Thursday, 6 December 2012

Day 2 of 7 of our Get Healthier Campaign

Lunch time - Chicken and Butternut Yummyness

We are all about quick and easy so today's lunch is just that. We are still working on a name for it so if you have any recommendations let us know in the comments below, but for now we will call it chicken and butternut yummyness.

A lot of the time quick and health eating is about being prepared and thinking ahead. So last night while we were cooking dinner we stuck a butternut in the oven. It's really quick to prepare - we simply washed, pricked and baked in the oven for 45 minutes (until soft) and now we have some ingredients for not one but two meals today (see what's install for dinner later). It's all about  efficiency and cooking once eating two/ three times. We are also using some of the left over chicken from last night.

So now that the butternut has cooled overnight we have a great extra puree to add to our open sandwich.

Chicken and Butternut Yummyness 

(Serves 1)

To start you will need:  

  • 1-2 slices of rice and sunflower seed bread. It's delicious and of course gluten free. Here is where we get ours from.
  • Some houmous
  • a smidge of pesto
  • A handful of kale
  • 1 tomato 
  • half an organic chicken breast
  • A 1/4 cup of cooked butternut mashed up
  • A liberal sprinkle of extra version olive oil
  • mixed herbs, black pepper

  1. Place bread in toaster until done
  2. Meanwhile wash and slice the tomato and kale
  3. Start to assemble your stack of yumminess. Spread some houmous and a little pesto on the toast, followed by the tomato slices, the kale and chicken pieces. 
  4. Finally add the butternut puree and a liberal dose of extra virgin olive oil. Finish off with a dash of black pepper and herbs.

Why you should eat it:

Butternut provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. The colour signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as carotenoids, shown to protect against heart disease. In particular, it contains very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A), which may help in protecting you against breast cancer.

We would love to hear your feedback so let us know if you try this what you think in the comments below.

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