I fear that people avoid trying to cook new or healthy options because they don’t think they have the knowledge or know how. If I can do it, so can you!
I’m a self-taught creative cooker. I use cooking as my meditation and my time to create something beautiful and delicious. I love putting healthy and nourishing foods into my body but I just can’t stand bland food.
Here is where using small techniques and flavors come in.
My base ingredients were organic chicken drumsticks, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Using ingredients I had around my kitchen, this meal was created. It was muy deliciouso! Mouth watering, healthy, and packed with flavor!
Try these easy techniques in your kitchen to introduce your friends and family to a healthier, tastier new meal!
Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Chicken
1. Preheat Oven to 375* and Oil Glass or Tin Baking Tray
2. Wash organic drumsticks/any type of chicken in cold water and lay out on a paper towel.
3. Combine in a medium-sized bowl 3 T of Brown Sugar, 3 T of Paprika, 1 t of pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil, 1/2 t of salt and cayenne pepper. (add any other spices in your cabinet as you choose – onion powder, red crushed pepper)
4. Roll chicken in dry rub and completely cover all sides, shaking off any excess.
5. Line Chicken on Tray and Bake for 1/2 Hour.
6. Remove from oven and using tongs flip over drumsticks. Use any excess dry rub to cover for a 2nd coat.
7. Bake for another 1/2 hour or until desired crispness. Enjoy!
Roasted Garlic and Vegetables
(While chicken was cooking for its first half hour I prepared this)
1. Break off piece of foil and place cleaned raw vegetable in center. (I used green beans and pimento peppers.) Cover vegetables with lemon juice and 1 T of olive oil, then close foil all around vegetable pile.
2. Prepare garlic – Take off white outside shell of garlic, leaving harder shell around clove intact. Chop a small amount off the bottom of the clove. Place upright (cut side up) inside cupcake tin, or regular dish and cover with 1 T of Olive Oil.
3. Place vegetable foil packets and garlic in oven with the chicken for the last half hour. Once done and slightly cooled, you will be able to squeeze garlic out of the clove onto your vegetables!
Mashed Dessert Potatoes
(I did this while chicken and vegetables were cooking for the last half hour.)
1. Bring large pot of water to a boil, add 1 t of salt.
2. Wash and scrub two medium-sized sweet potatoes. Dice potatoes into one inch cubes then add to boiling water.
3. Cook potatoes for 20-30 minutes or until tender. You will be able to pierce a fork through them.
4. Drain potatoes. In same empty pot, add 1 T of butter, 1 T of Vermont Maple Syrup, 1 t of cinnamon, 1 T of Raw Sugar and 1/2 C of milk (I used fat-free but any kind will do). Add potatoes on top and then mash, add more milk as desired for consistency.
5. Once completely mashed, top individual mashed potatoes with an extra drizzle of maple syrup, a dash of raw sugar and cinnamon.