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Posted Oct 15 2009 7:29pm

Hi everybody!

This afternoon I faced the classic “rainy day dilemma” as I pulled up to the exit of my parking garage at work. Do I turn right and go home, put on my coziest sweats and hunker down for the night? Or do I turn left and head to the gym?

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I chose left! It was the right thing to do and I felt great afterwards :) I hit the treadmill for 4 miles at speeds ranging from 6.1 to 6.3 and sprints at speeds ranging from 7.0 to 7.5. My cool down was a 5 minute walk at 4.0 and a 5% incline. Sometimes when the energy or will to work out is lacking – you literally just have to physically get yourself there. I’m glad I did!

I had been thinking about tonight’s dinner during my workout and knew it was going to be a chicken dish, but didn’t know exactly what kind. Inspired by Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Seasoning Blend, some pineapple, an orange and a lemon that I had in my fruit bowl – tonight I made Citrus Chicken with Roasted Almonds!

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Here is said inspiration :)

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First I liberally seasoned 2 chicken breasts with the Caribbean Citrus seasoning blend and sautéed them for ~4-5 minutes a side. At the same time, I cooked up some egg noodles.

Then I got to making the Citrus Dressing that totally stole the show!

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In the mix:

  • Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus seasoning blend
  • Crushed red pepper (not too much – you know my spice limitations!)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ~1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt & pepper (un-pictured)

I started the citrus dressing by cutting the peel from the orange and slicing out the segments with a small, sharp knife.

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I squeezed the remaining juice from the orange over my segments…

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Then added the rest of my ingredients and mixed. EASY!

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Next, I sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, sprinkled on some almonds and sprayed the top with more non-stick spray. I put them under the broiler for ~1.5 minutes. Watch closely – they go from brown to burnt in mere seconds!

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After draining the pasta, I added the citrus dressing, mixed and scooped into a bowl. Top with chicken, roasted almonds – and you’ve got Citrus Chicken with Roasted Almonds!

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This was…so.amazing. So amazing! It reminded me of of my Citrus CousCous Salad ! The dressing was slightly sweet from the orange, but not too sweet.

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My almonds were this close to being burnt, but they were the perfect topper for both their flavor and crrrrrrunch.

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I do hope you give this a try sometime. The sweet pineapple and orange, mixed with the spiced Caribbean Citrus blend and crunchy almonds was AMAZING.  I cleaned my plate!

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Off to clean the kitchen, put away laundry (hey, I did fold it!!) and watch

30 ROCK!

Season premiere is tonight and I, for one, could not be more excited – Tina Fey is my hero!!

Have a great night everyone!

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Are you a member of the “clean plate” club?

One of my biggest downfalls is that no matter how much is on my plate, I tend to eat it all. It’s just the way I grew up! Now I just use smaller plates!

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