© John Kernick / Pot-Roasted Chicken
From March 19th to 25th, a handful of New York restaurants will offer healthy three-course lunch and dinner menus from $25 to $75 as part of Wellness Week 2012. A highlight of the promotion, David Bouley’s luxurious Tribeca flagship Bouley will serve lunch for $55 ($45 if you go vegetarian). Bouley is no stranger to creating flavor without adding too much fat. For his Pot-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms, he cooks the chicken on aromatic hay in a pot sealed with pizza dough to keep it juicy. Rather than venture out for hay bales, home cooks can use dried chamomile flowers from tea bags for a similar effect.
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© Tina Rupp / Chicken Salad
During a recent visit to the Pasadena, California, farmers’ market, LA Weekly’s Felicia Friesema discovered a new, thin-skinned and supercreamy avocado. Aptly named the Surprise, this dark black fruit—a cross between the Hass and Zutano varieties—can be eaten whole, save for the small, marble-size pit. The rich, silky-smooth avocado's season is almost over, but its popularity should mean that more Surprises will turn up in markets next February. Whether you track down a Surprise or just have a perfectly ripe Hass on hand, this Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad drizzled with a citrusy chile-lime dressing makes for a fast, tropical lunch or a light dinner.
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