Today was one of those days that started off sweet and then, when I was fully unprepared and completely unassuming, turned sour. But rather than let bad news get me down, I decided to hop in the kitchen because when all else goes wrong, you should at least get to enjoy a delicious dinner with the fam. With a bowl full of limes (thank you Costco) I was inspired to allow them to serve for more than just decoration and themed dinner around the beautiful lime. Cilantro, honey and lime marinated chicken tenders with a cumin sour cream dipping sauce. Mango (another Costco purchase…so there is plenty to go around), avocado and spinach salad with a honey lime vinaigrette and of course some delicious tomato rice with black beans and grilled corn.

Chicken Tenders:
2 Large Chicken breasts cut into smaller strips (the chicken brests I used were rather large and seemed plenty for four people once cut into strips!)
Marinate in:
The juice of two lime
1 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp honey
¼ cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper
Put in a Ziploc bag with the chicken (I also threw in a few of the cilantro stems and the squeezed lemons just to sit with the chicken in the fridge) Throw on a grill pan and grill until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees!
Dipping sauce:
½ cup sour cream
½ tsp cumin
a pinch of cayenne
5-6 dashes of tapitio
salt and pepper
squirt of lime juice
¼ tsp paprika
This is literally the best salad ever! Super refreshing and perfect for the warm weather The dressing is delicious but if you don’t feel like making it you don’t even need it because the juice of the mango kind of creates a dressing on its own!
2 cups spinach
1 mango
11/2 avocados
about 1/8 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 tbsp evoo
juice of two limes
1 tsp honey
½ tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp cumin
salt and peper to taste
I served this all with some standard spanish rice and mixed so black beans and corn into that. Yummy!

Besides cooking, some other things I am loving right now…
My clean dog

Strawberries, peaches and bananas which I am currently eating with…
ORGANICS organic blueberry low fat yogurt
Oh and this guilty little guy
(I don’t love that he is eating all the bird food…but I do appreciate his dedication ☺)
What I am listening to (over and over again):
Will You Be There (Michael Jackson Cover)- Boyce Avenue
The Beat- Ben Rector
Why Don’t We Just Dance- Josh Turner
Lover, Love- Jerrod Niemann
He Is We
…and basically anything by Francesca Battistelli

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