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5 Fantastic Chicken Salad Ideas You Probably Never Heard of

5 Fantastic Chicken Salad Ideas You Probably Never Heard of

Well, the season of crunchy, delicious salads has finally arrived. Chicken salads are the perfect combination of yummy and healthy. They are easy to prepare, tasty and low on calories, so who would say no, really? 1. “Skinny” Caesar Salad Olive oil One pound of boneless and skinless chicken breast 1/8 teaspoon of pure kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon of fresh black pepper Half cup of soft tofu 1 to 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice Half tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 to 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce Half teaspoon of anchovy paste Half teaspoon of minced garlic 1 to 2 tablespoons of water Parmesan cheese (by choice) 8 to 10 cups of fresh romaine lettuce 1 cup of croutons (preferably fat-free) Method: Heat your oven to at least medium-high temperature. Then, put some olive oil on the chicken breasts and gently season them with a bit of salt and fresh black pepper. Start grilling the chicken, and wait for at least 5 minutes for each side of the chicken breasts. Put the chicken breasts on to the cutting board and cut them into tiny pieces. After you are done with preparing the meat, mix the rest of the ingredients, preferably in a blender. That way, you will get a creamy, homemade sauce, way more delicious than the sauces you can get in the market in your neighborhood. If you want to make the sauce less creamy, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Take the lettuce, the homemade dressing and the croutons, and toss them in a huge salad bowl. Arrange the chicken breasts over the mixture  and sprinkle...
6 Muffin Recipes You Need in Your Life

6 Muffin Recipes You Need in Your Life

There’s nothing better than freshly baked muffins to chase away the winter blues or lift up your spirits after a failed exam, a meeting gone wrong, a fight with your BFF, or a broken heart. It’s a delicious reward to celebrate your achievements, or a quick and yummy snack for your coffee break. It’s always a good time to have a muffin. Nothing fixes a bad day (or makes a good one better!) better than a delicious treat. Pick a tasty muffin, which reasonable size will curb you desire to overindulge in your guilty pleasure. Whatever the reason that made you want to bake, here’s a list of muffins you just simply have to try. 1. Banana Crumb Muffins Serves: 10 Ingredients: 1½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon butter ¾ cup white sugar ⅓ cup brown sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 3 bananas, mashed ⅓ cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons flour ½ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon Method: Preheat the oven to 190°C. Lightly grease the muffin tray or separate muffin cups (or line with muffin liners). In a large bowl, mix 1½ cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat together the egg, melted butter, bananas, and sugar. Add the banana-egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it’s well moistened. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups and fill two-thirds of each. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add a tablespoon of butter and mix until the mixture resembles polenta. Sprinkle on top of the muffins. Bake for...
5 Picnic Recipes Your Family Would Love

5 Picnic Recipes Your Family Would Love

There’s no better way to enjoy fine weather and beautiful nature than a picnic with good company, family of friends, and delicious picnic food to round up a beautiful day. When juggling picnic food ideas, keep in mind that picnic food needs to be fresh, light and nutritious. For those looking for an alternative to the picnic BBQ and prefer a healthier option, we’ve gathered some picnic recipe ideas that you’ll love. Here are five quick and easy picnic recipes to brighten up your outing to the local park or countryside. 1. Green Goodness Hummus Sandwich Ingredients: For the sandwich: 2 slices whole grain bread (toasted by preference) ¼ cup hummus 1-2 leafs of lettuce 4-5 slices cucumber Pickles, to taste (sliced into thin strips) Quick-pickled carrots and onions For the quick-pickled carrots and onions: 1 small to medium red onion 5 to 7 medium to large carrots 1 cup water 2½ teaspoons salt 1 cup plain white vinegar/white wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar ¼ cup honey/maple syrup/sugar ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional Method: To prepare the quick-pickled vegetables, peel the carrots and then using a regular vegetable peeler slice the carrots into thin slices, and slice the onion into thin rounds. Put the carrots and onion in two different mason jars. In a saucepan, mix the water, vinegar, sweetener, salt and the optional pepper flakes (to get spicy pickles). Boil the mixture and add half into each jar. Press the vegetables into the liquid, using a spoon and let them cool. Depending on how thin the vegetable slices are, they should be ready in about half an hour. To...
Indian Cuisine: 5 Exotic Recipes for Real Foodies

