Buttermilk & Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Why do weekends have to go by so fast?  Saturday morning I slept in until 9:30, even though we went to bed at 11 Friday night – must have needed my sleep!  I looked on my Insanity schedule and saw that I had the Fit Test again AND Max Interval Circuit – basically an hour and twenty minutes of working out!

I actually worked out on an empty stomach and I felt great – granted I was super hungry not long after, but I was okay and my blood sugar was fine too.  I was actually amazed at my Day 50 Fit Test Results.

Day 1 was June 1, 2013 – Day 17 – June 17, 2013 and Day 50 – July 20, 2013

Switch Kicks:

  • Day 1 – 72
  • Day 17 – 104
  • Day 50 – 130

Power Kicks:

  • Day 1 – 30
  • Day 17 – 44
  • Day 50 – 54

Power Knees:

  • Day 1 – 68
  • Day 17 – 85
  • Day 50 – 101

Power Jumps:

  • Day 1 – 30
  • Day 17 – 32
  • Day 50 – 37

Low Jump Globe:

  • Day 1 – 7
  • Day 17 – 11
  • Day 50 – 15

Suicide Jumps (aka Burpees!)

  • Day 1 – 8
  • Day 17 – 15
  • Day 50 – 19

Push up Jacks:

  • Day 1 – 15
  • Day 17 – 20
  • Day 50 – 30

Low Plank Oblique’s:

  • Day 1 – 22
  • Day 17 – 30
  • Day 50 – 42

As you can see, some of the moves I was able to double the reps in just 50 days – woop!

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After I showered Tony and I went to a Mexican restaurant near our grocery store – $1.79 steak tacos!  I got some refried beans on the side – this was breakfast and lunch and really hit the spot.

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Not only were tomatoes on sale, but cherries too – so that means – grilled cherry salsa!  And while we were at that Mexican restaurant, they had the most amazing tomatillo salsa – I had to recreate it.

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This bowl of stuff to grill was heavy!!

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I had to do it in two batches because there wasn’t enough room.  So I made one batch of baja fresh salsa, one batch of grilled cherry salsa, and then did a tomatillo salsa.

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The tomatillo salsa turned out really good, but it wasn’t as creamy as the one I had at the restaurant, and because I charred my tomatillos, it wasn’t as bright green.  I ended up buying two avocados yesterday and added that to the salsa – it’s so good!

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The pitfalls of photographing outside in summer – the fly wanted some!

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Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 avocado
  • 1 cup cilantro, stems removed

Grill the tomatillo, jalapeno and lime (whole) until charred.  Throw everything in a food processor and pulse.  I grill the whole lime because it releases all the juice and the pulp when you cut it open.

We ended up grilling out Saturday night – ribs were on sale – we got a rack of baby back ribs for $6!   I followed my new method – cooking in the Dutch oven first and then finishing them off on the grill with bbq sauce.  These were fall off the bone delicious – although we are nearly out of our Rudy’s BBQ sauce – we are kicking ourselves for only buying one bottle to bring home.

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Tony found a whole bag of jalapenos on the dollar rack.  I used several for the salsa, but of course had so much leftover.

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Tony, being my muse said “why don’t you pickle the rest?!”  Duh!  I followed this recipe, except I left out the carrots and peppercorn, and added 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.

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I can’t wait to try these later for lunch. Open-mouthed smile

I got up early on Sunday morning to get my sister in laws lunches done – aren’t I a great sister in law?  Look, I even put onions in her food!

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Then after I cooked I did Day 51 of Insanity – 55 minutes of Max Interval Plyo.  Guess who was cheering me on?  Lyle the Squirrel!

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He watched me nearly the entire time.  Either on our gazebo frame, or on our table.  He was just lying there and every time I looked at him, there he was!  I gave him some granola last week, so I think he was back for more – he wasn’t too pleased with the sunflower seeds I gave him!  Nice and sweaty!  I can definitely tell that I am getting some definition in my arms. Open-mouthed smile

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Bone-in Chicken breasts were on sale too – I got two big ones for $4.  I cooked both of them but Tony and I quickly decided that we would split one.  I think bone in chicken has so much more flavor than chicken breasts, and they are almost always cheaper.

Buttermilk and Rosemary Grilled Chicken


  • 2 bone in chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 stalks of rosemary

Add everything into a large ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.  Ours marinated for about six hours.  I grilled ours on the Weber grill on the cool side of the grill – or indirect heat.  These took about 30-35 minutes to cook.

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Perfectly cooked!

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I think I am going to use the leftover chicken to make chicken tacos for lunch with my pickled jalapenos and tomatillo salsa. Open-mouthed smile

Operation Clean Basement is a bigger job than I thought.  We had a carpet in a bedroom we built for my step-son, and when our basement flooded, I just put a fan in there thinking that would eventually dry out the carpet.  Not.  It was still soaked – I had to take everything out of the room, roll up the carpet, pull down insulation.  We are eventually going to tear the whole thing down – the wood got moldy after the flood and we don’t need that room anymore.

Time to get my shit together for the day.  I am looking forward to going to the pool at lunch today – I just might have to go down the slide again too!

How was your weekend?  Try any new recipes?  Make it a great day!


33 thoughts on “Buttermilk & Rosemary Grilled Chicken

  1. I cannot wait to hear how those pickles jalapeños taste! I’m just dreaming of how awesome those will be on a sandwich! Have a great day and enjoy your swim!!!

