Healthy Living & Eating
Rosemary Infuse Olive Oil
With the new year freshly here we all have goals, and mine is taking better care of my overall health and eating right and if you have these goal also some of my tips will help you on your way to a healthier way of life.
Me being a chef I realiy think eating right is a great way towards healthy living beause they go hand to hand and one of the items that I'm going to add to my diet and lifestyle is olive oil it is really high in monounsaturated fatty acids that are good for you it's even good for your skin I have started using it on my skin because I have very dry skin and it is doing wonders for me.
Olive oil is also a great way to infuse other great food and spices in to your everyday eating habits and the correct way to infuse foods or spice is to cook it on low heat and cook it slow ''low heat cooking will infuse te oil and spices whereas cooking on a high heat will fry the ingredients also adding some garlic and lemon zest are really great choices for infusing olive oil and you can also use fresh o dried herbs even chili peppers, But here is a nice recipe for rosemary infused olive oil.
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
7 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 dried crushed pepper ( add it as you need it if you like it spicy add as much as would want )
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Rinse off the rosemary and make sure all the excess water is off of them, pour the olive oil in a into to a heavy bottom sauce pan place the pan on a low heat setting and let the oil get warm for about1-2 minutes then let cool 5-7 minutes.
Take your clean bottle or container add your crushed peppers and rosemary sprigs into your bottle or container then pour in the olive oil an seal it...Set the bottle in a cool dry place for 7 to 10 days away from direct sunlight after that start to use your infused olive oil..
This is my opinion but I believe that many people will agree with me that eating healthier dose not mean that you have to miss out on flavor when your eating healthy foods.
I think you could focus on your flavors when cooking healthy adding things like cinnamon to your cereal fruit to your oatmeal or replacing some greek yogurt in the place of mayonnaise, you can Even plan your snacks eating more nuts, seeds, low-fat cheese even whole grain crackers with some hummus, and to show you what I'm talking about I want you to try my healthy chicken salad made with greek yogurt.
Creamy Chicken Salad
This chicken salad recipe is really a great tasting salad is really healthy and tasty by replacing the mayo for greek yogurt I have made this really healthy plus gives it a mediterranean twist to it.
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
A pinch of sea salt
A pinch of ground white pepper
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh dill
1 3/4 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint
1 1/3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 red onion, minced
Preheat the oven to 350F, rince chicken breasts and remove all tendons and fat. Place the chicken on a roasting pan; season generously with salt and pepper. Bake about 15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the largest part of the breast reaches a safe internal temperature of 165. Meanwhile, add the yogurt to a small mixing bowl. Combine the herbs and red onion; whisk into yogurt. Set aside. Once the chicken is ready, remove from the oven and let rest. Drain the cooking liquid into the yogurt and her mixture; whisk together. When chicken has cooked, set up your food processor with the slicing attachment.
Thinly slice the chicken with a knife. Add the sliced chicken to the yogurt mixture; stir. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Yogurt Chicken Salad
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