Chicken and Summer Vegetable Coconut Curry Over Whole Grain Quinoa

Curry…. I honestly never thought I liked curry. It’s not always the prettiest dish honestly. I also always thought that it had to be spicy… I never knew that it could be quite mild! This is now my 3rd posted curry recipe on my blog! I have found that I just love it! (Mainly when I can control the spiciness that is!) I even will put turmeric in my veggies for lunch sometimes… it adds that pretty yellow color and just the right amount of taste!

This dish cooked up quite quickly! Like usual, I used my rice cooker to make my quinoa… so if you don’t have one yet… you know you want one! ūüôā

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This will make 4 medium sized servings

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup chopped onion
3 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large yukon gold potato peeled and cubed into bite size pieces
2 medium zucchini squash, diced
1 small yellow summer squash
Small handful of green beans chopped into bite size pieces
1 15oz can of unsweetened premium coconut milk (NOT Light!!!)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 large bunch of kale (or spinach) rinsed and chopped (remove center vein from the kale)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 TB butter

Quinoa:

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 TB olive oil
dash of salt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Start by starting the quinoa. RINSE your quinoa in a metal mesh colander, or SOMEHOW. But definitely rinse it. Then, either measure and place into a rice cooker and press “cook”, or follow directions on the package and cook in a small sauce pan with a lid.

Then, cook your chicken. I used 3 chicken tenderloins so that the dish would vegetable heavy with a hint of chicken… not the other way around! I placed butter in the bottom of the skillet, and turned it onto medium to melt the butter. Then, I put my chicken tenderloins into the skillet onto the melted butter. I added the 1/2 of the onion and 1 tsp of the¬†curry powder and salt and pepper. While it’s cooking, I took the spatula and cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. (I cook my chicken from frozen, so if you cook from raw, feel free to cut into bit sized pieces first.) Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken from the skillet and place in a bowl and set aside. Add the olive oil into the still warm skillet still at medium heat. Add the potatoes and carrots first with the chicken broth. Add the rest of the curry powder, paprika, minced garlic and turmeric. Once they have cooked for 5-7 minutes and veggies start to soften (as well as the chicken broth cooking down and reducing a bit) add the zucchini, summer squash, green beans. Shake the can of coconut milk well to mix. Open the can and stir coconut milk in slowly to the vegetable mixture. I only ended up using 3/4 of the can of coconut milk, but you may want to use all of it. Just depends on how you like it. Add the chicken back into the mixture and stir to incorporate it. Let it simmer a couple of minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before you are ready to serve it, add the rinsed and chopped kale. Stir, combine, and SERVE over the cooked quinoa. DELICIOUS!!!

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Even the leftovers of this dish was AMAZING! If you like curry, try it! You can even add a bit more spice if you’d like, throw a bit of cayenne powder for a bit more spice! ūüôā

And now, for the quote of the day:

Baked Chicken and Gnocchi

Oh Mondays….

Yes, today is Monday. And today, we had homeschool group. My 3 year old son… MILDLY behaved and reminded me of the previous week.

So, last week.. here’s the situation: my son thinks that he can be independent and make his own decisions. As his mother, it is my job to teach him that mommy knows what’s best and if he refuses to do what I say, consequences will follow. The problem? When we are in the car, driving 60+ mph down the freeway, it is VERY hard to discipline a little boy. So, we leave our homeschool group, and he’s tired and hungry. I hand him a baggie of veggie straws (Like… potato straws, but made from veggies… very chip like). 3 seconds later, he LOUDLY proclaims that he’s “ALL DONE!”. I, at that moment in time, cannot reach back and grab the bag from his grimy little hands. I tell him, “hold on to the bag for a minute until mommy can grab the bag”. He then proceeds to start to chuck the veggie straws AT MY HEAD! Yes, yes this is true. I am yelling “No, mommy will take the bag”, as well as telling him consequences that will happen from these bad choices. I start trying to get the bag from him and trying to grab at any part of his body that I can reach, and he stealthily, like a tiny ninja, somehow completely evades my reach! I cannot turn around to see how this is happening, as we are STILL on the freeway. He then starts throwing them all over the car, one at a time and starts yelling “na-na-na boo boo”. Yeah. That happened. By the time we got home 30 minutes later I was fuming and he was asleep. Ugh. I carry him inside, and do NOT put his cars in bed with him like he requested before he fell asleep… (that sure told him!)… and proceed to take my dog out to eat all of the veggie straws from the van floor. Whew! What’s a mom to do? Cry and an call her husband, pray that the next day will be better, and figure out how to properly discipline in the car… working on it… I think I will be a consistent work in progress.

