Health benefits of fennel & Tuscan chicken and veggies

Last week, I made a really good dish from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger called Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables.  When I saw this recipe in my cookbook, I was really eager to make it.


Oddly enough, I was excited to make it because it called for fennel.  Although I’ve eaten it many times, I had never bought or made fennel until last week!  Since I’m a dork, making it for the first time was extremely exciting for me.

Fennel is a wonderful source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B, and potassium.  It’s stalk and leaves are even edible too, and they just happen to be great for juicing.

I was also thrilled because the recipe calls for lots of veggies.  You know how I feel about veggies!



I followed Ellie’s recipe exactly  as written.  However, I substituted quinoa for chicken on my plate.  I just love how versatile quinoa can be.  I’m honestly not a huge fan of consuming too much tofu, so quinoa is an amazing alternative.

If you’re a meat eater, you’ll certainly enjoy this meal, but after a few variations, vegetarians and vegans will love it too!



This meal was light, flavorful, and healthy.  And as you can see, we also had wine.  You just cannot have an Italian meal without wine!

Do you like fennel?  Do you have any favorite recipes involving it?  Links are welcome!

Totally off-topic, but have you seen any good movies in the theater recently?  Michael and I had a date on Saturday night, and we saw Tower Heist.  It was really good.  Classic Eddie Murphy!

Have a great day!


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  1. I’ll have to go check out that recipe. I haven’t cooked with fennel yet, and that probably needs to change.

    Oh, and I totally agree about the wine. 😉

  2. Do you always have such pretty place settings? Or just for the pictures? 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      You’re very sweet. I do that every evening- even when I’m not blogging about the meal. 🙂

  3. I recently made a coleslaw with fennel and yogurt dressing – YUM!

    Here you go . . .

    I also love roasting fennel in with other root vegetables when roasting a chicken in the oven. Minus the chicken for you – roasted fennel is really good:)

  4. I’ve never cooked with fennel either! And actually, even though I’m a fan, I have yet to try any of Ellie’s recipes. I need to get on that!

    I saw Three Musketeers in the theater recently, it was my first 3D movie. The movie was entertaining at least, but I wasn’t too impressed with the 3D. Probably could’ve waited for the DVD!

  5. I’ve never cooked fennel either, but I don’t really care for it. I’m with you on the quinoa though. Can’t get enough 🙂

  6. I have never eaten fennel, so awesome for you to take the initiative on cooking it for the first time. Looks yummy!

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