Monday, February 1, 2010

What's For Dinner?

In an effort to try to eat healthier I've been on the look out for new recipes to try. There have been a few road bumps along the way... we are picky eaters, I wouldn't call myself a very good cook and I hate to buy a bunch of groceries for 1 meal that you can't use to cook anything else. I found a recipe that looked good so I tried it out and we had it for dinner tonight. I found it in the February issue of Oxygen Magazine. Here it is!
Chicken Tenders with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
The Cast of Characters:

Olive Oil to coat the pan
12 oz Chicken Tenders
Ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp minced Garlic
3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Fresh Parsley (optional) I opt'd out :)

Step 1:
Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken tenders and season with pepper. Cook, turning pieces halfway through, until cooked. Approx 7 minutes. remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
Step 2:
Reduce the heat to low-medium, add garlic and saute. Then add vinegar, honey and chicken broth. Simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan for 1 minute.
Step 3:
Return chicken to pan. Mix all ingredients together and heat through. Garnish and serve.

This makes 4 servings and it's 250 calories per serving. Not bad at all!

Our side dish was another recipe I found in the same magazine issue
Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

1lb frozen fresh cut green beans
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt to taste

Step 1: Steam beans until tender- set aside
Step 2: Heat oil in pan and saute garlic for 5 minutes. remove from heat
Step 3: Add lemon juice to pan and stir. pour garlic-lemon sauce over green beans and serve

This makes 6 servings and is 40 calories per serving!

Here's the final product. It doesn't look quite like the magazine picture and it would probably look nicer if it wasn't on a tupperware plate. Oh well, just keepin' it real. It was all very easy and didn't take me longer than 30 minutes. That's my kind of meal! Let me know if you try it out and what you think!


  1. Yum! Looks delish - I have a weakness for anything with balsalmic. :) Where do you buy your chicken? I know that's a weird question ha. I'm just getting into the all natural meats thing but am finding it harder to find than I anticipated.

  2. I actually bought the chicken at Target. Which is kinda weird because I never do my grocery shopping there. It was really good. I've also been using Jennie-O ground Turkey instead of Hamburger and I can't tell the difference at all!