Fancy Pants Chicken

Chicken is kind of the go-to meal when people think of a diet. Plain grilled chicken and steamed veggies all day every day. BOO. That’s incredibly boring. Chicken is a great dish and it is super easy to mix it up. You can bake it, stuff it, saute it, steam it, top it. There are endless ways to fancy up a chicken breast. Remember the key to staying on track is keeping it fresh. You may just adore your yogurt parfait in the morning or your turkey balls for lunch…but I promise you, if you eat it every single day…you will NOT. So get creative! The story of dinner: This originally was going to be bacon wrapped chicken w/ acorn squash. But I had some left over prosciutto from my shrimp dish that I wanted to 20130115_200526use up. I also had a log of fig that Mat’s Mom had given use. Random but wonderful. As for the acorn squash, I’m not sure what the hell happened to it. I remember (sort of) purchasing it. Planning to cook it in the oven w/ some maple syrup, mmmm….but the little bugger was nowhere to be found! I looked in my trunk, cabinets, freezer, everywhere. No squash. SO I sauteed a 1/2 bag of spinach in a 1/2 a jar of garlic instead. I also found a yummy quinoa and brown rice mix. Quinoa has more protein than the typical rice. So it’s a great whole grain option. This dinner was actually fan-nominal. The prosciutto kept the chicken super moist and the little fig surprise in the middle…god I’m genius.  I left the fig out of Mat’s chicken because he is not a fan of the fruit/dinner mix (weirdo!). So that’s an option too.

Prosciutto n’ Sage Wrapped Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breast halved
  • 4-5 minced leaves of fresh sage (or another fresh herb)
  • 1/2 c fresh parm cheese
  • 1 T olive oil
  • cracked pepper
  • 4-6 chopped figs*optional

Steps:

  • Mix fresh parm cheese sage and pepper in a small bowl
  • Place chopped fig in center of chicken breast and just wrap into ball with hands
  • Drizzle olive oil over 4 small chicken breast
  • Dip chicken breast in bowl of cheese
  • Wrap prosciutto around breast
  • Bake at 375 for 30 min  *time may vary

Here is another quick and easy chicken dish I use a lot. Less prep. You can mix up the toppings. Grab a little container of mixed greek goodness from the marinated salad bar at your store. I usually go for feta, olives, mushrooms and pepper mix. Bake. Top it over a bed of salad w/ additional veggies and your done! Good for a lunch too!

Greek Chicken over SaladGreek Chicken over Salad

  • Place chicken and toppings in tinfoil to keep juices together. It already has plenty of oil so no need to add anything. Bake at 375 for 30-40 min depending on breast size. Open foil for last 5 minues of baking. Top on bed of salad.

 

The other night I was craving something sweet, so I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies. I’ve been making this recipe for a while and it is one of my favorites. The cookies are actually a little dry, in a way that you need a large glass of almond milk to wash it down. But there’s something I like about that. If you make them don’t forget the sea salt! It’s essential! When I made these I swapped out 1 c of wheat for coconut flour, next I may try to swap out the wheat all together.

Peanut Butter CookiesPeanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c wheat four
  • 1 c coconut flour
  • 1 c all natural PB (can use chunky)
  • 1 c maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp fine grain salt
  • 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

A good baker would mix wet then dry and get all science-y with it, But I just mix it all together. Use spoon to scoop onto wax paper, sprinkle w/ sea salt. Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. Do NOT over cook:) If anything under cook.

Snack Ideas

I’ve had a lot of questions on what to snack on. So here are some ideas.

  • Nuts, nuts, nuts. Nuts and fruit, nuts and tea, nuts and cheese, nuts solo. Make a homemade trail mix-craisins, seeds, dried fruit.
  • Cheese n’ fruit. One of my favorite combos. Grab handful of grapes and some low-fat cheese.
  • Apple/banana and PB or any nut butter
  • Rice cake and PB
  • Ants on a log-love these!
  • Celery w/ light cream cheese and chopped green olives
  • Crackers w/ light cream cheese and locks
  • Guacamole and veggies, tortillas, cracker (melba, triscuits, whole grain)
  • Salsa mixed w/ greek yogurt and tortillas, veggies to dip
  • Greek yogurt and fruit (Mix greek yogurt w/ crushed pineapples  shredded coconut and some nuts. Don’t try to eat plain, add some goodness to it.)
  • Pretzels and Babybell cheese
  • Crackers,veggies and cheese
  • Turkey Jerky
  • Cottage cheese and pineapple
  • Cinnamon/cocoa almonds
  • Popcorn
  • 1/2 c soup
  • Veggies and humus
  • Homemade protein balls
  • Protein mix and milk (sans fruit and extras for a snack)
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Pumpkin/sunflower seeds
  • Yogurt dip, mix greek yogurt w/ ranch or onion-dip veggies
  • 1/2 PB and banana sandwich
  • Banana soft serve– a must try!!

Watch portions and brands, not all pretzels, crackers and packaged goods are created equal. READ labels!

What fit plans do you have for the weekend?

 

 

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