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Clean Eating

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This past week, in keeping with Clean Eating, there were two dishes that really stood out.  One cooked by myself, the other cooked by my wife while I was at work. 

Clean Eating consists of eating whole foods, no preservatives or additives.  Fresh produce.  Lean protein without hormones.  Cage free eggs. 

Turns out, Clean Eating really doesn’t cost any more.  Buying fresh, in season produce and making that the main part of the dish is actually very reasonable.  We are accustomed to eating a large piece of meat with side dishes.  Now, we have large portions of vegetables and a small portion of meat.  We are just as full at the end of our meal and our bodies are feeling better because of it. 

So to share with you these two recipes I will start with the dish my wife prepared.  She used a lunch plate for this one.

 

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Mango Salsa

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Ingredients

4 (6 oz) chicken – boneless, skinless breast halves

1 Tablespoon fresh lime zest

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons avocado oil, olive oil, plus more for brushing grill

1-1/2 teaspoon raw honey

3 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salsa Ingredients

2 small avocados (rip but semi-firm), diced

2 medium tomatoes, diced

½ cup red onion, diced

1 medium fresh mango, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Method

Place chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound thicker parts of chicken to an even thickness.  Transfer chicken to a re-sealable bag.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, garlic and season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.  Pour marinate mixture over chicken in the bag.  Seal the bag, then rub marinade over chicken.  Allow to rest in refrigerator 2-4 hours.

Preheat a grill over medium high heat.  Brush the grill grates lightly with oil then grill the chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until it is fully cooked through.  Remove and let it rest for 5 minutes covered with foil.

Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, toss together avocado, mango, tomato, onion, garlic and lime.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon a generous amount over chicken and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, cilantro or mint.

NOTE:  The chicken was cooked in a pan on the stove – turned out great!

Recipe courtesy of:  https://cleanfoodcrush.com/easy-to-eat-clean-grilled-chicken/

 

One Tray Chicken Fajitas

I posted the picture of this dish on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cookingwithchrischef2/ however, I wanted to share the recipe with you. 

I have never put celery in any of my fajita dishes but this turned out really well. 

Also, I have always used my Wok for stir fry, this dish goes into the oven. 

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Ingredients

½ pound chicken breast

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin

1 red bell pepper, sliced thin

1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin

1 red onion, sliced thin

4 stalks of celery

1-1/2 tablespoons avocado oil, or extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons chili powder

½ teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon of smoked paprika

Fresh lime wedges to serve

Fresh cilantro for garnish

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rub the chicken breasts with oil, salt and spices and place it on a baking tray.  Roast in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl combine onion, bell pepper, celery, olive oil, salt, pepper and spices.  Toss to coat.

Remove the chicken from the oven, slice it, add the veggies to the baking tray and return it to the oven for 15 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are roasted but still a bit crunchy.

Squeeze lime juice from a fresh lime over fajita mixture and top with avocado and fresh cilantro.

Recipe courtesy of https://cleanfoodcrush.com/easy-chicken-fajitas/

 

Kids’ Corner

I was thinking about how kids, when they get home from school, start trolling around in the pantry.  With the two recipes I have chosen this week, kids can make their own snack and the trolling will be fun!  I have chosen Cranberry Oat Cereal Bars (great for breakfast or after-school snack) and Ham and Apple Wraps with dip.  Be sure to go to http://cookingwithchris.com and click on Kids’ Corner to get the recipes!  Enjoy!

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