Summer Food

I went to my friend Rebecca's house yesterday to hang with some girls from work.
We all brought something food-wise (or drink-wise, I mean)
I thought I would share the recipes for what I brought because, well, I am quite pleased with how they turned out. :-)

Chicken in Jerk Sauce with Cool Pineapple Salsa- adapted from Ellie Kreiger's version on Cooking Channel

for salsa-
1tbs honey
1tbs lime juice
1 cup diced pineapple- please no canned crap!
1/3 cup diced cucumber-seeded (seeds will make it watery)
1tbs chopped fresh mint- don't skip this! it makes a huge difference!

For the chicken/sauce:
4 tsp Olive Oil, divided
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts- sliced
1 clove garlic, minced (or 2 tbs garlic powder)
1tbs red pepper flakes
1tsp fresh grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp ground)
1.5 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbs lime juice

1) make the salsa- in a small bowl whisk together the honey and lime juice. Add the pineapple, cucumber & mint and toss to coat- set aside.

2)Make the sauce- combine2tbs olive oil, garlic, pepper flakes, ginger, thyme, chicken broth, soy sauce & lime juice- whisk together and set aside.
3) Cook the chicken in 2tbs of Olive Oil, when cooked through, transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Pour the sauce in the pan and cook on Medium heat for about 30 seconds- add the chicken to the pan and coat with sauce.

Serve warm with the pineapple salsa!

*This is the way I cooked it- you could also let the raw chicken marinate in the sauce and then cook it if you don't want extra sauce for dipping- (please don't cook the "marinade", it's not safe) I'm sure you could also throw this all in a crockpot for a few hours!

Next was dessert- Rebecca had said not to bring any....but I did anyway. :-)

Pina Colada Popsicles:
10-12oz Coconut water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (that's right!)
frozen diced pineapple- to taste

Blend it all together until smoooooooth (does this look familiar?)
Then pour into Popsicle molds (I found mine at HEB for $2/ea) and Freeze for a few hours. To get them out of the mold, run the molds under some warm water for a few seconds each until you can wiggle them out. This amount filled my 8 molds and I had a little bit leftover still that I just drank myself- it would probably make about 12 Popsicles with no leftovers.

The best thing about these is that there is just about NO SUGAR in them! It's probably the lowest calorie Popsicle ever, and it has lots of good for you stuff in it! The kiddos each had two, they never knew the difference!