Choosing a healthy diet recipe for most meals has many benefits, especially for those with certain afflictions. For example, a perfect dinner for someone who needs a healthy diet recipe to help lower high cholesterol, could be a large salad with low fat dressing, cucumber, and tomato followed by whole-wheat pasta with a tomato and basil sauce, a piece of whole-wheat toasted garlic baguette with a touch of margarine, and a glass of skim milk or tea. One could finish off this healthy diet recipe with a cup of low fat or fat free frozen yogurt topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or peach slices for desert.
Another great at home healthy diet recipe is baked chicken (peel off the skin before serving), baked potatoes with a low fat margarine and fat free sour cream, steamed baby carrots, and a whole wheat roll. You can turn the baked potatoes into mashed potatoes by adding some skim milk. If you do not have high blood pressure concerns, try adding a little salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Another idea to go with this healthy diet recipe option is to dip your chicken in an outstanding barbeque sauce, such as KC Masterpiece.
Pan roasted cornish hen vegetable toasted barley risotto chocolate cognac sauce
1/2 cup raw arborio rice
1/3 cup raw pearl barley, roasted in oven until golden brown
1 tsp shallots finely chopped
1/2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp blanched, diced celery root
1 tbsp blanched, diced celery stalk
1 tbsp blanched, diced butternut squash
Chocolate Cognac Sauce
1 cup demi glace
1 oz red wine
1 oz Cognac
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp chocolate
1/4 tsp fresh tarragon
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp shallots finely chopped
2 Sweat shallots and garlic in a sauce pot with a liberal amount of butter. Add the raw arborio rice and stir until rice is completely coated in melted butter. Add white wine and cook until absorbed. Add the raw toasted pearl barley. Stir until coated. Add the chicken stock one ladle at a time until it is all gone. The rice should be three quarters cooked.
3 Remove from heat and cool by spreading out on a baking tray to quicken the cooling process. To finish for plating place cool risotto in a pan and add one or two ladles of chicken stock. Bring to a boil and add the blanched vegetables. Once the stock is absorbed and the risotto is hot all the way through, season to taste and place in the middle of the plate.
4 Chocolate Cognac Sauce
5 Saute shallots in the butter. Add chopped tarragon. Add the red wine and flame, reduce by half. Add the Cognac and flame, reduce by half. Add the demi glace and reduce by one third.
6 Finish with the soya sauce and add chocolate. Once chocolate is melted and incorporated in to the sauce, pour on plate.
7 Cornish Hen
8 Season both sided of the two Cornish hen breasts with salt and pepper. Sear in a frying pan until golden brown on both sides and finish in the oven for five to six minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
9 Remove and let rest for two minutes.
11 Place the risotto in the middle of the plate. Slice the Cornish hen breasts and arrange on top of the risotto. Drizzle sauce over top and around plate for decoration.
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