Cilantro Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

I have been doing great on my diet for the past few months and have learned a few new recipes which are not only tasty, but also can be low in calories (depending on the side dishes they are served with).

One of our favorites around here is cilantro lime marinated grilled chicken.   It’s simple to make, has plenty of flavor, and chicken is full of protein while being low in calories.  Since it’s a marinade and doesn’t have a lot of “evil” ingredients, it only adds about 18 calories.

I buy a bag of limes a couple of times a year and then juice them and freeze the juice into ice cubes.    When I need a little bit of lime, like for this recipe, I just grab a couple of those ice cubes.     You could use bottled lime juice too, but it might taste slightly different than fresh lime.

We like to serve it with brown rice, corn, and black beans.  Sometimes we grill a couple of red peppers and tomatoes and add it to the mix.


Chicken Lime Cilantro Recipe:

  • 1 package of chicken thighs (approximately 16 ounces)  (we buy the Costco organic Chicken Thighs which come in a pre-sealed package)

Into a measuring cup, place the following:

  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 3 lime ice cubes (melted) (approximately 3 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (depending on how much you like garlic) (I use 1/2 tsp).
  • 2 sprinkles of onion powder (it’s not very much.  If you measured it, it would be about a tip of a spoon worth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried  cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Ground Pepper  (I have a pepper grinder and I use about 10 grinds)

Rinse and dry the chicken thighs and put them into a large ziplock bag (Or similar sealable plastic bag).

Mix up the measuring cup full of marinade and pour into the bag with the chicken.

Seal the bag and move the chicken around in the marinade to coat it well.

Place in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.   Then take it out of the marinade and grill the chicken until cooked through.

According to, the nutrition profile for this meal looks like this:

Cilantro Lime Marinade (1/2 oz), 1 serving(s)  – 18 calories
Seeds of Change – Brown & Red Rice w/ Chia and Kale , 3 ounce  – 143 calories
Kirkland – Canned Corn (Drained), 4 fluid ounce  – 90 calories
Iberia – Canned Black Beans, 2 fluid ounce – 50 calories
Chicken – Chicken Thighs, Boneless, Skinless, 4.4 oz (112g) – 145 calories

Calories: 446

Carbs: 59

Fat: 10

Protein: 34

Sodium: 690

Sugar: 7


Tote Bags

My sister’s birthday is coming up.  So along with a whole bunch of soap, bath bombs and other sundries, she will be getting a new tote bag.

But I can’t make one just for her…. she has 2 daughters.  They also get one each.  Another gift to my sister is that she gets to pick which one she wants and then give the others to her daughters.  (She loves having first pick). Continue reading

Beef, Mushrooms and Gravy

Today, I had a chuck roast out of the freezer, defrosted, and waiting for dinner.  Unfortunately, the weather started turning bad, so I was not able to make shish-la-bob and grill it. I had to whip up something “indoors”.

I used to make this all the time, but we stopped eating it when we started eating healthier.    BUT…. when I put this into the recipe maker on myfitnesspal, it did not come out to be all that evil.  At 211 calories (for about 5 oz), there is still room for having some rice and veggies with it and stay under my calorie, fat, sugar and sodium goals for the day. Continue reading

Weeknight “Diet” Meal – Torta Bread Sloppy Joes with Side Salad

One of our new favorite weeknight meals is really just a recipe basic, which has been given some new life by swapping out white bread hamburger buns with Costco torta breads.   This bread is much denser than white hamburger buns and makes a stable “base” for the juicy meat sauce. (Note: We are not on a low-carb diet, just reduced calorie).

I added  a couple of new ingredients to the meat sauce to add more depth to the flavor.   Some of the spices are not entirely necessary if you are looking to simplify or just don’t have something on-hand –I doubt you would miss them too much — but they do add layers of complexity to the overall flavor.  It seems like a “grown up” version of sloppy joes.

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Anything Free is Worth Saving Up For

Have you ever seen “Escanaba in the Moonlight”?.   If not, then never mind.  If so, you will recognize the phrase “Anything free is worth saving up for”.   I don’t know why I thought of that, but there it is.    I guess recently I got something “almost for free” and it turned out to be a very good buy!

About 2 years ago, we purchased some furniture from a local store.  At the time, we purchased a warranty on the furniture.  2 years later, we never claimed on the warranty, and we received a coupon in the mail from the furniture store for $249.99.      So we brought it in the store to find out about it.  Turns out, since we didn’t use the warranty, they refunded the full price and we could use the coupon for any purchase in the store.

So we walked around the store looking at everything and trying to decide what we needed that would fit in that price range.    Of course there was a bunch of stuff that was way more expensive, and a bunch of stuff we didn’t need.  So we walked away that day and thought about it for a while.

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A Little “Necessity” Sewing

With all of the electronic devices and associated cords we have been accumulating, things were getting out of control around here.    It was time for a little “necessity sewing” this weekend.

I have made these cord ties many times before but never posted them.  I use them for everything.  I have one on my iron, sewing machines, stick blender,  computers (of course) and just about anywhere I have a cord.  Today I made a few more and they turned out pretty cute, so I thought I might put them out there.

This is such a simple and quick sewing project.  If you can sew a straight line, you can do this.  It’s a great way to showcase cute fabrics, use up scraps and they don’t have to be perfect because nobody looks that closely at cord ties.  They also make great gifts.  It took me all of 2 hours, including clean-up, to make all of these plus a few more.  (I made 6 small and 6 large). Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thigh Skewers

As my husband and I continue our search for healthier recipes, we are taking some steps outside of our comfort zone and trying new things.  We have made barbecued chicken skewers in the past, but slathering the chicken with BBQ sauce, while not completely evil, is not the best choice due to all the sugar in the sauce.

I searched Pinterest for some other options and got the idea for the Cilantro Lime skewers, but didn’t find a recipe that was perfect for us.   We don’t like a lot of garlic or some of the other spices like Cayenne, so I made up a recipe that we have had a couple of times now.  It’s pretty good.  It’s not “OMG” good, but it is easy, different, tasty,  and it is pretty low calorie.  (MyFitnessPal says it is about 166 calories, 22 g. protein, 1 g sugar, and 2 g carbs.  Not too bad.) Continue reading