Super Easy, But Insanely Delicious 5-Ingredient Chicken Recipes

As busy as we get each day, we still want to prepare a decent and hearty meal for our family. While not all of us have the luxury of time to cook extravagant dinners, we can opt to cook simpler, time-saving recipes that are just as good. If you’re pressed for time, try these easy yet delicious 5-ingredient chicken recipes for dinner!

Easy Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

What you need:

1 can condensed broccoli cheese soup
1 package chicken stuffing mix
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix together broccoli cheese soup (don’t dilute!), cooked chicken and broccoli florets in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to an 11×7-inch baking dish. Prepare the chicken stuffing mix according to the instructions in the package then add it to the baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese. Cover and bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 20 minutes. When ready, remove cover and continue baking for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes before serving. Continue reading “Super Easy, But Insanely Delicious 5-Ingredient Chicken Recipes”

Kiwicha, The Peruvian Power Food To Help You Lose Weight

Move over quinoa, your little cousin from Peru is the newest power food to pop on the market. Kiwicha also known as amaranth, is a tiny whole grain that is gluten-free. This miniature version of the popular quinoa is known for its dense nutritional content. About the size of a poppy seed, it has been a regular staple in Peru for over 4,000 years,

Kiwicha is favored for many reasons, which includes being considered an anti-aging food because it is full of antioxidants. It’s referred to as a super food because it contains all 10 essential amino acids, and it is power packed with protein. One cup of cooked kiwicha provides nearly 10 grams of protein. That’s more protein than wheat, corn or milk. In addition, kiwicha contains lysine, an amino acid that is necessary for the construction of all proteins in the body.

One cup of the cooked grain provides over 5 grams of dietary fiber, nearly 20% of the daily fiber requirements for women. Fiber, as you may know, helps to prevent heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Fiber helps to eliminate wastes and toxins from the body and helps to speed up weight loss. Continue reading “Kiwicha, The Peruvian Power Food To Help You Lose Weight”

The Most Nutritious Meal We Could Have

If there is one easy way to get a well-rounded meal that is also made from raw and living foods it is in the form of a salad. Though common views of salads tend to see them as consisting entirely of vegetables, the reality is that you can make a remarkably healthy and completely nutritious meal in your salad bowl and it can include fruit, nuts, herbs, and more.

How is that possible? After all, how can a salad give you plenty of protein or fatty acid? How can it bring adequate carbohydrates and fats? The body needs all of these things throughout the course of a day, and it might seem that a “typical” salad would be unable to deliver. This, however, is an inaccurate view of the many dishes that can be called “salad”.

As a prime example, consider something like a “quinoa salad”. There are dozens and dozens of variations on this theme, but the thing that is most important is that quinoa. An ancient (and mightily delicious) grain, packs a lot of nutritional “punch”. It is loaded with fiber and protein, contains tons of nutrients, and partners beautifully with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and any sort of dressing. It can be cooked until very tender or left with a bit of bite (al dente) to ensure texture in your salad. This will also allow the grain to absorb juices, enzymes, and flavors from raw veggies, dressings, or fruits tossed into the mix. Continue reading “The Most Nutritious Meal We Could Have”

4 Common Myths About Calcium Diet

I am going to explain these common myths about calcium diets. I have heard them repeatedly. My clients say that taking calcium will cause weight gain. So please let me explain these rumors.

Calcium causes weight gain

Here is the simple formula to gain weight. Eat more than your requirements. So, if you are eating more calories than you need, you are going to gain weight.

Milk and dairy products give us protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

We need all these elements into our diet. They are essential for our body growth. While milk is not the only source for calcium, milk will give you these vitamins. Continue reading “4 Common Myths About Calcium Diet”

The Most Common Ingredients in Pasta Dishes

Italian Cuisine is known as one of the worlds healthiest diets. It focuses on simple and natural ingredients and the benefits of this Mediterranean diet can include weight loss, improved sugar levels and a healthy mind. The best way to start is to stock up on the core ingredients used in commonly used in their various dishes.

Olive oil is a common one to stock up on. By replacing butter with olive oil you’ll be replacing bad cholesterol with good cholesterol. It is high in monounsaturated fat and is the best cooking oil to use. The Extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols, the antioxidants which have been linked to good heart health. Use olive oil to dress your salads with a bit of lemon, or to lightly sauté fresh vegetables.

Tomatoes are a must have ingredient for any Italian cuisine. They are either used in a fresh salad or in a red Italian sauce and are packed with vitamin c and lycopene, another antioxidant which protects the heart and is also known to prevent some cancers. Additional nutritional ingredients in a tomato include vitamins A, potassium and folate. Continue reading “The Most Common Ingredients in Pasta Dishes”

7 Secrets to Making Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time

Pasta is one of the most popular foods in the world and yet, it can be frustratingly difficult to get it right.

The best thing about al dente pasta is what chefs refer to as “the mouth feel”… that delectable combination of textures and tastes that is so satisfying. It’s that key moment when you get a luscious bite of pasta with just the right amount of rich, succulent sauce. Mmmm. Nothing better, right? But get it wrong and even the best pasta dish is ruined! It sticks, it clumps, sometimes it’s underdone, sometimes it’s mushy. The sauce seems too dry or it slides off entirely and pools in the bowl. It’s maddening!

