Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Good News/Bad News: Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap

Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap

Good news: I have been blessed with good vision and made it this far in life without having to wear glasses or contacts. I've saved tons on prescription eyewear!
Bad news: You know that saying "If Mother Nature doesn't get you, Father Time will"? Yeah, he got me. 
I've been doing the squinting thing and having to hold my book out at arms length for the past ... year.

Good news: I finally made an eye appointment and was able to squeeze it into my busy work schedule today. 
Bad news: I forgot they would dilate my eyes. My workload included creating several number-intensive detailed reports that are due by the end of the day that I didn't do before the appointment. Doh!
Blurry vision + accounting numbers = visions of Enron dancing in my head

Good news: I have 20/20 vision and I probably will for the rest of my life. I'm not bragging or anything, my optometrist told me that. True story.
Bad news: I still need reading glasses. ForEVERRRRRR.

Good news: If I look at that last one differently, I should be saying, "Hooray, I have a solution to my squinting problem! Take that, crows feet!" It won't hurt that I'll be able to see better too.
Bad news: I'm notorious for losing or breaking sunglasses. This might be a little challenging for me to keep track of my reading glasses. I'll have to get a backup pair for my backup pair.

Good news: When I got home, I couldn't read my computer screen to do my reports so instead I made one of my favorite lunches instead, a Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap (were you wondering where I was going with all this? Longest segueway ever!)
Bad news: By the time I ate lunch and played with Maggie the Dog Wonder for a bit, I was able to see well enough to read the numbers on my computer and finish those reports. 
Oh wait, I think that's supposed to be good news.

Good news: My tummy was really happy for the rest of the afternoon.

It's good to end on a good note. :)

Dwayne Johnson / The Rock
Make me a sandwich!
This grilled chicken caprese wrap is super tasty, quick, and versatile. Sometimes I add fresh tomatoes (wait 'til summer when they aren't so sad), sometimes I use the sundried tomatoes. Sometimes I add the chicken, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I grill it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I add the balsamic vinegar reduction, sometimes I don't want to take the time to make it and I might drizzle on a tsp. or 2 of vinegar straight from the bottle. Sometimes I want Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to make my lunch, sometimes I don't. See? Versatile.

Even though you could leave the balsamic vinegar reduction out, you really should try it. It's kind of the superstar of this wrap and it's gooood. When you take balsamic vinegar and reduce it down, it becomes thick and syrupy and mellow and sweeter. Just be prepared for a noseful of vinegar smell when you start to heat it up. It's strong. Like, make-your-children-gag strong. They'll get over it though and you'll have black liquid gold.

This post is for my friend Ashley who has been feeling under the weather and dealing with "stuff" lately. It's her fault that I've been craving this, all her talk about caprese sandwiches and all. :) Here's to you Ash! Feel better soon! Muah!

Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap

Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap
Serves 1
Printable version

3 T. fairly inexpensive balsamic vinegar
1 small whole wheat tortilla (I like the Mission Carb Balance whole wheat tortillas)
1-2 oz. sliced or shredded part skim mozzarella (if you're not watching the fat, fresh whole mozzarella is amazing in this)
2 oz. chopped cooked chicken (I used leftovers)
1 T. oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil cooking spray or mister spray, or about 1 tsp. olive oil
1-2 leaves of basil, chiffonaded (sliced into thin ribbons)

Heat a small saucepan or pan over medium-high heat and add balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and simmer, adjusting the heat down if needed so it doesn't burn. Continue simmering until the vinegar is reduced down to a syrupy thickness. This takes me anywhere from 3-5 minutes for me. Remove from heat.

Layer on the mozzarella cheese, cooked chopped chicken, and sundried tomatoes onto the tortilla. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll lightly (or tightly, whatever you prefer) or just fold in half like a quesadilla.

misto oil sprayer
Heat a small saute pan or grill pan over medium heat. Spray a coating of olive oil to coat the pan (I love my Misto sprayer!). Add the rolled wrap to the pan and saute on both sides until the cheese is melty and gooey. You can also stick this under the broiler to melt.

While still hot, carefully open the wrap back up and add the basil chiffonade, then drizzle on the reduced balsamic vinegar. If you're using fresh tomatoes, I'd add them at this point too. Now eat up while the cheese is all warm and gooey.

