I have given myself a challenge. I am going to try one new recipe a week from one of my various cookbooks or magazines that have healthy recipes. I gave myself this challenge a couple of weeks ago, and have been failing miserably so far. I fully intend to get on it next week - now that I seem to have adjusted to my return to exercise and healthful eating. In the meantime, I had some chicken in the fridge, and needed to figure out what to do with it. I just can't eat plain grilled chicken every day. I cannot. It is a recipe for failure for me.
So last night I came up with a delicious (or at least I think so, and my taste buds agreed) buffalo chicken sandwich. I LOVE buffalo chicken - tenders, salads, sandwiches...everything! Now, when trying to eat healthily, you can't eat fried chicken dipped in buffalo sauce (which is basically hot sauce and butter). You inevitably need blue cheese or ranch dressing as well. It is a caloric crime scene! So I tried to adjust the recipe...and it was good! Not as good as the fried/butter deliciousness you would normally get - but pretty tasty. Plus, it involves Frank's hot sauce, which is one of my all-time faves! I figure the sandwich was well under 300 calories, and I am sure it is much lower in sodium that it would be at any restaurant. I put the recipe below, for anyone that would like to try it.
Moving is slightly easier today. I went to the gym, and did the elliptical. I even did some stretching after, even though I was fearful I might not be able to get up off the floor. While on my machine, I could see the "boot camp" class in the gym. Good Lord! I have never been so happy to "only" have to be on the elliptical. They didn't stop! It looked horrible. My heart hurt just looking at them. It made me wonder...will I ever be in shape enough to do that class? At this point, I decided it is such a distant issue, I don't need to worry about it.
Tomorrow I hit the gym, and then head for Minnesota for the weekend. I will try and get online and post - so I don't appear to be my usual slacker. Hope you all have a healthy, happy and safe labor day weekend!
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
3-4 ounces chicken breast (4 ounces is about 125 calories according to Calorie King)
Frank's Hotsauce (very low calories (zero for 1 teaspoon), but lots of sodium)
Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese Wedge (35 calories)
Arnold's Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin (100 calories)
I marinated the chicken in Frank's (you don't need much, so it should keep the sodium in check) in a baggie for about 4-6 hours. I then cooked the chicken on my George Forman Grill. I cut it diagonally (because it is fancy, and that is totally how I roll). I divided the blue cheese wedge in 2, and put 1/2 on each side of the sandwich thin. Put the chicken on the thin, close, and chow. It is GOOD! Enjoy!