Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Healthy Eating Makes This Momma Happy!

Hello Friends. I am back to healthy eating after a small break following our weight loss contest and spring break. When I eat healthy, I feel better inside and out. After only a few days of eating healthy, I already feel happier. There has to be some sort of chemical alteration that happens when you do not take in any junk!
One recipe that we love that is super healthy is Chicken Bruschetta. It is similar to the Bruschetta topping for bread that you may have eaten, but you put it on Chicken Breasts. I paired it with a salad and some fresh mushrooms. This is such a great dish because there are so many fresh vegetables on this plate! I felt healthier just chopping all of them! :) Maybe because it took a while and I burned more calories! Totally worth it!

Hopefully you can click the picture and see all the great veggies on the chicken!

Our favorite salad dressing is this Toasted Sesame Soy and Ginger. I hope you can find it and try it. It really is good. With only 40 calories per 2T serving, you can eat it without feeling guilty at all!
*Here is a pointer and something I like to do with dressing. I know lots of people say to get the salad dressing on the side at restaurants because you can better control how much you eat, but I also do it at home. I believe you will find that if you measure out 2T of salad dressing in a small cup like I did in the above picture, you will not use as much as you would if you poured it on. The lettuce stays crisp and I do not even eat the whole 2T when I dip it in the cup. This is just one of those small things you can do to save unnecessary calories.

Here is the recipe for anyone who wants to try it:

Chicken Bruschetta

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Topping

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 (4.5 oz) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 medium italian plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 oz (1/4 cup) shredded fresh parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Broil on sprayed pan until done at 170 degrees (I always use a thermometer with meat).
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot.
  5. Add mushrooms, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until garlic is tender.
  6. Add onion, chopped basil, tomatoes, vinegar and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  7. Cook 30 to 45 seconds or until heathed throughout.
  8. Arrange chicken on plates and sprinkle with half the cheese.
  9. Top each serving with the mushroom mixture and remaining cheese on top.

I hope you will try this. It is really a healthy and filling meal with a salad.

**Dressing on the side!!

Enjoy!

Happy cooking..thanks for looking!!


7 comments:

Theresa said...

Healthy eating is the best for all of us! Love you and either I'll fix this or you can cook it for me:)

Anna said...

Looks yummy! I think I'll try it this week!

(always)alanna said...

totally trying this- that chicked looks absolutely delicious.
and those asparagus wraps below? delicious!
thanks for sharing girl!
xx

Barbara said...

This sounds good, and really healthy too, thank you I will put it on my list to make now, hugs and enjoyed your blog, Hugs Barbara from http://bakinnbitsbarbara.blogspot.com/

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Gwen said...

Hello! I found you from Friday Follow. I am already following! I post a healthy recipe every Thursday. Please follow me.

Your recipes sound and look delicious. It is so important to get America back on track with good food.

Jenny said...

This looks delicious. Even if you don't go to Weight Watchers you might really enjoy their cookbooks. They have a lot of recipes that cut the fat waaay back without sacrificing the flavor.