How many ways can you prepare a chicken breast?
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Alone, kind of boring. With February being Heart Health Month, I thought I'd share some ways to take a plain ol' piece of protein and throw together some healthy additions to make tasty creations.
A variety of salads to add to your skinless, boneless chicken breast!
Southwest style grilled chicken salad~
Cranberry Walnut chicken salad~
All of these salads start with a grilled chicken breast. You can use any type of greens you like for the base of the salad. For instance, I like to use a romaine or field greens mix.
There's a great guide to salad greens, click here.
Now for the southwest salad you can add corn, tomatoes, fresh avocado (a small amount, since it is high in fat, but also good for you), black beans, onions, and for a healthy dressing I would use fresh salsa. O.k, use canned if you're so inclined.
For the Mediterranean salad, I like to add, black olives, cucumber, ripe tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, (a low fat variety would be good here). A good low fat Greek dressing would be nice with this salad. You can make your own using:
cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
thyme, or any other herbs that you like
Cranberry Walnut chicken salad
I love using these dried cranberries for many things. To learn more about the health benefits of the cranberry, click here.
For this salad I add a bunch of dried cranberries to the greens and cut up chicken breast and add some feta cheese and chopped walnuts. (Walnuts are good when toasted, as toasting will bring out the natural oils in the nuts. You can toast walnuts on a cookie sheet spread out and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. A good dressing for this one could be a simple balsamic vinaigrette, or a fruited vinaigrette.
The possibilities are endless! Enjoy a healthy salad today, and don't forget your protein!