Dinner for two….

I think it should be mentioned that I’m on a health kick as of late. I’m going on a cruise (yahoooooozie!) with my girl friends in two weeks so I’ve been hitting the gym hard and really have been cutting back on my carbs-basically I’m not eating any. Bottom line–this sucks. I LOVE pasta. I usually have pasta 2-3 times a week so this low carb thing has been pretty tough. Buuuut, it’s been paying off. Weight has been lost and goals have been met. I can assure you though that after the cruise I’ll definitely be posting some carb-licious recipes, don’t you worry!

A couple nights ago I had a friend over for dinner. I already warned her that we’d be eating uber healthy and she was game. Lately I’ve been eating a lot of chicken breasts (blech) because they’re great protein and low in fat. Downside-they’re bland as shit! I’ve been trying to come up with some low-fat preparation methods to up the ante on flavor. This is what I came up with:

Pan-seared chicken breasts with a jalapeno/cilantro hummus sauce; roasted red bell pepper; steamed green beans; salad

Did I mention I love veggies?? Can ya tell?? 😉

Here’s what you need:

1 package of chicken breasts ( I use Murray’s because it’s humanely raised without any antibiotics, etc)

1 container of Publix brand jalapeno cilantro hummus

fresh cilantro

2-3 limes

1-2 red bell peppers ( I only used 1 for the two of us, but I could have eaten more)

fresh green beans

oil/vinegar

peanut oil or any oil that has a pretty high smoking point

Here’s what you do:

First, put some water on to boil for the green beans.

I like to pound out the chicken breasts so they’re pretty thin. Put some of the peanut oil (or whichever oil you’re using) in the pan and let it heat for about 5 minutes. Pat the chicken dry with some paper towels and sprinkle some coarse kosher salt. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and now….DON’T TOUCH THEM! You want to create a nice crispy crust and after about 4-5 minutes the chicken will magically create a crust and lift right off the pan like magic!

I probably should have mentioned that in order to make a roasted red pepper you really need a gas stove. Just place that sucker right on the flame, no pan, no pot, nada and let it start sizzling. You’ll see the skin starting to char…that’s what you want to happen.

So now you have your chicken cooking, and your pepper roasting. The water should be boiling for the green beans. Make sure you snap off the end where it was attached to the tree and then dump them in the boiling water. Keep an eye on them–the worst is mushy green beans.

Keep turning the bell pepper so that it gets charred on all sides.

Now you’re ready to throw together the hummus sauce. Mix the hummus with fresh lime juice and some chopped cilantro to taste.

If your chicken is done, place it on some paper towels to absorb any grease. Drain your green beans in a colander and either put them in an ice bath to stop them from cooking or if you’re lazy like me, just run some cold water over them.

Once the bell pepper is all charred, place it in a paper bag for about 3-5 minutes to let it finish cooking. When you take it out just wipe off the charred skin with a sponge or even your hands. Slice it open and discard seeds.

Season your green beans with some salt/pepper and oil/balsamic vinegar

Spoon some of the hummus on the chicken breast and slice the red pepper into thin long strips.

Buon appetito!!

–Melissa

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5 Comments on “Dinner for two….”

  1. Christian
    February 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Very cool! I’m gonna try this even though I hate cooking since it seems simple enough. I hope I don’t burn the kitchen down!

    • FoodieMel
      February 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      You can do it!! It’s so easy!! Let me know how it turns out!

  2. peter
    February 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    This recipe, though I don’t eat chicken, goes to show one that good, healthy food doesn’t have to involve a lot of fancy ingredients or lengthy preparation.

  3. February 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    This sounds delicious! I love that it doesn’t include a thousand ingredients. I just spent way too long trying to figure out how to “follow” your blog as I’ve never seen one that interested me as much as this does! If there is a way to get notified when you post let me know the trick! And keep the recipes coming!

    • February 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Yay, Sarah!! Thanks 🙂 I hope you enjoy it, let me know how to recipes turn out!

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