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Cigna Healthy Recipe | Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles
Try out this yummy sesame noodles recipe. A perfect meal for any time of the day Ingredients: ½ pound whole wheat spaghetti 1/2 cup tamari 3 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 lime, juiced 1 bunch scallions, sliced 1 red pepper, julienned ½ pound snow peas, cleaned, julienned 1 teaspoon chile flakes 1/4 cup toasted white sesame seeds 1/4 cup black sesame seeds 1 teaspoon cornstarch (blended with equal parts cold water) 1 teaspoon ginger minced 1 tablespoon kosher salt (for pasta water) Directions: Boil noodles in lightly salted water, following instructions on the box. In a sauté pan over medium - high heat add oil, ginger and sauté peppers. Add tamari, rice vinegar and lime juice. Add slurry and let cook 1–2 minutes to thicken. Add cooked pasta, snow peas, scallions, sesame seeds and chile flakes.
Cigna Healthy Recipe | Braised Chicken with Chestnuts
This classic Chinese style braised chicken with chestnuts is a perfect family dish for any occasion. Chestnuts are a good source of vitamin C. Ingredients: 2 pounds chicken thighs and legs, skin on 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup chestnuts, roasted and removed from shell 1 cup chicken broth 3 scallions, cut on a bias 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and minced 8 shiitake mushrooms, no stem, cut into quarters 1/4 cup sherry wine or cooking sherry 2 tablespoons honey 1 star anise Directions: In a preheated braising pan over medium heat sear chicken until golden brown. Add ginger and sherry wine, broth, soy sauce, honey, mushrooms, chestnuts and anise. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove star anise and garnish with scallions prior to serving.
Cigna Healthy Recipe | Banana Oat French Toast
A perfect combination of bananas and oats. This recipe is packed with fiber and plan-based protein for a healthy and delicious breakfast. Ingredients: 1/2 banana, mashed 1/2 cup 1% milk 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg, whipped ¼ loaf challah bread or sweet bread, cubed 2 tablespoon quick oats Butter spray as needed Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice and cube bread. Mash banana. Whisk eggs, and combine milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, almond butter, and banana. Soak bread in mixture for 10 minutes. Gently spray baking vessel with butter spray. Place mixture in the vessel and top with oats. Bake until golden brown (about 15-18 minutes).
Cigna Healthy Recipe | Spicy Tofu Hot Pot
Warm up with this delicious soup. It is definitely a family recipe! Ingredients: 8 oz. Lo Mein noodles 4 oz. vegetable broth, low sodium 4 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced! 4 cups baby bok choy, thinly sliced, drained. 2 cups firm tofu, medium dice 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup green onion, chopped 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons ginger, minced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons Sambal (chile garlic sauce) 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon corn starch slurry (blended with equal parts cold water Directions: In an 8 qt. sauce pot over medium-high heat add sesame oil and sauté ginger, garlic and mushrooms. Add broth, soy sauce, brown sugar and Sambal. Thicken with slurry. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer add bok choy, green onion, tofu, noodles and cilantro. Cook for 2–3 minutes until noodles are tender.
Cigna Healthy Recipe | Vegan Buffalo Chick Pea Lettuce Wraps
A snack full of nutrients, fiber and protein! Try it out and satisfy your craving for spicy. Ingredients: 2 cups chick peas 1/2 cup hot sauce 1/4 cup red onion, minced 1/4 cup carrots, minced 1/4 cup celery, peeled and diced 1 pinch kosher salt 8 bibb lettuce leaves 1 avocado, diced 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced, no seeds 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered 1/2 cucumber, peeled, no seeds, diced Parsley as needed Directions: Soak clean lettuce leaves in ice water for 10 minutes. Drain and dry, keep refrigerated until ready to use. Toss chick peas with hot sauce, onion, carrot, celery and salt. Place lettuce on bottom, followed chick pea mixture, avocado, jalapeño, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and parsley.
Cigna Healthy Recipe | Peach & Blueberry Popsicles
A great way to get some extra fresh fruit in your diet and a healthy alternative to regular push pops. Try them out! Even your kids will love them. Ingredients: (peach flavor) 3 ripe peaches, peeled 2 tablespoons honey 1/8 cup water 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice (blueberry flavor) 1 pint fresh blueberries 4 tablespoons coconut sugar 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/8 cup water Optional: crushed graham cracker for topping Directions: In a food processor, puree the peaches, honey, half the water and lemon juice until fully pureed. Strain into a bowl. In a food processor, puree the blueberries, coconut sugar, half the water and lemon juice until fully pureed. Strain into a bowl. Place puree in popsicle mold and freeze for 20–25 minutes. Place a Popsicle stick in the center and freeze for an additional 2-3 hours. Remove from mold and serve. Optional: wet frozen popsicle and dip in crushed graham cracker for crunchy topping. Note: Can substitute a pint of blueberries or fruit of your choice.