Sometimes as the days get cooler and shorter we need something to remind us of the warmer, longer days and this dish certainly brings you back to that more tropical feel. Healthy food taste and look great and can be quick and simple. This recipe starts with chicken breast marinated in a light lime vinaigrette dressing, with a colorful medley of veggies, which make for a heart-healthy meal that will fill you up and keep you satisfied. Best part? It all comes together in one skillet! So there is less time needed washing the dishes. All too often people think healthy food must be bland. Here at Stretch Beyond Impossible, we know that's just not that case and we invite you to explore our healthy recipes to see just our tasty and satisfying healthy can be. Give it a try, make your own healthy chicken with this recipe and take a photo and tag us so we can check it out!
Tropical Chicken Medley: Serves 4
2 lbs raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
1 ½ cups chopped red bell pepper
1 ½ cups chopped yellow bell pepper
½ cup light lime vinaigrette dressing ( i.e. Newman's Own)
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic and herb seasoning blend (i.e. Mrs. Dash)
½ oz pine nuts
Coat chicken breast strips with salad dressing. Sprinkle seasoning blend and onion powder on chicken strips. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes (1 to 2 hours preferred).
After chicken is done marinating, sauté peppers and broccoli in a large, lightly-coated sauté pan until al dente (tender-crisp). While cooking peppers, frequently add a little water so peppers do not burn. Set sautéed peppers and broccoli aside.
Add chicken to a pan, and cook until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, place pine nuts on a tray in toaster oven and toast until brown.
When chicken is done, add peppers, broccoli, and pine nuts, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts: 370 calories | 12g fat | 16g carbohydrates | 55g protein
Feel free to get creative and vary the veggies to what works for you, as pictured below.
Did you know studies show: Most of the sodium in our diet comes from salt that has been added to the food we eat. Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily amount of salt. Too much salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Thus, eating less sodium can reduce your risk for high blood pressure and bloating,and stave off other effects of too much salt. And did you know that reducing sodium in the food supply could save money and lives? One estimate suggested that if Americans moved to an average intake of 1,500 mg/day sodium, it could result in a 25.6 percent overall decrease in blood pressure and an estimated $26.2 billion in health care savings. Another estimate projected that achieving this goal would reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease by anywhere from 500,000 to nearly 1.2 million over the next 10 years. So consider using sodium free (or reduced sodium) seasonings, sauces, and condiments as a healthy alternative in many recipes to improve your health and decrease the negative health risks.
Remember it's not about depriving yourself of delicious food, it's about being mindful of your choices, portion sizes, and coming up with healthier alternatives that are just as good if not better. Thus, our mission is to not only guide you to improving your physical health but also create a healthy mindset.
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