One of the easiest things you can do to make living a healthier lifestyle easier is learn to love to cook, at home cooked meals can be the most filling, delicious and nutritious way to fuel yourself and it’s extremely satisfying to cook a delicious meal. While I may not be anywhere near the same league of chef as my fiance I still occasionally take the reigns on our meals and exercise my inner Ratatouille.
Believe it or not getting the proper amount of vegetables is still hard even when you’re pretty strict on your diet and exercise regularly. Well lucky you; here’s a recipe that will ensure you get plenty of those pesky vegetables with delicious jerk chicken. Great for spicy food lovers.
Note: If you do not like spicy foods you can simply substitute a less spicy chile such as an anaheim pepper (switch to serrano or habanero to increase the heat). While this was good with with other peppers, at the time my garden was producing large amounts of jalapenos and nothing compared to the marinade produced by homegrown jalapenos.
*This is based on the “jerk chicken” reciped from epicurious.com
For jerk marinade:
- 2 Scallions,
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/2 an onion
- 5 fresh jalapeno chiles, stemmed and seeded
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 lbs (cut into large cubes)
I use: Onion, Bell Pepper, Zucchini , Jalapeno and Tomatoes (pretty much whatever was in the garden)
You can use pretty much anything.
- Blend all of the marinade ingredients until smooth
- Put chicken into into marinade, mix well
- Let sit 12 hours, turn every 3 hours
- Slice vegetables, aim for close to the same size as chicken cubes
- Put chicken and sliced vegetables onto skewers
- Lightly oil grill
- Preheat grill on high heat then adjust to medium heat
- Cook evenly on all sides until chicken is browned (15 – 20 minutes total)
Enjoy! This meal also refrigerates well and is an excellent recipe to have in your back pocket for meal prep.