Really great dinner tonight. Rosemary never fails!! I love this herb. It has such a great aroma and can hold its own in a recipe.
Tonight’s dinner was Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Avocado & Tomato Salad. This salad is to die for. Sooooo good, not kidding. I love, love, loved it!
(adapted from Cooking Light)
2 tbsp Rosemary, fresh, chopped
2 tbsp Garlic, minced
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 and half pounds chicken tenders
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Place chicken in bag and seal. Mix around and marinate for about 30 minutes. Prepare grill. Spray grill rack with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade, place chicken on rack and discard marinade. Grill ~3 minutes on each side or until done.
AVOCADO and TOMATO SALAD
(adapted from Cooking Light)
1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning (or oregano)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ounces feta cheese, tomato and basil flavor
1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add tomatoes, avocados, and cheese. Toss to coat.
Servings: 3/4 cup – 4 servings
Dinner was fantastic. We will definitely be making this meal again, especially the salad. I added whole grain and brown rice medley for a small amount of grains. Addison liked the salad too. Brent opted for raw carrots for his veggie, not as adventurous as others at the table. 😉
On a side note, always something ridiculous happens during my day. Today it was a quick, stealth ant attack on the pantry. I hate it when this happens!!! Todd and I had to totally unload the pantry during the middle of preparing dinner. The only explanation for the ants is “summer time” I guess… On a positive note, I bet I have the cleanest and most organized pantry in the neighborhood now.
I tried a new recipe for dinner courtesy of one of my Pinterest pins. If you haven’t been on the pinning craze don’t worry, there are lots of ways to research healthy recipes. Here are a few sites I like for there selection and always free recipes. 🙂
Even though I am not a chef or anywhere close to being a chef, if you give me a recipe I can make it! Sorta. It never fails that I modify the recipe somewhere and I usually don’t make the same thing twice.
My recipe tonight from SkinnyTaste.com
I really liked this recipe for being a one-pot wonder if you know what I mean. 😉 Adding all the ingredients in one pot makes things a little easier for prep and cleaning. I also liked the bright colors of the peppers used but for budget reasons you could probably use green peppers as well or maybe even strips of zucchini or squash.
My kids don’t really like too much hot spice so I took it easy with the creole seasoning on the chicken. I added it at the end to my bowl for some heat, but when I tasted a bite of the kids I thought theirs tasted rather dull.
And I don’t think my sauce came out quite a thick as it could have because I substituted plain greek yogurt for the cream cheese, but overall still okay.
I didn’t have green onions so I used some flat leaf parsley I had on hand. I think I would make this again but maybe try some other herbs/spices so it won’t be as bland for the kids.
I guess I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. 🙂
Until my next recipe experience,
My 6 year old daughter, Addison, loves to help in the kitchen. She especially likes to mix things up for smoothies or popsicles. This child will try anything! AND most importantly she is always supportive of whatever I may concoct for dinner. 🙂
We recently bought some great popsicle molds at the local TJ Max in the shape of stars. I thought this would be perfect for Addi to make her creations in since one day she is going to be a movie star. 🙂 Seriously, she was saying lines from a movie today. Mark my words!!! (this coming from a proud mom)
Addison decided our first star-pops would be made with lots of berries. You can use fresh, frozen or canned.
Nutrition Tip: Frozen fruits are just as healthy as fresh. If you choose canned, the healthiest selection would be fruit canned in their own juices, avoid any syrups.
Addi’s Berry Star Pops
~2 cups frozen berries
~8 ounces of 100% juice (we used apple)
Blend ingredients until smooth in a blender. (You might pulse for a little while for some of the frozen fruit pieces)
Pour into pop molds or an ice-cube tray if you don’t have a mold.
Place in freezer until set. When ready to eat, run cool water over the mold/or bottom of ice-cube tray to help release them. And Enjoy!