Vegan Mung Bean Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower mung bean curry is a vegan, hearty and filling curry you can make on any week night. It’s easy on digestion, quick to make and perfect over cooked rice or cauliflower rice.

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Recently I’ve introduced legumes back in my life. In moderation of course and always after they’ve been through proper soaking. It turns out, legumes themselves are not necessarily the problem when it comes to digestion; but it’s the conveniently canned variety that haven’t been through a good soak that generally wreak havoc on the ol’ gut.

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Vegan mung bean cauliflower curry is a warming dish that’s easy on digestion and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for any busy weeknight. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. #cauliflowercurryrecipes #cauliflowercurry #mungbeancurry #curry #vegancurry #vegancauliflowercurry #veganmungbeancurry #quickcurry #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree, #dairyfree# #weeknightdinner #quickrecipes #calmeats

A while back, a friend gave me a bag of mung beans as a gift (if you’re a fan of The Office, you’ll likely understand the reference). They sat on my pantry shelf for months and months and I’d occasionally pick them up, turn them over and place them right back next to the other bags of dried legumes.

But some weeks ago when I found myself uninspired and in need of some recipe ideas, I caught a glimpse of the mung beans and decided it was time. I couldn’t quite pinpoint a time in my life when I had actually eaten mung beans other than in sprouted form.

I threw the beans in a pot with water and let them soak overnight, hoping that overnight I would also come up with some sort of inspiring way to use them. I hadn’t so I needed to see what they actually looked like when cooked. Surprisingly, they looked a lot like lentils, but the texture and consistency, somewhat different. So here I was staring at a pot of boiled mushy mung beans when it dawned on me. Curry - how obvious!

I searched my fridge for ingredients that may work. 1/2 a head of cauliflower and a leek would do the trick. My pantry is forever stocked with every variety of canned tomato so, I threw in some tomato puree, spices, and voila, out came probably one of my favorite curries! It’s an easy vegan cauliflower mung bean curry dish you may return to again and again.

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Tips for making cauliflower mung bean curry

If you’re new-ish to the mung bean world, don’t worry, they’re particularly easy to cook but don’t expect them to be beautiful!

How to soak and cook mung beans

When searching for the best way to soak mung beans, I wasn’t quite able to come up with much. It seems popularity wise, mung beans wouldn’t stand a chance next to chickpeas and black beans, but I feel they’re exquisite and much underused.

So here is the simplest way to soak and cook mung beans. All you need is 1 cup mung beans and 2 cups water. Cover and let sit overnight. When you’re ready to cook the beans, drain in a colander, discard the water, give them a good rinse and add them back to the pot with 2 cups of water. Cook for 30 minutes until mung beans are mushy and water has evaporated. Don’t worry that’s the consistency we’ll need for this cauliflower curry as it will provide the creamy base.

Can you use lentils instead of mubg beans for the cauliflower curry?

If you cannot find mung beans or for whatever reason do not like them, you can easily substitute green lentils for it. Make sure you cook them really well so you end up with a rather mushy consistency and use them in the same way instructed below.

Can you use fresh or canned tomatoes for the curry?

I’m lazy and love the convenience of canned tomatoes. I’ve tried this curry with a variety of different canned tomatoes, from chopped, to diced, sauce, to puree and puree far out-tasted the other tomatoes. So find a good quality tomato puree in a BPA free can or jar and go for that.

Can you use onion instead of leeks?

Right now is leak season. They peak from September through April and most markets will carry them. But if you’re not able to get your hands on them, don't worry, you can use a sweet onion instead of the leek. You can follow basically the same instructions and it will not dramatically impact the taste of the cauliflower curry.

Can you eat the cauliflower curry on its own?

You can if you want to. I have. But it’s also quite delicious over rice. I find rice that’s been soaked for 30 minutes prior to cooking to be easy on digestion. But a great alternative if you want to keep it grain free is cauliflower rice.

