Orange Rice Pilaf

It’s citrus season here in the Phoenix, AZ area.  So when a friend offered me a bag of  beautiful oranges,  I said “yes and thank you.”  

This rice isn’t hard to make but it tastes as if you’ve been slaving all day.  Below you will find stovetop directions as well as making this in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Orange Rice Pilaf
Serves 6
A delicious rice with a light orange flavor and the crunch of almonds.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup chopped onions
  2. 1 Tbsp butter
  3. 1 cup long grain or jasmine rice
  4. 1 cup chicken broth
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. 1 tsp fresh orange peel
  7. 1/4 cup sliced or chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. STOVETOP
  2. In a skillet, saute onions and rice with butter until golden brown (3-5 minutes). Add remaining ingredients; heat to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. INSTANT POT
  4. Set to Saute. Place butter and onions and sauce until golden brown. Add remaining ingredients (except almonds). Lock lid down. Set to Manual for 4 minutes with an Instant Release. Stir in almonds.
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 My favorite things to have on hand for this recipe:

Zester

Juicer

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Strainer

Another idea:  Adding cooked chicken or shrimp to rice takes it from side dish to main dish.

Let me know if you give this a try.  I’d enjoy hearing what you thought.

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Spring Chicken Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing

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Spring Chicken Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing
The fresh basil in this simple dressing makes the salad special.
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Ingredients
  1. Salad Ingredients
  2. Organic Spring Mix
  3. Organic Carrots, Shredded
  4. Organic Celery, Shredded
  5. Purple Cabbage, Shredded
  6. Snap Peas, cut into small pieces
  7. Avocado
  8. Organic Cooked Chicken, cut into small pieces
  9. Dressing
  10. 1/3 Red Wine Vinegar
  11. 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  12. 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
  13. 1/2 tsp of salt
  14. 1/4 tsp of ground pepper
  15. 3 Tbsp of fresh basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. No measurements for the salad are given. You can use the ingredients listed and make a single serving or a large salad for a family or group.
  2. Dressing
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients and shake well. (I use a small mason jar.)
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Honey Garlic Drumsticks

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Recently I watched my two grandchildren while their mama trained clients.  We played trains, built puzzles, read books, ate organic fruit bits, and giggled.  Soon my granddaughter was down for a nap and my grandson was watching a Thomas the Train episode while I thumbed through a cookbook looking for a recipe for dinner.

I came across a recipe from The Paleo Kitchen for wings that looked interesting  When my daughter returned home, we headed to Costco and I picked up some organic drumsticks (18 for under $12) to use for my version of the recipe.

I am always looking for new recipes.  It is a key components in keeping my taste buds happy and my body fueled with nutrition that gets me where I want to go.

Honey Garlic Drumsticks
Serves 5
A chicken dish that can be cooked in the oven or on the outside grill.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Coconut oil, for greasing the wire rack (oven method)
  2. 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  3. 2 teaspoons Himalayan salt
  4. 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  5. 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  6. 4 tablespoons coconut amigos
  7. 1/2 cup organic honey, melted (I used 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet)
  8. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  9. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  10. 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  11. 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  12. 2 green onion, green part only, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F or use outside grill. For oven method, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack on top, and grease the wire rack with coconut oil.
  2. 2. Arrange the chicken drumsticks evenly on the grill (if you have a grill with an upper rack use it) or on top of the wire rack in the oven. Mix the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic in a bowl. Sprinkle the drumsticks with the season mixture. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. 3. While the drumsticks are roasting, combine the coconut aminos, honey, melted coconut oil, sesame oil, and ginger in a large mixing bowl and whisk well.
  4. 4. Remove the drumsticks from the oven or grill and place them in the bowl with the honey and ginger mixture. (You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of the bowl.) Toss and coat all the drumsticks and sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired). Roast for an additional 15 minutes or until done, basting occasionally.
  5. 5. Remove drumsticks, place on a plate, and garnish with the green onion slices.
Notes
  1. If you have a Costco nearby, you can buy a package of 18 organic drumsticks for under $12.00. There would probably be enough of the honey mixture to do all 18 drumsticks, if you choose.
Adapted from The Paleo Kitchen/OMG Paleo
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