Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Day 320: 6.5 miles + Greek Chicken Salad Recipe + New Tunes

Today was a pretty blah day! I got up chipper, wore my new outfit (middle dress!), and headed out. I had a productive work day, walked 6.5 miles, enjoyed the new playlist Austin put on my iPod (the usual suspects: Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson, Black Eyed Peas, Flo rida, Pink, Veronica, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Akon, etc.) and read some of my book! My TOM was still craving crap and even though I brought my good food (breakfast burrito + yogurt for breakfast; Greek feta chicken for lunch + grapes) and my own “bad snacks” (reduced fat cheez its; no pudge brownie)… I still gave in ALL DAY LONG having a mini snickers… a mini reese’s cup… 4 starburst… and a publix sugarcookie. I know this may seem insane, but believe it or not I passed on TONS of food including barbeque, pizza, cupcakes, brownies and cookies. It was like crap food heaven in the break room. All. Day. Long. Sigh.

I left the gym feeling better post candy eating and ready to make a new recipe from Cooking Light.com: Herbed Greek Chicken Salad. As per usual, here’s my version for 2 peeps modified a bit:

First Step (pre yogurt mix)


With yogurt mix... nom nom nom



Mixed in with a side 'o pita

½ tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp black pepper, divided

¼ tsp salt, divided

Cooking spray

8 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

2.5 tsp fresh lemon juice, divided

½ cup plain fat-free yogurt (Fage 0%)

1 tsp tahini

½ tsp minced garlic

6 cups chopped romaine lettuce

8 grape tomatoes, halved

44 grams fat-free feta cheese

Combine oregano, garlic powder, ¼ tsp pepper and 1/8 tsp salt in a bowl. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken and spice mixture; sauté until chicken is done. Drizzle with 1.5 tsp lemon juice; stir. Remove from pan. Combine remaining tsp of lemon juice, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, yogurt, tahini and garlic in a small bowl; stir well. Combine lettuce and tomatoes. Place mixture on each of 2 plates. Top each serving with chicken mixture and cheese. Drizzle each serving with 3 tablespoons yogurt mixture.

Optional: Serve with toasted pita wedges (like I did above; 1/2 6-inch pita) OR chop down salad with knives, toast 6-inch pita, cut pita in half, and stuff each half with salad making a Greek Chicken Salad Wrap. The salad is super “sticky” if you will (see 3rd picture!), making it easy to stuff in a pita!

Nutritional Information (without pita): 251 calories, 13 carbohydrates, 3 fat grams, 41 protein grams. Nutritional Information (with pita): 371 calories, 37 carbs, 3 fat grams and 44 protein grams.

You guys – it was SUPER good. I ended up eating half the salad with ½ a pita (2 small triangles), then stuffing the other half of the salad in another ½ of pita. YUM. It was so creamy and thick and fabulous – DEFINITELY making again. This would be a good one to bring to work too, could just pack it up and bring a pita, toast the pita in the toaster in the break room and stuff it up! Easy peasy!

After dinner Austin left for poker and I watched more of Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix. How I love this series. Then it was time to make lunch for tomorrow (Yellow Curry Chicken with Cilantro) and get snacks together. Then it was time to shower, pay bills, get ready for tomorrow BLAH - the evening flies by! I settled in to the awesomely bad Secret Life of the American Teenager. hehe I ended up at 1,834 calories (not bad), 277 carbs (eek!), 32 fat grams (not bad) and 107 protein grams (good!). So again - carb monster attacked! Here's what I ate! Factoring in the 6.5 miles, def not bad. Oh HRM update - it's FINALLY going to be here Thursday. Never do Amazon ship-to-store - geez!

20 comments:

inmytummy said...

Do you watch the show NYC Prep? That has become my new guilty pleasure, speaking of bad tv!

Big Pissy said...

I want that salad!!!! LOL Those ingredients are among my faves! Gotta try it! :)

The last epi of American Teenager I watched was the one where the blonde girl INSISTED that her father had died b/c she'd had sex.

INSISTED REPEATEDLY.

The stupidity was just too much for me. I can't watch it anymore. LOL

balanceisbest said...

oooooooo that salad DOES look great! :) Thanks for sharing! Sorry you weren't feeling well - I hate those days when there's nothing but crap in our work kitchen. booo! But, good for you and your 6.5 miles!!! :)

Kaneil, balanceisbest

Therese said...

