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Herb-Crusted Chicken with Fresh Strawberry Relish

27 May


Happy Memorial Day! Did you miss me? I’m sorry I’ve been neglectful in providing you yummy recipes and insights into new fitness experiences. I’m going to play the excuses games for a moment. My latest graduate certificate course was a total time suck. I learned a lot and delivered a 55 page marketing plan, but I also had effectively no life outside of work, that course and the work associated with it, and training/fundraising for the Nike Half Marathon DC through Team In Training. Then came our week long cruise vacation and super busy times with a social media research project I’m leading for work. Good excuses? You be the judge. Either way, time to get back on track!

That time of year has happened where strawberries are red, sweet, and juicy not merely colorful and deceivingly well…horrible tasting. Here is a way to use your berries at dinner time while adding some color and sweetness to your chicken dish. If you are not a huge lime fan, I urge you to cut the amount of the lime zest. Also, this Eating Well recipe calls for the use of chicken thighs, but I prefer chicken breasts. I hope you’ll enjoy this summery meal!  It makes 4 servings and is low-calorie (173/serving), low-fat (9 g fat/ 2 saturated/serving), and low-carb (8 g/serving). What’s not to love?



  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 2.5 TBSP chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus a pinch, divided
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper plus a pinch, divided
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 2 tsp freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, or more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine chicken in a bowl with oil, oregano, 1 TBSP of the chives, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp of pepper.  Place in a small or medium roasting pan.
  3. Roast the chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165 degrees, 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of chicken breasts.
  4. In the meantime, combine strawberries, lime zest, sugar, vinegar, the remaining 1.5 TBSP of chives and remaining pinch of salt and pepper in a bow.  Let stand at room temp until the chicken has fully cooked.                           IMG_20130430_185843_072
  5. Prior to serving, give the strawberry relish a taste and adjust sugar, vinegar, and/or salt to your liking.  Serve the relish atop the chicken.

Seasons 52: Eating Out Never Felt So Un-fat

31 Jul

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Seasons 52 is known as a fresh grill and wine bar offering flavorful dishes that change seasonally.  Additionally, all dishes come in at under 475 calories!  We tried it for the first time a few weeks ago at the location in Tysons Corner Mall.  My oh my were our expectations blown out of the water.  The clean and casual meets refined atmosphere, the polished and friendly restaurant staff, and truly scrumptious yet healthy food offerings.  Of course, we were seeing The Dark Night Rises after dinner and the popcorn, candy, and Coke splurge was already planned rendering our healthy meal ruined HA.  In any case, you must try Seasons 52 and if Kristine is serving, you want her.  She was an absolute pleasure- the kind of waitress that you will talk about like I am now because she was so great.

The slideshow above showcases our meal experience including starter and entrees.  We were offered dessert at the end which includes a number of  choices from Season 52’s “Mini Indulgences” menu.  I had to snap a photo at the very least!  We had a little back and forth going on the appetizer choice having already chosen our entree selections.  My main dish choice was the Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin accompanied by herb polenta, cremini mushrooms, broccoli, and a shallot Dijon glaze.  I love me some polenta!  Bryan had a craving for the Roasted Artichoke-Stuffed Shrimp including wilted leaf spinach, pasta pearls, and a clam cioppino sauce.  We knew we wanted to try flatbread to start since our friend, Fahad, highly recommended it.  The trouble was that both of our top choices featured some of the same main ingredients in our entrees.   What a conundrum! Would it be Spicy Chipotle Shrimp with grilled pineapple, feta cheese, and roasted poblano peppers or Steak and Cremini Mushroom with fresh spinach and blue cheese crumbles.  Ultimately, we asked the waitress for her input and she quickly offered that Spicy Chipotle Shrimp was the way to go.  This means I won :P.  All kidding aside, we both won in the end because this whole dinner experience was superior to many other dinner outtings we’d had in the past.  We look forward to trying the next seasonal menu they have to offer.  There you have it- a glowing recommendation for Seasons 52!

Lighter Libations

10 Jul

I would guess that many of you know that most alcoholic beverages are not waistline friendly.  If you didn’t, know that a lot of those fruity drinks with spears of fruit or umbrellas stuck into them come in around 400-1,000 calories a pop.  Is there no hope you might ask?!  There’s always a way to lighten things up my friends- fear not.  I have gathered a number of ready-to-serve cocktails for you to consider as you think about your next trip to grab some adult beverages.  Enjoy!

Here are some suggestions whether you are a rum, tequila, vodka, wine, or sangria sorta summer drinker…

IF YOU LIKE PINA COLADAS…and lower calories in your drink! (the remix obv):

  • Skinnygirl ready-to-serve cocktails like the Pina Colada which combines rum, coconut, vanilla, and pineapple comes in around 90 calories for 4 oz.
  • Like your rum, but prefer more of minty flavor?  Perhaps a Bacardi Light Mojito is for you then.  Again, around 90 calories for 4 oz.   It has the great minty-ness but is made with pure cane sugar.  No fake sugary taste here!



  • Skinnygirl offers a lovely White Cranberry Cosmo cocktail – again under 100 cal for 4 oz. 
  • A fav of mine though comes from Skinnytaste.  The watermelon martini mmmm.  A bit more work than some of these ready-to-make ones, but worth it.  6 oz AND 1/4 cup watermelon per serving is just 90 calories!  Do yourself a favor and make this for a day by the pool my friends.
  • Like your mojitos with vodka instead?  VNC Cocktails  offers that same mint and lime juice flavor just against a vodka not rum base.  There are no preservatives either.  A little over the 100 calorie mark, 3.4 oz of this drink is about 110 calories.  Check out their other ready-to-serve cocktails as they have quite the spread to please any palette!


  • Eppa SupraFruta Red Sangria is fantastic with flavors like pomegranate, blueberry, blood orange, and acai juices!  This kind packs serious antioxidants too- 2x that of a glass of red wine in fact.  120 calories for 5 oz.
  • Skinnygirl offers a few wines (California Red, Rose, and White) as well as a ready-t0-serve sangria cocktail worth checking out too. 
  • Your best bets for lower calorie wines in general as they so kindly don’t give you the nutrition facts: White Zinfandel, Chablis, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnays.  They tend to come in at about 100 calories per 5 oz serving.

Hope you’ll enjoy some of these lighter libations 🙂  Tell me about your favorite light cocktails!