Healthy Recipes: Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 

Ingredients
2 lbs skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water

Directions
Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. (See your manufacturer’s guide for detailed instructions on how to use your instant pot.)
Add the chicken pieces to the Instant Pot then dump the rest of the ingredients in it, excluding the cornstarch and water. Stir everything well with a spoon.
Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to the Poultry setting and set the timer to 5 minutes.
Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is
finished, about 10 minutes. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for quick release, if in a rush. Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the Instant Pot.
Switch the Instant Pot to the sauté setting (do not put the lid on). Transfer the chicken to a bowl using a slotted spoon.
In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch and water together, then pour over the sauce and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add the chicken back to the Instant Pot and turn off your Instant Pot by pressing the cancel button.
Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve in lettuce leaves.
Notes:
To make this in the crockpot, add all ingredients except cornstarch and water and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
After cooking, remove the chicken, turn the crockpot to high, add the cornstarch/water mixture and allow to thicken. Add the chicken back in and serve as desired.

By Erica Baty, RD, CDE

Healthy Recipes: Asian Noodle Salad

Ingredients

Salad:

8 ounces thin spaghetti

One 8-ounce bag julienne/fine-cut carrots (about 1 1/2 cups)
One 6-ounce bag baby sweet peppers, seeded and sliced thinly into rings (about 1 cup)
One 4-ounce bag bean sprouts (about 1 cup)
3 English cucumbers, halved,
seeds removed, and sliced
3 scallions, sliced
Up to 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 head or more napa cabbage, sliced
1/2 head or more purple cabbage, sliced
1/2 bunch kale, leaves torn off the stalks
and shredded
2 cups peanuts, chopped

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped

 

For the salad: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti to al dente according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and let cool. Mix together the cooked spaghetti, carrots, peppers, bean sprouts, cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, napa cabbage, purple cabbage, and kale. Add the peanuts and toss together.

For the dressing: Whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil and garlic in a medium bowl.
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix together with tongs or your hands. If the salad seems a little dry, just mix up a little more of the wet ingredients of the dressing and throw it in. It’s a very organic process.

Transfer to a large platter and serve.

By Erica Baty, RD, CDE

Black Bean & Avocado Brownies

Ingredients:
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup coconut sugar or
substitute with brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 medium avocado
Dark chocolate chips, enough to
cover top of batter when in pan,
about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a food processor (except the chocolate chips) until smooth.
Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick spray or oil and scoop brownie batter into pan. You can mix in some chocolate chips in at this point too. Sprinkle enough chocolate chips to cover the top of batter.
Cook for 38-40 minutes or until you poke the brownies with a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Let sit for 20 minutes before you cut. Store in fridge and enjoy!

Notes:
Flourless + Gluten Free
Drizzle with peanut butter if desired

Festive Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients:
A variety of seasonal fruit:
kiwi, star fruit, persimmon, oranges, pears, apples, pineapple
Mini skewers
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
2-3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch cinnamon

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit into equal sized pieces and thread onto skewers.
2. Whisk together the yogurt, honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Serve skewers with the yogurt sauce.

Notes:
Nutrition facts vary depending on type of fruit and yogurt used.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

Ingredients:
10 oz. pumpkin yogurt
1 cup 100% Pumpkin Pie Puree
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
15 Ginger Snap Cookies
garnish: sprinkle of cinnamon and white chocolate shreds

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, yogurt and honey. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until well blended and turn into a crumb.
In a stand mixer, add the heavy cream. Using the whip attachment, beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Blend in the sugar and vanilla extract. (You will have extra whipped cream)
In a glass of choice for the parfaits, layer the pumpkin mixture first followed by 1 tablespoon ginger snap crumbs and then 2 tablespoons whipped cream. Layer until glass is full or desired amount is added. You can serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and shaved white chocolate. Enjoy immediately—if you try to make this too far in advance, the crumb layer may get soggy!

Rise and Shine! It’s Breakfast Time

Mornings are busy! Often times the last thing we think of before we rush out the door is breakfast. We are hurried getting the kids to school and ourselves to work on-time, maybe the kiddos are complaining they aren’t hungry, maybe they are hungry but nobody is in the mood for cold cereal, we haven’t been able to get to the grocery store and there aren’t many options…the list goes on. Yet, we know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. So, what can we do to make sure our children get their day started with full bellies and fueled brains?

• Take advantage of the school breakfast program: Typically,
school breakfast begins serving about 30 minutes before school
starts. Not only is it a time-saver, but it is a cost effective and healthy
option. Free and reduced meal costs are available to families who
qualify (see your child’s school for an application).

• Plan ahead: Think about breakfast the night before and even have
the kids help in breakfast planning. Put together a crockpot breakfast
meal, pre-cut fruit or veggies, assemble breakfast burritos or bake a
breakfast casserole that only needs reheating in the morning.

