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Healthier Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust is a light and flaky alternative to the classic dish. This lactose-free version is made with chicken, leeks, carrots, peas and aromatic herbs. If you love the comfort of a classic chicken pot pie but want a healthier twist with no dairy involved but as much smoothness, this Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust recipe is for you! This gives a twist to the traditional pot pie, using phyllo dough instead of the usual buttery crust. The result is a light, flaky, crusted chicken, leek, carrots and peas-filled pot pie suitable for lactose intolerance and lower in fat. Why Phyllo? The fat content varies significantly among pie crust, puff pastry, and phyllo dough, primarily due to the ingredients and preparation methods used. Here’s a approximation: Using phyllo dough as a substitute for traditional pie crust or puff pastry significantly reduces the fat content,…

Want to upgrade your Caesar salad? Caesar Salad with Chicken and Caperberry is the way! It is a simple homemade dressing with no anchovies involved with all the classical ingredients plus caperberries. Delicious! Caesar Salad with Chicken and Caperberry is a healthier version of the traditional one. It doesn’t contain as much dressing, nor too much olive oil. I cut on the bacon bits and removed the anchovies to keep it light and vegetarian. While researching the recipe, I learned they were not in the original Caesar salad. The creator, Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur living in San Diego and Mexico, apparently didn’t like anchovies. So, this time, I’ve exchanged all those “side” ingredients and added caperberries instead. It contrasts perfectly with the creamy dressing and gives the salad the extra savoury it needs; without saying… it’s way lighter! The Secret Ingredient Another fact about Caesar Salad, which I didn’t know, is that the…

Crunchy Coconut Chicken Noodles features a velvety coconut sauce infused with zesty lime and a hint of Thai pepper, served over egg noodles alongside shaved carrots, bell peppers, tender chicken, and fresh cilantro, all garnished with a delightful crunchy pistachio topping. Crunchy Coconut Chicken Noodles is highly influenced by Thai cuisine. There are many typical elements, like lemongrass and coconut milk, but no ginger or strong curry. No peanut butter, *Satay, or hoisin sauce either. I really wanted to highlight the coconut flavour, often overpowered by other sauces or ingredients. I also wanted to counterbalance all that coconut sweetness with freshness and no better ingredients than lime and lemongrass! Pistachio Yum I love pistachios! I would put them in every dish if I could! And though I needed some crunch texture to make this Coconut Chicken Noodles dish whole, I’ve used fancy pistachios instead of the obvious peanuts! A pure…

Spicy Chicken Stuffed Peppers is an explosive combo of sweet and spicy chicken, pineapple, onion and a touch of habanero hot peppers baked in a red bell pepper—a fun dish with a fiery, fruity spin. A straightforward recipe that looks good fresh and got this spark some of us dig! This spark is called Habanero chilli peppers, and they go wonderfully with pineapples! This version of Chicken Stuffed Peppers is for adventurous people who like this famous duo of sweet and spicy. Habanero Chilli Peppers Habanero chillies are not for everyone; you need to be brave enough to eat them, but they have this fruit aftertaste, which I believe no other chilli peppers have. The good news here is you can use the pepper in moderation, accompanied by some sweet ingredient (in this case, pineapple), which helps to balance the heat. I use a homemade dehydrated habanero powder, but freshly chopped habanero…

The Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers blend two cultures: a Japanese influence featuring teriyaki-marinated chicken and a Hawaiian twist with succulent grilled pineapple pieces. This fusion creates a contrasting and dynamic combo! Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers is a variation of what my mom used to make when I was a kid. Back in the day, coming from this small town up north in Canada, the supermarket had no choice of “Asian” ingredients except for the soy sauce. My mom would marinate the chicken simply in soy sauce for an hour, and the pineapple touch would bring a contrasting sweet touch. Low-Sugar Teriyaki Sauce So, in a way, I’ve separated the sugar from the usual Teriyaki sauce and added the pieces of pineapple to balance the savoury of the soy sauce because Asian food is all about the perfect balance! This version is lighter on sugar but high in taste…

