Kiwis love chicken and whipping up easy, tasty and nutritious recipes this winter to suit every taste is easy breezy!
This June our amazing Almond Breeze New Zealand ambassador Matilda Green did just that. She created our heavenly winter Breezy Butter Chicken recipe with a healthy twist. It’s perfect for paleo eaters, and idea to make for family or friends, or take to work to heat and eat for lunch the next day.
1. Breezy Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken is a worldwide favourite but sometimes its rich creaminess rules it out as a weekly staple. Fear not, we have the solution! Replacing cream with Original Almond Breeze Almond Milk is just the ticket. It stills packs a heavenly flavour punch but is a little less heavy, making it perfect to indulge whenever you feel the need.
A hero ingredient to deliver winter wellness: Ginger
Ginger root is a celebrated spice the world over, particularly in China where it originated from. Among its many uses, ginger known to lessen the effects of nausea, aid in digestion, reduce muscle pain, and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger’s healthy properties are proven by scientific research too. Gingerol – ginger’s natural oil – is a bioactive compound that boasts fast-acting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels by up to 12%, making it ideal in the fight against type 2 diabetes onset as well and producing lower heart disease outcomes.
2. Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Bring in summer heat with the exotic Asian flavours of Thailand. This tasty Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce recipe was created by the very talented home chef Carine Claudepierre for our 5 Day Breezy Summer Meal Plan (which you can download here 🥗🥘🍗🍲🥪) and this recipe makes a yummy, light winter weekend lunch and to rake to a pot luck dinner, or as part of a quick, delicious mid-week mea even when the temperature is crispl It’s so simple and puts a smile on the dial.
A hero ingredient to deliver winter wellness: Garlic
Garlic really is a winter hero! In fact, some health gurus recommend to lessen cold symptoms and speed up the recovery process to chew on a raw garlic clove! But for those of us who want to keep their friends, perhaps instead try fresh crushed garlic in this sumptuous peanut sauce (which also contains the magical goodness of maple syrup, ginger and lime juice!).
Garlic has loads of potent medicinal properties and nutrients known to lower cholesterol levels, reduce heart pressure, stave of winter colds by 63% and shorten colds by as much as 70%. Garlic is related to leeks (see below!) and has a well-documented medicinal history in ancient cultures such as Greek, Romans, Chinese, Babylonians and Egyptians. This is due to garlic’s sulphur compounds, including allicin, which is present in garlic when it is freshly cut or crushed. In addition, garlic contains powerful vitamins and minerals including manganese, vitamins B1, B6and C, as well as selenium, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and fibre.
3. Thai Chicken Noodle Curry
Thai Chicken Curry is a worldwide favourite but sometimes the rich creaminess rules it out as a weekly staple. Fear not, we have the solution! Replacing cream with Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk is just the ticket. It stills packs a heavenly flavour punch but is a little less heavy.
A hero ingredient to deliver winter wellness: Turmeric
Turmeric has been the talk of the town for the past 5-10 years and now scientists are finding that it’s healthy bioactive compounds and medicinal properties can’t be understated. Turmeric contains curcumin, a curcuminoid and potent anti-inflammatory associated with improved brain function and a lowered risk of brain disease such as clinical depression, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Recently released Washington State University research indicating high levels of curcumin could even slow the rate of cancer cell production in some cancers, such as bone cancer.
4. Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Blue Diamond in California is the home of Almond Breeze Almond Milk – and California is where 80% of the world’s almonds are grown. So it makes sense that any recipe that comes from there is packed full of heart and soul, and this Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole is just that. In a twist, this recipe uses our almondlicious Unsweetend Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk to add a gorgeous flavour twist. This recipe is easy to make in the slow cooker before you leave the house in the morning, or to create in a pressure cooker at night.
A hero ingredient to deliver winter wellness: Broccoli
Broccoli is flying off shelves everywhere right now because it’s in season. This star green vegetable is packed full of protein – yes, protein – as well as fibre, minerals iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium, and of course a load of vitamins, and is an excellent source of vitamin C (half a cup of broccoli provides more vitamin C than one orange!), as well as A, E, K and plenty of B vitamins such B9, folate
Broccoli is also a potent antioxidant thanks to its many bioactive compounds, known to reduce inflammation and fight against cell damage caused by free radical damage. Plus, many studies indicate that broccoli and other members of the cruciferous vegetable family (cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts and cabbage) may even protect against many cancers, including breast, prostate, gastric, colorectal, kidney and bladder cancers, although more study is needed.
This green wonder also supports heart health, helps balance of blood sugar levels, lowers inflammation in the body, aids in health digestion and even has been linked to healthy brain function.
5. Chicken Lick’n Pie
Hands up who doesn’t like pie? Exactly! And this nourishing, hearty winter Chicken Lick’n Pie is all kinds of perfect for a winter eve. This tasty recipe contains loads of vegetables including onion, capsicum, leeks, carrot and button mushrooms so is ideal for fussy eaters. Plus, if there’s any left (unlikely!) it makes a great lunch the next day. Or be super organised and make a couple and pop one in the freezer for that inevitable rainy day!
A hero ingredient to deliver winter wellness: Leeks
Aside from being the ultimate winter comfort vegetable in soups, casseroles and under a delicious sauce, leeks have a surprising number of health benefits! This understated vegetable hero that’s been popular for more than 3,000 years since the time of the ancient Egyptians is loaded with nutrients to keep you healthy all winter long.
Leeks contain vitamin B6, ideal to stave off winter stress, plus iron, magnesium and a tonne of flavonoid antioxidants with anti-microbial and liver-protecting properties. They also contain high levels of folate plus vitamins A and K, and the number one vitamin to kiss lurgies goodbye: vitamin C. Plus leeks are a great dietary fibre source and are perfect eaten raw or in all your culinary extravaganzas.
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