Skinny Chicken Souvlaki

Let’s start this Friday off with the winner of my friend Andie’s cookbook!  I used random.org to pick the winner:

True Random Number Generator   Min 1 : Max 98: Result: 46

Michelle Kornfeld

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Michelle – send me your address at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com and I’ll have the cookbook shipped directly to you from Amazon.  Congrats!

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My Mom bought me a pasta roller a long time ago, but my counters are so crappy that I could never get the roller to stick to my counter and it proved much more trouble than it’s worth.  And while I love the taste of homemade pasta, rolling out the dough with my pizza cutter can take quite a bit of time.  So imagine my surprise when I was watching a cooking video (can’t remember exactly where!) where the chef clipped his pasta roller to his . . .  cutting board!  Duh!

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I made two batches of homemade pasta – one without spinach spinach and one with.  I cheat and use my food processor.  You can find the recipe here.   For the spinach I just added 1 cup of spinach to the processor.  I divided each dough into 6 pieces, which is 5 smart points per serving so I could keep track when cooking.  Each pile or fold is one serving – pretty generous considering it really puffs up when it cooks.  I was really hungry the other night after a long workout and ate 1 1/2 servings with homemade sauce and turkey Italian sausage.   So this whole bowl of pasta goodness is 11 smart points.

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I’ve been doing a new HIIT workout on the treadmill I am really loving it.  I love running, but it takes me so long to get into the “zone” that I usually give up before I get to that point.  But with this workout, I kind of build up my stamina as I go.  It’s quite simple 5 minute walk at an incline/5 minute jog – for 60 minutes.  Seems like a long time, but it’s really only one episode of Property Brothers Open-mouthed smile

For each 5 minute jog I tell myself I have to do it faster, even if it’s just going from 5.6 miles an hour to 5.7 miles per hour – but I have to keep jogging the whole 5 minutes.  It’s kind of a mind game, but I tell myself “you can do anything for just 5 flipping minutes!).  My last 5 minute jog was at a 6.5 mph pace – or a 9:14 minute mile.  Then the last minute before my cool down, I held a 7.3 mph or 8:13 minute mile pace for a whole minute!

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I’ve also been taking advantage of my exercise on demand – so cold outside still.  Yesterday I started out on my walk and I got about 1/2 mile in before I turned around because it was so cold and windy.  When I got back I checked weather.com and it said it was 34 degrees, but with the wind chill, felt like 24.  Gah.  Um, Mother Nature, I am ready for spring over here!

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I had another one of Andie’s recipes flagged to make and since I am working from home, easy to marinate the chicken and cook, although you could easily make this ahead on a weekend for a quick lunch to reheat.  I did make her recipe a bit more Weight Watcher friendly by ditching the oil altogether.  And I didn’t have fresh parsley, so I used dried.  I also reduced the amount of chicken to 1 pound for 4 servings.  After putting my revised version into the recipe builder on the WW site, each 4 ounce serving is only 2 smart points!

Chicken Souvlaki
Serves 4
A bright, Greek flavored chicken perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
214 calories
5 g
97 g
4 g
37 g
1 g
163 g
260 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
163g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 97mg
32%
Sodium 260mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
10%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  2. 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt (I used Chobani)
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  5. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and let marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.  I did the 30 minute route.  And while I would have loved to grill the chicken, it was too cold, so did it in a non-stick pan.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Adapted from Andie Mitchell
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calories
214
fat
4g
protein
37g
carbs
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Adapted from Andie Mitchell
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I had frozen homemade naan in my freezer and defrosted that and topped it with roasted red peppers, romaine, cucumbers and a tablespoon of tzatziki – this whole plate of food was 6 smart points!

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I actually cooked up 8 ounces yesterday – ate one myself and saved the other cooked half for Jacob.  The rest I marinated overnight and will probably have that for lunch again today – I’ll be interested to see how much more flavor the overnight marinade is.

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I’ve been saving positive messages during the week to keep my focus in the right direction.  Happy to day I’ve had no night time eating after dinner this week – whoop!  I thought I’d share a couple with you today:

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And to leave you with a bit of a laugh today, I thought I’d share my latest app that I found – thin face!  Not kidding in the least.  Apparently you can use this app to alter your selfies before you post them to social media.  This one is legit though – I mean, come on, look at how thin I got my face!

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The windows behind me?  Totally normal!  Hope you guys have a great weekend – in the meantime you can find me on Instagram (mybizzykitchen).  I am off to make breakfast wonton quiches for breakfast. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

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