh*t, this post is going to be long. All the people who don’t watch the Bachelor and just wanted the damn recipe are so annoyed at this point. Ok, only an hour left to go. After the final rose. Chris Harrison yaps about more bullsh*t, saying it was the most romantic proposal ever. How? It was literally like EVERY OTHER proposal they’ve had. CH also mentions later on in the show to Rachel (the new bachelorette) about how the show works and how they are obviously good at their job. Seriously? Haven’t two, maybe three relationships actually worked longterm? Go away, CH.

So this is how to final hour goes down:

  1. Raven comes out look hot AF, ready to make Nick look like an idiot by being the sweet as pie Hoxie gal. I’m sad she didn’t say any mean sh*t because that girl has amazing one liners. I also am super pissed she’s not the next bachelorette because I would find her much more entertaining. But literally nothing happened with her and Nick chatting.
  2. Then Vanessa comes out and can’t help but say that the two of them are having issues and challenges and difficulties. All those words were said 45 times each. So obviously things aren’t going great. Probably because they didn’t figure out what they would do when the show finished and she was still in another country. Did she not think this sh*t through when she went on a US TV show??! Go on Bachelor Canada if you wanted to stay in Canada! Simple math. My spoiler podcast also mentioned a couple times that they aren’t doing well. So it was all quite obvious that things weren’t great. Nice and awkward moments.
  3. Last but not least, they had Rachel (the new bachelorette) come on and chat with CH. Then they surprised her with a SUPER awkward first encounter with 4 of the guys that will be on her season. And if you don’t watch the show, you should just go back and watch this awkward scene. Lots of hugs because they don’t know what else to do, Rachel almost grabs one of their weens because she’s trying to go in for the hand shake, the guys don’t know where to walk. It’s all awful. The Bachelor franchise is obviously not happy with the amount of buzz not going on around this season and wanted to light a fire under it. And they did…something. It was all weird, but Rachel’s boobs looked amazing, so that’s all I really cared about.

So I would say we can all celebrate because we won’t be seeing Nick anymore, but he’s now on dancing with the stars, so that sucks. Luckily I don’t watch that show and definitely won’t now. Honestly, I feel like a mean girl right now, but balls, that was an exhausting boring season.

Let’s move on. To this recipe. Because it really is delicious and you should totally make it right now because it’s stupid easy!

PaleOMG Baked Tuscan Chicken

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Baked Tuscan Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried oregano
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, and onion and place over medium-low heat. Let come to a low boil and cook until the onions become translucent. Then add the garlic and sundried tomatoes along with some salt and pepper and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Place chicken in a baking dish then pour the cooled mixture on top. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place marinated chicken on the baking sheet and scoop the onion and sundried tomato mixture on top then top the lemon slices on the chicken. Sprinkle with a little extra salt on top then place in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. This time will range depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  4. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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48 thoughts on “Baked Tuscan Chicken”

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s relieved that this season is over. Girl, your hilarious recaps are the only reason why I watched this black hole of boredom! ???? I will also miss your weekly Bachelor rants!

  2. The absolute worst part was when the white guy said to Rachel that he’s “never gone black” before. I died! I had to rewind to make sure thays really what he said. I’m looking forward (not) to a whole season of passive slightly racist comments from these guys. Ugh!!!

  3. Yes! Everything you said about the bachelor- I am happy for nicks season to be over. What was with the height of his hair I this episode? Seriously. Now I mainly watched the final episodes to then read your post and listen to other podcasts. Ugh I am hoping for something exciting to happen in Rachel’s season but that is going to be tough. Chris Harrison’s phrases are really annoying – just own up to the bachelor being what it is – it is not getting any more dramatic.
    Lol on a totally different subject I asked this before but I cannot find the post. Soo do you have a go to gf and/or paleo brownie recipe? I was using this awesome mix but the company shut down. I am looking for the recipe when you just want to whip up some simple brownies ( not looking for anything too fancy).

    Thanks!!

    1. omggggg so high!! lol his head kept getting longer! i’m not sure about brownie mixes, honestly. i would check out simple mills, bob’s red mill and i know there is one more company but i can’t think of it for the life of me (but it IS available on whole foods, so check the gf baking mixes out there!)

  4. Hey Juli!

    Any idea why your posts aren’t showing up in Bloglovin? It looks like they don’t have any posts from you for over 20 days. I miss being able to see your blog with the rest and have to depend on remembering to click when I see your instagram posts.

    Love reading your blog!
    -Stella

  5. Have you watched the show UnReal yet? I’m 3 episodes in and instantly thought about how you would love it. It’s a scripted/fictional show about the producers and behind the scenes craziness of the bachelor and it is dark/funny/addicting. You should def watch it – on Hulu if you have that.

