Heart Healthier Orange Chicken

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While ‘Orange Chicken’ is a delectable take-out choice, it’s not particularly heart-healthy. So I was thrilled to read Genevieve Ko’s New York Times article, In This Roasted Orange Chicken, Every Part of the Fruit Shines, and the accompanying heart-healthier recipe.

Ms. Ko’s Roasted Orange Chicken preparation calls for a whole chicken, which is great if you’re into carving, but that’s a great big NO for me, especially on a weeknight. Luckily, this recipe works really well with a ready-to-go  package of chicken thighs. I made it even easier on myself with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Here it is,

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Roasted Char Glazed with Brown Sugar and Mustard

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Recently, I came across an incredibly easy & delicious way to bake my favorite fish, Arctic Char (similar to salmon). The New York Times’ Sam Sifton apparently published this salmon recipe in 2015 but I only found it in late 2023…and have now roasted both Arctic Char and wild-caught salmon this way a half-dozen times to rave reviews.

It could not be more simple:

  • Heat oven to 400-425 (I do 425; depends on your oven)
  • Mix together roughly equal parts Dijon mustard and light brown sugar — mix well so no sugar clumps.

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Coconut Caramel Braised Tofu

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So…tofu. It’s high in protein, low in saturated fat: a big thumbs up for heart-healthy nutrition.

But it’s low in taste—which can be both a plus and a minus. AND ALSO, for me, the biggest minus of all: How on earth do you cook it?  I have always found tofu intimidating. There’s that ‘press’ thing that you have to do. And I just find it confounding: do you bake it, grill it, sauté/stir-fry it?  About the only thing I knew I didn’t want to do heart-health-wise was to deep fry it (though air-frying is probably great but I’m not there yet.)

A few weekends ago,

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Tomato Tomato Tomato Gazpacho!

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If you have a late-summer bounty of tomatoes and cucumbers, I have a Gazpacho recipe for you to try. Which is funny because I normally DO NOT LIKE gazpacho … but I loved this one.

Aptly named, Best Gazpacho, Julia Moskin explains that this recipe delivers the smooth style of gazpacho served in Seville, Spain. And as an avowed gazpacho-hater, I’m shocked to tell you that it is indeed both smooth and delicious. And easy to make.

All you need is a very strong blender, ‘2 pounds of ripe red tomatoes’ (this is about 6 ‘baseball-sized’

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Lo-Co Meal Planning

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Meal Planning. “UGH” I can almost hear you say. Who has time? Who wants to plan?

I hear ya. And I’ve gotten so lazy about meals and meal planning… and my weight is starting to creep up so I’m concerned my cholesterol probably is as well.  I need to start meal planning again so I did a little research for some tips.

I got a little help from the folks over at Kitchenda. After reading my 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Published post, they suggested their article, Why Experts Recommend Meal Planning For Every Home, might be helpful.

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