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Healthy Recipes for Quinoa

Hello dear reader, it’s the month of hearts and I know you want to serve something different, something attractive, something exciting to your loved ones. Well you know what? Quinoa may be the best suggestion you will ever have.

Puzzled? You need not be; here are some basic facts about Quinoa and why it is an answer to the question on what hearty meal to serve on Valentine’s Day or any other day…

Quinoa is a healthy food, a leafy plant whose seeds are made into grains, which is packed in nutrients that is good for the body, good for the mind, and good for the heart. It is friendly to vegetarians because it is one of those rare veggies you get protein from. It is rich in fiber, and is a good source of calcium. It is also packed with good carbs and Vitamin E. Talk about getting fit and looking fab during Valentines!

Now let’s get down to business – Quinoa can be served in any meal. I’m talking about not only of dish, but the time of the day as well. Have it in breakfast as a cereal. Serve your lunch with Quinoa soup as appetizer. Delight your guests during dinner with Quinoa on your salad. Or just simply serve Quinoa as substitute to rice. You may also want to try cooking Meatball Spaghetti using Quinoa pasta and serving it with garlic Quinoa bread.

Quinoa comes in different shapes and sizes, as gluten-free flour, in whole grains, as cereal flakes, in thin slices of pasta or as bread. It is also available in a variety of colors and distinct flavors.

White Quinoa, which is the most common, has the softest texture and a buttery flavor – more like rice. Serve it as is, simmered whole grains, in partner with baked oysters or any of your favorite viand. There are lots of recipes for Quinoa, and the white grain variant.

If you are looking for something excellent in cold salads, try the red variation of Quinoa. Because of the color, it will add beauty to the bowl, along with the green vegetables, the translucent onions, the browned garlic and nuts and the white or pinkish salad dressing. Of course, red Quinoa is not only good in salads; be sure to try other recipes for this variety, too.

Of the three, if you want something strong in taste, something more adventurous, a flavor which is reminiscent of caviar, then try serving salted black Quinoa. This will surely surprise your diners and is guaranteed by chefs to be a fine and exquisite dining experience. That’s just some basic trick. Learn more about recipes for Quinoa below.

Be sure to not only be able to serve this healthy tasty treat this Valentines…and you don’t even need to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas. All you have to do is look up and jot down some recipes, buy Quinoa and cook and serve it every day in your home.

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Healthy Recipes With Almonds

We all know that almonds are commonly eaten raw or toasted but they can also be enjoyed as an addition to desserts, chocolates, sweets and even savory dishes. Yum! They are rich in Vitamin E, dietary fiber, B vitamins and essential minerals. They provide the healthy recipes that your body craves for and needs.

Why don’t you try these perfect snacks that you and your loved ones would enjoy?

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds – super easy to prepare and truly enjoyable. Pack it up for a handy energy booster during the day, or that crunch you want while watching TV or just hanging out.

Ingredients:

1 piece egg white (large)

1 teaspoon cold water

4 cups whole almonds

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius).

2. Grease your 10×15 inches jelly roll pan or tin pan coated in cooking spray.

3. Beat the egg white lightly then add water. Beat it until frothy. Add the nuts and coat it evenly by tossing.

4. Evenly spread it over the pan and bake for about an hour until golden brown, with occasional stirring. Store in airtight containers after it cooled down. This recipe lasts for a few weeks to months, or depends on who knows where it is hidden. Most people can’t take their hands off it.

Almonds can also be enjoyed over dinners and not just as a snack or dessert. How about these Green Beans with Toasted Almonds for a whole new experience?

