Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

marinated grilled chicken

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There are few dinners that help you dive into summer more than the BBQ. So we did just that, we dove in…we are kicking summer off with grilled chicken salads. Simple and delicious.

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The secret is in the marinate and unfortunately I don’t even know the whole secret… but I will give you the ingredients and maybe some of you “chefs” out there can clue us in on the proportions for a great marinate… however, I must say, it is difficult to mess up – without any measurements I even managed to make this taste five start… or maybe that was our neighbors BBQ’ing expertise…

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Neighbors… it is not often that we know the people that we share a wall with or in our case, a courtyard with. What a shame. Relationships waiting to happen. Its never too late, it took Rob and I about 8 months to finally connect with ours but we are so glad we did. With very little effort from each of us, we pulled together this great summer dinner… we hope you will do the same.

Ingredients

organic chicken breast
soy sauce
juice of a lime
brown sugar
sesame oil
worcestershire sauce (optional)
crushed garlic
salt & pepper

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together (adding more or less of something until it taste delicious).
Pour into a bowl or baggie and add meat. Marinate for at least a half hour or longer.
BBQ it.

 

waffles

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I love the idea of breakfast in bed, more than the reality of it. The last time I had breakfast in bed, the breakfast was actually in my bed. Not worth it. Romantic as it may be, breakfast at the table always works a bit better for me. With that said, Rob and I do love to act like a “Tuesday” is a “Saturday” from time to time. It is refreshing to interrupt the daily flow of work, laundry and bills and just “celebrate the day”. Waffles makes an ordinary day special, something about the crisp outer layer and light and fluffy inside. Add whip cream and you feel like your on vacation.

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Ingredients

2 eggs beaten
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Beat the eggs.
Add all other ingredients. Mix well.
Pour into hot waffle iron.

 

Confession: I put all my ingredients in the vita mix, turn the sucker on and wala. Your batter is complete. Just an idea.

Note: If you prefer to make these less traditional and a bit healthier, you can use gluten free flour or whole wheat flour. Almond/soy/hemp milk for cows milk, applesauce for oil and agave to replace brown sugar. I have tried them both ways. To be frank… healthy version = limp waffles… however, the flavor is awesome. So if you are going for presentation and the traditional crispness of a waffle you may just need to chalk it up to a delicious breakfast and feel no guilt… but if your not trying to impress, try the alternative. They are still tasty!

breakfast bowls

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This delicious bowl was inspired eight months ago when Rob and I honeymooned to Thailand. What a fabulous country. I think about that trip on a regular basis, usually with a smirk on my face as I recall the amazing memories we made. As we traveled Thailand, every day looked so different full of new adventure and plenty of stories however one thing remained the same. Our breakfast bowls. It was our most favorite way to start the day. The only difference there… the fruit was a bit more tropical…dragon fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple (and I should mention, they did not have granola so we creatively used “All Bran” cereal… while it helped keep us regular, we recommend granola whenever granola can be found). When we got home the tropical fruits seemed to be a bit more expensive so we settled for the berry family. However you choose to make this bowl, have fun & make it your own.

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Ingredients

plain yogurt
splash vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon agave, maple syrup or honey (or to desired sweetness)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (or desired fruit)

Instructions

Mix yogurt with extract and sweetener to desired taste.
Top with your choice of toppings.
Add granola for a hearty bowl.

 

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