In honor of R.D. Day, we had “a grilled chicken breast with a side of steamed vegetables.” KERF-style 8)
One of my pet peeves is when R.D.’s – or anyone really – recommend grilled chicken with steamed broccoli for dinner. HOW BORING!!!
So we spiced it up with flava.
We rubbed the chicken in dijon mustard, thyme & S+P and grilled them for a nice char. I HATE chicken breasts because I ate way too many dry, plain ones in college, but this was some of the most flavorful and juicy chicken I have had!
Props to the husband for his grill skills –
We also gave a shot at mashed cauliflower. I followed Jenna’s proportions (although I doubled the amount) and added garlic powder for some great flavor. I have to say I’m fuming garlic right now, but it really made the dish. We used our immersion blender instead of a real one (I don’t think we’d ever get the cauliflower back out of our real blender!). This was 1 large head of cauliflower, 1 tbsp Smart Balance with olive oil spread, S+P, some coriander, garlic powder and about 3 tbsp homemade chicken stock. Plus red pepper flakes and more pepper for garnish. It was delicious!!! It tasted like cauliflower – this was NOT mashed potatoes – but I LOVED the consistency. I bet it would have been wonderful with a blob of Fage too! And best of all, this huge pile was only about 100 kcal!
Lastly, frozen green beans thawed, seared and spruced up with lemon and dill. If you have never put dried dill weed on your green beans you must try it. It’s my favorite veggie combo every (well maybe second to brown sugar and butternut squash 🙂 )
It was a wine kind of night. We opened a bottle of Cabernet Franc from our honeymoon. The sun was out. The grill was hot. It was almost summertime! I had about 5 fl. oz (a 4 fl. oz glass plus a splash more with dinner!)
All together –
Without wine, this dinner was only about 325 kcal, 9 grams of fiber and 42 grams protein.
Yes, I am crazy. But this combo was fantastic!! We had leftover spaghetti squash and I wanted some for a snack. I had no tomato sauce and didn’t want to just do cinnamon. So I did PB&J!! (Well, it was almond butter…) It was actually really good. The worst part was it was gone in about 60 seconds 🙂
I also had Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea – I can’t believe you guys brought it up in the comments AS I WAS DRINKING IT. Are you stalking me?!?! It is a Christmas seasonal so I think we’ll have to wait until October/November to have it again.
I love this tea but it was my last teabag. The smell is stronger than the flavor, but I had it with just milk and no sweetener and it was great.
Cooking + Walk
I made some fabulous pasta salad to have for lunch tomorrow along with some steel cut oats for Wednesday’s breakfast. And then I went on a 35-minute walk with The Nest magazine. I got it for free in the mail and actually kind of like it consindering I’m a newlywed 🙂
See you all in the AM for inverse workout day (breakfast first, workout second).
And we are expecting 70* this week!!!!!