So today… another Monday, another homeschool group day. This evening, I feed my kids their meal (rice and beans with a smoothie… easy.. so very easy) and was going to have that for me and my hubby… then I see the package of gnocchi in my fridge and just HAVE to have it tonight. So, I proceed to start cooking and then go out to my detached garage where I keep all of my meat in our deep freeze. I then find out that for some reason our lock is broken. The key gets STUCK in the door. I literally cannot get into my garage until 1.5 hours later when my husband gets home. So… dinner was late. But whatever, it was good!!!!! Gotta be honest… Mondays are always a bit rough!

So, here’s my craving meal for tonight…. cuz I needed a bit of comfort food!

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Baked Chicken and Gnocci!

And, I gotta say, it’s a comfort food and I will definitely be craving it in the future!

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/baked-gnocchi-with-chicken.html?soc=sharingpinterest

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely diced onions
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (unsweetened, unflavored)
1 cup low-sodium free range, fat free chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups diced chicken. I used 3 large chicken tenderloins seasoned, cooked and diced (Orig. recipe called for leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 17 .5-ounce package potato gnocchi
1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby kale
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce)
1/2 tsp cumin
dash cayenne pepper
2 TB lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
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Directions
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a deep ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, but do not let burn. Transfer to a plate and wipe out the skillet.

Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat; add the flour and cook, whisking, 3 minutes. Add 2 TB lemon juice and the lemon zest. Whisk in the milk and chicken broth until smooth; simmer, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg, cumin and cayenne.

Add the chicken, onions and garlic back in, and the gnocchi and kale to the sauce and stir until coated and the kale wilts. Sprinkle with the parmesan, transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler; broil until lightly browned on top, about 3 more minutes.

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I definitely kept to a smaller portion with this one, because of the yummy creaminess… but it was DELICIOUS! I liked the uniqueness that the cumin and cayenne added, but you do NOT have to add those spices… that’s my addition. This one you can definitely play around with.

Well, my day is done, I have enjoyed an evening of Bachelor watching with my friends, and now I’m gonna kiss my hubby and babies goodnight! Have a good one!

And for the quote of the day:

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Coconut Curry Corn&Chicken Chowder

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A mouthful to say, and a DELICIOUS mouthful to eat!!!

Ingredients:

2 TB coconut oil
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Yukon Gold potato Diced small (1/2 – 1 inch pieces)
1 14.5 oz. can Diced&Fire Roasted tomatoes w/green chilies (I used Trader Joes)
2 steamed ears of corn, cut the corn off the cob and toss the cobs.
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. curry
1 cup Silk Coconut Milk (you can also use 1 can coconut milk, but I always have coconut milk in the fridge)
1/2 qt. Low Sodium chicken broth (you can also use vegetable broth)
drizzle of honey to taste
salt & Pepper to taste
splash of 1/2&1/2 at the very end… makes it a bit extra creamy
4-5 chicken tenderloins – cooked and diced. (I sauteed them w/1 TB olive oil in skillet w/salt, pepper and cumin for about 10-15 min)
Garnish with cilantro, and a bit of FRESH squeezed Lime juice

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Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and stir in the cumin and curry, cook for one minute to infuse the oil with spice.
Add the chopped garlic and onion. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add the roasted corn, potato, canned fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis; stir for a minute. Add in the broth.
Cover and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently, until the potatoes are tender, about twenty minutes or so.
Add the coconut milk and sauteed chicken tenderloins (diced). Stir and season with sea salt and ground pepper; and add a drizzle of organic raw honey¬†to taste. Heat through gently- please DON’T BOIL¬†it.
Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Stir. Taste test. Adjust seasoning. The lime juice brightens the taste and accents the spice. Honey cools the spice.
Garnish with a lime wedge, and ENJOY! (It’s got a bit of heat too!!! YUM!).
Serves 4-6 depending on serving size.

Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/09/roasted-corn-chowder-with-cilantro.html#ixzz35Vc45gmB

Crispy Coconut Encrusted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

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Above is the end product! YUM huh?!

adapted from this recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2746155

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Ingredients:

3/4 Cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup plain panko bread crumbs
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
6 small chicken tenderloins
4 tbsp. coconut oil
3/4 cup coconut milk

Soak the chicken tenderloins in the coconut milk (either in a baggie or like I did, in a pie pan) for 45 minutes to an hour. While it’s soaking, mix the flour with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper and mix. Heat the oil in the skillet on medium-high. Then, take the panko bread crumbs, scallions and coconut and mix in a second bowl. Take the chicken, dip in flour, dip back into the milk and then coat with the coconut and panko bread crumbs. Make sure well coated. Cook in the skillet on med. high for 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through and firm.

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Mashed Potatoes:

(this is for 3-4 small servings)

6 Potatoes
1/4 cup (if not less… maybe 1/8 cup) half&half (or if you prefer, fat free chicken broth)
3 TB butter
1 TB Fat Free PLAIN greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste

Peel most of the potatoes, and leave just a little bit of the peel. Then cut into 2 inch pieces. Place into pot and cover (just over the top) of the potatoes. Boil for 15 min on medium high. Lower the temp. if it boils over. I place the lid on the pan, but not sealed… it’s slightly “propped”. This helps to keep it from boiling over. Then, when cooked through, a fork should easily go through the pieces of potato, if not immediately cause it to break apart. Drain water, and place back on warm (and turned off) burner. Add the half&half (or chicken broth), butter, and yogurt. Mash with potato masher, or similar. Then, when well mixed, if you want creamy potatoes, take a hand mixer and blend. Then season to taste.¬†

Veggies in pic: I just took 3/4 cup of frozen veggies, and added to the skillet w/the leftover coconut in the pan after the chicken was removed and sauteed until heated up, but the veggies are still crunchy and cooked through. Thought it might be fun to try! Not bad! ūüôā

Homemade Chicken Nuggets!

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Dairy Free, Egg Free, kid friendly… homemade chicken nuggets!

I make these in small batches, because I have a picky eater that doesn’t like “reheated” homemade nuggets. They taste great to me, when frozen, if reheated… but he’s who they are for, so I just do a few at a time.

My recipe for that is below. If you want to do a larger batch, and freeze and reheat, just double or triple the recipe.

(I make these if the Perdue Simply Smart chicken nuggets are not on sale, because those are the only ones he likes/can eat with his food allergies)

Ingredients:

  • 5 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup¬†coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup all purpose¬†flour
  • 1 tsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp each salt & black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or sunflower oil¬†for frying

Cut the boneless skinless chicken tenderloins in to little chunks (about 1 inch pieces)

Throw the chicken pieces in to a ziplog bag and add the 1/4 cup of coconut milk.  Marinate it in the fridge for an hour.  After an hour, take out your marinated chicken and pour out any excess coconut milk from the bag.

Grab your dry ingredients (all purpose flour, flax seed meal,¬†paprika,¬†garlic powder, salt, pepper) and stir them all together in a bowl.¬†¬†Heat up your cooking oil of choice at medium fire, and while you wait for that to heat up, go to the next step. Place pieces of chicken into bowl with the dry ingredients and toss/stir around so that it gets very well coated. Basically massage/stir it around. Then, start frying your chicken pieces! ¬†Try not to crowd them in the¬†skillet. ¬†It takes a few minutes on both sides to cook thoroughly. ¬†You‚Äôll know when it‚Äôs ready when it‚Äôs a golden brown color on both sides. 10. ¬†When the nuggets are ready, place it on a plate with a dry¬†paper towels¬†to help remove some of the excess grease from cooking them. Then… dip into ketchup, or a different sauce of your choice… and enjoy!

Crispy Pan Fried “Mexican” Chicken

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Adapted from this original recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=838597

1 pound boneless, skinless frozen chicken tenderloins
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup low-sodium salsa
1 cup coconut milk (or buttermilk)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Combine the panko, taco seasoning. cumin and salt in a shallow dish.
Soak the chicken in a bag w/the buttermilk or coconut milk for 30 minutes in the fridge. Then, coat in the seasoned bread crumbs. The original recipe called for you to then place on a sprayed baking sheet, and bake the chicken: Bake for 20 minutes or until the meat reaches 165 degrees. I personally thought it didn’t get crispy enough. I, therefore, heated 2 TB of olive oil in a skillet and pan fried the chicken for approximately 5 minutes per side. Serve with salsa. I also made a salad and corn to go with it. The salad dressing is my recipe as listed in a previous post.

Each serving: 3 ounces chicken and 1/4 cup salsa

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