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Easy teriyaki and pineapple chicken with rice

Published on July 10, 2013, by in Recipes.

This was a super simple recipe that I threw together in almost no time. I had bought a package of chicken breasts for another recipe and had one giant breast left over. Seeing that I also had some pineapple in the fridge, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Teriyaki chicken. I love teriyaki chicken. Or teriyaki pork. Or teriyaki turkey burgers. I think I like it because it’s sweet, tangy and a little salty. I started by marinating the chicken in some kikoman’s teriyaki sauce in the pantry. I’m not a big fan of this sauce and think it lacks flavor, so I added some honey, garlic, cilantro, and pineapple juice. If you find a teriyaki sauce that you like, you don’t need to do that. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to a few hours. Heat up a skillet to medium heat. Place chicken in skillet once

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Tarragon chicken salad sandwiches

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is an easy and flavorful recipe that I lightened up. Perfect for a quick lunch for unexpected guests or as smaller sandwiches/roll-ups for a party. I lightened up the recipe by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and Brian didn’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(regular or low-fat) 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoons tarragon dash of salt and pepper 1/4 cup dried cranberries(I used strawberries) 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice(I used almonds sunflower seeds and cashews) 6 oz of shredded chicken Mix everything except the nuts, dried fruit, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Toss with chicken. Let refrigerate for about an hour(if you have the time) to let the flavors mingle. Serve on delicious bread or in pieces of lettuce

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Holiday weekend

Published on July 8, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Maybe it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, but with the 4th falling so close to the weekend, it seemed like one. Thursday we had a few people over to grill out and enjoy the back yard. There was a ton of food and festivities(maybe a little too much for some of us). We now have oodles of left overs that I have been trying to recreate into other dishes so that we aren’t eating burger after brat after burger. Saturday I woke up at 5:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I headed up and did some work in the garden and headed to water aerobics, only to learn that it started at 11am, not 10am. I didn’t want to wait around so I headed home and started creating some calzone dough. I made two different fillings, one being ground taco meat, corn and black beans with cheddar cheese

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Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Published on June 13, 2013, by in Recipes.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! These are amazing. Taste exactly like cookie dough. Serve them at a party and NO ONE will know they are healthy. Brian sure didn’t know…and I sure didn’t tell him. I had seen this recipe months ago, filed it to make later and forgot about it until yesterday when I saw someone mention it on a social media site. I had made bread before with chickpeas, so I wasn’t concerned that it was too weird of an ingredient swap. I had all the stuff at home and decided to make it last night. I mean, we were to get hit by derecho. Who wouldn’t need a batch of protein and fiber filled cookies to get them through the storm? So glad I did. It might be my new favorite healthy treat. I might even leave out the chocolate chips next time or half the amount and use

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Grilled cinnamon and sugar banana

Published on June 12, 2013, by in Recipes.

The weather was perfect for grilling last night, so that is what I did. I feel like it’s always a feast when I grill. A healthy feast, because I love to grill up a lot of vegetables…and sometimes some fruit. Last night’s nights grilling included burgers, fruit and vegetables(and maybe a glass of wine for me): Ingredients: 1 banana 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Peel your banana. On a plate, combine cinnamon and sugar. Roll banana in cinnamon and sugar. or pick up the cinnamon and sugar lightly press it into banana until banana has a light covering of mixture. Put banana on grill over medium heat for a few minutes on each side until sugar caramelizes and banana softens. (Sorry about the bad picture. It’s the not overly appetizing thing on the left of my plate, but don’t let the picture fool you. It’s amazing.) Cut in half

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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4 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Published on June 7, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are nothing to write home about but would do the trick if you needed a quick sweet fix and are somewhat healthier for you than a regular cookie. I personally think a few adjustments could be made that would make them spectacular. I might play around with the recipe this weekend. Ingredients: 1 cup of almond butter(or nut butter of choice) 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350F. Place all ingredients in bowl.   Mix well. I think this is where the hiccup in the recipe occurred. I used natural almond butter instead of peanut butter. Store bought peanut butter has a much different (more solid) texture than natural almond butter. Making these cookies was also an effort to use up this Costco sized container of almond butter that I bought that I didn’t particularly care for. It was too oily and runny

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Afternoon snack

Published on May 7, 2013, by in Update.

I eat this almost everyday. It’s one of my favorite snacks. An apple with 10 almonds. The trick to making it taste extra good? Take a bite of the apple. Put an almond in your mouth. Chew together. Tastes way better than almonds and apples separately.

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Mango lassi

Published on May 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

People! This is tasty and refreshing. Last month I went to an Indian cooking class. At the end, our instructor made mango lassi’s for everyone. YUM! I had to attempt to recreate at home, of course. The ones I made were much thicker and more smoothie like than was made in class, but I liked them that way. For 2 lassi: -1 individual container of plain Greek yogurt -2 mangoes, peeled and diced -1 cup unsweetened coconut milk(or whatever milk you prefer) -dash of cardamom -ice Blend away! Pour in two glasses. You can add more liquid(milk or water) to think them down more if you like. They are the perfect complement to a spicy dish. Or, we had ours with pizza and salad!