Warm Chicken & Toasted Pine Nut Salad

This warm salad is perfect for cooler evenings. A perfect mix of complex carbs, protein and fats to keep you satisfied and happy long after meal time. Sweet, crunchy, and delicious, this dish is also full off essential vitamins and minerals. Tuck in!

Recipe

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 organic chicken breasts
  • 2 peppers / capsicums, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 head broccoli
  • ½ cup green beans
  • ½ cup snow peas / mange tout
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (to drizzle)
  • salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180º.
  2. Place chicken in oven on baking sheet for 18-25 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, add tomatoes and peppers to a baking dish, and drizzle over balsamic vinegar, tossing to coat.
  4. Roast tomatoes and peppers in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Steam greens for 5 minutes.
  6. Toast pepitas and pine nuts in a hot, dry pan for a few minutes until just browned.
  7. When cooked, remove chicken from oven and slice into strips (watch those fingers!).
  8. Layer all ingredients in a bowl with rice, then drizzle with the remaining balsamic juices and olive oil.
  9. Season to taste and serve immediately.

Tips:
Replace brown rice with quinoa or lentils if you prefer.
Vegetarian option: omit chicken and top with a soft-boiled egg.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for national health magazines, has launched a range of Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017).

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