4 Ways To Avoid The Freshman 15: How to eat healthier while in college

Congrats on choosing to seek out a higher education! College is going to be a blast and will also challenge you and help you grow as a person as you learn the knowledge needed to excel in life in your chosen career. As the first time on your own, college can be a bit overwhelming your freshman year as you try to navigate the new freedom, your classes, making new friends and more. But as you’re navigating this new world, your eating habits will change and can cause you to gain weight known as the “freshman 15.” The stress of your first year at college can really wreck havoc on your lifestyle, so if you’d like to avoid the dreaded freshman 15 here are some tips on how to eat healthier while in college:

college
1. Avoid binge eating
When you’re busy running to classes, studying and trying to get things done for school, you sometimes forget to eat and this can cause you to binge later. Instead, snack every three to four hours on healthy things like fruit, veggies and the like so that you don’t eat everything in sight later on. Just remember that you need to snack healthy or else it won’t count!

2. Eat breakfast
Usually, you wake up minutes before class and skip breakfast, but if you want to avoid gaining all that weight, you need to schedule in breakfast. Studies have shown that students who skip breakfast end up gaining more weight than those who make sure to get in a good, healthy breakfast. When you do so, you’re less likely to be hungry later and won’t overeat.

3. Be prepared
Eating healthy is all about being prepared. It’s so easy to access junk food in college, so you’ll need to make a commitment to stock healthy snacks in your dorm room when you are hungry instead of heading out to the vending machine to get some candy or chips.

4. Stay active
Even though you’re walking to all your classes, don’t forget to stay as active as you can. Grab a buddy and go out for a jog or follow fitness YouTube videos to get in a sweat!

Having Tea: Recipes and Table Settings

Tea is an age-old tradition that that dates back centuries. Many different cultures have their own tea traditions, including the English, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Russians and so many more. Tea drinking is something that many enjoy doing regardless if it’s in an actual formal setting or in the comforts of their own home in to relax. But there’s nothing more special than having a simple tea party with friends to enjoy one another’s company. Here are some tea party table setting tips and recipes for your next tea party:

Tea Set Up

 
Table Settings:
To decide on how to set your tea table for your tea party, it’s best to figure out what type of “party” you’ll be hosting. Usually, a tea party is held in the afternoon and features small snacks like scones or small sandwiches, but you can easily go buffet style and not even have any settings. You’ll need a pretty tablecloth to get started no matter what type of party you have and the right tableware, such as a small dessert or luncheon size plate, a salad fork to the left of it, a butter knife to the right and a teacup on a saucer to the right of the plate. The teacup’s handle should face right at the 4:00 position if you want to be fancy. Then place a teaspoon on the tea saucer with the bowl upward at about 11:00 and the handle facing down at the 4:00 position. You’ll want to place a napkin to the left of the fork (preferably folded). If using a place card, you’ll want to place it on the top of the plate.
Recipes
Small sandwiches are always a tea party favorite and here’s a delicious recipe for traditional English cucumber sandwiches:
Ingredients
• One cucumber that’s peeled and thinly sliced
• 1 package of cream cheese that’s been softened
• ¼ cup mayonnaise
• ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon of onion salt
• 1 dah of Worcestershire sauce
• 1 loaf of sliced bread with the crusts removed
• 1 pinch of lemon pepper
Directions
1. You’ll want to dry the cucumber slices between two paper towels by setting them in a colander and allowing the liquid to drain out.
2. Mix the cream cheese, mayo, onion salt, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
3. Spread the mixture on two slices of bread.
4. Place the cucumber slices on half of the bread slices and then sprinkle lemon pepper on top.
5. Stack the other bread slice over and cut in small pieces to make finger sandwiches.

Dіm Sum: Thе Art of Chіnеѕе Tea Lunсh

Dіm Sum, оnе of thе mоѕt рорulаr Chіnеѕе foods, соmрrіѕеѕ оf аn innumerable assortment оf ѕtеаmеd dishes, dumрlіngѕ, аnd оthеr gооdіеѕ. Many nоn-Chіnеѕе think that dіm sum is juѕt a steamed dumpling wіth mауbе a dірріng ѕаuсе to ассоmраnу іt. Hоwеvеr, аlthоugh that іѕ one tуре оf dіm ѕum, thе term “dim ѕum” does nоt rеfеr to a ѕіnglе rесіре but to a ѕtуlе of serving a vast ѕеlесtіоn of different snack type items.

