I have over 100 pins on my “recipes to try” board, and I’ve tested
every single one about 20 of them. Tonight I made Honey Lime Chicken from the Kitchen Meets Girl blog.
It’s fantastic, definitely one of my favorite ways to make chicken. Tonight I was too lazy to walk to the BBQ area at the pool, so I used a grill pan on the stove. I always sear the chicken on one side, then cover the pan with a cookie sheet so the heat cooks the chicken. After a few minutes I uncover the chicken, flip it to sear the other side, and cover again until the chicken is cooked through. Viola! You have moist, thoroughly cooked chicken. I only made slight changes to her recipe – more Siracha and cilantro, adding lime zest, and omitting the red pepper flakes because I didn’t have any.
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- juice and zest of one lime
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon Siracha
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I pound them to about 1/2″ thickness)
- In a small bowl, combine your ingredients, through the cilantro. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour marinade over chicken breasts and turn to coat. Cover and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Grill on medium high heat for 6 to 8 minutes per side, until juices run clear.
After dinner Leia and I tested this recipe for Creamy Nutella Popsicles from 52 Kitchen Adventures.
I love everything about nutella. You could put it on a cardboard box and I’d eat it. I’m not a big fan of cool whip, but the picture was so enticing I grabbed a tub of the frozen corn syrup and hydrogenated oil product at the store to give these a try.
- 1 cup cool whip
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons nutella
Stir until blended (I used a whisk, using a blender as suggested would mean cleaning the blender and I’m lazy). Add to popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours. Drumroll please….
Kind of disappointing. I definitely tasted the coolwhip. There are some changes I think I can make that will make these much better. Because, darn it, I really want to have a reason to eat more nutella.
- Ditch the cool whip. To create a creamy base I’m going to use an equal mix of heavy cream and vanilla greek yogurt. Or maybe half and half.
- I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and would do so again. I considered chocolate milk for a second, but I don’t think I want the chocolate flavor to compete with the nutella (you see, I’m a freak).
- Since the cool whip is overly sweet I might need to add a packet of stevia to my unsweetened ingredients.
- Add an extra tablespoon of nutella.
- Use a sillicone popsicle mold. These got stuck in my plastic mold, running them under hot water didn’t even do the trick. I had to scoop out the popsicles to eat in a bowl with a spoon. Small paper cups might also work – just peel the cup off after it’s frozen. Or you could freeze it in a big container and scoop it like ice cream.
I’m always looking for something easy I can serve to Leia in the mornings. We are definitely creatures of habit when it comes to that first meal of the day – yogurt, fruit, cereal (for Leia), coffee (for me). I hate eggs, so I rarely remember to cook them for her. I make pancakes sometimes, bacon occasionally (I’d be 200 pounds if I made bacon as often as I want). I thought muffins might be a good option, except I can’t be trusted with a pan full of buttery, crumb topped, blueberry muffins. I’d make them at night with good intentions and there might be a few crumbs left for the little girl in the morning. My solution? Bake healthy muffins. Less guilt when I eat too many, and I feel better about what I’d feeding Leia.
I tried these Banana Oatmeal Muffins from Keeping up with the Joneses.
- 2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup vanilla fat free greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar (she mentioned using 2 tablespoons of stevia as an alternative)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 bananas
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or use a silicone muffin tin because they are sticky.
2. Place all of the ingredients, including bananas in a blender or food processor, and blend until oats are smooth.
3. Divide batter and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
I really wanted to like these, but they were just a little bland and gummy. I felt like I was trying too hard to be healthy. Or maybe I’m a muffin snob. Leia took a few bites, but they ended up in a bag with our bread crusts to be fed to the ducks at the lake. I guess I’ll stick to homemade granola to spice up our breakfasts.