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Almond Ginger Chicken

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I’m back! After a couple weeks spent gallivanting across Scotland and Ireland for my first wedding anniversary with my amazing husband I have had to come back to reality. Lucky for you, this involves me cooking again! The last couple of days have been spent cleaning, unpacking and doing the dreaded laundry *shudder* so last night marked only day 3 of me cooking again.

After a solid two weeks of having others cook for us and enjoying some heavy but delicious meals, we both noticed our clothes getting a little snugger than they were prior to our vacation. I do not regret it one bit! After all “we were on vacation” so when the server asked if I wanted another pint of Guiness with my chicken and mushroom cream pie the answer was naturally a YES please!

Upon our return and a moment of panic when I couldn’t find an appropriate work outfit  we both knew we had to get back on track with our eating habits. From this came a wonderful, easy and might I add Paleo dinner idea last night.

I had been wanting to try my hand at an almond chicken for awhile now, the main thing stopping me was my husband of all things. Not for reasons you may think though. Bless his heart, he has been helping me out before I get home from work by washing and prepping the chicken breasts. However, out of habit he would also marinate the chicken. Now normally I would never object to this, but for this meal that I had in mind I needed un-marinated chicken breasts.

Last night I came home to cleaned un-marinated chicken and quickly got to work. This super easy and quick meal was not only healthy, it was delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (washed and fileted in half)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 1 Cup Almond Meal
  • 1 Handful Sliced Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Seasoning Salt
  • Juice from Half a Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Fresh Ginger

How To:

  1. Place your cut chicken in a shallow dish and “marinate” it with the lemon juice and ginger. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In another shallow dish put in your egg and beat it.
  3. In another shallow dish assemble the almond meal, sliced almonds and seasoning.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 415 degrees F.
  5. Take your marinated chicken and let the lemon juice drip off a bit (you can decide how much ginger you want on each piece by rubbing it in a bit at this stage).
  6. Dredge the chicken through the egg on both sides followed by the almond mixture. You may need to sprinkle the meal by hand to fully cover the chicken.
  7. Place your “breaded” chicken breasts on a lightly greased baking rack. Place some more almond slices on top if you wish for extra crunch.
  8. Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until they turn golden.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Paleo No Mayo Coleslaw

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As promised here is my recipe for a No Mayo Coleslaw.

I started making this when we were eating Paleo and I have continued to make it this way. As opposed to a heavy mayo dressing, this offers a nice lighter and fresher tasting alternative that is great especially now during the warmer months.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Small White Cabbage (chopped)
  • 1/2 Small Red Cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 Handful Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 Medium Leek (chopped)
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 Tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove (minced)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

How To:

  1. In a large bowl combine your chopped cabbages and add a little bit of salt over it.
  2. *Optional Tip* Using your hands squeeze the cabbage. This will make it softer.
  3. Add in your parsley and leeks.
  4. In a small bowl combine the lemon, vinegar, mustard, oil, garlic and some pepper. Mix it up until it is smooth.
  5. Pour onto your cabbage and mix.

 

Ginger, Lemon Tea and other Home Remedies

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Feeling under the weather?

Sometimes during the winter and even early spring months it is not uncommon. With cold and flu season in full swing chances are you will come down with a cold at least once during this time. Spending the majority of my time in an office setting in close proximity to people coughing, sneezing, blowing their noses and refusing to stay home when they are sick I often find myself in fear of catching a cold or whatever is ailing them. Besides the hand sanitizer and box of Lysol wipes I have at my desk to wipe my desk, computers, phone and mice, I have a pretty awesome tea collection going in my drawer as well.

I am not a big fan of the traditional medicine used these days by people who have colds, from pills and syrup to lozenges. I do not even remember the last time I bought a bottle of cough syrup for that matter. While my husband at first was skeptical of my natural alternatives and all gung-ho for his Dayquil and Halls slowly he has come around and I find himself making himself Ginger tea and taking a few drops of Oregano Oil when he feels a cold coming on.

