This lemon balsamic chicken is my go-to chicken recipe for grilling chicken. I make this chicken just about every week. You can eat it plain with grilled veggies or other sides, on a salad, or even make a sandwich out of it! I love the lemon flavor it has and the balsamic vinegar in the marinade adds depth to the chicken and helps give it that nice golden brown color while it cooks on the grill! Let your chicken marinate as long as possible for more flavor! Today, I threw my chicken on a big salad! It had so much flavor! :)
Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken
– 1 pound chicken breast, trimmed and halved
– 2 lemons, juiced
– 1/2 tbs. lemon zest
– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
– 1 1/2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1. Pound chicken to approximately 1/2 inch thick and set aside. In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, zest, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Set aside. In freezer bag, add chicken and pour marinade into bag. Coat chicken with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (the longer, the better!).
2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill chicken for about 5-6 minutes per side until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
This is going to be a hodge podge of a post, but I wanted to share my recipes for homemade chocolate buttercream frosting and for peanut butter buttercream frosting that my little sister, Carolyn, and I made. When I was in Cleveland visiting family two weeks ago, I was telling my little sister about this blog. She wanted to make something from the blog while I was home. We decided to make a cake because it was also my Dad’s birthday. We followed my doctored chocolate cake recipe and made a layer cake and then in between the layers, we whipped up a very rich peanut butter buttercream frosting and then did a homemade chocolate buttercream on the outside.
I only had made my own chocolate buttercream frosting once before and it came out okay. I tried to follow the same recipe again from memory, but all we could taste was the powdered sugar! We ended up melting some Hersey’s bars and mixed it in and that gave the frosting the chocolatey taste we were looking for! The peanut butter buttercream was pretty rich. In fact, if the whole cake had this frosting, I wouldn’t have been able to eat more than a few bites. And even with the PB in just the middle, this cake was RICH. Cut modest slices and have a big glass of milk on standby!
Carolyn is a perfectionist (what can I say, she takes after her sister…) and wanted our cake to look as professional as possible. She spent a lot of time trying to smooth out the chocolate buttercream frosting. Then she decorated the sides and the top of the cake! Here was our finished product:
Not too shabby, right? Oh, and while we’re at it. I have to give a little pre-birthday shout out to Carolyn because tomorrow is her 13th Birthday! So, Happy 13th Birthday, Carolyn! I can’t believe she is officially a teenager! Watch out world!
Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of frosting
– 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
– 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
– 8 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 2-3 tbs. milk or heavy cream
1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth (use paddle attachment if using stand mixer). Add in peanut butter and vanilla and mix until well-combined. Add in 2 tbs. of milk and beat continuously until well-combined. If the frosting is too thick, add additional milk, one tablespoon at a time.
Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Makes enough frosting to liberally frost 24 cupcakes or one large cake
– 2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
– 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/2-3/4 cup melted milk chocolate (about 2 Hersey’s Bars)
– 6-8 tbs. milk or heavy cream
1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and melted chocolate. Then add the sugar one cup at a time until smooth (use paddle attachment if using stand mixer). Add in cocoa powder and vanilla and and mix until well-combined. Add in about 4 tbs. of milk and beat continuously until well-combined. Continue to add milk one tablespoon at at time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost cake or cupcakes.
Alright, so I woke up this morning feeling super sluggish and have been sneezing non-stop! I think I am getting a cold. This is not a good time for a cold (I know, I know, is there any “good” time for a cold?). I have a month and a half to write and defend my prelim paper if I finally want to move onto my dissertation, finish grad school, and get that Ph.D. next summer. I WILL finish!
So despite feeling crappy and having a boatload of work to do, I decided to make these low-carb peanut butter cookies for you all instead (yeah, I know how to prioritize!). I first saw this recipe on a message board I used to frequent a few years ago. I make these cookies a lot because they are healthier than the traditional cookie and they don’t require many ingredients! These cookies are low-carb because they have no flour and instead of using real sugar, I used Splenda. If you don’t care about the carbs or sugar, then feel free to use regular sugar. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some of these cookies, take some DayQuil, and get back to work! Happy Sunday!
Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 12 small cookies
– 1 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 egg
– 1 cup granular Splenda*
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Drop from teaspoonfuls onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Using the back of a fork, dip fork into some warm water (you can then dip in some more Splenda if you want) and make a criss-cross patten on top of the cookies as you flatten them a bit. Bake for approximately 9-10 minutes or until cookies start to brown.
– You may find that a cup of Splenda is too sweet for your tastes. I actually tend to use more like 3/4 and have even went as low as a 1/2 of a cup because I don’t like for these to be super sweet! So feel free to experiment with the sugar measurements!
Do you ever go to the grocery store to do your weekly shopping trip, but have no clue what you actually want to cook that week? Yeah, that was me this past weekend. I spent a good 15 minutes just wandering around the produce section thinking about what I was going to cook this week. Then I spotted a big basket of bright red bell peppers and I immediately had a craving for stuffed peppers. As usual, I wanted to make them healthy, so instead of using the usual rice, I used my beloved quinoa. These stuffed red peppers were packed full of flavor and my favorite part was that the top layer got all nice and crispy with that melted cheese!
Quinoa Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
– 1 cup uncooked quinoa
– 2 cups water
– 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drain and reserve liquid
– 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
– 6 red bell peppers
– salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, heat 2 cups of water and add quinoa. Let cook for approximately 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add onions and garlic and cook for three minutes until onion is translucent and tender. Add diced tomatoes and black beans. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in cooked quinoa and combine with tomato and bean mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Rinse peppers, cut off tops and remove seeds and ribs. Scoop about 3/4 of cup of the quinoa mixture into each pepper and place in a baking dish. Pour liquid from the tomato can into the dish around the peppers. Cover with foil and cook for approximately 40 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle evenly with pepper jack cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle pan drippings over each pepper and serve!
Notes: Want more veggies? Try adding some sauteed mushrooms, spinach, or carrots!
Ok, I am going to let you all in on a little secret about me. I love Mexican food. In fact, it’s one of my vices. This wouldn’t be such a big issue if Mexican food wasn’t so unhealthy! These cilantro-lime grilled chicken tacos allow me to satisfy my craving for tacos without all the guilt and grease. I gave these tacos an extra kick by adding some tequila to the marinade! I topped mine with a scoop of black beans, additional cilantro, and fat-free sour cream. I didn’t even need the cheese. These tacos were flavorful and satisfying!
Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos
– 2 large chicken breasts, trimmed and cut in half
– 2 limes, juiced
– 2 tbs. cilantro
– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
– 1 garlic clove
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– Optional: 1 1/2 tbs. tequila
– 8 corn or flour tortillas
– Suggested taco toppings: black beans, chopped cilantro, avocado, corn, low-fat or fat-free sour cream, low-fat cheese, etc.
1. In a blender or food processor, purée lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, salt, garlic, and tequila until smooth. Place chicken in a large freezer bag, pour in marinade and seal. Try to get all of the chicken covered in the marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (the longer, the better!).
2. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Brush pan with some olive oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add chicken. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice chicken into strips and make those tacos!
I’m usually not a fan of chilled soups, but when I saw a picture of this avocado soup in the most recent Cooking Light, I knew I had to make it! It contains one of my most favorite ingredients ever, avocado! This soup was SUPER easy to make. I took a shortcut by using some rotisserie chicken from my grocery store, but I will also include the directions for cooking the chicken below just in case you want to cook some yourselves. To make this soup, you really just toss everything in the blender and give it a whirl, cook some chicken (or in my case, just shred), mix it all together and you’ve got yourself the perfect little summer soup!
Now, I did like this soup chilled, but I also wanted to see what it would taste like warm. So I ate half of it cold and half hot. I kind of liked the warm version a little better, but that’s because I normally just prefer warm soups to cold soups. If I were to make this again, I would probably eat all of it warm, but it still tasted good cold so eat it however you’d prefer!
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!