Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chicken Tostada

A wannabe tostada

A wannabe tostada

The past two recipes I’ve shared have been pretty successful, so it’s time to come clean about a failure. This next recipe was a bit of a dud, so if anyone has the heart to try it out and let me know where I went wrong, I’d certainly appreciate it.

This Chicken Tostada recipe is from the Food Network website, and includes a Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette dressing. If you check out the reviews of this recipe, you’ll notice that most of them praise said dressing as the best part of the dish.  This will become especially important in a minute.

As a fan of all things Mexican food, I figured I would totally love this recipe. Until I tried the Cilantro-Lime dressing. It was revolting. Not quite sure what I did wrong, but whatever I did made it a disaster. No matter how much I mixed the dressing ingredients, they still tasted like all their individual parts put together in the same bowl. And when the individual parts involve mustard and olive oil and lime juice…let’s just say it it was pretty gross.

The picture is misleadingly appetizing. Once the dressing was a disaster, I basically aborted the mission and went with my standard chicken fajitas. Which I guess means that my cooking has come full circle.

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Honey Balsamic Chicken

Finished product looking good. I even made some vegetables and rice to go along with it.

Finished product looking good.

Brace yourselves, people. I actually had to use the oven for this recipe. And shockingly enough, it turned out pretty well! It got two thumbs up from both parents…and they promised they weren’t just being nice to me.

I got this Honey Balsamic Chicken recipe from my SparkRecipes app, which I found by searching “healthy recipes” in the App Store on my iPhone (I know, I know, this is practically rocket science here). It was a relatively quick dish to make, though I am still working on coordinating all the components of my meals so that they finish cooking at the same time. I usually end up forgetting the vegetables and not timing the rice properly. But when you use those frozen microwaveable bags of green beans (sorry…still a rookie here), it doesn’t matter too much that you forgot the vegetable. God bless the microwave oven.

No modifications to the recipe this time around; I followed the directions the whole way. Ignore the photo in the recipe link above, because that doesn’t seem to be matching up with what the dish actually looks like, for some reason. Instead enjoy the pictures of my attempt at the recipe above and below. It was Italian-esque with a touch of sweet from the honey. If anyone tries the recipe out, let me know how it goes!

Overdid it a bit with the thyme on that piece of chicken in the front. Whoops.

Overdid it a bit with the thyme on that piece of chicken in the front. Whoops.

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Some Friday Inspiration from Maya Angelou

Source: Pinterest.com

I found this on Pinterest this morning and it was just a lovely way to start the day, so I thought I’d share it here. Maybe it will start your weekend off nicely!

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May 3, 2013 · 4:33 pm