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Recipe Collection – Breaded Chive Chicken

Sometimes you just need a simple and delicious recipe that you can whip up with almost no effort. This Breaded Chive Chicken recipe is perfect on every level. Because there is some frying involved, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. That will ensure that as much of the fumes, smoke, grease, and odors have been drawn up and out of your kitchen.

This recipe is perfect in a sandwich the next day. It’s lovely in a picnic, too!

Check out our other great recipes in our collection.

Chicken Chive Surprise

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • dry breadcrumbs
  • oil for deep frying
  1. Pound chicken breasts until flat.
  2. Combine butter with egg yolk, chives, and garlic. Divide into 4 equal parts. Roll into a sausage shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast around each piece of butter. Close chicken with a toothpick. Toss stuffed chicken breast in flour. Dip into beaten eggs, and press into breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Pour several inches of oil into a deep pot. Heat oil to 350°F. Dip stuffed chicken breasts into oil being careful not to crowd the pot or allow the oil to splatter out. Cook for about 10 minutes.

Recipe Collection: French Vegetable Soup

Mireille Guiliano is a longtime cookbook author and authority on French cooking. We love her philosophy on life that’s all about enjoying the good things, especially homemade food!

Given that we’re in the official month of spring, we thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful vegetables that are available to us.

Check out this very yummy version of Basic Vegetable Soup. It will make you feel healthy and happy from your head to your toes.

Because there’s some sautéeing required to get just the right flavor, we recommend that you start your range hood fan 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done.

Let us know how you customize this soup! Find more great recipes in our Recipe Collection.

Spring Recipes: Pineapple Habanero Paleta

April 27

Mexico has given us so many wonderful treats – tacos, churros, and paletas! Yes, today I’m giving you an absolutely delicious, *low-cook, recipe.

Paletas are popsicles made from fruit. They’re so refreshing on hot days and offer lip-smacking flavor. Really, they’re not just for spring. For this recipe, you can certainly use any fruit you’d like. (You can even add 1/4 cup of white tequila if you want to make these an exclusively adult treat!)

Give them a try, and let me know how you make these your own. Enjoy!

Pineapple Habanero Paleta

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red habanera pepper, seeded, finely minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 4 cups pineapple, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Cut 4 wide strips of lime peel (white pith removed) and add to water mixture. Squeeze the lime into a small bowl and set aside. Add habanera little by little depending on how much heat you can handle!
  2. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and let stand for about 30 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh into a bowl. Discard habanero and lime peel. Add reserved lime juice to syrup.
  4. Place pineapple, lime syrup, and salt in a blender. Process until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

*Low-cook … because it does require a small saucepan. But, no range hood necessary. It’s still quick and easy, though!

Fall Recipes – Oven Roasted Jerk Salmon with Red Bean Salsa

roasted salmon

Jerk, a common seasoning mix in the Caribbean, combines cinnamon, pepper, thyme, and a pinch or two of flavorings depending on which island you happen to be on at any given moment. Of course, you don’t have to be in the Caribbean to enjoy jerk spice. You can buy it ready-mixed in almost any grocery store across the country. Or, you can mix your own.

Turn on your range hood fan 15 minutes before baking this salmon. You’re going to want the whole neighborhood to know you’re preparing something truly delicious for dinner! Serve this roasted salmon dish with Warm Tomato and Green Bean Salad.

Oven Roasted Jerk Salmon with Red Bean Salsa

Jerk Spice Mix

  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp allspice berries
  • 1-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 grated nutmeg
  1. Place all spices and herbs in a pan. Toast over medium heat until they are aromatic and their color has darkened a shade.
  2. Place toasted herbs and spices in a spice grinder or a mortar. Crush into a powder. Store in a sealed jar.

Jerk Salmon with Red Bean Salsa

Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • 1 can (398 ml) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 4 pieces center-cut salmon
  1. Combine kidney beans with tomato, pineapple, onion, salt and pepper. Stir 2 tsp of jerk seasoning into bean mixture. Spread bean mixture into a 9×13 inch roasting pan.
  2. Rub remaining jerk seasoning all over salmon pieces. Place salmon pieces on top of bean mixture.
  3. Place roasting pan in the center of the oven. Roast for 30 minutes, or until salmon flakes when tested with a knife.

Enjoy!

Beach Body Summer Recipes

Summer will be here before you know it, and around this time of year, everyone starts caring about what they eat just a little more than usual. Now is the time to work off all those Christmas cookies and holiday feasts, and to get ready for beach days and sun bathing. But what kind of recipes can you continue to enjoy throughout the spring and summer season without sacrificing flavor for your summer figure? After the sweets and treats of the holiday season, it can be hard to get back into the swing of eating healthy. Mentally, it can be tough to convince yourself that healthy foods can still be tasty, but with a few savory, health-conscious recipes, we’re certain that you can be back on health food train again in no time. These recipes might just have you so hooked that you start using them as hosting and entertainment food.

