Coconut & Mango Chicken Thighs

coconut mango chicken thighs

What you will need:

6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs

1 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup diced red onion

2 peeled cubed carrots

1 large peeled and cubed sweet potato

2 TBSP honey

2 TBSP butter

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 TBSP tomato paste

1/2 cup mango chunks

Seasonings/Spices:

salt & pepper

nutmeg

cinnamon stick

coriander

ginger

cayenne pepper

lemon zest

shredded coconut flakes

parsley

How to make:

Pre-heat oven to 365 degrees.

On the stove heat a dutch oven or pan to med heat with 1 tbsp. of butter.

Add your carrots, onion and sweet potatoes to start to soften and cook for about 10 min.

Next add your seasonings: coriander, cayenne, ginger, nutmeg and salt/pepper (use about 1 TBSP of each but if you want to make this spicy add more cayenne and blk pepper)

Add tomato paste and stir then add chicken broth and coconut milk and cook for an additional 5 min to 10 min on med heat. At this point add a touch more of each seasoning and add your cinnamon stick that you will later remove after it comes out of the oven.

Pour mixture into an oven safe pan (use the other tbsp. of butter to coat the pan with and then add chicken thighs. Next add the mango chunks around the chicken thighs.

Bake for about 45 min.

When it comes out of the oven remove the cinnamon stick and add parsley, lemon zest and coconut flakes for garnish.

I made couscous on the side and served it over that but you can eat this just as is or even over rice. I even thought about pureeing the mango into the chicken broth and coconut milk so maybe I will try that next time!

This makes 6 servings.

I hope you enjoy it!

couscous and chicken thighs

Everyone in my house loved the chicken-it was flavorful and so moist!

I had it again for lunch today and the couscous was amazing after soaking up most of the coconut milk sauce.

xo

Adrienne

Brussels Sprouts Salad

brussels sprouts salad

Well….I thought I knew but I had no idea what living really was until I ate this…..so fresh, so good for you AND so tasty! I perked up like a plant does when you water it! Nutrient overload! Yes! This is what I strive for in my meals and hope that you will too! I want you to feel ALIVE!

Back to the sprouts….Take about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of raw Brussels Sprouts and chop off the ends (discard them)

Peel apart what you can of the sprouts and chop up the rest. Place all  on your plate and get ready to create something beautiful!

Add:

4 oz chicken breast (I made a whole chicken on Sunday and had this chilled and stored in the fridge for the week so I just grabbed some and chopped it up) highly recommend this! Makes meal prep so easy!

1/4 c chopped mango

1/4 chopped red grapes

about 2 tsp. feta cheese

about 2 tsp. chopped up celery

1 TBSP pepitas  or sunflower seeds

I am sure it would be lovely with other ingredients too but this is what I had on hand. I could see it with sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, strawberries, nuts, mixed with spinach leaves…you get my drift…create a magical combo on your own if you want, you don’t have to follow any of my recipes to a tee!

Dressing:

Mix 1 part vinegar, 2 parts oil (like olive) and 3 parts water. Add a dash of cinnamon, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin and honey. Whisk together and serve.

Boom. Alive.

Enjoy!!

xo-A

Sweet Potato, Mango & Coffee Smoothie

sweet pot mango coffee collage

Ok……this is a GREAT one!!!

If you like a coffee frap from Starbucks you will love making this one from home!!

If you are not a coffee lover then of course you can leave out the coffee!

This is what I used to create it:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c shredded sweet potato

(I had this in the fridge ready to go because I used some during dinner one night this week)

1 tsp. chia seeds or flax seeds

1 packet Starbucks VIA instant coffee pack

(no pictured as I decided to throw it in at the end-because why not???)

1 half banana

3 tsp. oats

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 c frozen mango

1 c water

5 ice cubes

Sprinkle in half to 3/4 tsp. ginger and same with cinnamon

Blend very well and enjoy!!

Be sure to check out the other smoothies I created this week including strawberry & lime, Green means GO and a little bit of everything!

xo-A

Little bit of everything Smoothie

little bit of everythything smoothie Collage

Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!

Ingredients:

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt

Few ice cubes

Fruit:

A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado

(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)

I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!

Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!

 

Enjoy!

A

Side Dish of Heaven

Side dish-perfect to pair with lean meat for dinner, on it's on for a snack or even in a wrap!
Side dish-perfect to pair with lean meat for dinner, on its own for a snack or even in a wrap…or over rice, or over a bed of greens, you get it….endless possibilities!

Ingredients:

1 large can of low sodium black beans-rinse and drain (or cook and cool some non-canned… of course is the healthiest option)

1 med can sweet summer corn-rinse and drain (or fresh off the cob)

1 small avocado-diced

1 small peach-skin on and diced

1/4 of a mango-diced

1/4 of a small red onion-diced

2 tbsp. mango & lime salsa

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 tbsp. olive oil

Season generously with cilantro and  black pepper then a  dash of salt

Mix delicately but well and place covered in fridge for a least a few hours to chill and allow flavors to marry together.

 

Enjoy!!

xoxo-A