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds It only takes you fifteen minutes to make it. Double the servings and you share the enjoyment of eating it with others. Being fit and being social doesn’t sound so bad right?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

sea salt

pepper

A handful Toasted slivered or sliced almonds, for garnish

½ cup mushrooms (optional), diced

Preparation Instructions:

1. Boil some water and cook the green beans for about five minutes. Drain the beans and return to the same pan to heat.

2. With oil and butter, toss the beans and season with salt and pepper. Add the mushroom for a more hearty taste.

3. Garnish it with almonds and you are good to go.

Healthy cooking does not need any complex procedures and ingredients you have never heard of. Heck, I even don’t have the patience to cook. But with a little bit of creativity and a fun mindset, you can turn your ordinary food items totally delectable. Almonds just got that much better. Whoop Whoop!

Healthy Recipes For Meal Planning

With the abundant amount of recipes available online, it is hard to figure out which ones are best for your diet and exercise plan. Meal planning helps you determine what food you will eat during the day. The advantage to a good meal plan is that it helps you calculate the total amount of calories consumed within the week. The total calories can be used to determine how many pounds of fat you will lose after the week. This also allows you to set a timeline for weight loss and fitness goals.

Breakfast Healthy Recipes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast allows you to feel full even hours after consuming the meal. Breakfast also energizes you, so you do not feel tired in the afternoon. It keeps you from overeating during lunch, which can lead to that exhausted feeling in the mid-afternoon. Planning a breakfast meal involves making the right choices. Avoid sugary recipes that create sweets and load up on unhealthy carbohydrates in the morning.

Stick to breakfast meals that consist of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eggs are good for protein, but avoid too many foods with saturated fats, and speak to a physician if you have any cardiovascular disease. Grains, fiber and fruits and vegetables are filled with the nutrition you need for the day. Do not forget a morning multivitamin. They can provide you with any vitamin content you may miss during your meal planning.

Planning Healthy Lunches

Whether it is for your kids or for yourself, a healthy lunch is a good way to fill up and replenish your energy for the rest of the day. Some people eat at restaurants with fellow coworkers. Eating at restaurants kills your budget, and it is hard to find the right meals that help you meet fitness goals. Pack a lunch instead, and plan each lunch for a lightweight meal. Fruits and vegetables are good lunch time healthy meals. They give you more energy, and don’t give you the “food coma” after you have eaten the meal.

Be Careful with Dinner

Dinner is the one meal where people overindulge. Some people starve throughout the day – avoiding lunch and breakfast – and they find themselves overeating during dinner. This can lead to unintentional weight gain and frustration for people who want to stay fit. Eat a light, healthy dinner and make sure you don’t plan meals while hungry. Some dieters eat the largest meal during the morning and eat the lightest at night. This avoids heavy meals before you go to bed.

Planning meals helps you maintain a healthy body weight, and it also keeps your caloric intake within the plan you set out for your dieting goals. Always provide yourself with enough high-energy meals that keep you motivated during the day, but avoid fatty meals such as red meat, sweets, fried and fast foods. Some recipes can help you plan for healthier meals, and it can save you money in the long run.

 

Chicken and Bacon Salad

Chicken salad recipes are incredibly popular and there are literally hundreds of them but, surprisingly enough, not everybody has tried combining the soft and delicate flavor of chicken with the mouthwatering meatiness and saltiness of bacon. These two ingredients go together amazingly and if you never thought of using poultry and meat together in the same recipe, you are going to love chicken recipe and bacon salad.

There are different ways to make this delicious dish, of course, but one of the nicest ways is to serve the chicken and bacon topping warm and the salad leaves and other salad ingredients chilled. This way, you get contrasting temperatures as well as contrasting flavors and textures.

For a very basic chicken and bacon salad, you could fry some bacon and chicken chunks, and then arrange it on a bed of salad leaves. Optional ingredients include chopped apple, raisings, croutons, cucumber, tomato, olives, and capers. Pretty much any kind of salad dressing is good with a bacon and chicken salad recipe, including garlic mayonnaise, Caesar dressing, vinaigrette, or sweet chili sauce.

If you want to make grilled chicken recipes like chicken salad for a buffet, you can serve the salad on one big platter. For a dinner party, you can give everyone a small plateful of the salad as their appetizer. You can use leftover cooked chicken if you have some, else cook new boneless chicken pieces.

