Healthy eating is an important part of staying physically and mentally fit. Of course, this can have its challenges such as finding meals, prep, time for healthy options outside the home, and using the money for nicer things. Fortunately, we can consider the benefits of cooking at home which also saves your money and make an overall healthy eating lifestyle, more enjoyable. Let’s see how.
Healthy Recipe – Greek Chicken & Feta Salad
If you want to develop your skills in the kitchen there are many cooking recipe articles and tutorials that show you different techniques and ingredients that you can incorporate into your healthy diet. These recipes can be great ideas for dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks, smoothies, etc. It will help you create a healthy and affordable lifestyle.
Check out the list of ingredients required for the recipe;
- 1 cup (285g) Greek yogurt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 lbs. (900g) chicken legs
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ¾ cup (120g) feta cheese, crumbled
- In a large bowl, combine the yogurt and garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer half of the yogurt to a medium bowl and set aside until needed.
- Add the oregano to the yogurt in the large bowl and mix well. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat in the yogurt, then set aside.
- Place the chopped cucumbers and tomatoes in a separate bowl and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Toss to combine and leave to drain.
- Heat some of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Scrape excess marinade off the chicken, then cook the chicken in batches for 5-7 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for a further 5-7 minutes, until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside to rest.
- To the bowl of yogurt, add the feta and mix until a paste forms. Drain the liquids from the cucumbers and tomatoes and add to the yogurt, alongside the onions and pepper, and mix well. Serve the salad with the chicken.
- Preparation Time – 15 Mins
- Cook Time – 15 Mins
- Serves – 4
Nutritional Intake per serving
- Calories – 493 Kcal
- Carbs – 12 (g)
- Fats – 24 (g)
- Protein – 56 (g)
- Fiber – 2 (g)
- Gluten free
- Low carb
- High protein
- Meal Prep/Freezer Friendly
What are the benefits of homemade healthy recipes?
- It saves time– When you’re in a hurry, eating a takeaway from your local supermarket or nearby restaurant may seem like a quick fix. In fact, it is sometimes much faster to cook something at home especially when planning ahead. There are many meals that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
- Portion Control- Many restaurants and fast-food outlets serve larger portions than recommended. And the problem is that you can eat the food when it’s right in front of you. You can adjust the amount of food served at dinner when you eat to eliminate unnecessary temptations. Do you know these eating patterns can actually impact you daily? Know more.
- Healthy Ingredients– Many commercial foods are high in fat, salt, and sugar. When we prepare our food, we know what the ingredients are and what each one does in our food.
- Avoid food allergies and sensitivities– Preparing meals at home can be especially helpful if you or a family member has food allergies (1). You can reduce the problem of allergies because you can control them in your own kitchen.
- Bring the family together – Eating at home gives the whole family time to talk about their day. Involving your kids in food preparation is not only fun but wonderful. Also, a way to learn healthy eating habits.
- Save Money – Eating a home-cooked meal is much cheaper than eating out at a restaurant or buying processed food from the market. You pay not only your bill but also the costs of running your business. Water, lights, and staff in the building – except for the food we eat. The same goes for ready-made and frozen foods at the grocery store.
“Eating healthy, clean and nutrient-rich food fills your body with energy, nutrients, and antioxidants. Imagine your cells smiling back at you saying thanks!!”