Bruschetta Grilled Chicken {Recipe}

I love fresh tomatoes in pretty much anything, especially when they’re combined with balsamic vinegar in a good bruschetta. With vacations, weddings and general busy schedules that come with summer, we’ve fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon in our house and are making our way back. Grilled chicken can be so boring, so while I was thinking of side dishes to make it more exciting, I remembered I had seen bruschetta-topped chicken while scrolling through Pinterest and decided to make my own version. If you already have a bruschetta recipe, you can use that too!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise to make thin cutlets (or 6 thin chicken breasts)
  • 5 medium vine ripe tomatoes (or 2 pints cherry tomatoes), diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Balsamic glaze, as desired
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat up grill and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Combine tomatoes, red onion, garlic, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil together, along with some salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator (this can be done up to one day in advance).
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, approximately 2 minutes on each side, but make sure to not overcook.
  • Place cooked chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil and place slice of mozzarella on top of each. Bake until melted, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Cover chicken with bruschetta mixture, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy the remaining bruschetta with crispy slices of bread.

Friday Faves {July 10, 2015}

This week was a long one after a holiday weekend, but Friday is finally here! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast here, so I’m looking forward to a few good beach days. Here are my Friday Faves to kick it off…

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  •  Stylish sandals that don’t hurt. I need to get my hands on these. I’ve had my eyes on gold Birkenstocks for a while now and I’m pretty impressed that comfort-first brand Dr. Scholl’s has equally as on-trend options too (here and here). {via bustle.com}
  • Cold brew coffee. This black coffee addict loves everything about this. And now it’s at Starbucks. As in one block from my office, which is either a really good or bad problem… you decide. {via eonline.com}
  • Nordstrom sale + my favorite lip stain. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Nordstrom sale is on for cardholders and it will soon open up to everyone 7/17. I couldn’t resist buying this set of my favorite lip stain. I wore it on my wedding day and have pretty much every day since in about a million different colors. Grab this – it’s such a deal, you are basically getting one free (they’re not cheap on the reg). I also love everything Kendra Scott and this bracelet goes perfectly with my everyday bangles (I’m an Aquarius, so amethyst everything). More sale finds coming soon… {nordstrom.com}
  • Make your house look guest-ready. Without spending hours cleaning, that’s the key. I’m certainly not a neat freak. In fact, my husband calls me a slob. I’m organized in my own ways, like at work, and I do like a clean kitchen, but when it comes to putting away laundry… not so much. This post has a quick list of ways to make your house look put together if you happen to have a last-minute guest coming over. {via apartmenttherapy.com}

4th of July Style & Easy, Festive Dessert

Happy July 4th! Hope you’re all having a good long weekend so far. We went to a family barbecue at my husband’s cousins beach house yesterday and it was such a beautiful day. I was excited to get festive and found some great deals on patriotic style finds earlier this week. Shop the post using the links below – the sunglasses are my new faves from Woodzee, the shorts are only $15 and so comfy and the tank is nice and lightweight for summer. And the white nail color is from the Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection and makes you look super tan.

For more red, white and blue finds, follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog) and “like” any of the posts with this outfit. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). I’m also Insta-documenting my weekend with recipes, outfits and more.

Also, if you’re looking for an easy, festive dessert to bring to a party, just buy some pretzels or Oreos, white chocolate and sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler (I made a makeshift double boiler with a pot and glass bowl over it), dip the pretzels and Oreos in it and top with sprinkles! It took me a couple batches to get the hang of it, but I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

Have a great day with friends and family!

xo, Katy

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Shop the Look:

Shorts / Tank / Sunglasses c/o Woodzee

Nails c/o Ciate London / Lips

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Layered Greek Dip {Recipe}

Happy July 4th weekend! We just arrived at our first beach spot of the weekend to spend the day with family in the sunshine. I went on a dip making mission last night and made this one for today. It’s a layered Greek dip that starts with hummus, then has a Greek yogurt mixture in the middle and is topped off with lots of veggies and feta. Full disclosure, it tastes better than it looks – layered dips are hard to photograph. This dip is also super easy, so if you need a last-minute appetizer, this is a good option. Full recipe below – hope everyone has a great long weekend!

Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz hummus
  • 1  1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives

Directions:

  • Mix together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread the hummus across the bottom of  a 8″ x 8″ or 11″ x 7″ glass dish.
  • Add the Greek yogurt mixture on top of the hummus.
  • Top with the veggies – red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red peppers – and end with olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or whatever you’d like!

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Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Pesto Pasta, Chicken Sausage & Brussels Sprouts {Recipe}

I’ve been loving brussels sprouts lately and today I’m sharing a new favorite recipe that combines them with pesto, pasta and chicken sausage, which I found on Gimme Some Oven and made a few tiny tweaks to. This is definitely something I’ll be making again this summer – I love that it’s a pasta dish but also incorporates a veggie and has chicken sausage to keep it on the healthier side. Next time I’m going to try it with homemade pesto – just didn’t have the time or ingredients this time. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, sliced in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat orecchiette (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 Italian chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/8″ thick coins
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup pesto
  • Red pepper flakes, as desired
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange brussels sprouts on it. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring a few times, until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Start boiling water for pasta. Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven when done and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and turning occasionally, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserve a bit of pasta water), and then combine the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. If you need extra moisture, add some reserved pasta water.
  • Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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What are your favorite brussels sprouts recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts & Shallots Recipe

Once the snow melts and it’s finally nice enough to be outside, we do lots of grilling for dinner. And by we, I mean my husband does. On those nights, I’m in charge of the veggie side and sometimes a starch, but lately we’ve been trying to keep things healthier without the starch (let’s face it, brown rice just isn’t good). While I love an easy steamed broccoli, I try and mix it up with new sides, which I usually find on Pinterest and other blogs I read. So the other day I bought some brussels sprouts and went on the hunt for a new recipe, which led me to this recipe from Skinnytaste. If you haven’t tried her recipes yet, you’re missing out. This will definitely be one of our new go-to veggie sides – enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts
  • 3 shallots
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Trim and halve brussel sprouts. Peel shallots and cut into thick wedges (I quartered them).
  • Heat an oven-safe nonstick 12-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil, brussels sprouts and shallots in one layer. (If you don’t have this type of pan, you can transfer to a baking sheet when it comes time to bake in the oven.)
  • Let the brussels sprouts and shallots cook undisturbed for about 3 minutes until they start to caramelize. Turn occasionally for an additional 2-3 minutes until golden all over.
  • Transfer to the oven and roast for 8-10 minutes, until softened a bit but still slightly al dente.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze, toss and serve.

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe on DailyKaty.com

 

What are your favorite veggie side recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe

I love Cinco de Mayo, mainly because I love Mexican food, along with the occasional skinny and/or fruity margarita. My husband and I went to our favorite local Mexican restaurant for some food and margs on Sunday, but on actual Cinco de Mayo, I tried out a new recipe from Cooking Classy, Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers.

I made a few tweaks but basically stuck to the original recipe. After making it, I realized that I had essentially made exactly what I order when I get a burrito bowl for take-out Mexican: chicken, fajita veggies, black beans, corn, pico de gallo, brown rice, guac, cheese and sour cream (only the peppers were the “bowl” in this case). So with that said… feel free to play around with the recipe to include your favorite Mexican ingredients!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry brown rice (2 cups cooked)
  • 5 red, yellow, orange or green bell peppers
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken, diced into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Mexican chili powder (or combo of chili powder, ground cumin and a little paprika)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole (I used the guac my grocery store makes, but here is my homemade guac recipe)
  • Jalapenos, seeded and chopped (optional, depends on how hot you want it!)
  • Mexican style hot sauce (such as Tapatio or Cholula, optional)

