Chicken, Pasta & Broccoli

Today I’m sharing an easy main dish for hot summer days, Chicken Pasta & Broccoli.  You can use any cooked chicken:  grilled, sauteed, baked, or even a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket.  Cook the pasta in boiling water and add the fresh broccoli for the last 4 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, make your pasta sauce and cut up your cooked chicken. To cut the fat, I am using half & half instead of heavy cream in the sauce. Half-and-half cream combined with melted butter can be a simple substitute in many recipes that require heavy cream. It has about 1/3 of the calories as heavy cream and still makes the dish very tasty.

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Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

Besides having great taste, wild salmon with that red hue greatly helps our bodies. It’s a great source of protein, potassium, and selenium, a mineral that protects bone health, improves thyroid function, and reduces the risk of cancer.  Salmon can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight control, and protect brain health.The vitamin B12 in salmon keeps blood and nerve cells healthy and helps you make DNA. But for your health, the true beauty of salmon is its wealth of omega-3 fatty acids. Most omega-3s are “essential” fatty acids. Your body can’t make them, but they play critical roles in your body. You may see farmed salmon that looks red – that is a food dye added to look like wild salmon with its antioxidants. Try to always get wild caught salmon for its health benefits if possible.

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