Foodie Friday: Garlic-Chipotle Love and a Popchips Giveaway!

If you haven’t already gathered from my last couple posts, FitBloggin’ was awesome! Part of what made it so awesome were all of the amazing sponsors.

One of my favorite sponsors of the weekend was popchips. Not only were the chips delicious (and kept us full all weekend), but the people were awesome too. Popchip rockstars, anyone? 😉
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Popchips Tortilla Chips FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD Barr & Table

With Mary, Kate, and Jami

They were there introducing the new line of tortilla chips and I can vouch for each of the flavors; amazing! The chips are light and airy, like the traditional popchips, but have the corn flavor, so you don’t miss a regular fried tortilla chip at all. When they asked if I was interested in doing a giveaway, how could I say no?!

Popchips teamed up with award-winning Chef Aaron Sanchez who created four recipes to pair with each of the flavors of the tortilla popchips and beer. The first recipe on the list caught my eye — Grilled Chicken Cemitas and Garlic-Chipotle Love with salsa tortilla popchips and Goose Island 312.

Just so happens, we have some Goose Island 312 in the fridge right now and who can turn down some garlic-chipotle love? Not us! I put my own spin on this recipe and am so happy to share it with you as it got rave reviews from my biggest critic (the fiancé, naturally)!

Fiesta Citrus Chicken and Garlic-Chipotle Love

Serves 2

Foodie Friday Fiesta Citrus Chicken Garlic Chipotle Love Sauce Salsa Popchips Chef Aaron Sanchez Barr & Table

Ingredients

Chicken
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
McCormick salt-free fiesta citrus seasoning [some more FitBloggin’ swag!]
Salt
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 roma tomato, diced
1 100-calorie packet Wholly Guacamole

Garlic-Chipotle Love Sauce
8 garlic cloves
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 large chipotle in adobo, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Peel garlic and put the garlic cloves and coconut oil into an aluminum foil packet and place in the oven.

Season the chicken breast liberally with the fiesta citrus seasoning and a pinch of salt and let sit for about 5 minutes. Heat a pan over medium heat and drizzle with EVOO. Once the pan is preheated, place the chicken in the pan. At this point you should have a nice sizzle, but you don’t want the oil splattering; if it is, turn the heat down.

Cook the chicken on the first size for about 5 minutes or until it has a nice crust and then flip. Turn the heat down to medium-low after flipping to ensure that the chicken cooks all the way through the center.

As the chicken is finishing, remove the garlic from the oven. If you have a mortar and pestle, that would be the best to use. If not, you can just simply chop everything very fine. Mash the garlic, chipotle in adobo, lemon juice, and salt into a paste. I added about 1 tbsp of water to thin it out a bit.

Plate your chicken with some guacamole over top and the garlic-chipotle love sauce over that, and a sprinkling of diced tomato. I served mine over Israeli couscous with a side of coconut oil roasted brussel sprouts and broccoli and, of course, salsa tortilla popchips and a Goose Island 312.

Nutritional Stats
Per Serving

315 Calories  /  17g Fat  /  9g Carbs  /  3g Sugar  /  1g Fiber  /  31g Protein

Popchips Giveaway!

Popchips has offered to send one of my lucky readers a case of their new tortilla popchips! You have up to 4 chances to enter. Be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, October 4th, 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen Friday, October 5th.

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What I Ate Wednesday #11 – Day Tripper

I bet you have that song stuck in your head now.

No? How about now?

Over the weekend, Nathan and I were tasked with seeing 2 wedding bands. The first one was in DC and with that being at least an hour away, we decided to make a day trip of it. Clearly the first thing to do when deciding on a day trip is to pick out where we can stop for lunch, drinks, and dinner. Who doesn’t plan their day around food?

Breakfast

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Protein Pancake Tone It Up TIU Bombshell Spell Peas and Crayons

Typical.. a chocolate coconut zucchini protein pancake (similar recipe to this guy!) topped with the new Earth Balance coconut & peanut spread, coconut, and cinnamon. Of course, I ha my Tone It Up Bombshell Spell and Chocolate Coconut coffee with almond milk. Between the coconut & peanut spread and the chocolate coconut coffee, I was in heaven!

P.S. Make sure to check back soon.. I’m hoping to be doing something fun with Earth Balance!

We made our way off to DC where we had reservations at Oyamel, a José Andrés restaurant. I love tapas restaurants and being able to taste a bunch of things makes it such a fun experience. I would definitely go back!

