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Foodie Friday: Lemon Chicken with Vegetables

Posted Sep 01 2011 5:14pm

Friday!  Yipee!

3-Day weekend ahead. YIPPEE! (aka… 4 day work week next week. Yipty-doooo!)

 

Yesterday was my first day back with my fabulous brand new students.

 

 

I love them already. (But my class from last year will always have a special place in my heart since they were my firsties!)  While I was ready to get this school year on the road before all of the unexpected delays – I am a tiny bit happy that this week ended up  being a 2 day week rather then I 5 day week.

 

I am TIRED!  I have decided that I love my am workouts too much to give them up – so yesterday morning, I was up and at ‘em at 4:45am! (And plan to do the same for the rest of the school year).  I know I will be adjusting to my schedule and be fine with it shortly… but right now I am dreaming of sleeping on a big white puffy cloud!

 

Yes. I will take one of those under my desk, please!

 

For this week’s recipe, I am bringing you one of my all time favorites. JUSTIN was actually the first to cook it .. and I have fallen in love with the juicy lemon chicken and crisp veggies!!

 

Lemon Chicken with Vegetables

 

Serves: 2 (one Cait and one Justin)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3/4 c. sugar snap peas (fresh)
  • 1/3 c. red bell pepper strips
  • 1/3 c. yellow bell pepper strips
  • 1/3 c. zucchini rounds, quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Preparation:

Chicken:

  • To marinade chicken, place cleaned chicken breasts, lemon juice, and thyme, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag and let sit for at least 1 hour. (The longer you let it sit, the juicer and lemony-er (word?) it will be. If I make this on a weekend I will do it at lunch time and let it marinate in the fridge)
  • When ready to cook, spray a cooking pan with non-stick spray.  You may cook the breasts whole or (as I please to do) cut the chicken into bite size pieces. I like doing this because it helps to speed up the cooking process and ensure that each piece is cooked. (You can also bake the whole breasts at 350* for 25 minutes).
  • When chicken is cooked thoroughly, set aside

 

 

Vegetables:

 

  • Place all veggies in a plan. Add a little extra lemon juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and let veggies cook/soften for 3/4 minutes on medium heat.
  • Once veggies have reached a consistency of your liking, add in your chicken.

 

My favorite part of this dish is the snap peas. I mean.. I have always known they were a vegetable.. and never had anything against them, but never incorporated them into meals – or my diet in general.

 

Then, I discovered what I was missing out on! I love these little babies.  I now eat them as a raw snack on a fairly regular basis – and plan to put them into more stir fries in the future.  I have had them in frozen medleys before.. but FRESH is the way to go. COMPLETELY different taste!

 

 

Tonight will be an EARLY night. I am hoping to set a new PDR and run 10 freakin’ miles in the AM. (And like I said.. I am waiting on that cloud to appear under my desk so I can nap. I should teach Kindergarten so I get a “nap” time!)

 

 

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Any “new to you” vegetable discoveries.. or just foodie discoveries in general?

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