Perfect Summer Dinner

2 06 2010

Soooo YUM!  I made the PERFECT SUMMER DINNER tonight!!! My boyfriend rated it a perfect 10 and asked me to make more for him to take for lunch this week.  It all started with a bit of a debacle…I THOUGHT I was thawing fish for dinner, but when it was done thawing and I reached in the freezer bag to pull out the filet’s I found CHICKEN instead of fish.  I was upset for about a minute but then I remembered that I had a chicken recipe that I had been DYING to try!

The recipe is actually from Devin Alexander’s book I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fattening! Devin Alexander is actually the mind behind The Biggest Loser Cookbook and also has several other cookbooks published under her own name.  The recipe is SUPER simple and takes about 15 minutes TOTAL to prepare!!!

Preheat your oven to 350F

Take a skillet at drizzle a little EVOO on the bottom and turn to medium heat.

Take your trimmed, boneless chicken breasts and season with a little salt and pepper.

Sear the chicken in the pan for a few minutes on each side (a few minutes on each side).

Remove from the heat and top with either tomato slices or canned diced tomatoes (her recipe calls for the canned, I didn’t have any so I used fresh) and crumbled goat cheese.

Put the skillet in the oven for 5-9 minutes until the cheese is melted and the chicken is no longer pink.

Top with chopped herbs (optional…I forgot this step)

Here’s what it looks like fresh out of the oven!

To compliment the chicken I decided to try and replicate a yummy salad that I had recently at Champps, with a few changes.

The salad that I had was their Chopped Salad Americana and it was chopped lettuce, dried cranberries, sliced apples, candied pecans, bacon, chicken and blue cheese tossed in honey mustard dressing.

Well I was missing the dressing, the blue cheese and the candied pecans (and omitted the chicken since we were having it as the main course) but I made it work and I actually liked mine better!!!

In the mix:

romaine lettuce, torn not chopped

dried cranberries

slivered almonds

thinly sliced Pink Lady apple (about half the apple)

1 and a half pieces of well done bacon, crumbled

goat cheese

all tossed with….

Let me tell you, this salad was OUT. OF.  THIS..WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Check it out

Close up!

And the finished plate

Another close up!

So yes..the perfect summer dinner 🙂

You’ll notice that the quality of my pictures have improved (hopefully) right?  I busted out my DSLR…I figured I should start taking my food photography a little more seriously 🙂

For those of you that are curious the nutritional info for the chicken (courtesy of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fatting!)

171 calories, 29 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 198 mg sodium

Not bad!!!

If you want to check out her book you can order it here

Oh by the way, since it’s WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY, my boyfriend weighed in and he lost 2 POUNDS!  I’m so proud of him, he’s thinking of starting a blog too, I’ll make sure that I link it when he does.

What are some of your favorite summer dishes?





B.E.A.C.H

1 06 2010

Its June!  Which in my book means that Summer is OFFICIALLY here 🙂

I enjoyed some great weather this weekend with some nice walks and swimming, but I had to make sure to slather on my super strong SPF since I unfortunately never tan, I only burn.

Since today might be the last day before I return to work, I decided to make an omlette for breakfast-YUM!  I kept it simple and just did three egg whites and in the center I mashed up a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese and topped with a some ketchup.

I also paired it with a Pink Lady apple, sliced extra thin, using the Iowa Girl Eats method.

See?

I love slicing apples that thin, its great for dipping and it makes it seem like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are.  I also LOVE pink lady apples by the way, those and honeycrips are my absolute FAVE!

So I’m not addicted to Oprah by any means, but I kinda like Dr. Oz.  I’m currently reading his book “YOU on a Diet” but I’m not really into it yet, its kinda a slow read.  I read an article today about Dr. Oz’s B.E.A.C.H diet for summer, apparently some housewives tested out this diet and over the course of 4 months each of them lost between 30-60lbs.  The full article is here but I can sum it up for you:

His plan uses some pretty basic concepts (if you’ve looked into healthy eating habits at all)

The B stands for breakfast, and he emphasizes how important it is that you have a nutritious one and not skip this meal (as so many people do).  Make sure that you choose a breakfast that is high in protein and fiber (like my breakfast 🙂 ).

The E stands for eliminate simple carbs (i.e. white rice, white potatoes, anything made with white flour and sugar, alcohol, etc…).

The E stands for exercise ALMOST everyday.  The women testing out this diet exercised six days per week doing a variety of activities from walking, dancing, kickboxing, etc…(apparently its BEEACH lol)

The A stands for add antioxidants to your plate.  Fruits and veggies are not only so low in calories that you can eat almost as much as you want to fill up, but most of them are full of antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation in the body which is directly linked to weight loss.

The C stands for indulge in dark chocolate.  Eat chocolate and lose weight? SCORE!!! However, you need to remember that moderation is key and look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacoa.  This will help keep your sugar cravings in check and is also full of antioxidants.

The H stands for hydrate yourself.  We all know how important water is not only for weight loss, but for over all health.  Stick to water especially if you’re trying to lose weight, the other stuff is just empty calories.

Pretty straight forward.  I was already doing everything on that list already (however, I’m not fully healed from my surgery yet so my workouts are pretty basic).

What are some of your favorite tips for weight loss?