Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chicken and Rice with a Tropical Twist

I have been going to Bill the Butcher to get quality meat. Their meat is different from what you will buy at any ol grocery store, just read their following statement.

"Bill the Butcher believes in supporting sustainable farming practices and working with local farmers and ranchers who raise beef, pork and poultry without hormones, steroids and genetically modified feed. We also feature open pastured organic and natural grass fed beef that has not been artificially and intentionally fattened on corn. This gentle and natural diet creates meat that is high in Omega 3 and 6 essential oils and is far healthier than traditional beef raised in a feedlot."

I can feel the difference as well. Last year I was vegan. Before that I tried to eat healthy but knew something was off. (Have you ever realized that the typical low fat diet is a high sugar diet?) After I read the China Study I went vegan. Then my body went really out of whack and I found out I have food intolerances to a lot of vegan food. I have been doing more research and have started to follow a traditional food diet (with a few alterations) and I am noticing a difference. 

In September I will be taking an 8 month course through the Nutritional Therapy Association. They use Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon in their teachings so in a year I will have a lot more knowledge than I do now. I am constantly reading and doing research on my own when it comes to nutrition and I am excited to finally have experts give me some guidance. 

I cooked chicken with fresh pineapple, rice, and other veggies to make this fun dinner!

I doubled the recipe so I had to combine everything in a large mixing bowl. Brown rice, sautéed onions, garlic, ginger, red bell pepper, chicken broth, and red pepper flakes all mixed together.

 Caramelized fresh pineapple

 I cut the pineapple in half and scooped out the fruit. It was trickier than I thought it was going to be. The first half I scooped out I completely destroyed. I was smarter with the second one. I cut it up before trying to scoop

I topped it off with chopped up cilantro but didn't get a final picture of it because we were hungry. There is more filling than the pineapple can hold so it was served in another dish.

Pineapple Chicken and Rice
1 cup brown rice. Soaked, drained, and cooked
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbs fresh grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup peas
1 organic chicken breast
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 fresh pineapple + 1 can of pineapple
1/4 cup Pineapple juice
 sesame oil
fresh cilantro, chopped

  1. Soak the brown rice for 24 hours in water and 1 tsp of vinegar. This will reduce the phytic acid making it easier to digest and allowing more vitamins/minerals to be absorbed. Drain and rinse the rice and cook in 2 cups of water with a tsp of olive oil.
  2. Drizzle the chicken breast with some sesame oil and pineapple juice. Wrap it in tinfoil and bake it at 350 for 20-30 minutes until it's 160 degrees and no longer pink in the center.
  3. While the chicken and rice are cooking prep all the veggies. Chop the onion, chop the pepper,  mince the garlic, slice up the pineapple, chop of the cilantro,  and set the peas out to thaw.
  4. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger in some sesame oil. Set aside.
  5. Sauté the red bell pepper for  2 minutes but don't overcook it. It should still be firm. Set aside.
  6. Sauté the pineapple so the sides get caramelized.
  7. When the rice is done mix in all the sautéed veggies and thawed out peas. Add the red pepper flakes, chicken broth, and pineapple juice.
  8. Shred the chicken and mix it in as well. Fill the empty pineapple with the chicken-veggie-rice mixture and top with cilantro. The extra filling can be served in a separate dish.      


Belkycita said...

that looks SO yummy!!

Liz B.B. said...

hi, kathryn! fun to check in on your blog! that smoothie looks great and sid says he always drank that on his mission! i'll have to try it at home! what blender do you have?
the chicken pineapple looks so yummy! and i think my boys would love the look in the pineapple, too!
i love bill the butcher. wish i could afford it more, as feeding the 3 boys, plus one big man makes it a little more pricey!
i love that you're always doing more research.
i just read "primal blueprint". a pretty interesting read, but i like how it focuses on just eating what our ancestors would have eaten, ya know?
anywho, i think we're all on the same page, as far as eating as far as the NATURAL state as possible.
love, liz