Monday, March 31, 2014

Mediterranean Chicken (from the cookbook)

8 chicken tenderloins (all visible fat removed)
1 14.5 oz. can petite cut diced tomatoes (I use the garlic basil flavored ones)
1 c. 98% fat free chicken broth
1 4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 3.8 oz. can sliced olives (drained)
1 16 oz. can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp. ground black pepper
cooking spray

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray & cook chicken on medium heat until golden brown. Add the onions and garlic and about ¼ of the chicken broth and cook until onions are soft.  Add the rest of the chicken broth and the other ingredients and let simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until everything is warmed and the flavors are mixed.

Serve over a bed of Israeli couscous.

Nutritional: Per serving (without couscous) - 233 calories; 4.5 g fat; 17% calories from fat
Serves: 6

Monday, March 24, 2014

Healthy Tip: Have some fats on your salad!

Too often when people are trying to eat healthier, they opt for salads with fat-free dressing.  The problem though, is that by not having any fats on your salad, your body is missing out on all of those fat-soluble vitamins (micronutrients) that it needs.  A great way to get the most out of all of those good veggies (and fruits) is to dress your salad with flavorful vinegar and a touch of heart healthy oil, such as extra virgin olive oil.  Then, add some good fats like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or almonds to your salad.  By doing this, your body will absorb all of that nutritional greatness that it needs.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Italian Herb Chicken (from the cookbook)

Italian Herb Chicken
4 plum tomatoes
1 whole lime
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (preferably organic w/ Italian herbs)
5-10 (depending on your taste) whole garlic cloves,  minced
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp. white wine (can be cooking or table wine)
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (all visible fat removed)
8 oz. angel hair pasta, cooked

Dice 3 of the tomatoes and place in a large skillet. Mash with a potato masher until they are smushy. Dice and add the last tomato without mashing. Add the can of diced tomatoes including the juice. Next, cut your lime in half and squeeze all of the juice out into the pan. Add the minced garlic (5 - 10 cloves to taste), the basil and the wine. Stir and let simmer over a low to med/low heat. Cut your chicken into either strips or bite size pieces and cook until golden brown on medium heat in a separate skillet.
When cooked, add your chicken to the sauce and let simmer on low heat for at least 10 minutes (the longer it simmers, the more the chicken absorbs the flavor of the sauce).

Spoon over your cooked angel hair pasta.

Nutritional: Per Serving (without pasta) - 178.25 calories; 0.5g fat
Serves: 4