Since becoming artificial sweetener free in our home cooking has changed drastically. I always felt we ate fairly healthy but now I know without a doubt we eat very healthy and consume copious amounts of veggies.
Here is a recipe I tested on myself before passing it by my husband and thankfully he enjoyed it as much as I did. It uses fresh veggies, pineapple for a bit of sweetness, and can be served over any choice of things…from rice, farro, barley, couscous…really whatever you prefer. My husband is a rice guy…so rice it was for us. And don’t get scared that it calls for making your own dressing to drizzle over the top….it is super easy and most items can be found in any home pantry already. It mixes up in seconds and can be used on a number of things throughout the week.
First, for the dressing you will need:
1 garlic clove-finely minced
1 tsp honey
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
In a glass jar, add these ingredients and give it a good shake to mix well. Store this in the refrigerator for up to a week and use it on this meal along with many others.
Next, for the stir fry you will need:
either chicken breast, thighs, or tenders diced to bite size pieces(enough to feed 4 people)
3 TBSP olive oil-divided
2 leeks-cleaned and diced (read below how to clean a leek)
1/2 vidalia onion-diced
1-8 oz. package of sliced mushrooms
1 garlic clove-finely minced
cooked white/brown rice, farro, couscous….whatever your family prefers to put stir fry over will work
10 oz.can drained pineapple tidbits or fresh pineapple if you have it on hand
salt and pepper to taste
In one pan toss the chicken with 2 TBSP olive oil and cook until no longer pink in the middle.
In another pan saute your leek, onions, and mushrooms with 1 TBSP of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. When they are just about done add the garlic and pineapple and saute another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, have your rice cooking nearby.
To serve, add rice to your dish, top it with the leek mixture adding some chicken pieces to the top. Drizzle some of the dressing over all this and enjoy.
This is such an easy dish and the dressing truly makes the whole thing come together. Easy, cheap, and fast is how I cook in the summer months and this is a perfect way to achieve all this and enjoy a meal.
****How To Clean A Leek: Cut the majority of the green part off the leek. Peel away any hard or woody parts of the outside leaves. Take your knife and from the root side cut slits the long way leaving the root intact to hold the leek together. Now take the leek and run it under cold water separating the leek leaves with your fingers. This will keep the leek all held together but enable you to also run it under water removing any dirt or sand left from the growing process. When your leek is clean dice it up to the size you prefer.