In the blustery month of February, let’s talk about something warm and squishy: your heart. Not only the seat of our emotions, it’s a pretty vital part of our existence. We tend to spend a lot more time thinking about our upper arm flab, or waistband, or even well-publicized topics such as skin cancer (OK, it’s because of the wrinkles, really).
One of the first steps to keeping your heart in shape is to put the right nutrients into your body. You need lean protein for energy without the weight of complex carbs and trans fats. You need a mix of vegetables with vitamins to keep your systems clean and strong. And you need food that tastes good, of course. Try out this recipe to get all the things you need for your heart!
Spiced Chicken with Couscous Salad
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 oz. or so each)
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• Kosher salt and black pepper
• ¾ cup couscous
• ¾ pound cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
• ¼ pound snap peas, thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 cup)
• ½ cup torn fresh basil
• ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with the paprika, cumin, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Cook the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board. Meanwhile, place the couscous in a large bowl. Add one cup of hot tap water, and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add the tomatoes, snap peas, basil, lemon zest and juice, remaining oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to couscous. Toss to combine. Slice the chicken and serve with the couscous.
The snap peas alone in this recipe are great for you: chock full of Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, Vitamin K, iron, magnesium, and potassium. The chicken is great for your energy, and with the added spice has just the right amount of zest. And the tomatoes can have marvelous effects – helping to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
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