Skillet Lemon Chicken with Spinach
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup diced red bell pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup dry white wine (or white wine vinegar)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
10 cups lightly packed baby spinach
8 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk wine and cornstarch together in a measuring cup. Add to the pan along with the lemon juice and zest; stir to coat, then bring to a simmer. Add spinach by the handful; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.
Tip: To keep thinks interesting, try this classic Moroccan chicken dish with curry powder or ras el hanout instead of paprika and coriander.
Nutrition per serving (1/2 cup): Calories 160; Fat 8g; Carbohydrates 6g: Protein 13g; Sodium 263mg.
Recipe adapted from: EatingWell.com. February 2020. Carolyn Casner. https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/278875/skillet-lemon-chicken-with-spinach/.
Sicilian Eggplant and Chickpeas
Makes 4 servings
2 Italian eggplants (about ¾ lb.)
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbs. tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, more to taste
½ cup water
2 15 oz. cans no-salt-added chickpeas
½ tsp. kosher salt
3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
- Dice the eggplants into ½-inch pieces. Sauté in a large non-stick skillet in the oil until golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the water and chickpeas and heat through. Season with up to ½ tsp. of salt.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the mint and chickpeas. Serve warm.
Nutrition per serving: Calories 340; Fat 12g; Carbohydrate 46g; Protein 13g; Sodium 300mg.
Tip: Italian (baby) eggplants have a thinish skin and their flesh is never bitter. You can also use Japanese eggplants…or replace the 2 eggplants with one large onion. Just stay away from ordinary eggplants.
Recipe from: Recipes from NutritionAction.com’s Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood.