Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spicy Honey Chicken

hot sauce of choice
Chicken breasts or tenders
Teriyaki marinade (or soy sauce, ginger powder, and garlic powder)
Honey (always try for local)

1. Place the chicken in a baking pan and preheat oven to 425.
2. Spread a little honey in the top of each piece of chicken.
3. Add marinade to the pan (just enough to come partway up the side of the chicken, but not covering it)
4. Splash a little (or a lot!) of hot sauce on the tops of the chicken.
5. Bake until the tops look golden. Remove from oven and drain most of the sauce from the pan.
6. Flip the chicken over and return to oven for about 10 minutes, or until that side is golden.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mac &Cheese

While I don't suggest eating this every night (or even every week) if you are health conscious, this is a healthier way to make a traditional favorite. You can also cook up some chicken breasts and add them into the completed mixture for some complete proteins.
brown rice noodles
12 oz fat free American cheese
Frozen peas, broccoli, and spinach
1/4 cup fat free milk
1 1/4 cup fat free plain yogurt
2 tbls cornstarch

1. Over low heat, whisk the cornstarch and milk together until smooth. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. Add the cheese and yogurt and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted. (you can add some garlic at this point for additional flavor)
3. Add the vegetables and stir until the mixture is heated through.
4. Remove from heat and add the drained pasta to the mixture.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easy Spaghetti

This recipe makes a quick dinner that is full of healthy things-- just remember portion control! If you have the time to make your own sauce, even better. Most of the time, I wind up with a jarred sauce because I just don't have the time. You can still choose a healthier one.
Spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup sliced mushroom
1/2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 package ground turkey
2 cloves garlic
Italian seasoning
Poultry seasoning
1 can olives (sliced or whole)
1/2 package noodles (try quinoa or brown rice noodles)

1. Brown the turkey in a large skillet.
2. Add the chopped vegetables, garlic, olives, and seasonings to taste.
3. Once the vegetables are cooked through, add the sauce (you can rinse the jar with a little red wine and add it to the mixture).
4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, boil the noodles according to the package directions.
6. Serve with the noodles beneath the meat mixture. If you desire, grate fresh Parmesan cheese on top.