Healthy Eating

Feed Your Passion

These chefs love to work up an appetite outside the kitchen. They reveal the recipes that help them recharge.

Feed Your Passion
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Nisa Lee, celebrity caterer, Pelham, N.Y.
Her passion:
yoga Nisa Lee is usually cooking, catering events for a-list celebs (Halle Berry and Jay-Z are just a couple of her clients), or spending time with her four children, but the Thai chef still finds time to sneak away and take a vinyasa yoga class. “The flow of this style of yoga helps me let go of stress,” says Lee. “I find it easy to be at peace when I’m practicing yoga. It helps me find stillness in motion—an amazing feeling.” When she gets home from a yoga class and has no time to cook, Lee says she loves throwing together a simple kale salad. Her go-to recipe: Mix 2 bunches of kale—ribs and stems removed—with 2 tablespoons each of pignolia nuts and dried currants. Dress with ¼ cup olive oil, 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice. When she’s not in a rush, Lee makes the following traditional Thai dish for her family—a meal she says is kid-approved in her household.


PREP: 5 min. COOK: 30 min. SERVES 6
2 cups coconut milk
½ cup organic peanut butter
¼ cup mashed ripe bananas
4 tablespoons agave nectar
3 tablespoons organic granulated
or brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons Massaman curry
1 pound chicken breasts, boneless
and skinless
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. To prepare the Peanut Poi Sauce,
place all ingredients (except chicken)
in a medium saucepan over low heat.
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, whisking
regularly, until sauce looks creamy. Set
aside. (Sauce can be stored in airtight
container and frozen for up to 30 days.)
2. To prep the chicken, cut breasts
lengthwise in ½-inch-thick slices and
season with salt and pepper, to taste.
3. Coat a medium-sized skillet with
cooking spray and place on mediumhigh
heat 2 minutes. Pan-sear chicken
slices for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Skewer evenly on 6 bamboo sticks and
serve with warm Peanut Poi Sauce.
Per serving (1 skewer): 305 calories,
16.5 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 60 mg
cholesterol, 26 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates,
1 g fiber, 508 mg sodium