Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy recipe is low in calories but high in protein, flavor and heart-healthy ingredients. Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, ginger is ranked as one of the world’s healthy (and tastiest) spices. Studies suggest that it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar if consumed regularly and may also help fight such viral illnesses as colds and flu. Nutrients in citrus fruits have been linked to reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and increases in HDL (good) cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are also an excellent source of fiber, offering such benefits as improved digestive health and decreased risk for heart attacks and strokes.
4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons of lemon zest, plus lemon slices for serving
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
12-16 ounces green beans, ends trimmed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
½ cup water
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped, for garnish
Season chicken with pepper and lemon zest. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté for four minutes. Flip chicken and add garlic, ginger, green beans and water. Cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 8 minutes). Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with parsley and lemon slices and enjoy! Serves 4-6. Adapted from marthastewart.com and thespruceeats.com.