Recipe: Apricot and Leek Chicken

This anti-inflammatory recipe was contributed by our Health Coach, Justine Stenger.

This recipe for Apricot and Leek Chicken is packed with thyme, a magnificent herb, and is also one of my favourite dishes.

The active ingredient in thyme is a compound called thymol. This powerful compound is not only antibacterial, anti anaphylactic, and anti-fungal, it is also a powerful antihistamine. Serve this dish over spiralized zucchini noodles or with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and you have a delicious, nutritious, well balanced anti-inflammatory meal.

Prep time - 10 min
Cook time - 45 min
Serves - 6
Difficulty - Easy 

Ingredients

  • 6 pastured chicken thighs, skin removed 
  • 2 leeks, half moon sliced 
  • 1 1/2  Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced 
  • 12 organic dried apricots, sliced 
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced 
  • 2 tsp sea salt 

Instructions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven and add ghee and leeks. Sauté leeks until translucent. Add thyme, salt, dried apricots and broth. Add chicken thighs and cover with chicken broth. Cook for 45 min or until chicken is done. 
  2. Transfer chicken to six serving bowls and top with apricot broth. Drizzle with lemon juice and top with fresh parsley. 

 

Recipe: Orange Pulled Chicken

This Orange Pulled Chicken is extremely healthy and easy to make! The citrusy sauce is super flavorful and will definitely have you piling seconds onto your plate! This recipe is gluten and dairy free.

This delicious recipe was contributed by our Health Coach, Justine Stenger.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs or legs
  • 3 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Italian spice blend
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 5 navel oranges
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1-2 heads red leaf lettuce

Instructions

  1. Gather a high powered blender and puree oranges, ginger, thyme, Italian spice blend and lime juice.
  2. Heat a large stock pot and add orange juice/herb mixture
  3. Remove the skin from the chicken thighs or legs and place them in your stock pot with the orange juice/herb mixture.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 45-55 min, or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from juice and bring the juice to a boil, cooking it down to a concentrate.
  5. Once the chicken has cooled, pull the meat off the bone and place in a mixing bowl. Pour orange juice/herb mixture over the chicken and add cilantro. Taste and adjust for salt.
  6. Serve in red leaf lettuce cups or cabbage cups. Top with green onion and serve immediately.

Note: The chicken can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Recipe: Best Ever Chicken Liver Pate

This recipe was originally authored and published by Genevieve St-Cyr .

I have this memory of my mum ‘forcing’ us to eat chicken liver when I was a kid…telling us it was good for us to grow tall and strong! Well…as always, she was right (although it appears like she was lying about the tall part…). We would wrap it in so much bacon that it couldn’t possibly taste of liver any more, and we would still pretend to gag with every bite! I know a lot of people feel the same way about liver, and organ meat in general!

What my mum knew is that there is nothing quite as nutrient dense as liver!

Organ meats like liver are between 10 and 100 times higher in nutrients than corresponding muscle meats, like our beloved steak.

Health Benefits

The liver is high in many important nutrients:

  • Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
  • B vitamins,like B12 and folate, which so many women are deficient in
  • Choline, an important nutrient for the brain and every cells in the body
  • Minerals such as copper, iron and zinc.

If, like many people, you can’t quite convince yourself to eat liver, despite the obvious health benefits, try this delicious liver pate, it won’t disappoint!

Serve with those gluten-free crackers, or a delicious slice of sourdough bread (if tolerated).

Ingredients

  • 140 grams butter
  • 2 large onions, diced (if intolerant, take them off the pan after cooking in the butter)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed (or 1 tsp garlic oil)
  • 2-3 rashers bacon (omit if histamine intolerant)
  • 650 grams chicken livers, trimmed and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Thyme or rosemary (1-2 sprigs fresh or ½ tsp dried)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (omit if very sensitive to alcohol)

Instructions

  1. Heat up a fry pan and add butter.
  2. Fry onion, garlic and bacon over medium heat, stirring constantly until softened (3-4 minutes).
  3. Add livers, bay leaf and thyme and then cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  4. Remove bay leaf and then blend until fully combined and forms a paste.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste (I like it with lots of pepper), and then two tablespoons brandy and process again.
  6. Pass through a sieve and transfer to serving bowls.
  7. Cover with melted ghee (optional)
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.