I am not going to discount the traditional medicines out there, to each his own. I have used them myself but if and when I can, I try to stick to something more natural rather than pumping my body that is trying to fight off a bug with chemicals and things I can’t pronounce. Here are my favorite home remedies and natural alternatives to some common problems we find ourselves faced with during cold and flu season. Remember, these are my opinion only and since I am not a doctor do not take this as a cure all and always talk to your doctor before trying something new if you are unsure of how you may react. Wow I totally sounded like a commercial for a new drug haha. Anyways without further adieu…

For the overall “I think I am coming down with something” feeling:

I always take a Vitamin C followed by 2-3 drops of Oregano Oil under my tongue and wash it down with some juice. (Do not put the oil ON your tongue, you will not like your experience)

I usually replace my store bought tea with a natural one when I feel under the weather and below is the recipe:

Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea (pictured above)

  • 3-4 Slices of Fresh Ginger
  • Juice from 1/4 Lemon
  • 1 Tsp Honey (I tend to use Organic)
  • Hot Water

Combine all the above in your favorite mug and let it brew for a few minutes then drink. (PJ’s and a cozy blanket are highly recommended as well)

For the “I have a cactus stuck in my throat” sore throat feeling:

Salt Water Gargle

  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Warm water

Combine the above in a cup and let the salt dissolve. Let the water cool a bit then gargle a few times. Do NOT swallow the water. Do this at least 2 times a day.

For the “I may need a vacuum to unplug my nose” feeling:

When I was young I would get chronic sinus infections. Dealing with facial pain is very debilitating and pair it with a stuffed nose and you will definitely not be a happy camper. When I was younger I absolute hated doing these steam inhalations but now both myself and my hubby do them to help ease a stuffed nose and facial pain.

 Steam Inhalation

  • Fresh Mint (or a mint tea bag if no fresh mint is available)
  • Pot of Boiling Water

Bring a medium sized pot half way filled with water to a boil and throw in the mint. Take it off the stove and place it on your table. Sit in front of it and place your face over it then cover your head with a towel. Take deep breathes in to inhale the steam.

*Do not put your face too low so you do not burn yourself with the steam and always have a box of tissues handy.

And finally for the “I should not have eaten that” upset tummy feeling:

Pepper Vodka Shot

Now, this one always gets a good tease from my husband followed by “wow you are so Polish” lol

It may sound funny but if something is upsetting your tummy and you are feeling queezy… try a shot of straight vodka with fresh ground pepper. It will either cause you to throw up whatever is making you queezy or settle your stomach.

Hope some of these help 🙂

 

Baked Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

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I have officially made my husband a Lobster lover!

Some may think it is unheard of not to like such a rich and more often than not expensive crustacean. I myself have also not been the biggest fan. Lobster needs to be cooked just right and paired with the right flavors to properly bring out it’s amazing taste. Let me give you a bit of a background as to why my husband and myself for that matter have not really been the biggest fans up until now.

My first experience cooking these guys turned into a bit of a fiasco. By fiasco I mean me balled up in the kitchen crying, while my husband (at that point my boyfriend still) held the lid down on the huge pot of boiling water laughing at me while the lobsters made a screeching sound as they met their demise. Graphic yes, but that’s sadly how live lobsters around the world meet their demise every day in restaurant kitchens and homes alike. Wanting to be sure they were cooked through, I obviously over cooked them that day and the romantic Valentines dinner I had planned turned into a sort of bland, over-cooked memorial for the very expensive crustaceans.

Since then I have never been able to bring myself to buy live lobsters and go through that ordeal again. I now buy just the tails all cleaned up and neatly packaged at my local seafood store. Aside from this little experience from years ago, it seems like every time we have gotten lobster at a restaurant it is always missing a little something. It may just be us, but when I pay $50+ for a lobster dinner at a fancy restaurant I am expecting that meal to knock my socks off!

This past weekend, instead of boiling the lobster I decided to broil it instead. I paired it with a wonderfully flavored garlic butter and fresh lemon and let me tell you…it knocked our socks off! 🙂

What You Need:

2 – 4 Lobster Tails (defrosted if you bought them frozen)

For the Butter:

  • 1/4 Cup Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Pinch Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Pinch White Pepper
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

How To:

1) Heat your broiler to 500F.

2) Combine your melted butter with the spices and garlic.

3) Cut your lobster tails along the back with a sharp knife. BE CAREFUL! the knife can slip easily! Pull the shells apart a little bit.

4) Squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the meat followed by 1 1/2 Tsp of the melted butter mixture.

5) Place your tails into a glass baking dish and pop them into the broiler.

6) Broil for 8-9 mins.

7) Remove the tails and pour a bit more of the melted butter over the meat if you like.

Serve with fresh lemon wedges and sparkling wine 🙂