Your Quick Guide to Buying Chicken

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It’s so easy to get tricked into buying the wrong chicken. By the wrong chicken I mean chickens that are raised inhumanly and are not healthy for our bodies.

Many meat companies will advertise their chicken with words like “natural”, “humanly raised”, and “cage free”. Don’t fall for this trap!

Companies with chicken labled with “natural” or “humanly raised” have been caught raising their chickens on factory farms where they are typically raised in areas where they can’t move freely, have no access to natural light, are fed antibiotics and have been bred to be gigantic ( the average chicken in the 1950s was 2 pounds and now they can weigh up to a whopping 9 pounds!)

The term”no added hormones” also fools us and gets us confused with the term “no antibiotics”. When shopping for chicken remember growth hormones are banned from poultry production. “Cage free” also doesn’t mean anything to us because this only applies to chickens raised for egg production. See how these big food corporations are tricking us just to make the big bucks?! So sad.

What to Look for when Buying Chicken:

Animal Welfare Approved

Global Animal Partnership

Certified Humane

Certified Organic

Whenever possible buy from your local farmers and ask how their chickens are raised!

Have a great week!

~Niki

 

 

 

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Take Out, Knock it out: Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Although I LOVE cooking, after a busy week of classes, there is nothing more that I want than an easy dinner that is some way and some how healthy. Yes, something other than pasta and red sauce or cereal hits the spot and is preferred.

Anyways, this meal is easy and cheap. It gave me at least 6 meals so I didn’t have to make a new dinner every night. What could be more cost efficient, tasty, healhty and smart for a college student!? If your wondering, this is the dinner I have had hmm lets just say 4 out of the 5 weeks being at school. I was thinking about how I was going to accomplish eating healthy and costly my first year of living in a house and this is how! Meals like this are perfect for college students on a budget and especially for students who love eating good food.

So simplistic yet so beautiful.

Organic zucchini from the co-op. Start by laying out all left over veggies or cooked chicken. All these left overs are helpful!

Cooked chicken and onion mixture.

Ginger adds that flavor in the fried rice that everyone always wonders where it came from. Sesame oil is also called for in this recipe and is another key ingredient. It’s soo good!!

Mushrooms add a unique flavor to this fried rice.

Do the egg trick! You only have to use two pans if you make a space for the eggs then stir them.

Everything besides the rice. The whole thing including the rice costs around 12 dollars and gave me 10 lunch/dinners! What a deal!

Chicken and rice. Either with left overs or all fresh it works either way! Nothing better than a hot bowl of rice full of nutrients and flavor. :))

My best friend Breezy. Its that good. Perhaps a double batch is in order!

Take Out, Knock it out: Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. Jasmine rice – makes a lot, will need a big skillet or just cut in half.
  • 2 Chicken breasts cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium zucchine cut
  • 1 C. onion chopped
  • 1 C. mushrooms cut
  • 1 package frozen medley vegetables
  • 1 t ginger (if desired)
  • 4 eggs scrambled
  • 3 T sesame oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • About 1 T garlic powder
  • Soy sause to taste about 1/4 C (use low sodium soy sauce to keep that salt down!)

Instructions:

Cook rice according to package directions.

Heat 1 T. of seasme oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add cut chicken, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook until tender. Set aside.

Saute chopped onions in a separate large skillet with oil. Add all of the other vegetables besides the frozen bag of medley veggies.  Cook until tender. Push veggies aside and add eggs. Add frozen veggies once eggs are cooked. Cook until veggies are tender. Add chicken to vegetables.

Add cooked rice and soy sauce. Toss to combine well. Enjoy!

-Niki