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It’s my LAST day of work 🙁 I am really sad!! I’m going to miss my job tons — it’s been a blast! And in timely fashion, I am now 50% done with my hours needed to sit for the Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) exam! I’m ecstatic about that!
I’ll quit my pouting and share a delicious dinner…
Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken from Cooking Light
3/4 cup uncooked orzo
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
1/2 cup diced English cucumber (I just used a regular cucumber)
1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.
While orzo cooks, combine lemon rind and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over orzo; toss to coat. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through dill); toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 4 — about 1 1/4 cup per serving.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 275 calories; 9.7 g. fat (3.8 g. saturated; 3.9 g. monounsaturated; 0.9 g. polyunsaturated); 41 mg. cholesterol; 338 mg. sodium; 28 g. carbohydrate; 1.8 g. fiber; 18.2 g. protein
Result: This was yummy, summery, refreshing, and light! I did add a bit more chicken as I had nothing to do with leftover rotisserie chicken. Be sure to measure the lemon juice and lemon rind — don’t want to over-do it with those intense citruses!
And if you’re looking for a fun, summery adult beverage…
Watermelon Margarita from Cooking Light
2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
Lime wedges (optional)
Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (watermelon through triple sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge, if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 157 calories; 0.2 g. fat; 2 mg. sodium; 6 g. carbohydrate; 0.4 g. fiber; 0.2 g. protein
…apparently, Cooking Light ROCKED this month! 😀
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