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Rosemary Chicken with Awesome Avocado & Tomato Salad

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!

ROSEMARY CHICKEN
(adapted from Cooking Light)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Rosemary, fresh, chopped

2 tbsp Garlic, minced

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 and half pounds chicken tenders

Directions:

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.

Servings: ~5-6

AVOCADO and TOMATO SALAD

(adapted from Cooking Light)

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Sublimely, Lace

Exercise and Eats for Week of July 22

I’m kinda getting adjusted to the routine at my new job. There have been some big changes. The biggest being that my daily step count has dropped dramatically. At my previous position I was getting in about 5000 steps during my work day. Now, I work longer and my steps took a nose dive to about 2000. I need to get my calorie burn up during the day. So my idea is to do some type of activity during my lunch break. This week I am going to incorporate a yoga routine to add some extra activity. I use bodyrock.tv for ideas and they have a new flow routine I am going to do.

For weight management it is very important to do any extra activity throughout the day you can to increase your calorie usage or calorie burn so that you can balance out the calories you eat. The simplest equation for weight loss is more calories burned and less calories consumed. Pay close attention to what you eat because it is easy to “overeat” your activity.

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Here is a look at my Dinners planned for the week. Recipes to come.

  • Sunday: MyFit Food Dinner
  • Monday: Grilled Rosemary Chicken with tomato and avocado salad
  • Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
  • Wednesday: Fresh Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs with whole grain rice
  • Thursday: Astro’s Game – no dinner planned
  • Friday: Grilled Fish and veggies

My Exercise plan for the week…

  • Sunday: 45 minute run
  • Monday: Strength/Circuit Training
  • Tuesday: Tae-bo
  • Wednesday: Cardio
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Strength/Circuit Training
  • Saturday: Step class and circuit training
  • Sunday: Run

Hopefully my schedule keeps(usually doesn’t).  But, I always try to have a plan and stick close to it. If you don’t have a plan for eating or exercising it is easy to get off track and repeat old unhealthy habits.  If that does happen, just refocus and get back on track.

Have a great week!

Lacy

Cajun Chicken Pasta Experience

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

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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,

Sublimely Lace

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