Great Success!

Last night Erik and I did the P90x “Plyometrics” workout, which as you might know is the very same routine that broke Erik’s jaw. It was actually a really great workout, and this time we were very cautious. After our P90x sweat-fest, we started making dinner!

Erik started cooking the chicken while I was de-sweatifying, which was awesome ( I love it when we cook together!). Here is the recipe:.

Coconut Chicken Chili
Ingredients
12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
• 1-1/2 tsp. ground ginger
• 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
• 1 Tbsp. olive oil
• 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
• 1 14-oz. can coconut milk
• 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
• 1 15- to 19-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
• 3 medium carrots, shredded
• 1 stalk celery, sliced
• 1 medium green onion, sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
• Hot cooked rice
• Fresh basil and sliced jalapeños (optional)

Directions
1. In large saucepan cook chicken, onion, chili powder, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and the cayenne pepper in hot oil over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute more. Stir in coconut milk, peanut butter, and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally.

2. Stir in beans, carrots, celery, green onion, garlic, and chopped basil. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Serve with rice. Top with basil leaves and sliced jalapeños.

Makes 4 (1-3/4-cup) servings.

Nutrition Facts (not including rice)
• Calories 401.2,
• Total Fat (g)25,
• Saturated Fat (g)17.1,
• Monounsaturated Fat (g)1.8,
• Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1,
• Cholesterol (mg)48.8,
• Sodium (mg)269.7,
• Carbohydrate (g)23.9,
• Total Sugar (g)2.3,
• Fiber (g)6.6,
• Protein (g)25.1,

I was reading some reviews of this recipe and they said that if you want to reduce the fat, carbs, and calories, you can use coconut water instead of coconut milk.
The recipe, which I found in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, required the chicken to be coated with the spices and cooked prior to adding the sauce, and this is what the chicken looked like:

I think we will use these spices as a rub in the future when we grill our chicken. We put the rice in the rice cooker and let it do its thing while we finished making the rest of the chili. WW points w/ 1/2 cup of rice = appox. 11. I think the actual amount of points were really less than that, because I don’t think we used 12 oz of chicken. Here is the final product:

Delish!

Breakfast this morning consisted of some honey nut cheerios, 2% milk, half a banana and come coffee. WW points = 5

I packed leftover coconut chicken chili for Erik with some yummy snacks and for myself I packed, a buffalo chicken sandwich, carrots, wheat thins, an apple, and of course Chobani (Strawberry) Greek Yogurt.

Buffalo chicken sandwich w/ Fat free cheese, lettuce, tomato, small amount of avocado, small amount of mayo, on Pepperidge Farm Light 7-grain bread WW points = approx. 5, most of the time I like to round up the points, just to be sure, especially when I calculate the points myself. Wheat thins WW points = 3 for a serving.

Tonight’s workout for me is P90x’s “Cardio” and for Erik its the “Back & Biceps” workout. I bought Erik a weighted vest, to increase his resistance when he does the muscle building routines, I will let you know tomorrow how that worked out, along with a picture :).

As for dinner tonight it’s another Better Homes and Garden’s recipe, Humus Crusted Chicken. I can’t wait!

Have a great day everyone!

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