The secret to a good stir-fry is to be prepared with all of the ingredients chopped and measured and at the ready when you begin heating the oil. This recipe uses pre-cooked chicken, so you don’t have to worry about timing the cooking of the raw meat. I like stir-frys because they are an easy way to incorporate beneficial spices that taste good. Plus, kids like it and it makes for great leftovers. Coconut aminos are a product made from the sap of the coconut tree. They are a sustainable, soy-free alternative to soy sauce for those who prefer to avoid soy. This recipe is packed full of turmeric, which is a potent anti-inflammatory. It has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries, and growing evidence demonstrates that turmeric offers protection against neurodegenerative diseases.
This is a mellow, yet pleasing curry
This gentle curry is a sweet combination of sweet and mild heat. In addition to balancing the squash’s natural sweetness, the curry paste provides antioxidants and cancer-fighting benefits. If you prefer a more robust curry taste, feel free substitute with a stronger curry paste. Winter squash, such as butternut, provides many vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, potassium and magnesium, as well as Omega 3 and fiber.
This is a great dish to make with children. Younger kids love dipping the chicken pieces in egg and the flour mix, while older kids can practice their knife skills with the vegetables. Feel free to substitute veggies that your family enjoys. Generally, roasting is a wonderful way to introduce new veggies, as roasting intensifies the natural sweetness of many vegetables. Almond flour is lovely in this dish, in addition to the many health benefits of almonds; it creates a satisfying crunchy crust for the baked chicken. Almonds are excellent sources of biotin, vitamin E, manganese and copper. These vitamins and minerals help your body to lower LDL cholesterol. Coconut milk makes a fine substitute for eggs if you so desire.
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cloves garlic
handful fresh green beans or asparagus
3 tablespoons coconut oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare the baking dish for the chicken by lining it with aluminum foil and placing a rack in the dish, set aside.
Slice shallot and carrots, peel garlic cloves. Toss carrots, shallot, garlic and green beans or asparagus with coconut oil and place in another baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Slice chicken breast into strips. Pluck leaves from thyme.
Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl.
1½ cup almond flour
1½ teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Mix thyme leaves along with almond flour, sea salt, pepper, sage, turmeric and garlic powder in a small bowl.
Dip the chicken pieces individually into the eggs, and then coat them with the almond flour mixture. Place on baking rack.
Once all the pieces are coated, place the chicken in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°, turning midway through. When the chicken has been baking for 15 minutes or so, add the veggies to the oven, continue baking along with the chicken, stirring occasionally.
Serve roasted veggies along with the chicken strips.
Preparation: 60 minutes
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables, and you can’t go wrong with the other nutrient-rich ingredients this salad.
This lovely, bright salad is a great introduction to the peppery and lovely watercress. Watercress is a humble, cruciferous, aquatic green leafy vegetable eaten since ancient times. Long considered food for the lower classes, it has only recently regained popularity due to hits high nutritional value. Watercress provides numerous health benefits, including cancer prevention, lowering blood pressure and healthy bone support. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate. Among other benefits, an increase in folate consumption has been shown to improve cognition and verbal fluency – good news for prevention of cognitive decline!