Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Set the Table 2018 | Week 1

Chicken and Sweet Potato Tray Bake with a Dijon Mustard Glaze 

1-2 Organic Sweet Potatoes sliced thin
1 lb Organic Chicken thighs
1/2 red onion sliced thin into half moons
Dukkah seasoning (Learn more about this cool, versatile spice blend here. Found at Trader Joe's!)
1.5 tsp dried rosemary (or 1 tsp freshly minced rosemary)
extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 glass roasting pan, drizzle a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Layer and alternate the sweet potato round and red onions and cover the bottom of the pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried rosemary. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 min. Remove from oven and liberally season the chicken with dukkah seasoning, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil on a plate. Remove the tin foil and place a wire cooling rack on top of the hot glass pan. Place the seasoned chicken thighs on top of the rack. Place everything stacked, back into the oven and bake for another 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Christina's Dijon Mustard Glaze
1 Tbsp Ghee or Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Whole grain mustard (or increase dijon to 3 Tbsp)
3 Tbsp White wine vinegar (or white wine if not following the Whole 30).
Sea salt to taste
1 Tbsp Freshly minced tarragon or parsley (decrease to 1-2 tsp if using dried herbs)

With about 15 min left in cooking time for the chicken, heat a small saucepan over medium low heat. Melt the butter. Add the mustard and white wine and whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in the fresh herbs until well combined.

Take out the chicken and unstack the rack from the pan. Place the cooked chicken thighs directly on top of the potatoes and drizzle the glaze evenly over the top of the chickens. Or, each person can glaze up their own home plate.

IF you have any leftovers, make this salad for lunch or dinner the next day. Or pair it up with eggs done your way for breakfast.

A Super Sweet Potato n Chicken Salad
Organic mixed greens
Leftover roasted chicken (cubed or shredded) & sweet potatoes (However much you want)
1/2 Avocado (flesh diced or sliced)
Halved grape tomatoes
Fresh basil
sea salt and pepper
1/2 Lemon's juice
extra virgin olive oil

Layer greens on a plate. Squeeze the lemon over the top with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Next layer the potatoes, chicken, avocado, tomatoes and basil.

Mmmmmmm....  Wholy cow this eatin's good.

  • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe to inspire your meal planning for the week. This year, I am kicking it off with Whole30 friendly recipes that will either be one of my own creations or a handy link to someone else's that has inspired me. 
  • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
  • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  

It all starts at hOMe plate.

To the Mullies we go... 


My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
  1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
  2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
  3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
  4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
  5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
  6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
  7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
  8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
  9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
  10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
  11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

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