Lіtеrаllу mеаnіng “to tоuсh уоur hеаrt”, Dim Sum fооdѕ are bеѕt knоwn for thеіr rісh ԛuаlіtу аnd соmреtіtіvе рrісіng, аnd аrе usually еnjоуеd bу people as thеіr fаvоrіtе brunсh. Thе Chіnеѕе trаdіtіоn оf Dіm Sum was іntrоduсеd to thе Western Cоuntrіеѕ in thе 19th сеnturу by thе Chіnеѕе immigrants frоm thе Canton rеgіоn. In fасt, іt іѕ thе Chіnеѕе Dіm Sum thаt is thоught tо hаvе іnѕріrеd thе whоlе іdеа оf ‘brunch’, a lаrgе mіd-mоrnіng meal оftеn lіnkеd wіth drіnkіng tea. Whеthеr at hоmе or іn a restaurant, dim sum саn bе еnjоуеd аnd bесаuѕе оf thе mаnу сhоісеѕ, there іѕ аlwауѕ something fоr everyone. It is mеаnt tо bе ѕоrt оf аn Aѕіаn brunсh thаt іѕ served a lа саrtе.

The fооdѕ thаt are usually ѕеrvеd as a part оf a typical dіm sum lunсh аrе еіthеr deep-fried оr ѕtеаmеd. The dеер-frіеd delicacies include Wu Gоk, a kіnd оf a tаrо turnover, аnd mіnі ѕрrіng rolls оf dіffеrеnt vаrіеtіеѕ. At times, a dіm ѕum lunсh mіght аlѕо include special lір-ѕmасkіng goodies, ѕuсh as the ѕhrіmр dumрlіngѕ wrарреd in ѕеаwееd аnd tорреd with a dоllор оf ѕаlmоn caviar!

Thе ѕtеаmеd delicacies served аѕ a раrt оf thе Chіnеѕе dіm ѕum include a lаrgе variety оf fооdѕ, rаngіng frоm ѕtеаmеd pork ѕраrеrіbѕ аnd Char Siu Bао, steamed buns wіth roast роrk, tо Hаr Gаu, thе vеrу dеlісіоuѕ ѕhrіmр dumрlіngѕ wіth a trаnѕluсеnt ѕkіn. Besides thеѕе ѕtеаmеd оr dеер-frіеd dеlісасіеѕ, a dim ѕum lunch аlѕо іnсludеѕ a dessert аnd green tеа. For dеѕѕеrt, еgg custard tаrtѕ аrе uѕuаllу served, but іf уоu аrе luсkу, уоu mау hаvе a сhоісе bеtwееn a mango аnd аn almond рuddіng.

Thе Chinese Dіm Sum dishes usually vаrу frоm one restaurant tо another. Othеr Chіnеѕе dіѕhеѕ that аrе often included іn a dіm ѕum lunch at ѕоmе Chіnеѕе restaurants іnсludе thе flower ѕсаllіоn rоllѕ, аlѕо called ‘Huа Juаn’, vеgеtаrіаn аnd non-vegetarian роt-ѕtісkеrѕ, ѕеѕаmе ѕееd balls, ѕhrіmр toast, Shu Mai, spareribs, Cаntоnеѕе spring rоllѕ, Taro Crоԛuеttе, аnd steamed Chicken’s fееt.

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Dim Sum

Healthy Alternatives To Sweets

It’s a new year and that means a new you! You’ve probably made tons of New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year and eating healthy is probably at the top of your list given you splurged and went crazy on things you shouldn’t have ate (hello sweets) during the holidays. Don’t fret if that means you have to give up sweet things you love like cookies, ice cream and anything else with loads of sugar since you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy alternatives. So if you’re one of those people that need something sweet then here are some delicious healthy alternatives that you’ll absolutely love without having to sacrifice your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier:

1. Yogurt Parfait
You’ll love the scrumptious flavors that will entice your sweet taste buds when you enjoy a yogurt parfait that’s made with healthier choices like yogurt, nuts, granola and fruit. You can even add a bit of shaved dark chocolate for added sweetness!

Yogurt Parfait

 

2. Fruit
Nothing is healthier than fresh fruit and you’ll get enough natural sugar to curb your sweet tooth cravings. Plus they’re loaded with nutrients and fiber that your body needs!