Lunch

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Jose Andres ThinkFoodGroup Washington DC Mimosas Chips Salsa Mexican Squash Salad Queso Fresco Peanuts Chicken Fish Tacos Guacamole Pico de Gallo Mexican Coffee

We had to do it fancy and got a pitcher of Farmer’s Fresh Mimosas with plum and lemon verbena. Delicious! I could have had the whole pitcher myself 🙂 The fresh salsa was wonderful and the Mexican squash salad was light and delicious. I loved the topping of queso fresco and crushed peanuts. This is definitely a dish I would consider a summer staple.

I followed that up with a chicken taco with their homemade guacamole and grilled scallion. I have to admit, the guacamole might have been my favorite part of the meal (other than the mimosas!) Next time, I’m definitely getting that to start! I also had a fish taco with pico de gallo. Once again, so fresh and light. We each finished off our meal with Mexican coffee. Full of flavor and a nice jolt to our systems! It was a great meal and so nice to have a light lunch before hitting the town!

After lunch, we explored DC a bit. We took a nice walk over to the Lincoln Monument and then found some much needed air conditioning at the American History Museum. The heat must have messed with our heads; once we cooled off at the museum, we realized we’d much rather cool off with a beer. Off to RFD! After splitting the pitcher of mimosas, I decided to keep it at one beer. What was that beer you ask? Oh, I can’t remember because I forgot to take a picture! Professional blogger over here 😉

Don’t you worry though, I definitely didn’t forget to take a picture of my froyo!

Snack

froZENyo Washington DC Froyo Zombie Coffee Barr & Table

I don’t mess around with froyo (also a very important summer staple.) Mostly peanut butter with a touch of cheesecake, dulce de leche, and coconut. And of course I had to top it with peanut butter cups. I have a slight obsession with chocolate and peanut butter. Can you tell?

Dinner

Matchbox Pizza Washington DC Barr & Table Oven Dried Tomato Fresh Mozzarella Roasted Garlic Artichokes Pecorino Romano

Since Nathan indulged my obsession, I indulged his and we went for pizza for dinner! Matchbox features tons of pizzas with a thin, crispy crust. We started off with the large apple/pear salad. I would give the salad a big miss next time. I wouldn’t call it a large and, unfortunately, I had no desire to take a picture of it. But at least we got a little veggie!

When it came to ordering the pizzas, we went back and forth with what we wanted to split. They have so many different kinds and they all sounded wonderful! If we could have, I would have gotten a different kind of pizza for each slice, but since we could only split it in half, we went for the Oven Dried Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella (their version of the margherita pizza) and the Veggie with roasted garlic, artichokes, oven dried tomatoes, pecorino romano, and mozzarella. We each tried a piece of each and went our separate ways. He finished the margherita and I finished the veggie. It’s why we work 🙂

And dessert? Oh right.. had that before dinner. Whoops! (I would have had another one if I had my chance!) We did finally make it to see the band, but the food was the real highlight of the day trip!

Speak Up!

Where is your favorite day trip? Do you plan where you’re going to eat before you head out or just see where the road takes you?

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

When it’s time to go the store but you just don’t have time, you have to learn to get creative! I scoured the fridge and pantry and decided there was no better time to clean out. And my favorite part about this recipe is that while this time I made it Mexican style, you can change up the veggies and spices, and make whatever you want!

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 bell peppers
1 tbsp EVOO
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
3/4 red onion, diced
4 button or baby portabella mushrooms, diced
1/2 can of corn
1 1/2 cup shredded chicken
1/2 – 1 cup salsa + 1/2 cup for topping
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Cumin
Mozzarella or cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice peppers in half top to bottom. Coat evenly in EVOO and sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Bake peppers about 7 minutes until just a little soft.

While the peppers are in the oven, add quinoa, chicken, onion, mushrooms, and corn to a large bowl and mix together. Add 1/2 cup salsa and seasonings to taste; mix until everything is thoroughly coated.

Once the peppers are out of the oven, spoon in mixture and bake another 15-20 minutes until everything is thoroughly heated through. If adding cheese, sprinkle on top of the peppers and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes until browned.Make sure to watch closely!Broilers work quickly!

Spoon some extra salsa on top of each peppers and enjoy!

Speak Up!

What is your favorite ‘clean out the pantry’ recipe?