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Piña Colada Flounder

 

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Here is just a simple but fun way to jazz up some flounder. I made a big batch of this so I had leftovers, since flounder can be pretty light.  The shredded coconut adds some good fat to the mix, which will help keep you full longer….and really, who doesn’t like the combination of coconut and pineapple!

Ingredients:

  • flounder Filets, thawed or fresh
  • Shredded coconut
  • Frozen, trader joes, pineapple chunks
  • Lime Juice
  • cayenne Pepper

Prep:

  1. Arrange fish in a glass pan lined with foil.
  2. Sprinkle shredded coconut generously over the fish
  3. Sprinkle pieces of pineapple around pan
  4. Drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper
  5. Bake in the oven, preheated to 400 degrees, until fish is opaque, flakes easy, and coconut starts to turn toasty golden brown.

Chicken Marsala with Spaghetti Squash

I love being inspired by flavors I used to love, and re-creating them in still delicious, and healthy ways. For instance, I used to love chicken Marsala, whether it was a main course, over pasta, or a pizza topping. The creamy, mushroomy goodness was swoon worthy. So I decided to put my healthy spin on it and serve over some roasted spaghetti squash. For this recipe, to get the creamy texture I used Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk, and instead of marsala wine, I used organic balsamic vinegar (no added sulfites or caramel coloring). It’s really easy, and came out great.

Before preparing the dish, pre-heat your oven to 375. Poke a few holes in the spaghetti squash and roast for 60-90 minutes depending on the size of the squash. When it’s done, cut in half, scoop out the seeds, and use a fork to scrape out the squash in strands. OK, now on to the dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package baby bella mushrooms, sliced (about 1-2 cups)
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut milk
  • 1/8-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, basil, oregano
  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into chunks

In a pan over medium, heat the coconut milk, garlic, onion, vinegar, and mushrooms. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes to let the mushroom flavor the liquid. Stir occasionally. Add the chicken and seasoning and stir. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Spoon over the spaghetti squash, or eat by itself.

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A Simple Chicken and Zucchini dish, and Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Here are two simple and tasty chicken dishes I made over the weekend. Since they were pretty easy, I didn’t really want to give either of them a WHOLE post but they were both definitely worth sharing (and making!)

Chicken And Zucchini

Chicken And Zucchini

First, is just a light and simple dish I threw together on Friday night after  getting home from CrossFit. A pleasant and sunny zucchini and chicken saute. My boyfriend loved it, and says that sometimes, the  best food, is really simple. I have to agree, as it let’s the light flavors compliment each other. All I did was throw some duck fat in a pan with some largely chopped zucchini cubes and a little garlic. I Seasoned with salt, pepper, and oregano, and let it go for a minute or two. They where large chunks, so I wanted them to cook a little before throwing the chicken in. Once they started to get shiny, but were not yet fully soft, I threw the chicken in. Lastly, I covered the pan, stirring occasionally, until everything was cooked through. It probably would make a good lunch too.

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Potatos

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs with Sweet potatoes

We had my friend over Saturday night, and invited him to eat dinner with us. He is enthusiastic about great food, but doesn’t really cook, and wants to eat healthier.  We all went for a trip to Whole Foods, for ingredients, and I thought this was a nice time to show him that healthy food can taste good, and get the boys involved in the process! Yay kitchen helpers! Really though, It’s an easy dish, and I just appreciated having people help chop things for a change. I hope he took away some ideas and inspirations with his belly full of yummy food! originally I wanted to make it with salmon, but since they didn’t have salmon steaks and our friend wasn’t a huge fan of fish, we switched the plan to chicken.

The Kabobs are made up of pineapple chunks, chicken breast, whole garlic cloves, onion, and cherry sized tomatoes. The order wasn’t so important, though I tried to keep the chicken bookended by the pineapple. I lightly seasoned them with salt, pepper, and paprika, and baked them in a glass pan at 450 degrees, turning once, until the chicken was cooked through. This took about 20-30 minutes. The skewers were also greased with coconut oil, and I put small dabs of coconut oil at various points along the length of each skewer, mostly on the chicken parts.

For the sweet potatoes, I put some duck fat in a pan, and sautéed over medium heat with some onion, until the sweet potatoes were soft and starting to caramelized. They were seasoned during the cooking process with cinnamon, paprika, salt, cardamom, and ginger powder.

Dinner was a huge success, and our friend really enjoyed eating healthy, yummy, food.

Oh! Here is another bonus! We ALSO made roasted artichokes! Growing up, I used to always have them boiled, or steamed, and my friend mentioned in the store while we were shopping, that he’s only had them boiled. Since finding this method, it has been my favorite go-to method for cooking artichokes. it is so easy and flavorful! Here is the link, as I follow this recipe every time, and always get stellar results!

http://pinchmysalt.com/how-to-roast-whole-artichokes/


Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chicken!

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon :)

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon 🙂

Dishes like this make me wish I measured things more exactly because it was absolutely fabulous. I got the idea for “Sweet and Sour Chicken” from a recipe that popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the day. In actuality – this is a totally different recipe – but that’s where I got the initial inspiration. It’s relatively quick and easy, so it’s perfect for busy nights. Afterwards, my boyfriend asked me to make another batch of it, I declined, but promised to make it again next week. It’s a nice mix of flavors that I’m pretty sure will go over well with even the most un-paleo family members. Next time the kids bug you for take out, or next time you’re thinking about it….make this instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken [cut into large chunks]
  • 1 Pineapple [sliced and cubed]
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper* [Depending on how hot you want it – I thought this was a nice level of spice and not too overbearing]
  • 2-3 tbsp ginger powder*
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos*
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 1 sweet Onion [sliced]
  • 2 red spring onions [chopped]
  • 6 Mushrooms [sliced]
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth [optional] *
  • 2 tbsp duck fat

*rough estimate of measurements – I don’t measure.

As far as the cooking goes, it’s really easy and under 5 steps!

  1. With the stove on medium-high, heat, the duck fat., onion, and mushrooms.
  2. When they soften add the spring onion, pineapple, coconut aminos, vinegar, cayenne and ginger powder. let simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli slaw. After  it softens a little, add the chicken and vegetable broth.
  4. When the chicken is halfway done, add the cabbage and stir.  Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.

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I think the whole thing took under 40 minutes, and was relatively straight forward and easy in terms of prep work and steps. Meals like this are seriously welcomed, especially on nights that I have crossfit. Coming home and having to do tons of chopping and cooking when I’m tired….not ideal. It was definitely a nice mixture of tangy, spicy, and sweet. The flavor was really close to something you would find on a “chinese food” menu, but way better. All the fun without the stomach upset and unknown crap….score! The broccoli slaw was almost noodle like which was also nice in a dish like this.


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