Happy Half Birthday – January 10, 2016

My son loves dates – birthdays, events, any planning that can be done with dates.  He’s been counting down the days as if it’s his full birthday; luckily he just expects cake today and not presents :).  Our local Italian deli has a delicious gluten-free limoncello cake (Italian lemon almond cake) made by a woman in our neighborhood.  We’ll be having that for dessert tonight!

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One night this past week when we were tired of sauce and meatballs, I made a quick and easy meal to get us some protein and veggies – Lime and Basil Chicken and served it with brown rice and spinach and zucchini mix. See below for the recipe.

Lime and Basil Chicken


  • 1 tbsp olive oil (and one additional tbsp for cooking)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp scallions (green end only)
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders


Combine all ingredients in a flat dish and add chicken.  Marinate for at least one hour (if possible, marinate overnight to allow flavors to absorb into the chicken).

When ready to cook, add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large frying pan and heat on medium.  Transfer marinade and chicken mixture to the frying pan and cook until chicken is heated all the way through.  If you were only able to marinate for 1 hour, I would recommend lowering the heat and covering the pan for a few minutes at the end of cooking to allow flavors cook together.

Serve with veggies and rice for a perfect weeknight meal!

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