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

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

Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts with Rosemary and Thyme

Back in May, my husband and I started changing our diet in an attempt to lose some weight.  We also started working out, bought some exercise equipment, and have been more mindful about moving more and eating less.

Fast forward 7 months to December, and we are really doing great.    We are not done yet, but we both agree that even when (and if) we get to our ultimate goal weight, we cannot go back to the way we were eating previously. 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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