Tonight we had dinner that was both delicious and by mistake, allowed us to feel righteous in doing all the requisite foodie things: using fresh, local, organic ingredients. The amazing thing is that in the process, we had an amazing morning riding bikes through The City and bought high-quality produce at a fraction of the cost that we would have spent for imported veggies at Safeway.
From my own personal perspective, financial concerns are greater than they’ve been in a long time. Through this process, I keep thinking about the old adage that freedom is the enemy of creativity. Obstacles force you to think about things differently and redefine your priorities as you move forward. Here’s what we came up with from our fun, cheap adventure at the farmers market today.
Total Weight Watchers Plus Points: 6
Wine suggestion: La Crema Chardonnay
Lemon Basil Chicken
Servings – 4
Weight Watchers Plus Points per serving: 2
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise and gently pounded to uniform thickness
- 2 lemons juiced and zested
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp of minced fresh basil
- a generous pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Combine lemon juice and zest, minced garlic, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil in a bowl and stir well.
- Place cut chicken in a large ziploc bag.
- Add lemon juice marinade and toss well in bag.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and grill until cooked through, flipping several times.
Servings: Varies depending on the amount of vegetables
Weight Watchers Plus Points per serving: varies, this version: 3
It doesn’t really matter which vegetables you use, just pick your favorites and dice them into bite-sized pieces. For me, red peppers, whole cloves of garlic, mushrooms and sliced onions are guaranteed staples.
- 2 stalks of broccoli
- 2 red peppers
- 1 medium shallot
- 2 red spring onions
- 3 yukon gold potatoes
- 3 small zucchini
- shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
- button mushrooms
- olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp of thyme, finely chopped
- Pepper Plant seasoning (optional – delicious, but optional)
- Preheat grill (or oven) to 400°
- Chop all vegetables into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper and Pepper Plant seasoning and toss well
- Arrange on a grill tray (or a cookie sheet if you’re using an oven instead of a grill)
- Grill until vegetables are tender and slightly charred, about 40 minutes
- Remove from heat, season to taste and serve.
Tomato Roquefort Salad
Weight Watchers Plus Points per serving: 1
Staying true to the let-nothing-go-to-waste pledge, we used some left over tomatoes and the last bit of the Trader Joe’s Roquefort cheese and created a tasty, simple, easy salad – ridiculously easy, it’s taken much more time time type out than it does to actually make. I used these fantastic tomatoes we’ve formed an addiction for called Kumato.
- 2 tomatoes, cored and sliced
- 3 slices of Roquefort (or other bleu cheese)
- balsamic vinegar
- Arrange tomatoes on plate
- Crumble bleu cheese and distribute evenly over tomatoes
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
- Dust lightly with salt