Summer = Simple when it comes to meals in my book. Somebody finally turned the heat up a bit on the Chicago weather, so I could barely think about cooking last night. But we still needed dinner. So I just focused on simple and clean and healthy. No cooking pics here, because it all happened so fast, and frankly, no photos necessary. Here you go.
WHAT YOU NEED
* 1lb thin cut chicken breasts (or evenly pounded breasts pieces)
* salt and lemon pepper
* ~8oz broccolini florets
* olive oil
* garlic salt
* garlic powder
* 1/2 a small sweet onion, sliced
* fresh salad components of your choice (in this case: baby spinach, cherry heirloom tomatoes, avocado, Persian cucumbers, kumato, green onion, fresh mozzarella bites, fresh basil
WHAT TO DO
This dinner screams easy summer solution to me. Between prep and table service, it probably only took about 15 minutes.
Season both sides of each chicken breast with a little salt and lemon pepper, squeeze fresh lime juice over them, and then grill just a 2-3 minutes per side. Thin cut pieces will dry out in a heart beat, even with the lime juice. They’ll also cook through in a flash, so don’t worry.
Place the broccolini florets in a medium-sized bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then season with garlic salt and garlic powder (and any other seasonings that appeal). Toss through with your hands to make sure they’re coated with the olive oil and seasonings, and place them on tin foil and wrap them loosely. Grill in the foil for about 5 minutes.
Slice the onion thinly, and separate rings/slices. Place on tin foil and wrap loosely. Grill for about 5 minutes.
While those are all on the grill, prepare your salad. We had a lot of fresh veggies on hand and a few things that had to be used. There’s no reason to ever let fresh produce go to waste, but especially in hot weather, when it really is the most satisfying thing to eat. Everything we had went into our salad. Don’t underestimate seasonings and herbs on salads. They can really tie your meal together. I had fresh basil that went right on top and brightened the whole thing up. And then in addition to the simple olive oil/balsamic dressing (equal parts of each, then a pinch each of salt, pepper, and granulated sugar), I squeezed a little fresh lime over the top, and sprinkled just a tiny bit of garlic powder to unify the meal.
Voila. 15 minute dinner that is fresh, healthy, easy, and DELICIOUS. Doesn’t get much more summer than this!