Sugar Freedom Week 4 Day 5
Have you ever heard of chicken cacciatore?
For some odd reason, I’ve never come across this dish. It’s Italian, and deliciously described by Simply Recipes:
Chicken cacciatore is an Italian dish of chicken braised in a tomato-based sauce and often includes wild mushrooms. It is frequently referred to as “hunter style” as the word cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. Why “hunter” style? One story is that if a hunter came home empty-handed, his wife would kill a chicken for the meal instead.
I’ve been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for a little more than a month, and chicken cacciatore was the main dish we served to the seniors today. It was served over spaghetti noodles (although I’m sure any kind of noodle would suffice) and came with a a roll, steamed veggies, and tossed salad.
I always thought that marinara sauce and noodles automatically called for meatballs of the turkey or beef variety. I will assume no more, because after tasting this dish, chicken has proven that it has a rightful place simmering in red sauce with veggies and spices, too.
According to Simply Recipe, the only source of sugar in its chicken cacciatore is white or red wine. Water can easily be substituted for this. The spices and flavor of the tomatoes and chicken will cover up whatever is missing from the absent wine. Also, since this week’s challenge is to consume only whole grains or no grains, try serving the dish over whole wheat pasta or a bed of steamed vegetables!
Progress Report Day 26
Breakfast: 2 honey cookies. Cutie.
Lunch: Chicken cacciatore over bed of steamed vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli). Tossed salad (no dressing).
Snack: Dried fruit and mixed nuts. Sunflower seeds.
Dinner: Turkey pumpkin soup. Multi-grain English muffin. Clean Eating Caramel.
Snack: Air-popped popcorn.