Black Sesame Chicken Breasts with Kiwi

Black Sesame Chicken Breast with Kiwi

Black Sesame Chicken Breast with Kiwi

How’s this look for lunch? Easy, quick and beautiful!

We sat outside yesterday after the big North Carolina rain and enjoyed the sparkling clean landscape.  And the “post-rain” sounds are great — the dripping from the trees and the local cardinal conversation.

This recipe is easy and very forgiving.  You can’t screw it up — except for one thing.  Don’t cook it on high heat — you’ll burn it and then you won’t have pretty chicken OR dressing.  Oh, dear.  But let’s not go there.

Keep that burner down a bit and you’ll have a beautiful lunch.

I had never worked with Black Sesame seeds until recently and I like them.  They add a lot of deep color and character to light proteins — chicken and fish.  Black Sesame seeds look gorgeous on salmon, for instance.

Black and Brown Sesame Seeds

Black and Brown Sesame Seeds

In California, I probably got the Black and Brown Sesame Seeds at Mother’s Market.

Order Information On The Bag

Order Information On The Bag

But if you don’t live near a health food store, simply go to http://goldminenaturalfood.com/.  They have all sorts of fabulous food and they ship.  Problem solved.

Black and Brown Sesame Chicken Breast Salad with Kiwi

For the Dressing

1/3 c. pan scrapings, some of the surplus sesame dijon mixture from the pan

Juice of 1/2 jucy lime (if they aren’t too juicy, you might need the whole thing

1. T balsamic vinegar

Mix and adjust as needed for the number of people you are serving.  This makes dressing (a light amount) for about 3 people.  If you go heavier on the dressing, just make more.  Double  or triple it.  You can use it tomorrow.

For the Chicken

About 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 c. dijon mustard

1 T.  Olive Oil

2 T. aguave or honey

Juice of 1 lime

3/4 c.  Gold Mine mixed black and brown organic sesame seeds (any proportion is fine)

Your favorite lettuces, a healthy handful per person.  Use mixed baby lettuce, spinach, chopped Romaine, oak, Boston butter lettuce, red or green chard, whatever.  And used several kinds if you like.

1 Kiwi per person, sliced

Directions:  Mix the dijon, oil, aguave or honey and the lime juice together in a flat-ish bowl or pie pan or something with low sides.  Set aside.

Rinse the mixture of black and brown sesame seeds and spread them on a cookie sheet and dry them in the oven.  (Ideally do this ahead of time.) Otherwise, wet sesame seeds don’t stick to the chicken….  In a pinch, I have also totally ignored (!) the rinsing directions and just used them straight out of the package when I’m in a hurry.  Your choice.  Both ways work and I didn’t die from the natural tannic acid on the seeds.

Put the sesame seeds in another bowl with low sides (easier for dipping and getting to the saute pan).

Have a saute pan ready with olive oil for sauteing. Dip one chicken breast in the mustard mixture and coat well.  Then drag it in the sesame seeds and coat well.  Put in pan (listen for a sizzle, but not high heat).  Repeat with other chicken breasts.  Usually 3 or 4 breasts to a 2 lb. package.

If there are any sesame seeds left or sauce, just add it to the pan. Saute on medium heat until not pink in the center.  Cut one breast in half to check.  It’s OK to cut one — you’re going to slice the chicken breast anyway.

You can put a lid over the pan (ajar) so some steam escapes part way through cooking.  Keeps the chicken most and steams it a bit.

Slice Chicken Breast on Top of Greens

Slice Chicken Breast on Top of Greens

Put cooked chicken breasts on a plate and slice across.  Mix salad with dressing and put on plates.  Add sliced kiwis on the side.  Place chicken breast slices on top of salad.  Add a tablespoon or so of dijon/sesame mixture from the pan on top of the chicken for garnish.  You can squeeze extra lime over it if you like.

For some reason the kiwi goes just beautifully with this dish.  The tastes compliment each other.  But if you don’t have kiwi, try another vegetable or fruit — try cucumbers and tomatoes — and see how you like them.  Many combinations will work, it just depends on what you like.

Bon Appetit!

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

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Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

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