Sunday, January 16, 2011

Polish Moroccan Chicken

There's a Polish Moroccan Friendship Forum. Who knew?

DTM and I have been experimenting with some Paleo/Primal Blueprint recipes and we came across one in The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson with Jennifer Meier. I am not claiming to be a nutritionist, but The Primal Blueprint is slightly different from Paleo in that the recipes do call for dairy, like butter and cream, but they also encourage you to use the healthiest fats you can. For instance, ghee butter is preferred over regular butter and coconut milk is better than heavy cream. What I really like about The Primal Blueprint is that you don't need a ton of strange ingredients to make you meals tasty. I sometimes feel like Paleo can get that way, so I stick to easier recipes meaning we don't have a lot of variety in our diet.

Anyway, we tried a few recipes out of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and haven't had a bad one yet. Our newest favorite is called Moroccan Chicken. After the first batch, I tweaked the recipe to suit my tastes and here is what I came up with:

Polish Moroccan Chicken

Ingredients:

2 tsp Olive oil
1 Onion, diced
3 Garlic cloves, diced
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
2 Chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 14.5 oz can of Diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups Water
1/2 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup Mint
Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions:

1. Saute onion, and garlic until soft and lightly browned,
2. Add spices and saute another minute
3. Add chicken, tomatoes, water, and cilantro and simmer with a lid for 30 minutes.
4. Take the chicken out of the mixture and set aside.
5. Using an immersion blender, blend the tomato mixture into a sauce.
6. Stir the mint and lemon juice into the sauce.
7. Serve sauce over chicken.

You can serve any veggie with this. We have had steamed cauliflower and asparagus with it. I preferred the cauliflower because the sauce tastes really good with it.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures!

Check out more information on The Primal Blueprint here. Buy the cookbook! It is great. ESPECIALLY their brussel sprout recipe. I KNOW! Brussel sprouts?!?!?!

2 comments:

  1. How can coconut milk be better for you than heavy cream?

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  2. That is a good question. Both are extremely high in saturated fat, so you don't want to go drinking coconut milk like it is water. However, in moderation (as with all things) it is better for you to use it in recipes that call for heavy cream because it has no cholesterol (which heavy cream has loads of), it is low sodium, and it is a good source of manganese, which is important not only for your immune system but also helps your metabolism. The thing you have to remember is that these recipes are made for people who want to reach their peak performance in whatever they are training for. If you just want to eat healthier and a relatively healthy recipe calls for 2 tbsp of heavy cream and you don't have coconut milk, use the cream! The only downside of coconut milk I can think of is that you really can't make whipped cream out of it:-( If you want to substitute coconut milk for cream, though, make sure to get non-sweetened. Please don't just take my word for it! Do your own research!

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