• Keep it simple: Whole grain toast with peanut butter, fruit
smoothie with Greek yogurt and leafy greens, bagel and cream
cheese, oatmeal with fruit, hard boiled eggs with whole grain English
muffin, and yogurt parfaits with granola and fruit are nutritious and
portable options that can be made in less than 10 minutes.

• Think outside the box: Breakfast does not have to be limited to
typical breakfast food! Dinner leftovers, quick grilled cheese and
fruit, veggie wrap, reheated pizza or even a mug of chicken soup can
be a healthful morning breakfast choice!

• Make breakfast a family habit: Be a positive role model for
your child by eating breakfast yourself every day, create breakfast
meals together and try to develop a morning routine that allows you
to sit down and have a breakfast meal together.

By Annette Anderson
RDN, CD

 

Kale and Basil Pesto

Serves: Makes 16 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (100 g) grated Parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves, peeled

2 cups (25 g) basil leaves

2 cups (35 g) kale leaves

3 Tablespoons pine nuts

1/2 cup olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch of ground black pepper

To serve:

1lb whole wheat spaghetti

1-2 cups grape tomatoes

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

Extra basil

Instructions:

  1. Add the cheese, garlic, basil, kale and pine nuts to a food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. With the processor running, stream in the olive oil. Blend until fully incorporated.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss with cooked whole wheat spaghetti, fresh grape tomatoes and white beans. Garnish with extra basil.

Notes:

If you don’t have a food processor you can finely mince the basil, kale and garlic and whisk it with olive oil, Parmesan and salt and pepper for a more chunky version of pesto.

Summer Caprese Salad

Serves 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups balsamic vinegar

4 large ripe tomatoes

12 ounces fresh mozzarella, thickly sliced

Large bunch fresh basil leaves

Olive oil, for drizzling (about 1 tablespoon)

Large pinch kosher salt

Large pinch freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Measure the balsamic vinegar and pour into a saucepan. Bring it to a gentle boil over a low heat. Cook it until the balsamic vinegar has reduced to a nice thick glaze (but still pourable), about 15 minutes. Allow the reduction to cool to room temperature before you serve it.

When you are ready to assemble the salad, cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Arrange them on a platter, alternating them with the mozzarella slices. Tuck the whole basil leaves in between the tomato and cheese slices.

Drizzle on the balsamic reduction. Then drizzle olive oil in a thin stream over the top. Finally, sprinkle on salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Calories 140; Total Fat 9g; Protein 11g; Carbohydrate 5g; Fiber 1g; Sugar <1g; Sodium 200mg

Zucchini Lasagna Roll-ups

yield: 6 servings

prep time: 45 minutes

cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

3 large zucchini, trimmed (about 4 pounds), sliced lengthwise into 24 ⅛-inch-thick strips

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 pound ground chicken Italian sausage

1 cup part skim ricotta cheese

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1 large egg

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, divided

2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided

Directions

Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Lay zucchini slices flat in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each side with 1/4 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.

In a medium bowl, combine sausage, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, basil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread 1 cup marinara sauce onto the bottom of a 1o-inch oven-proof skillet; set aside.

Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta mixture evenly along each zucchini slice; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Roll up and place in the prepared skillet; repeat with remaining zucchini slices and filling. Top with remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.

Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lasagna rolls are heated through and the cheese is beginning to brown. Serve immediately.

See how this recipe is made:

 

 

Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 3

Ingredients

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (if salted, scale back on added salt)

3 Tbsp vegan mayo (sub tahini for a more earthy, nutty flavor)

1/2 tsp dijon or spicy mustard (if using tahini instead of mayo, use 1/4 tsp)

1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub agave or honey if not vegan)

1/4 cup chopped red onion

2 Tbsp fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) dill, finely chopped

healthy pinch each salt and pepper (to taste)

4 pieces rustic bread, lightly toasted (gluten-free for GF eaters)

optional: Sliced avocado, onion, tomato, and or lettuce for serving

 

Garlic Herb Sauce (optional)

1/4 cup hummus

juice of 1/2 lemon (~1 Tbsp)

3/4 – 1 tsp dried dill (or sub 2-3 tsp fresh)

2 cloves garlic, minced

Water or unsweetened almond milk to thin

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare garlic herb sauce and set aside.
  2. Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and lightly mash with a fork for texture. Then add sunflower seeds, mayo, mustard, maple syrup, red onion, dill, salt, and pepper and mix with a spoon. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  3. Toast bread (if desired) and prepare any other sandwich toppings you desire (tomato, onion, lettuce).
  4. Scoop a healthy amount of filling onto two of the pieces of bread, add desired toppings and sauce, and top with other two slices of bread.
  5. Sunflower-chickpea mixture will keep covered in the fridge for up to a few days, making it great for quick weekday lunches!

Nutrition Information (without sauce, bread or toppings)

Serving size: 1/3 of recipe Calories: 311 Fat: 16g Saturated fat: 1.7g Carbohydrates: 26g Sugar: 7.3g Sodium: 107mg Fiber: 9g Protein: 11.5g