November is here and it is officially the holiday season. I don’t know about you guys, but temptation is everywhere right now! The world series concluded (unfavorably) last night and there have been parties, Halloween candy and soon, Thanksgiving goodies galore. This time of year in particular is when everyone seems to struggle the most with staying on a healthy eating and fitness regimen. To help mitigate some of the damage of your seasonal indulgences make sure not to skip out on workouts. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re eating as clean as possible throughout the week.
Chicken can get pretty boring so I’m sharing the best caprese chicken recipe that the whole family can enjoy. It’s very diet friendly and easy to prepare. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be costly or complicated. This recipe is full of flavor and real whole food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.
We enjoy going out to eat but as a family of 4 we do also have to be mindful of our budget. There are certain things that I just simply cannot recreate at home. Whether it be they are too complicated, I don’t have the necessary tools or the ingredients and time spent are equivalent to what I would pay at a restaurant. I love caprese salad but due to it’s simplicity, it’s hard to justify paying for it at a restaurant when I could make it myself at home.
If you’ve never had caprese salad it is a delicious combination of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It is light and refreshing and the perfect compliment to an Italian meal. I like to serve the caprese chicken with either roasted broccoli or salad and a side of french bread. If you’re really feeling fancy you can also add a glass of red wine.
Unfortunately caprese salad wasn’t enough to keep me full on it’s own so I’ve adapted it into a protein packed chicken recipe to keep me full and satisfied. This dish packs a flavorful punch and is great for busy weeknights. It’s easy to prepare in 30 minutes or less and is high in protein. What more could you want?
The Best Caprese Chicken Recipe
4 slices real fresh sliced mozzarella (from the deli section – I use Bel Gioioso brand)
1 beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes (medium)
1 bunch fresh basil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1.Prior to cooking, pound chicken to even thinness. You can do so using a meat tenderizer, rolling pin or tin foil and a can. This helps to ensure even cooking of the meat.
2.Spray skillet with cooking spray, season chicken breasts and cook thoroughly. Cook approximately for 5-7 minutes per side, gently turning with tongs.
3.While chicken is cooking, slice tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Slice basil. *I have found it is easiest to bunch several leaves together, roll them tightly, and cut into thin slices*
4.Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar in small sauce bowl.
5.When chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
6.Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and layer on 2 slices of tomato and 2 slices of fresh sliced mozzarella. Alternate cheese and tomato slices. Top with basic and balsamic vinegar/olive oil mixture.
Calories: 304 Fat: 18 Grams Protein: 26 Grams Carbohydrates: 10 Grams Fiber: 1 Gram
As you can see, this meal is very high in protein and low in carbohydrates. If you aren’t a fan of turkey, this dish would make a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Speaking of Thanksgiving dinner, in case I haven’t mentioned before, my family lives in Arizona and my in laws are up in Sacramento. The past two years we’ve spent the Thanksgiving holiday traveling in the car for 7 plus hours to one place or another. This year we’ve decided to stay home. Seeing as it will just be the four of us this year we will need to get creative with our menu.
The plus side will be that we are totally in control of the menu and can make it as healthy (or not healthy as we’d like). If you’d be interested in seeing a post about our minimalist and healthy Thanksgiving menu with recipes let me know. Feel free to share any recipe suggestions that you may have. I’ve also linked the tools I used to prepare this dish for you below.