Losing weight doesn’t have to be boring when you focus on bright, colourful meals. What does this mean? Simply by making sure your plate reflects a range of colours, you’ll naturally create more balanced and healthful menus. Not everyone has the time or the patience to count calories, but assessing the colours on your plate is something anyone can do – and it only takes an instant!
Why is colour important? Many fatty and caloric foods, such as dairy products and startchy carbs, are beige or brown. When there are too many of these drab colours on your plate, weight gain is almost certain.
That’s because these beige foods often are high in calories and can leave you feeling hungry later. A cup of beige or brown beans can be over 200 calories….but a cup of red or green vegetables is under a hundred! Add fresh greens, deep purple-reds and bright yellow-orange to a meal, and water the nutrient content go up, while calories go down! Plus, you’ll get more enjoyment from eating when there’s a variety of colours and flavors on your plate.
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
1 cup peeled and cubed mango
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Add chicken and mango and toss gently to coat. Arrange dark green lettuce leaves around a serving bowl and spoon mixture into bowl.
For extra crunch, serve with a side dish of red and green bell pepper, romaine lettuce, chopped celery and cucumber.
Makes 4 Servings
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving of Curried Chicken:
Total fat: 3 grams
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 73 mg
Sodium: 170 mg
Carbohydrate: 17 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Dietary fiber: 1 gram
Chicken recipes are a part of diets for many of the worlds people, many of these recipes we have made over and over and others, are special recipes, this could be as an old family Christmas recipe or a special occassion fondue chicken recipe.
In the united states the population eat more chicken then any other meato the market, but we still strive to create new and intresting recipes or even just spicing up an old.
When cooking with chicken you must remember about food safety, chicken contains bacteria that you need to avoid contaminating yourself and your guests. Always wash your hands before and after touching or handling raw or cooked chicken. Use hot water you can and antibacterial soap when washing hands. When handling raw chicken be sure not to touch any equipment or items before washing your hands. This will prevent cross contamination.
When cooking chicken, make sure you cook it until it reaches the required temperature. Chicken NEVER be eaten raw cooking it thoroughly kills any harmful bacteria that may be on your chicken. Again, make sure to use utensils that are clean everytime you go to check the chicken and never use the same utensil for checking a raw chicken and a cooked one
These days you can go for more than a couple of days without reading an article, watching a television show or see a commercial related to the huge global problem of overweight. It is a fact that more and more people are becoming obese and the main causes are poor exercise habits and the wrong diet.
One of the problems with people’s diets is that it contains a lot of fat (and of the unhealthy kind). If people would try to focus a little more on some low fat foods like chicken the problem would at least be reduced somewhat.
For that reason I’ll give you a few of my favorite recipes to try at home and if you like it then you are free to pass them on to friends and family that might need to loose a few pounds. An idea could be to invite them all over for dinner and if they like what you have cooked for them they might ask for the recipe them selves.
I would like to give you the recipe for a Low-Fat Chicken Rice Casserole that I find really tasteful and it is easy to do.
First you heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saucepan you blend flour, salt and pepper. Then you stir in broth and milk. You need to keep stirring constantly while cooking over low heat, until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
Then you bring it to boil and you stir for another 1 minute. Finally you stir in the remaining ingredients.
When finished you pour it into an NON-greased baking dish (10x6x1.5″), or a 1 1/2-quart casserole. Both will work perfectly.
Then you bake it all uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes. Before serving it you can sprinkle with snipped parsley.
The ingredients you need: 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour, 1 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/8 tsp Pepper, 1 Cup Nonfat chicken broth, 1 1/2 Cups Skim milk, 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Rice (White or Wild), 2 Cups Chicken breasts without skin (cooked), 4 Ounces Mushrooms and 1/3 Cup Chopped green bell pepper.
This recipe is with a serving size of 4 so if you are inviting more the 3 guests over for chicken, you will need to multiply the ingredients needed so there will be enough for everyone.