Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to dust off the grill and gather together with family and friends to thank the Lord for our many blessings as we remember the heroic men and women who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy! 

What better way to celebrate than with a super quick-n-easy meal that allows us more time with our family and less time in the kitchen! Firing up the grill is definitely one of the easiest ways to get a healthy meal on the table in just minutes!

Another plus is that grilling results in less mess and less dishes. And of course, you just can’t beat the savory flavor of grilled meats, which is why it's one of my favorite cooking methods. (Check out my Top 10 Grilling Tips for easy ways to grill like a pro!)

This super easy Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe is my new go-to favorite. I love that I can make the marinade ahead of time, which means even faster turn-around time on busy weeknights! I also throw some veggies on the grill at the same time for a simple side dish that complements the chicken perfectly and adds a boost of nutrition!

Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and healthy. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create quick-n-easy dishes just bursting with flavor! And remember you can always save even more time by grilling extra chicken that you can use to create other healthy weeknight meals, like a super quick-n-easy Grilled Chicken & Veggie Pasta. Yum!

For an extra burst of summer flavor, top this tasty citrus-infused grilled chicken with a heaping spoonful of Fresh Strawberry Salsa – the perfect balance of sweet and spicy! Yum!

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Ingredients

2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 Tbsp lime zest (about 2 limes)
2 Tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sea salt

Instructions

1. Place chicken thighs in a 9x9-inch baking dish; set aside.
2. Place remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor in the order given. Cover and process on low until fine chopped and blended.
3. Transfer 1/2 cup of the cilantro-lime marinade to a small bowl. Evenly distribute the remaining marinade over the chicken, making sure to well coat.
4. Cover chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour. Then remove from fridge and pre-heat grill to medium-high heat.
5. Grill chicken about 3-4 minutes, until the edges become opaque. Then flip the chicken over and brush with reserved marinade. Reduce heat to medium and cover grill. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

Kelly Smith

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, grain-free cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's whole food, gluten-free journey began six years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating whole foods. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

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10 Safety Tips to Teach Your Teenager

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There is something about being young that sometimes makes you feel invincible.  I remember when I was in college and my fiance at the time (now husband) would worry about me if I was out late or alone at certain times. I always thought he was just being overprotective, but in reality there were dangers everywhere. We don’t want to live in fear but we do want to be aware of our surroundings and always be on alert.

Do your teens know how to stay safe? These skills, tips, and guidelines will give them the foundation they need to live smart in our crazy world. And they are great reminders for mamas as well!

I have a teenager that will be entering college this year, and as a mom, I know first hand about worrying.  Their safety is so important, and although we don't want to scare them from living their lives, we do want them to know a few safety tips that could save their life. 

10 Tips To Teach Your Teenagers about Safety

Stay in good lighting when walking or running –  Dark places leave us more prone to attacks!

Always have your keys ready while heading to your car –  The keys can be used as a weapon if need be. I know it's not much but it is something.  Having a panic alert on the keychain can help also.  Remind your teens about the dangers of texting and how concentrating on driving not only keeps them safer but other people on the road as well.

Be alert of your surroundings at all time – Teens can be especially guilty of being oblivious to their surroundings. Remind them to be aware everywhere they are. This gives them more control if disaster happens.

When you get in your car, lock doors right away –  This is one of the most vulnerable times to be attacked.  Teach your children even when they are young that doors should be locked as soon as they get in.  

Keep a light on when your going to be coming home after dark. – A porch light, night light, or even small lamp can help you see.

Go places with a friend –  You are always safer in numbers. Never leave alone when you are impaired or in unfamiliar territory.  

Guard your drink –  This is for all drinks, including water and soft drinks. Don’t take drinks from others, always get your own, and don’t leave it alone. Drinks are so easy to drug, it is just not worth it trusting others with your drinks.

Be their safe call - I know sometimes children disappoint us. They are sinners just as we are. Be their safe place, remind them that no matter what they can call you. If they do call you impaired or are in any other trouble, don't use this time to lecture or punish. Wait for a better opportunity to talk to them about the issue. Have a special secret code they can use if they need you.  I love this X-Plan at bertfulks.com - it's a great way to get your teens out of uncomfortable situations.

Know escape routes and hiding places – You never know when you need to get out quickly. Go over exit strategies with your children in case of a fire or a live shooter situation. 

Hang out with good people – This may sound like a given but encourage your children (and start young) about the kinds of friends they want to hang out with.  Teach them about looking for friends they can trust!

Most of all, you want to teach your children the power of prayer. Hopefully this is something started when they are very young.  We need to remind our teens they can call on the Lord anytime and that HE is always there for them.  

Teach safety as they grow up in your home and it will become more second nature when they are teens. There are no guarantees in life, we can do all the right things and still have tragedy or hard things happen,but teaching about safety can't hurt, and can be an asset to your teens lives. 

What would you add?

Blessings,

Angela Richter

Angela Richter

Angela Richter is a wife to her best friend of 20 years and mother to three! She is the author of Together with Family where she writes about finding ways to connect with your family on a deeper level! She is passionate about intentional parenting and marriage and loves to share practical ways to make family life better! She loves anything regarding homeschooling, writing, reading great books and scrapbooking! She lives in the Northern part of the Bluegrass state and is a Kentucky girl through and through! You can find her on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!

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