Risotto, which is made by slowly adding broth to medium-grain rice, gets a makeover for tonight’s no-fuss Clean Eating recipe. We’ve jazzed it up by swapping traditional Arborio rice with raw buckwheat, which adds a mild, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with sautéed fennel and our crisp apple topping.
3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into medallions (½-inch thick x 3 to 4 inches long)
1 large red apple (such as Braeburn or Gala), chopped
Remove stalks and fronds from fennel, discarding stalks and reserving fronds for garnish. Remove and discard outer layer and bottom ½ inch from fennel bulb. Working lengthwise from top of bulb to base, cut remaining bulb into thin rounds. Remove and discard hard core from center slices.
In a large stockpot, heat 2 tsp oil on medium. Add celery and buckwheat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup broth, mustard and salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining ½ cup broth, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to high and stir in additional ½ cup water. Cook for 5 more minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tsp oil on medium-low. Add fennel slices and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Shift fennel to sides of skillet; add chicken and cook for 6 minutes, turning once, until opaque throughout.
Divide chicken-fennel mixture among serving plates. Serve with risotto, dividing evenly. Garnish each with apple and fennel fronds.
This classic Italian dish blends salty, buttery and tart flavors in one quick and easy meal. Traditionally, chicken piccata is breaded, but we’ve cut the carbs (and saved you a step!) by simply tossing the seared breasts in a creamy citrus butter sauce.
Tantalize your taste buds with paprika-infused chicken paired with comforting and creamy polenta. Polenta also helps protect your vision: it is rich in carotenoids, plant pigments that help with healthy cell growth. When converted to vitamin A, carotenoids can also help support proper eye health and night vision. One study noted that carotenoids found in milled yellow corn products such as polenta are “highly bioaccessible,” meaning they are as easily digested (to a similar or higher extent) as some more well-known carotenoid sources, such as carrots.