Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Balsamic Chicken and Spinach

I have been following my WW plan to the letter of the law this week. I was slacking somewhat for the past few weeks and while I wasnt gaining I wasnt loosing either. But that says 1 very important thing to me. If I want to maintain my weight, my current lifestyle will support that. My schedule at the gym & my eating habits are so easily maintained. I am not doing anything crazy. I get to the gym 3 x's a week on average and I still eat many of the foods I love, just not as often and in such quantities as I used too. Man, oh man it really isnt rocket science. It does kind of make me feel a little stupid that I would buy into the latest fad diet, or think it was just so complicated to lose this weight. It is astonishing to me how simple it really has been. That hardest part was starting and getting myself organized. But a side benefit has been that so many other areas of my life have also become more organized and controlled. As a mom of 2 small kids, life can be neither of those things and when you feel that you have control over your day, it really helps to manage the stress and anxiety that can build up. So for the next few weeks I am on the tracking band wagon big time!!!

Balsamic Chicken with Spinach

slightly adapted from Ellie Krieger

****7 WW Points Plus****

serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

¾ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into thin strips

8 ounces baby spinach

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup low-sodium canned chopped tomatoes with juice

2 cups whole wheat couscous, cooked


Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook about 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove the chicken and set aside. To the same pan, add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.

Place the couscous in a serving bowl. Top with the spinach, chicken and balsamic-tomato sauce.

VERDICT--Awesome! Quick! Tasty! I will be making this one again and again. It was dinner without any effort really. In her cookbook she says this is one of her go to meals when she has minutes to get dinner on the table....I believe her

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