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Turkey Tater Tot Hotdish

Turkey Tater Tot Hotdish

Like any true Minnesotan, I’m a sucker for a hearty hotdish like tater tot hotdish. This is especially true once the mercury starts dropping in the sub-freezing range. Now, I know some of you are wondering what the heck is a hotdish?!?  It’s just the […]

Homemade Tater Tots with Sweet Smoky Aioli

Homemade Tater Tots with Sweet Smoky Aioli

Something very exciting just happened. By that, I mean something more exciting than making homemade tater tots, which I know, is also very exciting so I’ll get to that in a minute. You guys! I just made the list of Top 100 Clean Eating Blogs! […]

Apple Chutney Chicken

Apple Chutney Chicken

Thanksgiving is just a handful of days away so I’ve been preparing my home to host family and friends the entire weekend long. I am thankful for the opportunity to share food and laughter together with the people who mean the most to me. To maximize the time I spend conversing and spending time with family, I always make most of the food and do any chopping the day before for last minute items. Tomorrow, I’ll be making the mashed potatoes, preparing the appetizer trays and baking my husbands favorite pumpkin pie. I prepared a large batch of apple chutney earlier this fall and have it canned on our shelf ready to spread over our Thanksgiving turkey instead of my usual cranberry sauce for a change of pace. Of course, I had to give it a sample in advance and made a simply adorned baked apple chutney chicken.

Apple chutney truly is the flavor of fall holidays smothered on baked chicken. This Indian inspired apple chutney chicken is a flavorful combination of fresh tart apples, raisins, ginger, and a touch of savory spices which make this chutney a unique tasty treat when baked over top a delicious bird. Baking this chutney allows for the sugars in the honey and fruit to slightly caramelize giving this a nice rich flavor that’s holiday perfection!

A happy Thanksgiving toast to all of you!  For the food before us, the family and friends among us, and the love that surrounds us…

may we always be grateful. 

Apple Chutney Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main Dishes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cups honey or organic cane sugar
  • ⅓ cups vinegar (white distilled or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 large peeled and diced apple
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup raisins or golden raisins
  • FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • 3-4 chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Simmer honey/sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan 10 minutes.
  2. Add apples and remaining chutney ingredients (don't add the chicken) and simmer, uncovered, about 25 minutes, stirring as the chutney thickens.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Lightly grease an oven proof baking dish.
  5. Season chicken breasts with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder and place in the baking dish.
  6. When chutney is thickened to a jam consistency, ladle about half over the chicken. Reserve the rest for serving.
  7. Bake about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Serve hot with reserved chutney.
Notes
Chutney can be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to use.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 295 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 662mg Protein: 26g

 

Venison Steaks with Sweet Smoky Aioli

Venison Steaks with Sweet Smoky Aioli

Take your (wild) game to the next level of flavor with these venison steaks smothered in a sweet smoky aioli! Venison is a deliciously high protein meat that’s also low in fat which makes it perfect for individuals who are watching their calories but still […]

Venison Tenderloin with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Venison Tenderloin with Creamy Mustard Sauce

My daughter went hunting for the very first time this year. I learned to hunt when I was about her age and remember sighting deer with my dad, though I never really took to it. I preferred to help cut the meat into its proper […]

Apple Chutney

Apple Chutney

Never mind the pumpkin spice craze going on right now. Instead, I’ll opt for this Indian inspired apple chutney spread. On EVERYTHING! This apple chutney is the flavor of fall in a jar (or bowl, however you roll).  Having picked an abundance of apples from my backyard orchard, making chutney was a great way to use up and preserve some of the goodness and have plenty of jars ready for gifting. Apple chutney is a flavorful combination of fresh tart apples, raisins, ginger, and a touch of savory spices which make this chutney a unique tasty treat! Thanksgiving turkey will never be the same… and that’s a good thing! You can bet I’ll be serving alongside the traditional cranberry sauce for equal opportunity slathering of sweet and savory sauciness at my Thanksgiving table.

This recipe makes quite a bit so I’ve included instructions for canning as well.  If you’re not into canning, this chutney keeps for several months in an airtight jar or you can certainly half or quarter the recipe. The uses for this apple chutney know no bounds. Spread it on crackers, biscuits, naan, or my favorite: spread it on chicken or pork (oh, the HAM!) and then let it bake up to beautiful sticky golden goodness.

Apple Chutney
 
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Serves: 16 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups honey or organic cane sugar
  • 2½ cups vinegar (white distilled or apple cider vinegar)
  • 8 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ⅔ cups raisins or golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Simmer honey/sugar and vinegar in a large saucepan 10 minutes.
  2. Add apples and remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, about 25 minutes, stirring as the chutney thickens.
  3. When chutney is thickened to a jam consistency, ladle into hot sterilized jars. Wipe rims of the jars with a touch of vinegar to remove any spillage and place lids and bands on each to finger tight. Let cool and store up to a couple of months in airtight jars.
  4. To can the chutney (optional): After ladling into jars and adding lids/bands, process in waterbath canner 10 minutes for half-pints, 15 minutes for pints.
  5. Let cool on a tea towel on the counter for 24 hours and then check to be sure all jars have sealed.
  6. Canned chutney will remain good for 12-18 months or more.

