Monday, September 10, 2012

Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Onion Salad

Since my husband's release from this hospital, we are concentrating on healthier meals both for the Vitamin K factor as it pertains to his Coumadin plus weight loss so he can lower his cholesterol. I too need to slim down and focus on healthier meals.  He's one that loses weight very quickly- 
there are times I just can't stand him LOL!

We started with one chicken thigh each cooked on the Weber kettle.
We cooked several but we will eat them over several nights.
With that we selected a yellow squash, dribbled with a tiny bit of oil, enough for spices to stick while it was grilled.  We added a single, small red pepper.

I used our mandolin to thinly slice red onions, peeled cucumbers and tomatoes.
We added them to a sugar/cider vinegar/mustard mixtutre- it's really tart, something that is based on his grandmother's recipe.  It's pretty good to cut it up in little bites and mix it with bites of the chicken thighs!

We tried to calculate the caloric value
1 chicken thigh, grilled over flame  95 calories
1/2 squash came to about 20 calories 
Onions- barely calculates 4 calories per Tablespoon
Cucumber- 16 calories per cup
Tomato slice- 22 calories in an entire sliced tomato
drizzle of  oil, salt, pepper, sugar, mustard- 

The sugar was probably the highest and it's in the dressing.  I don't know how to calculate that since it's barely on the vegetables when you take it to your plate.  We are adding more vegetables to the mixture for the next dinner. 

This filled us up, we didn't even go through the entire 1/2 squash each.
Definitely healthy and low calorie- with flavor.


Sunnybrook Farm said...

That looks like a good meal, so many neat ways to fix things when you think about it. We get stuck in the same unhealthy rut and need something to get into a new way of thinking.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

We do pretty well with the meals, and my husband doesn't snack but I need something along the line so I try to have a 100 calorie snack of some sort, have some gum or a piece of cheese.

noexcuses said...

Thanks for the great lo-cal ideas! I'm always looking for ways to tweak our meals a little!

Candy C. said...

That looks like my kind of meal, I love grilled veggies! :)
My new favorite tomato "salad" is chopped tomatoes, chunks of goat cheese, a few capers, salt and pepper and a tiny drizzle of EVOO. Don't think it's particularly low-cal but it sure is tasty!