Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chicken with Black Bean and Mango Salad, WIN!

This was the absolute easiest dinner to make. The prep time was maybe 10 minutes! Plus, I was able to enlist the help of my oldest son, Parker. He zested and juiced limes and helped salt and pepper the chicken. The husband, who is a chef, said he couldn't have seasoned the chicken better himself!

Here is the link to the self magazine article! The recipe can be found on my "Eating right" board, the title is "1 week of healthy recipes. Self magazine"

I believe next time I will add some quinoa for some extra weight to the meal. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing!

Here's the awesome recipe!! The recipe instructions are listed for 1 serving. Double or Quadruple them for a couple or family sized serving.

Chicken with Black Bean and Mango Salad:
4 oz. chicken breast
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup mango, diced
1/4 cup corn
2 tbsp sweet onion, diced
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

  1. In a bowl, coat 4 oz pounded boneless, skinless chicken breast with 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice and zest of 1/2 lime; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Coat a medium skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray; cook chicken over medium-high heat, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side. In another bowl, combine 1/3 cup rinsed and drained low-sodium black beans, 1/3 cup diced mango, 1/4 cup corn, 2 tbsp chopped sweet white onion, 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice, zest of 1/2 lime and 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve chicken with black bean and mango salad.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Let's Get Started!!

Good morning out there! This is the first post to Needles and Pins! Let me tell you a bit about myself... I am Allison, married to my best friend, Jonathan, for 5 and a half years. We have two of the coolest boys ever, Parker and Connor. Four years old and 18 months, respectively. I recently became a stay at home mom. I also have decided to embrace my inner hippie. Apparently I was full of crunch and had no idea!

This blog is based on my love of Pinterest. I will be linking to pins I have tried and their outcomes. I am not a super mom, not an amazing crafter. I am just looking for ways to save money, make life less stressful, less full of chemicals, have fun with my husband and kids. And if I am lucky, I will get to knit a few stitches!

I will save my first project for my next post. I just wanted to stop in and say HI!


P.s. Stay tuned, I am going to try to sweet talk (read: bribe) a girlfriend with mad graphic design skills to help me have a cooler layout. :)