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Day 5 of The 7 Day Diet is CHICKEN!!!!  And tomatoes, up to 6.  For every tomato you need to have a full glass of water.  It helps to wash away the uric acid, or at least thats what the diet says!  Just be glad you get to have some substance today!  Breakfast is a tough one.  The best thing to do is just slice up a tomato and have at it.  Then hang on till lunch.

I made a simple grilled chicken breast.  Seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil, and smothered in a tomato “salsa”.  It’s not a real salsa, its only tomatoes and spices, but with with the right spices, it’s delicious!  The best tip I can give you, when it comes to grilling the chicken, is not to over cook it!  Seems self explanatory, but you would be surprised how many people overcook the chicken and then wonder why it’s dry.  The best tool to prevent this, is a kitchen thermometer.  Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken (till it reaches the mid section).  When it reads 165 degrees, it’s done!  Don’t slice it immediately!  Give it a minute or two to let the juices resettle into the meat.  If you slice too soon, all those lovely juices come pouring out and voila… dry chicken.

For the salsa, use different colored tomatoes!  I used a red and a yellow.  It looks beautiful on the plate and gives some flavor variation.  Spices like chipotle chile, cumin, cayenne, garlic, and onion really help to take on that salsa flavor.  Salt, pepper and a bit of fresh cilantro are also a must.

Dinner time!  Who doesn’t love buffalo chicken!  You can use wings, but we used legs!  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and toss in Franks Buffalo sauce.  Most hot sauces are 0 calorie and made of only spices and vinegar.  So help yourself!  Just check the back of the bottle to make sure they haven’t added any sugar.  Bake your legs at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, using the same kitchen thermometer method as above.  If the skin isn’t crisp by the time they are done, drizzle a bit of olive on them and turn the oven to broil.  Watch carefully as they will quickly crisp up!  You can toss them in buffalo sauce again, or serve it on the side.

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