Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cooking and me...

...don't always mix.

I don't really enjoy cooking. It's more like an evil necessity to me.

Especially since dearest husband has food intolerances. He can only eat foods that have negligible or low amounts of salicylates or amines. Which is almost nothing, really.

So I was browsing through Recipes+ magazine and I came across a Coriander Chicken with Pumpkin Lentil dish. I looked at the ingredients and decided to try and switch it up so Steve could eat it as well.


So here's the altered recipe.

Parsley Chicken with Sweet Potato and Potato Lentils

Serves 5 (Well, 2 adults, 1 who eats like an adult, 1 kid and 1 person who does not like dinner regardless of what it is.)

Prep: 10 minutes (more like 15)
Cook: 20 minutes (ahem, chicken was still clucking after 20 minutes)

10 chicken drumsticks, lightly scored
500g sweet potato, for those who can eat it, cut into 2cm pieces
1 potato, for Mr Can't Eat Anything With Taste, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tablespoons mild curry powder (generally very high in salicylates, but ok in small doses)
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tablespoons of Rice Bran Oil
1 cup of dry red lentils
150g green beans, cut into 3cm lengths
1 tablespoon of that parsley stuff that comes in a tube from the fruit and veg section
Lemon wedges for those of us who can eat them

1. Chuck your chicken, sweet potato, potato, curry powder, garlic, oil and parsley (note: everything besides the lentils, beans and lemon) into a freezer bag and shake it so everything is covered in the oily, garlic, parsley mixture.

2. Empty bag into an oven tray and cook on 200C for a fan forced oven until cooked (apparently very important).

3. Cook lentils. DO NOT OVER COOK. This was where I went wrong. They end up gluggy and glue like. The recipe says 7 minutes but I think they're lying. Maybe 5 max. In the last 3 minutes of cooking, throw the beans in too. Drain.

4. Serve and enjoy. Tastes very yummy with the lemon squeezed on it.

5. Recipe could do without lentils to be honest. There was plenty without them. I just wanted to test drive them on the family.

So, there you have it. A low salicylate and amine recipe. Aaaand He Who Must Not Be Named didn't get sick. Score.

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