Chef Lydia ish

So last Tuesday I invited my BFF over for a little cooking experiment. I on my eating clean phase needed support both morally, socially and alcoholic-lly (wine is clean.. right?).

My first real attempt was the Detox Teriyaki Chicken recipe from Gwenyth Paltrow’s It’s All Good.

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Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon barley miso
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon water

Combine the balsamic, agave, ginger and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for ten minutes. Cool and then add the miso, mirin and water.

For Chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • Detox Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 finely chopped scallion
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, roughly chopped

1. Marinate the chicken in the sauce (reserve a spoonful or two) for at least one hour – up to overnight.

2. Heat your grill to medium heat. Wipe off any excess marinade and grill the chicken for about 3 or 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Serve with the reserved, hasn’t touched raw chicken sauce, scalions and cilantro.

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I followed this recipe exactly for the most part, except for the scallions and cilantro. I’m not quite at the point where I’d dare trying substitutions. I’m the follow the recipe kind of person. I also made the Carrots with Black Sesame + Ginger.

 Ingredients 

Elimination Diet (substitute a pinch of salt for the soy sauce) | Vegan

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
  • 4 large carrots cut into matchsticks (about 4 cups)
  • Coarse sea salt
  • A couple of drops of hot toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds

Preparation 

1. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over high heat. Add the ginger and cook, stirring it into the oil, until it becomes fragrant, just 30 seconds or so. Add the carrots and stir to combine them with the gingery oil. Add a big pinch of salt and ¼ cup of water and turn the heat down to medium-high. Cook until the carrots just begin to soften and the water evaporates, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame seeds and serve.

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All in all, it went very well!! I haven’t quite figured out what it means to mince ginger and I wish I could have marinated the chicken longer.

But yay! I’m really happy with how the first attempt went, despite the $70 I had to throw down for things like “mirin” and “miso” that I still don’t understand what they exactly “are”. The boyfriend and I decided that August is going to be eat clean month so I’m glad it’s still going to be a tasty end to summer!

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