Today is day 32 in the countdown to the beach and I feel good. Can you hear the echo of that James Brown song?
This is the view from where we’ll be staying with our extended family in June. Isn’t it inspiring? Amazing? Wonderful? I am popping it on here to remind me why I need to be able to wear shorts.
You know those little summer clothing items called skorts? They are a combination of a skirt and shorts and have a kind of flap over the front? I really want to find a comfy one to wear. I used to wear those all summer long! Of course, that was when I was probably 50 pounds lighter. Well, it is another goal.
Maybe I will dig my summer clothes out and sort through them today to see all my old favorites that I have saved. I probably have 4 different sizes in plastic storage bins.
I know I really should locate my swimsuit, but just can’t face it yet. Maybe in 2 weeks? That being said, I have to admit that after only 3 days of this new intense cardio program (well, it is intense for ME) I can see a positive difference in my thighs. That is really hope inspiring. 32 days. What can I do in 32 days?
Last night’s Pesto Chicken was a huge hit again! I can’t believe I haven’t included this awesome, yet simple, recipe I modified from the South Beach Diet yet. Here it is!
Baked Pesto Chicken
- Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
Place 1/4 c. of your favorite pesto in the bottom of a baking pan large enough to hold your chicken breasts.
Flatten chicken breasts slightly and place in pan on top of pesto.
Top with more pesto. Cover, and bake for 40 min. at 375 degrees. (At this point the original recipe calls for uncovering, topping with swiss cheese, but we don’t miss it!)
Test with meat thermometer to make sure it has reached 165 degrees for safety, then enjoy!
Served with our favorite green beans. This time, I used fresh tiny haricot verts and quickly boiled them while I sauteed some chopped white onion until it was tender, threw in a few bacon bits for a splash, then put those on top of the drained green beans.
I got a huge surprise from my two boys also! Last time I prepared Pesto Chicken, they were less than complimentary about it. In fact, I remembered them saying, “I DON”T LIKE THIS!” So, I prepared one of my “10 Ingredient Salads” for them and they both were really disappointed they didn’t get served the Pesto Chicken! Those chicken breasts were large enough to share, so we did, and everyone was happy, plus they got the salad veggies.
Dessert was fresh fruit (strawberries & blueberries) served in parfait glasses! What a special looking treat. I think our tastes have definitely changed while on this program. After 115 days, I guess they should!
One thing about this meal I really loved was that it was so easy. I prepped the chicken earlier in the day and held it in the refrigerator. Green beans were just a “take them out of the bag and toss in boiling water” kind of thing while I sauteed the already chopped white onions and bacon bits. The fruit was the only thing that took a bit of time and I had help from my son. Do you have an easy “go to” kind of healthy dinner or recipe to share? I would love to hear!