Friday, November 1, 2013

Island Style Salad

Happy Friday everyone!! There are so many reasons to be blissfully happy on this rather gloomy day. It's basically the weekend and Christmas music has officially started on the radio!! I hope you had an awesome Halloween, if you didn't get rained out or blown away...

I apologize for not posting any new recipes since Monday. The semester is beginning to wind down and things are getting rather chaotic. Seems like whenever I begin to make progress on homework another project or exam is announced. I have a back load of posts to create and tons of new recipes I can't wait to share with you guys!!

The gloomy weather lightly definitely made me miss the sun and summer. While I can't bring back the tropical weather I decided to infuse island style in my food. I hope you're ready for a delicious salad, Island Style!!

You will need:

  • 1 boneless skinless medium sized organic chicken breast
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 2 cups organic romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, if you buy it in a can/jar make sure there is no sugar added and it is unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple cut into chunks
Place 2 cups of romaine lettuce on a plate and set aside.

Spray a skillet with nonstick cook spray and turn to a medium heat. 

Cut the chicken into chunks and put it in the skillet with the olive oil and brown sugar. Allow the chicken to cook for one minute and then add 1 cup crushed pineapple to the skillet. Stir occasionally. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked and glazed with pineapple. Set aside to cool.

In another skillet over medium heat sauté the onion and bell pepper until lightly browned. Scoop onion and pepper onto the lettuce. 

In the same pan used for onion and bell pepper add fresh pineapple and frozen peaches. Allow them to sauté for a few minutes until they are lightly brown. It should take no longer than five minutes MAXIMUM. Scoop pineapple and peaches onto salad.

Finally, top the salad with the chicken and pineapple and pour any remaining pineapple glaze over the salad as a "dressing." I did not add any other dressing because the fruit, especially the pineapple, gives the salad a naturally sweet flavor. Enjoy your taste of the tropics!!

Nutrition per serving (makes 1 serving):
Calories: 260
Carbs: 34
Fats: 3 grams
Protein: 27 grams
Sodium: 143mg
Sugars: 24 grams (this may seem high, but it is natural sugars found in fruit)

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