Sometimes you just want a simple meal that is healthy and good too. Healthy food is assumed to be tasteless and boring, but it is all in the cooking method and the seasonings you use. I came across this recipe on the Whole Living website the other day. This simple sauteed chicken dish with a few other ingredients is great, but the spinach just adds another texture and flavor to the dish. Using brown rice makes this meal healthy as well.
I grew up not liking brown rice, but I loved vegetables and healthy foods. As I have gotten older, my taste buds have changed and grown to appreciate more flavors and foods. Brown rice is something I have grown to like recently. I like the texture and how filling it is, but not heavy like its cousin white rice. I am a fan of chicken in any form, so any variation to how to prepare it I am all for. This meal adds a few simple ingredients to equal on filling and healthy meal.
- 1 cup brown rice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Four (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded 1/2 inch thick
- Coarse salt
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Pinch of red-pepper flakes
- 1 bunch spinach, trimmed and rinsed (10 oz)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons fresh goat cheese
- 1/2 lemon
- Cook rice according to package directions. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and saute in batches, adding another tablespoon oil, until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.
- Add remaining tablespoon oil, garlic, and pepper flakes to pan. Cook spinach in batches, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.
- To serve, top chicken with spinach and sprinkle with pine nuts and dollops of goat cheese. Squeeze with lemon and serve with rice.
This is a quick meal that is healthy and delicious. A great meal for dinner guests, a family dinner, or just a break from the routine. Enjoy this meal any way you see fit.