Turmeric Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

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Stir fry is such an easy and quick meal to whip up when I’m not sure what to make for dinner. It’s especially great when we have lots of different veggies in the fridge to work with. Bonus that it doesn’t have to heat up the house too much either, though I did make this before the weather turned extremely hot. During this time, it was just hot.

Meanwhile, can you believe it’s almost the Fourth of July? It always seems like summer flies by after the Fourth, doesn’t it? Anyway, we don’t have any plans nailed down yet, but might go to Hood River for the day. We’ll see.

What are you doing for the Fourth of July?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large broccoli crown, chopped
  • About 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut aminos (find here)
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce (I recommend this brand, which has no gluten or sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp mirin (find here)
  • Drizzle of raw honey (probably about 1/2 tsp)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Stir until fragrant and sauté about 1-2 minutes. Then, add the cut-up chicken pieces and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the coconut aminos, fish sauce, mirin, raw honey, ginger, turmeric and cayenne. Set aside.
  3. Once the chicken is nearly cooked through, add the carrots and broccoli. Mix well and sauté a few minutes. Then, add the zucchini and shiitake mushrooms, and stir well. Season to taste with a little sea salt and pepper.
  4. Pour in the sauce mixture and mix well. Continue to cook for a few minutes or until zucchini has softened a bit.
  5. Season to taste with more sea salt, pepper and/or coconut aminos, if needed.

Yields: 2 large servings

 

Turmeric and Spice Granola

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I’ve been putting turmeric in nearly everything lately and even recently bought some fresh turmeric root for the first time ever (it was great in stir fry with fresh ginger). I know turmeric is incredibly good for you and has great flavor, but often forget about it when I’m choosing my spices for a dish. I think it’s become more of a habit to reach for it now and don’t plan to forget about this incredible spice!

I regularly make homemade grain-free granola and while whipping up a batch one day, decided to try adding a little turmeric to it. I liked the way it turned out a lot, but tweaked the recipe slightly the second time I made it and liked it even better. Hope you enjoy it too!

turmeric spice granola

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ~2.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds (I used raw sprouted ones)
  • ~2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract (I like this brand)
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey or to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground turmeric

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Pour coconut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on a large baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, raw honey, sea salt and spices.
  4. Pour oil and spice mixture over the coconut and seeds. Stir well to coat. If need be, divide granola up between two baking sheets, but make sure it’s not spread too thin, so the coconut doesn’t burn!
  5. Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove and stir, and place in oven for another 15 minutes. Stir again and if need be, place in oven for another 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it at this point to make sure it doesn’t get too dark!
  6. Cool completely and store in glass jars.

 

Coconut-Crusted Ginger Chicken

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It’s officially the week of my wedding! Wow, it’s so hard to believe it’s finally here. I’m so excited for the end of the week, so I can be done with this term, see my family, marry Jesse and celebrate. Even though I’ve been pretty stressed out (mainly because of school), it’ll all be worth it. I’m so blessed in this life.

Anyway, that’s all she wrote, folks. I’m keeping it short and sweet today. Enjoy the recipe, but more importantly, enjoy life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bone-in skin-on chicken breasts (I used one large breast, but 2 small works too)
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter, melted
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut, ginger, sea salt and cayenne. Pour mixture onto a dinner plate and spread around, so plate is covered.
  2. Meanwhile, pour the melted butter on the chicken and quickly use a brush to make sure it’s well coated. Then, while it’s still wet, quickly dredge in coconut mixture. You can pat the mixture on as well, to make sure it’s covered. Alternatively, instead of the butter, an egg wash will work as well. A single beaten egg will probably suffice.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Check about halfway through to make sure coconut is not too brown. If need be, tent some foil over the top after it’s reached your preferred level of brownness.
  4. Serve with veggie of choice.

Yields: 2 servings

Simple Supper Friday: Ginger Lime Chicken with Mango

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I’ve been a bit inspired by mango lately (remember my mango chicken curry?). Probably because they’ve been on sale so much lately and catch my eye at the grocery store. Not only that, but they taste wonderful and I love getting the “mango pop” after cutting the majority of the flesh off the pit. Jesse then tells me he wants a mango pop and that it’s not fair. Okay, not really, but if you watch the show Louie C.K., you probably know what I’m talking about. Check out the clip below if you don’t. It’s a goodie.

