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Chicken Balsetta by Ned Tobin

I call this dish Chicken Balsetta for its Basil. Its one of my staples.

What you’ll need:

  • rice (1/3 a cup per person)
  • chicken (~1 breast per person)
  • 1 tomatoe
  • 1/4 broccoli
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • celery seeds
  • basil
  • paprika
  • tarragon
  • salt/pepper
  • cardamom seeds

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To start get the rice on to boil. Wash the rice a few times by running it under the water, and then (for white rice) add 1:1 water:rice and bring to a boil, then turn to low and set your time for 15 minutes.

While I wait for the rice to boil, I chop up my chicken into bite sized pieces, and put them in the frying pan, add a dash of olive oil and turn it on med-high temp.

At this point, I add all the spices. My favorite for all chicken dishes is tarragon, some paprika, sesame seeds are a must, celery seeds, and the spice to make the recipe: Basil!

Keep an eye on this when cutting up veges so that it doesn’t burn (ie. stir it frequently!)

I like to cut up my garlic and onions first, to quickly get them in with the chicken to give it more flavor, but thats me.

Then cut up the carrots (and any other veges you so choose to add, just not the tomato) and throw them in when the chicken is almost done.

When this whole mix is almost done put your chopped up tomato’s into the mix, you just want to warm them up so that they don’t get soft on you, but still warm (this is how I like them personally).

Mind your rice, it should be done about the same time. The chicken usually takes me about 10 min, the rice 15 min always. So, just time it right.

I like to serve mine with a side of a few slices of tomato to make it look extra pretty!

chicken balsetta_4Enjoy!

Eating Right

To stay healthy you DO NOT need to have vaccinations and drugs. A body is an amazing thing, and fed with the proper food, you can fight off nearly anything.

We’ll list some of the healthiest foods that if eaten, will provide your body with the necessary nutrients to fight off most colds, and keep the immune system alert and strong.

Garlic: Garlic is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. If you’re feeling a slight sore throat or cough, eat about 3 or 4 cloves of garlic. Warning: don’t do this on an empty stomach, you’ll get major heart burn, do it with a meal, after or just before a meal to allow other food to get digested with it.


Onion: Onion is also a magic food where it helps fighting off all sorts of sickness and disease.

Broccoli: Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetable there is. Try sticking some into most of your dishes, if you break it up small enough, it’s hard to even notice its introduction into your meal.

Fruits: Having fruits will give you your vitamin C requirements, as well as many other nutrients. They don’t say an apple a day will keep the doctor away for no reason.


Meat: If you are exercising regularly, to gain that muscle mass you’re looking for, you need to give it the proteins it needs. A can of tuna is always a very good choice, but a steak or a chicken breast will also do the trick properly.

Rice: Rice is a marvelous addition to any meal. My secret is for any amount of rice, is the amount of water you put in, bring it to a boil, then turn heat as low as it can get and wait 20 minutes for it to be done. I use basmati rice most often.

I feel it very important to stay away from the following foods: sugars, chocolate, potato chips, canned foods, pre-packaged dinners, and dairy products. Just by staying off of these foods you will notice a difference in body weight, energy levels, and skin complexion. Just simply removing dairy products will reduce body fat, clear complexion and eliminate upset stomachs in many cases.

Remember, you are seeking to better yourself, and stuffing yourself silly will not better yourself. It will give you a bloated stomach and a lack of motivation for a very long time, but nothing more.

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This is not just a change of a few little foods that you eat, this is a major shift in your thinking habits. You want to be stronger, you want to be thinner, you want to grow your mind and body into a force to be reckoned with, so don’t kid yourself with over eating or being lazy.

Eat Right!