Archive for October, 2012

09
Oct
12

cashew chicken

There are many ways to cook cashew chicken. This is just one of my new favorites.

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

sea salt

ground pepper

For Sauce:

3/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice (2-3 oranges)

zest of 1 orange

2 tbsp coconut aminos

1 tbsp walnut oil

2 garlic cloves chopped

1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes

OPTIONAL ADD:

2 tbsp raw honey or 2 tbsp coconut nectar

ADD to dish

1/2 c 3/4 c  raw cashews

Diced green onions

Heat coconut oil in skillet. Cut  chicken thigh meat into bite size pieces and salt and pepper. Do not use too much oil. Drain any extra liquid. Brown chicken meat.

Save 1/4 c orange juice and set aside. Combine sauce ingredients in separate bowl and mix well.

Add the sauce to the skillet with the browned chicken until a light boil. Turn down heat to medium and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened and very little liquid remains. Time about 5-8 minutes.

Add cashews and onions and and simmer a couple of minutes.  Stir in the 1/4 c orange juice and serve with a light salad. This recipe is very good without honey or coconut nectar.

Recipe from & adapted:  Paleo Indulgences  by Tammy Credicott

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01
Oct
12

Sweet & salty nuts

This is one of my favorite nut recipes.  I give this treat to family, friends, and neighbors.  The original recipe calls for corn syrup, so I easily substituted organic raw honey.  You can also use maple syrup. I still consider this to be a treat and be careful not to eat the whole batch!

Ingredients:

1/4 c honey

1 c raw organic almonds

1 c raw organic pecans

1 c raw organic walnuts

1/2 c raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds shelled)

2  tbsp pepper (freshly ground is best)

2 to 3 tsp sea salt (you might want to use less or more to taste)

OPTIONAL ADD:

1/2 c coconut flakes

ALSO

You can experiment with different kinds of nuts and dried cranberries, blueberries, and goji berries, etc. Try using just almonds and pecans with dried berries etc.

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Pour all your nuts, pepper, and salt into a bowl.  Pour your honey over the nuts and stir to coat. Add more honey if nuts are not completely coated. Prepare a cookie sheet with a SILPAT OR parchment. If you eat butter by all means grease the pan with butter!  Cook until golden brown around 20 minutes. Let cool and break apart and serve. Store in a air tight container or freezer bag.