Chicken with Turmeric and Cumin

Chicken with Turmeric and Cumin

Spiced ChickenThis is a Rudog original recipe. This is a GREAT way to get some turmeric and cumin (superfoods!) into your diet!

I actually use frozen thighs, so my cooking time takes around 20 minutes. Obviously fresh or thawed chicken will cook more quickly. You can use breasts, but they aren’t as tender. No recipe is ever set in stone, so feel free to adapt it how you like it!

Check out this link to learn more benefits about turmeric!

 

  • 6 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth, could be more…..
  • 1 can green peas
  • 1-2 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 tsp turmeric

In a large skillet, pour the chicken broth over the chicken thighs. It doesn’t have to completely cover them,  but it should be deep enough to  bathe them. Add the tomatoes, undrained, and as much of the canned peas as you like. You can actually save half the can to add to some rice later….your choice. Season with a little salt if you want, and then cumin and turmeric. Start with a tsp of each, and then add more if you decide you like it stronger.

Let simmer on low to medium  heat until the chicken is completely cooked. Probably around 15 minutes. I like to cover this in the beginning, and then uncover it for the last few minutes of cooking to thicken up a little bit. The chicken will be tender and easy to cut when it is ready.

This is fantastic when it is served with basmati rice. Cook the rice in chicken broth instead of water for a little more flavor. Toss in some of those peas at the end (if you saved any) and serve!

This is a well balanced meal that has carbs, protein, and a little fat. Perfect.

What about fat in your diet?

Many of the fighters and athletes that I work with really don’t have a good grasp on how much fat they are eating, let alone how much fat they should be eating. They are frequently focusing so much on eating protein or not eating carbs, that the fat content kind of gets ignored. I mentioned in an earlier article that MOST of men who are training full time (2 times a day most days, plus additional cardio) need at least 3000 Kcals.  This is based on an average male body size of 5’10” and 200lbs, with an average age of 28. This is not designed to promote weight loss, but to provide adequate fuel for training and maintaining muscle mass.

For a 3000 kcal diet, a reasonable fat goal would be 20-25%, or 600 – 750 kcals. That’s the equivalent of 66 – 83 fat g/day. This would mean that the carb intake would be around 50-55% and the protein intake around 20-25%.

On diets that are a little higher in protein, they tend to be a little higher in fat. That’s because animal based protein carries with it more fat. For example, a 6oz portion of fairly lean beef is going to have upwards of 42g of fat. The same portion of chicken breast will only have 18-30g fat. The type of meat you select will greatly affect the amount of “fun” fat you can build into the diet. Dairy products are often used as protein sources and they can carry additional fat (especially saturated fat) as well.

It’s also important to point out the if you prefer to use whole grain foods and higher fiber foods, they will typically be a little higher in fat than lower fiber choices. The bran portion of the grain is where the fat content is contained. Cereals (think granola) that are higher in fiber can also be higher in fat because of the nuts they use to boost the fiber. They also cook or roll the granola in oil, be sure to read the label.

It is certainly easy to get too much fat, but you don’t want to be so careful that you don’t get enough. Many of the guys I work with admit that they are afraid to eat fat at all. Here are a few of the problems that can happen if you don’t eat enough fat:

  • You will end up feeling not satisfied. This eventually leads to a “binge” where you seek out pizza or something that has the fat you are craving in it.
  •  Fat in the diet provides a mouth feel that communicates to the brain “this is yummy and I like it it.” It signals the serotonin response that tells your brain you are satisfied and done. If this “trigger” doesn’t happen, your body puts itself on a mission to make it happen.
  • Over time, when there isn’t enough fat in the diet, you put yourself at risk for essential fatty acid deficiency. There are lots of special fats and fat soluble vitamins that are present in fat. When you over restrict fat, you miss out on these. This can cause drying of hair and skin, brittle nails, hair that breaks, and an overall dullness to the skin.

If you are eating a balanced diet (which means adequate carbs, protein and fat) that provides the right amount of calories, and you aren’t going crazy with high fat food choices, your fat intake will be right on target without you having to measure it. However, if you want a little help or affirmation that what you are doing is right for your training goals, just talk to a dietitian  to see what and how you are actually eating. Knowledge is what gives you the power to change.

Mary Cabral, RD/LD
Owner, www.Rudog.com

 

 

Grilled chicken with corn and black bean salsa

Grilled chicken with corn and black bean salsa

Chicken with corn and black bean salsa

Chicken with corn and black bean salsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/2 cup corn

1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 ripe medium avocado, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, optional

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

4 boneless chicken breasts (4 ounces each), pounded to 1/2 inch thickness.

Nonstick cooking spray

Combine corn, beans, bell pepper, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and 1/4 tsp salt in a medium bowl. Combine the black pepper, chili powder and remaining salt in small bowl. Sprinkle over chicken. Coat grill pan with spray and heat over medium heat. Cook chicken 4 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the center. Serve each breast with 1/4 cup of the salsa.

Calories: 230    Carbs: 16g    Fat: 7g     Pro: 28g

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken

Chicken with lemonsIn the spirit of full disclosure, this is not an original Rudog recipe at all. I found this in People Magazine. Sorry!

Ingredients:

Juice and zest of 3 lemons

1/3 cup                 olive oil

1 tsp                      oregano

1 Tbsp                   Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp                   honey

½ cup                    chopped onion

1 clove                  peeled garlic clove (or jarred garlic)

½ tsp                     salt

½ tsp                     pepper

4                              boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Grilled lemon wedges

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, oregano, mustard, honey, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside ¼ cup for basting. Place chicken in the bowl, cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high. Lightly oil grill grate. Place chicken on the grill over indirect heat. Cook 6-8 minutes each side, until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the ¼ cup reserve marinade.

3. Serve, drizzle with a little honey and garnish with the lemon wedges.

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