Kuku Paka (East African Style Chicken in Coconut Curry)

This traditional East African dish is a staple in our house. It is one of the first dishes I learned to make from my mom and can also be made in less than 30 minutes. The recipe here calls for chicken breast, but any other chicken cut, drumstick and/or chicken thighs may be used as well.

KukuPaka Coconut Curry

For the Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast cut into pieces.

  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic

  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1 tbsp green chutney

  • The squeeze of fresh lemon juice

For the sauce

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • 1 small tomato

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 small onion

  • 1 tbsp green chutney

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup of water

  • 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch (to thicken the sauce)

Instructions

  1. Marinate the chicken in garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, green chutney, and lemon. Let sit for 30 minutes to a few hours.

  2. Place marinated chicken in a baking sheet and place in oven under the broiler for 5-7 minutes.

  3. In a blender, place coconut milk, tomato, turmeric, lemon, onions, green chutney, and salt and blend well till smooth.

  4. In a saucepan, heat oil add in potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the sauce from the blender and heat through till sauce comes to a simmer. Add in broiled chicken and let the chicken cook in the sauce for 12-15 minutes.

  5. Add lemon juice, or salt to taste, garnish with fresh coriander.

  6. Serve with Basmati Rice or Roti.

Enjoy!

Green Mask

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Give this simple DIY Avocado Mask a try, it’s great for all skin types and will help soften your skin, hydrate and brighten all at the same time!

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¼ Avocado

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or glass container. Apply 2-3 tbsps over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse off. You can keep the remainder of the mask in the fridge covered for up to 1 day.

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Morning Green Juice

This juice just feels like it’s cleaning you from the inside out. With a base of celery and a kick of ginger, this juice is a great thing to have regularly as a way to help fight off colds, make sure you’re getting in some good nutrients for the day and it’s also great to hydrate your body for the day.

You can make this juice in a juicer or a blender. The two methods are explained below.  

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6-7 celery stalks

¼ apple

1 small cucumber

4-5 mint leaves

1-inch piece of fresh ginger.

Juice of half a lemon


If you have a juicer you can throw everything straight into the juicer

GreenJuice KitchenAid Blender

Blender method: I know a lot of you don't have juicers, you can still use your blender to make a juice. Just blend all the ingredients with little water. Blend till smooth and pass the liquid through a  strainer or nut milk bag. I like to add in the lemon juice at the end once the juice is strained.

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Pour it into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Try my Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe Here

Cauliflower Tots

Sometimes as moms you’ve gotta be a bit sneaky. We’re always looking for fun & new ways to get our kids to eat those veggies .. right? These tots will fool everyone in the house. My kids still think they’re made with potatoes and I’m totally fine with that! These are super easy to make and are great for school lunches, as a side with dinner, or as an after-school snack. I also love that you can add different spices and flavours to spice it up.

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1 small head Cauliflower

1 cup Cheese, shredded

½ small Finely Chopped Onion

1 Egg

¼ cup Chopped Parsley or Coriander

1 cup, Almond Meal or Bread Crumbs

1 ½ tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 ½ tsp Paprika

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Steam Cauliflower till super soft (more than fork tender), set aside to cool. In a large bowl, add in the shredded cheese, egg, onions, coriander, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and paprika. Once the cauliflower has cooled a bit, mash well with a fork and add to the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything well, if your mixture is too wet, add some more almond meal or bread crumbs till you can form small rolls. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and form the mixture into small rolls, keeping them spaced apart about and inch in between.

Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. Take out tots when they’re nice & toasted. Serve with ketchup or any other fun dipping sauce like salsa or guacamole.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I don’t know about you, but we’re still in the midst of that post-Halloween buzz. The house is full of all kinds of treats and little snack-sized chocolates, and they’re all just calling out my name. BUT… I’ve been REALLY good at cutting out processed sugar this past month and I don’t want to fall back so I knew I’d need a healthier sweet alternative available that was just as delicious and quick & easy to grab to help satisfy my sweet tooth.

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In came the idea of “Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls”. I’ve tried them a few times at health food stores and often wondered ‘how hard would it be to make a batch of my own’? Plus, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are hands down one of my all-time fave treats. That chocolate & peanut butter combo seems to hit the spot each & every time. So I set to work to try to make my own version that would be both delicious and wholesome. I usually have a bunch of healthy ingredients on hand, so I looked through my pantry and came up with this quick & delicious recipe. The main star is the all-natural (icing-free) peanut butter and raw cacao, then I added in some oats, chia seeds, and flax seed along with maple syrup and a few dates to sweeten it up!

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These were super easy to make and Asiyah loved getting her hands right in there and helping me make the balls (and also been more than happy to help eat them too!). I promise you, if you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as I do, you will LOVE these. Be sure to give them a try and, as always, tag me in your pics so I can see your creations!

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Ingredients:

1 cup, Oats (I used steel cut oats and blended them first)

2 tbsp, Almonds

2 tbsp, Flax Seed

2 tbsp, Cacao Powder

1 cup, All-Natural Peanut Butter (meaning, no added ingredients other than peanuts, esp no icing sugar)

3 tbsp, Maple Syrup

2 Mejdool Dates

2 tbsp, Hemp Seeds

1/2 tsp, Vanilla

pinch of Sea Salt

Coconut Flakes (optional, to coat)

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Method:

In a food processor or blender, first grind the oats, almonds and flax seeds until they become similar to a powder-like consistency. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend and pulse to break down and mix all the ingredients together (you might have to stop and scrap down the sides). If you feel the mixture is too thick, add a little water to get the dough mixing (1 tbsp at a time). Scoop out with a spoon and shape into 1-1.5 inch balls.

Feel free to coat the balls in coconut flakes, crushed nuts or keep them as is. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week!
Makes 20-25 balls .. if you don’t keep eating them as you go along ;)