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"THERE ARE ONLY TWO DAYS IN THE YEAR THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE. ONE IS CALLED YESTERDAY AND THE OTHER IS CALLED TOMORROW, SO TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY TO LOVE, BELIEVE, DO, AND MOSTLY LIVE." -- Dalai Lama

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sweet potato fries and grilled chicken

Happy Easter everyone! I hope your weekends were filled with love and (healthy) foods ;) Mine was definitely not healthy but it was tasty. I've felt like crap the last 2 days and that is probably because of all the rich, fatty foods I'm not used to eating anymore. Tonight I made myself a nice, simple dinner and prepped enough to make 2 lunches out of it.

I made 3 chicken breasts: I took them out of the freezer this morning. First I made the sweet potato fries since they take longer than the chicken. I used 2 and they made about 3 servings (3 cups). Preheat your oven to 450F. Wash the potatoes and cut into the size you prefer. Put them into a bowl and add enough olive oil to coat the fries. You can use basically any spice or combination you like: sweet or savoury. I used these as a side so I went with savoury. I added some pepper, salt, paprika, and some minced garlic and toss until evenly coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the fries out evenly so they cook evenly. Stir or flip them after 10-15 minutes and determine how much longer. After 15 minutes I put mine back in for 10 minutes. They weren't overly crispy and yet nicely cooked :)

For the chicken: my mom got me a stove top grill that you can also put in the oven, but an oven proof pan would also work. Once your fries are done, turn the oven down to 350F. Cut any extra fat off your chicken and lay them out on your cutting board or plate. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on them and sprinkle with your choice of seasoning. I used pepper and Mrs. Dash, original. Brown the chicken on medium heat (I had my stove on 6, just above medium) and add your oil and spices on the other side now. On the second side I spread some minced garlic on them. Flip them once they're brown on one side, it doesn't take too long. When both sides are nice and grill marked, transfer the pan/grill to the oven. I use a cooking thermometer so I'm not sure of the time, but if you have one I cook mine to 170 (online says safe temp is 165F) but I'm terrified of food poisoning so I go a bit further. (Side note: I used to cook the crap out of everything because of this fear so that is why I invested in a thermometer. It is amazing having juicy meats and no longer dry ones). For veggies I used the bagged Normandy style from Costco. No soy sauce or bouillon, just steamed and once drained I added a bit of olive oil and pepper. The dipping sauce for the fries turned out so much better than I expected. I was trying to imitate the stuff they serve at Moxie's. I used equal amounts of light sour cream and non fat Greek yogurt. Mix until blended and then add garlic powder, paprika, and Sriracha sauce. It is so good and not that bad for you as opposed to mayo. Enjoy!


This was my snack the other night. I have been trying to avoid eating the cereal that is usually my go-to before bed so I grabber some of my prepped celery, grape tomatoes, and mini cucumber. The dip is again light sour cream, non fat Greek yogurt, but this time I used onion soup mix. I think this combo is my new best friend :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter or long weekend if you don't celebrate! Good night all!

-- Kelsey