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Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe


Every once in a while, a recipe pops up in my email inbox that I just HAVE to try. Just yesterday, one of my favorite sites, Simply Recipes, posted a recipe for Cilantro Lime chicken. I’m no stranger to cilantro and lime as a flavor combination, and use it often. But this picture made me crave cilantro lime chicken!

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken via Simply Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I was solo for dinner last night, I decided I would fire up the grill tonight and make it.

I’m thinking of serving it with a simple salad – mixed greens with baby spinach, red onion, organic cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and a drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. If I muster up the strength to venture out into the world, perhaps I’ll pick up some fresh mozzarella to top off the salad.

I have some cauliflower I could roast, but it is SO hot that even the thought of turning on the oven makes me want don cement shoes in the deep end of my pool. Wait, was that too drastic? You know what I mean. It is HOT. Simple is the way to go tonight.

Check out the recipe here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/grilled_cilantro_lime_chicken/

 

Healthy Snacking


I’ve been hanging out on the Weight Watchers forums a lot lately to get useful tips, recipes motivation, inspiration, and just plain trying to feel “part of something”, to help keep me focused. One thing I turned to the WW forums for was to find some healthy snacks. I don’t really have junk food in the house, and last week I was severely lacking in healthy snacks. I’ve also been dropping starches and carbs, and this has left me way hungrier (and thus grouchier).

Every day people post their menus for the day – either what they ate or are planning to eat, including their snacks. I’ve been going through their lists to get some idea for what I’d like for my own snacks. It’s easy to just say “fruit”, but the problem (for me) is that fruit and vegetables are zero points, and I have a lot of points to fill in for the day. I love fruit, but it can’t be my sole snack.

I noticed a lot of common foods in their menus, either their snacks or meals. Here are some snack ideas that I’ve started to incorporate into my day:

  • Fruits: Grapes, Blueberries, Strawberries, Pears, Bananas (which I already eat a lot of)
  • Baby Carrots with Hummus
  • PollyO String Cheese
  • Yogurt (I picked up additional yogurt aside from my Chobani Flips – they have too many WW points for a snack!)
  • Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
  • Celery with Peanut Butter
  • Kale Chips – we made these a few nights ago for an “appetizer”. We used a BBQ seasoning – SOOOO good!
  • Hardboiled Egg (as long as you’re eating eggs in moderation!)
  • Cottage Cheese Doubles
  • Dry Cheerios (I like Honey Nut)

I saw a product recommended on one thread that was new to me – PB2. It’s powdered peanut butter that you can either use as a powder (some people dip their fruits in the powder, some use it for baking, making ice cream, etc), or reconstitute it into peanut butter using water.

PB2 and PB2 Chocolate

PB2 and PB2 Chocolate

The poster was raving about the chocolate version. I decided to pick some up on Amazon to try out. Here’s the nutritional info for PB2 and PB2 Chocolate:

PB2: Powdered Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS:

Roasted peanuts, sugar, salt.
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams)
Servings per container: 15
Calories: 45
Calories from fat: 13

Value and % Daily Value*

  • Total fat 1.5 g 3%
  • Saturated fat 0 g 0%
  • Trans fat < 0.01 g
  • Cholesterol < 0.01 mg 0%
  • Sodium 94 mg 4%
  • Total carbohydrate 5 g 2%
  • Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
  • Sugars 1 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Vitamin A < 1%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium <1%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate PB2

INGREDIENTS:

Roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar, salt.
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams)
Servings per container: 15
Calories: 45
Calories from fat: 10

Value and % Daily Value*

  • Total fat 1 g 1.5%
  • Saturated fat 0 g 0%
  • Trans fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium 70 mg 3%
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g 2%
  • Dietary fiber 1 g 4%
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Vitamin A <1%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium <1%
  • Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These numbers are significantly lower than those of peanut butter – so I hope it will be a great replacement for peanut butter in my snacks and baked goods. Looking forward to trying it – it arrives on Friday!

What are some of your favorite low cal snacks?

Chicken Bruschetta Salad


I was starving when lunchtime came around today, so I decided to make chicken bruschetta salad. I had some tomatoes lingering around and some remaining basil from some recipes I made earlier this week. When I make bruschetta salad, I just use the bruschetta as my dressing. It’s so fresh and vibrant, and really pops on a salad.

Since I was only making bruschetta for one, I diced up one tomato, about 3-4 cloves of garlic (I LOVE garlic and am really trying hard to get it into my diet every day), salt, pepper, and some chopped basil.

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

Then I added some olive oil and balsamic, and let it sit for awhile.

Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta

Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta

Meanwhile, I sprinkled some seasoning on a  boneless skinless chicken breast and put it with 3 strips of artisanal nitrate-free bacon (from Whole Foods) into a pan and roasted in the oven for about 30 minutes.

I chopped up a whole head of romaine, a whole cucumber, a tomato, and some red onion. I added 2 oz of avocado since I certainly have the points for the splurge.