Don’t forget the cilantro

If you’re not a cilantro lover, this part is not for you, but if you are, don’t forget to add it at the end of the cooking and as you’re serving it. It’s going to add depth and flavor into every bite!

Final thoughts on vegan mung bean cauliflower curry

If you have the time to cook the curry in advance, I highly recommend letting it sit for an hour or two. If this is not possible, no big deal. You’ll likely have leftovers and will see how the ingredients transform once they’ve had time to sit overnight. There’s something spectacular that happens to curries when all the wonderful spices further infuse the food.

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Vegan mung bean cauliflower curry is a warming dish that’s easy on digestion and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for any busy weeknight. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. #cauliflowercurryrecipes #cauliflowercurry #mungbeancurry #curry #vegancurry #vegancauliflowercurry #veganmungbeancurry #quickcurry #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree, #dairyfree# #weeknightdinner #quickrecipes #calmeats
Vegan mung bean cauliflower curry is a warming dish that’s easy on digestion and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for any busy weeknight. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. #cauliflowercurryrecipes #cauliflowercurry #mungbeancurry #curry #vegancurry #vegancauliflowercurry #veganmungbeancurry #quickcurry #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree, #dairyfree# #weeknightdinner #quickrecipes #calmeats

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vegan mung bean cauliflower curry

  • soaking time: 8 hours to overnight

  • prep time: 10 minutes

  • cooking time: 30 minutes


Ingredients:


Equipment:

  • medium pot

  • large pot

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, add beans, 3 cups of water and soak overnight.

  2. When you’re ready to cook mung beans, discard soaking water, rinse them well and return beans to pot with 2 fresh cups of water.

  3. Cook mung beans for 30 minutes until soft and liquid has been absorbed. If there’s any leftover liquid, drain it. You want the mung beans to be mushy in texture.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat large pot on medium heat and add 2 tbsp coconut oil, leek and a pinch of salt. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until it starts to soften. Stir regularly to avoid sticking to pot.

  5. Add garlic, minced ginger, all spices and cook for 2 minutes. Add cauliflower and toss with spices.

  6. Next add in tomato puree, coconut milk, sugar, salt and pepper and cook stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

  7. Add mung beans to pot, cilantro and stir well.

  8. Serve over white rice, cauliflower rice or eat on its own with additional cilantro.

    *Tip: Curry tastes best when it’s had the chance to rest for a bit.



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Vegan mung bean cauliflower curry is a warming dish that’s easy on digestion and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for any busy weeknight. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. #cauliflowercurryrecipes #cauliflowercurry #mungbeancurry #curry #vegancurry #vegancauliflowercurry #veganmungbeancurry #quickcurry #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree, #dairyfree# #weeknightdinner #quickrecipes #calmeats
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Paleo Tortillas

With these paleo tortillas, you don’t have to miss out on taco night if you’re paleo or Whole 30. A simple mix of cassava and coconut flours, water, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt makes the perfect tortilla for your favorite fillings. They’re vegan too!

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Tacos, oh tacos. How I love thee. I’ve payed homage to the beloved taco on many occasions on this blog so I thought it was time to actually give the paleo tortilla a proper shout out.

I’ll be the first one to say it: my stomach isn’t great. I wish it wasn’t so, but it’s the truth. If I don’t eat in such a way that supports it, I’m in pain; not just for a day but several. It’s unfortunate but it’s my reality. No need for me to sit here and whine about it because I know full well what I need to do to not feel that way.

So when taco night rolls around, everyone in my house is usually enjoying either corn or flour tortillas to wrap up delicious fillings, while I have a blast with my lettuce wraps. Don’t get me wrong, lettuce wraps have their time and place and are a fantastic super low carb option. However, when you’re in the mood for substance but are faced with pain if you go the processed corn route, that can be quite disappointing. But fear not, in come paleo cassava tortillas.

I’ve been sprinkling them in a few taco recipes so I wanted to fill you in on the easiest way to make cassava paleo tortillas at home with only a few ingredients and the right technique. To me there’s something very satisfying about mastering the seemingly simple stuff that requires a bit of skill.

