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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.

Image from Kitchen Meets Girl

Yum! Served on wild rice with a side of mashed sweet potatoes.

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)


  1. In a small bowl, combine your ingredients, through the cilantro. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour marinade over chicken breasts and turn to coat. Cover and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. 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.

Image 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.


6 responses »

  1. Oh my gosh the Honey Lime chicken looks exactly like the kabobs we Afghans make 🙂 It looks absolutely delicious! Except we serve the chicken kabobs with Kabuli Rice (i think I’ll post a recipe on my blog later on)

    Also, try nutella on croissant! I made a blog post about it 🙂

    • Thanks Bena! Yes, please post a recipe for Kabuli rice, I’d love to try it 🙂 I have had nutella on a croissant, it’s sinfully good!

      • Sure, no problem! My mom made Kabuli rice the other day and I was like “no wait, don’t eat it yet, I gotta take some pictures!” Unfortunately, they came out a little dark and I don’t think they do the rice justice lol. But I’ll post it and see how it comes out 🙂
        Oh I agree with the nutella! But ya know what makes me feel less guilty? Eating it on whole wheat croissant! hahaa

  2. Why don’t you ever invite me over when you make this deliciousness?? Looks amazing! 🙂

    • You tell me when you have the car and I’ll host a pintrest test kitchen night! Starting with those carrot cake cookies.

  3. jamiehodgerson

    Mmmm. Nutella. Mmmmm.


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