May 10, 2012
It’s hard to believe that I was a vegetarian for over a year simply because I love chicken. Heck, chicken is one of the main reasons I reverted back to my carnivorous ways a few years ago. That and the fact that I seriously lacked the necessary amount of protein in my diet as a college freshman who hated dining hall food options. This recipe made me re-fall in love with chicken. Marinated overnight in a simple combination of orange, lemon and lime juice, thrown on the grill for some char marks and topped with a spicy but sweet salsa, I can proudly say it’s a home run. Perfect for the surge of summer barbecues around the corner! Keep in mind we were serving many hungry bellies so cut the recipe down as you see fit!
12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
1 cup orange juice
Juice from one lime and one lemon
6 garlic cloves
Combine the citrus juices and pour into a resealable plastic bag (or multiple if needed). Add in the chicken breasts, throw in the garlic cloves and let marinade in the refrigerator for 4+ hours. Like I said, I let the chickies soak in the flavorful goodness overnight, giving the bag a nice shake every time I had my head in there for a snack…which is often.
1 1/2 cups pineapple
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/4 cup red onion
Juice from one lime
1/2 cup chopped tomato, or two small romas
Heaping tablespoon of cilantro
Nothing too daunting here but oh so fresh. Simply chop up and combine all of the ingredients, allowing for the juices to mingle and hangout with one another in the fridge before serving. While that’s happening, fire up the grill and let it do its magic! Serve with the salsa as a side or throw it right on top of the chicken for you and your guests to enjoy. Sprinkled a little extra cilantro on there and add a lime wedge to the plate. Is your mouth watering or what? With the other recipes including tequila and avocado I didn’t think this one needed it but if those ingredients strike your fancy, throw ‘em on in! I bet it would be divine.
Could you ever go cold turkey (er, I mean chicken in this case?) and give up a food you love?
Sprinkled with Love,
May 7, 2012
Cinco de Mayo, graduation, the Kentucky Derby…now that’s a lot to celebrate, but boy did we and with a bang might I add. I’m still in a food coma from the amount I consumed Saturday. I wasn’t alone, though, as evident by the fact that there were absolutely no leftovers! I guess the Mexican cuisine was a hit? I do have to pat myself on the back with the shrimp and chicken recipes, with special thanks to my grill master of a father. Here’s a quick recap of the festivities. I’m so glad that the weather cooperated after a week of rain!
I have a stack of thank you notes to tackle, a workout class to catch and oh, you know, a job to hunt for now so the delightful recipes will be sprinkled throughout the rest of the week. Stay tuned! They’re worth it.
Sprinkled with Love,
May 5, 2012
Tequila, lime, cilantro, jalapeños…need I say more? Today has been filled with lots of exercising, errand running and prepping for tomorrow’s Cinco de Mayo/Graduation Fiesta. The menu is full of Mexican must-haves like homemade guacamole, tacos, etc. but I’m also whipping up a Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa to top grilled chicken (marinaded overnight in juice from oranges, lemons and limes with garlic), a Quinoa Black Bean and Grilled Corn Salad, as well as Tequila Lime Shrimp (pictured below). Lots of delicious dishes in the works, our kitchen smells way too good right now.
I’m pooped from an early three miles and a Piloxing class (pilates + boxing, a very interesting combo) so will be hitting the sack shortly for all of tomorrow’s festivities. I can already tell that my glutes and quads are not going to be happy with me in the morning. Phew!
Any fun Cinco de Mayo plans? What’s your favorite Mexican dish?
Sprinkled with Love,
May 1, 2012
I’m done. Done with college that is. My internship is over, my papers and independent study were submitted hot off the press and today I bubbled in my last multiple choice Scantron exam before feverishly writing what seemed to be a novel of an all-essay final (2 hours straight, ew!). It was icing on the cake of a less than stellar past few days however I’m a strong believer in the whole, “everything happens for a reason” schtick so I’m having some faith. I’ll be making that naturally-sweetened, ice cold lemonade in no time. Heck, I guess I should probably spike it to celebrate. Right?
My recent bump in the road were nothing a trip home for the weekend couldn’t fix. I moped around in sweats, took advantage of OnDemand and my saint of a mother took me and Mike out for dinner at my favorite restaurant. She knows me too well. Coming back to take two exams with graduation just a week away made things all the more scary. There’s nothing left in my room at the condo I’ve called home for three years except my mattress and television. My roommates and I have been basically inseparable with the unspoken truth looming overhead that we will no longer all be living under the same roof. The waterworks come and go unannounced. I may have made Taylor toss a penny into the fountain at the mall the other day with me for good luck. We made a wish and embraced a few trickling tears, naturally making a scene. It happens. Side note, I’ve been playing Jason Mraz’s new song, I Won’t Give Up, on repeat. Bad combination with my funk? Yeah, but it’s just so good.
So that’s why I’ve been MIA for a week. A few curve balls have been thrown my way that I need to embrace. Smudged mascara and minimal effort cardio routines get you no where. Since I do well with lists, I made a few (and working on a few more as we speak) focusing on all the good. My strengths, a summer/pre-professional bucket list, a menu for a Cinco de Mayo graduation soiree—or should I say fiesta?—my family is throwing for me, etc. I’m excited to have time again to cook. To blog. To workout without having one eye on the clock. To laugh more, stress less. I want to take a road trip, try Cross-Fit, finally learn how to play guitar and hike in Vermont…I’m scared and excited, nervous and anxious but can only move forward confidently with a smile on my face. There’s too much to be happy about to be down in the dumps when something doesn’t go my way or perfectly as planned.
Get ready, lovelies. I’m back and ready for the next chapter of my life. More miles, recipes, sweat-tastic workouts, life happenings and obstacles to overcome. You in? I hope so.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.” Mary Engelbreit
Sprinkled with Love,