Recipe for Warm Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

This is a very special recipe for chicken and bacon salad and the warm mixture is served on a bed of chicory, avocados, watercress and green onions. The dressing is made with sweet chili sauce and lime juice.

This is such a delicious recipe and if you are a fan of chicken salad recipes, you will love the flavor of this one. It is impressive enough to serve at a formal dinner.

You will need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 thickly sliced heads chicory
  • 2 peeled, stoned avocados, cut into wedges
  • 4 green onions, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal
  • 5 strips bacon
  • 6 oz French fries for the oven
  • 1 1/2 oz watercress
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

How to make it:

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Brush half a tablespoon of the chili sauce over both sides of the chicken, season it with salt and pepper and place it on a big baking sheet. Mix the rest of the chili sauce with the lime juice and water to make a dressing.

Dice the fries and scatter them around the chicken on the baking sheet. Add the bacon. Bake for fifteen minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the bacon and potatoes are crispy.

Toss the chicory, green onions, watercress, and avocado in half the dressing and arrange this mixture on a platter. Slice the chicken and scatter it over the salad with the potato and bacon. Spoon over the rest of the dressing and serve warm.

Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes

Chicken thighs are often overlooked in recipes because of the popularity of boneless chicken breasts, which are more in demand. However, chicken thighs are juicier and much more flavorful. They are also very economical and if you are on a tight budget, there are lots of chicken thigh recipes you can make, whether you are looking for something international like easy chicken enchiladas or something for the summer like healthy chicken recipes.

You can use boneless chicken thighs in casseroles and stews and pretty much any dish where you would normally use chicken breast. You might like to use some chicken breast and some chicken thigh, for a contrast in flavors and textures.

How to De-Bone a Chicken Thigh

Bone-in chicken is cheaper than ones are which have been de-boned for you, so it is well worth learning how to take the bones out of your own. Taking the bone out of a chicken thigh is simple and it also means the chicken will have a shorter cooking time. If you are cutting up a whole chicken, you will need a sharp knife to slice through the joint where the drumstick meets the thigh. You will find the cartilage very soft so it is easy to cut.

Bone the drumstick using the same method as you used for the thigh. Cut along the top of the bone and slice deeply until the knife is touching the bone. You will be able to see the white bone in the cut you have made. Pull the bone upwards and away from the chicken thigh.

Cut into the chicken some more, so that you can remove the bone altogether. You will probably have to slice some more of the meat off the bone so you can get it out. Keep slicing away bits of sinew, tendons and skin until you have a boneless thigh.

ecipe for Crockpot Chicken Thighs in an Herby Orange Sauce

This is such a simple chicken recipe and the fact that you can use a slow cooker means that you can leave this recipe to cook by itself all day while you are out. Serve this tangy citrus chicken dish with noodles or rice and perhaps some broccoli or beans on the side. This recipe serves four people.

You will need:

  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, in 1 inch pieces
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary
  • 4 slices crumbled, cooked lean bacon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 3 peeled, diced carrots
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 14 1/2 oz can diced peeled tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste

How to make it:

Remove any visible fat from the chicken, then combine it with the orange juice and half the zest, tomatoes and their liquid, oregano, thyme, pepper, garlic, rosemary, onion, carrot, basil and tomato paste in a three and a half quart crockpot. Cover and cook on “low” for about six hours or until the chicken thighs are cooked through. Stir in the rest of the orange zest, the lemon juice, and sugar. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the finished dish.

Broccoli Chicken Salad Recipes

These two ingredients are a great combination in hot or cold dishes. This page contains healthy chicken recipes.

Excellent way to use up leftover chicken and other ingredients we often have in the kitchen. Last night I wanted to use up broccoli stems and had some cubed canned chicken a neighbor gave me and I actually liked using the stems more than the florets 😉 I sliced the stems in a food processor.

