The Foodie Physician

The Foodie Physician

Physician, Chef, Recipe Developer & Board Certified Foodie

Dining with the Doc: Curried Chicken Tenders and Crispy Tomato Poppers

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These healthy chicken tenders and tomato poppers are the perfect addition to your summer picnic basket.

Don’t you just love summer?  Everything is just more casual and relaxed when the summer season is underway- including entertaining.  All you need is some good friends, good food, and some cold drinks.  Simple is best when it comes to summer entertaining.  No slaving over a hot stove for hours. I’d rather spend the time outdoors! 

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As much as I love having people over, I also love packing up a picnic basket and taking a great meal to go.  My daughter just turned 3 and has lots of energy!  She loves to run around so one of our favorite things to do is to get together with friends and have a fabulous picnic.  We have lots of outdoor events at local parks here in Fort Lauderdale- pretty much every week there’s some sort of festival, outdoor concert or food truck event going on.  We love to pack a few bags with blankets and supplies and a picnic basket brimming with good eats. That way the kids can run around and have fun and the adults can enjoy some delicious food, drinks and quality time together. 

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When I found out that I was going to be working with Dare Crackers, I knew I wanted to make a fun recipe, perfect for summer entertaining.  Whether prepping for an extravagant party or an impromptu get-together, Dare’s variety of crisp crackers are sure to make each bite better.  Dare crackers are the perfect finger food for picnics!  I sampled Dare Breton Original Crackers and Dare Cabaret but their whole collection of mouthwatering crackers are loaded with crunch and packed with flavor to make inventive summer canapés better.  My daughter Sienna loved munching on them and she can be a tough critic!

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I wanted to do something different and use Dare crackers in a creative way so I used them to put my own spin on a classic picnic dish- fried chicken.  Fried chicken is a picnic basket staple but it can be a bit messy and greasy so I decided to make an easier and healthier version using boneless chicken tenders.  To up the flavor factor, I first marinated the chicken tenders in a spiced yogurt marinade with curry powder and aromatics.  This technique infuses the chicken with flavor and the yogurt also tenderizes it- perfect!

Then, I crushed up Dare Breton Original Crackers in a food processor and tossed the crumbs with some warm spices.  Just look at those beautiful golden crumbs!

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Next,  I dredged the chicken tenders in the crumbs and gave them a quick spray with olive oil before popping them in the oven.   If you have a wire rack that you can place on a baking sheet, it will help make them even crispier.  After a short time in the oven, the tenders emerged a beautiful golden brown color, crispy and smelling delicious!  And because they’re baked, they’re so much healthier than traditional fried chicken!

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To balance out the savory spices in the chicken, I made a quick mango dipping sauce using jarred mango chutney and Greek yogurt.  The combination of sweet and savory is something your guests will rave about!

Because I loved the breadcrumb mixture so much, I was inspired to make a second dish with them!  I came upon some adorable red and yellow cherry tomatoes at the market.  Cherry tomatoes are always a staple ingredient in my picnic baskets because they’re simple, delicious, and easy to pop in your mouth.  I sliced off the bottom of each tomato, turned them upside down in a baking dish and then topped them with a little bit of the breadcrumb mixture.  A quick turn under the broiler to crisp up the crumbs and voilà- a lovely second dish for my summer picnic was done!  And it only took a few extra minutes!    

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Curried Chicken Tenders with Mango Dipping Sauce
Makes 16 chicken tenders

Curried Chicken Tenders:
½ cup plain low fat yogurt
3 teaspoons curry powder, divided use
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1 teaspoon grated ginger
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 pounds chicken tenders (about 16 tenders)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Olive oil

Mango Dipping Sauce:
½ cup jarred mango chutney (such as Major Grey’s)
½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro

Mix the yogurt, 1 teaspoon curry powder, garlic, ginger and salt together in a large bowl.  Add the chicken and stir to combine.  Let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the dish (or marinate overnight).

Process the crackers in a food processor until finely ground (you should have about 2 cups of crumbs).  Place in a dish.  Stir in 2 teaspoons curry powder and the cayenne pepper. 

To make the sauce, puree all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat oven to 425°F.

Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and spray or brush with olive oil.  Take each chicken tender and dredge it in the breadcrumb mixture until completely coated.  Place the tenders on the baking sheet and spray or brush with olive oil.   Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes.  Serve with mango cilantro dipping sauce.

Curried Chicken Tenders (One tender): Calories 93; Fat 1.5g (Sat 0.5g); Protein 13.4g; Carb 5.1g; Fiber 0.8g; Sodium 236mg

Mango Dipping Sauce (2 tablespoons): Calories 48; Fat 0g (Sat 0g); Protein 0.9g; Carb 10.3g; Fiber 0g; Sodium 141mg

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Crispy Tomato Poppers
Makes 6 servings

1 pint cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons breadcrumb mixture (see previous recipe)
½ teaspoon olive oil
Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Turn on the broiler.

Slice the bottom off the tomatoes.  Turn them upside down and place them in a baking dish, sliced side up.  Season them with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix the breadcrumbs with the oil.  Sprinkle a small amount of the mixture on top of each tomato. 

Place the dish under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until topping is toasted.  Be careful not to let it burn.  Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro, if desired.  

One serving: Calories 18; Fat 0.6g (Sat 0.1g); Protein 0.7g; Carb 3.2g; Fiber 0.8g; Sodium 40mg

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Dining with the Doc: Grilled Stuffed Avocados and Watermelon Mojitos

Grilled avocados are the perfect vehicle for serving up a delicious corn and black bean salsa in this easy and nutritious vegetarian dish.  

