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Sweet Cabbage Chicken

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This recipe is actually A revision, or rather a version of my Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chicken which can be found by clicking the picture below.
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This version, has red cabbage, and isn’t QUITE as asian inspired. It also isn’t as spicy or sour. In a way it’s a completely different thing, but at the same time, there are a lot of similarities, and the basis is pretty much the same.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon duck fat
  • 1 lb chicken (2 breasts cubed)
  • 1/2 a head of red cabbage – chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh, or frozen from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 or 3 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • Generous amount of Ginger powder
  • a little Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large radishes sliced – added 5 min at end

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Look how pretty it looks for something so simple! I just melted some duck fat in a pan over medium heat, threw the veggies in for a few minutes, added the liquids and chicken, covered, and let cook until the chicken was cooked through, stirring occasionally.  with dishes like this, I don’t really pay much attention to the order I put the ingredients in, or even cook time, It’s kind of hard to screw up. I stir often, and keep an eye on the chicken, but because of the liquids, I never have a problem with it getting dried out. The radishes were the only thing I left out until the end. Dishes like this are really great for the week, because they take minimal effort and cook time for you busy folks like me.

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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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