  6. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading a recipe blog-post that had me (literally, laughing out loud). And because I don’t watch, The Bachelor, this made it even funnier! Those, “that just wanted the damn recipe are going to be so annoyed.” 😉

    Thank you for your yumy post and insightful recap of The Bachelor. I definitely need to start reading more of your posts. Xoxo!

  7. This recipe looks so good! It’s not quite BBQ season out here in Oregon so I’m happy to see a “spring-like” recipe that I can do inside, instead of out in the rain :).

    Also, I wanted to share that I recently tried Aaptiv and really really enjoy it, thank you for offering your readers/listeners a 30-day code. I am a self motivated sweater but having great guided options really helps the motivation for mornings or evenings when the self-mojo isn’t working :). Thank you!

    For Christmas, I got your second cookbook and both my husband and I have loved everything we made. We especially like the commentary and raw-ness of your intros…keepin it real yo!

    Lastly, I am also enjoying your podcast and thoroughly enjoy all the content you provide–including recipes, fashion, Jackson! and workouts. I was excited to hear that you might be doing more in the workout space–keep those videos coming ;)!

  8. I am right there with you on feeling like a mean girl! I was so frustrated with this ending too 🙁
    Thanks for the recipes! Love getting them in my Inbox when I’m need food inspiration 🙂 Made your Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili the other night and it was amazing!

  9. Big props on this one! This chicken is SO GOOD and easy to make. We had a last minute visitor stop by for dinner last night and he could not stop raving about it (and neither could we)! Paired it with Fed and Fit’s parsnip mash and some zucchini noodles. Serious deliciousness! TY!!! (It will only let me give it four stars below (??) or I would give it five!)

  10. You don’t say if you drain the olive oil marinade and throw it away except for the sun dried tomato mix. Do you bake the chicken with the entire mixture or drained? Thanks

    1. sorry, i’ll specify that in the recipe. i remove the check breast from the marinade and poured some on top so they were still slightly covered

  11. What a funny recap. I thought it was so strange that Raven and Nick were making out on the ground again too! Um.. no thanks. I’d rather be dry then lying on the ice in the cold.

  12. This looks delicious! I’m going to make it tomorrow! I’ll actually have time to cook since I won’t be stuck in front of the tv for 2 hours haha

  13. I’ve never felt more unconfortable and second hand embarrassed than I did watching Rachel meet those four guys.

    Love your recaps AND recipes ????

  14. Juli this recipe looks AMAZING. I’m planning to make it tonight and I’m trying to think of a good side – maybe some roasted potatoes or some greens? Any ideas? thanks!

    1. yep! you could make my potatoes that i posted after this recipe and some sort of greens, i have a ton of recipes on this site or in my book!

  15. Loved this recipe!! So nice to prepare it the night before and be ready to go for the next day! My husband and I just had it for lunch with a spinach salad with avocado/pistachios/red onion! Totally hit the spot and took zero time out of my day! Thanks again!

  16. Is it ok to let it marinate for more than 8 hrs?
    Also? I *only* watched the Bachelor this time because of you! I’ve read your recaps for awhile now and always laugh. But this season sure made me NOT want to ever watch again! Ha!

  17. What about not marinating the chicken at all? I just found this recipe and would love to make it tonight but didn’t plan ahead! If marinating is key, I’ll just have to push it off until tomorrow.

  18. This has been on my list to make ever since you published it and I finally got around to it yesterday.

    Oh. My. GOSH is this recipe good. I didn’t add the tomatoes (my husband and I both have issues with them) and they were still to die for. I don’t usually like cooking chicken, let alone eat it, but this recipe was easy, tasty, and will be on repeat in our house. Thanks for continuing to create awesome recipes Juli.

  19. I made this for my fiancé and I as part of our weekly meal prep and it was effing good. Thanks Juli, you da best! Love your blog and podcasts! They add so much positivity to my day! Thanks for making me feel so good about food Oxoxo

  20. I made this and it was AMAZING, but I did it sous vide. So I made the marinade according to Step 1, but then I allowed it to cool and poured it into the sous vide bag with the chicken breast and let it sit overnight. The next day, I cooked it in the sous vide at 150F for a couple of hours and then took out the breasts and arranged them on a sheet pan. I used tongs to take out the tomatoes and arranged them on top of each breast and then discarded the balance of the marinade. I meant to put it under the broiler for 10 minutes, but at 7 minutes I noticed curls of smoke coming out of the oven and so I snatched it out just in time.

    And it was AMAZEBALLS.

    5.0 rating

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