Cherry Tomato and Basil Salad

Cherry Tomato and Basil Salad

Cherry Tomato and Basil Salad


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This is a fresh and delicious salad you can enjoy year round. Tomatoes, garlic and basil are full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Ingredients

3 cups tomatoes, grape or cherry
1/2 cup basil, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar, balsamic
1 teaspoon garlic, bottled minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped

Preparation: Quarter tomatoes and place in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix gently. Allow salad to sit for 15 minutes for flavors to combine before serving.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 60 calories, 3.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 35 mg sodium; WW Points Plus Value 2

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Caprese Stuffed Chicken

Caprese Chicken with Spinach

Caprese Chicken with Spinach

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: Delicious chicken stuffed with fresh basil, tomatoes and cheese.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless
3 ounces cheese, low fat mozzarella, shredded
2 tomatoes, Roma, sliced
1/2 cup basil, fresh, chopped
6 ounces spinach, fresh baby
1 tablespoon nuts, pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, black, ground
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
Green onions, optional as garnish
Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place pine nuts in microwave safe dish and cook for 4 minutes or toast in a skillet over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, set aside. Cut down the side of each chicken breast to butterfly, careful not to cup all the way through. Open chicken up and lay fat. Layer cheese, basil and tomatoes on one side of chicken breast, then fold top of chicken over the filling and secure with toothpick. Season outside of chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place a large skillet over medium to medium high heat and add oil and butter. Place chicken in skillet and allow to brown on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and place in a baking dish. Place baking dish in the oven for approximately 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from the oven and serve over fresh spinach and garnish with toasted pine nuts and chopped tomatoes and green onions if desired.
Nutrition

Per Serving About: 280 calories, 11 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 36 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 410 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 7

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Basil Grilled Chicken w/ Spinach

Basil Grilled Chicken

Basil Grilled Chicken


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments

This is simple but full of flavor. Grill it on an outside grill, or cook it in a skillet on the stove top. Either way, it’s simple and delicious.
Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1/3 cup salad dressing, vinaigrette or Italian, lowfat
1 tablespoon butter, light
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, bottled minced
1/3 cup basil, fresh, chopped
4 cups spinach, fresh baby

Preparation: Marinate the chicken with Italian dressing in a large zip lock bag for about 20 minutes up to 6 hours in the refrigerator. To cook stove top: lightly oil or coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook over medium high heat for approximately 5 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove chicken from the skillet and cover with foil. Place the spinach in the skillet and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until slightly wilted. In a small microwave safe bowl, add butter, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. Cook for 30 seconds on high. Divide the spinach onto plates, place the chicken on top of the spinach and spoon the basil sauce over each piece of chicken. We often grill the chicken on an outside grill, then wilt the spinach in a skillet with a quarter cup of chicken broth.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 280 calories, 12 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 37 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 510 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 7

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