Directions

  • Cook brown rice as directed on packaging. While that cooks, preheat oven to 375 degrees and start cooking the filling and boiling the peppers.
  • Boil water in a large pot of water. Slice peppers in half, top to bottom, remove seeds, then immerse them in the boiling water for 4-5 minutes (until tender). Drain and place in baking pans with insides facing up.
  • In a deep skillet or non-stick pan, hear 1 Tbsp oil, add onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds more, then move the mixture to a bowl.
  • Add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet, add chicken and cover it with 1 Tbsp of the Mexican chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and chop the chicken into smaller pieces.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, put the chicken back in the skillet and add in the tomatoes, onion/garlic mixture, black beans, corn, cooked brown rice, remaining chili powder, cilantro, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Optional: mix in cheese if you would like the mixture to stick together more in the pepper (or if you simply want it to be cheesier!). Cook until the mixture is heated through.
  • Fill each pepper half with the mixture (pack it tight enough so it stays put but isn’t overflowing into the baking sheet). Pour water into the bottom of the baking dishes (about 1/8-inch, avoid getting any in the peppers).
  • over baking dishes with foil and bake 30 – 35 minutes, until peppers are soft. Remove from oven, top each pepper with cheese then return to oven to bake until cheese has melted (about 3 minutes).
  • Serve warm topped with more cilantro, sour cream, guacamole and hot sauce if desired.

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Pepper Recipe on DailyKaty.com

 

What are your favorite Mexican recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box {Review & Giveaway}

Subscription boxes are the craze right now and they’re a great way to try out new products without paying full price for them. Plus, there’s an element of surprise (unless you check the spoilers online) because you don’t know what you’re going to get until it arrives. I love the FabFitFun subscription boxes – they’re sent out quarterly and cost just $49.99 for $200 worth of products, all of which are full size.

Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box Review & Giveaway

Each FabFitFun box comes with a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products. The Spring 2015 box that’s currently available came with items from Jules Smith, ORLY, Rifle Paper Co., Palmetto Derma, Merrithew, Ofra Cosmetics and Cosmos Creations, as well as gift cards from Hello Fresh, Vow to be Chic and Sprout It. Read on for more details on the Spring FabFitFun items – and scroll down to the bottom to enter to win this box for yourself!

  • Jules Smith Scarf: Spring is finally here and I’ve been dying to ditch the jackets and start wearing things like blouses and t-shirts with fun scarves like these. I received this scarf in Watercolor (love it!) and it also comes in Modern Art. They were designed specifically for the FabFitFun box and are also available on the brand’s website. They’re great because they are made from a nice, lightweight cotton viscose, so they can be warn even in warmer temps. This is definitely my favorite item in the Spring 2015 FabFitFun box! Jules Smith also makes lots of great jewelry – love this layered necklace set and these earrings. {julessmithdesigns.com, $42}
  • ORLY Nail BB Creme & ORLY Nail Polish in Cake Pop: I’m a big fan of BB and CC creams for my face, so I was excited to try out this BB creme for my nails. It smooths, moisturizes and brightens your nails, while also giving them a sheer peach tint that is the perfect natural mani. And more often than not, I go with a light pink shade on my nails, so this “Cake Pop” color is right up my alley. {orlybeauty.com, $15 BB creme, $8.50 nail polish}
  • Hello Fresh $40 Gift CardIf you haven’t tried out any of the delivery meal services yet, this is your chance! I’m looking forward to trying this one out, as I’ve heard great things. Hello Fresh gives you everything you need to create three simple yet delicious meals at home for either two or four people – and they do all of the shopping for you and deliver it right to your door. The recipes are nice and easy to follow and they’re made with farm fresh ingredients. {hellofresh.com, $69/week for 2 people, $129/week for 4 people}
  • Vow to be Chic $125 Gift CardWhy wasn’t this around when I was getting married?! I’ve used a similar service in the past to rent dresses for special occasions so I don’t have to spend the money on something I’m only going to wear once. And aren’t bridesmaids dresses exactly that? My bridesmaids probably would have loved renting a dress instead of buying one, and this site has lots of nice ones to choose from in a variety of styles and colors. Since this gift card gives you a free dress rental with the rental or purchase of another, I’ll either find two occasions to use this for, or I’ll give it to one of my soon-to-be bride friends. {vowtobechic.com}
  • Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod: I’ve been wanting to grow my own veggies and herbs, but city living presents some challenges… plus, I have no idea where to start! I can’t wait to try out this all-in-one seed pod, and if all goes well, I’m definitely going to need more. All you have to do is remove the lid and place it in the soil. And then the Sprout It app makes it even easier by giving you reminders and tips, customized to your location and garden. {miraclegro.com, $1.49 per seed pod}
  • Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set: These coast to coast coasters make a great gift! In true Rifle Paper Co fashion, the illustrations of each city – New York, London, Toyko and Paris – on each of the coasters are beautiful. And they come in a nice keepsake box too. {riflepaperco.com, $16}
  • Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum: This free radical fighting super serum promises to keep your skin safe and fresh from the bad stuff your skin faces daily, like sun, smoke and smog. I’ve been hearing lots about Vitamin C serums, and this one increases collagen growth, rapidly slows down the aging proces, fills in fine lines and minimizes wrinkles, while also fighting to make sure they don’t come back. The best part? If you love this product and want more, or if you want to try out some of the brand’s other products, you can get 25% off your purchase now through August 31 with code FABFITFUN25. {palmettoderma.com, $48}

GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win this FabFitFun VIP box below, now through May 25, 2015. Open to US residents.

For more on the products featured in the Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP box, visit FabFitFun.com. From there, you can also sign up to receive your own quarterly FabFitFun boxes.

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**Thanks to FabFitFun for providing samples for this review & giveaway. All opinions are my own.**

Friday Faves {April 17, 2015}

It’s been a crazy week and now I’m thankful for a long weekend. The sun is shining, I’m about to head out for a walk on the water with Hank. For now, I’ll leave you with this week’s Friday Faves…

 

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1. Stylish sneaks. I’ve been meaning to pick up a pair of Superga sneakers and now I think I might need this pair! Joyus has teamed up with Superga to bring you this suede version with perforated detailing. And you can even get them for 10% off thanks to People with code PEOPLE10. {peoplestylewatch.com}

2. Wine that speaks for itself. One of my girlfriends shared this “12 Honest Wine Labels that Say Why You’re Really Drinking” article with me yesterday and I had to share it here. The bottles that describe my typical wine drinking are “Netflix & Pizza Night” and “Watching ‘Scandal’ in the Dark” (I have a serious addiction to binge-watching that show…). {huffingtonpost.com}

3. Bedside style. How cozy does this bedroom look? I’m working on redecorating our guest bedroom to make it as welcoming for guests as possible. I’ll be sharing this one the blog when it’s done! What are your best tips for guest room decor and hosting guests? {stephaniesterjovski.com}

4. Avocado everything. Especially for breakfast. This round-up of avocado toasts has me craving them all. My favorite thing to do is make some scrambled egg whites and put them on an english muffin with avocado, slices of tomato, cheese and red pepper flakes. {glitterguide.com}

Friday Faves {April 10, 2015}

Cheers to the weekend, the weather in New England finally starting to feel like spring today. Now time for my Friday Faves…

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1. Home office perfect for city living. Why didn’t I discover this mini desk before I put a not-as-perfect desk into a tiny random room we have that doubles as an office and storage? This desk is both a functional desk and nightstand – great for a spare bedroom. Buy it here in white or chocolate – it’s even on sale. #iwantit {popsugar.com}

2. DIY floral arrangements. Is there anything Blake Lively doesn’t do? She has a trick for creating her own floral arrangements, and all it takes is heading to your local grocery store and picking up a few of their generic, pre-made bouquets. Then you rearrange into prettier bouquets for around the house. {brit.co}

3. Make-ahead Chipotle-style burrito bowls. That says it all, doesn’t it? I’m all about a mexican “bowl” of any type, but mine usually consist of lettuce, taco meat, veggies and the usual toppings. This recipe takes it up a notch but is still pretty easy and can be prepped ahead of time (and it can even be stored in the freezer). You just make chicken, cilantro-lime rice, black beans and corn salsa, then add toppings. {today.com}

4. More habits of organized people. I do a few of these (write everything down… check – I’m a crazy list person)… but I could use some work on others (having a home for everything, having less stuff, etc.). This is a good, realistic list of things that do work if you commit to them. I’m organized when it comes to productivity, but my desk and house certainly don’t look like they belong to an organized person… {refinery29.com}