Monday, November 21, 2011

Simple Sesame Chicken with Pomelo Kiwi Salad

Not every night is an extravaganza.  Simple is outstanding a lot of the time.  This baked chicken recipe I pulled from Cook Right for Your Blood Type by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo.  The salad I came up with all by myself.  I served this with Coconut Brown Rice.

Simple Sesame Chicken
8 chicken pieces (I used all thigh meat, boneless and skinless--Mary's Organic from Whole Foods)
2 TBSP. Bragg's Liquid Aminos
3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375.  Put chicken pieces in a baking dish.  Sprinkle each piece with liquid aminos.  Rub with crushed garlic.  Bake chicken for 20 min. Turn over and sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake another 20-25 min. or until done.

Coconut Brown Rice
1 cup Organic Brown Rice 
1 3/4 cup stock (any kind, I combined chicken and vegetable)
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Milk (got mine at Paradise Foods)

Bring the liquid and rice to a boil.  Lower heat to simmer, cover pot and cook for 40-45 min.  The rice will be a bit wet so make sure you stir with a fork before serving.

Pomelo Kiwi Salad
1 Pomelo (from Twin Girls Farm), segmented (method here)
1 or 2 Kiwis (organic from California at Whole Foods), peeled, sliced and quartered
Frisee lettuceRed Butter lettuceRomaine lettuce or any combination of your favorite
       (Star Route Farms had beautiful Frisee this week along with the Romaine, the Red        Butter was gorgeous at Tomatero)
1 handful walnuts
Champagne Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TBSP. reserved Pomelo juice
Sea Salt and Pepper

Wash*** and dry your lettuce.  If you have a salad spinner use it.  Combine the fruits and lettuces.  Drizzle your olive oil over the salad 2 times.  Drizzle the champagne vinegar over one time.  Drizzle the reserved pomelo juice over the salad and mix with your hands or tongs.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over and do a little taste test.  Adjust with oil and vinegar to your taste.  Sprinkle with Walnut pieces.

***A note about washing produce.  I wash EVERYTHING (okay maybe not bananas, but then again I don't eat bananas) before working with it, especially if I'm going to eat it raw.  Just because it's organic does not mean that fertilizers have not been used and you can be confident that those picking, packing, and transporting the produce aren't always wearing gloves.  Plus, the graininess of dirt is not my favorite texture in foods I prepare.  Get yourself a good vegetable scrubber and wash your food.  Also, if you can avoid packaged vegetables, please do, and if you do buy them, wash them again if if they have been "washed for you." There was another e. coli outbreak fear with bagged romaine lettuce last week. 


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