    • Mary, I hope you make these because they are so good – I can imagine them on just about anything – eggs, sandwiches, panini’s – you name it!

  2. Awesome improvement in all your numbers. Way to go kickin’ ass! Back to reality today, looks like a great weekend.

  3. WooHoo – awesome job you are killing those Insanity workouts!!! And every recipe you shared today looks delicious!!!
    No new recipes here – vacation!!!

  4. OMG – that chicken looks so good.

  5. Lyle is just adorable!
    That tomatillo salsa looks awesome! You are seriously the salsa master! 😦

  6. I’m laughing at your furry little Peeping Tom!

  7. I love marinate and grill recipes, simplifies dinner!

  8. yummy!! WEekend was fine, was the work picnic. Not company sponsored because they’re too cheap, so a coworker and I threw it. A lot of work. Awoke today, my first day back full time in a year and…the baby has a fever. So, not full time today.

  9. Wow! What an awesome weekend you had!

  10. WOW! You are doing amazing with insanity. The test results are just awesome. That salsa? Droool.

  11. Your numbers are very impressive….keep up the good work 🙂 Those ribs look delish….must try that recipe sometime.

    We finished spreading the rest of our 2 yards of mulch Saturday. Then went shopping and bought some Subways to bring home and eat. Sunday’s are usually rest day. But we did cook out and I had some chicken breast marinading from Saturday. So Sunday’s dinner was grilled chicken breast, broc, potatoes and our first cucumber from the garden….YAY!!

    Have a great week and enjoy those slides down the slide!!!

  12. ::still waiting for the adoption papers to arrive:: Sigh. [I mean, you CAN adopt someone older than you,right? You could be my younger Mom. giggle]

    I so, so, so WANT to live at your house. I am always so proud of myself when I cook something delicious and then I come over here and *BLAM* I am blown away by your skillz.

    We put our grill in storage and are kicking ourselves for it. There is a grill here in the country, but it has been so long since it has been used I refuse to allow Pooldad to touch it. I am afraid it will blow up. We have cooked ribs [low and slow] in the oven on a grill pan and they have come out fabulous, but I miss that smoke flavor. I may have to invest in a cheapy little fake Webber I saw at Family Dollar for 15 bucks the other day. Otherwise we will be traipsing a cooler full of food up to the resort and using one of the communal grills. [Hey, people have worse problems. I know. ]

    And I had no doubt your results after 50 days would be just as amazing as you stated. YOU’RE AWESOME. And definitely some serious rip to those arm muscles girlie.

    Now, go make some granola for you peeping Lyle of a squirrel. He wants a show and a snack. Too cute!

    • I loved this comment Janine – I could be your younger Momma – I’d take good care of you! 😀

      We’ve had those tiny Webers for tailgaiting and they work just fine – worth the $15.

      Yep, I am going to have to make more granola – Lyle just isn’t satisfied with anything else!

  13. That chicken sounds great and no longer will you have to worry about bat wings. You are looking and I’m sure feeling great. And i want to hear bout that cherry salsa!

  14. Wow, you couldn’t fit one more item on that grill for the tomatillo salsa – love it! It looks delicious.

    We had a great weekend – lots of cooking, I made a brown bag peach pie that I can’t stop eating and we are getting used to all the new grilling techniques on the green egg!

    Happy Monday Biz!

  15. In 50 days you really made a huge improvement! Way to go! I wish I would have thought to make your cherry salsa. I just ate all the cherries off the trees…lol!! I love tomatillo salsa too. I have been on a salsa kick lately. We had chicken tacos last night. Your chicken sounds great!

  16. What progress in 50 days; holy crap! Can’t wait to see how your jalapenos turn out!

  17. Awesome job on the fit test!! It must be great to really see the results of all your work. Both of the Tomatillo salsas look great! I actually prefer green salsas over red.

    Our weekend was relaxing and we actually got some rain yesterday!

  18. Great improvement with the Fit test numbers. You are a machine! You’re food looks sooooooooooooooooooo good. I love that you make salsa. I need to do this someday. Have a great week and fun with the pool slide.

  19. You are kicking butt at insanity woman! Those improvements are so great! all that hard work is totally paying off! 🙂

  20. Biz you are doing so great at Insanity. Your improvements are fantastic. So proud of you!

    I hope you did go to the pool yesterday and hope even more you finished the swim with the slide because we should never lose our inner child.

  21. I’ve never had/made tomatillo salsa. Gotta try it! I can really see a difference in your face-it looks thinner every day and younger too! Had to laugh that you added red pepper flakes to your pickled jalapenos. Only you, Biz!

  22. Impressive stats on your fit test Biz! Your salsa looks incredible. I could eat Mexican food every day. I haven’t made any new recipes but my all time favorite summer salad is a black bean and corn salad that I found a long time ago at skinnytaste.com. It’s basically black beans, corn, red onion (or not!), tomato, cilantro and avocado dressed in lime juice, olive oil and s&p. I don’t even put the oil in because it honestly doesn’t need it. It might also be delicious with the cilantro lime dressing Jacky just posted.

  23. […] star of the plate?  Um, the pickled jalapenos.  Holy smokes – you have to make these – stat!  They are spicy, but flavorful spicy […]

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