Ho! Ho! Ho! ‘Tis the season to be jolly!
And you know what can make things jollier this Christmas? Healthy recipes, of course!
We know for sure that you want to celebrate the Yuletide season with delicious food together with your loved ones. So, we put up two simple Christmas recipes that are guaranteed to make things merrier:
Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti
Love pasta so much? Then this lentil bolognese spaghetti is just the perfect menu. It's a hearty meal that everyone will surely love.
Here are the ingredients that you need:
2 cloves of garlic
1 small chopped onion
1 medium chopped carrot
6 oz of button mushrooms
1 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
8 oz. ground beef (90% lean meat
1/3 cup of toasted pine nuts
1 lb. spaghetti
1/2 cup dried red lentils
1 can of whole tomatoes (14-ounce)
1 tbsp. tomato paste
-Put the garlic, carrots, onions, and button mushrooms in a food processor and pulse it until finely chopped.
-In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium and add the chopped vegetables, red pepper flakes, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender.
-Add the ground beef and cook for at least 10 minutes or until tender.
-Add tomato paste and cook again for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (including their juices) by crushing them with your hands ass you put them in the skillet. Add two cups of water, lentils, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer it until the lentils are tender.
-Cook the pasta, drain it and toss the noodles on the sauce. Top it with Pecorino and pine nuts.
Light Chicken Cacciatore
Nom! Who wouldn't want a second helping of this healthy meal? It’s made with nutritious ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 small boneless and skinless chicken breasts
10 oz cremini mushrooms (quartered)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
8 oz kale (chopped leaves only)
1/2 cup pitted green olives
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
Heat oil in a large deep skillet (medium-high). Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each pepper and salt. Cook for 4 minutes per side or until golden brown before transferring to plate.
-Add the mushrooms on the skillet; stir occasionally until golden brown. Tender for 4 minutes and transfer it to the plate with the chicken
-Lower the heat before adding the chopped onion, garlic, red pepper, bay leaf, and rosemary. Stir the spices and herbs until tender for 8 to 10 minutes. Pour the wine and continue stirring for another 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes (including their juices).
-Add the chicken and mushroom back to the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes (covered). Put the kale and cook for an additional 12 minutes. Uncover the skillet and discard bay leaf before adding olives and parsley.
Healthy alternatives for your family to share this Season of Giving. Advance Merry Christmas!