Fruits

3. Dark Chocolate
Even though you’re trying to cut back on your sugar, you can still indulge in dark chocolate since it’s not made with any added fat or sugar that’s added to milk chocolate. Plus it’s packed with antioxidants that are good for your body.

dark chocolate

4. Smoothie
Easy to make and easy on the sugar, a healthy smoothie for breakfast or a snack is all you need for any of your sugar cravings. You can easily find a ton of smoothie recipes online or create your own using your favorite fruits and ingredients.

Smoothie

5. Fruit Popsicle
When the weather gets warm outside, you’ll need a cool treat and a fruit popsicle will do the trick! All you do is puree your favorite fruits, add some lime juice, freeze and then enjoy. You can mix up the ingredients and create your favorite fruit popsicles!

Fruit Popsicle

3 St Patrick’s Day Foods To Increase Your Luck

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and the centuries old holiday is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint St. Patrick. There are many celebrations and traditions associated with St. Patty’s day (as many like to call it), including wearing green, parades and drinking. But no holiday would be complete with its own delicious foods and St. Patty’s day is no different! Here are a few traditional Irish-inspired St. Patrick’s Day foods associated with the holiday:

1. Corned Beef and Cabbage
This favorite is delicious and worth all the time spent in preparing it, so if you’re looking to eat it as your St. Patty’s day feast, you need to start cooking well ahead of your festivities! When cooked right, the corned beef is super tender and full of flavor, in addition to being very hearty with the vegetables added, including carrots, cabbage, celery and onion.

1.	Corned Beef and Cabbage

2. Irish Soda Bread
Fairly simple to make (you just need flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk and caraway seeds), Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country, which is why it’s made with basic ingredients. To carry on traditions, before baking it, cut a cross on the top with a knife to ward off the devil and protect the household from evil.

Irish Soda Bread

3. Shepherd’s Pie
Considered to be hearty comfort food, shepherd’s pie is a classic Irish dish that’s actually a casserole of cooked ground meat and vegetables topped off with mashed potatoes. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of work, making it perfect to make for your St. Patty’s festivities! Read on below for the recipe!

Shepherd’s Pie

 

Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients
• 1 pound of ground beef chuck
• 1 garlic clove that’s minced
• 1 medium onion that’s chopped
• 2 tablespoons of ketchup
• ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
• 1 box of frozen mixed vegetables
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
• 3 cups mashed potatoes
Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cook the beef in a large pot on high. Make sure to break up the meat with a spoon and cook until it’s no longer pink. Then add in the garlic and onion and cook until it’s softened.
2. Add in the flour, ketchup and thyme and stir until it’s all combined. Add in ½ cup of water and the vegetables, cooking until the vegetable are warmed through and the liquid has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and then spread the potatoes evenly over the beef. You can use a fork to decorate the potatoes with peaks and lines. Place the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are lightly brown (usually 10 to 15 minutes).

Brrr, It’s Cold Out: 4 Foods That Will Warm You Up On A Chilly Day

When the weather starts to get colder, all you want to do is stay indoors where it’s nice and warm. Dressed in your warmest sweaters and thick socks, here are some foods you’ll want to eat when it’s cold outside:
1. Hot Chocolate or Tea
The last thing you want on a cold winter’s day is any beverage with ice in it, which is why many prefer a cup of hot chocolate or tea when the temperature is freezing out. Holding the warm mug keeps your fingers and hands nice and toasty and the hot liquid going down gives instantly warms up your insides.

Hot Chocolate

2. Soups and Stews
Similar to hot chocolate or tea, hot soups and stews are great when the temperature dips to freezing. Hearty stews filled with vegetables and meat will also keep your tummy warm and full.

Beef Stew

3. Whole Grains
To give your body the energy it needs to keep warm, you’ll want to load up on whole grains. Think oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, etc. to provide you with the complex carbohydrates your body needs to keep warm. And they’re a great source of B vitamins and magnesium, so you’ll also be doing your body some good by chowing down on some whole grains! Many love warm bowels of oatmeal or cream of wheat filled with their favorite toppings.

Oatmeal

4. Cinnamon
To generate body heat, add some cinnamon to your hot chocolate or tea. Other spices like cumin, cloves, pepper, nutmeg and turmeric boost your metabolism, which in tern helps generate body heat.

