An Easy + Healthy Meal to Help Transition Into Fall: Seared Chicken Tabbouleh

An Easy + Healthy Meal to Help Transition Into Fall: Seared Chicken Tabbouleh

Fall is a strange time. Many say it's their favorite time of the year, and rightfully so! It often gives a gorgeous show of color change. But many also struggle more with food cravings, restlessness, dry skin, sickness, and depression.

The plants and weather around us aren't the only things changing. Our bodies are also transitioning to prepare for colder months to come. We need more heavy and warming food and drinks as our appetites grow. People complain of being cold and dry. We deal with more fatigue. Anxiety can creep in. A general sense of stiffness and heaviness sets in.

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I have a hard time dealing with fall. I have a tendency to be cold, dry, erratic, and anxious all throughout the year, so the natural increase of those things makes me want to crawl in a hole and sleep for 6 months. I always feel like, "I just need a cleanse!". I tend to over-caffeinate in an effort to counter fatigue, while actually making it worse. I need help!!

Luckily, this meal was a clean, warming, nutrient-packed way to help my body get what it needs. The bulgur is a bit heavier than the foods I'd reach for during warm months, but there's still a shadow of summer left with the cucumber and tomatoes. To make the meal even quicker and less-stress, I used pre-packaged grilled chicken. This recipe originally used tofu, which I found on Food & Wine.

In addition to the recipe provided below, I've included a list of of seasonal produce for fall. I need all the help I can get, and this list is a great way to get great produce incorporated into my meals and will also help provide my body with what it needs for the coming months.

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Seared Chicken Tabbouleh

  • 4 cups bulgur
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 oz cubed chicken
  • 5 chopped scallions + more for garnish
  • 1 small chopped tomato
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt + pepper

Cook the bulgur in boiling water for about 12 minutes until tender. Drain, return to pan, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large cast iron skillet. Cook chicken and scallions over high heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes until golden and crisp. Transfer to a large bowl. Add in the bulgur, cucumber, tomato, lemon juice, remaining oil, and salt and pepper. Top with more scallions and enjoy.

 

Fall Produce List

  1. Acorn Squash
  2. Belgian Endive
  3. Broccoli
  4. Brussels Sprouts
  5. Butternut Squash
  6. Cauliflower
  7. Cranberries
  8. Chayote Squash
  9. Delicata Squash
  10. Daikon Radish
  11. Endive
  12. Garlic
  13. Ginger
  14. Grapes
  15. Jalapenos
  16. Jerusalem Artichoke
  17. Key Limes
  18. Mushrooms
  19. Passion Fruit
  20. Pear
  21. Persimmons
  22. Pineapple
  23. Pomegranate
  24. Pumpkin
  25. Sweet Potato
  26. Swiss Chard
  27. Turnips

Do you suggestions for transitioning into the fall season? Leave them in the comments below! Xoxo! ~ Sarah

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