Category Archives: Main Dishes

Coconut & Guava Chicken

I originally found this recipe on Good Thymes and Good Food for coconut apricot chicken, but I wanted to switch it up a bit. I not only switched the apricot to guava, but I decided to use half coconut flour instead of all regular flour. I also poured the glaze on top instead of using it as a dipping sauce. It was pretty good, but is best served on the same day it is cooked. There are many changes you could make to this recipe, but the following is how I prepared it.

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Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup

sweet potato lentil soup

I love making soup because you get to throw everything in a pot and let the stove do the rest of the work. This soup tastes great and has some healthy ingredients too.

What You’ll Need

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium vidalia onion, finely chopped

4 small carrots (or 3 medium), chopped

2 Tbsp curry powder

1 tsp salt & pepper

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

3 large garlic cloves, minced

48 oz low sodium chicken broth

2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
(I used diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion– but plain would work too)

1 cup of brown lentils

How to Prepare

1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.

2. Add the onions and carrots. Saute until onions are tender, about 5 mins.

3. Add ginger, garlic, curry, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 mins.

4. Pour in chicken broth, sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes (with juice), and lentils. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil for 1 minute.

5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 40 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

This makes about 8-10 servings.

recipe adapted from: cookingwithmykid.com

Honey Lime Grilled Shrimp

honey lime grilled shrimp

I made this shrimp for a party and it was very very tasty! It can be served as an appetizer or part of your main course.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 lbs raw, shelled, de-veined shrimp

1 jar (4 oz) hot chili paste
(look in the ethnic section of the grocery store. I used Thai Kitchen brand)

1 cup of honey

1/2 cup of lime juice (about 4 or 5 limes)

1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic

1/4 cup fresh minced ginger

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup canola oil (you could substitute with coconut oil)

Approx. 10 bamboo or metal skewers

HOW TO PREPARE

1. Rinse shrimp and place in a large ziplock bag.

2. Put all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

3. Set aside 1/2 cup of the marinade to use when ready to cook.

4. Pour the rest of the marinade in the bag and coat the shrimp.

5. Put the bag of shrimp w/ marinade in a bowl/container to prevent from leaking.

6. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, but no more than 48 hours.
(I marinated mine for about 35 hours)

7. When ready to cook, thread the shrimp onto the skewers and fire up the grill.

  • *Some people recommend soaking bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling to avoid them catching fire. I have read that it doesn’t really help, but use your own judgement. I didn’t soak my skewers, but I also lined the grill with foil.
  • *I baked a few in the oven to try them out before I served them at a party. So if you wish to bake them instead of grilling, they will still turn out delicious. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

8. Put shrimp on the grill and pour the reserved marinade on top.

9. Cook the shrimp for a few minutes on each side until pink.

*Be sure to keep an eye on them because shrimp cook very fast!

10. Once fully cooked, take off the grill and pull off the skewers to serve in a bowl. You can give each person an individual skewer if you prefer.

This recipe was adapted from: ourbestbites.com

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