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Asian Pesto Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps

by in Healthy Recipes, November 1, 2016

Nourishing and delicious, these Asian Pesto Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps are packed with protein, fiber and skin-friendly beta carotene to give your complexion a healthy glow into fall and beyond!

In addition to one of fall’s favorite foods, sweet potatoes, these Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps contain heart-healthy oats, flax seeds and cashew nuts. Oh, and about that Asian pesto sauce, fair warning: You may want to eat it by the spoonful. It’s that good!

I used a combo of dark-meat and white-meat chicken, along with some egg, ground oats and ground flax seed, to keep the meatballs moist. But feel free to experiment with all-white-meat or all-dark-meat chicken, and to sub almond flour for the oats if you prefer a grain-free version.

The pesto sauce is easily made ahead of time, as are the meatballs, so you can pull the recipe together quickly to enjoy it as a complete meal for lunch or dinner whenever you’re ready to eat. Read more

Grapes for Dinner: Sauteed Chicken with Roasted Grapes and Onions

by in Healthy Recipes, October 4, 2016

This time of year, dozens of clusters of green and purple grapes take over the outside wall of my garage. I pop them into my kids’ lunches every day for weeks at a time and serve them again as an after-school snack. They also make an easy appetizer, set out in a pretty bowl with a hunk of good cheese. Inevitably, though, my family’s ability to eat endless amounts of raw grapes starts to wane. Before I know it, the fruit is spilling out of my refrigerator and I’m racking my brain to find new uses for it.

Most recipes for grapes — jellies, jams and desserts — call for combining them with a lot of sugar. These uses also often dispense with the skins, which provide healthy fiber. Besides containing fiber, grapes are an excellent source of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are associated with a reduced risk for developing several types of cancers.

To retain all that healthy goodness, it was time to think beyond dessert. That’s when I came upon the idea of roasting grapes to make savory compote. Bonus: That would help me sneak grapes into dinner too.

Roasting grapes at high heat intensifies both their flavor and sweetness. For balance, I mix them with a little balsamic vinegar, some red onion and a few sprigs of rosemary — an herb that grows just a few feet away from my wall of grapes. After they cook for 20 minutes in the oven, I’ve got a delicious topping for any type of meat. In this recipe, I’ve paired the compote with sauteed boneless, skinless chicken, which is low in saturated fat and an excellent source of protein, but this compote would also be a good match for pork tenderloin or chicken sausage. Leftover roasted grapes are tasty spooned onto rye crackers spread with goat cheese or ricotta cheese — lunch for the adult set. Read more

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, September 14, 2016

For the past decade, I’ve been getting by with a $25 smallish slow cooker that I purchased from the grocery store. Recently I relocated, leaving my kitchen gadgets — including said slow cooker — behind, “forcing” me to buy a new one. Now I am thrilled to be sporting a slow cooker fit with a cook setting that automatically switches to warming mode after the cooking time has elapsed. Game changer. That was $49 well spent.

With fall comes peak sweet potato season. This dish highlights the savory side of this root vegetable, brimming with loads of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, plus potassium and vitamin C. I opt for orange-fleshed taters because, to me, the presentation of a white sweet potato just doesn’t have the same panache.

I prefer to use chicken thighs with the bone in (skin removed, of course) in slow-cooked dishes because the result is juicy, tender pieces of meat. The natural gelatin from within the bones lends itself to a simplified bone broth — so good you’ll be sipping it from a spoon.

Toss these simple ingredients into the slow cooker and be on your way. Just a few hours later, return to your kitchen filled with a warm, mouthwatering aroma. Read more

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Blue Cheese Slaw

by in Grilling, Healthy Recipes, August 13, 2016

We deconstructed — and then reconstructed! — all the great flavors of Buffalo chicken wings into this meal that’s much healthier but tastes just as satisfyingly decadent.

Here’s what we did:

• We packed more flavor into every bite by taking the skin off. Sure, that sounds counterintuitive, but with the skin off, the powerfully flavorful glaze permeates every juicy bite. We saved about 60 calories per thigh, and more than half the saturated fat.

• We got more cheese bang for our buck by crumbling strongly flavored blue cheese into small bits. Again, this ensures we get the flavor in every bite. The stronger the flavor of your cheese, the less you’ll need.

Here’s the real kicker to these Buffalo chicken thighs: No one ever need know they’re healthier, and it won’t occur to them to ask — because, yes, they taste that outrageously good. Read more

5-Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Spinach

by in Healthy Recipes, April 5, 2016

Here’s a one-pan chicken recipe for dinner to add to your arsenal. It’s complete with plenty of protein and gives you a double serving of dark leafy greens, which are loaded with beta carotene and also plentiful in vitamin C, folate and iron. You can prep and cook this dish in under 30 minutes, not counting the time for marinating, which tenderizes the chicken and infuses it with a bright and mellow lemony flavor.

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Spaghetti Squash Chicken Lasagna

by in Healthy Recipes, March 15, 2016

Have to feed a crowd? Craving something comforting? Need a quick and easy weeknight meal? Looking for a recipe that freezes beautifully? This Spaghetti Squash Chicken Lasagna checks all the boxes. While the traditional version is composed of layers of noodles, meat and cheese, I want to show you a different way of enjoying the classic dish. By swapping out the pasta layers for spaghetti squash, not only will you amp up the vegetable intake, but the lasagna-making process will become much more effortless. Adding kale to the ricotta mixture gives the dish an even greater nutritional boost. With a little prep work beforehand, you can whip up this hearty comfort meal in under 30 minutes.

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3 Healthy Mug Meals with Chicken

by in Healthy Recipes, January 15, 2016

It’s the New Year, and perhaps, like many people, you’ve set a goal to eat healthier and lose weight. However, if you don’t change your habits and your environment, then you’ll find yourself revisiting the same goal come next year. Sometimes, though, despite best efforts life gets in the way, making it impossible to put healthy eating at the top of the priority list. One solution is mug meals.

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Chicken and Butternut Dumplings

by in Healthy Recipes, October 8, 2015

Mmmm, chicken and dumplings. It’s a big bowl of comfort food: fluffy, soft dumplings that float atop a stick-to-the-ribs chicken stew bubbling underneath.   Read more

5-Ingredient Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken

by in Healthy Recipes, June 8, 2015

Summer brings warmer temperatures, hungry kids and a lot of outdoor grilling. To get more flavor from our favorite chicken dishes, we often slather on syrupy barbecue sauces. Sure, they are tangy and delicious, but they often contain added sugar. One way to avoid all of those empty calories is to grill with Cajun seasoning and apple cider vinegar — you’ll get the balance your taste buds crave. Read more

6 Reasons Not to Write Off Chicken – Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, June 4, 2015

For me, chicken can feel like an uninspired fallback at a summer party, depending on the seasonings (or lack thereof) and the method of preparation. Perhaps I’ve been put off by one too many cookouts where the main event consisted of dried-out white meat and the only logical choice was to double up on pasta salad and dessert. But truth be told, chicken — when done right — is a remarkably juicy canvas for conveying endless flavor combinations. With a little imagination (and a tasty rub or glaze), you can capture the attention of everyone at your summer party, starting with these healthy takes on the common bird. I, for one, am ready to give chicken a second look.

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