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Healthy Cooking Technique: Poaching

Poaching is a healthy cooking method that involves gently simmering your food in water or broth until it is cooked through.  This technique allows you to cook without using fat while still keeping your food moist and tender.  Poaching works best with foods that are rather delicate, like eggs, chicken, salmon, and pears.  This simple cooking technique can be especially helpful on busy weeknights when you don’t have too much time to spend cooking.

One of the best ways to change up your regular dishes is by incorporating a new way of cooking.  If you haven’t tried poaching before, give it a try with one of these recipes:

Eggs. There’s more to eggs than just scrambled and over easy.  This Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs recipe makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

Chicken. Poached chicken can be used in so many different ways.  You can toss it into soup, use it to make fajitas, add it into chili, or use it to make chicken salad. Here is a simple recipe for Poached Chicken.

Salmon. Salmon is often baked and grilled, but it also tastes great poached. This Quick Poached Salmon with Dill Mustard recipe is elegant and easy to prepare.

Pears. Poached pears make a delicious, healthy dessert for any night! This Poached pears recipe will end the meal on a sweet note.

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy cooking tips!