Sweet and Sour Chicken

You can make this meal using condiments that you have in your pantry and it’s a delicious and healthy dinner that you can feel good about serving to your family. The basmati rice has a lower glycemic index than your basic white rice and the chicken is a great lean protein.  Coconut oil is a healthy fat that has been shown to reduce inflammation and it also imparts a great flavor to the dish.  Once you become more familiar with the recipe you can add any vegetables that you’d like – mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, zucchini, etc.

Prep Time:  30 minutes                       Cook time:  15 minutes                Serves 4

1.5 – 2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

3 – 4 bell peppers in assorted colors cut into 1-inch pieces

6 scallions cut on the bias (white and green parts separated)

1 20 oz can cubed pineapple with 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice reserved

2 cups of dry basmati rice cooked to package instructions (optional)

  1.  Cook the rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl toss the chicken with 1 tbsp each of soy sauce and cornstarch.  Add 1 tsp ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp cornstarch, vinegar, ketchup honey and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. (If you forget to reserve the juice or wish to use fresh pineapple simply use 1/2 cup of water in place of the pineapple juice.)  Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a large non-stick skillet and cook the chicken until browned – 5 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the peppers and white parts of the scallion to the pan and cook until softened – 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan along with the chicken and green parts of the scallions.  Bring the mixture to a boil to thicken the sauce – 3 minutes.  Serve immediately over rice.

 

Easy Pineapple Salsa

This salsa is so easy to make and serves as a great condiment to tacos or as a simple and healthy appetizer when served alongside tortilla chips.  If you like it on the spicy side add a chopped fresh jalapeño pepper.  It will keep well in the fridge for a few days.  *TIP:  Most people don’t realize that pineapples contain a lot of vitamin C, which boosts immunity.  They also contain anti-inflammatory properties which reduces inflammation in the body.  Pineapples are also a great source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion as well as Manganese, which strengthens bones.  Pile this yummy salsa on anything and you can ditch the guilt too!

Prep Time:  10 minutes                                              Serves: 6

Ingredients

1/2 fresh pineapple small diced

1/2 red pepper small diced

juice of half a lime

1 fresh jalapeño seeded and chopped (optional)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1/2 shallot

Toss together the diced pineapple, peppers, salt, ground pepper and lime juice.  Grate half of a peeled shallot directly to the bowl.  Toss to combine all of the ingredients and allow to rest in the fridge for a few hours before serving so that the flavors can marry.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

This is a great weeknight alternative to a cheese laden, artery clogging pizza and it’s so fun and delicious.  Serve alongside a salad and you have another quick dinner to add to your list.  I like to use pizza dough from the grocery store, but if you don’t have the time to let it rise simply pickup a prepared pizza crust.  I typically use leftover Tender Pulled Pork from earlier in the week, but you can also buy prepared pulled pork in the grocery store.  If the pulled pork happens to be heavy on the sauce scale back on your BBQ sauce drizzle.  This pizza can also be cut into small squares and served as an appetizer.

Prep Time:     10 minutes                Cook Time:  15 minutes                   Serves 2-4

Ingredients

1 pizza dough (risen and stretched to the size of the pan) or 1 store-bought pizza crust

1 cup leftover pulled pork Tender Pulled Pork

1 cup small cubed fresh pineapple

1/4 cup chopped scallion

1/2 cup crumbled mild goat cheese (optional)

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Start by evenly layering the leftover pulled pork on the pizza crust followed by the pineapple and goat cheese.  Drizzle on the BBQ sauce over the toppings and finally sprinkle the scallions over the top.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved.  Remove from oven and cut into slices or squares and serve.