Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shrinking bathing suit & Foodie Friday...

Today is my second Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum and the theme is Spring. As soon as Spring rolls around I start to look at a few extra rolls that have attached to my middle from my long Winter hibernation. All those nights watching TV, not having the extra sunlight to walk after dinner, have taken a toll on my waistline. Gone are the days of having visions of sugar plums in my head or in my mouth. Now I have visions of putting on last years bathing suit. Can you relate girlfriends? So I gingerly open my closet and try on my bathing suit. Guess what? My bathing suit shrunk. I refuse to buy a bigger size. It is time to eat smaller portions and lower fat foods. I love to grill and found this recipe years ago on allrecipes and have tweaked it to fit my needs. It is quick and easy to prepare. If I stay focused, and cook this tasty recipe once a week, I may get into that teeny tiny bikini by opening day of pool season.*

1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian-style seasoning
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 pinch ground black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves -
cut into strips

In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, wine, lemon juice, oil, Italian-style seasoning, ginger, garlic, onion powder, and ground black pepper. Place chicken in the bag. Seal, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.

Thread the chicken onto skewers, and set aside. Pour marinade into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Cook chicken on the prepared grill for approximately 8 minutes per side, basting with the sauce several times. Chicken is done when juices run clear.

I like to add fresh pineapple, onions, mushrooms and peppers onto the skewers for flavor and color.

* note: Did I mention that I am delusional? The last time I wore a teeny bikini was before they invented Twinkies! SMILE!


  1. I'm always looking for low-fat healthy recipes and this one fits the bill! It's similar to one I have, just a little different. I love grilled fresh pineapple! Thanks for sharing. Happy Spring Grilling!

  2. Sounds like a delicious, healthy recipe. I used to have a neighbor's little girl to follow me around in the garden and she would ask me if I owned a "baking" suit!!!! I guess that describes a swim suit pretty well, huh?

  3. I do love a healthy recipe...I may have to try this one real soon. Love the idea of mixing fruit with grilled foods. Sure sign of great weather.

  4. Hi Joyce,
    Your post put a smile on my face. I know what you mean about bikinis....those days are over for me, but I still need to eat better. Your grilled recipe sounds super yummy. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. Amy :)

  5. Joyce, thank you for your visit and comment!
    I too am trying to lose those extra rolls of fat! I only had a portion of my piece of Mr's cake.
    We are headed out from Utah to VA for our son's graduation from dental school in a few weeks and I can't zip up lots of my clothes. Arrg! So it has been the tread mill for me lately! ;-) Sons are wonderful aren't they?
    Your recipe looks wonderful and healthy!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. You are SO funny... the bikini line...

    THIS looks sooooooooo YUMMY!!! I am running to the store RIGHT now!!! THANK YOU!!! I am looking forward to some yummy recipes from YOU!

  7. Looks delicious! I'm planning on grilling on Sunday, may try to add some vegies as well! I hope you can get into that swim suit real soon!!

  8. Joyce, I'll make this so I can fit into my swimsuit, too! Love the photos, it looks yummy enough to eat! :-)

  9. So funny! I can relate to the dreaded 'swim suit try on' after winter! Your recipe sounds wonderful and just the ticket to that bikini body ;)

  10. Joyce - I enlarged the photo and wish I hadn't - that looks so good I would like it RIGHT NOW!!

    As far as swimsuits - I won't even go there!! lol

  11. That sounds delicious and looks easy peasy to make:) I love that it has ginger...mmmmm....

    I am working on the new suit vibe too:)

  12. Sigh, Joyce I finally gave in and bought a bigger bathing suit, with the thought that I can always go back to my older one when I am slimmer. I do need an "in between," right? This looks like a great recipe, and I am adding to my collection right now.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  13. Looks and sounds so delicious...

  14. Thank you for visiting my blog today...yours is wonderful...I need to go to small portions too and that dish sounds yummy !

    I really got depressed 3 summers ago when my daughter borrowed my swimsuit because she didn't want to invest in a new one ( her 4th and last pregnancy ) and she was 8 months pregnant ! I never looked back LOL

    My Hubs and I got a 3 month unlimited membership to Weight Watchers recently from our daughter and her Hubs !

  15. This looks so good. I'm definitely gonna try it. I know what you mean about the bikini. I hate bathing suit shopping!!!

  16. Hi Joyce...I'm making the most of the computer working for 5 minutes...I went to lunch with Linda today and we have a wonderful time...I didn't want to go home...We met at her house and I got to meet her lovely husband Richard and her beautiful daughter....we went into downtown Princeton and ate Al Fresco...then walked around a bit and got ice cream...after that we stopped by the coffee house where daughter has her photo's on display...It was just a terrific day...I hope she had as much fun as I did...I brought her homemade Biscotti and when I got there she laughed and we walked into the kitchen where she handed me a bag with what inside.....Biscotti!! all great cooks think alike....

  17. I retired my bathing suit a few years ago ...sad to see it go, but I just can't give up my pasta! LOL!

    Good for you Joyce. This dish look delicious!

  18. That sounds like a healthy, delicious meal Joyce. Today Sue and I met up for lunch. Wish you could have been with us. Oh, I just saw that Sue commented on our visit together!

  19. This looks so it tastes great!

  20. Thanks for stopping by, and I will be trying that recipe. It sounds great!

  21. Looks delish! Thanks for leaving such nice comments on my blog! Oh, and I love your blog name. :)

  22. Hi Joyce,

    That's my sister's name too !!!! Thanks for your visit to my blog, a new friend is always welcome. You wrote that you lived in Jersey, what part? My nice/goddaughter lives in Tyrone,Georgia, she moved there from Jersey also. It seems that I can relate to you on many levels, since I am half Italian. It's so true that 'IT'S A SMALL WORLD' and even smaller when you have a blog. ;)


  23. Thanks for sharing a yummy but a healthier choice for spring. I need the inspiration. I haven't had a bikini on in decades. I saved my last one for fun - and I thought I was fat then - LOL! ~ Robyn

  24. Joyce my bikini has also shrunk. Do you think it is a conspiracy, aliens or chocolate? ;P Thankyou for the great grilling recipe. I think all my kids will love this one. Have a wonderful weekend

  25. Hi Joyce, thanks for stopping by my blog. First of all you must be special, since Joyce is my mom's name :-) Your recipe sounds wonderful!

    You left a comment on my blog asking where you could find some of the Tuscany plates that my friend bought for me. She got them at Steinmart. I hope you can find some!


  26. This looks so yummy! I'm printing it out and hope to try it soon :) Thanks.


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