Joy Bauer, New York City Ballet nutritionist and founder of Nourish Snacks—a snack brand that combines healthy foods and yummy flavors—gives one of her favorite dinner recipes for dancers: grilled chicken parm.
“My recipe uses grilled (no breading, no frying) chicken, marinara sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese and red pepper flakes if you like a little spice. The chicken has protein that helps build muscle mass and boost metabolism; the cheese gives a dose of bone-strengthening calcium; and the tomato sauce has antioxidants for skin and overall health. Couple it with a side of roasted broccoli, which is full of immune system–boosting vitamin C.”
• four 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1/2 cup marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
• 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
• dried oregano (optional)
• red pepper flakes (optional)
• 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
“Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat the foil with nonstick oil spray.
“Grill the chicken breasts, or sauté them over medium heat (5–7 minutes per side) in a nonstick skillet or until they are no longer pink in the center.
“Transfer the chicken breasts to the baking sheet. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and a pinch of oregano and red pepper flakes, if desired. Place the chicken under the broiler until the cheese is hot and bubbly, or microwave it for 30–60 seconds to melt the cheese.”