Last nights dinner photos and recipe...one more day to mini anniversary vacation...


Surely, I could have more neatly arranged my plate (Tom had the same minus avocado and tomato) but the enticing smell of the cooking chicken made me anxious to have dinner, I just threw it on the plate.  Isn't that what we all do?


Coconut Crusted Parmesan Chicken with sliced tomato, avocado and green beans.  In the side plate is our usual coleslaw.  All the vegetables were purchased fresh yesterday from the vegetable stand down the road from us; the cabbage, carrots, tomato, avocado and green beans were delivered as we arrived, by a guy on a motorcycle with colorful bins stacked high on the back seat.

Making delicious dinners every night is and always has been an important part of life's enjoyable experiences.  I'll admit that in this heat and humidity, I often wish there was something in the freezer that I could pop in the microwave (No room in freezer for leftover meals.  No microwave).
 
We prepare most of our meals with the intention of having the same meal two nights in a row in order to cut down on the prep time.  Thus, we prep one day leaving ample ingredients in order to cook separately each of 2 nights. 
 
Last night, I made a fresh batch of Coconut Crusted Parmesan Chicken and tonight, I'll make the second freshly cooked batch.  The green beans, cabbage and carrots are already cleaned and cut, ready for tonight.  I know this may seem to require the same amount of work but it actually saves time and effort. 
 
The prep time for this meal was 20 minutes, mostly spent cutting the cabbage and carrots for the coleslaw.  In many countries, you can purchase bagged shredded cabbage and carrots. Not the case in Kenya.  The cooking time is 21 to 25 minutes.
 
Plus the time it takes to snip the ends off of the green beans, uses 10 of the 20 minutes. The boneless chicken prep was minimal: remove visible fat, rinse in purified water (or your safe local drinking water), place covered on paper towels in refrigerator.  The remainder will be explained in the recipe below.
 
This recipe I concocted some time ago is now one of our favorites, totally within the realm of my restrictive diet:  gluten free, grain free, sugar free, starch free and low carb. 
 
Here's the recipe:
 
Jessica's GF Low Carb Coconut Crusted Parmesan Chicken (for 2, easily doubles)
 
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut or coconut flour
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt (we always use Himalayan Salt)
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 beaten eggs
Olive oil, cold pressed, organic
Coconut oil, cold pressed, unrefined (no processing), organic
  • Place two eggs in a flat bottomed bowl, beating with a fork for 30 seconds. 
  • Place coconut flour, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a separate bowl.
  • Dip one chicken breast at a time into the coconut flour mixture first, then the beaten eggs, then back into the coconut flour mix, coating thoroughly.  Place prepared coated breasts on waxed paper or parchment.
  • Prepare a skillet with equal portions of olive and coconut oil, to approximately 3/4 inch deep in the pan.  Heat skillet with oils on medium high heat until hot, watching carefully.
  • Once oils are hot, place all the coated breasts evenly arranged to cook.  Turn down the heat to medium.  In about 7 minutes, the bottom side will be brown.  Carefully flip ensuring not to knock off coating in process.  Cook another 7 minutes, checking the bottom from time to time. 
  • Once both sides are brown, place a tight fitting lid over pan, lower the heat one more notch and cook, turning once more another 7 minutes.
  • During this 21 minute cooking time, toss salad, cook green beans, etc.
  • After the final 7 minutes, take a sharp knife, cut into the thickest breast of the 3 checking if done...no pink.  If not done, cook with lid on, in two minute increments.  It will cook quickly at this point.  Don't overcook.
  • Once done drain on paper towels as plates are prepared with vegetables and serve.  Enjoy.
 Although this may look like a long complicated recipes, for the experience cook, I'd say:
Triple dip the chicken in coconut mixture and egg, fry in skillet, turning to avoid burning. Drain on paper towels.
 
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Today, we're packing for our vacation starting tomorrow: all of our digital equipment, casual dressy for dinner with shoes and accessories, shorts and tee shirts for breakfast, bathing suits and cover-up for pool, water shoes for walking the beach, undies, lounge wear, toiletries and pills.  That should do it.
 
I must admit that I'm choppin' at the bit to get into some air conditioned comfort and to feel pampered for a few days.  That hasn't been the case since we were aboard ship, disembarking  in Venice, Italy on June 16th.   Overall, we've gotten used to being sweaty and sticky, especially with me covered in repellent 18 hours a day. 
 
We'll be back tomorrow by late afternoon, our time, with photos of our accommodations, surroundings and hopefully wildlife as we spend 3 nights celebrating a full year since we left our old lives to begin anew on October 31, 2012.
 


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