New Year Motivation + Easy Honey Balsamic Marinade

1 Jan

Honey Balsamic Marinade

It’s the first day of 2014!  Did you accomplish all that you set out to do in 2013?  Chances are, the answer is NO. 

And, that would be a GREAT answer – because that means we have a lot to look forward to in 2014.

A new year is always a new beginning.  All you need is a dream, a goal, a target and you can begin setting the path for yourself.

Don’t put it off — Start Your Path.

Lay 1 brick at a time.  It’s much easier to lay the second, third and fourth brick once the first one is there to guide the alignment of the next few.  And when there are several bricks laid down, those bricks act as a boost to strengthen and steady your once wobbly footing.

The extra height the initial bricks provide enables you to elevate and focus your eyes to see a bit further down the dusty trail ahead and as you continue to lay down brick after brick to create your path, what once appeared to be a far-off blurry mirage becomes a clearer outline of a physical reality.

Eventually, the experience gained from laying that first number of bricks provides a certain confidence which fuels and inevitably propels you.  Bumps in the path seem more manageable to overcome and you’re agile enough to welcome the twists and turns you never expected.  If you fall off the edge of the path, the bricks you’ve laid down are completely sturdy and support the climb back on top.

A determination wells inside and though, once non-existent, a motivation to strive for your goal and push forward immerses your consciousness!  A realization strikes –

YOU are in control.

Creating and moving down this path toward your goal definitely takes persistence, effort and at times, struggle.

BUT it’s achievable.  And, YOU ARE WORTH IT.

This blog is my first few bricks.   We can support each other.

So. Let’s do it together!

In the meantime, I will lighten the mood!

With a very tasty quick and easy marinade that you can whip up to add a succulent kick to almost any meat or seafood — this marinade works fabulously on lamb, pork, chicken, salmon or a white fish such as fresh cod.

Honey Balsamic Marinade

To get the most out of your minimal effort, make a large batch at once and portion out the meat or fish you’ll use for one meal for your family into plastic bags – marinate overnight in the refridgerator.  Then throw them in the freezer, marinade and all, ready to pull out for quick weeknight meals.

Be sure to freeze small portions of the marinade that hasn’t touched raw meat or fish (for example in an ice cube tray) to use alongside the dish as a dipping sauce.

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Easy Honey Balsamic Marinade
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Use this for lamb, pork, chicken or fish! Play around with the measurements of each ingredient to suit your taste - this recipe is very flexible.
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ a spicy chili pepper (or a whole one if you like extra heat!)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Sea salt
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Use as a marinade or a dipping sauce - or both for extra flavor!


Have you laid down your first brick yet?


10 Responses to “New Year Motivation + Easy Honey Balsamic Marinade”

  1. Dawn January 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Sounds delish! Would be great on chicken or beef. Im gonna try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Amanda January 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      Thanks Dawn! Let me know how it comes out. Check out my Citrus Ginger Chicken. I think you might like that too!

      • Moo January 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

        i so enjoy reading your newest receipes…and most of all your knowledge about food and nutrition…and i love the new spin that you put on this one and it is a great motivation so i will plan on laying that first brick !

        • Amanda January 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

          Thanks Moo! I am really glad you enjoyed the post. Let me know when you make this! And good luck with your goal 🙂

  2. Carrie January 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    This is great on chicken! Would it also work as a salad dressing? How would I adjust it to make it dressing-optimized?

    • Amanda January 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      Glad you liked it Carrie! I’ve never used this as a salad dressing — what a great idea. I think it would be a delicious match with a hearty steak + gorgonzola salad… if it were a simple leaf salad I would probably tone down the garlic and chili a bit. Let us know how it comes out if you try it on a salad!

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