Turkey Burger
If you’re having a pool day or brought the supplies to grill at the beach, a turkey burger can be the perfect stand-in for the popular beef patty cheeseburger or hamburger. Season the turkey patty with fresh herbs, a sprinkle of Dijon mustard or your favorite sauce, and use a whole wheat bun, and you’ve got a delicious and healthy recipe that won’t let you miss a beat or feel left out of the summer food fun.
Turkey Burger                                                     Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ cup low-fat buttermilk
1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey breast
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

Instructions
1. Combine bread crumbs and buttermilk in a medium bowl; mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
Add turkey, green onions, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper (if desired) to bread crumb mixture; mix well with clean hands.
Shape into 4 patties.
Grill or broil for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until patties are no longer pink in the middle.

Recipe via Beach Body

Chickpea Salad
When it comes to eating healthy, salads are almost always a safe choice, and this chickpea salad is no exception. Crunchy radishes, cherry tomatoes, mild green onions, avocado, juicy jalapenos, chickpeas and your favorite, fat-free dressing make this salad an excellent choice for healthy summer eating. Throw in some fresh spinach and your favorite kind of lettuce, and you’ll have a great meal that keeps you feeling full longer than the average, empty-carb meal.

Chickpea Salad                                                        Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
6 medium red radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes
6 cups salad greens
2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese (½ oz.)
½ medium avocado, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Combine lemon juice, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Slowly add oil, whisking continuously until blended. Set aside.
  3. Combine radishes, green onions, chickpeas, and tomatoes in a large serving bowl.
  4. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.
  5. Evenly arrange greens on six serving plates. Top evenly with chickpea mixture, cheese, and avocado.

Recipe via Beach Body

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl
Have you ever wanted the perfect breakfast or the perfect snack, but you just couldn’t figure out what that would look like in the moment? Well, this delicious smoothie will ensure that you always have something that hits the spot when you’re craving a good snack, and this smoothie will boost your mornings and leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the day. It is delicious, healthy and sure to become a new household favorite.

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl                                                   Photo Credit: beachybody.com

Ingredients:
¾ cup almond milk
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries (reserve some for garnish)
1 cup ice
¼ large banana, cut into thick slices
¼ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
2 Tbsp. sliced raw almonds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Instructions:
Place almond milk, Shakeology, blueberries, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Place smoothie in a medium bowl. Top with remaining blueberries, banana, blackberries, almonds, and chia seeds; serve immediately.

Recipe via Beach Body

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze
When you’re trying to stay health-conscious in your meal choices, you just can’t go wrong with seafood. It is one of the best choices for heart health and it is a great dinner solution for a meal at home and for entertaining. This salmon recipe can be thrown on the barbecue, or you can cook it in the kitchen, but the outcome is sure to please no matter it’s prepared.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze                                                      Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
1 untreated cedar plank (about 17-by-10-1/2 in.)
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bunch green onions
2½ lbs. raw center-cut salmon fillet with skin

Instructions:

  1. Soak plank in water for 3 hours before grilling.
  2. Bring water, maple syrup, ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and pepper (if desired) to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced to about ½ cup. Let cool. (Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead of time and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before using.)
  3. Preheat grill on high.
  4. Lightly cover the cedar plank with oil. Arrange green onions in one layer on plank to form a bed for salmon.
  5. Place the salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank.
  6. Drizzle with half of maple glaze, reserving other half of glaze to serve with grilled salmon.
  7. Grill, covered, without turning, for about 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  8. Serve salmon with reserved maple glaze.

Recipe via Beach Body

Grilled Watermelon Wedges
While it might not be something you’ve tried before, we promise this recipe please your guests and delight your taste buds. This recipe works great as an afternoon snack, but it can also be a great after-meal treat for those of you with a sweet tooth that rebels against diets and their kind. With enhanced sweetness and that slightly smoky flavor that comes from grilling, these watermelon wedges will have your mouth watering in no time.

Grilled Watermelon Wedges                                                    Photo Credit: beachbody.com

Ingredients:
¼ medium watermelon, rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Place cookie or baking rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
  3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.
  4. Grill or broil for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Recipe via Beach Body

These are just a few of the savory and health-conscious recipes that we’ve uncovered to give you a head start in building your summer physique while staying ahead of your life by putting only the best fuel into your body. What are some of your favorite summer recipes? Do you have any healthy go-to recipes when you’re trying to watch your weight? Let us know in the comments below!