Sunday, June 20, 2010

Detox Day 3 - Oregano Chicken with Cinnamon and Paprika

What's that you ask? That's our lovely dinner tonight. Detox-approved and it just happens to be one of my favorite meals, score! Since this really is a cooking blog, let me give you the recipe for my last solid dinner for the next 4 days (detox means a solid lunch instead).

Grilled Chicken with Oregano, Cinnamon and Paprika
Source: Bon Appetit June 2000

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon paprika
6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

Whisk first 7 ingredients to blend in 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Add chicken to dish and turn to coat with marinade. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, turning occasionally. Spray grill with non stick spray; prepare barbecue (med. high heat). Grill chicken until cooked through, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Notes - I've let it marinate for both an hour and overnight (but in the fridge of course). Both are fantastic. Marinating overnight will give you a tad more flavorful chicken, but you can go either way!

Oh - that lovely side you see in the picture is snap peas with mint. Recipe can be found here:

Snap Peas with Mint

If I wasn't in detox, I'd definitely kick this with some crisp, cold, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.

So enough salivating. Detox Day 3 went pretty well. Herbal tea for breakfast with apples and almond butter. Lunch was a pre-made quinoa salad from whole foods (every ingredient a-ok for this plan). Dinner, well you saw that above.

I nearly cracked at the local farmers' market this morning. Along with all of the beautiful fresh produce are several local bakeries that make you weep with their products. Did I mention there were cider donuts? Yup, there were. I passed them all by with a pledge I would be back the following weekend and I *will* indulge.

By mid-afternoon I could have killed for pizza, or bread. I believe the exact words I said to my husband were, "I'd cut a b!tch for pizza." He laughed and was horrified all at once. Apparently, I have real issues with avoiding wheat of any variety. I crave bread. I wasn't hungry all day, but the cravings were a tad out of control. It proves to me while I can do this for periods of time - I can't give up my pasta and wine. However, for this week, I will prevail.

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