grilled chicken

Cartwheels

I love that we’ve been having some decent weather lately. It feels almost like summer. This past weekend it was in the 80’s on Saturday and mid 70’s Sunday. After spending a crazy busy weekend getting things done and working in the dirt, my garden was finished and Michael and I wanted to have our friends over for dinner. Good weather NEEDS a BBQ in my opinion.

We invited our friends over whom we went to Hawaii with last year. They brought their 5 year old and new(ish) baby who has learned how to smile. 🙂 So cute.

Our friends are gluten-free (Mike is actually very allergic to gluten!) so I looked for a marinade for the chicken breasts that was gluten-free. I found one that ended up being perfect. I marinaded the chicken breasts (organic from Costco) for about 2.5 hours.

Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh parsely

Instructions

  1. All everything together in a bowl and whisk.
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I used La Choy soy sauce because it’s gluten free. It’s actually pretty good. I’ve read some reviews that people don’t like it, but Michael is a fan. He says it has a coffee flavor. I’m indifferent.  I don’t notice enough of a difference from the regular soy sauce we used to use. I left out the salt because I think soy sauce has enough sodium in it. I never add salt to recipes that call for soy sauce.

I also didn’t have any parsley so I skipped that. The recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil but that seemed like a LOT to me. I used 1 cup and that was plenty for 6 chicken breasts to marinade in. I whisked it all together and we grilled the chicken up.

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I cooked up some quinoa (gluten free) and Michael grilled some fresh veggies. I cut up a red and yellow pepper and our friends brought scapes. I’ve never heard of scapes before. Have you?

“Essentially, they are the plant that grows out of the garlic you normally buy (garlic being a bulb and all). Have you ever left garlic out for a few weeks and had a green stalk shoot up? Well that, I believe, is a garlic scape.” (source)

If you’ve never heard of it, you aren’t alone. Neither of us have heard of it or seen it in a store. I bet you can find it at a farmer’s market or a co-op. Raw they look like this:

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Susanna got it from her garden. I took a bite of it raw and it was like a cross between raw garlic (spicy) and green onions. When cooked, it tastes more like cooked garlic or a cooked yellow onion. It was quite nice! I cut them into smaller bite sizes and sauteed them on the grill with the peppers.

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Everything went together nicely and it was a good dinner for lounging outside. We had dessert–which I didn’t take a picture of and wish I had — which was awesome!! I see myself going to the farmer’s market soon to get the things I need to recreate this meal.

Dessert was vanilla bean ice cream topped with rhubarb. Susanna diced the rhubarb up into small bite sizes, put in a skillet with some water, and cook it until the rhubarb is soft. It took her about 5 minutes or so for it to soften. We topped the ice cream with the rhubarb for a fantastic dessert. The tart fruit went perfectly with the sweet ice cream. Loved the combo! I haven’t had rhubarb since I was a kid and it was in a pie my aunt made.

After dessert we all went for a walk down the street to the nearby school. The sun was starting to lower in the sky and the temperatures were dropping but it was still a nice after dinner walk. We took the 5 year old down to the football field to run around and get some energy out.

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Michael is BFFs with the 5 year old. 🙂 We hung out and he wanted to race (of course he did) so I took my flip flops off and we ran up and down the football field on the soft astroturf. It was really soft and it felt nice to run barefoot for the time ever (and the first  “run” since December!). Then we did some cartwheels. Man, I haven’t done those since I was a kid. I have no idea if my form was good or not. 🙂

It was a nice little evening and I’m super excited that I tried two new foods. I can’t wait to find them in the farmer’s market!

QUESTION: Have you ever tried scapes? What’s your favorite way to use rhubarb?

Grillin’ and Chillin’

The day after the holiday I had a vacation day–mostly because my kitties get so freaked out from the fireworks that I never sleep well. It was a good move this year for that reason and the fact that I was so damn sore from the 9 mile hike Michael and I did on the 4th! OUCH. I felt it in my calves and hips. Thankfully my quads, glutes and hamstrings weren’t that bad or I would have been a whimpering mess. I slept in and then worked out my sore muscles in the pool (and the hot tub).

I spent the day doing stuff around the house–laundry, cleaning, yard work. Michael and I also picked up paint for my bathroom although we didn’t start that project. My guess is that it won’t start until after the Covered Bridge Century in August. From now until then every weekend is busy with bike training or summer activities. Speaking of cycling, I found a news story updating the story of the women riding the Tour de France! Check it out here.

The yard work was fun because it was hot and sunny out. I trimmed the roses, pulled weeds and then we got our tomato plants into the cages. I tried, to no avail, to get a good photo of the hummingbirds that love our Lucifer plant. (The little guy is in the center of the photo.)

Before I knew it, it was time for my phone interview for a podcast! I will share more details soon and share the link info with you guys. I was a bit nervous being interviewed but I think it went well. Fat Kitty watched me from inside the house while I lounged on the deck for the interview.

I only recently discovered the world of podcasts. I’ve been listening to the Joe Rogan podcast, Dan Savage and am catching up on some of the older ones for the podcast I was interviewed for.

Then it was dinner time. I munched on kale chips (I think I’m obsessed) and then we ate salads from the garden and shared the leftover onion strings from the other night while the chicken cooked.

I had marinated the chicken thighs for a few hours in some random marinade sauce I bought on clearance–herb and garlic. It turned out to be absolutely fantastic. Chicken just tastes so much better on the grill.

Dessert was a slice of cheesecake. This is what 250 calories looks like:

I was so sore from the 4th of July hike (my poor calves) I ended my evening with foam roller, a.k.a. medieval torture, slathered on BioFreeze and wore my compression socks to bed. I wanted to ride to work the next day and honestly it was iffy…

Friday Biking

I woke up still sore but decided I wasn’t too sore to ride. It was a warm morning after almost a week of hot weather. I wore my compression sleeves instead of my jacket and honestly didn’t need them. How were my calves? Sore but I was able to bike.

Morning Stats:

Michael had also adjusted my bike seat again. Last Friday he lowered it and while that cured my back pain, I ended up with knee pain so clearly it was a bit too low. I think the seat is in the right place now and my back and knees thanked me. For lunch I met up with a friend at The Veggie Grill–a new vegetarian restaurant downtown. My friend was helping me with some legal explanations and I had a fantastic lunch! I normally do not eat lunch out but made an exception. I got the “Buffalo Bomber”–a faux chicken sandwich with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing. The photo I took did not turn out well so here is one from their site:

It was a delicious sandwich and they’ve made the “faux” meats so much better than when I was a vegetarian way-back-when. And now I’m craving buffalo wing sauce! YUM. I ate my sandwich (two small pieces) and coleslaw and was so full I didn’t need my afternoon snack before biking home.

It was a hot ride home, in the 80’s, but it felt fantastic! I was strong and my body performed well. I was super happy with my ride.

Total miles for the day: 22.6. Total calories burned: 927. A good start to the weekend!

QUESTION: Are you a fan of podcasts? What are some of your favorites?