It is March 1st. What is up with that?
I feel like I was just
crying about celebrating the big birthday weekend, new hairstyle and all, but now you’re telling me it’s March?
I don’t even want to think about the fact that the weather will be warming up and the fact that bathing suits are hanging up in stores. *Shudder*
I’m not sure about y’all, but I definitely took a swan dive off the proverbial wagon and have some serious work to do before I’m bathing-suit ready. So back to hard work and discipline I go! Honestly, it’s just been pure laziness in my planning. If I don’t know what I’m making for dinner when I leave work, it’s easy to decide on take-out – and I lack self-discipline when it comes to eating out!
If you’re in the same boat but still have a love for food, then I hope you enjoy some of the guilt-free recipes I have to share with you, such as what I think is my absolute favorite recipe, lightened up! (Side note – I love capers, olives, peperoncinis and can eat them out of the jar at any given time – so I usually hog the capers in this dish!)
Lightened Up Chicken Picatta (serves 2 / 7 WW pts. per serving)
8 oz. chicken breast (I buy the thin cut ones, about 4 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. white whole-wheat flour
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine (chardonnay is my personal preference)
1/2 – 3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
1 Tbsp. capers, drained
1 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet light (using a different reduced-calorie margarine may affect points)
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 slices lemon
Begin by heating olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
While oil is heating, sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Coat in flour, shaking off any excess.
Add chicken to pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Set chicken aside on a plate and reduce heat to medium-low.
Now add white wine and garlic to the pan to de-glaze, scraping up any of the delicious browned pieces. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add broth, lemon juice and capers and stir. Return chicken to pan and cook 2 minutes one each side.
Add chicken to plates. Then add margarine to the sauce and stir until melted. Pour sauce over chicken and serve…
Seriously my favorite, my mouth is watering right now…
Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!