So, things are a little different
I went out to the stores this morning in the pouring rain, and all I wanted to do when I came home was cook a little and relax. I put some baked oatmeal in the oven, cooked up my rice for tonight, and set my chicken to marinate. Then I watched the Chronicles of Narnia, knitted, and took a little nap.
What a nice day, despite the rain.
Dinner tonight featured two completely unrated recipes from Cooking Light. It made me a little nervous, but I'm glad I took the risk because both dishes ended up being quite good. I marinated the chicken for a good 5 hours, and it came out nice and tender, with spicy and sweet flavors. It matched quite well with the papaya. The rice salad was a nice spin on beans and rice. The sweetness from the balsamic paired well with the chicken, I was tempted to lick the plate when I was done. But I didn't. I'm civilized sometimes.
Caribbean Chicken and Papaya Kebabs
WW Points: 5 (1 point on Core, for the molasses)
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp salt
8 oz uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" chunks
1 medium papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into 1" chunks
Directions: Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl; stir well. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 to 8 hours. Remove chicken from bowl, reserving marinade.
Thread chicken and papaya alternately onto skewers. Prepare grill or broiler. Place kebabs on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 7 minutes on each side or until done, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.
I broiled these, as 1) it was raining like a you know what, still, and 2) I'm poor and don't own a grill of any sort (unless the Foreman counts). I'm pretty sure they would be even better on the grill.
Cuban Beans and Rice Salad
WW Points: 4 (or Core!)
1/4 cup diced avocado
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (I used brown basmati)
1/2 cup plum tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp parsley
3/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, and toss gently. Add rice, next 3 ingredients (rice through beans), and cilantro, if desired; toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.