Grilled Chicken with Watercress and Pear Salad

Eating healthy can be difficult. It seems that we are all short on time these days, and preparing a meal after work or after hitting the gym is the last thing we want to do. It is important though that you follow through, take the time to prepare a healthy and delicious meal that will not only satisfy, but will also go a long way towards providing your body with nutrients after a long day or tough workout. You don’t need hours to eat healthy. You can a enjoy a healthy meal in as little as half an hour (no longer than it takes the takeout to arrive).


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 tablespoons virgin olive oil, extra oil for brushing

Four 6- to 7-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon juice (preferably fresh squeezed)

2 firm, ripe eating pears, cored

1/4 bulb fennel

2 bunches watercress, (about 6 cups)

2- to 3-ounces of Gouda


Preheat your grill to a medium heat and brush some olive oil onto the grates.
Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper; you can also add lemon pepper. Grill until nicely marked and the chicken achieves an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, the timeframe should be between 18 and 20 minutes. Set aside to rest.
In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice pears and fennel. Be sure to thinly slice the pears and the fennel lengthwise with a mandolin. Thoroughly toss the lemon juice, pears and fennel. Add the watercress and oil. Mix the salad to ensure an even coating on the salad. Season to taste with salt and some pepper.
Divide the salad and chicken evenly among four plates. Using a mandolin or grater, shave slices of Gouda onto the plate

Per serving:

Calories 590

Fat 22 g (Saturated 6 g, 9 percent)

Cholesterol 135 mg

Sodium 730 mg

Carbohydrate 50 g

Protein 50 g

Fiber 9 g

Sugars 12 g