 

 

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

I’m on a Thai food and Asian cuisine kick. It’s truly some of my favorite flavor combinations. When it’s about to freeze outside (we had our first frost last night!), I love to use tender garden herbs en masse in tasty meals like tomato basil […]

Two Ways to Preserve Herbs

Two Ways to Preserve Herbs

Our Minnesota temps at night are dipping into the mid forties which means that tender annual herbs like basil are starting to turn. Perennial herbs like sage, thyme, chives and oregano hold out a little longer until it frosts. I like to have nearly everything harvested […]

28 Day Meal Plan and Clean Eating Challenge – Are you in?

28 Day Meal Plan and Clean Eating Challenge – Are you in?

I’m so super excited to share with you a major meal plan project I’ve worked on. In addition to the amazing recipes found on my site, I’ve created a a 28 day all inclusive meal plan in partnership with the awesome team at BreakingMuscle.com! I am a regular article contributor and recipe writer for their website in addition to this blog so if you’re looking for more healthy recipes, you can find links to all of the ones I’ve created exclusively for them via this link to my coaches page. The 28 Day Clean Eating Challenge is a special exclusive collection of recipes including a meal plan for a full month of clean eating.

Knowing how to fuel your body with high quality whole foods is an important skill that anyone can learn. With this 28 day meal plan, I’ve created a foolproof framework for an entire month of healthy eating so you can experience your full potential through eating clean and learn how to incorporate clean eating into your routine after the challenge. In this plan, I’ve done all of the hard work for you. I’ve created a menu of nutritionally balanced meals, calculated the nutritional data for each meal and each day, and put together the shopping lists to take to the store for each week. The meal plan takes into account using leftovers which results in little to no food waste and keeps you on budget. For those with busy schedules, I’ve also had you in mind! I have made lunches easier by utilizing leftovers or have created lunch meals that can mostly be prepared in advance.

Who is this meal plan designed for?

  • Active individuals looking to directly experience how eating clean can benefit them.
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to season and make delicious foods using clean ingredients.
  • Athletes and non-athletes alike who wish to learn more about a clean eating lifestyle and how to apply this knowledge during and after the challenge.
  • Note: if you have specific dietary needs based on heavy athletic training, this plan can still be used for the basic clean eating guidelines and serve as a nutritional starting point for meals. You may need to alter to fit your higher specific calorie and macronutrient needs.

What this meal plan includes:

  • Delicious menu of what to eat for 4 full weeks, 3 meals a day, plus snacks and optional desserts.
  • Recipes and instructions for each meal with photographs.
  • Calorie counts and macronutrient numbers per meal and also a tallied total for the day.
  • Shopping list by week and pantry items used for the week.
  • Online support throughout the meal plan via email or via Facebook messenger by connecting with me on the Cooking Up Clean Facebook page.

 

What you will learn:

  • Which foods are considered clean eating and how to eat clean, each day, every day.
  • The knowledge of how to put together meals so you can continue eating clean after the challenge.
  • How to make better and more nutritious food choices whether you’re at home, at work or out to eat.
  • Awareness of what you’re eating.
  • The understanding and ability to make food choices based on how food affects your body.
  • How to plan ahead. Making food from scratch takes time and effort. I’ll share with you my tips to make it easier and keep motivated in the kitchen.
  • How to eat clean on a budget. I’ve included tips on how to shop and stay on budget within this meal plan which you can use well beyond this challenge.

What this meal plan ISN’T:

  • No supplements or additional vitamins needed. You’ll just be eating real, wholesome food.
  • This is not a plan for weight loss. Learning how to eat clean in a nutritionally balanced way and discovering how food makes you feel is the first step to later being able to minimize what you eat in order for weight loss to happen. You may, however, experience some weight loss on this plan depending on what your eating style was prior to beginning this challenge.
  • This meal plan is anything but boring. My plan includes the most flavorful combinations to keep you motivated and excited for your next meal. No plain boiled chicken being served here.

Empower yourself with the knowledge on how to eat clean and it will be one of the best decisions you can make for your future. Eating clean has changed me and my family in so many positive ways. It makes me happy. I want that feeling for everyone as they take on a cleaner eating style and I look forward to hearing about all of your experiences.

Clicking on the image below will take you to my page on the Breaking Muscle site where you can purchase this detailed plan!

Thanks to all of you for the support through this adventure 🙂

Cheers – Kari

 

Hangover Hashbrowns

Hangover Hashbrowns

Poison ivy is not an experience I’d recommend. I was moving some of my raspberry plants last weekend out of an area that I knew had poison ivy into a better spot without poison ivy in it. Well, I forgot to wash my gloves and […]


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