reward

CHIM-CHIM-CHURRI

LASDI© (photo cred: Adrian Garcia)

LASDI© (photo cred: Adrian Garcia)

Sunday evenings are usually reserved at Garcia Manor. Not always, but we really try to make them our ‘sanctuary’ nights. That can mean hunkering down and resting from the previous week, being productive to get ready for the upcoming week, movie night, catch-up-on-our-shows night, Sunday Supper with pomp-and-circumstance, leftovers on paper plates – any and all of that is acceptable! Most times it means reward night for me! Being the low-carb girl and as-healthy-as-I-can girl when it comes to food, I like to reward myself with something I wouldn’t normally eat. I don’t believe in “cheat days”. Think about it. If you went to your partner and told them you cheated, how do you think they would react? But if you went to them and said, “You’ve been so good to me. I’d like to reward you today!”, don’t you think you would get a completely different reaction? That’s how I feel about my relationship with food and my body. I do the best I can by it, and so sometimes I reward myself with something special!

This reward was on a Sunday evening, so it was the best of two worlds! I don’t eat red meat a lot, but I luh-huh-huuuuv it. I went with a Latin Fusion and made flank steak (grilled, so it was perfect for this hot Texas June summer!), squashed red potatoes, and baked plantains. But let me tell you about the best piece to this reward puzzle: home-made CHIMICHURRI SAUCE! It. Was. MAGICAL!!!!

It made perfect sense to me that the name of it sounded very similar to the song Mary Poppins sings in the magical movie!

Chim chiminey

Chim chiminey

Chim chim cher-ee!

A sweep is as lucky

As lucky can be

Well, it was a full sweep for me, and I was definitely the lucky one!

The magnificence of this condiment is that it not only tastes great on steak or potatoes or with baked plantains, it goes with EVERYTHING. Eggs, shrimp, chicken……the list goes on and on!

So, She-Peeps – REWARD YOURSELVES. May it be ever magical.

CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

1 cup parsley

1 cup cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded

1 full bulb of garlic (Yep. The whole thing)

½ onion

½ cup fresh oregano

½ tsp sea salt

½ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

Put all ingredients into a blender and jush! That’s it! Add more red wine vinegar or evoo as needed, or if it seems a tad too dry as you’re blending. But only a little at a time! Remember: you can always add, but you can’t take away!

I don’t think there will be any, but you can keep any leftovers in a tight-seal container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it in some ice cube trays to just pop them out when needed!!

MOLÉ AMORÉ

photo cred:  HERE

photo cred: HERE

Oh, February! I love how you make it totally acceptable to cook with chocolate and other gratifying extravagances! In Life As She Does It’s affinity partnership with Oil Wife Life (Covenant Testing Technologies, #CovenantCares), I was given the challenge to create a recipe using Nutella. CHALLENGE. ACCEPTED.

Some people luh-huh-huuuv the chocolate-y hazelnutty delight, but I also know that some people seem to shame the blameless jar of wonder. Personally, I think that’s because they envision themselves tucked in a blanket on the couch on a dreary day, watching their favorite Hallmark Channel movie with nothing but a jar of Nutella and a spoon to keep them company. Well, you will receive no judgment from me!

Even though I am a low-carb girl that tries to eat as healthy as possible, I also believe in rewards and indulgences from time-to-time. I found this recipe to be a fantastic mix of both and let me just tell you - The Hubster and I were thrilled to have it! It is a rich and luscious, and just perfect for a chilly night!

So my challenge to YOU is to make it for your Valentine, and then get TWO spoons to share the rest of the jar for dessert!

CHOCO-NUT CHICKEN MOLÉ

i 1 small pkg boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (of any extra fat or skin)

1 small pkg boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

sea salt

pepper

paprika

cumin

2 chipotle in adobe, chopped finely

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped finely

1/2 cup marcona almonds, chopped coarsely

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp fresh oregano, or 2 tsp dried

1 can rotel

2 tbs tomato paste

1/4 cup Nutella

1/2 bar unsweetened chocolate, chopped coarsely

3/4 cup chicken broth

Heat a large, dry skillet on high heat for two minutes (I use my cast-iron, of course!). Pour enough evoo to coat the bottom of the skillet and allow to heat another minute. While heating oil, season both sides of chicken with sea salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin by lightly sprinkling to coat. Lower heat to medium-high. Cook about three-to-four chicken pieces at a time in the skillet, careful not to crowd the pan, for about five minutes on each side, placing each batch on paper towel covered platter.

Pour about two tablespoons more evoo into the skillet, and add the chipotle in adobe peppers, garlic, and onion. Cook on medium-high heat for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. While the pepper mixture cooks, slice your chicken and set aside. Add marcona almonds and stir to combine. In a small bowl, stir together sea salt, pepper, allspice, paprika, cumin, and garlic powder, then add to the onion mixture and stir. Sprinkle with oregano and stir again.

Add rotel and tomato paste. Stir and let simmer one minute. Add Nutella, chocolate bar, and chicken broth and stir slowly. Cook and stir until thickened and smooth, about six minutes. Add the sliceed chicken to the pan, cover and simmer on low heat for ten minutes.

Sprinkle with a drizzle of sour cream, some cotija cheese, and serve over brown or cauli rice!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!