Kitchari

Khichari is a potent blood purifier and supports proper kidney function. In Chinese Medicine, mung beans are used to strip pesticides out of the system, which is especially helpful for the reproductive organs, liver, and the thyroid. This dish is extremely healing for the digestive system. I recommend consuming 3 times a week to reap the benefits. It makes a hearty lunch that will keep cravings away too. 

Kitchari - Print Recipe

1/2 cup White Basmati Rice (optional, can be left out if eating grain-free)|
1 cup mung beans (or any lentils)
4 cups water if using rice, 2-3 cups for lentils only
2 tbsp. organic ghee
1 tbsp. Organic Khichari spice mix
2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
¼ - ½ tsp salt
½ and avocado (for garnish)
Fresh cilantro for garnish (liver cleanser)

Any of these cut vegetables: green beans, carrots, parsnip, burdock root, leafy green vegetables, zucchini, broccoli, squash – can be added to the khichari or made separately.

1.    Soak rice and lentils in warm water for 5-10 minutes up to 8 hours. (makes it easier to digest)

2.    Wash the contents until the water runs clear.

3.    Add water and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.  You will notice a white foam building on the top of the pot that you can skim off.   You may have to do this a few times 

4.    Turn the heat down a little and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes until the ingredients are soft.  Add more water if you like.  You can add some fresh ginger and salt here.

5.    In a separate pan, use 2 tsp of ghee, let it melt and heat for a minute.  Add spice mix. Let that cook for a minute. 

6.    Add 1/2 Spanish onion and cook until translucent (about 3 minutes)

7.    Add vegetables if you'd like. My favorite is zucchini and spinach. 

8.    Combine vegetable mix with the cooked lentils and rice and let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. 

9. Garnish with cilantro, add a little bit of ghee and enjoy!   If you are watching your fat intake or are cleansing this week then leave off the extra ghee.

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.

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Clay Pot Roasted Chicken

From the moment cool air hits in the morning, just about the second week of September, I start cooking like crazy. I love fall and all of the warm comforting dishes. The body craves warm foods rich in protein and high in fat during this time. I'm kicking off the season with my simple roasted chicken in a clay pot because you can make so many things from roasting one chicken. Also, clay pot cooking is safe cooking. First of all, the clay is a natural substance, unlike our man made roasting pans filled with lead and Teflon that can leak into food. Secondly, the clay is alkaline based, which will help to reduce the acidity of foods and balance the ph. This is great for people who have digestion issues or have heartburn as well. Lastly, clay is very porous. The moisture combined with the heat circulate through the pot during cooking to create delicate and delicious meals. This one is my fav.

This chicken dish is very versatile. I will provide some different options for seasoning and when you have finished your chicken save the bones! We'll be making bone broth with those after.  As always, we will use organic ingredients and spices. My chicken is from a farmer in Michigan named Bob Boles. He has the juiciest most healthy chickens I've ever cooked. If you are local, I suggest hooking up with him for some hens when he has them in stock. They are the best around. Thegrazinglife.com

Roasted Chicken - Printable PDF

Ingredients:

1 3-4 lb. whole chicken
2 lemons 1/4 ghee (melted)
salt and pepper
optional for flavor of choice: garam masala, cumin, or smoked paprika

Instructions:
1) Rinse your chicken and leave standing in a colander for 20 minutes (room temp)
2) If you are using a clay pot, do not pre-heat the oven. Soak the pot in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
3) If you are using a traditional roasting pan, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
4) Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and place in pot breast down.
5) Squeeze one whole lemon over the chicken and pour over the melted ghee
6) Poke the second lemon with a fork and place inside the chicken
7) Season lightly with the salt and pepper and then choose the additional seasoning of your choice
8) Clay pot: place in cold oven and heat to 400 degrees
9) Roast chicken on 400 degrees breast down for 20 minutes
10) Flip the bird! Turn chicken over so it is breast up now and baste the juices from the bottom onto the chicken. Turn heat to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a touch more of your seasonings
11) Bake until the internal temp is 190 degrees or the legs separate from the body. about an additional hour. 
 

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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