As indoor restaurants continue to stay closed, more and more people are cooking at home. This can be a challenge to many who are not used to cooking or do not know how to cook. Some resort to frozen dinners, others stick with the same dish over and over again. If your longing for a change like the rest of us, check out these recipes for healthy eating below! These dishes will not only be nutritious and good for our bodies, but delicious too!
Baked Salmon Chimichurri Recipe
Salmon has some impressive health benefits, including being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a great source of protein, good source of potassium, and high in B vitamins! Salmon is the perfect dish to eat after working out in your home gym or a run around your neighborhood. This recipe is simple, and only involves a few ingredients: salmon and the various ingredients for making the low-fat/low-cal chimichurri sauce!
For the salmon*
- 1 1/2 pounds Fresh Atlantic Salmon Side
- Kosher salt
- Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
For the chimichurri
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, tightly packed (about 1large bunch)
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, tightly packed (about 1large bunch)
- 2 green onions (tops only)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon SimplyNature Oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Several grinds Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450F. While the oven preheats, let the salmon sit at room temperature.
- Generously sprinkle the salmon with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake the salmon for about 10 minutes until flaky and just cooked; test it with a fork to assess doneness. Watch the salmon to make sure not to overcook; the timing can vary based on the thickness of the salmon and variations between ovens.
- Meanwhile, make the chimichurri: Slice off the tops of the green onions. In a blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth sauce forms, (if necessary, stop and mix the ingredients to allow them to fully blend).
- To serve, drizzle the salmon with chimichurri, and serve with potatoes.
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Healthy Orange Chicken
I’m sure we can all agree, Orange Chicken is by far a fan-favorite! It is the most popular dish in any Chinese Restaurant here in America. According to chain-restaurant, Panda Express, “70 million pounds of Orange Chicken” were sold just last year! Although it is quite delicious, it is horrible for our bodies and packed with MSG! In addition, it is the worst thing to put into our bodies after a workout or any physical activity and will basically un-do everything you worked hard to lose. This healthy Orange Chicken dish is a perfect alternative for those interested in healthy eating but also want to taste the flavor of an old classic!
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups steamed broccoli or green beans
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cup chicken broth optional
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger***
- 1/2 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Clean + cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.
- In a large frying pan, heat sesame oil. Cook the chicken until the edges are brown and slightly crispy (Approx 12-15 minutes)
- As the chicken is cooking, stir together the sauce mixture in a separate bowl
- Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked remove it from the pan and place it off to the side in a separate bowl.
- Pour the sauce mixture into the same pan you cooked the chicken in.
- Bring the sauce mixture to a boil for 15-20 minutes, stirring every minute or so until it starts to thicken. (You will know it has thickened when you scrape the pan and it pulls away from the pan)
- When the sauce thickens, add the cooked chicken back in + stir to coat the chicken
- Serve over steamed broccoli or green beans for a paleo option, or rice/quinoa.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds + enjoy!
- *** If substituting ground ginger for fresh ginger, cut the amount to 1/2 teaspoon
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