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paleo tortilla dough
paleo tortilla dough

Tips for making the paleo tortillas

So let’s talk about paleo tortillas. While it all seems pretty straight forward, if you’re a kitchen nerd like me and frequently enjoy getting your hands dirty (and you will with this recipe), there are a few techniques that will come in handy for getting the perfect paleo tortilla every single time.

What’s the best flour to use for paleo tortillas?

Cassava and coconut and here is why. Cassava flour adds an almost glutenous like texture that’s reminiscent of a regular tortilla but in my opinion cassava flour adds much more flavor. I also add a little coconut flour for flavor and absorbency. Coconut flour is a sponge and absorbs any liquid it touches.

I found the ratio of one cup cassava to 2 tbsp coconut flour to give the ideal consistency I was after (post several failed attempts).

Can you use tapioca flour instead of cassava for paleo tortillas?

No and here’s why. There is a distinct difference in how the two are processed. Tapioca is starch extracted from the root and processed while tapioca is simply the whole root, ground. The texture of dishes will be significantly different and unfortunately tapioca will not yield a pliable dough the way cassava can.

Where can you find cassava flour?

Most grocery stores carry coconut and almond flour, but not many carry cassava unless you have access to a Whole Foods or a specialty store. But don’t worry, I like getting mine online because it’s often cheaper. I find this brand to be particularly great for making paleo tortillas.

Are paleo tortillas vegan?

Yes, paleo tortillas are 100% vegan. The only ingredients required are cassava flour, coconut flour, water, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt.

Best way to make paleo tortillas

It’s taken a lot of fails to get to this place but I find using wax paper to roll out the tortillas to be most efficient. Since the dough is quite sticky and our working hands tend to be warm, the tortilla is not easy to transfer from work surface to pan without losing half of it.

So here’s the method. One you’ve made your dough, you roll it into a tube and cut it into 10 pieces (count this by making a small incision with a knife before you actually cut, so you end up with 10 even pieces). Sprinkle the pieces with cassava flour. Cut several pieces of wax paper into large enough squares to roll out the tortillas. Roughly 10” squares. You can use them a few times.

Sprinkle cassava flour on one of the wax paper pieces and place the piece of dough on top. Add another sprinkling of cassava flour and cover with a second piece of wax paper. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to a desired size, so it’s thin and pliable.

Take the pieces of wax paper, remove the top one and just let the tortilla basically flop from one piece of the wax paper to the other. This will make it extra easy to add it to the pan without it sticking to the wax paper.

When you’re ready, add it to the hot skillet by placing the tortilla face down and lifting the piece of wax paper off. Cook for about 2 minutes until you start to see bubbles and a few dark spots. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.

Can you make paleo tortillas without wax paper?

You absolutely can if you are using a tortilla maker. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend using a biodegradable wax paper.

What’s the best skillet to use for paleo tortillas?

The skillet is up to you but the ones I find work best are a non stick ceramic skillet and of course or my favorite, a cast iron skillet. Make sure whichever one you choose, that you preheat it on medium. Or again, if you have tortilla maker, that’s going to make your life much simpler.

Final thoughts on paleo tortillas

I think you’ll be delightfully surprised at how tasty these paleo tortillas are and how much more pleasureful it is eating something you made vs. something that was purchased. It takes a little bit of practice but I hope you enjoy making and eating these paleo tortillas as much as I do. And what makes making these even more enjoyable is a glass of wine…but that of course is optional!

As far as some ideas for how to eat them, check out some suggestions here.

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paleo tortillas

  • prep time: 15 minutes

  • cooking time: 20-25 minutes

  • makes: 10 tortillas

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • large mixing bowl

  • small ceramic non-nonstick or cast iron

  • wax paper

  • rolling pin

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients under cassava flour tortillas and mix by well by hand.

