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?





Another Weigh In Wednesday!

2 06 2010

Wow look I’m actually weighing in on time!  I stepped on the scale and looked down…..and I lost 0.8lbs.  Almost a pound, I’ll take it.  Measurements were next.  My “natural waist” came in at 36.5, down half an inch and my “middle” (aka the fatty pooch area) came in at 41, down 1 inch since last week for a total loss of 1.5 inches!

I notice small differences in the way my clothes are fitting, but my friends and family have been commenting a lot lately about how great I look.  Its been a nice boost to my self esteem 🙂

I noticed that today the people over at Fit Sugar added to the list that I posted last week.  In last week’s post I talked about how many veggies you can eat for 100 calories or less, and now they updated the list to add fruits!  Fruits and veggies are my favorite summertime (or anytime) snack, they are super tasty and refreshing and are chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

Fruit Amount Calories
Apples 2 extra small 105
Apricots 6 whole 101
Bananas 1 medium 105
Blackberries 100 berries (or 1 1/2 cups) 100 (93)
Blueberries 125 berries (or 1 1/4 cup) 97 (103)
Cantaloupe 2 cups, diced 106
Cherries 20 103
Clementines 3 whole 104
Cranberries, raw 2 1/4 cups 98
Dates, medjool 1 1/2 whole 100
Fruit Amount Calories
Grapes, red or green 30 101
Grapefruit, pink or white 1 1/4 whole 95
Honeydew 1 3/4 cups, diced; about 35 pieces 98
Kiwi 2 whole 93
Mango 1 cup, sliced (or 3/4 whole fruit) 107 (101)
Nectarine 1 1/2 medium 94
Orange 2 small 90
Papaya 2 cups, cubed 109
Peach 2 1/2 medium 96
Pear 1 medium 96
Plum 3 whole 91
Pluot 2 1/2 medium 100
Pineapple 1 1/4 cups, chunks 103
Pomegranate 1/2 whole 117
Raspberries 100 berries (or 1 1/2 cups) 99 (96)
Strawberries 25 medium 96
Tangerine 2 medium 100
Watermelon 30 balls (or 2 cups, diced) 110 (91)

Thats a lot of fruit for not a lot of calories (but make sure you check the sugars) so eat up!!

What’s your favorite fruit? I like pretty much everything, but I haven’t really been a fan of some of the melons (I LOVE watermelon though).