Thursday, May 9, 2013

Get In My Belly

Your lunch and dinner are taken care of with today's post.  You're so welcome!

Avocado Chicken Salad - Quick and Healthy Lunch 
(On the diet):

You will need:
Either a rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, or a can of chicken meat in water (don't say gross, it's not that bad)
1 avocado
2 limes
cilantro (fresh or dried)
jalapeño  (fresh or dried)
salt and pepper
1 tomato cut into pieces
lettuce (I used arugula)

In a medium sized bowl, mash the avocado with a potato masher.  Add pulled chicken, the juice of 1 lime, a handful of cilantro, and a pinch of jalapeño.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Mix it all together.  

Spread lettuce on a plate.  Top with tomato and then chicken salad.  Dress with juice of the second lime.  Ta Da!!!

You will probably have leftovers so you can make it into a delicious sandwich with gluten free bread, tomato slices, and laughing cow cheese spread.  

Swedish Meatballs Ligonberry Sauce and a side of Quick Pickles 
(Not on the diet but oh so tasty):
~adapted from Tyler Florence's recipe~

You will need:
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
3/4 cup milk
6 tbsp unsalted butter
4 shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp caraway seeds, toasted
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 egg
handful of parsley, chopped (reserve some for garnish)
handful of dill, chopped
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup ligonberry jelly (find it in jelly section, you can also use red currant jelly)

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and milk.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

Put 3 tbsp of the butter in a small skillet and melt.  Add shallots, garlic, and caraway seeds.  Salt and pepper.  Cook until softened, not brown.  

Put the meat in a bowl.  Add shallot mixture, egg, parsley, and dill.  Salt and pepper.  Squeeze the excess milk from the breadcrumb mixture and add crumbs to the meat.  This is the worst part.... Mix everything with your hands.  Pinch a handful of mixture and roll it into a ball.   Put meatballs on a platter (there should be around 20).  

Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  When the foam starts to subside, add meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.  Rotate until they are browned on all sides, about 7-10 minutes.  Place on a paper towel lined platter when they are done.

When all meatballs are cooked and removed from large skillet, add the remaining 1 tbsp of butter and coat the pan.  Add the flour and stir to dissolve the fat.  Stir in the chicken broth and incorporate the flour, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the bits.  Simmer until a sauce starts to form and add salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat and add the sour cream and ligonberry jelly.  Stir until combined and then add the meatballs.  Allow everything to simmer and the meatballs to heat back up, about 20 minutes.  

Serve meatballs with sauce and extra ligonberry jelly on the side.

Quick Pickles:

4 kirby cucumbers (the little ones), sliced into thin circles
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup vinegar

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  They just get better with time!  They taste great with everything, especially swedish meatballs!

Serve this dinner with wine, of course.  We paired it with a nice Rose, but a Soave, or other dry white wine would also be lovely.

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  Because the one morning that I'm motivated and sporting my workout clothes, Baby Girl decides to sleep in late.  I'm not going to make my Pure Barre class.  I haven't been motivated in oh, I don't know, 7 months to work out.  Ugh.  Oh well, guess I'll have to go shopping instead! ;)


  1. Yum. These look great. The avocado chicky salad will be made pronto.

  2. That chicken salad looks amazing and the quick pickles- I must make. I am a sucker for pickles! You look good girl no need to workout!

  3. I cannot believe that "diet" is in your current vocabulary but thanks for sharing the chicken salad recipe. It looks delicious.


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