Sunday, February 17, 2013

Healthy Cooking 1: Grilled Chicken Salad

In lieu of the Chinese New Year holidays, I've decided to update my blog once again after going on a trip in Beijing with my boyfriend and our friends. I'll expound more on the trip later this week, but for now, I'll share with you a recipe that I've created on my own just recently.

Being on what seems to be an eternal diet, I've always been trying to find ways on how to make the food I eat taste good without sacrificing its health benefits. It has been quite tough, but I have been able to find the balance between taste and quality.

For today, I'll share with you the recipe of my version of the Grilled Chicken Salad.


Recipe under the cut!

Ingredients (makes 3 servings):
2 heads of lettuce
1 medium-sized sweet potato
1/2 of a head of broccoli
A bunch of spinach
450 grams of skinless and deboned chicken breasts (in my case, 1 chicken breast= 150 grams)
Pepper
Paprika
Red pepper (optional)
Salt (optional)
Sun-dried tomatoes (optional)

Directions:
1. Wash all the vegetables, and set the lettuce aside in a big bowl. Boil the sweet potato, broccoli and spinach together, with the spinach thrown in last (as it cooks quite easily).
2. While boiling the vegetables, slice the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and marinade them in minced garlic, pepper and paprika. For a spicier taste, add red pepper; if you want it to be a bit more flavorful, then add salt as well.
3. Using a grilling pan, put the chicken breasts and wait for them to turn brown.
4. Once the chicken is cooked, take out all the water in the boiling pot of vegetables and put the cooked vegetables on top of the lettuce.
5. Mix the chicken in the salad, and garnish with sun-dried tomatoes if desired. In my case, I used the soaked sun-dried tomatoes as they're more flavorful than the ones that come in packs (and because they're the only ones in my refrigerator).


I think that this recipe is ideal for the health-conscious who wants to have a refreshing and nutritious meal without feeling too bloated and heavy afterwards. Personally, I really like this salad because it has the right amount of protein and carbohydrates, and I feel very satisfied afterwards. Any dressing can also be put on this salad, but I personally prefer balsamic vinegar to keep it low-calorie.


Hope you guys like the recipe, and stay fit!

Nicole

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