Sunday Night Fam Jam
After spending 3 hours in Canadian Tire waiting for an oil change and also 'surprise' finding out that I also needed a new battery. Hello $500's later. Why are cars so expensive? Like you go in for a normal oil change and something is wrong. Every. Single. Time. BAH. But I work at two schools in one day, so I literally have to drive. Zero choice. Also why did I make a 9 am appointment if they were not even going to get to my car till 10:30? I could have just shown up at 10:30. But then they wouldn't have looked at my car till noon. I wish I knew things about cars. Then I could do it all myself. End of Rant. I need my car. Plus I have the cutest little white mini cooper. Well at the moment its brown and covered in salt. But when clean it is white.
So after this super fun experience...I could not be looking forward to anything more than our Sunday night ritual. Family Dinner.
My brother in law is in his first year of University here, at the same University me and my husband both went to. Actually we met there - the very first day of frosh week. That was almost 10 years ago. Yikes. Anyway it is super sweet that he goes there, most of our family is pretty far away. So every Sunday we have him over dinner to hopefully help him escape the monotony of residence cafeteria food. Plus its one of the only two nights a week my husband and I eat dinner together. I never thought we would be those people. Me and my family had dinner together every night, and I always thought I would be the same. But he gets home from work so late, and often has evening work events. I just can't. I could come home and have a snack and then wait, but I much prefer to eat dinner at a reasonable time so that I am not going to yoga or bed right after eating. We do the best we can. We try and eat together sans technology every Friday night, and then Sunday night family dinner. Better than nothing! I take what I can.
Warning, it gets dark at literally 4 pm right now. By 5:30 its pitch friggen black so it is hard to take great pictures anytime after 4. Come on Canada! There is no way I can have dinner ready by 3 pm so I can get a picture before the sun sets. Its also dark until 7:30 am. I actually am pretty sure the only way I survive is thanks to vitamin D drops. I miss the sun. But its getting lighter for a little longer every day! And I am off in the summer so I drink in as much sun as possible. I usually pack up a book, blanket and ball and head off to the park with the dog for a few hours a day. It is literally the best. OOOOO and in March I am going to Ecuador and the Amazon. All the sun. Can't wait.
Right. Sorry. I will focus. Food.
For this family dinner I made creamy broccoli soup, crispy chicken thighs with coconut amino dipping sauce, roasted brussels and sweet potato cakes. Look..these are really not the best pictures of my life. I am not good at working with fake lighting. Send help. But this chicken is out of this world. Make it.
- Creamy Broccoli Soup: below
- Roasted Brussels: recipe is already on the blog
- Sweet Potato Cakes: below
- Crispy Chicken: below
Creamy Broccoli Soup
- 1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 2 cups bone broth
- 4 cups broccoli
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2-3 heaping tbslp nutritional yeast (depends on taste) - start with 2 - then taste.
- Squeeze of fresh lemon
- Stream broccoli
- Put everything in high powered blender and blend to smooth
- Heat in a pot in the stove top and taste - add more nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste and squeeze in the lemon
Sweet Potato Cakes
- 2 Large sweet potatos
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbslps butter
- 1 tblsp coconut milk
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp corriander
- Roast the sweet potatoes at 400 degrees for about an hour; until they are soft
- Scoop out the insides and mash with 1 tblsp butter and the coconut milk
- Add the eggs, coconut flour and all the spices
- Form into balls and squish flat
- Melt butter in a frying pan and fry the sweet potato fritters until they are golden brown on each side - about 5 mins/ side
- Bone-in, Skin on Chicken Thighs (I had 6)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion flakes
- Butter/ Ghee/ Duck Fat
- Cast iron Skillet
- Look if you can find skin on, boneless chicken thighs go for it. But I never can. So you first have to cut the bone out of the chicken. The easiest way to do this is with sharp kitchen scissors. Cut around both sides of the bone and then underneath. Save the bones for bone broth! Score.
- Pound the chicken thighs so they are about the same thickness all across each thigh
- Sprinkle the skin side with 1/2 of the salt
- Sprinkle the non-skin side *the naked side" with the rest of the salt and the other spices
- Melt 1 tbslp fat in the cast iron skillet. Fry the chicken until crispy and then flip. I start with the skin side. It takes like to do the skin side for 7-8 mins and the other side for about 4-5. Depends on how crispy you like it!
- Slice and enjoy.
Coconut Amino Dipping Sauce
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp arrowroot starctch
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tblsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tblsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you like ti spicy!)
- 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
- Melt the butter in a pan
- Whist in the arrowroot starch
- Add in all the rest of the ingredients and whisk constantly until it forms a dipping sauce - it happens really fast. Like 2 mins max
- Drizzle on chicken if you want to be fancy
Love from me and my fam. Especially the doggy. She approves this chicken. I mean look at that face. How could I not save her a piece...