Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Going Against the "Grain"

Changing a diet drastically can sometimes wreak havoc on your system. I've come across this bump in the road and I refuse to give up. It works too well for me. It's the first time in years where I looked in the mirror and said, "Wow, it works!" Mind you, I didn't lose a whole lot, but the little difference (or big difference in my opinion) has me hooked on Paleo. Today, the scale told me I lost 12 lbs, so I'm even more amped. Since I have cut out all breads, pasta and refined sugars, I do sometimes go against the grain (no pun) on Paleo. Some people think eating green beans are debatable since they are legumes. They have phytic acid and lectins. Phytic acid basically washes out most of the minerals in your gut that your body needs to absorb. Lectins stick to your gut wreaking havoc in other ways. Green beans however are debatable. Some people on Paleo have said, "Well, beans have been around forever and just because the cavemen didn't find beans just yet doesn't mean we shouldn't eat them." But maybe they didn't know about the health/gut risks. I don't know. But I'm not gonna get all crazy on it because well, I LOVE green beans. (In moderation.) Since being on Paleo for about a month now, I figured a little cheating isn't so bad once in a blue moon, so sometimes, I put a tiny bit, and I mean a tiny bit of breadcrumbs on my chicken for a crispy outer layer. This is for my guests usually, or whoever is eating with me because I don't eat chicken skin to begin with. So now that I gave you the lowdown on why I cooked this meal, here is the recipe for my delicious roasted chicken thighs. Also, if you have any opinions and factors of why legumes are terribly wrong or why you eat them or don't eat them, please let me know in the comment section? I always seek other people's advice, especially from the Paleo experts.
  • Get a tumbler out & pour whatever oil you prefer. I have to stick to my Paleo, so that's up to you. Coconut oil or bacon grease for me. 
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • A generous amount of parsley
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder (go by your own taste)
  • A jigger of white wine (or you can even use orange juice to replace it -- really goes well).
  • Squeeze an entire half of a lemon
  • Stir
  • Now, even before I put this concoction onto my chicken, I give my thighs a spicy rub. My chicken thighs. Hush. Then I add the oil and spices onto it.
  • Pour it onto the chicken generously. Squeeze some more lemon on top of it.
  • Preheat oven at 375 and in they go!
  • About an hour into it, I prefer to flip them over to cook fully.
  • The last 30 minutes, I flip them over, & place some breadcrumbs on the top of them with a little of the juice left in the pan.
  • The last 10 minutes, put dem' puppies on a high broil and watch how crispy those delicious thighs turn out. 
I steam my organic green beans for about twenty minutes and then let them cool off a touch. I add olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and serve.

This dinner is great paired up with ---- ANY wine. Because thighs are dark meat, a nice cabernet is wonderful with this dinner in my opinion, but you can enjoy this with any spirit of choice.

Bon app├ętit!

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