Link parties!
The Mandatory Mooch, The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Budget, Finding Fabulous, Liz Marie Blog, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Tatertots and Jello, Setting for Four, Cupcakes and Crinoline, It's So Very Cheri, I Should Be Mopping the Floor


  1. Hey girl! I actually got a prescription for contacts (nearsighted) when I was 25. My prescription is actually not that bad and the funny thing is that my eyes are getting better, so they say that eventually my eyes will reverse themselves and I may not even need contacts? Strange right? I have really noticed how hard it is to read small print when I have my contacts on. When I work hot lunch at the kid's school my role is to check the kid's names in and I swear I have to squint to read some of them. I borrowed my girlfriends bifocals one day and it helped immensely. So, I guess when I have my contacts in, I should put bifocals on when reading? Doesn't make much sense does it? I think I'm actually due for my annual eye exam so I will let the pros decide.

    Ok, your sandwich looks AMAZING with all that gooey cheese (you know I love cheese) and sun dried tomatoes. I have to laugh at the shot of the shirtless man just thrown into your post! Hilarious!

    I finally sent the brownies yesterday. They should be at your house tomorrow. I am warning you that I'm not sure how they will travel. I tried to get them completely cool before I triple wrapped them up, but when I carried the tray into the UPS store the tray felt warm. I just hope they don't get all nasty from being sealed in while still warm. If they are, then just take a photo of them on the plate and compost them. Seriously, I will not be offended! I also want to warn you that they are rich, like dark chocolate rich, and more like fudge than actually cake brownies. You have to take a photo of the brownies (just throw a couple on the plate) and then when you write a post just include the photo of the brownies and then say who you are going to send cookies to. You can email me of course with any questions!
    Ok girl! Have a great day! It's cold here this morning, high 30's brrrrr.
    xoxo, Jackie

    1. Good morning Jackie! I thought it was strange too that you could have 20/20 vision but still need reading glasses. I guess it's two different measurements so you may have to have reading glasses with your contacts. The other thing the optometrist told me is that in a few years I'd be a good candidate for monovision where I would where one contact and that my brain accommodates for both reading and distance vision. The brain is amazing!

      My favorite part of that picture is the gooey cheese! When it started dripping, I almost wiped it up and thought, no way that is yum! I was feeling in a goofy mood when I wrote this late last night and had to throw the random shirtless man in. Glad you appreciated it! haha

      I'm so excited to get the brownies. When I was little, my grandmother lived with us for a little while in Hawaii but she moved back to Maine where she and my dad are from. She would send us homemade brownies all the time and I LOVED getting that package. I still remember unwrapping the foil because she would wrap each piece individually. I don't think she always let them cool completely and they were always good. Getting a package of brownies in the mail brings back such good memories. Thank you for that! I love the fudgier dark chocolate brownies so I'm sure it will be amazing! I just said out loud to Rick that the brownies would be arriving tomorrow and I clapped! He said, I hope they make it here and the postman doesn't eat them before I do! haha

      It is cold here too, we actually had some slurries yesterday. Stay warm my friend! Talk to you soon. xoxo, Sharon

    2. Ha! I just realized I wrote slurries. I meant snow flurries! There I go combining and making up my own meaning to words again. :)

    3. Ha ha! I got what you meant girl. Maybe you had to many hot toddy's before you hit reply. Ha ha!

      I'm sure the post man wont eat the brownies because he won't even know there are brownies inside. I packed those puppies up because I did not want to break that dish. I also love that you wrote your post when you were feeling giddy and goofy! I usually write up my posts when I'm half awake! Ok, email me when you get those brownies! xoxo, Jackie

  2. WOW - This looks delicious! I will have to try it. Also - love this feature. Very fun! :)


    1. Thanks Sarah! Glad that you came by. :) Sharon

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  4. Getting old is a pain. I had perfect vision then one day I couldn't see to stitch or read etc. Funny thing was hubby's vision went down the tube about 6 months later. WE buy reading glasses at Costco and have several pair hanging around the house. I go to lunch monthly with a group of 50 year old friends. It never fails that one of us will forget her glasses. No problem we just pass the reading glasses around the table so all can read the menu! Good friends don't mind sharing reading glasses!
    The wrap looks delicious. Garden fresh tomatoes and basil would be wonderful.

    1. I love that you shared that! My husband also had to get glasses a few weeks before me, he needs his more often though for driving too. That's the first time he's ever needed them, so we're both new at this together. Many of my friends also need them so that's a good tip to remember when we're all having dinner together. :)
      Thanks for stopping by! Sharon


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