Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potato Casserole
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Defrost frozen veggies in microwave, drain any water and set aside.
Combine chicken, sweet potatoes and onions in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix hot sauce, olive oil, garlic powder, paprika. Add salt and pepper to taste (be sure to taste before adding salt, most hot sauces already have a lot and you probably won't need much more).
Pour mixture over chicken, sweet potatoes and onions and stir well until everything is completely coated. Spread into a casserole dish and place into preheated oven.
Cook for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. With 10 minutes left (or after 30 minutes, if that helps you out) stir in defrosted veggies (these are already softer than they would be if they were fresh so they will cook fast). Cook for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Devour. Thank me. You're welcome.
What is a high biological value protein?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 22 amino acids and they are categorized as either essential or nonessential. Nonessential proteins can be made by the body. Essential proteins cannot be synthesized by the body and need to come from the diet. There are 9 essential amino acids: tryptophan, valine, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, phenylalanine, methionine, and histidine. When a food contains all 9 essential amino acids, it is said to be a complete or high biological value protein.
Repair tissue and build muscle
Help maintain electrolytes, fluid and acid-base balance
Provide some of the bodies energy
Make enzymes and antibodies
***Due to hormonal actions, high protein foods are more satiating (makes you feel fuller) than high carbohydrate foods (ever eat pancakes for breakfast and feel hungry an hour later?). Ghrelin is a hormone secreted by the stomach that increases appetite. Leptin is a satiety hormone secreted by fat cells that makes you feel full. High protein foods cause an increase in leptin and a decrease in ghrelin....appetite down, satiety up.
Bottom line: It's not all about calories. Eat your protein people.