  2. Roll out dough into long tube and cut into 10 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and coat with a sprinkling of cassava flour and even add some to the wax paper to prevent from sticking. Place each ball between 2 pieces of wax paper and roll out until you have the desired thickness. Then gently peel the tortilla and gently flip back and forth between the two piece of wax paper.

  3. Preheat dry skillet on medium heat. Place tortilla face down in the pan and remove wax paper. Heat until tortillas starts to bubble - about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked.



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Almond Butter Bars with Salted Chocolate

These almond butter bars with salted chocolate are an indulgent, no bake treat that requires just 7 ingredients (counting salt). They’re sweet, salty, creamy and you won’t be able to eat just one.

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almond butter chocolate bars with sea salt
almond butter chocolate bars with sea salt
almond butter bars with salted chocolate

It all begins with salt. You may be thinking that that’s a pretty strange intro for almond butter chocolate bars but the magical ingredient in this recipe happens to be salt.

Last week I started watching the Netflix series “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” and was immediately hooked. It was the salt episode that really had me in awe. It was mesmerizing seeing the work and love that goes into producing such an unpretentious mineral that ends up in our kitchen, which is often taken for granted. I realized I was smiling at the television from ear to ear because it just got me in the heart. Suddenly everything made sense.

Salt is everything. Consider all the delicious food we eat every day, the taste and intensity of flavor in our mouth. Salt has the capacity to turn every single dish we eat into something spectacular. We would’t be able to experience and appreciate food without the essence that is salt.

When I first tested this recipe, I made it simply with a pinch of salt in the chocolate and almond butter mixture but that’s it. It was good but not quite the taste I was looking for. I wanted something more. A certain intensity that was lacking.

Then I tried again and it dawned on me. What I needed to highlight the sweetness and simplicity of the almond butter and chocolate and bring out its sweetness in a subtle way, was salt. It’s a modest and yet transformative ingredient.

I’m sure most of you who spend time in the kitchen know just how important that pinch of salt is in almost any dessert as it brings out its sweetness. Well the same concept applies here. The melted chocolate chips used for these almond butter chocolate bars, take on an entirely new flavor profile when combined with almond butter and sprinkled with sea salt.

And this recipe is impossibly easy to make. You need 7 ingredients and there is no baking involved. Almond butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla create a nice thick base for the layer of luscious chocolate and almond butter that’s finished with a few generous pinches of salt.

It’s undeniable that sweet and salty compliment each other, bringing out the best in any sweet recipe. So check out this easy dessert, let your taste buds celebrate and let’s give a round of applause to salt!

almond butter chocolate bars with sea salt

Tips for making almond butter bars with salted chocolate

When it comes to making no bake desserts, sourcing the highest quality ingredients is key, particularly when you’re only using 7 of them.

Runny almond butter is best

For this recipe, I highly recommend using almond butter that needs to be stirred. It will give you the runny consistency which will mix well with the rest of the ingredients. This almond butter is the one I find works the best but if you have a favorite, use that.

If you don’t like almond butter

If you don’t like almond butter, no problem - you can easily substitute peanut, cashew or sun butter.

Salt matters

For this recipe, I do recommend using a good sea salt. If you’re able to find a flaked salt or Himalayan pink sea salt, that’s what I find works the best. It’s milder than regular salt and balances perfectly with the sweet chocolate.

Chocolate variations

You can make the almond butter chocolate bars with the chocolate I use, but if you’re strictly paleo feel free to use a cup of 100% dark chocolate and sweeten it up with 2 tbsp maple syrup. If you want more sweetness, you can adjust once the chocolate and almond butter have been combined.

No matter which variation you take on the bars, you’ll find that they’re an indulgent, delicious treat that makes a perfect dessert for a gathering or every day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

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almond butter chocolate bars with sea salt

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • refrigeration time: 4 hours

  • makes: 16

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • 8x8 metal baking tin

  • parchment paper

  • medium bowl

  • large bowl

Directions:

  1. Line baking tin with parchment paper.

  2. In large bowl combine 1 cup almond butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir until well incorporated.

