Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dinner and Dessert!


You Will Need:

1 1/2 finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 2inch cubes
1/2 english cucumber (I just learned these have no seeds!)
1/2 cup fat-free greek yogurt
3 plum tomatoes( I used cherry tomatoes)
1/2 small red onion, cut and separated into slices
4 whole wheat pitas

How To:

1. Whisk together lemon zest, 1 TBSP + 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (i just went ahead and squeezed a whole lemon in), half the grated garlic, the oregano, 1 TBSP + 1 tsp oil, pinch of salt. ADD chicken cubes, toss, cover and refrigerate for 45 mins
2. Stir together remaining lemon juice and garlic, cucumber, yogurt, and a pinch of salt. Refrigerate covered until time to serve!
3. Heat grill to medium-high. Add chicken, tomatoes, onions to skewers (soak skewers in water so they don't light on fire! eek!) brush with oil and add pepper
4. Grill skewers, turning so brown on all sides and cooked through. about 8 minutes. 
5. throw pitas on the grill when only a couple mins to go.
6. EAT UP!

EVERYTHING GRANOLA BARS original recipe found HERE! (I just tweaked it here and there to accommodate taste buds over here!! you can add and substitute!)

You Need: 

3/4 + 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cheerios
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used half white and half dark chocolate)
1/4 cup craisins
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup veggie oil
5 tbsp honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup corn flakes
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 handful of sliced almonds( i didn't measure!...they were an after thought!)

How To:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper

Place 3/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup of cheerios, chocolate chips and craisins in a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times to crush up ingredients (its ok to have chunks! DONT GO NUTS!).  Put mixture into bowl and Add the baking soda, salt, vanilla, flour, oil, honey, and molasses.  Mix until well combined in to a dough.

Fold in the remaining 1/4 cup of oats and 1/4 cup of corn flakes until combined. Press this mixture into the 9×9 pan, don't forget the parchment paper! great for easy clean up and no sticky messes!!  Bake for 15 minutes or until the bars are lightly browned on top.  Remove from heat let cool! Then cut it up in to bars and EAT IT UP!! 

 So the weather has been all kinds of nice lately ( a little windy...ok today was a hurricane!) but still sunny and beautiful for this time of year around Southern Alberta! So we decided to take advantage and grill up some yummy food! It was delish! And then whats better than something yummy AND get this...HEALTHY for some dessert! (or just a snack whenever your stomach is a grumblin'!) These granola bars are chewy and yummy and just great! Last time I tried to make granola bars, they turned out more like chocolate bars and every time I ate one I ended up feeling a little guilty. Ok not really but these are much healthier and still just as scrumptious! So try them out!! Perfect for kidlets...or adults who want to be kidlets (me)! Speaking of. I am off to sleep like a little baby, since Zumba class kicked my butt tonight!! ZZZZ....ZZZZ....


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