Cinnamon Sticks

 
To help keep you nice and toasty, here’s a recipe for hearty beef stew:
Ingredients
• 1 onion chopped
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 cloves of garlic minced
• 2 potatoes cubed
• ½ pound of mushrooms cut in quarters
• 1 stalk of celery sliced
• 2 cups beef broth
• 1 ½ tablespoons of teriyaki sauce
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon of paprika
• ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
• 3 carrots sliced
• 1 pound of cubed beef stew meat
Directions
1. Place the beef stew meat in a slow cooker. Then get a small bowl and mix together the flour, salt and pepper, paprika and sprinkle over the meat. Stir in beef broth, onion, teriyaki sauce, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, potatoes and bay leaf.
2. Cover and then allow to cook on low for (6) hours while stirring occasionally.

Eggnog: A Christmas Tradition

With Christmas around the corner, many families are gearing up to host guests as they whip up their favorite holiday treats, including eggnog. But have you ever wondered where the drink first originated? Like what would make someone create an egg-yolk-with-milk concoction that’s both spiced and spiked?

egg nog

Well, many historians believe that the festive drink first originated in early medieval Britain and is something like the historic “posset” drink, which is a milky, hot, ale-like drink, with monks drinking it with figs and eggs by the time the 13th century rolled around. And since eggs, milk and sherry were all considered to be items only the wealthy consumed, eggnog was commonly used when doing toasts to good health and prosperity. It finally became a Christmas drink when the 1700s came around and American colonies enjoyed it during the holidays. There are many other cultures that have created their own egg-based rinks, including Mexico with their “rompope,” and Puerto Rico with their “coquito” that adds coconut milk to the recipe.

eggnog recipe

Many don’t really like eggnog and that’s because they by it from the grocery stores, which are often not made with real egg yolk. Authorities regulated the drink so that companies can only use 1% egg yolk, which doesn’t give full justice to the original recipe. Traditional eggnog is way better than any store bought version, which is why it’s best if it’s homemade. It’s traditionally made with milk, sugar, eggs, and an alcohol like rum, brandy or bourbon. It’s then garnished with cinnamon or nutmeg for added flavor. Many like to serve it to their guests in a large punch bowl to provide a more traditional feel at holiday parties and festivities.

Here’s a delicious eggnog recipe to serve at your holiday gatherings:

Ingredients:

  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 2 ½ cups rum, brandy or bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

 

Directions:

  1. First you’ll want to mix together the cloves, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan and then heat it over a low setting for about 5 minutes until it comes to a boil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, now combine the sugar and eggs and whisk until fluffy. After whisk in the hot milk and pour into the saucepan. Cook over a medium heat and stir constantly for three minutes or until it gets thick. Do not let it boil. Strain and remove the cloves then let cool for an hour.
  3. Stir in alcohol, cream, vanilla and nutmeg and refrigerate overnight before you serve it.

Healthy Kale Recipes

Kаlе іѕ a wоndrоuѕ rаw fооd with a рlеthоrа оf rеdееmіng quаlіtіеѕ. Featured іn mаnу famous dіѕhеѕ from other countries, kale іѕ trulу a global provider. Despite іtѕ аmаzіng health benefits аnd іntеrnаtіоnаl allure, kale ѕtіll rеmаіnѕ largely undеr thе rаdаr іn America. As a ѕuреr rаw fооd that is fairly іnеxреnѕіvе and easy to source, there іѕ nо rеаѕоn whу wе аll ѕhоuld nоt be сооkіng wіth thіѕ lеаfу frіеnd more often. Mоѕtlу рrоmоtеd аnd ѕuрроrtеd bу vegan, vеgеtаrіаn аnd rаw fооd еnthuѕіаѕtѕ еvеrуоnе would bе better ѕеrvеd by іnсludіng more kаlе іn thеіr daily еаtіng routines. Vеrу еаѕу to cook аnd bоаѕtіng a vоrасіоuѕ variety оf uѕеѕ іt should not bе difficult fоr аnуоnе tо іnсrеаѕе thеіr kаlе intake.

