Cooking Clean

Recently, I had a few special friends over for a clean eating experience. The menu included chicken kabobs, brown rice with lime, tropical green beans, and for dessert, yogurt with fresh berries and chocolate.  The food was delicious and fresh and most important – healthy!  My kids loved it too! 

Here is a summary of what I made!

PINEAPPLE CHICKEN KABOBS

2 lbs. boneless chicken

2 lg. onions
24 cherry tomatoes

1 pkg. mushrooms
3 lg. peppers
1 Fresh Pinapple

Marinade:
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup soy sauce

1 or 2 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped
1/2 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 TBS honey

Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. Marinate for 2-4 hours. Cut peppers, onions and mushrooms into bite size pieces. Place ingredients on kabob skewers, grill or broil until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Grill extra pineapple slices.  Serve over rice.



 TROPICAL GREEN BEANS
4 tb Olive oil

1 lb Fresh green beans; cleaned
6 cl Garlic; peeled and halved
1/2 ts Salt
2 tb Balsamic vinegar
1/3 c Diced sun-dried tomatoes
2 ts Toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground black pepper
Preparation
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush a large baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Put green beans and garlic in dish, drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring beans at least 3 times. When tender, remove beans from oven and transfer to bowl. Immediately drizze with vinegar. Add tomatoes, pine nits and pepper to taste and toss.
Nutritional info per serving: 153 cal; 3g pro, 15g carb, 11g fat,
YOGURT, FRUIT, AND CHOCOLATE
2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Honey or Agave
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups yogurt or yogurt cheese
Dark Chocolate

Berries (I used blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
Instructions
Pour vinegar, oil, honey/agave and vanilla extract over fruit and let them marinate for a few minutes.
Place desired amount of yogurt or yogurt cheese in bowl and top with the fruit and the remaining balsamic mixture. Garnish with two squares of dark chocolate
Yield: 4 servings (1/2 fruit and 1/2 cup yogurt per serving)

Happy clean eating!

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