Indian Cuisine: 5 Exotic Recipes for Real Foodies

India’s rich culinary culture is one of the most innovative worldwide, where some of the most extraordinary recipes have been created. The wide variety of fine exotic dishes is the reason food lovers keep exploring this cuisine. Here are some more exotic Indian recipes for all you real foodies. Enjoy!1.  1. Spinach and Paneer Turnovers with Basil Mango Chutney Ingredients: For Turnovers: 2 cups flour 1 thinly sliced onion 1 pound chopped spinach 1 cup paneer 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 6 tablespoons grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon garam masala Pinch of salt For Chutney: 1 mango ½ lime juice 1 tablespoon minced ginger ¼ teaspoon five-spice blend (2 teaspoons mixed peppercorns, 8 whole star anise, 1 teaspoon whole cloves, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon) 3 tablespoons chopped basil 1 tablespoon vinegar ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom 1 minced red chilli Pinch of salt Pinch of sugar Method: For Turnovers: preheat oven to 175C. Place cumin seeds in skillet over medium heat and toast for 30 seconds. Transfer into bowl together with flour and salt. Stir to combine. Add 3 tablespoons oil and ¼ cup water and begin kneading. When dough is formed, cover loosely and set aside. Heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add garam masala and fenugreek seeds, cooking for another 2 minutes. Add spinach, seasoning with salt. Stir well and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool, then crumble paneer, stirring to combine. Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a thin circle. Cut into 3 even strips and place a...
Test Your Baking Skills: Try These 3 Unusual Bread Recipes

Test Your Baking Skills: Try These 3 Unusual Bread Recipes

Are you open to the idea to try something unusual and put your baking skills to the test? In that case, you have to try these uncommon bread recipes and enhance your culinary senses. They will surely inspire you to master the art of bread baking. 1.  1. Vegan Rosemary Avocado Bread This vegan-friendly bread recipe is easy and quick to make. Can be served as pairing with any kind of soup or simply eaten alone. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup cane sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 mashed avocado (medium size) 1 cup vegan buttermilk (1 cup almond milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice) 1 vegan egg replacer (1 tablespoon of flax or chia and 3 tablespoons water) 2 tablespoons rosemary (fresh) Method: Prepare line loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 180C. Make buttermilk in a bowl and put aside. In another bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Now add buttermilk, mashed avocado, egg substitute and rosemary to bowl with dry ingredients and mix all well. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes. Allow it to cool before serving. 2. Red Velvet Banana Bread Worried about how this unusual combination will turn out? Once you take a bite, the sweet moist taste will convince you otherwise. Ingredients: 3 medium bananas (mashed) 1 red velvet cake mix 3 eggs 1/3 cup canola oil Powdered sugar for dusting Method: Line a 9x5x3 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all ingredients until they...
5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Ideas You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Ideas You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

Now that your kids are back in school, it’s a daily challenge to pack a lunch box for them. But why not make this school year different? We’ve selected 5 healthy lunch box recipes that are not only tasty and nutritious, but also incredibly easy and fast to make! These quick lunch ideas will put a smile on your children’s face and take the stress out of preparing for you. Packing a healthy yet delicious meal doesn’t have to be a bore anymore! First remember that a nutritiously balanced lunch box for kids should contain: Protein foods such as fish, meat, beans or eggs Starchy food items such as rice, potatoes, pasta or bread Vegetables and fruits Dairy items such as yogurt or cheese Also, make sure to plan ahead. Knowing what ingredients you will need for the following week, preparing them in advance and using leftovers are some of the best ways to save time. The following school lunch box ideas will also help you organise next week’s meal plan for your kids. 1. Green Club Sandwich This recipe takes sandwiches to another level. The healthy new filling and the double decking bread will excite your kids. It is high on energy and your kids will stay full until dinnertime. Nutritional value: Kcal: 583 Carbs: 53g Protein: 18g Fat: 35g Sugars: 4g Fibre: 12g Ingredients: 3 slices toasted wholegrain bread 1 sliced avocado (100g) 3 tbsp prepared houmous 8-10 sliced cherry tomatoes 1 handful rocket leaves Method: First toast the bread and then spread houmous evenly over each slice, but only over one side. Lay half of the avocado,...