30 March 2013

day 14. detox. dinner.

Well, so here it is. I am cutting my detox short; 14 days, instead of the 21. It is spring break, and I need a drink. But overall, it has been great to eat clean, feel good, and stay focused...I am pretty sure that detoxing was the only reason why I did not get sick in the last few weeks. There were some pretty close calls, with flu-like sicknesses floating around campus.

I am sharing one more chicken recipe that is simple & delicious. Your probably thinking, Okay, enough with the chicken recipes already, but really, can there be enough?

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but in New England, it is glorious. So enjoy this lovely day, no matter where you are.

ginger-lemon roasted chicken.
serves 4

1 4lb. organic chicken, washed & patted dry
1 lemon cut into 4 wedges
1 knob of ginger, halved
1 chili, halved
3 cloves garlic, bashed
extra virgin olive oil
cracked pepper

1/4 cup tamari (wheat-free Japanese soy sauce)
3 TBL agave nectar
1 small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped

to serve:
steamed brown jasmine rice
1 small cucumber sliced
leafy mixed greens & herbs (I buy an organic mix at my local market)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken in a roasting pan. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with 2 lemon wedges, the ginger, chili, & garlic. Tie the legs together with some kitchen twine. Slash the chickens legs with a knife (in two or three spots). Rub the chicken down with a little olive oil & sprinkle with cracked pepper. 
  2. Cook for about a half hour. Mix together the tamari and the agave nectar. Pour over the chicken, & brush the juice over it. Continue to cook for another 45 minutes-1 hour, basting every 15 minutes or so. The chicken will be done when you pull the leg away from the breast, & the juices run clear. 
  3. Scatter cilantro over the chicken & squeeze a lemon wedge or two over it. Let the chicken rest for about 15 minutes, covered in foil. Slice. 
  4. Serve chicken over some steamed rice, add a few slices of cucumber, & a small handful of greens in a bowl. If you like, drizzle a little of the soy-agave gravy over the chicken for some extra goodness. 
happy eatings & cheers!
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