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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!

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.

 

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.

 

To discover more information about other healthy chicken recipes include the oven fried chicken recipes, visit Gourmandiadotcom.

 

Easy Roasted Chicken Recipes

One easy chicken recipe is making an ordinary roasted chicken. It is really juicy, tasty and mouth -watering. Most people are not aware that they can make roasted chicken extraordinary. They just roast it and they do not make an effort to give the recipe an extra thrill. This article is all about how to make your roasted chicken a stunning dish. So if you are thinking that making your dish extraordinary is too complicated, well this article will prove you wrong.

Here are some easy roasted chicken recipes for you:

Honey Oven Roasted Chicken

easy-roasted-chicken-recipe

You need the following ingredients: pieces of chicken, melted butter, mustard, salt, curry powder and honey. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius. Mix all the ingredients together (except for the chicken). Place the chicken on a roasting pan (the skin should be sided up) and bake it for one hour and fifteen minutes. Remember to baste the chicken with pan drippings every 15 minutes so that it will be perfectly browned and tender. Let it stand for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Bacon Stuffed Roasted Chicken with Lemon Garlic Sauce

For this dish, preheat the oven (180 degrees Celsius). You will need chicken, butter, salt and pepper. You also need stuffing ingredients such as: butter, olive oil, red chopped red onion, diced bacon, finely minced garlic, chopped parsley, thyme, white bread crumbs, salt, and ground black pepper. In a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat, melt the butter; add the onion, garlic and bacon. Cover it with greaseproof paper and cover with a lid. Cook it on low heat until the onions softens. Add the chopped parsley, thyme and bread crumbs. Season it with salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat. Let it cool. When it does, spoon it into the chicken cavity. Place the chicken on a greased roasting pan. Brush or grease it with butter and season it with salt and pepper. Roast it in the preheated oven for one hour and thirty minutes up to one hour and forty-five minutes. Baste the chicken occasionally until the texture and color are perfect and cooked well. You will know if the chicken is cooked when its legs begin to loosen from the body.

Hope you liked these easy roasted chicken recipes!

Flavorful Chicken Recipes With Fruit

Fruit is good for you and combining it with a lean, nutritious meat like chicken means that you can make some really flavorful recipes while enjoying your fresh Farmer’s Market produce. Fruit juices have been used for many years in marinade recipes, making it a great accompaniment for meat or chicken. The combination of juicy, sweet fruits with succulent chicken is a real winner. A lot of chicken recipe with fruit can be cooked on the grill, because the smoky grill adds yet more flavor to the tender meat.

If you are using fruit to marinate chicken, pay attention to the marinating time. A tough steak might need to be marinated overnight to break down the tough fibers but chicken is only marinated to flavor it, rather than to tenderize it. Leaving chicken marinating for too long might make it go mushy.

Adding Fruit to Chicken Curries

Chicken curries are great for experimenting with, if you want to try adding fruit to your chicken recipes. Throw in a chopped apple or banana, a drained can of chopped peach or even a handful of sultanas. You can add fruit to sweet curries with coconut milk or cream, or to hot, spicy and sharp-flavored ones. The fruit will enhance the sweetness of a sweet curry or give a nice contrast in a hot one.

You can choose when to add the fruit, depending on how soft you want it. If you add a sliced banana to a curry five minutes before serving it, the slices will be warm but intact. Adding the banana at the beginning of the cooking time means the banana will gradually dissolve and give the curry a sweet flavor. It also works as a thickener if you do that.

Recipe for Boneless Chicken in a Raspberry Glaze

This delicious recipe combines an easy three ingredient sauce with chicken breast and raspberries. You might prefer to switch the raspberries and raspberry jam for strawberry and strawberry jam, or peaches and peach jam. You will need to use fresh fruit in this recipe, for the best results.

The combination of mustard with jam gives this boneless chicken a wonderfully spicy, sweet finish. This recipe serves six people and it is nice with French fries, boiled or mashed potatoes, or rice.

What you will need:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to make it:Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Combine the mustard, honey, jam, salt and pepper. Put the chicken on the grill and cook it covered for about eight minutes on each side, brushing it often with the raspberry jam mixture, or until it is cooked through and no pink remains in the thickest part of the breast. Discard any leftover jam mixture and serve the chicken topped with the fresh raspberries.

There are plenty of grilled chicken recipes that you can serve with a fruit sauce or with some fresh fruit on the side. A simple chicken breast recipe can be enhanced with a fruity side dish or a fruit-based marinade.