Cilantro/Lime Chicken and Spicy Ginger Carrots/Celery

Do you cook in silence? Listen to music? Watch a movie or TV show? Chat with a friend? I have to admit, I cannot cook in silence. I will usually listen to music, and occasionally I pick out a TV show that I have already seen.

I made something new today. The list of ingredients is not foreign to me. I often cook with all 4 ingredients. But since this is about trying new foods and being creative, I stayed away from my normal curry or TexMex. The first question I asked myself was, “What pairs well with lime?” Cilantro came immediately to my mind. From there, it was not hard to come up with a dish for the chicken. I made a sauce with onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime. The chicken I marinated in lime juice with a little salt, pepper, and cilantro. All the ingredients I used were fresh, but don’t feel bad if you use dried or frozen ingredients.

The ginger and carrots took a little bit more thought. Should I make them sweet, or savory? I decided on savory, since I have been mostly sugar free for over a year. I started with butter, ginger, and garlic, lightly sautéing them before adding the carrots and celery. I added a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of a bite. That just might be the best decision I made! A little pinch of salt, and it was good to go! I also made gluten-free biscuits to accompany this meal, even though I did not add any of the challenge ingredients.

For my conclusion: the chicken I will give a 6 out of 10. It was not my favorite, but neither was it bad. I will probably not make it by choice again. Now, the carrots and ginger is a different story. I will definitely add this to my list of side dishes! I give it an 8 out of 10.

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