The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 15 – Chicken, Hunter Style

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Uhh, some of you may have noticed that there was a long weekend-shaped hole between Day 14 and Day 15 of the Romancing the Bee Diet…

I was visiting my daughter Molly and the adorable Baby Lucy in Chicago, and between the pizza, the macarons and the three course luncheon at the American Girl Doll Store, I kind of fell off the Diet Wagon.

I’m back on it though, without sustaining too much damage.  After all, the RTBD should be a joyous way of life, not an exercise in Food Deprivation. 

This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is fabulous, and made it easy for me to return to low Glycemic Index eating. 

Of course, I’ll be madly working to create a recipe for RTBD  macarons to further enhance the RTBD experience!!  🙂

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Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

1 (5-6 pound) chicken cut into eighths

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered

2 large yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced

1 large yellow bell pepper, thinly julienned

4 ounces thick cut bacon, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup low-sodium canned chicken broth

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes and their juices

1 tablespoon honey

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar or capers

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Basil sprigs

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the chicken pieces on both sides with salt and pepper and place in the pan, skin side down and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the breasts over and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a large plate.

Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat until almost smoking. Add the mushrooms and bacon and cook until golden brown, season with salt and pepper and remove to a plate.

Add the onion and bell pepper to the pan and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and chili flakes to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the wine and cook until almost completely reduced. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, honey and rosemary and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken, mushrooms and bacon to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and cook until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a large shallow bowl and tent loosely with foil.

Increase the heat to high and cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the vinegar and basil and pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Amazing Vegetable Chili (With A Touch Of Honey!)

This may be my favorite recipe ever! I promise you will never miss the meat. And I’m a cave person when it comes to meat. 🙂

The honey may be gratuitous, but I firmly believe that it makes everything taste better!

8 generous servings.

¾ c. olive oil, divided
2 zucchini, cut into a ½” dice
2 onions, cut into a ½” dice
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large red bell peppers, cut into a ½” dice
35 oz. Italian plum tomatoes
24 oz. plum tomatoes, cut into a 1” dice
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. dried basil
1 T. dried oregano
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fennel seeds
½ c. chopped Italian parsley
1 c. canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
½ c. chopped dill
2 T. fresh lemon juice and 1 T. honey

Heat ½ cup of the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and saute until just tender, 5-7 minutes. Transfer the zucchini to a large dutch oven. Heat the remaining ¼ cup oil in the skillet over low heat. Add the onions, garlic and peppers. Saute until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture (including any oil) to the dutch oven.

Place the dutch oven over low heat. Add the canned tomatoes and their juice, the fresh tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, basil, oregano, pepper, salt, fennel seeds and parsley. Cook, uncovered, stirring often, for 30 minutes.

Stir in the kidney beans, the garbanzo beans, dill, honey and lemon juice. Cook for 15 minutes. Stir well, taste, and adjust seasonings. Serve hot with bowls of sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced scallions alongside.

Fresh Corn Pudding With Honey

Corn pudding is a custard, and honey is a wonderful addition. This is one of my favorite meals in the summer.

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Drop the corn into the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, and rinse the corn under cold water. When it is fully cooled, cut the kernels from the cob and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3 ears fresh corn
5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped leeks
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Sauté the bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove it from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Add the leeks and red pepper to the skillet and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove them from the skillet and set aside.

Combine the reserved corn with the cooked bacon, leeks, and red pepper in a bowl. Mix well, and then scatter over the bottom of a 6 x 4-inch baking dish.

Whisk together the cream, egg yolks, mustard, honey, Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper, and parsley. Pour this into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Serve immediately.

Awesome Turkey Burgers

The secret ingredient is honey!

  • 1 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 small red onion, cut into rings
  • 1 tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Mix together turkey, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, oregano,honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a scant 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form into 4 (4 1/2-inch-wide) patties.

Heat a large griddle or 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until hot, then lightly toast buns.

Oil griddle, then cook patties, turning once, about 10 minutes total or until done through. Transfer to buns.

Mix together cabbage, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then cook, turning occasionally, until slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Divide among burgers.

Oil griddle again, then sear onion and tomato, turning once, until slightly charred, about 2 minutes total. Divide among burgers.

Stir together ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard, then top burgers with sauce.