Date And Apricot Glazed Orange Chicken

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This is the perfect dish to keep you warm as we head into the fall and winter months. It’s sweet and delicious but surprisingly filling. It also won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make which means it is the perfect go to dish when you’re in a hurry. Not to mention that dried dates and apricots store well, so you can always keep them handy and keep this as a backup meal option.

One pot, 15 minutes to cook and nutritious…what’s not to love?

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast (6 – 8 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/8 cup dried dates, sliced
1/8 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/2 cup water
1 orange, juiced

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat coconut oil on medium heat.
Season chicken breast with salt, place in frying pan.
Add 1/2 of the orange juice to pan, cover and cook for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. (reduce heat slightly if juice is cooking off too fast)
Reduce heat to low.
Flip chicken and add remaining orange juice, dates, apricots and water. Cover and cook for 4 – 5 minutes.
After ensuring chicken is cooked through, remove and place on serving dish.
Increase heat to medium and continue to cook juice, dates and apricots (uncovered) until mixture reduces down. You’ll know the mixture is done when you still have liquid with the dates and apricots but the liquid is thick like honey. (You do not want to cook all the liquid off, this should just take a minute or two.)
Remove from heat and drizzle mixture over chicken.
You’re ready to eat.

I hope this dish keeps you happy and warm as we head into winter. If you’re watching your carbs or are craving a particular level of sweetness feel free to adjust the amount of dates and apricots added.

Happy Fall!

Melissa Van Dover

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Valentines Peaches

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With Valentine’s Day coming up you might be searching for a sweet treat for your someone special. Don’t worry, we have a simple recipe that anyone can make. This pairs perfectly with coconut yogurt, sorbet or coconut yogurt, which you can make yourself or purchase from your local health food store.

INGREDIENTS

1 peach (a ripe peach is preferable)
1 tablespoon honey
coconut yogurt, sorbet or coconut yogurt (if you’d like)

RECIPE

Wash peach and cut into cubes.
Place peach cubes in a microwave safe bowl and drizzle with honey.
Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, stir. (or until your peaches are rather warm)
Serve with your choice of yogurt, sorbet or coconut yogurt.

It’s that simple. Impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a homemade treat.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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