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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zughetti with Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Baked Chicken Topped with Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce


I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for dinner ideas.  I like to keep things fresh and different.  For one, it helps me stay motivated to cook the dinner, and two, I think variety is important.  I made this last week for dinner and everyone loved it.  For me, the cashew cream sauce really made the dish and the overall favors were quite pleasing.  The sweet butternut squash is nicely complimented by the sweet and tart tomatoes.  The savory chicken adds in a nice texture and the fresh herbs with their earthy, fresh taste.  The sauce is lemony with just the right amount of garlic, light and so creamy.  You can add as much or as little sauce as you like…or none at all.  It’s sort of like an Alfredo sauce, but it won’t kill your gut.  Vegetarians can leave out the chicken and add more veggies or white beans would be great.  
Salud. 
Zughetti with Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Baked Chicken Topped with Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce 
(SCD, GAPS, Paleo)

Ingredients:

Zughetti 
  
-1 medium butternut squash
-2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
-2 pounds chicken 
-3 1/2 pounds zucchini
-A handful of fresh parsley and/or basil

Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce
2 cups cashews soaked 4 – 6 hours

-1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups filtered water
-1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
-2 teaspoons garlic granules (or 1 fresh clove)
-1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

How To:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400.
2.  Prepare the butternut squash by peeling and cubing.  Add to a baking dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil and 2 teaspoons garlic granules (optional).  Set aside. 
3.  Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.  Place them open face in a baking dish.  Sprinkle with oil and salt.  Set aside.
4.  Add the chicken to a baking dish.  Add in salt, onion granules and garlic granules (to your flavor preference, I do about 1 1/2 teaspoons of each).  Add in 1/4 cup water.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil.  Set side.
5.  When the oven comes to temp, put everything into the oven together (the butternut, tomatoes, and chicken).  Set timer for 30 minutes.  This should be enough time for the tomatoes and chicken to finish (check for chicken’s internal temp to be 180 degrees or more).  The butternut squash takes about 45 minutes.  So set the timer for an extra 15.  
6.  While everything is roasting and baking, make your zughetti and the cashew cream sauce.
7.  For the zughetti, peel, trim ends, and spiralize the zucchini.  Boil for 8 minutes in water.  Allow to drain while you make the cashew cream sauce.  
8.  For the cashew cream sauce add the soaked and drained cashews to a blender along with all the other ingredients.  Add in 1 1/4 cups water for a thicker sauce, and the 1 1/2 cups for a thinner sauce (as shown above).
9.  When everything is out of the oven, build the dish.  Zughetti, butternut, chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and drizzle on that sauce!
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Asian Chicken with Sweet Orange Cabbage Salad (Paleo, gluten free, soy free)

You all know I love cabbage.  I LOVE it.  Many things upset my digestion, but cabbage has always been okay (crazy right).  Did you know that cabbage juice is used for those of us with IBD flare ups (especially helpful for colitis)?  Have you heard of this?  You simply run the raw cabbage through a juicer and drink six ounces four times per day.  It’s also touted to heal ulcers.  So my friends, if you are in a flare and nothing is pulling you out, try the cabbage juice.  You might need a chaserso also juice some fresh apples and mix together (if need be).  Okay, back to the food, this is perhaps one of my favorite dishes.  I love the Asian flavors along with the warm baked chicken and cold cabbage.  The fresh squeezed orange juice creates a nice sweet and sour touch.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family.  So easy to make. Oh and I’ve included my other cabbage recipes at the end of the post for ya! 
Asian Chicken with Sweet Orange Cabbage Salad 
(gluten free, soy free, paleo)

Ingredients:

-2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 

The marinade
-1/4 cup coconut aminos 
-2 tablespoons honey
-2 tablespoons sesame oil
-1 teaspoon garlic granules (or fresh)
-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
-1 teaspoon fresh ginger (zested)
-1/2 cup chopped green onions
The Salad
1 pound red cabbage
-1 pound savoy cabbage (a sweet, tender cabbage that I love)
-1 1/2 cups sliced red onion

The Salad Dressing  
-3 tablespoons coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
-2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sesame oil
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 teaspoon garlic granules
-1 teaspoon ginger (zested)
-1/4 teaspoon salt 
-1 tablespoons sesame seeds
-1 large segmented orange for garnish 
-1/2 cup green onions for garnish 

How To:
1.  Combine all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, mix.  
2. In a glass Pyrex baking dish combine the chicken and marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least an hour (I do about 3). After the chicken has soaked up this yummy goodness, preheat an oven to 400 and put the glass Pyrex with the chicken right into the oven and bake for 30 minutes (or until internal chicken temp is at least 180 degrees).  I cover the Pyrex baking dish with a baking sheet while the chicken cooks, but this is not necessary.   
3.  For the salad, thinly slice both cabbages.  Wash and spin dry.  Place the cabbage in a large bowl.  Add in the sliced onions.  
4.  Make the dressing, including everything from the coconut vinegar to the salt.  Mix and pour over the cabbage.  
5.  Mix the cabbage dressing well.  The cabbage will shrink down by half (it wilts quickly with liquid and salt). 
6.  Garnish with oranges, green onions, and sesame seeds.
Serves 4

~Other cabbage recipes by The Tasty Alternative~

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Labels: chicken recipes, main dish, Paleo, sides, summer cuisine.

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