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Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash

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If you’re a regular reader of Martha Stewart Living, you know about one of my favorite features of the magazine – the recipe cards. It’s a sheet of four recipe cards that you can easily remove from the magazine, tear into index sized cards, and slip into your bag to take to the grocery store. This month I’ll be featuring a few healthy and easy to make recipes from the recipe cards from the September 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living, like this week’s Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash.

This recipe uses a rather unusual way to “press” the chicken while cooking, using a heavy, weighted skillet to do so. Make sure you read the recipe thoroughly and have all the equipment on hand – parchment paper, extra skillet, and meat thermometer. I think you’ll find the method a great way to get chicken thoroughly cooked without burning the outside. And I’m sure the kids will soon call your pressed chicken, “Mom’s yummy smooshed chicken.” Let ‘em!Recipes from the September 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living featured at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Okra and suffering succotash!

Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash obviously features okra, which I love cooking with as well as eating, even before I moved to the South. I recommend that you buy frozen over fresh and precut over whole as it’ll save you so much prep time. Plus, I find that frozen okra is much cheaper than fresh okra. (Assuming that you can even buy fresh okra in your area, that is!) You can use okra in stir fry and curries along with the other vegetables you’d normally use.

Okra is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins like vitamin A, B-6, C, and K, niacin, thiamin, and anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein. It’s also low in calories. Okra is also a good source of foliates, iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

We’ve all heard of, “Suffering succotash!” as exclaimed by Sylvester, the Looney Tunes cartoon cat. But did you know that succotash is a dish made up of corn, lima beans and maybe some other vegetables like tomatoes, bell pepper, and onions? There are many recipes out there, but you can also find bags of succotash in your frozen food section that’s just perfect for adding to stir fries, curries, pasta, or sautéing as a side dish with a little bit of buttery spread and grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

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Pressed Chicken With Okra Succotash

From the September 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces okra, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 8 ounces frozen lima beans, thawed and drained
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from cob (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for serving

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken, skin-side down. Top with a parchment round; weight with another heavy skillet and canned goods. Cook until golden on skin side, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Flip chicken; cook (with parchment and weighted skillet) until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh (without touching bone) registers 165 degrees, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, reserving pan juices.
  2. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Swirl in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add okra, beans, corn, bell pepper, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are golden in spots, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar, then basil. Serve chicken with succotash, pan juices, and more basil leaves.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4
  • Serving size: 1/4 of recipe

Photography: Bryan Gardner. Picture and recipe used with permission.

Spicy Glazed Chicken

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It may be the beginning of August for you, but it’s the end of summer for us since school started today. We just came back from a working vacation to Massachusetts. I was visiting colleagues in Boston while my husband was at a conference in New Hampshire. (The kids came with me to work.)

When we weren’t working, we visited Portland, Maine, as well as Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in Boston, the Kennedy Library, Harvard, and the North End. (When things calm down from the back to school craziness, I hope to write up some restaurant reviews.)

My friend and frequent guest contributor, Holly Clegg, must have been feeling my distress in trying catching up on email, work, and laundry by sending me this easy to make grilled chicken recipe. Not only is it a perfect weeknight recipe, this would be terrific to make for parties, too.

The best thing about chicken is that most people love it – except for my son, Nathan – and it’s very affordable. If you’ve seen the price of steak lately, you’ll be glad that you have a delicious and healthy grilled chicken recipe at your beck and call!

Holly suggest serving this with a green salad or grilled corn. A side of quinoa, rice or watermelon salad would be terrific, too!

You can find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Perfect on the grill

With the heat of summer brings the perfect grilling season, and I always look forward to the flavor the grill brings to meats and veggies. Try this outstanding twist on barbecue sauce with Spicy Glazed Chicken from my Trim and Terrific KITCHEN 101 cookbook [affiliate link].

Impress guests at your cookout with the exciting and bold flavors and spice, all while being diabetic and freezer friendly! Add some grilled corn, a large green salad and your favorite brownies or cookies and you have a fun-filled trim and terrific meal to enjoy those perfect, end of summer nights!

If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, any type of vinegar will work. No need to buy anything special!

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Spicy Glazed Chicken

In the oven or on the grill, this spicy rub with a honey glaze turns chicken into a quick amazing meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler. Cover baking sheet with foil.
  2. In small bowl, mix together chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and season to taste. Coat chicken with rub mixture and transfer to prepared pan. Broil 5 minutes on each side (can grill) or until chicken is done.
  3. In small bowl, mix honey and vinegar. Turn chicken again and baste or coat with honey mixture, cooking a few minutes or until honey starts to thicken and forms a glaze (may smoke a little).
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: Makes 4 servings
  • Serving size: 4-ounce
  • Calories: 228
  • Calories from Fat: 30 (13%)
  • Total Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 146mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
 

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission.

Tandoori Chicken Wings

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Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs with Prunes and Onions

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Healthy Gluten Free Leftover Enchiladas

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Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza

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Here’s another recipe from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC™ Eating Well To Fight Arthritis: 200 Easy Recipes and Practical Tips to Help Reduce Inflammation and Ease Symptoms [affiliate link]. Holly shares this Terrific Tip:

Buy pre-shredded carrots in bag. Purchase chopped green onions in produce department for extra ease.

