But before we get to the star of the post…..
This afternoon I had mango (frozen and thawed), hemp milk and TJ’s high fiber cereal for a snack. I heated it all in the microwave – just like melted vanilla ice cream! I also nibbled on 4 Kashi crackers. Not photographed but mentioned for accountability!
After our errands, the husband and I went for a nice walk. We went walking EVERY night last summer – it’s a great way to spend time together and just talk rather than always being on computers, TV, reading, etc. I can’t wait for the warm weather!! (No, 60* is NOT warm yet!)
The husband made me (and photographed!) a tiny Old Fashioned like my grandmother drinks! It’s bourbon with a splash of sweet vermouth. Too bad we didn’t have any cherries! I have never really enjoyed liquor drinks except for the occasional Cosmopolitan and Whiskey Sour, but I’ve really grown to love bourbon (in small amounts!)
We stole our dinner tonight from Robin Miller, my favorite Food Network chef. We watched her make this chicken last week and I knew I had to have it soon! Here’s a link to the recipe – we only made a few minor changes: Grilled Chicken with Brie and Baby Spinach Salad.
Our biggest change was the addition of apricot preserves to the chicken for a marinade and in the hot dressing istead of honey. Sweet!!! It was the perfect balance with the brie. The husband grilled the chicken on our gas grill while I pan-fried 2 pieces of turkey bacon and prepped the salads.
For the dressing we used garlic instead of shallot (ewww oniony flavor!). I heated 2 tsp of olive oil in a skillet and when it was hot, I added a mixture of 1 garlic clove, minced, 1 tbsp melted apricot preserves (15 seconds in the microwave) and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Plus some S+P. The spinach didn’t wilt much, probably because we didn’t make a huge amount of dressing, but since it was baby it was tender and fine to eat salad-style.
Just look at this delicious brie!!!
We chopped the chicken and layered on top of the salad –
I also had a tiny piece of ciabatta –
Other than the fact that my mouth is fuming from basically raw garlic, this was a perfect salad! (I can taste garlic – and onions if they slip into something – with every breath for HOURS after eating it – ewww!)
This dinner was 480 kcal, 5 grams fiber, and 53 grams protein. Wozers! 42 of those grams are from the chicken (6.5 oz breast) and 6 from 1 oz of brie. I think if we made it again I’d add some more veggies – perhaps some steamed green beans or sugar snap peas?
We went to a favorite Italian restaurant’s wine bar for a glass. Yum “to the 10th power” as I always say (nerd alert!) This was a delicious blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah but the name has slipped my mind.
I LOVE wine <3