Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Fresh Start

There's nothing like a new pair of sneakers, is there? The promise and anticipation of miles filled with good intentions...the sights the two of you will see...(sappy alert! sappy alert!)...


I'm not one for a hard and fast list of official resolutions, but everyone needs a fresh start now and then. What's better than the beginning of a new decade? Like many of my peeps, I too have resolved to take better care of myself in this new year (and perhaps see a certain number on the scale...again...).

After a month of stuffing myself to the brim with deliciously rich and in-no-way-figure-flattering holiday foods, I am vowing right here and now to eat more fruits and veggies, cook more for myself, use new ingredients and yes, to use those sneakers and sweat more.

My chicken avocado feta wraps have me off to a pretty good start this January 2nd.


After flipping through all my cookbooks, making my grocery list and stopping at Whole Foods, Publix and Costco (hey, I'm a foodie), my fridge and pantry are sufficiently stocked with everything needed to make delicious, healthy meals for the next two weeks.

(So what if I never actually tasted the sweetness of a Chick-fil-a peppermint chocolate shake? Too late now!)

I've recently become slightly obsessed with different ways to use tortilla wraps. They are a light and health alternative to a heavy sandwich bread; plus, they're fun and come in all different flavors. My personal favorites: spinach and sundried tomato.

Today, I spread some artichoke-garlic hummus over a spinach tortilla...


...topped it with grilled chicken, feta cheese, Romaine lettuce and avocado slices.


Delish!





Chicken Avocado Feta Wrap

I’m always trying new kinds of tortillas and stuffing them with different ingredients. This wrap is great for a quick lunch on the weekend or for a healthy lunch during the workweek. You can change it up with different kinds of hummus and cheese or even substitute the chicken for thick-cut veggies if you prefer a meatless version.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 spinach tortilla (sundried tomato would be yummy too!)
¼ Cup of hummus, any kind you like
Half of an avocado, diced
¼ Cup of crumbled feta cheese
2 Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and trimmed
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat.

Place chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper; use a meat mallet to tenderize the chicken breast until it is about ½ inch in thickness.

Sprinkle chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides; place in skillet and cook until golden brown on each side and juices run clear when poked with a fork.

Let chicken breast cool; cut into strips or dice as you like.

Heat tortilla in microwave for 10 seconds; spread with hummus.

Place chicken, avocado, feta cheese in the center of the tortilla; top with the lettuce.

Roll up the tortilla and cut in half; enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Way to inspire us all to take our health and wellness firmly in hand, Kristina! I may have to start experimenting with some wraps of my own...

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  2. Yum! Great idea. And lovely shoes. :)

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  3. Hey Kristina,

    I'm so impressed with your blog. I love the recipes and the way you share your experience with food. When I read your blog I don't feel guilty about enjoying food so much! Cheers fellow Foodie to a great 2010!

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  4. I LOVE your blog!!!! It is so much fun... great writing and pics, and I definitely want to eat all of the food you make :)...

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