Spice it up!

Sometimes life just needs a little extra spice and last night I decided to spice things up with CILANTRO, Cha Cha Cha!

I found a wonderful, and easy recipe, on Nutmeg Notebook a few weeks ago and just knew that it would come in handy!  I began by sauteing chicken tenders with a little Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime

Chicken tenders are great because they cook quickly and make portion control easier for me.  The chicken tenders cooked for about 5 minutes on each side.

While they were cooking I prepared my salad.  I rinsed a can of black beans and a can of corn and added it to a big bowl of lettuce and cherry tomatoes.

I don’t know if I’ve told y’all… but I LOVE BEANS.  If you were to ask me “what’s your favorite food?” I wouldn’t even hesitate to yell out “Beans!”.  I was really tempted to add a can of pinto beans to the mix, but I refrained.  Though I may love beans, they don’t always love me.  My boyfriend would agree ;)

Next, I began to make the salad dressing.  I chopped up a packet of cilantro, juiced one lemon, and then mixed in the remaining ingredients.

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

The salad dressing is extremely tasty.  A little goes a long way, so I did not add mine directly to the bowl of greens.  I decided to add mine to individual salads.

This salad is so bright and it is really tasty.  In the future I’ll definitely add pinto beans, onion, avocado, and maybe something for crunch (toasted corn tortillas?).  I brought it for lunch today and my tummy is growling already!

I think this salad would also be incredibly tasty with a fillet of salmon on top instead of chicken… just a thought.

Today has been a great day so far.  I slept in this morning until 7AM, made a beautiful strawberry-pineapple smoothie, put on a soft cotton summer dress, and headed into work (ok, I showered in there too).  I also got two free tickets to a sneak preview of Horrible Bosses.  Can anyone say Spontaneous Date with My Amazing Boyfriend??  I’m thinking, sneak dinner into the theater and then go out for FroZenYo afterwards!! I love it when a night in with homework turns into a night out with my honey!

What is your ideal frozen yogurt concoction?  Favorite toppings? 

Comments

  1. says

    I read this post for my husband, not for me. He loves cilantro and TRIES to use it often. However, something funny……I have a genetic “disorder” that makes cilantro taste like dish soap to me. It’s True! He thought I was lying and tried to hide it in recipies but I always knew! Then we found an article online that confirmed it – 10% (or something) of people have this genetic malfunction. Weird, huh?

  2. says

    Thanks for the shout out! This has to be my favorite Mexican inspired salad! Love the idea of using chicken tenders since they cook up so fast and easy.

    I read somewhere recently about how some people think cilantro taste like dish soap! That’s crazy!

    Have a fun date night!

  3. says

    That chicken salad looks SO good!! Love the idea of putting it on salmon, too. :)

    My favorite fro-yo concoction has to involve those mini M&Ms in some way, that’s for sure!! As for flavors, I tend to lean more toward chocolaty or “cookie-like” flavors rather than tangy ones.

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