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Pineapple Curried Chicken

This is my absolute favorite meal! I love it for a few reasons. One is that it is packed with flavor (including some curry which I LOVE), it’s also really easy to make, and it’s very healthy. How great is that??? I enjoy using my slow cooker, and when I can use it for something a little different I enjoy it even more. But seriously, who doesn’t like to prep a meal at lunchtime, and to come home at supper to an amazing meal. The best is the smell when you walk in the house…mmmmmm.

Pineapple Curried Chicken

Here is the recipe in all it’s glory:

Pineapple Curried Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sweet rice flour (for all of you out there who can eat gluten, go ahead and use whole wheat flour)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp curry powder
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 540 mL can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
3 large red peppers, sliced into thin strips (you can use whatever other color peppers you like as well)

Directions:

1. Cut your chicken into chunks and add to the slow cooker.

2. Add flour, paprika and curry powder to the slow cooker, and toss chicken to coat.

3. Sprinkle on onion, garlic, and pepper.

4. Pour soy sauce and honey evenly into slow cooker.

5. Pour pineapple and its juices over top.

6. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, or until chicken is cooked.

7. Remove lid and add peppers. Replace lid and continue cooking for 20 to 30 minutes, or until peppers are soft.

8. Serve on a bed of brown rice.

Serves 4. Recipe can be doubled, but make sure to add extra cooking time.

(Recipe adapted from blushmom.com)

Curry powder is used in this recipe, and after looking into the fantastic health benefits of it, I am going to try and use it more often! Curry powder is a blend of spices, and one of the main ones is turmeric. Turmeric is the spice that gives the deep orange or yellow color to the dish, and it has some excellent health properties. There are current studies underway to investigate for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders. Some research also shows that Turmeric contains compounds that are both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial (wikipedia).

 

People in India have long used Turmeric for cooking, as well as for many other uses including an anti inflammatory paste for small cuts and bruises, skin ailments, coughs, gum infections, and it is combined with aloe vera to make a burn remedy. It is also thought to fight free radicals in the body and help to prevent cancer (www.bewellbuzz.com).

Enjoy your pineapple curried chicken!

 

 

 

Everyday Life with Kids

Lately I’ve been feeling so blessed. I love being a wife and a mom to three beautiful girls! As I go through everyday life with three girls 5 and under, I am savoring this time. I am able to be home with them and spend this time with them when they are so young, so impressionable, so loveable and let’s be honest here – so exasperating!

What do I love about everyday life? I love the singing and dancing, I love the baking, watching the baking, tasting the baking, I love the giggling and tickling, I love the hide and seek, I love the snuggling and reading, I love having helpers that make each job much longer but so worth it. I love seeing my kids grow up into confident little ladies, I love seeing them smile. Their smiles and bright personalities make all the work and energy that we pour into them SO worth it.

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When I look into these faces, I am just so thankful that God has given me these precious little ones to look after.

Loving my everyday life with kids.