Kale and Lentils with Shredded Chicken

What is this? Two posts in one day? I figured since the one earlier was about yesterday that I should post something about today. Dinner tonight comes once again from Everyday Food Magazine. This recipe from April 2007. I adapted it lightly to fit my own palate and what we had in the house. Simple things like cooking my own lentils instead of using canned and adding some garlic.

This was another tasty dinner with thumbs up from the parents and myself. The lemon juice really brightens everything up and the taste is earthy and complex. The flavors blended together really well. Plus, it’s healthy!

We finished this dinner off with sundaes from Oberweis which is my guilty pleasure. Mom and I split one and asked for it to be light on the candy. Living and eating well is all about balance.

Kale and Lentils with Shredded Chicken (serves 4)

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, I used Market Days Chicken Steaks (4 oz each)

2 cups cooked lentils, boiled in salted water

2 bunches kale, stems removed and cut into bite size pieces

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp thyme leaves

1-2 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

1. Prep your ingredients

2. Cook your chicken. My preferred method is to sear them in a cast iron skillet, flip once browned on first side and cook in a 400 degree oven until done. Set aside to cool slightly before shredding. I used about 1/2 Tbsp of oil to do this part

3. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Cook onion for 5-6 minutes until soft and translucent.

4. Add in kale along with the rest of the oil, sprinkle with about half the thyme and garlic powder and cook 5-6 minutes until tender, remove to a medium mixing bowl (everything will end up in this bowl so make sure its big enough for all the ingredients)

5. Heat lentils up in the saucepan and season with thyme and garlic powder. Once thoroughly warmed, add to kale and onion.

6. Shred chicken and mix everything together. Squeeze in the juice from half a lemon and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more garlic powder or thyme as needed.

For fun I used Myfitness pal to figure out the nutrition facts.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 380 calories, 39 g carbohydrates, 38 g protein, 10 g fat (mostly the good ones), 11 g fiber, 40% DV iron, 25% Calcium

Those are pretty awesome numbers. Its a nice healthy meal that incorporates vegetables and protein. Yummy

 

What did you have for dinner? Any special treats tonight?

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