Hello Morocco! One Dish Chicken & Rice Dinner

Ingredients:

3 onions, sliced thinly 1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar 1.5 cups long grain white rice
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt 3 medium carrots, thickly sliced
Olive oil .5 cup thompson or sultana raisins
2 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Hello Morocco Seasoning Blend
1 lb chicken breasts or thighs, skin on or off
Chopped fresh cilantro

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. Pat chicken dry and salt lightly. On stove top, heat oil in oven-safe dutch oven over medium-high heat, place chicken (skin side down if using chicken with skin). Cook until browned on one side, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate and pour off excess fat from pan. Add onions and sugar and saute until rich brown – stir often (25 minutes or so).

Add salt, ginger, garlic and Twisted Gourmet Hello Morocco blend. Saute for a few moments, until the scent releases (let spices bloom). Add stock and rice, and return chicken to pan, browned side up. Cover and place in centre of oven. Set timer for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, add carrots and set timer for 20 minutes. Remove pot from oven. Remove chicken – add raisins to pot & cover. Shred chicken on a cutting board – remove skin & bones. Fluff rice with a fork, return the chicken to the pot and let stand covered about 5 minutes while chicken returns to heat.

Serve topped with chopped coriander.

 

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Cheechako Taco Pulled Chicken Soup

So satisfying! Flavourful broth, tender pulled chicken and lots of vegetables, all cooking away for you while you do… well, next to nothing in fact!

Ingredients:

2 bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed (about 1.5 lbs chicken: ok to use thighs)

1 medium onion, diced

1 large clove garlic, finely minced

1 cup celery, bite sized pieces

1 cup red pepper, bite sized pieces

1 cup yellow pepper, bite sized pieces

1 can diced tomato, no salt added

4 cups good homemade chicken stock or 1 carton no salt added chicken stock (900ml)

*1 chipotle in adobo sauce (photo below). This is optional.

1 cup sweet corn (also optional)

2 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Cheechako Taco Blend 

1/2 cup coconut milk (more or less as desired)

1/2 cup cilantro stems & leaves

Juice of 1/2 lime

Method:

Place vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Place skinless chicken breasts on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with Twisted Gourmet Cheechako Taco Blend . Add *chipotle pepper if desired, and tomatoes and liquid from can. Pour in stock.

Set slow cooker to low heat and cook for 5-6 hours until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through.  Turn slow cooker to high.

Remove chicken breasts from the crock. On a plate or cutting board, shred the meat with two forks, watching carefully for small bones. Add the meat back to the slow cooker with coconut milk. Replace lid and continue to cook for another 15 minutes or so until everything is heated through again.

Add fresh lime juice and cilantro and serve with a wedge of lime. Enjoy!!

*  *I usually open this can and freeze all but what I need or store in a jar in the fridge. Sometimes I freeze individual peppers in an ice cube tray so it’s easy to pop one little chipotle into a recipe for punch.

 

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Twisted Thai Sweet Potato Soup

This is a delicious soup for a light meal or an energizing post-ski refuel snack. Good hot or cold, it incorporates the delicious velvety goodness of sweet potato, smooth coconut and the nuanced flavours of the Twisted Gourmet’s new Twisted Thai Blend.

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potato, peeled & cubed

1 small carrot, cubed

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh garlic, grated

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Twisted Thai Seasoning Blend

1 carton salt free chicken stock (900 ml) Substitute vegetable stock if preferred

1/2 can – 1 can of full fat coconut milk to taste

1 lime

2 tsp raw cane sugar

Method:

In a good sized stock pot or cast iron dutch oven, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Sauté  onion ’til it begins to soften. Add garlic and ginger, sauté another minute or two.

Add the Twisted Gourmet Twisted Thai blend seasoning to pan, stir to warm and release fragrance. Add sweet potato and carrot cubes, then add the stock.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are soft and cooked through. Remove from heat.

Using  an immersion blender, or carefully transfer hot soup into blender. Process until the soup is smooth. Add coconut milk – less or more, depending on your preference and dietary concerns, (though the fat in coconut milk is the good kind of fat). Juice the lime and add it along with the sugar. Blend again until all additions are well incorporated.

Serve garnished with coconut milk and lime or green onion. Enjoy!

 

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Twisted Turkey Veggie Curry*

Simple poached turkey or chicken is simmered in a delicious easy coconut curry sauce filled with colourful veggies.