  3. Add mixture to parchment paper lined tin and even out with spatula and/or hand until you have an even layer.

  4. Next you can create a water bath (see below) for your chocolate chips or simply take the lazy route like I do and pour the chocolate chips into medium bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until all chips are melted. Add 1/4 cup almond butter and stir until combined.

  5. Pour chocolaté mixture over almond butter base and even out. Sprinkle with as much salt as you’d like.

  6. Put the bars in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and then cut them to the desired size.

  7. Store the rest in an air-tight container.

  • For water bath add one cup water to medium pan, bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer, add bowl with chocolate chips and stir continuously until completely melted.



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Cardamom Moon Milk

Cardamom moon milk is a delightfully fragrant warm milk you can drink anytime but is particularly beneficial before bed. Cardamom, ashwaganda, butterfly pea flower powder, coconut oil and honey, added to the milk of your choice, make this drink delightful. It is the perfect way to ease into sleep.

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I struggle with anxiety often, depression too. I’ve noticed them to be particularly prevalent about 7-10 days before my period starts. Suddenly I don’t sleep well, my energy tanks, my moods are that of a 3 year old toddler’s, and my tolerance level for even the most mundane things, significantly lessened.

I find myself enjoying life fully about 2.5 weeks out of the month. Anyone else here with me? Men, if you’re reading this, you may not be experiencing these symptoms but possibly witnessed them.

So I’ve turned to some adaptogenic herbs, particularly ashwaganda for some support. Thousands of years of use in Ayurvedic medicine and double blind placebo controlled studies in pub med convinced me that maybe there’s something there I need to pay attention to.

Thus, in steps ashwaganda. But frankly ashwaganda on its own does not impress my tastebuds. It’s decent in smoothies, but an ice cold drink late at night doesn’t do it. Now warm drinks are a different story. You see, I have a pretty serious obsession with decaf Lady Grey tea, so after I’ve indulged in my obligatory glass of wine (or two) with dinner, I usually like to retreat to a cozy cup of tea.

But recently I’ve also brought in moon milk to join the warm drink party. So whether it’s during the day or in the evenings, I’ve regularly been enjoying a warm cup of cardamom moon milk.

There’s something ethereal and enchanting about moon milk. From the moment I first heard of moon milk, I knew I wanted to create a recipe for myself. I’ve had my fair share of spiced milks in recent years but I have to say, this one is rivaling my all time favorites - golden milk.

Though truthfully there’s a place for both of them because this one has a distinct and different taste; all because of the cardamom, ashwaganda and butterfly pea flower powder.

So what is moon milk anyway?

Moon milk is a whimsical term used for what in known in Ayurvedic medicine simply as warm milk with spices and honey. And it is most commonly consumed before bed time to aid with sleep.

Moon milk can be made with any milk you’d like and basically any combination of spices. Most of the time, moon milk also tends to have a beautiful color, all because of the spices and adaptogenic herbs.

What is in cardamom moon milk?

One of my all time favorite spices has got to be cardamom. I’ve realized just how many recipes I’ve made that contain cardamom and this made me quite happy because it’s truly one of the most exotic and fragrant spices. It is also rich in antioxidants and helps improve digestive symptoms.

Aside from cardamom, I’ve already mentioned ashwaganda, which has naturally calming properties, reduces cortisol, helps to regulate hormones and mitigates inflammation.

Butterfly pea flower powder (Clitoria Ternatea) has the dreamiest color blue and works sublimely with the cardamom and ashwaganda. It is said that butterfly pea flower helps to reduce anxiety, helps lower stress levels, aids with sleep, provides a good dose of antioxidants and acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

I also like using coconut oil as it adds a rich texture and also helps to promote sleep along with raw honey. And as far as milk, you could use almond, coconut or cashew milk as the base. I’ve tried it with all 3 and they all taste delightful!

One extra step I take is to add the mixture to a blender and give it an extra frothy consistency. Think of your favorite latte but in cardamom moon milk form.

Why drink cardamom moon milk?