Broccoli Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets cut in bite size pieces (or very thinly sliced stems)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower kernels, salted or unsalted
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled if desired
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Directions:

Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl.

Combine the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar in a small bowl and add to chicken mixture. Toss well, cover and refrigerate until serving.

 

Broccoli Slaw Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh broccoli slaw ($2.00)
  • 6 Tbsp light mayo
  • 1 13 oz can of chicken in water
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Drain and flake your canned chicken in a big bowl.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the flaked chicken in the bowl.
  3. Mix everything. Add more mayo and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or lid and store in fridge. Salad gets better as it sits for a day or two. Lasts a week.

 

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes

Grilling is a popular way to prepare chicken. Tastes great and is easy, fast and cheap chicken recipe.

Add even more citrus flavors by making kabobs and skewering bite sized chicken pieces with pineapple chunks.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic, or more to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs

Directions:

Whisk together orange juice, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, salt, and pepper in a large glass bowl. Reserve and refrigerate 1/3 cup of the marinade in a separate covered container for basting. Place the chicken into the bowl, turn to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning once.

Preheat grill to medium and lightly oil the grill rack.

Grill chicken for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, basting often with the 1/3 cup of reserved marinade, and cook until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

 

Easy Cooking Recipes

Whether you are a college student or a single individual, whether you are moving into your first home or just don’t spend that much time in the kitchen; cooking can be a real challenge for many individuals. For those who are either cooking on a budget or just learning to cook, you should consider easy cooking recipes. There are a few inexpensive, convenient foods you need to have on hand in order to making easy cooking recipes.

For quick and easy healthy meals, you want to make sure you are stocked up on packaged frozen foods. Frozen foods have a long shelf life and can be easy to prepare for those who are living on a budget. When it comes to frozen foods many think of frozen pizza, Hot Pockets, chicken fingers, corn dogs and other assorted TV dinners. While these are good to have, they aren’t necessarily considered a gourmet meal. For a more gourmet approach to frozen foods you need to consider stocking up on frozen vegetables, frozen fruit, frozen orange juice, frozen hash browns, fish sticks, frozen ravioli or tortellini, frozen cookie dough, chicken breasts, vegetarian meat substitutes, frozen English muffins, lasagna and ice cream.

You also want to make sure you keep some perishable foods kept in your refrigerator for those quick and easy cooking recipes. Just keep in mind that perishable foods will spoil so you should only keep small quantities on hand and try to use them up before they go bad. Some of the best items to keep on hand because they can be successful ingredients in recipes include milk, bagged salads, vegetables, fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, tortillas, biscuits and rolls, cheese, lunchmeat, pita bread and hummus.

When it comes to convenience foods, the first area in your kitchen that you will stock is your pantry. Here you can buy sale items in bulk so you can successful stay on budget when cooking easy recipes. Be sure to have these items on hand in your pantry coffee, cooking oil, soup, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, onions and potatoes, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, peanut butter, refried beans, pasta and sauce, apples, dried fruit, muffin mix, spam, instant pudding or Jell-O, cereal bars, granola bars, baked beans, powdered drink mix and cookies.

Once you have these items on hand you can look up some quick and easy cooking recipes that you can throw together when you need a gourmet meal. Having a gourmet meal is so much better than living off a diet of Ramen, frozen pizza and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and experience to learn how to make a quick and easy cooking recipe. Not to mention a gourmet meal is more satisfying, cheaper and healthier than the standard college food. When it comes to finding quick and easy cooking recipes, either you can find a long list online or you can talk to family and friends who may have some good recipe ideas.

Delicious Chicken Recipes for Your Dinner

What’s for dinner tonight? I hate that question. It is always so overwhelming for me to come up with what we can have for dinner. My family is really good about eating whatever I make, but I like making healthy meals that don’t take a lot of time. My favorite recipes are chicken recipes and crockpot recipes. These kind of recipes keep me and my kids happy. I love crockpot recipes because they are usually quick and easy and kids love chicken recipes, because they are really picky about what meat they will eat, but they will always eat chicken. A crockpot chicken recipe would be just the right combination for our family.