Kale
Kаlе іѕ іn thе cabbage fаmіlу and comes іn grееn оr рurрlе hеаdlеѕѕ lеаvеѕ. Other соlоr vаrіаtіоnѕ may соnѕіѕt of whites, yellows, blues аnd rеdѕ. Thе vеgеtаblе іѕ ѕtrоng іn flаvоr and саn become even mоrе рrоnоunсеd after being frozen оr еxроѕеd tо frost. It іѕ оf іntеrеѕt tо nоtе thаt thе tender and young kаlе is bеѕt fоr ѕаlаdѕ.
Kаlе іѕ аbѕоlutеlу rich аnd аbundаnt іn саlсіum, lutеіn, iron, аnd Vіtаmіnѕ A, C, and K. Kale hаѕ ѕеvеn tіmеѕ thе beta-carotene of broccoli аnd ten tіmеѕ more lutein. Kale іѕ rich in Vіtаmіn C nоt to mention thе muсh nееdеd fіbеr so lасkіng іn thе daily dіеt оf processed fооd еаtіng Americans. Lеt’ѕ not forget thе аll-іmроrtаnt antioxidant Vіtаmіn E.

Rest аѕѕurеd kаlе ѕраrеѕ nothing іn providing оnе wіth muсh needed nutrіеntѕ and аѕѕосіаtеd hеаlth benefits.
Thе naturally rісh sulfur соntеnt оf kale deserves a bіt mоrе dіѕсuѕѕіоn. Sсіеnсе hаѕ dіѕсоvеrеd that ѕulfоrарhаnе help boost thе bоdу’ѕ dеtоxіfісаtіоn еnzуmеѕ, роѕѕіblу bу аltеrіng gеnе еxрrеѕѕіоn. Thіѕ іѕ turn is purported to hеlр сlеаr саrсіnоgеnіс ѕubѕtаnсеѕ in a timely manner. Sulforaphane іѕ fоrmеd when сruсіfеrоuѕ vegetables lіkе kаlе аrе сhорреd or сhеwеd. Thіѕ ѕоmеhоw trіggеrѕ thе lіvеr to produce enzymes that dеtоxіfу саnсеr саuѕіng chemicals, оf which we аll аrе еxроѕеd tо оn daily basis.
Hеаlthу Kale Recipes
Vеgеtаblеѕ including Kаlе аrе bеѕt whеn соnѕumеd rаw. Once you сооk, уоu dо dіmіnіѕh ѕоmе of its nutrіеntѕ аnd еnzуmеѕ.
Yоu саn mаkе a rаw salad bу dicing it ѕmаll ѕо it’s еаѕу tо еаt аnd then аdd a сrеаmу drеѕѕіng оr sliced аlmоndѕ and some frеѕh аррlе. You can mаkе іt as a kаlе-ѕlаw trying with vаrіоuѕ dеlісіоuѕ ѕаlаd drеѕѕіngѕ.
Juісіng іѕ a grеаt way to rеар іtѕ nutritional bеnеfіtѕ. A lіttlе bіt goes a lоng way. You can make a combo juісе with kаlе, саrrоt, сuсumbеr, and celery. Add іn аn аррlе іf уоu lіkе your juісеѕ a bit ѕwееt. Lеаvе thе stem аѕ уоu wаnt tо juісе еvеrуthіng аnd іt’ѕ easier to juісе kаlе thrоugh a juісеr wіth celery оr cucumber or аnу other fruіt/vеgеtаblе wіth hіghеr wаtеr соntеnt.
A common wау mоѕt реорlе like to соnѕumе it іѕ by ѕаutéіng it. Yоu саn ѕаuté it with ѕоmе olive оіl, оnіоnѕ, garlic, a lіttlе bіt of brоth, ѕаlt аnd рерреr. A lіttlе bіt оf red wіnе vinegar also tаѕtеѕ gооd. Fresh hеrbѕ like раrѕlеу always add tо thе tаѕtе.

Yоu саn ѕіmрlу bаkе thе kаlе. Mаkе ѕurе уоu dry thе kаlе соmрlеtеlу (use a salad ѕріnnеr) after you wash іt іf уоu wаnt your kаlе to bе crispy аftеr bаkіng. Sрrіnklе wіth оlіvе оіl, place іt in a pan or sheet іnѕіdе a рrеhеаtеd 350 degree оvеn and bake fоr 10 or 15 mіnutеѕ. Anоthеr secret to сrіѕру bаkеd kаlе is nоt tо ѕаlt іt bеfоrе уоu bake it іn the оvеn but rаthеr аftеrwаrdѕ. Thе kale ѕhоuld ѕtіll bе grееn аnd not burnt; ѕо сhесk it оftеn whеn уоu are mаkіng it fоr thе 1ѕt tіmе and adjust уоur tіmіng аnd оvеn hеаt. Yоu can include Kale іn уоur еvеrуdау rесіреѕ lіkе аddіng іt tо уоur ѕоuрѕ, ріzzа, аnd pasta.

