Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! I can’t wait for it to be Tuesday already. Well really I cannot wait for Thursday cuz I am taking the day off. Paddy’s is a HUGE BUSY day at work for me, working a British Pub all the “Irish” people come out of the woodwork for a grand ol time! We don’t serve any green beer we stick to the traditional real stuff,- Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew, Bailey’s, Tullamore Dew.. you know the real stuff.
I have been baking a lot of rich desserts lately while also trying to eat a bit healthier and workout more. I have been doing pilates and walking which seems to help me. But the other day I made Lemon Creme Brulee & Vanilla Bean Cheesecake so naturally I needed something to break up the creamy dreamy richness. Light pesto chicken salad for lunch.
I could not have dreamed this to be better. I seriously fell in love.
I even ate this on romaine lettuce leaves instead of bread because it was that AWESOME! And I would rather add parmesan cheese then sandwich bread. So this is new favorite lunch, I’ve already had it three times since I made the first batch. Obsessive much? I know.
In a frying pan over medium heat place 3 tbsp olive oil add garlic and chicken breast, season with salt and pepper, cook until no pink remains. Take off of heat and shred chicken. Place in freezer for 5 minutes to cool off quickly. Scoop garlic out of olive oil and set aside.
In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, garlic, greek yogurt, pesto, baby tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cheese. Mix until just combined, no white streaks remain. Cover and let marinate in fridge for 30 minutes.
Lately, I have been testing out recipes with oat flour. Blend up some old fashioned oats into a dust/flour like texture and substitute in the recipe. I was skeptical as to how the banana bread would turn out. But this oat flour banana bread was a lovely treat.
The Oat Flour Banana Bread was spectacular. More than I dreamed it could be. Moist, dense but not super dense. There were oat flavors in the background but it didn’t take over the banana bread flavor. I will definitely make this again.
Great for people who are Gluten Free or if you want to make a healthy version of banana bread.
One my favorite places to go for lunch or dinner is definitely Olive Pit. I discovered this place about 1 1/2 ago. Once it was discovered it become a hit in my life. Olive Pit is doing something right because it is always popping in there!
Mainly, I don’t think there are a lot of mediterranean eateries in North Orange County. So, Olive Pit is filling that void. And doing a good job I might add.
I generally like to eat here because it is so tasty and to me it is a healthy meal. 90% of the time I order the Mediterranean Salad with grilled Salmon. The salad is fresh chopped romain, fresh feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives (which I omit). I absolutely LOOOVE it I could eat is every day.
Olive Pit is not a table service restaurant. But is on the high side of the price range for a order and sit down restaurant. If you order one of the “family” meals though it is not expensive at all. I went with my mother and sister the other day and we ordered the largest family meal. It consisted off a roasted whole chicken, 3 kabobs, and 3 small sides. We chose the Mediterranean salad, Roasted Artichoke Hearts and Basmati Rice. We also ordered a side of hummus.
I always find myself wanting to be healthy. I think most people like that thought. But then that chocolate bar and Biscoff Spread are staring at me and I find myself dunking chunks of chocolate into Biscoff Spread… terrible I know. But so delicious! 🙂 Anyways lately I have been on this Banana Bread kick and I decided to try making some with greek yogurt. You know get some protein in there and get rid of some butter and sour cream and make a Healthy Banana Bread.
I began to make my banana bread. First I emptied out my oven which stores a few extra pans. Then I turned it on. Next I whipped up the banana bread. Poured it into a pan and then went to put it in the oven. Only once I put the pan in the oven it felt cold. I didn’t get that rush of heat I normally do.
So I double checked went to turn it off and on again. (That works with almost everything else) And nothing. It wasn’t lighting and I was pissed!!!
Luckily I was going into work so I was able to bake it there.
Anyways this turned out good it was SUPPPER moist. Some even said a little too moist. Maybe it should have cooked a little longer or maybe it was acting up since it was made and didnt bake for 2 hours. Who knows? Anyways all I know is that it was devoured at work and everyone loved it. Including me. I will defo make this again and next time I might even omit some sugar! AHHH scary thought for me!
If I could eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would be Italian. Pasta, Bread, Cheese, Garlic, Tiramisu, Cannoli…the list goes on! I just LOVE it so much!! I love the creamy Alfredo sauce, a great meat sauce, and just a plain old garlic olive oil.
The other night I wanted a quick, yummy, semi-healthy dinner. This is super easy to make. You can easily adjust to make a large batch or smaller single portions. You can also adjust the type of veggies you use based on what you already have in the house. Enjoy 🙂
Breakfast can be one of my favorite meals of the day. Basically because it can be an overload of sugar. Who doesn’t love that? French Toast, Pancakes, Sausage dipped in maple syrup. Well most days I try to make breakfast my most “healthy” meal of the day. I find it easier to keep breakfast healthy then any other meal. Mostly breakfast I am by myself and I haven’t had a chance to crave anything so usually I can keep myself to a healthy breakfast. Unless of course the chocolate covered pretzels, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Cookie Dough or anything else for that matter gives me a look in the fridge. Then all hell breaks loose!! 🙂
My current breakfast meal is Greek yogurt with almonds and fresh berries. I can’t seem to get enough! I love that the Greek yogurt is thicker and has more protein. Don’t get me wrong I don’t do plain Greek yogurt. That is just wrong. I do vanilla and then load it up with whatever fresh berries I have in the fridge.
At Trader Joe’s you can get raw sliced almonds and they are the perfect topping to my yogurt and berries. It gives me the same kind of texture/crunch that granola would but without the added sugar. And everyone always says how great almonds are so its a win win! 🙂
3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Handful of Blueberries
1 Handful of Peaches
Lots of Almonds
1. Wash and dry your fruit. Set inside a bowl. pour yogurt over and sprinkle with as many almonds as you desire. Enjoy 🙂