Honey Mustard Chicken: 7/22/2015: 1 hour

This recipe is from the magazine¬†Cook in Season by Clean Eating under Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs. The recipe states that it is 45 minutes of hands on cooking time, but because I simplified the recipe to only include the chicken and some sauteed vegetables this only took me 30 minutes of hands on time. I made a large batch of this recipe because we had a lot of chicken in the fridge defrosting that needed to be used, and because we were having a few people over for dinner. I marinated the chicken and cooked the vegetables while my dad cooked the chicken outside. This was my first time touching a raw chicken breast, which was a VERY strange feeling to say the least, but the marinate turned out perfectly. The chicken was very moist and captured both the sourness of the mustard and the sweetness of the honey. I have made this several times since then because it is relatively easy to prepare last minute and it tastes really good with a simple side. I think a saltier side would go better with this dish because there isn’t a lot of salt in this dish (the chicken really only has honey mustard and honey flavor!). I originally only marinated the meat for 4 hours instead of the recommended 8 hours, but with a second trial I found that I liked the chicken better when it was marinated for 8 hours because it absorbed more of the moisture and it had a stronger marinade flavor. The time I included for this was also the time it took me to make this recipe the second time so I could experiment with changing the different marinade time and cooking the chicken in the oven instead of on the barbecue. In general I like the barbecue flavor more because it adds a smokiness to the meat, although the oven helps the chicken retain more of the moisture.

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Grilled Zucchini Strips and Homemade Honey Mustard: 7/14/2015: 30 min

First, I cut zucchini up into small approximately bite sized pieces so that the pieces would take less time to bake and would be easier for me to eat. I coated the zucchini in olive oil and herbs before I baked them for 15 minutes. While the zucchini strips were baking, I made homemade honey mustard. To make honey mustard, you need a base of homemade mayonnaise, which I also had to make. Once the homemade mayonnaise was done I added more mustard and honey and other spices so that it tasted like honey mustard.

The grilled zucchini strips were rather bland by themselves and had a very squishy texture- perfect for my diet but strange in general. I thought the slices were a little bit too thick because when you bit into them the insides weren’t fully soft and there was a strange texture difference between the inside and the outside of the zucchini. The honey mustard turned out exactly like non-paleo store bought honey mustard, if not better. I love the idea that if you need more sweetness or more savory in a dish, you can just adjust the amount of mustard or honey accordingly in your sauce to pair really well with the main dish. The honey mustard supplemented the zucchini strips well and gave them flavor. Overall a very good combination that I would repeat with thinner zucchini strips (maybe like julienne zucchini instead).