Wednesday, February 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Shares Her Recipe For Baked Chicken With Broccoli And Couscous

First Lady encourages parents to cook at home as she celebrates the third anniversary of Let's Move!...
First Lady Michelle Obama says "it's been a while" since she's actually cooked for the First Family, thanks to having a staff of pros in the White House kitchen.  But as she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let's Move! campaign, Mrs. Obama is encouraging America's parents to get in the kitchen and cook healthy meals for their families.  She's shared her own quick and easy recipe for a baked chicken dish she said was a family staple back in the good ol' days before Barack Obama was President and daughters Malia and Sasha were little girls living in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Mrs. Obama narrated her recipe instructions and ingredients during an interview where she gave healthy eating tips for parents.  It takes fifteen minutes to prepare, she said, including two healthy sides.

"My simple meal was taking some chicken legs, seasoning them in the morning, coming back, popping them in the broiler or the oven to let them cook and get a little crispy outside because it made it seem like fried chicken," the First Lady said.

"It was tasty because the seasoning flavored the skin of the leg, and the legs are good — kids like legs. They’re easy and they’re controllable."

Mrs. Obama suggested serving the dish "with couscous or rice. And broccoli, steamed broccoli." 

"I could do that in 15 minutes, and then we’d have leftovers," Mrs. Obama said.

But the meal was such go-to for Mrs. Obama that it's achieved a unique status with the First Family. 

"Now my family is sick of that meal!" the First Lady said.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama announced a new Let's Move! project designed to make it easier for America's long-suffering and over-worked parents to cook healthy meals at home. With the MyPlate Recipe Partnership, five media giants and have partnered to spotlight recipes on 18 popular cooking websites that are in keeping with the federal 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

"This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day," Mrs. Obama said.

*Check the sidebar for all released White House recipes. 

*CLICK HERE for links to all posts about the Let's Move! anniversary.  

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House