Honey Chicken with Coconut Brown Rice

This is one the meals that my family will always eat.  It is a “go to” that is easy and ingredients are almost always on hand.  My kids and husband are guaranteed to eat it and it’s healthy!

Honey chicken and coconut brown rice

(Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible)

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Coconut Brown Rice

Replace water with coconut milk and cook according to package instructions

Start this first because it takes longest to cook.  I have started the rice too late in the past and then we are all sitting around waiting for the rice to finish so we can eat!  I always make rice in the rice cooker because I can’t seem to ever cook it perfect otherwise. You can use a pan, or pop the rice and coconut milk into rice cooker with plenty of time to cook.  My rice cooker usually takes around 40 minutes for brown rice.

The coconut milk gives flavor to brown rice that is sweet and so yum!  This rice is good with teriyaki chicken or anything that serves well with a sweet rice

Honey Chicken

2 chicken breasts

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ cup honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Wash, pat dry, and trim visible fat from chicken breasts

Melt coconut oil in microwave (5-10 sec) and rub on chicken breasts to coat

Combine spices and rub onto chicken breasts to coat

Grill up (I use a George Foreman grill or outdoor grill) to cook throughout (4-6 min each side)

Melt honey in microwave (10 sec or so) and add apple cider vinegar to melted honey and mix.

Brush some of the honey/apple cider mixture onto each side of chicken while grilling

Once chicken is cooked throughout, dice up, place on bed of rice, and drizzle honey mixture over top

Serve!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread

I woke up the other day seriously wanting some chocolate zucchini bread.  Who wakes up craving chocolate zucchini bread?  This girl 🙂  I think I must have seen a picture of zucchini bread on Instagram or something and my subconscious was stewing on it which evolved into CHOCOLATE zucchini bread.

I really like to make healthier versions of food, so I was determined to make a yummy healthy version.  I actually made a whole batch of a not-so-yummy version that ended up straight in the trash but… this version turned out just as I had imagined! Made me a happy girl!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 medium finely shredded zucchini

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl less the zucchini and chocolate chips

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed throughout without over mixing.

Then fold in Zucchini, and chocolate chips

Place in greased 9x5in bread pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 min until toothpick comes out clean

Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Some may say that I am breaking some unspoken rule that fried rice should always be made with white rice and that it should be “unhealthy”… but one of my favorite things to do is make healthier versions of food…  so here it is!  This version is healthier, and still absolutely delicious!

 

Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water

Use rice cooker or follow directions on package to make rice.  I like to cook the rice ahead of time because when making fried rice, it is actually better to work with cold rice since it is less sticky.  So make your rice even a day or 2 ahead of time or in the morning, and pop in the fridge to cool.

 

Place 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large heated pan (use a BIG pan here because you will be adding a lot in it) then add the following over medium heat:

¼ thinly sliced red onion

½ head thinly sliced cabbage

1 cup shredded/diced carrots

½ tbsp minced garlic

Sauté until cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened (about 10 minutes)

 

Whisk up 3 eggs in a bowl.

Spray a separate fry pan with coconut oil or cooking oil of your choice and cook eggs just like you would for scrambled eggs.  Scramble up those eggs without any seasoning.  Once they are cooked throughout, let cool for a minute and use your spatula to cut into smaller bite size pieces

 

Once cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened, add to pan:

Cooked scrambled eggs

1 chicken breast grilled and diced

Cooked (cooled) rice

Mix thoroughly heating the rice.

 

Put the following seasonings in a separate bowl and mix together.  Sprinkle over mixture while stirring until mixed throughout.

½ tbsp dried minced onion

½ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp pepper

¼ tsp celery salt

 

Then add 4 tbsp soy sauce and mix throughout.

Once rice is heated up and seasoning is thoroughly mixed, serve!

 

Option: You can eliminate the chicken and use this as a side. We love it so much, it is a whole meal for us.

This is also a really good cold dish!  Another easy good healthy lunch option.

 

 Chicken Fried Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe by: Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

 

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water to cook rice

2 tbsp coconut oil

¼ thinly sliced red onion

½ head thinly sliced cabbage

1 cup shredded/diced carrots

½ tbsp minced garlic

Cooking spray or a little more coconut oil

3 eggs

1 chicken breast grilled and diced

 

Seasonings:

½ tbsp dried minced onion

½ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp pepper

¼ tsp celery salt

4 tbsp soy sauce

 

Use rice cooker or follow directions on package to make rice.  I like to cook the rice ahead of time because when making fried rice, it is actually better to work with cold rice — it is less sticky.  So make your rice even a day or 2 ahead of time or in the morning, and pop in the fridge to cool.

Put coconut oil in a large heated pan (use a BIG pan here because you will be adding a lot in it) then add the red onion, cabbage, carrots, and garlic over medium heat.  Sauté until cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened (about 10 minutes)

Whisk up 3 eggs in a bowl.  Spray a separate fry pan with coconut oil or cooking oil of your choice and pour whisked eggs into heated pan.  Scramble up those eggs.  Once they are cooked throughout, use spatula to cut into smaller bite size pieces.

Once cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened, add cooked chicken, cooked rice, and cooked scrambled eggs to pan. Mix thoroughly heating the rice.

Mix the seasonings in a separate bowl and sprinkle over mixture while stirring until mixed throughout.

