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A Year in the Kitchen: Coconut Chicken

Stephanie

Stephanie is a mom of two, psychologist, and was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She uses her knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating, and love of cooking to make dinner healthier, faster, and more adventurous.

Recipes are not always family friendly, and I’ve grown comfortable adjusting them to the likes and dislikes of my crew.  Especially when cooking for children, certain spices or vegetables might require substitutions in order to ensure your kids will eat the meal you’ve just worked so hard to produce.  A new cook may be afraid to alter a recipe for fear of ruining it, but I’ve found that substitutions almost always work beautifully.  More importantly, by making some minor changes to a recipe, you can try something you ordinarily would have avoided.  In broadening your repertoire of dishes, meals become more diverse and interesting, and you expose your family to a wider variety of healthy foods.

Coconut chicken

Although this is a chicken dish, it started as a coconut beef recipe from one of my favorite crockpot cookbooks.  (If you don’t have a crockpot, try this one of the stove, I’m confident it would come out well).  Since I don’t eat or cook beef, I used boneless chicken breasts.  Next, I noticed that the sauce called for a good amount of curry, coriander, and cumin.  Not wanting to completely change the intended flavor, I still used these ingredients, but scaled back on amounts so that it would be milder-tasting.  Served over a brown rice pilaf with pureed cauliflower with fresh broccoli and watermelon, this was a great meal that my whole family enjoyed.

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A Year in the Kitchen: Sloppy Joes

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A Year in the Kitchen: Quiche

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A Year in the Kitchen: A New Favorite

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My friend Julie emailed me a link to a recipe with which she’s recently fallen in love, and I think perhaps it is to be a new favorite here as well.  What’s great about this recipe is that it’s very versatile- it can accommodate almost any protein and/or vegetables, and served as a main dish despite...

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Jan 24, 2011

Lately we’ve been attempting to lower our overall bread/pasta/carb intake as a whole.  I’m by no means endorsing a carb-free lifestyle– I think balance is essential for the majority of folks– but to focus more on fruit/vegetables, dairy, and protein rather than making carbs t...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen

Jan 17, 2011

This was a busy week in our house, with lots of cooking due to being home on snow days and chilly afternoons.  We’ve been focusing even more on healthy eating, specifically more fruits and veggies with every meal, and I hope that’s reflected in what you’ll find here.  ??My daughter was delighted to ...

A Year in the Kitchen: Cooking essentials

Jan 10, 2011

A good friend of mine recently inspired me to look at cooking in a brand-new way.  As I mentioned last week, I grew up cooking alongside my mom (and grandma), and making healthy food for both myself and my family has always been second nature.  After a conversation with a friend, I was reminded that...

A Year in the Kitchen

Jan 4, 2011

101 days ago, I decided to begin a food blog. I’m Stephanie,  a psychologist born and raised in the Hudson Valley. I use my knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating, and creativity to make dinner healthier, faster, and more adventurous. As a busy mom of two, I’m constantly trying to stay creativ...

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May 20, 2014 Amanda Adeline

Deciphering the Code: Is it Go Time? Or Not?

Waaaaay back when I began my blog, we talked about how I was failing miserably at hitting on my husband.  I was struggling to make outright moves on my man to get him into bed.  More recently, I’ve been thinking about the nonverbal signs we send out to our partners.  Beneath the overt moves we...

Aug 1, 2014 bethanne513

Rainy Day Adventure

  Well, it can’t all be sunshine and rainbows around here.  It’s unfortunately going to be a rainy weekend, but if you’re looking for some indoor fun with the kids, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is where it’s at.     We headed over there this week for ...

Aug 23, 2014 Discount Diva

That’s What Siblings Are For

The Countdown Is ON I know I’m not the only mom counting down the days till the start of school. My older kids have really loved going to camp at our town this year, but it ended last week and I’ve been watching the days drag by ever since. I got used to having a […]

Aug 16, 2012 HVP

It’s not what you say, but what you do that matters

Every summer since we moved up to Monroe from Long Island we’ve taken time at the Jersey Shore.  (A name which has now taken on a whole new meaning for reasons I won’t get into.)  But for eleven years, we’ve taken the drive down the Garden State to one of the exits to the shore, wh...

Aug 25, 2014 Jason M

I get by with a little help from my son

My son Luke will be turning 11 this week. I started this blog a year ago and have found it somewhat therapeutic sharing my thoughts where he has been the nucleus. I just sent a text message to Luke that I will share with you, and then I’ll explain. The message was “Morning Luke! Remind […]

Apr 5, 2014 Jennifer Bredin

Preventing Unnecessary Cesarean Births

Among many other things, April is Cesarean Awareness Month. In the U.S., 1 in 3 babies are delivered by cesarean section. To be clear, as a doula, I am not anti-cesarean. I am pro healthy mom and baby, and pro informed choice. With the exception of certain very high risk medical situations, a vagina...

Jul 22, 2013 JesseDuJour

Get out of my bed!

As I like to start most off my posts I will say, I love my kids. Now that that’s out of the way lets get to the dirt! I want my kids out of my bed! At 7 and 3 years old they are still little enough and cute enough to get away with sneaking […]

Jul 1, 2013 jpakenham1

Can I pee in peace?

We have all been there. We know the deal, once you have kids nothing is off limits. This includes the bathroom. I enjoy my kids so much and love how cute and adorable they are right now. But I cannot wait till they grow up and get out of my bathroom!! It doesn’t matter how […]

Jun 25, 2014 lisabock

Baseball 2014 with Special Needs Family

This week was the last day of baseball for Beautiful People. They have an adaptive sports program for people with special needs. Every week the athletes try their hardest to play the best game they can. They have fun, joke around, and really excel at making Sunday the best day of the week.  I know [...

Aug 28, 2014 roxmom2

Super Simple Parenting Hacks

The countdown is on for my girls to return to school! Although we don’t have a ton of supplies to purchase, we are in a whirl-wind to get our house organized and cleaned up from summer’s fantastic chaos. I really just want to spend their first day of school focused on them (while I enjoy […]

Apr 14, 2014 terrietalk

The Common Core Uproar

Last night I didn’t sleep very well. I’m sure many of you know the feeling. The next morning I contemplated playing hooky. “Do what is best for you,” said my husband as her hovered over me. What is best for me? Not sure, but then I remembered that I was speaking at a PTA parent […]