Lose Weight with Barbecue Skewers and Caprese Salad Recipe

caprese salad recipe barbecue skewersSo I often buy fresh basil leaves every week as my husband’s favorite recipe is Caprese Salad with Pesto Chicken or Barbecue Skewers but the package that the basil comes in is huge and I often find myself throwing it out.

Being brought up in a household where we were told not to waste food and especially not money, I decided to make it my mission to find other simple fat loss recipes with the key ingredient being fresh basil leaves so that I wasn’t forced to waste food or money. Of course I am sharing these recipes with you as they are super easy fat loss recipes and I am sure you can add these into your weight loss plan with ease. Here they are:

Trudy’s Easy Fat Loss Recipes

Barbecue Skewers with Caprese Salad

Quick Tip: If you are using a BBQ and have wooden skewers you can place foil around the skewers ends on the hot plate to prevent them burning and also so you can pick them up easily. It works best if tomatoes are flavorful and not floury.

Ingredients: (serves two)

Qty FOR SKEWERS
12 oz Chicken breast or Jumbo Shrimp, lean beef or combination of above
2-3 tsp Spice of choice- Garlic,paprika & Thyme work well.
1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 cup Mixed Veggies like bell pepper, mushrooms,onion, pineapple (for skewers)
CAPRESE SALAD
1 Heirloom or large red and ripe tomato
3 oz Mozzarella (in a large ball)
1-2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
½-3/4 Tbsp Olive Oil
6-8 Fresh Basil Leaves

Directions:

  1. Skewer the meat and veggies however you desire!
  2. Brush meats lightly with oil or oil barbecue plates. Plates should be preheated before you start to cook. Add spice on to meat (spice according to taste). Then add onto hot plate cooking for 4-5 minutes per side before turning.
  3. Thickly slice tomatoes (1/2 inch) and Mozzarella (1/4 inch).
  4. Place mozzarella on the serving plate, then basil leaves and top off with tomato. Drizzle the balsamic and olive oil over the top.

Substitutions:

  • Can cook on broiler, indoor grill just as effectively
  • Any type of lean meat you feel like eating, mix and match it up

For Hard Core Fat Loss:

  • Lighten up on the Mozzarella, make it a thinner slice.

Benefits of Basil:

It is rich source of vitamin A (good for eye sight and skin), vitamin K (needed for blood clotting), potassium (mineral for kidney function), beta carotene (immune system), copper (good for bone health), magnesium (too many benefits to mention here but good for bones and heart).
When buying basil, choose leaves that are smooth, smell like they should and do not have any dark spots on them. Be gentle when washing basil as it “bruises” easily.

Here is the second recipe, which takes even less time – just under 15 minutes.

Chicken with Basil and Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: (serves four)

Qty
4 pieces boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
4 Tbsp chopped basil
1 tsp garlic
1 pack cherry tomatoes halved
3 – 4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or coconut Oil
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet/pan over medium heat
  2. Coat chicken with salt and pepper then place in skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes each side (depending on thickness).
  3. Transfer chicken onto serving plates and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Place tomatoes and garlic in skillet and warm through for 1-2 minutes until tomatoes are tender then add in vinegar and basil and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour contents of skillet onto chicken and serve.

Both of the recipes contain similar ingredients to ensure you save money and time making these fat loss recipes. If you need more of a carb fix, serve a little quinoa or ½ cup brown rice – suggested to do this only after a workout day, otherwise add vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.

Of course, if these types of recipes are something you like then check out the Real Food for Real Fat Loss Plan which will provide you with a full two week plan of weight loss recipes just like these.

Enjoy!

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