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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.

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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.