Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mexican Dinner Bowl and Honey 'Soy' Chicken Drumsticks

A quick post tonight before I hit the sack. I went to a class at the gym tonight called Hardcore. Aptly named!! I am unsure if I will be able to lift my arms much higher than shoulder height by the morning...there was some serious burn happening...early night is now required!

I took my youngest for some practice on her scooter after Montessori today - I am trying to get her more interested in riding her scooter, as her older sister is a wild child on hers, and I have these happy visions of both of the girls riding along beside one another and doing some fabulous sisterly bonding. Instead, what I have is one child who likes to go about 100kph and one who like to do about 3 pushes then decides it's time to carry the scooter, then have a whinge, then sit on the pavement and stop altogether! The outing always ends with the little one in the pram, the scooter stowed away underneath and me sprinting down the road trying to catch up with little miss independent! I am determined now to get her practicing more so that we can put an end to this carry on, but she really seems quite determined to NOT learn how to ride! Oh well, eventually she will get there I am sure...and if not I will just have to take the pram everywhere we go or make her walk which I am sure she will dislike even more.

Tonight I have a couple of fast, easy meal ideas. These are not new, and not original, but they are good ideas for those nights when either time or inspiration, or both, are lacking. Both meals are also very budget friendly and can serve a family for minimal cost.

The first is a Mexican Dinner bowl.

This is essentially a deconstructed burrito without the tortilla. I saw the idea on another blog site (www.paleomg.com) and thought it was a great idea for a fast mexican meal. The one I made here consists of mexican beef with chopped lettuce and tomato, cauliflower rice (you can find the recipe for cauliflower rice here http://www.keepingitreal.net.nz/2013/06/zucchini-brownie-success-and-chicken.html), smashed avocado, chopped jalapeƱos and fresh coriander. You could add beans, rice, other veges - basically whatever you want.

Here is my recipe for mexican beef:

Mexican Beef with Spinach 

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, grain-free, free of refined sugar)


500g beef mince
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/2 a capsicum (any color - I used yellow, but red adds a great colour to the dish)
1 large handful of baby spinach
5-6 button mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried or fresh oregano
1/2 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
1 tsp coconut oil, or cooking oil of your choice
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh coriander to garnish


1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat
2. Add onion and garlic and cook gently until softened
3. Add mince and cook until no longer pink
4. Add vegetables, spices and tomato paste.
5. Cook until vegetables are softened but still a little firm. If the mixture dries out too much add a little water or stock as needed.
6. Season to taste. Serve with fresh coriander

The other meal which is a great go to is chicken drumsticks. The kids adore these, and they are so easy to prepare, and very cost effective. I served these with coconut brown rice (brown rice cooked in coconut milk, baked greens (kale chips and broccoli), and roasted carrots. The options are endless for ways to serve these! They are also great cold the next day for lunch or just as a snack.

Tonight I made them with a honey, 'soy', garlic, sesame flavor which went down very well. Instead of soy sauce I used coconut aminos but you can just as easily substitute for gluten-free soy sauce if that's what you have in the cupboard.

Here is the recipe for anyone who needs it:

Honey, Soy, Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

(gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, free of refined sugar, and optionally soy-free)


8 chicken drumsticks, skin off 
1/4 cup coconut aminos (or gluten-free soy sauce)
1 tsp honey
2 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
juice of half a lemon
1/4 cup sesame seeds


1. Place chicken drumsticks in a large bowl
2. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, coconut aminos, honey and lemon juice. Combine well, then pour over the chicken and stir until chicken is well coated. Marinade for at least an hour if you can.
3. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper
4. Spread the chicken pieces out on the baking tray and pour any leftover marinade over the top. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken and bake for around 20-30 minutes until cooked through (cooking time will depend on the size of your drumsticks