Louis C.K. Mango Pop/Life Lessons

Meanwhile, enjoy the recipe and have a happy Memorial Day weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into tenders
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 inch ginger cube, grated
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (keep some seeds if you want it spicier)
  • 1 medium-sized red mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger, jalapeno and garlic, and saute about 30 seconds. Then, add the chicken tenders and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chili powder atop of the chicken and stir.
  2. Continue to cook chicken for about 10 minutes, flipping occasionally. Then, add the lime juice and mango. Stir and continue to cook for 5 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through. Once done, remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  3. Serve with vegetable of choice. We had sauteed kale with halved cherry tomatoes.

Yields: 2 servings

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Grain-Free Carrot Spice Bread

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It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve made something like this and it’ll probably be a while before it happens again. Don’t get me wrong, the bread is truly rad, but I don’t like having this kind of stuff around very often. It’s definitely a once in a while or special occasion treat.

I was prompted to make this the other day as a way to de-stress and take some downtime for myself. I was also in dire need to stand for a while. I had been at the coffee shop studying and sitting for 2-3 hours and all my body wanted to do afterward is stand and move. I figured, why not make some carrot bread? It seemed like a logical and tasty solution.

The bread came out moist, flavorful and subtly sweet, just the way I like it. It also made the whole house smell comfy and cozy because of the warm spices, so I got the added bonus of aromatherapy. It was just what I needed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
  • 4 pastured eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or coconut oil. I used this loaf pan, which is a medium size.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and place in preheated oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes or so, and then carefully remove and place on cooling rack. Let loaf cool for 10-15 minutes more before slicing.
  4. Enjoy with a nice pat of butter spread on top.

Yields: 1 loaf

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Simple Supper Friday: Chicken Chana Masala

Chicken chana masala.

I’m so excited! I now only have one more week of regular classes, then finals. Woo hoo! On the downside, three of my four finals are comprehensive exams. Not fun, but I’ll survive and am not focusing on the downside. Another fun thing? I’ve started receiving big packages in the mail. Specifically, wedding shower gifts. It’s super exciting! I’m having a wedding shower back in Michigan at the end of the month, but some people are sending their gifts directly to me, so I don’t have to have things shipped back or checked on the plane. It’s much appreciated, but obviously, I’ll do whatever I need to do.

On that note, I’m going to have to start making room, especially in the kitchen, for our new things. I love getting rid of stuff, especially when it’s being replaced with something nicer. All in all, this whole process is really exciting, and I’m so grateful that we’re doing a small, private ceremony and a celebratory party back home. With my family helping arrange the party in Michigan, and things in line out here, there really isn’t any stress. Jesse and I are very blessed.

Meanwhile, this is a chana masala-inspired dish. As a former vegetarian, I used to love chana masala when I’d go out for Indian. Since I avoid chickpeas (and other legumes), which are used in chana masala, I substituted chicken instead, which seemed to work well. I wanted a touch of creaminess to mellow out the spices in the dish, so I also added some coconut milk, which isn’t typically used in chana masala. I am a sucker for coconut milk in dishes and besides, I thought it made the dish taste better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed ghee
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute a couple minutes. Then, add the chicken pieces. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the spices and sea salt, and stir. Then, add the tomatoes and coconut milk. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes. Add a bit more coconut milk, if needed.
  3. Serve over steamed greens or cauliflower rice and garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired. Fresh cilantro would also serve as a lovely garnish.

Yields: 3 servings

Simple Supper Friday: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow cooker apricot chicken.

Wow, what an exhausting, but good week! I am whooped and so glad that it’s Friday. I admit, I haven’t done the greatest with my sleep this week and part of it is due to poor planning. Sure, I had an extra busy week, but most of this falls back on me. I gladly take the blame. Yesterday was especially brutal on the tiredness scale, and I even took a cat-nap before going to work in the evening. I opted to get better sleep last night, put my computer away and got to bed at my preferred time. I’ve got to get myself back on track because things are only going to get more hectic!

Anyway, pull out your slow cooker for this one! With some simple prep and steps, you can have this in your slow cooker in no time, but remember to plan ahead for the cooking time.

Slow cookers really are my saving grace. Plus, I can’t get enough shredded meat. It’s my favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 14.5 oz can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, unsulphered dried apricots, halved

Directions:

  1. Melt the 1 tsp of the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper, and add to the pan. Brown on both sides for a couple minutes. Then, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, melt the remaining 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add more if needed. Add the onion and saute a few minutes, until it becomes translucent. Stir in the ginger, garlic, cinnamon and allspice. Cook and stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and chicken broth. Cook a few minutes longer, until heated through. Pour mixture into slow cooker and add the dried halved apricots. Place chicken on top of the mixture and cover.
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4.
  5. When done, shred the chicken with two forks and mix together.
  6. Serve atop vegetable of choice (kale, winter squash, etc.). I used mashed butternut squash.

Yields: 4-5 servings

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