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  • Writer's pictureRonda Wynn

Grilled Chicken Delight with Rice and Beans

In the quest for healthier eating, it’s essential to find recipes that not only tantalize your taste buds but also support your wellness goals. Today, we’re bringing you a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the goodness of protein and fiber to help you on your weight loss journey.

Recipe: Rice, Beans, and Grilled Chicken Delight


Ingredients:


• 1 cup of white steamed rice

• 1 cup of homemade pinto beans

• 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced

Salt and pepper as needed


Instructions:

1. Cook the Rice: Start by preparing one cup of white steamed rice following the package instructions. Set it aside when it’s ready. (See further below for rice cooker)

2. Homemade Pinto Beans: Homemade beans are not only delicious but also packed with fiber and nutrients. If you haven’t made them yet, you can soak dried pinto beans overnight and then cook them until tender. Alternatively, you can use canned pinto beans for convenience.

3. Grilled Chicken: Season the chicken breast with your favorite herbs and spices. Grill it until it’s cooked through and has that delightful charred flavor. Once done, slice the chicken breast into thin strips.

4. Assembly: Now comes the fun part. Take a plate and start with a generous scoop of your cooked white rice. Next, add a serving of your homemade pinto beans on top. Finally, lay the beautifully grilled and sliced chicken breast over the rice and beans.


To Cook the Rice Using a Rice Cooker:

To make the rice preparation even easier, use a rice cooker. Follow these steps:

1. Measure one cup of white rice and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch for fluffier rice.

2. Transfer the rinsed rice into your trusty rice cooker.

3. Add the appropriate amount of water as indicated by your rice cooker’s instructions for one cup of rice. Typically, it’s a 1:2 ratio of rice to water, but check your rice cooker’s guidelines for accuracy.

4. Close the lid, plug in your rice cooker, and select the “Cook” setting. Allow the rice cooker to work its magic as it steams the rice to perfection.

5. When the rice cooker signals that it’s done (usually indicated by a light or beep), let it sit for a few minutes with the lid closed. This resting period helps ensure perfectly cooked rice.

6. Once the resting time is up, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.


Now, you have perfectly steamed rice ready for your Rice, Beans, and Grilled Chicken Delight. Enjoy the convenience and consistent results that a rice cooker brings to your cooking process!


Benefits of Protein and Fiber:

• Protein: Grilled chicken is a fantastic source of lean protein. Protein not only helps in building and repairing muscle tissue but also keeps you feeling full for longer. This means you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy options between meals, which is excellent for weight loss.

• Fiber: Both pinto beans and rice contribute fiber to this dish. Fiber aids in digestion, helps control blood sugar levels, and promotes a feeling of fullness. This means you can enjoy a satisfying meal while still staying within your calorie goals.


My ingredients gave me the following results on MyFitnessPal ( your results will vary based on your ingredients):

Carbs 90g

Fat 3g

Protein 43g


Conclusion:

Incorporating protein and fiber into your meals, like in this Rice, Beans, and Grilled Chicken Delight, is a smart move on your journey to reaching your weight loss goals. Not only does it taste fantastic, but it also supports your body in many ways, from muscle maintenance to appetite control. Remember, healthy eating can be delicious and enjoyable!


So, give this recipe a try, and let it be a delightful addition to your repertoire of nutritious and satisfying meals. Your body and taste buds will thank you for it!

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