Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HEALTHY EATING FOR BUSY FAMILIES

For the new year I have pushed to eat healthier in this house. It is so easy to slowly move to convenience foods when the schedule gets tight but most of the time they are not very good for you. My husband and oldest son have a "sensitive palate" so it can be a challenge to find something healthy that they like. So over the next few weeks, I thought I would share with you some quickly made dinners that my family loves and are good for you too. In turn I challenge you to post some of your healthy family favorites too. I am always looking for new quick & healthy recipes to try for my persnickety bunch so please leave a comment if you post something yummy so I can try it out. So here we go for this week...

Garlic Lime Chicken
from nutritionist Leanne Ely "Saving Dinner"

1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
6 boneless skinless, chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup chicken broth

In a small bowl, mix together the first seven ingredients. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of chicken breasts.
in a skillet heat butter and olive oil together over medium-high heat. Saute chicken until golden brown about 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and add lime juice and chicken broth to the pan, whisking up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Keep cooking until sauce has reduced sightly. Add chicken back to the pan to thoroughly coat and serve.

My boys love this with mashed potatoes and a green salad. I skip the potatoes and have quick seared fresh asparagus instead. Just cut the ends off of some fresh asparagus. Quickly sear it on a hot cast iron pan brushed with olive oil for 4-7 minutes depending on how crisp you like yours. Remove from the pan and squeeze a lemon wedge over and sprinkle with kosher salt. It taste so fresh and wonderful!

I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes with ease. It is gobbled up in less time than that I assure you!

2 comments:

Kimi said...

sounds delish....I will for sure try this dish. we too are trying to eat healthier at our casa.

Huggins,
kimi

Patti said...

Sounds yummy!!

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