Thursday, June 21, 2012

Healthy Delights

Hello Beautiful Ones,

Who said eating healthy has to be boring? You do not have to eat the same foods every week. Switch it up. Tap into your creative side and slim down by cooking delicious, healthy meals.
Recipe of the Week:
Grilled Summer Squash and Chicken
Prep: 15 Minutes plus marinating      Grill: 10 Minutes    
Makes: 4 Servings

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 medium skinless, boneless chicken thighs (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 4 medium yellow summer squash and/or zucchini (6 ounces each), each cut lengthwise into 4 wedges
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
  • Grilled lemon slices

  1. From lemon, grate 1 tablespoon peel and squeeze tablespoons juice. In medium bowl, whisk together lemon peel and juice, oil, salt, and pepper; transfer 2 tablespoons to cup and set aside.
  2. Add chicken to bowl with lemon-juice marinade; cover and let stand 15 minutes at room temperature or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat.
  4. Discard chicken marinade. Place chicken and squash on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook chicken and squash until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife and squash is tender and browned, 10 to 12 minutes, turning chicken and squash over once and removing pieces as they are done.
  5. Transfer chicken and squash to cutting board. Cut chicken into 1-inch-wide strips; cut each squash wedge crosswise in half.
  6. To serve, on large platter, toss squash with reserved lemon-juice marinade, then toss with chicken and sprinkle with chives. Serve with grilled lemon slices.
Each serving: About 208 calories, 30 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (2 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 118 mg cholesterol, 235 mg sodium.

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