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…

No it’s not my birthday, it’s the Recipe Redux’s 5th birthday!  While I haven’t been a member from the beginning, I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing group of healthy food bloggers.  I think that this month’s theme is one of the best we’ve ever had but it’s also one of the hardest!  We were asked to celebrate each other by choosing a fellow Reduxer and creating a dish inspired by one of their recipes.  The problem is, with so many amazing people in the group, this was such a tough decision! 

Ultimately, I decided to feature the one and only Jessica Fishman Levinson from Nutritioulicious.  Why Jessica?  Well, for a few reasons.  Although we’ve never met in person, I kind of feel like we’re kindred spirits in a way.  She’s a New Yorker, she’s a mom, and she’s passionate about delicious and nutritious food, like myself.  We also definitely have a recipe ESP thing going on and there have been plenty of times when we posted similar dishes at the same time.  We even know the same people- it turns out that I went to high school with her sister-in-law!  If I hadn’t moved to South Florida, I have a feeling that Jessica and I would be getting together for coffee or lunch all the time! 

Dining with the Doc: Savory Naan Bread Pudding with Spinach and Caramelized Onions

This rich and savory dish is perfect for entertaining- and you can assemble it all the night before!

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This blog post was sponsored by Stonefire Naan, but all opinions expressed are my own.

When most people hear bread pudding, they think of dessert.  But there’s a whole other world of savory bread puddings and it’s pretty amazing.  Savory bread pudding, also sometimes known as strata, is a casserole made with cubed bread, cheese and other ingredients like vegetables or meat, baked in an egg-based custard.  This rich and elegant dish is equally suitable for the brunch or dinner table.  It also makes an excellent side dish or vegetarian entrée for the holidays.

Dining with the Doc: Blueberry Apple & Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Oats, walnuts, blueberries, and apples are baked together in this hearty breakfast dish that's so good it almost tastes like dessert!

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I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

If you have never experienced the wonders of baked oatmeal, then you must try this dish!  Oats, walnuts, blueberries and apples are baked together in a hearty and comforting breakfast dish that tastes so good it almost feels like dessert.  And the best part is, it tastes even better the next day. 

Dining with the Doc: Lemon Raspberry Chia Yogurt Fools and a prAna Giveaway

Sweet raspberries, tangy lemon curd and creamy yogurt come together in this craveable summer dish!

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Stonyfield and prAna have partnered in the #SummerCravings campaign!  I received samples to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

What are you craving this summer?

For me, summer means taking a little break and slowing down a bit.  What I crave is time off with my family to enjoy the simple things- lazy days at the beach or pool, grilling outdoors, outdoor music festivals, food truck events, etc.  I crave cute summer dresses, colorful salads with vibrant summer vegetables, fresh berries, locally caught seafood, and plenty of sweet treats.

Dining with the Doc: Spiced Lentil & Walnut Patties with Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Sauce

These tasty vegetarian patties are nutritious and satisfying- the perfect addition to your dinner table!
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I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

One of the most common requests that I get for the blog is easy, filling, vegetarian dinner ideas.  Perhaps it’s partially because of the Meatless Mondays movement, which encourages people to give up meat once a week to help reduce our risk of chronic preventable diseases and reduce our carbon footprint.  People are starting to shift from the traditional way of thinking that meat should take center stage at each meal with vegetables, fruits and grains relegated to the role of supporting players.  I try to incorporate as much plant-based whole foods as possible into my diet, so I’m always happy to oblige with new tasty and hearty vegetarian recipes.  In fact, the most popular recipe on my blog to date is a veggie burger recipe.  Who would’ve thought?

Dining with the Doc: Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Orange Beet Vinaigrette

Earthy beets are paired with creamy goat cheese and a refreshing vinaigrette in this light summer salad.  

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This post was sponsored by Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company.  As always all opinions expressed are my own.

Once Memorial Day rolls around, it typically signals the start of the summer season!  Although we don’t get as much seasonal temperature variation in South Florida, I still prefer to eat lighter, simpler meals in the summertime.  That means plenty of grilled dishes and yummy salads filled with fresh, local Florida produce. 

Reading with the Doc: "Natural Baby Food" and Purple Power Puree

Today I’m celebrating the recent release of my latest cookbook, Natural Baby Food.  Published by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Penguin Random House, this book is the culmination of a year of work and is the follow up to my Natural Pregnancy Cookbook.  After many late nights spent researching, writing and testing recipes, it’s so exciting to finally see the finished product in print.  It’s almost like giving birth to another child! 

Dining with the Doc: My Two Favorite Snack Hacks

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Looking for some fun, nutritious snack ideas for your kids? Try these quick and easy snack hacks!

I’m always looking for fun and easy ways to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into my daughter’s diet.  Most parents of young children struggle with this issue at one point or another.  My daughter Sienna is almost three now and at times it can be hard getting her to slow down long enough to eat anything at all, let alone a full meal!  Providing healthy snacks for your little one is a great way to balance out an uneven diet.  Young children need nutritious snacks throughout the day to fuel their bodies, boost their nutrient intake, and give them long-lasting energy.

Dining with the Doc: Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

This delicious smoothie will not only satisfy any chocolate cravings, it will also give you a boost of nutrients to fuel your body.

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As a Stonyfield blogger, I received free samples of Stonyfield yogurt and Barlean's products to develop this recipe. All opinions expressed are my own.

I make a lot of smoothies- not only do I love them but my daughter loves them too.  Smoothies are great as a post workout snack or an on the go breakfast.  They’re also one of the few things I know my daughter will always try.  And I can add in all sorts of healthy ingredients! 



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