Then add soy sauce mixing throughout.

Once rice is heated up and seasoning is thoroughly mixed, serve!

Quinoa Brownies

Want more protein in your diet? Want more quinoa in your diet?? Want more chocolate in your diet??? Yes to all of those for me! This recipe gives you all of that!

Quinoa brownies!
Quinoa brownies
Yes, I’m serious! I have been adding quinoa to all kind of things recently to try to increase protein and get the health benefits of this amazing grain! These brownies are not your store bought tasting brownies…. They are more dense but just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness! My kids gobble them up (if the kids like them then obviously they are good right?) and I get to satisfy my sweet tooth!

 

Quinoa Brownies

¾ c. cooked quinoa (cooked ahead with plain water)

¼ c. cocoa powder

¼ c. pure maple syrup

¼ c. almond butter

1 egg

8 tsp. unsweetened applesauce

1/8 c. coconut oil

¼ c. unsweetened chocolate or chocolate chips (I use 2 blocks of Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. sea salt

Blend all of this together in a blender until smooth

Line 4×6 bread loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking oil

Pour batter into lined pan and cook at 350 for about 35 min until toothpick comes out clean

Let pan cool and then pull brownies out by pulling the foil out.

Once cool, slice and eat

Store in airtight container in fridge

Quinoa brownie

Fried banana with melted dark chocolate

fried banana with chocolate

 

 

 

Sometimes…

 

I crave chocolate…

 

And sometimes one of these is enough…

ghirardelli-intense-twilight-delight1And sometimes those single serving sizes are just not going to cut it!   I am a chocolate LOVER!  I probably eat it everyday.  I believe in moderation in all things so chocolate is most definitely in my life.

This was developed as an alternative to eating the whole bag of these single serving goodies (since dark chocolate is good for you right!)  and still feeling satisfied!!

I know that feeling when you need chocolate… and you need it now.  This option is fast, easy, filling, and much better than devouring a whole bag of those single serving size chocolates 🙂

 

Fried banana with melted dark chocolate!!

fried banana with chocolate

 

Put a about a teaspoon coconut oil in a medium heat pan until melted

Slice up a whole banana.

Put the slices of banana in the pan flat side down over medium heat for about 1 minute.   Then flip each banana slice to the other side to cook other side for 1 minute.

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Sprinkle with a tiny bit of sea salt (optional, but gives it a little extra something).  Then place on a plate.

 

Now take some dark chocolate and chop in tiny pieces (I use the single serving size of Gharirdelli 72% cocoa dark chocolate pictured above that is ALWAYS in my house).

 

Sprinkle chopped pieces on warm bananas.

 

Wait a minute or so (if you can).  The warmth from the bananas melts the chocolate and it’s heavenly.

 

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Fried banana with melted dark chocolate

Recipe by: Making Health Tangible

 

Ingredients needed:

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 banana

1 single serving size of dark chocolate

Pinch of salt

 

Directions:

Slice banana into about 10-15 slices

Melt coconut oil in pan with medium heat.

Place each slice of banana face down onto pan and cook for 1 minute.  Flip each slice over and cook for about 1 minute until slices are softened

Remove slices from pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt

Chop up a single serving size of dark chocolate into pieces and sprinkle over warm bananas

Wait 1 minute until bananas have melted chocolate

 

Enjoy!!

 

 

Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten free)

IMG_8755These muffins are kind of like little chocolate banana punches.  They are little, but so chocolaty and banana-y, you won’t feel like you need to eat 10 of them to curb your sweet tooth (always a good thing).

They are gluten free if your diet requires that, but that doesn’t mean all the gluten eaters out there shouldn’t eat them too.  The ingredients are pretty guilt free and each muffin weighs in at about 40 calories so eat up!

 

The ingredients are:

3 eggs

2 ripe bananas mashed

3 tbsp. coconut flour  (If you’re new to coconut flour:  Coconut flour is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, gluten free, and has a low glycemic index so it will not spike your blood sugar levels.  It has more protein than whole wheat flour.  Once opened, keep in the refrigerator.  You can pick this up at any health food store, and even some Wal-Mart’s)

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 C. honey

¼ C. coconut oil

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Opt: some dark chocolate chips to top with

 

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl together and mix by hand or use a hand mixer until even consistency.

Line mini muffin tin with liners and fill each 2/3 full.

Put 1 dark chocolate chip on each one, or not.  Totally up to you.  Don’t need it… but makes it even chocolatier.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

 

Set yourself up for a reasonable portion:  One way to ensure you don’t eat 10 of them in one sitting is to portion them into single serving size Ziplocs.  Same concept of those single serving sizes of anything you can buy at the grocery store.  When the whole cookie jar is in front of us, we eat a lot more cookies.  Make it easy to have a reasonable portion by portioning out ahead of time.        

 

 

Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten free)

Recipe by: Making Health Tangible

3 eggs

2 ripe bananas mashed

3 tbsp. coconut flour

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder`

1/8 C. honey

¼ C. coconut oil

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Opt: Dark chocolate chips to top with

 

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand or use a hand mixer until even consistency.

Line mini muffin tin with liners and fill each 2/3 full.

Put 1 dark chocolate chip on each one, or not.

Bake 350 for 15-20 minutes

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