Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fit Friday - Summer BBQ and Staying Healthy

Summer is here on this gorgeous Fit Friday! Ruthie is here with a yummy recipe for skewers of chicken and tomatoes. We love tomatoes at our house! Unfortunately we can't eat chicken at our house, my husband is allergic to poultry, so we will be substituting with some yummy steak.

Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers are simple to make and great for summer! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers are perfect for any summer outing and will make your BBQ that much better! Cherry tomatoes have always been a family favorite in our home.  If you don't have a garden but would like to start, now is your chance! Start off simple by buying a tomato plant at Home Depot, WalMart, or my personal favorite, Costco. Put it in your house by a window, water it regularly, and watch it come to life with juicy tomatoes that you will enjoy all summer long! Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers are simple to make and great for summer! www.cookingwithruthie.com
 When that summer BBQ rolls around, grab some tomatoes off of your plant and make these delicious chicken skewers with them! Your guests will be in awe at how flavorful, tender, and satisfying they are.  Take advantage of the fresh in-season tomatoes you can find at any grocery store or from your own garden, if you have one! I'll never forget how my kids would run out to our garden when they were little and eat all the "baby tomatoes" that they could. Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers are simple to make and great for summer! www.cookingwithruthie.com


Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3-4 chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, quartered and cut into approx 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 8 ounce button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 wooden skewers
Instructions
  1. Soak wooden skewers in a bowl on water for 10 minutes before threading.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  3. In a small bowl combine ketchup, honey, vinegar, worchestershire sauce, and water; stir to combine.
  4. Thread wooden skewer with a piece of red onion, chicken, mushroom, tomato, and repeat until full, bast with sauce, and set aside.
  5. Continue until all skewers are done.
  6. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until chicken temps at 160 degrees F, remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Skewers are a great way to prepare some of your summer tomato bounty!

Memorial Day has come and gone, for most of us that is the official beginning of summer. With summer here and the fun just beginning I wanted to give some tips and reminders to make this a healthy summer.

1) Sunscreen: We all know this one, we have all heard it, and most of us have forgotten it at some point. I forget this one the most when I am running. I head out the door before the sun is really shining and sunscreen tends to slip my mind. My kids are constantly slathered in the stuff though. I am covered in freckles and have some very vivid memories of crazy sunburns as a child. A couple of years a go I had a chunk removed from my leg, I don't need that repeated.






2) Water: It is easy to get dehydrated out there folks. Keep water handy and drink it lots!







3) Fresh Produce: Gardens have been planted, farmers markets are opened, it is time to enjoy some fresh fruits and veggies. They are delicious and calling your name!




4) Get dirty: Research has shown that gardening and getting your hands into the soil is a good stress reliever and great anti-depressant.







5) Get outside to exercise: Summer is a great time to get out of the gym and try something new. It is also a great time to try and do something with the whole family. "A family that plays together stays together."




There you go, 5 tips to having a healthy summer. Sure, I could have added lots more things to remember and try out this summer, but these are five that I felt were important. Enjoy your summer!

Have a fabulous Fit Friday! 
Much Love and Peace~ Ruthie and Nichole

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