Food & Nutrition
Best Bites: August 2011

Best Bites: August 2011

Pineapple-Chicken Kabobs with Quinoa       

These easy-to-make kabobs are sure to put a smile on your friend’s and family’s faces! Pineapple-chicken kabobs with quinoa are not only healthy, but taste delicious as well. The sweetness of grilled pineapple pairs well with grilled chicken and a simple honey-mustard sauce.  Try cooking a few for a family dinner or a fun gathering with friends.












Ingredients:
½ cup quinoa
ÂĽ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
ÂĽ teaspoon grated lemon zest
ÂĽ teaspoon sea salt
ÂĽ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
ÂĽ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
16 cherry tomatoes
8 (12-inch) metal or wooden skewers

Method:
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, then drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in parsley, pine nuts, lemon zest and salt.
Prepare a grill for medium heat grilling. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, lemon juice and pepper. Thread chicken, pineapple, pepper and tomatoes onto skewers. Remove 1 tablespoon honey-mustard mixture and brush skewers with it. Grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Arrange skewers on a platter over quinoa and serve with remaining honey mustard on the side for dipping.

Nutrition
Per serving: 340 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 37g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 27g protein.
Serves: 4
—Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market


Frozen Treats

It seems as if custom frozen yogurt locations are popping up everywhere lately, and with this summertime heat, these DIY treats are the perfect way to cool down. With over 15 non-fat frozen yogurt flavors (including Georgia Peach) and 28 toppings, Cowlicks Yogurt and Floats has something unique to offer everyone. If drinks are more your thing, Cowlicks has that covered too. Each concoction can be made into a float, putting a novel twist on the classic drink. Cowlicks is a healthy alternative to ice cream that’s ideal for a family outing and spontaneous enough for a memorable date.
Details: 2460 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, 
1100 Hammond Drive, 
Dunwoody, GA 30328, 
www.cowlicksyogurtandfloats.com


evos_wrapThat’s A Wrap!

Just because you have to eat and run doesn’t mean you have to opt for high calorie, high fat-content food.  The wraps at Evos offer a delicious, nutritious way to grab a quick bite without sacrificing taste or enhancing your waist line! Some favorites include the Avocado & Turkey wrap and the Crispy Thai trout wrap, which are made with fresh ingredients, hormone-free meat and plenty of savory veggies. Of course, the menu is not limited to wraps, and also includes a variety of salads, burgers and snacks which are perfect for lunch on the go, or a meal with friends.
Details: 5590 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342, (404) 252-4022, www.evos.com