Out of the box
In a recent conversation, my friend was telling me about her nieces who were impossible to buy for because they “have everything”. Instead of adding one more unwanted gift, she decided to sponsor a child who needed school supplies. What a great idea! One of my other friends, rather than buying presents for her circle of friends, makes a date to share a meal with them. That’s the GIFT- time together. My new motto for choosing Christmas/holiday gifts is that if someone requires way too much thinking to choose a gift, I am going to pass the joy on to someone who needs it. Think out of the box this year and make a pact with some friends and family that you will spend time together but share your abundance with someone who needs it. No lines, no returns and no pressure to find the perfect thing. Ease your stress for the holidays and make the healthy choice of finding time with a friend/family. That’s the gift that everyone can enjoy!
Simply Easy Tip:
Consider an electric pressure cooker or instant pot. They are a great way to cook quickly for a simple no fuss meal-see recipe below. Add a salad of greens with olive and lemon juice and you have an instant meal.
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Simply Delicious: Instantpot Sesame Orange Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1/3 cup honey
zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Garnish: sesame seeds and chopped green onions
Trim any visible fat from the chicken, then place it in the bowl of an electric pressure cooker. Place the remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds, and toss to coat the chicken. Secure the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Turn the machine to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together 2 tablespoons of water with 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder. Set aside.
Quick release the pressure from the machine and carefully open the lid. Spoon any fat off the top of the sauce then turn the machine to sauté. Pour in the arrowroot slurry, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened. Use two forks to roughly shred the chicken in the pot. Serve hot, over cauliflower rice if desired.
Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions.