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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grilled Lemon Chicken

I really am trying to eat better. After my recent health scare I realized that, as much as I love rich sauces, red meats, rice, pasta and potatoes, I must make a change for the better. Now don't get me wrong - I am not planning to boycott all my favorite foods, but I am going to show more restraint than I have shown in the past! lol.

Here is a simple, quick, easy, and most tasty dish.

6 Chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2" thickness
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
garlic powder
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
Olive oil

I use a grilltop that goes over my gas burners. I brush olive oil thoroughly on grill and heat over medium-high heat. Dip chicken into the lemon juice and then season chicken with the garlic powder, salt & pepper. Place and grill and cook until juices run clear when cut into (about 5-7 minutes per side). Easy breezy sneezy peezy! Enjoy!!!

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Another gluten free dinner!!! I am liking these healthy, yet tasty dishes, and so is my scale! I grilled chicken again (well, we did have beef Monday & Tuesday nights so I needed to get us back on track) and served it with this wonderful side dish, as well as a green salad with my homemade ranch dressing.

Click here for the link to the recipe at

Below are the pictures I took while making the recipe.

Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Stir in tomato and remaining ingredients.

Cover; let stand 1 hour. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cuban Ropa Vieja

Tonight's dinner was a Crock Pot delight. I wasn't sure how it was going to taste but I was pleasantly surprised! It was SOOOOO good. So many different flavors just danced on the tongue in a ballet of savory richness!!! I found this recipe at I served it over brown rice and for a side dish we had the left over nectarine salsa and bok choy slaw from last night.

While revamping my blog, I couldn't find this exact recipe at, but I did find it at and the person who posted it said it came from Woman's Day. Just click on the link below for the recipe.

Cuban Ropa Vieja

Here are the photos I took while preparing the dish.

Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

This was the main dish last night and it was really good! I don't know why I find myself SO surprised when something so simple tastes so good. For years I felt if I didn't slave for 3-4 hours in the kitchen, I was cheating my family. I think this comes from my belief that I show my love for my family via my cooking. My mom always told me, growing up, that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach. I think that adage stuck with me and that is why I feel the way I do about cooking. Or maybe I just love cooking and don't mind spending hours on a meal. I think it would take a shrink to figure me out...and I'd rather spend my money on quality ingredients!

I found this reicpe at Just click on the link below.

Beer Lime Grilled Chicken from

Here is a photo of the plated dish:

Crunchy Bok Choy Slaw

My oh my oh my!! Did I just love this dish!! We had this with our dinner last night. It was full of crunch and flavor, with some tart from the vinegar and sweetness from the carrots. It reminded me of myself - sometimes sweet, and sometimes tart! lol. I found the recipe at, who credits ©EatingWell Magazine for the recipe. Click onto the link below for the recipe.

Crunchy Bok Choy Slaw

Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard and salt in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add bok choy, carrots and scallions; toss to coat with the dressing.

Nectarine Salsa

Well I have been blessed with some very yummy nectarines and was at a loss as to what to do with the excess....then I found this recipe for Nectarine Salsa at (they credit for the recipe). It was SO good! A total flavor explosion in your mouth, what with the bite of the jalapeno, the juicy sweetness and the nectarines, and creaminess of the avocado. The cilantro makes it POP to complete the sensation. We had this yesterday, along with Bok Choy Slaw, steamed ears of corn and Grilled Chicken.

Here is the recipe....just click the link below: (I didn't make the chicken kebabs that come with the salsa recipe but it does look tasty!)

Nectarine Salsa

This pairs well with grilled meats.

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