Clean Eating Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Clean Eating Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (about 4 extra large breasts)
1 red onion
2 green peppers
1 fresh pineapple
Salt & pepper
Cut chicken breast into 1-inch cubes (it’s easiest to cut when the chicken is only partially thawed). Cut green pepper, onion, and pineapple into 1-inch chunks. Fill eight skewers by threading chicken, green pepper, onion, and pineapple onto skewers, repeating the pattern until all of the ingredients are used. Just before grilling, very lightly season with salt and pepper. Grill until chicken reaches 165° F internally. Makes eight delicious Hawaiian chicken skewers!
Serving Size 1 Clean Eating Hawaiian Chicken Kabob; Number of Servings 8; Calories 181; Total Fat 3.3 g; Saturated Fat 0.8 g; Cholesterol 70.2 mg; Sodium 206.6 mg; Potassium 279.8 mg; Total Carbohydrates 10.9 g; Dietary Fiber 1.7 g; Sugars 6.8 g; Protein 26.7 g.
Vitamin A 5.5 % Daily Value; Vitamin B-12 7.2 % DV; Vitamin B-6 40.5 % DV; Vitamin C 66.0 % DV; Vitamin E 4.0 % DV; Vitamin K 1.5 % DV; Calcium 1.7 % DV; Copper 7.6 % DV; Folate 6.9 % DV; Iron 5.8 % DV; Magnesium 10.9 % DV; Manganese 53.5 % DV; Niacin 64.0 % DV; Pantothenic Acid 11.9 % DV; Phosphorus 24.9 % DV; Riboflavin 7.3 % DV; Selenium 29.4 % DV; Thiamin 8.9 % DV; Zinc 6.4 % DV.
Clean Eating Notes:
This recipe is full of vitamins and minerals! It’s also super tasty. My husband never likes to try new things but said he would try a little, and he ended up asking for seconds almost immediately. Pairs well with cold beer or fruity wine like Sangria and Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Bell peppers are on the “dirty dozen” list, so I would suggest buying them organic if you have the means and opportunity. If not, make sure you do a thorough wash.
Should I buy organic meat? What defines organic meat? Is organic meat better for you? According to Whole Foods, in order to be considered organic, “the animals’ organic feed cannot contain animal by-products, antibiotics or genetically engineered grains and cannot be grown using persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers.” Non-organic beef typically comes from cows that have ingested antibiotics and growth hormones. Furthermore, when you buy organic meat, it is typically lower in fat and you also reduce the risk of certain food borne illnesses, such as salmonella and mad cow disease. Also, animals raised for organic meat usually have more humane living conditions. This TIME article states that organic milk and chicken have been analyzed and found to have higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat!) than their non-organic counterparts. You can read up on the benefits of Omega-3 at Web-MD.
On the flip side… many “organic” farms still use “natural” pesticides and fertilizers which are just as toxic. There is a long list of natural pesticides which are allowed and the food can still be considered and sold as organic. This is why it’s best to get your meats and vegetables from local farms/butcher shops/CSAs/farmers markets, where you can talk to the farmers and know exactly what you’re getting. Organic meat is much more expensive, and so far, most studies have shown that those who eat organic foods vs. traditional foods are not any healthier. So in my opinion, it boils down to personal preference. Organic is of course “cleaner.” But I’ll be honest, I don’t always buy organic meat. I would prefer to, but it’s very expensive. Also, we get most of our beef from my grandmother’s small farm. There is much more to this issue, so I encourage you to look further into it to decide for yourself. What I’ve presented here barely skims the surface of the topic, but hopefully you now have a slightly better understanding.