Sleep and hormones. That’s pretty much all I need and I’m sold! As mentioned before, cardamom moon milk is especially beneficial if you’re struggling with hormone imbalance and/or sleep. It’s a relaxing way to end the evening and provide your body with a dose of antioxidants.

Is cardamom moon milk only for women?

Absolutely not! Ashwaganda is an adaptoenic herb with no side effects and anyone can take it safely. The only thing I would advise against is taking ashwaganda and butterfly flower powder without first speaking to your doctor if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Tips for making great cardamom moon milk

Everything in the food and drink world has its little quirks, things that make it mediocre or great. So let’s get to some tips that can make this milk frothy and delicious!

About cardamom

Cardamom can go from wonderful to way overpowering easily so be sure to measure out exactly 1/4 tsp and if you find it too strong, you can use a little less.

Blend your cardamom moon milk

The thing with moon milk is you really want to have a blender handy. A small one works just fine. I use my NutriBullet, which has been been serving me well for years, nearly every day. When you’re adding ashwaganda, butterfly pea flower powder and cardamom directly to the pot, you’re not going to get them to mix very well with just a spoon so I opt for blending the milk once it has warmed through.

If you don’t have a blender, that’s no problem, you could take a large jar and add all the moon milk ingredients (aside from honey) to it, shake it up really well, then heat it.

But for the frothiest cardamom moon milk, a blender will do the trick.

To sweeten or not sweeten moon milk

This is your call. I find that I like it both ways and have actually been skipping out on the honey quite frequently, especially if you’re looking to keep it low carb. The coconut oil provides a nutty natural sweetness that you may not need to add any honey at all, but this is something you can experiment with.

Also, if you do choose to sweeten with honey, add it at the very end, right before you’re about to blend.

Do you have to add coconut oil to your moon milk?

That’s a hard one. Of course you do not, but if you want that froth and rich taste, this can really only come from adding the coconut oil. But if you’re not a fan of coconut oil, feel free to make it without. It’s still going to be delicious!

So whichever way you choose to make your cardamom moon milk, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! I’d love to hear your thoughts…

cardamom moon milk
cardamom moon milk
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cardamom moon milk

  • prep time: 2 minutes

  • cooking time: 5 minutes

  • makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:


Equipment:


Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients aside from honey in saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes. Pour in blender carefully and add honey if you’d like.

  2. Blend for 20 seconds and serve right away.



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One Pan Greek Lemon Chicken with Baby Potatoes

Some foods simply belong together. This one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes dish is easy to make and requires hardly any clean up. Everything is transferred from stove top to oven and you will end up with moist, tender chicken and flavorful lemony potatoes.

one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
lemon and thyme

A few years ago my father mentioned that I'm 1/16th Greek. He currently resides in Romania but is completely enthralled with Greece and its culture. So much so that he used my grandmother's maiden name (which is Greek) on one of his poetry books and does so for most of his writing. He visits Greece as much as possible and likes to share all his adventures and stories through photos, writing or in person. I'm certain that given the opportunity, he would live there permanently. 

I see a lot of similarities between Greeks and Romanians. They're often very honest (even if you don't like it), loud, talkative, passionate, they love to sing, dance and are all about their food and wine. Though I never had an obsession with Greece to the extent of my father's, I can relate on a food level and wine level. 

On his side of the family, I grew up eating food that was heavily steeped in traditional Greek cooking. My grandmother, a culinary whiz, would spend a good chunk of her day in the kitchen whipping up delicious stews that left the tiny apartment smelling divine. Though meat was often a challenge to obtain, my grandparents had no problem waiting in line for hours only to return home and cook for several more. It's just how things were done.

Two weeks ago, while doing my weekly shopping, I spotted some beautiful potted thyme. I had no idea what I would make with it but decided it was coming home with me regardless and I would figure it out later. But while watching an episode of Parts Unknown about the Greek Isles several days later, I had my answer. I would without a doubt whip up something Greek inspired - an homage to the 16th of my heritage. 

