Making the perfect roast chicken may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. The trick to flavorful chicken with crispy skin and juicy meat is to salt it a few days in advance with a combination of sea salt and baking powder. This draws out the moisture and gives your chicken that extra juiciness, and the baking powder gives the skin that crispiness you usually get only with a deep fryer. I’m normally a strict dark-meat only eater (can’t stand the dryness of regular white meat), but with this roast chicken, I actually love the white meat just as much as the dark meat since it’s all flavorful and all moist!
If you have any dietary restrictions – whether due to food allergies, intolerances, or just strong preferences – it can be challenging to eat out and be safe, let alone relax and enjoy the experience. A bit of a foodie myself, I love to eat out and discover new flavors and places. But being gluten- and dairy-free, I know what I have to do to take care of myself and I take full responsibility for doing it in a way that is as unobtrusive as possible. Below are my tips for planning your meal out that will make it worth it. Much of it is in your expectations and attitude, the rest comes with a little bit of preparation and planning.
This past weekend, I had big plans. I planned to spend my entire Sunday making this complicated involved lamb dish, then serving and enjoying it in a relaxed sit-down dinner Sunday night. Plans changed. We went to bed late Saturday night, then went to what was supposed to be a quick brunch on Sunday, but the restaurant accidentally included dairy in my eggs so I had to wait for them to remake it, then someone left his keys at the restaurant so we had to drive back across town to get them. Luckily, this dish ended up not being as super-involved as I thought it would be, and splitting it into steps over multiple days worked beautifully, maybe even better than my original plan. Funny how that happens, isn’t it :)?
Fish can be one of those foods that you either love or hate. But regardless of your tastebuds, there is no denying the health benefits of wild fish and seafood. They’re high protein, relatively low-fat, and they fuel the body with omega 3 fatty acids… the good kind of fat!
You know those days where you feel like just about everything is going wrong? You stepped in a puddle while walking to your car, work was so busy you didn’t even have time to eat lunch, and every machine was taken at the gym? Yeah, we know how you feel. We also know that on days like this, you just want to come home and eat a quick dinner and relax…and with technology you can order a pizza with just a few swipes on your phone. This is what we want to avoid!
There’s nothing that we regret more than a bad food choice that could have been completely avoided just by having the right tools – and those right tools are healthy ingredients with quick (and easy) recipes to follow that you will enjoy!
If you’re on a gluten-free or low carb diet and you’ve never had kelp noodles, get yourself to a Whole Foods or natural foods store and buy some NOW. These noodles can be eaten raw (for a crunchier texture) or you can cook them with your favorite sauce for a smoother, softer texture. They have zero fat and zero net carbs (1g total carbs – 1g dietary fiber), plus they have a ton of minerals including iodine, salt, iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Kelp (i.e. seaweed) is known to help with thyroid gland regulation and therefore metabolism and energy levels. They are also known to have anti-inflammatory and cancer prevention qualities.
Kelp has been a mainstay on Asian plates for a while, but is now becoming more and more popular in the west given its nutritional qualities. They type that I used for these noodles has no flavor on its own so it assumes the flavor of whatever sauce you pair with it. Not bad for a naturally gluten-free pasta replacement!
Ever need an easy dinner or lunch recipe that tastes amazing? Cooking in a slow cooker is the magic tool that will allow you to do that! All you really need to do is dump your ingredients in, turn on the slow cooker, go about your day, then come back to a delicious, complex dish that tastes like you’ve been slaving away for hours. The beauty of cooking with meat in a slow cooker is that the meat breaks down and absorbs the flavor of all the delicious spices you put in with it, and then you can be creative with how you serve the final product – over quinoa, rice or pasta. In a sloppy joe. Or in this case, in a taco (in a corn tortilla for the gluten-free of course :))
I tried out this recipe from epicurious.com the other day and it was delicious – flavorful and with a hint of an exotic (at least for me) middle eastern flavor. Without the Tahini sauce, this dish is naturally gluten, dairy and soy-free. I did have to make an unforeseen modification – thinking I had walnuts, I didn’t buy any at the store, but when I got home I found I only had pine nuts and pecans (pine nut + pecan = walnut, right?) so I used those instead. I’m actually glad I made the substitution, as walnuts tend to leave a bitter aftertaste. I also didn’t have any kitchen twine but that didn’t prove to be an issue – the two pieces of salmon stayed together very well in the oven 🙂 Paired with some roasted broccoli with garlic, this was a great summer meal! Enjoy!