But fear not, pasta lovers! After extensive research, I have narrowed down all the various techniques out there to just seven essential steps – 7 insider secrets – to perfect pasta. Follow these 7 insider secrets and your pasta will be al dente and delicious every time.

Secret #1 LOTS of WATER!

Start with a large volume of cold water in a big pot. At least 4 quarts per pound of pasta. The pasta needs room to “swim” in the water. Without enough water, the pasta stays in place. As it cooks, pasta releases starch, a glue-like substance, and if it’s touching another piece, it literally bonds itself to the other piece. This is where those hard, fused ends come from! If using a pot and strainer combo, add extra water so the pasta is completely covered and has plenty of room to move around. NEVER break the strands. If they don’t fit, use a bigger pot. Continue reading “7 Secrets to Making Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time”

8 Foods You Should Eat to Live Healthier

Living healthier begins with the food you eat. We all know we should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, minimal prepackaged foods, avoid fast foods, and make healthy food choices overall. In addition making sure these eight foods are in your diet will help you to live healthier.

1 Low fat milk and cheese are good sources of calcium and much more effective than taking a calcium supplement. They are also good sources of Vitamin D. It is recommended that you take in 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin D per day to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. One glass of milk will provide 300 milligrams of Vitamin D. Low fat milk and cheese are excellent because you get all the benefits without all the fat.

2 Eat plenty of broccoli sprouts. Did you know broccoli sprouts contain as much as 50 times more cancer fighting compounds than the broccoli heads do? Start enjoying these cancer causing properties today. Continue reading “8 Foods You Should Eat to Live Healthier”

How to Bake Healthy Potato Chips

It is impossible to stop with eating just one. Potato chips are a very popular snack all over the world and I don’t think there will hardly be anybody who does not love eating them. With so many flavors, shapes and sizes, there’s a chip for everyone’s appetite.

The History

In 1853 in a diner in New York, it is said that a customer ordered fried potatoes with his meal but then sent the meal back, complaining that the fried potatoes were not crispy enough. The chef at the restaurant Mr. George Crum was furious with the complaint, so he sliced the potatoes paper thin, salted them heavily and then refried them. The chips were served as a menu item from that day on, and with their massive popularity, other restaurant owners were adding sliced potato chips on their menus.

However it was William Tappendon from Ohio who took the potato chip out of the restaurants and into the grocery stores. He turned his barn into the world’s first chip factory, selling potato chips to the local groceries. In the 1920s, saw the birth of three companies that played a major role in the potato chip industry as we know it today. The three companies were “Lay’s Brand Potato Chips” founded by Herman Lay, “Utz Quality Foods” founded by Bill and Sallie Utz, and “Wise Delicatessen Company” founded by Earl Wise, Sr. Continue reading “How to Bake Healthy Potato Chips”

BBQ Cooking Secrets

Nothing beats firing up the BBQ and cooking outside! There is something primal about cooking over an open flame that cannot be replaced by the convenience of a modern kitchen oven. Besides, the smoky flavor added to your food really adds something special for your taste buds. Close your eyes and picture the glow of the coals. Now imagine the sizzle when you lay that steak down on the grill. I’ll bet your mouth is watering, just thinking about it!

Grilling Basics

For grilling, you’ll need a medium hot fire. You can judge this from experience once you have a few grilling sessions under your belt. At first it will be helpful to hold your hand slightly above the grill where you are going to put the meat and see how long you can tolerate the heat. About two or three seconds is good for grilling steaks and burgers. For cooking sausage on the grill, about three to four seconds is good, but you can also move it away from the direct heat, close the lid, and smoke using indirect heat it to protect the tender sausage casings from splitting. Personally, I prefer smoking and will put the sausage on some foil away from the heat and let the sausage cook slowly with some onions and peppers. Spray on a little olive oil to keep things from drying out or use a drip pan with some liquid for moist heat.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

To get started you’ll need a good grill. I won’t get into the debate whether gas or charcoal is the best. Both have their pros and cons and I’d rather cook than argue! The more surface area for cooking, the more versatile your grill will be for using indirect heat, and obviously you’ll be able to cook more at one time. Don’t worry if you only have room for a smaller grill. Even a small grill will cook awesome BBQ. Once you get to know your grill, it’s characteristics will emerge and you’ll cook like a pro! Continue reading “BBQ Cooking Secrets”

Benefits of Propane Grills

Propane or gas grills are nothing else than barbeque grills that use propane gas as fuel, instead of charcoal like traditional grills. They come in two flavours, permanent grills that are connected to your home gas circuit and are stationary or portable grills that go on wheels and use refillable propane tanks as fuel. The benefits of propane grills, especially when compared with their charcoal counterparts, are many.

Easier to Use

Anybody who has had a barbeque delayed because they couldn’t make their charcoal barbeque work will fall instantly in love with propane grills, as they are much easier to use. Just turn it on, like your kitchen’s grill, and start cooking! It is also much easier to control the temperature, avoiding the risk of burn burgers or half-cooked meat that can lead to stomach problems. No starting fluid also means your dinner won’t taste of butane, ever.

Easier to Clean

Along with being much easier to use, propane grills are also much easier to clean, as there’s no coal residue left. You’ll need to remove the remaining bits of food, but that’s all. No more fighting with a charcoal mess or the remains of stinky starter fluid. And since propane is much cleaner than charcoal you won’t generate so much smoke the neighbours call the fire brigade ever again. Continue reading “Benefits of Propane Grills”