Let’s make some chicken wings!

A few months ago I made the Gingered Balsamic and Date Glazed Chicken Legs recipe from the Paleo Takes 5 – Or Fewer cookbook by Cindy Sexton. It came out so good and my boyfriend loved it. So when I saw they had pastured chicken wings at Whole Foods yesterday I decided to adapt the recipe and make awesome chicken wings. The recipe was part of a “sneak peek” when the book was coming out so I figure it’s okay to post it. Here it is on another blog: http://meatified.com/gingered-balsamic-date-glazed-chicken-legs-aip/ (I definitely need to get a copy of Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook by her.)

Warning!: This recipe is delicious but your kitchen and possibly other parts of your home will smell like balsamic vinegar for a little while.

Mmm…raw chicken wings. Ready to be all buttered up.

I learned a while back that you should leave out any meat you cook (chicken, pork, a nice steak, etc.) for 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before cooking it to promote more even cooking.

While the chicken is baking….set up for the glaze. Balsamic vinegar, ginger, and dates.

Next step is dicing the dates and peeling and grating the ginger. I wish I could just throw everything into the food processor but I imagine it would get really chunky and not evenly distribute. At least it’s still quick!

The glaze smells amazing. It must have a million uses.

I got hungry while the chicken was cooking and decided to use some of glaze as a salad dressing.

Using the glaze as a salad dressing to make a quick snack. I would definitely make the glaze again just for dressing!

It was really good but really strong. It would make a kick ass dressing if diluted with some olive oil.

Chicken is out of the oven and ready to be glazed!

By the way, this is when you really start to smell the vinegar – as soon as you touch the glaze to the hot chicken. Watch out when you’re glazing…a good whiff will burn your nose a bit. Side note: I used the same baking time and temperature that the recipe called for to cook the wings.

All glazed! I wish I had a silicone glazing brush but I used a spoon and some patience and I think it worked out well.

I think maybe I could have used a little less vinegar than the recipe called for since it all ran off the chicken anyways.

Haha and this is where I took a break…in the middle of cooking dinner my boyfriend remembered that he had an important errand to run on the other side of town. We decided to stop at this point in the recipe and then finish the broiling when he came back. I mostly waited for him because he was in charge of the homemade “french fries”.

…1 hour later, we started cooking again. He made the fries and I sautéed some zucchini in ghee and put the chicken to broil for 5 minutes. It came out really good! The one thing I wish I had done was not to forget to flip the chicken halfway through baking. Overall though it was a success!

The finished plate!

My boyfriend’s version of the fries. I was so jealous!

This recipe requires very few ingredients, is (usually) quick, and would definitely impress anyone who tasted it. Let me know if you try it out!

My boyfriend sprinkled some shredded mozzarella cheese and some chives on his fried potatoes and put them in the oven for 5 minutes or so. I wanted to steal his fries so badly! They smelled amazing.

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But why is all the bread gone?

I love food. I looooooove food. I have memories of being 8 years old, sitting in front of the TV with a snack, super excited because Iron Chef was about to come on. And I’m talking about the original Japanese Iron Chef, where they made things like sharks fin and uni soup with a side of swallows nest. I was fascinated by everything having to do with food, which very much included eating food.

Growing up I spent several years being vegetarian and about two months being vegan, and once I decided to try raw veganism–but that only lasted about 20 hours. It’s all fun and games until you realize you can’t just eat fruit and avocado all day. I’ve pretty much always, to some degree, been concerned with the quality of my food and as I educated myself, by reading many, many books and watching a few documentaries, the quality and source of my food became a lot more important to me. I started adapting to a more “whole foods” diet, but with frequent treats snuck in. This meant more veggies, drinking more water, and eating grass fed and pastured meats, along with high quality fats. I didn’t follow a very strict diet, there was definitely some pizza and ice cream being eaten, but overall I tried to reduce the amount of processed and refined foods in my diet.

Cut to February 2015 and to what I thought was just a 24 hour bug or food poisoning. My 24 hour bug turned into chronic stomach pain and digestive issues with which I’m currently still struggling. I was in and out of the doctor’s office and hospitals and had several tests done. I found out it wasn’t coeliac disease as my GI suspected but was still put on a gluten free and dairy free diet and was told to take Prilosec twice a day. I just got worse. It seemed like everything was making me sick, including “gluten free” foods, and even things that had once been comfort foods. (Doctors still have not been able to figure out what’s going on.)

Luckily, I have a good friend, Anna, who is well versed in digestive issues and paleo/AIP eating. She is basically my food guru right now. (Although she’s probably fed up with all my questions by now…sorry Anna!) As much as I knew about food and cooking I knew little about eating to heal your body. I started following some of her advice and with just a few changes I started feeling a little better. Yes, I had several setbacks as I am often lazy about cooking and have a hard time fighting food temptations but, you know, baby steps. Anyways, this is where this blog comes in…my adventures in adapting to a whole foods lifestyle (and hopefully recovering from whatever the heck is wrong with me). Yay!

In case anyone is interested, I have decided to basically follow a paleo diet but I include potatoes, white rice, and yogurt (limited to one serving a day) and exclude coconut and coconut products (since all of a sudden they don’t agree with me) as well as alcohol, and to try to minimize raw veggies and sugary fruits. If in a couple of weeks I don’t notice an improvement then I will cut out all dairy, but, to be honest, right now I’ve got some tasty grass fed cow’s milk greek yogurt in the fridge that I really want to eat. Yumm.

P.S. Check out Anna’s instagram!