Once the chicken was done, I cubed it up, chopped the bacon, and tossed it into my salad. I added 1oz of cubed mozzarella to my bruschetta and tossed it altogether with my salad. OMG. Heaven. It was so simple, and a great, healthy lunch for the weekend. We’re always struggling to find suitable lunches that we both can agree on. I’m sure my dear spouse would appreciate this salad too!’

Here’s a pic of the finished product, It certainly doesn’t do it justice!

Chicken Bruschetta Salad

Chicken Bruschetta Salad

Stuffed Chicken Braciole


My spouse is traveling for work this weekend, so it’s been meals for one here around this house. I’ve been a bit under the weather and my appetite has been wonky as a result. I have been begrudgingly cooking my dinners (rather than just eating yogurt). I tried something new last night, and boy, it was out of this world!

A friend of mine on Pinterest posted a recipe where chicken was rolled with  minced garlic, basil, and a cube of mozzarella cheese. I thought this seemed like a delicious idea, so I wanted to try it out while the spouse was away – test driving, if you will. Of course I gave it my own spin.

This was my “pinspiration” from Pinterest:

Chicken Stuffed With Basil, Garlic, and Mozzarella

Chicken Stuffed With Basil, Garlic, and Mozzarella

Basically I sliced the chicken lengthwise, to create a pocket. I lined the chicken with chopped basil, garlic, and one ounce of mozzarella cheese (not shredded). I simply closed the chicken by folding it over, brushed on a little olive oil mixed with salt and pepper, and sprinkled some plain breadcrumbs on top. I was just about to pop it in the oven when I remembered I had some crushed tomatoes in the fridge. I quickly spooned some tomatoes around the chicken – not on it and popped it in an oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Oh man, DELISH!!!!! The chicken alone was fantastic – reminded me of braciole. A nice wallop of basil and garlic. The tomatoes absorbed all the cooking juices and I served the chicken with the sauce on the side, so I could dip for extra flavor. Had it with simple roasted broccoli (olive oil and salt).

This is DEFINITELY a keeper! I wish I had made a 2nd one to have as leftovers for lunch today!

Eating All Your Points


I often struggle to find ways to eat all my points within a day – let alone my weekly flex points. It was much easier to hit my daily target when vegetables and fruits still had Weight Watchers points. Am I eating too many fruits and veggies? Just kidding :)

I made a post over on the “What Are You Eating Today?” thread on the Weight Watchers forums, and it left me questioning my food choices.

To recap my meals for the day:

  • Breakfast: Chobani Vanilla Flip
  • Lunch: Tuna salad (with celery) on a toasted challah roll with tomatoes, chips, and pickles
  • Dinner: Skinny Taste Chicken cordon bleu, roasted broccoli, salad
  • Snacks: Banana, yogurt? (not sure what my snacks will be)

The problem here is after my breakfast and lunch, I have 28 points left for the day. This isn’t rare when I have 47 points per day! I’m trying to cut back on starches and carbs and focusing on protein and veggies, which is why I suspect dinner will be low. I’ve had a low appetite over the last few days, so I doubt I’ll be going out of my way to find snacks.

I may add chickpeas and avocado to my salad to bulk up the nutritional punch as well as get in more of my points,

I’m not a nut eater. I want to start juicing more but again, juices are 0 points if they’re all fruits and veggies.

Do you have a ton of points leftover at the end of the day? What do you eat to meet your targets?

Chicken Bruschetta – A Staple!


I usually reserve this dish for the summer, when my garden is full of gorgeous Jersey tomatoes and fresh basil. Toss together the bruschetta, throw a little of the liquid in with my chicken for a quick marinade, and throw the chicken on the grill. Simple, quick, light, and delicious!

This bitter cold weather here in the northeast makes me long for warmer days. Or maybe just a day without so much rain! I’ve been feeling a little down lately and needed a good pick-me-up, plus I really wanted a huge helping of heart healthy tomatoes, fresh garlic, and olive oil, so I decided to make an indoor version of this tonight. I had it over a huge salad with some steamed broccoli. I just use the bruschetta as my dressing… delicious!!

I didn’t think to take a pic, so definitely hop on over to the original source of the recipe for beautiful pics and comments.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Adapted from Skinnytaste. See recipe here.

Skinny Taste Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Skinny Taste Grilled Chicken Bruschetta – Photo via SkinnyTaste.com

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 oz part skim mozzarella, diced
  • 1lb chicken cutlets

1. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. Set aside while you marinate and cook chicken (will keep overnight).
2. Place chicken in a bowl and carefully pour some of the bruschetta liquid over the chicken. Let sit for 15 minutes.
3. Prepare grill or grill pan (if indoors). Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink inside.
4. Add the diced mozzarella to the tomato bruschetta.
5. Top each chicken breast with bruschetta. Pile it on. Seriously.

This is really one of our favorite recipes. Hope you try it out and enjoy it!!