I’ve taken to watching The Barefoot Contessa episodes on Saturday mornings and finding great recipes and menus to make for the rest of the week. If you haven’t seen Ina Garten’s show you must go to the TV right now, find the Food Network and Tivo the show or just sit there and wait until it comes on…it’s that good. In fact, I’m pretty sure I might want to be Ina when I grow up… that fabulous Hamptons house, endless festive get togethers with friends, the enviable garden brimming with flowers and the most amazing parsley and basil you’ve ever seen, her adorable, loving husband Jeffery and the food….oh the food! I promise, after watching just one episode you’ll feel at the same time relaxed and completely inspired!
This tequila lime chicken recipe is now one of my all times favorites. Everyone knows chicken is a great lean protein choice when you want a healthy dinner, but let’s be honest, it can be a little boring. That’s why I can’t get enough of this recipe! It’s a zesty marinade of fresh orange and lime juice, garlic and tequila with a kick from chile power and jalapeno pepper. Oh it’s so delicious and it makes chicken an enticing and best of all HEALTHY dinner choice. I love serving it with Ina’s french potato salad and some blasted garlic broccoli. You just have to try it!
Happy Fourth of July! There is a running joke in Seattle that summer doesn’t start until the 5th of July, but this year (after a pretty gloomy June) we actually have a gorgeous day fot the 4th. Seattle summers are some of the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere with sunny skies, low humidity an spectacular views of the water and the mountains. So in honor of the fabulous weather my husband and I are hitting the grill, making some festive drinks and I’m making my favorite blueberry pie. I love substituting healthy menu item where I can so I’m making lean burgers, french potato salad, light watermelon margheritas today. However, there will be no scrimping on the blueberry pie! It’s a holiday after all, and come on, it counts as fruit:)
The burger and margherita recipes and photos are from Cooking Light. The Cooking Light website also has a great feature on 100 calorie burger topping you can check out here. I’m totally obsessed with the Barefoot Contessa’s French potato salad since it uses lots of fresh herbs and healthy fat like olive oil instead of mayonnaise. Not only is it delicious, it’s also lower in calories than regular potato salad. I use Martha Stewart’s pie crust recipe and Williams Sonoma‘s filling recipe (pie photo is from Williams Sonoma).
If you want to work off all those 4th of July treats, then try the sort of festively named 4×4 workout. Get the printable version here.
Happy 4th of July!
I am an unabashed lover of all things dessert…in fact, I frequently say that (and a weakness for pizza) is why I spend so much time in the gym. When I came across this recipe in Cooking Light Magazine I knew I had to make it. I was ooey, gooey chocolatey goodness and (bonus!) I could serve it will whipped topping which I love to a fault. Each serving only has 311 calories and to be honest the pie is so rich. even a small slice is enough to satisfy the most extreme chocoholic. You can substitute vanilla or Kahlua for the rum but don’t skimp on the type of chocolate you use. Bittersweet is best and try to find the best chocolate you can to get the richest flavor… I found a calumet block at Whole Foods that worked perfectly. Serve with a few fresh raspberries or strawberries and you will have a guilt free, decedent, delicious chocolate dessert!
Full disclosure…I am a total cookie monster! I have an undeniable weakness for cookies…chocolate chip, peanut butter, girl scout, snickerdoodle, it doesn’t matter I cannot pass up a cookie. That’s why I was so excited when I found this recipe on FitSugar for low fat, 60 calorie chocolate chip cookies, after all I love making healthier versions of my favorite foods. It uses greek yogurt in place of butter and oatmeal to give it some chew. I replaced the raisins with extra chocolate chips and used oat flour and all purpose flour in place of wheat flour and wheat bran. These cookies are so chewy and delicious and they totally satisfy my cookie craving… in fact, even my husbad loves them! Give them a try and let me know what you think!
I talk about my love of chocolate pretty frequently on this blog…in fact, I know it’s been part at least a few of my Fit Fab Weekend posts. It’s delicious, has plenty of health benefits and is a great way to indulge a sweet tooth. This chocolate chip muffin recipe is one of my favorites since it tastes totally indulgent yet is pretty guilt free!
I found the recipe while perusing Bethenny Frankel‘s website and it’s fabulous. It uses applesauce in place of butter, no eggs and oat flour making this a good choice to those who are sensitive to gluten. However, the important part is…these muffins taste great! My husband asks me to make them all the time and I’m more than happy to oblige since they only take a few minutes to whip up. I made them last Sunday as a delicious breakfast treat but I also found myself grabbing one as a totally delightful dessert.