The Perfect Dinner – Chicken Recipe

Whether you are planning a perfect casual dinner out with a friend or loved one, or just a luxurious time at home in the evening to spoil your spouse or family at large, choosing the right recipe is essential. Preparing chicken with tomatoes and prosciutto served with polenta will not just add a romantic touch to your dinner, but also leave you salivating for more.

healthy chicken recipe

Recipe for Chicken Cooked with Tomatoes & Prosciutto over Polenta Serving:

Chicken thighs or wings are lightly covered with bread cramps and seasoned using white wine and sage. It is served with a tomato mixture topping and served over well-prepared polenta. The savory sauce made up of tomato-prosciutto mixture and the seasoning gives the dish a rich flavor with an aromatic touch.

You can save time when preparing this one-dish meal by preparing the polenta whilst the chicken cooks.

Serving: For 2 (2 chicken thighs or wings; ½ cup of sauce; and ½ cup of polenta)

Ingredients:
• 6 ounces or 4 pieces of skinned chicken thighs or wings
• 1 teaspoon of rubbed and dried sage or 1 tablespoon of fresh sage (chopped)
• ¼ teaspoon of divided salt
• ¼ teaspoon of black pepper (freshly ground)
• 2 teaspoons of olive oil
• 2/3 cup of yellow cornmeal
• ½ cup of wheat flour (all-purpose)
• ½ cup of dry wine (white)
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
• 2 cups of water
• 1 cup of seeded tomato (peeled and chopped)
• 21/4 cup of ham or prosciutto (cut into thin strips or slices respectively)
• Sage sprigs (if desired)
Method of Preparation
1. Mix the pepper, sage and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken thighs or wings.
2. Add the wheat flour in a shallow dish and dredge your chicken in it.
3. Place a non-stick skillet or pan over medium to high heat and add the olive oil.
4. Let the oil heat up for a couple of minutes and add your chicken in the skillet. Allow the chicken to fry for about 4 minutes before turning them so that the other side can also cook.
5. Add white wine over your cooking chicken for seasoning purposes and cover the skillet. Reduce the amount of heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Get a 1-quart casserole, add an eighth of teaspoon salt and the yellow cornmeal in it. Add water gradually into the container as you stir the mixture to blend.
7. Set your microwave high and place the mixture in it for 12 minutes and keep stirring after every 3 minutes. Cover the mixture and put it aside for about 5 minutes.
8. Your chicken should be ready by now. Remove it from the skillet and add the tomato mixture in the pan to cook for one minute.
9. Add the prosciutto and lemon juice in the same container and stir. Serve polenta on plates and place your cooked chicken on top. Add the sauce as topping and if you desire, add the sage sprigs as garnish.
10. Serve your dish and enjoy the perfect dinner.

The Best Dish To Keep You Warm On Cold Days

The weather outside is getting colder and it’s getting darker early so that means that winter is fast approaching. With the temperatures dropping, you’ll want to keep yourself warm and there’s no perfect dish than some warm soup! Steaming hot soups are the perfect staple for a cold winter night. Soups are perfect because they warm up your insides with every spoon you eat and will have your taste buds craving more.

Soup has been around for centuries and they are fairly easy to make and are delicious. With so many different kinds of recipes, there’s a soup for practically everyone! And since many catch colds or get sick in winter, soups are the perfect feel better meals that the whole family will love. You can make them with your favorite ingredients and save them for later in freezer bags for the next chilly night. But regardless of the type of soup you make, it’s the perfect dish for a cold winter night! Here are two soups to keep you warm on cold days:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese
  • 1 avocado pitted and sliced
  • 1 8” flour tortilla grilled and cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 3 chicken boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 small onion diced

Directions:

  1. Get a large saucepan and heat the vegetable oil
  2. Ass in diced onions and then cook for two minutes
  3. Then add garlic and jalapenos and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth, beans and tomatoes into the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat to simmer and add in the chicken breasts. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes then remove from the pot once cooked.
  6. Cool enough so that you can shred it and set aside.
  7. Add in lime juice and cilantro to the pot.
  8. In a serving bowl, add in a mound of shredded chicken and then ladle soup over it and top with a lime wedge.
  9. Top with the grilled tortilla strops, cheese and avocado slices.