These delectable and spicy baked Strawberry & Habanero Wings are coated in a homemade habanero sauce, accompanied by a soothing blue cheese dip and a medley of crunchy vegetables. Who’s starving for some hot chicken wings? Those Hot Strawberry & Habanero Wings are medium-hot with a fruity touch; the strawberry and honey glazed help calm down all that habanero heat. Plus, on the side, another tongue-soothing element is the creamy blue cheese dip. Great on any occasion, whether it’s the “game” of the century or simply a get-together. These will be a hit! Plus, no frying is involved making them lighter. Don’t forget to bring along the extra habanero sauce for the folks who dig heat! Let’s Talk Habanero Habanero peppers are a popular hot peppers out there! They are obviously really hot but also have this undertone of sweetness, which is a lovely combo. They are rated 100 000 out of…

Avocado Club Sandwich is a no-brainer, the traditional three-layered toasted sandwich with the usual chicken, lettuce, tomato and mayo with extra creamy avocado and slightly cooked cured ham instead of bacon. This is a twist on the classic Club sandwich, a famous deli favourite from North America. The traditional Club Sandwich has three layers of toasted white bread, chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. This Avocado Club Sandwich version replaces the bacon with a leaner cured ham that is slightly cooked, just enough to make it ultra crispy. Plus, an extra layer of beloved avocado for colour and smoothness is served in whole grain toasted bread, but this is up to you. The Chicken Layer The chicken slices are replaced by a creamy chicken salad mix blended with mayonnaise, sweet mustard, and dill pickle juice (brine) until smooth and extra yummy! An additional half a pickle could also replace this dill…

Healthy Chicken Florentine is a delicate and ancestral dish from France, a simply grilled chicken breast served on a spinach bed with unctuous Mornay sauce and extra grilled pine nuts to bring in a welcomed nutty and crunch touch. Healthy Chicken Florentine is such a simple and comforting meal. The term florentine is French to say from Florence, Italy. This dish was brought by Italian Catherine de Médicis and her love for spinach over in France when she married Henri II. The dish is usually; a protein (can be chicken, pork, egg, etc.) on a bed of spinach and topped with Mornay sauce (a cheezy Bechamel). Being a calorie bomb, this sauce… I didn’t make the protein swim in like most recipes for Chicken Florentine out there. I’ve simply added a bit to prevent the meal from getting too heavy, and frankly, it’s sufficient! Nutty Note I’ve added a few grilled…

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas are a quick and easy weekday dish. They’re simple to make, featuring mildly spiced chicken with a hint of smoke and melty cheese, and served with diced avocado and sour cream. Searching for an easy way to make the kids and yourself happy on a busy weekday night? Or maybe you have some leftovers from last Sunday’s roasted chicken feast? Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas are the way to go! This quick and easy recipe is filled with flavour and approved by kids—what else can you ask for?! It’s served with diced avocado, a squeeze of lime, and sour cream to smooth things up a bit. Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Chipotle peppers are mildly spicy and sold in a can that contains a sensational “adobo” or marinade, making them the perfect seasoning for this chicken. No worries about the heat factor; this pepper is mild and has a special…

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple yet addictive pasta salad made with al dente broccoli, chicken bits, red bell pepper, onion, basil and feta drizzled with olive oil! This Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is an addictive “wake up in the middle of the night for a bite” meal… a “you have more than me” meal. This is a recipe from way back in the days when I used to sleep over at my friend’s house, and her mom knew I was coming. Then, she would make me that pasta salad. I could not get enough, it looked like a simple pasta salad, but something in it made it impossible to stop eating… With the years, I transformed it even more to my taste; I’ve added feta cheese and fresh basil leaves. The Golden Dressing The dressing for this pasta salad is simply fresh…