Grilled Chicken with Cheddar and Berry Coulis

Cabot Cheddar Cracker Cut slices paired with a berry coulis makes a great appetizer with or without the cracker or an amazing topping for a grilled chicken breast.Grilled Chicken with Cheddar and Berry Coulis
Disclosure: I received free samples of Cabot Cheddar Cracker Cut Slices as mentioned in this post. I was not expected to write this review nor was I compensated for my time. Opinions are my own,

Summer should  be easy. ..as in air dried hair, bare feet, and cut offs. Summer meals should match the carefree spirit we embrace this season. I’m happy to share that the  good folks at Cabot agree and are making summer effortless with  their award winning cheese in packages of 26 cracker cut slices. No slicing required!  So open a package and make an appetizer with or without the cracker! Here’s my first attempt … Cabot Vermont Seriously Sharp  Cheddar paired with my berry coulis and topped with a sprig of cinnamon basil..

I also used 2 of these  Cabot cracker cuts on my latest grilled entree that combines fresh cinnamon basil, berries and cheddar over grilled chicken.  What’s not to love about this?

 

Grilled Chicken with Cheddar and Berry Coulis

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cracker Cut Slices
  • 4 tablespoons berry coulis
  • cinnamon basil for garnish

Instructions

1. Place each chicken breast between sheets of wax paper and pound to 1/2 inch thickness with a mallet or rolling pin

2. Combine lemon juice , olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place chicken breasts in a zip lock plastic bag. Add juice mixture to bag. Seal bag and turn to coat chicken evenly. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Heat grill. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cook about 5 minutes per side or until done, adding 2 cheddar cheese slices to each breast during the last few minutes of grilling.

4.When cheese is melted, remove chicken from grill and top with berry coulis and cinnamon basil.

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Summer Caprese Bowl

Under 400 calories,   this summer caprese bowl with a peachy sauce is inspired by a dated but delicious food memory.Summer CapreseSalad (1)This summer I did not budge from Wrightsville Beach, NC. IMG_0979_edited-2It’s not as leisurely as it  sounds (or looks). Let me assure you, I have not adopted the lifestyle of a wahine,  and I did not trade in my running shoes for a long board or even a paddle board.  Please do not call it  a staycation. It was a whirlwind of business and activity, from  my day job as a dietitian/nutritionist working in my private practice,  to my on call responsibilities managing a property at the beach. I loved each and everyone of  my guests, but if I said, I’m sorry  the tourist season is over,  I’d be deserving of four

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So this month’s Recipe Redux theme: a vacation inspired recipe,  comes from a not so recent trip. Some of my fondest memories are  traveling in the summer with my kids while they played junior golf. I ‘m not just unpacking memories, I’m digging deep into the archives… July 2008 when my son played in the US Junior Amateur Championship, sponsored by the United States Golf Association…IMG_4348 Boomer was sixteen, a rising sophmore at Laney High School.  He  was fortunate enough to have our friend and  club pro, Sara Bush  serve as a loyal caddie! The three of us loaded my SUV and drove fourteen hours to the event held here at …
IMG_4347_edited-1 Shoal Creek Golf Club,  Birmingham,  Alabama. My son (and all the junior golfers including the now PGA stars Jordan Spieth, and Emilio Grillo) were treated like tour pros and had terrific access to the club and it’s amenities, including meals. Parents paid for food, but were happy to have the convenience, not to mention the spread and hospitality this private club is know for!  Boomer and Sara ate quickly as they were focused on the difficulties of the course and the competition.  I  on the other hand, spent more time enjoying the food, and I distinctly remember the ginormous platers of roasted summer vegetables and a peach vinaigrette.  So today I’m combing these two food memories, into a balanced meal served in a bowl; cause that’s how we roll in 2016!

I love the taste and the nutritional profile  of this meal which meets my goal  to consume 30 grams of protein, along with plenty of veggies  and a  whole grain. Remember,  you don’t  always have to start from scratch. Using  leftovers makes putting together healthy and delicious combos, quick and easy;  I used grilled chicken and quinoa from last night in this bowl.IMG_4523_edited-1

CALORIES: 380; FAT 15 grams (3.9 sat, mono 6.2, poly 2.5) ; PROTEIN 33 grams; CARB 32 grams; FIBER 5 grams; SUGARS 7 grams; CHOL 70 mg; IRON 4.49 mg; SODIUM 553mg; CALCIUM 179 mg

Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see what vacation memories are inspiring my colleagues recipes this month!

 

Summer Caprese Bowl

by Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup fresh greens (romaine, red leaf lettuce, arugula)
  • 1 charred grilled zucchini (about 1 cup)
  • 1 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 6 ounces grilled chicken, sliced

for the peach vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 ripe peach, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO

Instructions

for the peach vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients except the oil in a blender. blend until combined. Allow to sit about 15 minutes. Slowly add EVOO to blender and combine.

1. In two bowls arrange cooked quinoa, lettuces, zucchini, basil, grilled chicken, torn mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with peach vinaigrette dressing.

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