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Friday, May 18, 2012

Thurs. May 17th

Spinach Pecan Pesto Chicken Salad with Ricotta

Breakfast: Oatmeal with walnuts
½ cup plain oatmeal, cooked with fat free milk, in microwave
Topped with plain cinnamon
2 tbsp of walnuts
5 oz. glass of OJ
Cup of coffee, black

Lunch: Spinach Pecan Pesto Chicken Salad
Sautéed chicken, chopped and tossed in pesto sauce (recipe below)
Arugula greens
Cherry tomatoes, sliced
A couple jarred beets, chopped
¼ cup of ricotta cheese
Red onion, sliced
Squeeze of fresh lemon & drizzle of EVOO
Water w/ lemon
Cup of coffee, black

TIP:  Give yourself a break and cook extra!  Last night I cooked extra chicken to have easy leftovers for the next couple days.  In this case I just sautéed a whole bunch of chicken in EVOO with salt last night and now I’m able to use it over the course of the next couple days in various sauces and preparation for easy to pull together last minute meals like this salad.

Snack:  None.  Forgot to eat before running my kids to the playground and by the time I got home it was nearly dinner time.

Dinner:  Sautéed Salmon & Veggies
1 fillet of Wild Caught Alaskan Keta Salmon (made affordable in Target’s freezer case) sautéed in a pan with EVOO & salt and a little water, covered a few minutes, then without the cover to brown a few more minutes
½ avocado
1 zucchini fried in 1 tbsp of EVOO in cast iron pan (as you can see in the picture I skinned it, simply because the skin was a little old and spotty, but I typically would leave the skin on!)
A drizzle of fresh lime over the entire dish for a little extra zest
Glass of water with fresh lime
Glass of white wine

Note:  Avocado is high in potassium, which is wonderful for helping the body reduce the ill effects of extra sodium. Half an avocado has more potassium than an entire banana!  Not to mention it is delicious and full of good fats which help the body feel satisfied and are good for your hair, skin and overall health.  Yes, I eat a lot of avocados!  Avocados are also amazing for all natural masks to treat dry hair and skin.  To read more about the wonders of avocado, check out these sites: 

Dessert:   1 Gala Apple

Amy’s Spinach Pecan Pesto Recipe:
1 garlic clove
A large bunch of baby spinach greens
1 tbsp EVOO
¼ cup of pecans

This is super easy and full of wonderful flavor!  Add garlic to food processor and process until the garlic is in tiny pieces, then add the spinach and process, meanwhile drizzling in the EVOO.  Add pecans and process to desired consistency.  Serve with meat, fish, veggies, beans, pasta, on bread, in salads, as a garnish for soups etc.  Pesto is super delicious and super versatile.

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