(Closed) Trying to eat more chicken…for health’s sake : /

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love red meat, but I am a huge fan of chicken too!  Try cooking chicken in a crock pot with various sauces and veggies, turns out so tender and yummy everytime πŸ™‚

I should take my own advice, I’m making homemade beef veggie stew tonight in the crock pot… it’ll be chicken later this week though, I’m trying to eat healthy as well!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I love chicken! Try making some homemade chicken enchiladas, or one of FI’s favorite meals is just some pan-fried breaded chicken (much healthier than ACTUALLY frying it, but just as tasty!) and some pasta with italian dressing on it. I know pasta isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but we use low-fat italian dressing, so it’s not like we’re eating alfredo or anything πŸ˜‰

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My husband also LOVES red meat, but there’s a few things I do to try to limit his consumption.  First of all, have you ever had buffalo?  It tastes really similar to beef, expecially if you are making buffalo burgers or buffalo roasts, and it has less fat/calories than beef.  Also, you don’t just have to eat chicken.  Turkey (especially turkey burgers, turkey sausage on pizza, and turkey bacon on BLTs) and pork (provided you be sure to trim the fat) are good alternatives.  Good luck! 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

@Mrs. Spring – I LOVE BUFFALO! SO good and way better for you than beef!

@okqueenbee – All I do is coat the chicken in egg (so the bread crumbs will stick) and then in bread crumbs (we usually do italian flavored, but you could do plain as well) and then put a little oil in your pan and go for it! It doesn’t take too long to cook and it’s suuuuper simple.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Make sure you choose healthy, truly natural chicken though: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-chicken4-2010jan04,0,5476293.story?track=rss

“In the past few years, it has become common for chicken producers to inject fresh chicken with saltwater as a way to keep it juicy and flavorful in the hands of indifferent cooks, a process called “enhancing” or “plumping.” In some cases, the plumping solution contains a long list of ingredients, and it can make up a fifth or even more of the chicken’s weight. The results can be culinarily strange: chicken with a smooth, synthetic texture like Spam, and a salty or sometimes acrid flavor. Not to mention a higher sodium content, which many people are supposed to avoid for health reasons.”

“A package of chicken thighs sold in local markets announces, in almost unnoticeable lettering, that the meat has been enhanced “up to 18%” with water, salt, lemon juice solids, natural lemon flavor, cane juice, corn syrup and other natural flavorings. A shopper who buys this $6 package of chicken is thus paying more than a dollar of that for a complicated salt-and-sugar-water solution.”

(From the LA Times piece linked above)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have a good friend who swears by swapping 50% of ground beef in recipes with ground turkey – it cuts the fat and calories and still looks and tastes like ground beef. I am a chicken loving girl, but I love pan-fried chicken (butterflied, and pounded flat, then coated with egg and breadcrumbs cooks the fastest), but I am a big fan of the butter chicken or tikka marsala sauces available in stores to make a fast dinner. Just cut up the chicken, quickly sear it, then simmer in the sauce and serve over basmati rice … yummy!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I havent eaten beef since before high school and Ive never had pork. I pretty much only eat chicken, fish, and turkey. What about eating fish? There are sooo many ways to cook chicken in healthy dishes, you just have to be creative!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ohhh I love ground turkey!  We use it for tacos instead of ground beef.  Way healthier, and turkey is kinda “gamey” so it works really well with all of the spices.  Might be worth a try!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

okqueenbee – You HAVE to try buffalo!  Seriously, in things like burgers and pot roasts, it tastes so similar to beef, you won’t be able to tell a difference.  πŸ™‚  I found that my husband was eating a lot of red meat in meals/dishes where he wasn’t even tasting the red meat.  So in stuff like burgers, pizza, tacos, etc… I substitute other, less fatty meats.  Hence the use of turkey, lol.  Otherwise, he would probably eat red meat at every other meal!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

if you like garlic…try using Liptons Garlic Soup and using that as a marinade.  So yummy.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I looove to marinade my bonesless skinless chicken breasts in some italian dressing and then throw it on a grill. We live in an apartment and just use one of those George Foreman type of grills. It works best if you tenderize it first (i.e. beating it down with a mallet so it’s not as thick)). Add a little butter just before it’s done along with a bit of salt and pepper and voila! If you like it a little spicy, you can add crushed red pepper for a little bit of a kick.

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