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Friday, April 16, 2010

More Protein Quick Recipes

Originally posted 2/24/2009

Protein Quickies: Recipes for Real Life

In today’s You Have Arrived Newsletter (subscribe here) we presented five “Protein Quickies: Recipes for Real Life.” The recipes are so terrific, all taken from Women’s Health Magazine, that I’m sharing three more recipes here in the LivingAfterWLS Blog. They are all protein dense with a reasonable serving of nutritious complex carbohydrates. Enjoy!

Chicken Braised in Soy Sauce and Lemon
Brown bone-in chicken pieces in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Remove from pan. In same pan, stir in some chopped garlic. Add 1/2 tablespoon minced lemon zest, a pinch of cayenne, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/3 cup water; stir. Add the chicken, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, turning the pieces once. Add lemon juice and more soy sauce to taste.

Grilled Cod with Basil Dipping Sauce
For sauce: Combine 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 Thai chili (seeded and thinly sliced), and 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil. Season 1 pound of cod with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once, until cooked through (8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness). Serve with the sauce.

Baked Eggs with Spinach
Preheat oven to 350°F. In boiling salted water, cook 2 pounds of spinach for 1 minute. Drain, cool, squeeze out excess liquid and chop. Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a baking dish, and add spinach, and toss to coat. Spread out spinach, making 8 nests. Crack 1 egg into each and top with salt, pepper, Parmesan, and breadcrumbs. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until yolks are just set and whites are solidified.

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