Ingredients – poached turkey

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable  oil (I prefer safflower oil)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 lbs turkey breast meat (can use chicken), de-boned & skin removed. Cut turkey meat into palm sized pieces

1 carton chicken stock, salt free

 

Curry sauce:

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil

2 Tbsp Twisted Curry Seasoning Blend

1 medium onion, chopped

12 cherry tomatoes halved or 4 roma tomatoes coarsely chopped

1 can coconut milk

1 sweet potato peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes  (I recommend pre-cooking the sweet potato in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes first, to get to the finish line faster. )

handful fresh green beans, 1 inch slices

 

Method, Turkey:

In a stockpot or dutch oven, heat oil and sauté onion & garlic until soft… a few minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add the turkey; return to boil then reduce heat to simmer, and poach for 15 minutes. When turkey is cooked through, remove from heat and shred turkey with your fingers or two forks.

Method, Curry Sauce:

In a deep skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add Twisted Curry seasoning and sauté a few minutes until the fragrance is released and the spices have come alive. Add onion and tomatoes, stir a few more minutes until onion begins to soften and tomatoes have released some juice. Stir in shredded turkey and stir until well seasoned.  Add coconut milk, sweet potato and green beans and stir until everything is golden and lovely. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender and the meat has taken on the curry flavour.

Serve over chopped spinach for a delicious, satisfying, grain free meal OR serve over rice or with naan bread.

* This dish is Whole 30 compliant without rice or bread.

THROW IN ANY VEGETABLES YOU WANT! Use CHICKEN if you prefer… there are no rules 🙂 Really good on a cold and blustery night.

 

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Zesty Lime Chili Chayote Squash

Chayote squash are apple green in colour and about the size and shape of a pear. They’re from the gourd family, along with melons & squash. Native to South America, they are popular around the world.  I discovered them in Vietnam where they’re called Su Su. The mild flavoured flesh is similar in texture to a raw apple, with a slightly starchier bite. They hold their shape well when sautéed, are good raw and are a nice addition to a stew, soup or salad. I like them raw, with a squeeze of lime and sprinkle of chili. Try this  recipe… I would recommend a half chayote per person for a good sized side dish. It’s nutritious and healthy; 1 good sized chayote has only 39 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, has 3.5 grams of fibre and a quarter of your day’s recommended Vitamin C intake. Yum!

Ingredients:

1 large chayote squash

1 small onion

1 small clove garlic

1 tsp Twisted Gourmet Zesty Lime & Chili Salt

1Tbsp neutral flavoured oil (safflower is my preference)

 

Method:

Slice onion thinly. Mince small garlic clove. Wash & halve chayote. Remove heart, half again lengthwise then cut into 1/2 inch slices.

In a wok, heat oil over medium heat and add onions. Let soften, then add garlic. Saute for a few minutes or until onions are becoming translucent. Add Zesty Lime & Chili salt, then chayote squash. Stir to coat squash in oil & salt.

Cook over medium heat for 15-25 minutes or until onions have begun to carmelize, squash is nicely browned at the edges & tender. Do not cook over higher heat or onions will fry and garlic will burn. This is a nice slow sauté, to get the lovely sweetness out of the onion & the squash.

Delicious as a side dish.

 

 

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Yukon Wild Mushroom Blend Orzo

Do you love risotto? I do, but it tasked time to make. This is a wonderful alternative.. a quick and delicious side dish, so good you’ll want to eat it straight out of the pan. Blend will be in stores by early May 2016.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Yukon Wild Mushroom Blend (NEW!)

2 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)

1 cup uncooked Orzo

2 cups chicken stock (plus approx. 1/4 cup as needed)

 

Method:

Over medium heat, melt butter in a medium deep sauce pan (2 inch deep fry pan)

Once butter is melted, add the Twisted Gourmet Yukon Wild Mushroom spice and tomato halves; sauté for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes are softened and everything smells delicious.

Add orzo, stir to blend butter and spices throughout the pasta. Stir in stock and simmer over medium/low heat. As orzo cooks, stir occasionally. Stock will be absorbed and evaporate; add a bit of stock if orzo begins to stick. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked and most of the sauce has reduced.

Serve… try to share but make no promises…

wild mushroom blend measured tomato halves orzo 1 cup    orzo in pan

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Twisted 7 Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

7 spice maple roasted squash

7 spice roasted maple butternut squash

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Non-Alcoholic Gin & Tonic Sugar Greyhound

G&T Non-alcoholic greyhound recipe

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The Twisted Gourmet’s Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum recipe

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