Food for Fuel: Wheat Berries with Vegetables and ChickenSeptember 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Poultry, Rice, Quinoa, and Other Grains | 4 Comments
Tonight was my first time to both prepare and consume wheat berries. They were delicious, which is great because they are very healthy, and well…I have a lot of them now.
I used a sidedish recipe from Martha Stewart and turned it into a one-bowl meal by adding chicken breast for some protein. I also added kalamata olives, mushrooms, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese in Garlic & Herb, and a little freshly grated parmesan. The Laughing Cow cheese turned the bowl all creamy and delicious. It reminded me of risotto. I simplified the recipe a little by using frozen broccoli and dried oregano.
Blogger Secret Ingredient: Tomatoes
Heather did the honors this week, and nominated tomatoes as the secret ingredient. I was going to do a dish using fresh tomatoes, but my wheat berry meal had tons of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes that added great flavor. I use Del Monte because they have a good No Salt Added line of canned tomato products and I almost always have some in the pantry. I use tomatoes a lot, so you may see another tomato recipe from me this week.
Last week I totally dropped the ball and forgot to include a nutrition fact about the secret ingredient. So, here’s something I didn’t know about tomatoes:
Organic ketchup contains 3 times as much lycopene as non-organic brands.
Eat your tomatoes with fat; lycopene is fat-soluble, which means that it is not well-absorbed without fat. Source
Nutrition of this Meal
This meal contains 13 ingredients from the World’s Healthiest Foods list:
- Low-fat cheese
- Summer squash
- Olive oil
- Whole wheat