Orange Honey Balsamic Chicken Super Salad

 

The good thing about having super salad is that you can pretty much eat as much as you want.   If you are hungry, it is one of the few things you can eat until you are full.  The calories are so low in salad and chicken that it fits into any diet. I am on 1200 calories a day now, and it fits (with room to spare).   And it tastes pretty darn good too!  Plenty of flavor! Continue reading

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Say Hello to My Little Friend!

Today, my husband surprised me with a new kitchen tool, and I love it so much, I had to share.  I am not being paid or reimbursed in any way, I am just excited that this is so wonderful!

Since we have changed our diet, two of our regular dishes include using fresh lemon or lime juice.   This requires buying large quantities of fresh limes and lemons, and juicing them yourself, then freezing the juice to be used later when making the recipes.  We are also working on a recipe for an orange marinated chicken, so there will be even more citrus in the future.

While not an everyday chore, (the cubes usually last a few months before needing to be refilled), it was a dreaded chore for many reasons (not the least of which was the inadequate juicer we had).  In fact, we have had a bag of limes sitting in the fridge for like 3 weeks now because nobody could get up the motivation to juice them. Continue reading

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.

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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 myfitnesspal.com, 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

 

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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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

Super Salad with Grilled Soy Honey Garlic Chicken

Hubby and I are feeling a bit tubby, so we are watching what we are eating lately.   This new development in our lives has left our old menu with huge holes that gravy laden dishes once occupied.   So we are trying new things and so far, with the help of MyFitnessPal, we are having some success.  (but more on that later)

One of our weekly meals for the past couple of weeks has been Super Salad with Grilled Soy, Garlic Chicken.   It is relatively low calorie (if you use restraint on your dressing amount) and has a ton of flavor.   It is a great weeknight meal for summer and leaves very few dishes to clean up afterward.

We kind of customize it as Hubby and I like different things — also he gets more oz. of meat and more calories than I do in my diet.   My salad (left) has 4 oz chicken.  His (right) has a whole chicken breast (about 7.5 oz). Continue reading