I wanted something simple yet flavorful, involving lemon, oregano and obviously thyme. And also something that required little clean up. The answer was a one pan Greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes. The flavors of thyme and oregano take me right back to my grandparents little kitchen. 

Tips for making the perfect greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes

There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure this dish turns out perfectly every single time. While simple to make, the chicken can quickly dry.

The best chicken for greek lemon chicken

I like using chicken thighs with skin on as the skin will add a lot of extra favor and moisture to the chicken. Skinless chicken thighs will work just as well but you will not get that crispy skin you’re after. I’ve made it with both so if you’re unable to find thighs with skin on, no problem - go for skinless.

Marinate chicken for at least 1 hour

I’ve read that marinating any meat particularly chicken for extended periods of time isn’t necessary. I agree but also disagree with this statement. I like to give myself whenever possible at least one hour to let the flavors sit with the chicken. They infuse under the skin, making it particularly crispy and delicious. If I have more time to work with, I don’t have a problem letting the meat sit with the flavors.

Cooking chicken in a cast iron skillet

I love cooking in cast iron. I’m a firm believer that it enhances nearly every food that’s cooked in it. It adds that certain je ne sais quoi.

Make sure your skillet is nice and hot prior to adding chicken, which should go in skin side down first and get a nice sizzle.

If you don't have a cast iron pan yet, I highly recommend it. It's without a doubt one of the best investments I've ever made and use it nearly every day. It's also ideal for transferring the cooking process from stovetop to oven. You may need a pair of strong hands to move it but it's most certainly worth the weight. 

Baby potatoes make a difference

If possible, always look for fresh, organic baby potatoes. They will get a nice crispy outer layer from the lemon, oil and herbs, while the center will remain nice and creamy. Baby potatoes don’t need peeling beforehand, which makes them ideal candidates for this greek lemon chicken dish. Nearly every market sells baby potatoes so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them.

Dried or fresh oregano?

This is entirely up to you. Oregano is one of the healthiest herbs and I have an abundant stash of dried oregano in my house at all times. Fresh is a bit harder to come by as it’s not always available at my local market. But if you have fresh oregano and wish to use that instead of dried, go for it. The ratio will be 6 tsp fresh instead of the 2 dried.

one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes
one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potatoes

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one pan greek lemon chicken with baby potaotes

  • prep time: 10 minutes

  • marinating time: 1-12 hours

  • cooking time: 45-50 minutes

  • makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 fresh sprigs of thyme

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tsp dried oregano (or 6 tsp fresh)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/4 tsp salt divided

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp

  • 5 lemon slices

  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs

  • 1 lb baby potatoes cut in half

Equipment

  • cast iron pan or other oven safe pan

  • container with lid or Ziplock bag

Directions

  1. In container or bag, combine lemon juice, oregano, minced garlic, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup olive oil pepper and chicken and mix well. Place in refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour or up to 12 hours. 

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

  3. In cast iron pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Remove chicken from bag and add to pan, reserving the marinade. Cook chicken on both sides for 3 minutes. 

  4. Meanwhile, add potatoes to marinade bag along with 1/2 tsp salt, mix well and let sit until chicken has finished searing. Add potatoes and remaining marinade to chicken and arrange them evenly around chicken thighs. Add thyme sprigs and nestle lemon slices between chicken and potatoes. 

  5. Add to preheated oven and let roast for 40 minutes giving potatoes a stir once half way through cooking. 

  6. Drizzle with additional olive oil and a squeeze lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a side crunchy green beans. 



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One pot dishes are great, aren't they? This lemony, fresh one pan Greek lemon chicken is my go to when I want something delicious that involves little clean up. It's also gluten free and whole 30. #onepanrecipe, #chicken, #whole30, #calmeats, #chickenrecipe, #glutenfree, #dairyfree, #potatoes, #onepotmeals, #realfood #whole30recipes #dinnerideas #grainfree #easydinner #chickenrecipes
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