That salad look soooo good!!! You said you buy your fat free feta at Trader Joe's? It's like $6 for a tiny tub at Publix in Florida. That's just crazy!

The days where there is crap in our break room it seriously will consume my mind! Most times I don't give in but it doesn't mean that it's easy. Thankfully our office mostly goes OUT to lunch and I stay in.

SLJ said...

I am going to make that salad ASAP... as in possibly even tonight!

dailygoods said...

your chicken salad looks gooooood :) haha i haven't watched American Teenager in a whileee! i need to get back on that guilty pleasure show pronto! haha. hope your HRM gets here soon! can't wait to hear what you think!

Mica said...

Yummy chicken salad!

6.5 miles, seriously? You are on fire!

redhead75 said...

Greek chicken salad is my fave!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

Erica said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm that greek salad looks so good!

I hate when there is tons of junk in the break room! Makes me wish I worked in a crap food free work zone ;)

ohlivin said...

The salad looks amazing. I love how you "splurge" and give into your cravings and still end up under 1,900 calories!! And you had a gym trip. I am in awe.

foodnfit said...

Yummmm looks good!

balanceisbest said...

FYI - I'm watching "make it or break it" right now! You should've told me sooner that DJ was on this show!!! hahahaha

Whole Body Love said...

I really like the idea of a Greek yogurt dressing! That looks delish!

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

The salad loos awesome! Give Amazon shipping another try - it's usually great!

april said...

What a delicious looking salad! I made something sort of like that today!

fittingbackin said...

Inmytummy: I don’t! I need to!!

Big Pissy: It was yum – you must! Hehe I know – so silly! It’s pretty bad and Amy is kinda mean this season!!

Balanceisbest: Thanks!! I know it – it’s awful! Those days are pretty often around here for sure! Thanks – walking always makes me feel better. :)

Therese: Thanks! I do – it’s $2.89 for a tub and I usually buy 2 at a time! It used to be $2 but the price went up a good bit a few months ago! $6 IS crazy! Oh good for you – I wish it was that way here!

SLJ: oooh let me know if you do!

DG: Thanks! It’s gotten even worse in your absence def! Me too – I can’t wait!

Mica: Very much! Yes – loving the walking this week – going for another 6.5 today!

Rredhead75: Thanks!! Of course – love Cooking Light!

Ohlivin: Thanks!! Oh yeah – def give in to cravings especially during my TOM!! Thanks, girl!!

Foodnfit: Thanks so much!

Balanceisbest: hehe I KNOW! Love that Donna Jo Tanner is in attendance. She looks different but her voice is like whoa – that’s DJ!

Whole Body Love: Thanks!! I’ll be making it again!

Paige: Thanks! I will – usually they’re so good which is probably why I’m super disappointed. :(

April: YUM! I loved it – can’t wait to make it a regular once the new recipe making slows down some.

Kelly and Kane said...

has the the new season 6 entourage started in the states, or are they re-runs?

fittingbackin said...

Inmytummy: I don’t! I need to!!

Big Pissy: It was yum – you must! Hehe I know – so silly! It’s pretty bad and Amy is kinda mean this season!!

Balanceisbest: Thanks!! I know it – it’s awful! Those days are pretty often around here for sure! Thanks – walking always makes me feel better. :)

Therese: Thanks! I do – it’s $2.89 for a tub and I usually buy 2 at a time! It used to be $2 but the price went up a good bit a few months ago! $6 IS crazy! Oh good for you – I wish it was that way here!

SLJ: oooh let me know if you do!

DG: Thanks! It’s gotten even worse in your absence def! Me too – I can’t wait!

Mica: Very much! Yes – loving the walking this week – going for another 6.5 today!

Rredhead75: Thanks!! Of course – love Cooking Light!

Ohlivin: Thanks!! Oh yeah – def give in to cravings especially during my TOM!! Thanks, girl!!

Foodnfit: Thanks so much!

Balanceisbest: hehe I KNOW! Love that Donna Jo Tanner is in attendance. She looks different but her voice is like whoa – that’s DJ!

Whole Body Love: Thanks!! I’ll be making it again!

Paige: Thanks! I will – usually they’re so good which is probably why I’m super disappointed. :(

April: YUM! I loved it – can’t wait to make it a regular once the new recipe making slows down some.

april said...

What a delicious looking salad! I made something sort of like that today!

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

The salad loos awesome! Give Amazon shipping another try - it's usually great!