Ingredients:Crock-Pot Chicken With Black Beans & Cream Cheese...yum!. Photo by Pam-I-Am

4 -5 boneless chicken breasts
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can corn
1 (15 ounce) jar salsa, any kind
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1. Take 4-5 frozen, yes, frozen, boneless chicken breasts put into crock pot.
2 Add 1 can of black beans, drained, 1 jar of salsa, 1 can of corn drained.
3 Keep in crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.
4 Add 1 package of cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.
5 All done and enjoy!

Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-with-black-beans-cream-cheese-yum-89204

I like the variety that I can find online these days. I can’t believe how many crockpot recipes are available online. I can always count on the internet to help me find great crockpot recipes and chicken recipes that have already been tried and tested. Don’t you just love the reviews and rating systems that give you feedback from those who have also tried the recipe? It is my favorite part of finding recipes online. I know that I am trying something that numerous people have already made and really enjoyed or I know that I shouldn’t waste my time making the meal, because it didn’t have the flavor the other cooks wanted.

I like putting my meal in the crockpot before I start my day and then I don’t have to think about dinner for the rest of the day. Having kids makes my day crazy and finding crockpot chicken recipes has really saved my life. I hate always hitting the drive-through, not only because it isn’t the most healthy option for my children, but because it costs so much money. I can’t believe how fast it adds up. I can save at least a $100 a week using crockpot recipes instead of hitting the drive-through. I have actually found that my kids are actually enjoying dinner more now that we aren’t eating fast food. I guess it really does get old after awhile.

I would love to hear what your favorite healthy chicken recipes are, because we are kind of in a rut right now with our chicken options. We have been eating a lot of chicken covered in cream of chicken soup and cheese lately and I don’t know how much longer I can handle it. I know that you have a perfect go to crockpot recipe to go along with your chicken recipe, so please take a minute to share it! If you don’t know where to share, be sure to check out Gourmandia. It is one of my favorite resources for recipes and they have great reviews. I love how the reviewers actually take the time to tell you what improvements they have made to the dishes and not just tell you they don’t like it. It’s great to read through those changes and accommodate those changes to fit the tastes of your individual family.

Simple Oven Fried Chicken Recipes

Oven fried chicken recipes are very easy to make. I got even lazier and used some shake and bake that I found in the pantry, instead of the crackers. This was fast, easy, and best of all, it tasted great. Also, it’s suitable for busy moms.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe no. 1: 

Ingredients:

4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 stick margarine

1 sleeve saltine crackers – crushed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Melt margarine on 11×14 baking sheet in oven while preheating.
  2. When margarine is melted remove sheet from oven and coat each chicken breast in margarine, then in crushed saltines.
  3. Place back on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes turning halfway through.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe no. 2: 

 

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe no. 3: 

Ingredients:

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 package (5 1/4 ounces) plain Melba toast, pulsed to sand and pebble texture

4 drumsticks and 4 thighs, skin removed

Spray bottle filled with vegetable oil or vegetable oil cooking spray

 

Instructions:

  1. Adjust rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix eggs, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Put Melba toast crumbs in another shallow dish. Set a large wire rack over an 18 by 12-inch foil-lined jellyroll pan.
  3. Using 1 hand for dry ingredients and the other for wet, lay chicken pieces, 4 at a time, in egg mixture, roll to coat. Then lay 1 piece at a time in Melba crumbs. Press a mix of crumbs into top of chicken.
  4. Turn piece over and repeat, pressing crumbs into other side. Gently shake off excess. Set chicken on rack.
  5. Spray top portion of chicken pieces evenly with oil.
  6. Bake until chicken is nutty brown and juices run clear, 30 minutes for drumsticks and 35 minutes for thighs.

 

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