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Scrumptious Greek Chicken with Quinoa Salad and my First Encounter with Feta

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A couple of days ago, I showed you this tasty picture without giving you a recipe or even telling you what it was!

This meal of Scrumptious Greek Chicken with Quinoa Salad is a fabulous week night dinner that is tasty enough to be impressive, yet simple enough that it can be whipped up in no time.

When I headed to the grocery store last weekend, feta cheese sounded delicious.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use the feta in during the week, but I knew it sounded great so I tossed some into the cart.

Whenever I think of feta cheese, I can’t help but think of my first encounter with feta.  When I was in high school, one of my best friends was very Greek.  On one occasion when me and our other friends were at her house hanging out, we were hungry and wanted something to snack on.  Upon opening the fridge, I saw a giant white tub with a clear lid full of some sort of giant white block.  I had no idea what it was, but I knew that I was not going to eat whatever that mystery block was.

The tub looked much like this, but with a clear lid.

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When I questioned what the tub was full of…FETA was the answer.  At that moment I simply knew that I did not like feta and I never would.  Well, I was wrong.  Because after actually tasting the salty, crumbly cheese I realized I couldn’t get enough of it!

So, after throwing the feta into my cart last weekend, I needed to figure out a meal to pair this delicious cheese with.  Scrumptious Greek Chicken with Quinoa Salad fit the bill.

Scrumptious Greek Chicken with Quinoa Salad

Yields: 2 servings of Chicken, and 2-3 servings of salad, can easily be doubled

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp Greek salad dressing, can be purchased OR recipe follows
  • 2 chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (about 1 cup cooked)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomato, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup raw spinach
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat feta


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Coat the chicken breasts with half of the Greek dressing while poking holes into the chicken with a fork to get some of the dressing inside.  Place in the baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the quinoa salad.  The quinoa can be prepared at an earlier date or right before serving this meal, allowing that it has time to cool.  Prepare the quinoa according to package directions by placing 1/2 cup of the uncooked quinoa into a sauce pan along with 1 cup of water.  Cover the quinoa.  Allow the quinoa to come to a boil and turn the heat down to low for 12-15 minutes, or until the water is gone.

If preparing the quinoa right before the meal, stick it in the freezer to allow it to cool while the chicken is cooking.

Chop the tomato, onion, and cucumber.  Place in a large bowl with the spinach, feta, and the remaining Greek dressing.  Once the quinoa is cool, combine the quinoa into the feta and Greek dressing mixture.

Remove the chicken from the oven, serve along side the quinoa salad and enjoy!

Homemade Greek Dressing:

  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp evoo
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix until combined, and serve over salads or use as a marinade.

ENJOY!

*This recipe is being entered into the Mr. Food Ultimate Weeknight Meal Contest.  Keep your eyes peeled for voting opportunities!

Purple People Eater

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For lunch today, I wanted to try a new-to-me vegetable that I brought home from the grocery store Monday.

Purple cauliflower!!  I read an article that says that the colored cauliflower (they come in green and orange too!) is not colored because of being genetically modified, but because of many years of selective breeding.  The article also said that the purple comes from extra anthocyanin, which may prevent heart disease!

I made myself a tasting plate with all sorts of veggies, homemade roasted red pepper hummus, and a spoonful (or 2) of honey crunch peanut butter.

I made the homemade roasted red pepper hummus by using the recipe for my regular hummus and simply adding two roasted red peppers and some of the oil they came in instead of extra virgin olive oil.  It was a total kitchen experiment, but the results were delicious!

Polly Want a Cracker?

This afternoon, I took care of Sarah and Jeremy.  Jeremy had been talking about going to The Reef, which is an aquarium supply shop, since before they went on vacation last week so today we finally went to get some supplies for him.  While he was working with a staff member Sarah and I were intrigued by a giant parrot that we saw sitting in the corner.

We were admiring his beautiful feathers and wondering if he could talk when all of a sudden he uttered “Hello”…I couldn’t believe it!!! I had never heard an actual parrot talk before.  I thought that I could maybe get him to say something else when he uttered “Hello” again.  Then he screamed very loudly.  It really startled Sarah and I…and we were done with the parrot.  What a strange but pretty bird.  I wonder if they actual comprehend what they are saying when they say it?

Workout

I then went to teach Cycle 45 with this routine:

Warm Up 5 Minutes Easy

Sprints 7 min:

  • 4×15 moderate
  • 4×15 sprint
  • 2×30 sprint
  • 45 sec sprint
  • 15 sec recovery

Hills and Jumps 10:

  • 2 min at race pace
  • Hills (30 sec each 5, 6, 7, 8 stand at the top)
  • Hill down (30 sec 8, 7, 6, 5)
  • 1 min Stay at moderate race pace
  • 2 min Jumps 8 up 8 down
  • 1 min Jumps 4 up 4 down

Combination 10.5:

  • 1 min standing run
  • 30 sec sprint
  • 1 min Jumps 4 up 4 down
  • 1 min moderate pace
  • Repeat 2x

Standing:

  • 45 seconds standing
  • 30 seconds seated race pace
  • 15 seconds sprint
  • 60 seconds standing
  • 30 seconds seated
  • 15 seconds sprint
  • Repeat 1x

Cool Down

I then stayed at the gym and competed a total body weights routine that looked like this:

  • Leg Extensions 15 reps 2 sets
  • Leg Press 15 reps 2 sets
  • Bicep Curls 15 reps 2 sets
  • Deadlifts 15 reps 2 sets
  • Tricep Dips 15 reps 2 sets
  • Push Ups 15 reps 2 sets
  • Hamstring Ball Curls 15 reps 2 sets
  • Abs 35 center 15 right side 15 left side
Because my hamstrings were soooo tight I used the stretching machine and felt like a million bucks afterward!source
Dinner
For dinner I was really craving a cool, crisp, and yummy salad so I threw some ingredients together and came up with a delicious Greek salad!
The salad included a mixture of spinach and romaine topped with carrots, cucumber, red onion, Atheno’s reduced fat feta, tofu, artichokes, and pepperoncini.  For the dressing I used white wine vinegar, oregano, garlic salt, pepper, basil, and Italian seasoning.  It really hit the spot!
Yoga
I have some study materials to look over so that I can feel proficient in yoga before I head to London!  I can’t wait to start studying 🙂
Granola Question
Ok, I have been searching for the perfect granola recipe with no success.  A while back my mom bought me a GIANT container of granola that was absolutely delicious.  I had never had a granola like it before.  It was crunchy, crisp, sweet, and slightly tangy because of a hint of orange flavoring, cinnamony, had cranberries, and was clustery.  When I make granola it is usually slightly chewy or really chunky…there is no happy medium.  Does anyone have a granola recipe for me to try!?