Tasty Tuesday – Fajita Chicken Kebabs

Yum… perfect summer dish!

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lime, plus additional for serving
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (remove seeds and membrane for less heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large red onion
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Salsa, Greek yogurt, and guacamole, (optional)
  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and place in a Ziploc bag.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the canola oil, lime juice and zest, chili powder, cumin, garlic, jalapeno, and salt. Pour over the chicken, seal the bag, then gently “squish” the bag so that the chicken is coated with the marinade. Place the bag in a baking dish to catch any drips, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for at least 20 minutes prior to use (I prefer metal because even soaked, wood skewers can char sometimes.)
  3. Cut the bell peppers and onion into 3/4-inch chunks, then thread onto skewers with the marinated chicken pieces, alternating the chicken with the vegetables. When ready to cook, heat your grill to medium-high. Lightly oil the grill, then place the kabobs on the grill, cover, and let cook until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 6 to 8 minutes, turning the chicken once or twice throughout so it cooks evenly.
  4. Remove the chicken kebabs to a serving plate and sprinkle with cilantro and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. Serve warm, garnished with salsa, Greek yogurt, or guacamole as desired.

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Food Swap Friday – Spices for Salt

Any salt lovers out there? I like salt in moderation… my husband is a master at seasoning and never overdoes it, thankfully. But I don’t like overly salty  things except for the odd salt and vinegar chip craving, really. Almost everything else I can take or leave it. Of course, a little salt activates the flavor… but thats a LITTLE.

A lot is a bad thing… puts you at risk for tons of health issues, bloats you, can dull your taste buds… so what can we better season our food with? SPICES!

There is no shortage of spices you can use to create a wide, and I do mean WIDE variety of flavors. And it’s a lot healthier, too.

Do you have a favorite spice to cook with?

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Try It Thursday – Infused Water

Do you like water? You probably know by now that I LOVE water, and getting enough water is one of my strengths. But I know I am the exception in this, not the rule. I could sit here and preach the benefits of water to you, of which there are far too many to count. or I could help you find a way to learn to love water, or at least enjoy it enough to get a respectable amount. So guess what option I am going to choose? That’s right – find ways for you to love water!

Right off the bat, I am going to tell you that all those commercial “flavor drops” you see are not the answer. Sure, they probably infuse a ton of flavor, but, they are also loaded with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added vitamins/minerals, artificial colorings (Red 40, Blue 1 etc), sodium, sucralose, sucrose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar (the horror!). Which means they go against everything we are trying to accomplish. So there is no need to go stock up on these.

The simplest way to infuse your water is… to make your own! It’s simple, promise!Water Infusions

There are so many combinations you can try. I always suggest to start with things you love, which will automatically inspire you to drink more water. Are you crazy for cucumber? Toss some cucumber in a jug, take a muddler (or a wooden spoon) to help break down the cucumber, and add water. You can stick it in the fridge so it cools and infuses, or you can drink it immediately.

Same goes for most other fruits and veggies. Simply smash it up a bit, put water in, and let the two marry. This gives you the flavor without all of the added calories, since this is an infusion, not a juice.

You can toss in herbs, and spices…. play around a bit, find some different combinations that taste good. There is no wrong combination here, just as long as you are getting half of your body weight in ounces of water!

Do you drink plenty of water? Do you have any tips to help you get your daily intake?