Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baked Mustard Lime Chicken

Tried this recipe last night, found at Elana's Pantry.  Not sure what the situation is in reposting recipes.  I think I read that is is okay to do so, as long as it is attributed to author.   I didn't have dijon mustard on hand, and used brown spicy mustard instead.  Tangy flavor, loved the marinade and will use it again.  I also am using Kosher salt, and plain old sea salt.  I have to learn how celtic sea salt differs from sea salt.  The recipe uses quite a bit of lime juice which means I will need to keep more lime juice on hand.
Baked Mustard Lime Chicken

  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  1. Combine lime juice, cilantro, mustard, olive oil, chili, salt and pepper in a food processor
  2. Pulse until ingredients are well combined
  3. Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry and place in a 7 x 11 inch baking dish
  4. Pour marinade over chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 6 hours
  5. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes uncovered, or until an instant read thermometer reads 165°
  6. Serve with extra sauce spooned over top
Serves 4

Paleo diet begins now

My dear husband and I began this blog some time ago and quickly abandoned our efforts.  Reviving it to now show the Paleo Diet recipes we have shared together and come to enjoy.  Being new to the Paleo way of eating forces some changes for us, fortunately not many.  I already had adapted to a philosophy of avoiding packaged foods, sticking to fresh foods prepared from scratch.  Given that I had come to view grains as healthy foods, and a certain amount of thrift was needed in purchasing ingredients, I had heavy reliance on beans, legumes and grains as part of our healthy eating along with fresh vegetables, fruits.  Now we will be removing the grains entirely and adapting to the Paleo way of eating.

What brings about this change for us?   We watched documentary, 'The Perfect Human Diet' and it made sense to me - enough to give it a try.  Recognizing that media is about packaging, framing and selling products, this documentary didn't go there.  I'm inclined to give the Paleo diet approach due attention.  We are not young people, trying to fortify athletic builds or athletic performances.  Contrare - we are older people with some of the usual aches and pains that accompany the aging years - well for most people anyway.  Hoping to see some improvements by changing the foods we eat that are the fuel for our bodies and hoping to get some relief from the auto-immune cycles that seem wont to attack our bodies in their natural function of trying to heal what ails.

There are so many websites, blogs, books on what the Paleo diet is or is not, and it is not necessary for me to recreate what is already readily available and out there to be learned, gleaned or even argued about the value of the Paleo diet.  Suffice it to say that for us, we're wanting to follow the idea of the evoluntionary stomachs of human creatures given the many erupting symptoms we hear about that we didn't used to hear about along the course of our years, ie, gluten-free, celiac disease, obesity as seemingly a new norm, wheat-belly, wheat brain, ADD, ADHD, allergies, and the list grows. As well, grains now are not the grains of yesteryear, having been modified to the point of grotesque, and force feeding these grains to animals that do not typically eat such grain food.

It is not my thinking that we can avoid what is, what has become of the food chain, more that we can give it our best shot in light of information available.  We will not likely be purist in the sense of the word, but we can sure try to go with what we consider the more natural way in which animals were tended.  Organic has not been our thing, and it hasn't needed to be when we were living in western Washington where farmer's markets ruled over supermarket produce. I love seeing fresh produce - it excites the senses.   Now we are in eastern Washington where farmer's markets really rule - every day of the week, spring through autumn.

Shifting from grains to meat is an odd feeling, having spent many years avoiding red meat, avoiding meat, reduced to chicken and the other white meat, pork.  Now even chicken with growth hormones, anti-biotics, no longer free range eaters, I don't feel good about eating supermarket chicken.  Not thinking it will be easy or even frugal to approach food from the Paleo diet perspective, but at this late stage of our lives, would want these golden years to be more golden, and less restrictive than what seems to be happening to us now.  If eating has something to do with healthy well being, and I believe it does, I am choosing to give it a serious try-out.

The point then of this blog will be to collect the recipes we find and that work for us.  If there are readers with thoughts, suggestions to offer, we will gladly entertain ideas,  and if there are few to no readers, that is okay too, as the recipes are intended for our personal use, kind of our personal cookbook for Paleo diet recipes.