If Peanut Sauce is too spicy or if desired, substitute barbecue sauce. You can also top with red pepper slices for vitamin C.

If you’re gluten free, use Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts.

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Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza

Chicken, onion and carrots with peanut sauce make a spunky and robust phenomenal pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-inch) thin pizza crust or premade gluten free pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup peanut sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup red onion slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 450°F.
  2. Spread pizza crust with peanut sauce. Top with chicken, red onion, carrots, green onion and cheese.
  3. Place on oven rack and bake 8-10 minutes or until pizza is lightly browned. Top with cilantro, if desired.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Total Time: 28 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 (1 slice) servings
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 221
  • Calories from Fat: 69 (31%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 356mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Holly Clegg’s Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Holly Clegg’s Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comLiving in a post-graduation world can be stressful for many. You’re looking for work or may have just landed your first real job. You’re living on your own and you may be missing the ease of college life. Well, my friend, Holly Clegg, has a wonderful cookbook for those just starting to cook for themselves, roommates and friends - Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence: Cooking Basics Plus 150 Easy Healthy Recipes [affiliate link] – which features delicious and easy-to-make recipes like this one for BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Holly’s Terrific Tip: Great option to use leftover or rotisserie chicken for a quick meal. )

Find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog. Don’t forget to check out Holly’s new cookbook, Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis: 200 easy recipes and practical tips to help reduce inflammation and ease symptoms (affiliate link).

Graduation – don’t let the kitchen be stressful in a time of change

So you just graduated, now what? Graduation and moving out of the nest and into your first apartment can be a very exciting yet overwhelming time. Don’t let the kitchen be a reason to stress. Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is your answer to all things food, helping you stock your pantry, and cook your favorite meals healthy and easy!

This will be your go-to book for simple dishes that feed and please – no need for unhealthy dining out! Forget dialing the delivery guy when you can whip up this fast food BBQ Chicken Pizza in no time! With just a few simple savory ingredients you can keep on hand you can easily impress – and this pizza happens to be good for you! With everything you need to know about tackling the kitchen, from healthy delicious recipes to all you need to whip them up – this cookbook, KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is a must have for the proud graduate this season!

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Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Nothing beats this all-time easy favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 (10-13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust, Boboli crust or premade gluten freee pizza crusts
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (or combination)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 425°F.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, season chicken to taste and stir-fry over medium heat until done. Remove to bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce.
  3. Coat nonstick pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll crust and place in pan; starting at center, press out with hands. Spread pizza crust with remaining 3/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, red onion slices, chicken and green onions.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 271
  • Calories from Fat: 62 (23%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 569mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken and Ranch Sliders

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Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comAfter taking a break for the holidays, I’m once again participating in the Secret Recipe Club. This month’s assigned blog was Secrets of the Cookie Princess. While Colleen, the Cookie Princess, is obsessed with cookie baking, she also likes to cook up other dishes like Chicken Enchilada Soup and Crispy Quinoa Bites, which are two recipes to I’ve placed on my “To Cook” list.

I decided to make her Crockpot Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken as an excuse to use the whole organic chicken that had been sitting in my freezer for the past few months. I also chose this recipe since it uses items I always have on hand like fresh rosemary from the garden and garlic. Plus it’s based on this recipe from my friend, Stephanie O’Dea. I urge you to read Stephanie’s recipe as it’s quite funny. Her tale about “scaring the cats bald” had me cracking up.

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Good, not great

My Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken was a disappointment. Even though the chicken was sitting in its own juices, the breast meat tasted dry. The lemon and rosemary were overpowering and gave the chicken an almost astringent taste. Also, I could barely taste the garlic, which was unbelievable considering how much I used. However, the baby potatoes were delicious and perfectly cooked!

Ideas for improvement: Next time I attempt to make this dish, I would only use one lemon and one sprig of fresh rosemary. I’d also add something sweet, like maybe slices from one orange and 1/4 cup of maple syrup, sorghum, honey, or agave nectar poured over the top before cooking. Also, I’d keep the skin on to add moisture to the breast meat. Finally, I’d check the chicken after three hours. I cooked the chicken for five hours and it was falling off the bone, which made for a lousy presentation. (This explains why I had to photograph it in the crock rather than on a pretty platter.)

Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken ingredients at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Slow Cooker Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

Based on this recipe from Secrets of the Cookie Princess, which is based on this recipe from Stephanie O’Dea

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 to 4) pound whole chicken, thawed and skinned
  • 1 head of garlic – cloves separated and peeled
  • 2 lemons, washed and sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary or 2-3 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • Sea salt and pepper as desired

Directions

  1. Rinse chicken, then remove skin and pat dry.
  2. Rub salt and pepper in and outside of chicken.
  3. Place chicken in a 4-5 quart slow cooker.
  4. Place half of the peeled cloves into the cavity of the chicken.
  5. Place half the lemon slices inside the chicken.
  6. Place the remaining garlic and lemon slices on top of the chicken.
  7. Place baby potatoes around the sides of the chicken.
  8. Place rosemary over top of chicken and potatoes.
  9. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  10. When finished cooking, remove lemon slices and rosemary, and discard.
  11. Cut up chicken and serve.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Total Time: 4 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1/4 to 1/6 of recipe

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