Dominique’s Anti Inflammatory Chicken

Now I know what you are thinking, is chicken really anti inflammatory? The answer is no. But if you eat good local organic chicken like I do you aren’t likely to get any harmful effects from it. That’s not the case for everyone I know. I am not planning on cutting out meat at all but I will be supplementing our diet with lots of fruits and veggies, gluten free, paleo, and vegan recipes. My smoothie from this morning was vegan and my egg dish was vegetarian and gluten free (Both were “paleo”). I still had a piece of whole grain organic bread as well to get extra fiber. 

As I begin to eat more of an anti inflammatory diet I’m sure it will become more obvious what foods trigger pain in my body. Not all of these recipes will be right for everyone but so far I think they are great! I hope you enjoy my take on anti inflammatory chicken. 

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless organic hormone free chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tbs ground ginger or 3 tbs fresh ginger
~1 tbs olive oil
And ~2-4 limes worth of juice. 

Pound chicken until 1/2 inch thick combine garlic, ginger, oil and juice in a bag to create your marinade. Add chicken to the bag and marinate for ~20 minutes. 

Remove chicken from bag and broil in the oven until juices run clear. About 10 minutes in my oven. Then I turn them over and wait for the other side to brown up a little. 


I decided to make carrots with extra garlic and onions as well as a whole grain rice mix. Ginger, garlic and turmeric are the staples of my anti inflammatory diet. 

For the carrots I put some olive oil in the pan, then I added about three tablespoons of garlic and the other half an onion from this morning. Grill the onion and garlic until the onion is tender and a few garlic pieces start to brown slightly. Then add the carrots and a little dash of ginger turmeric tea if you have it (although water works just fine too.) Cover and steam until tender. 

And of course rice is easy! Just remember, rinse the rice and for every cup of rice you use two cups of water. Double the water to rice. 

Here it is cook cook cooking away…

Looking Good! 

Mmmmm that’s done. 

Sliced and plated. 

Mmmm… So good. 
Try it.
You will like it. 

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comment section below! ❤️


-Dominique Barrentine

Day One: Dominique’s Anti Inflammatory Diet: Breakfast Recipes, Spinach, Blueberries, & More

Breakfast has and always will be my favorite meal of the day. I love everything about breakfast! But today’s breakfast is extra special because I’m starting a new, delicious, anti inflammatory diet. In hopes of finding some relief from chronic pain and inflammation; I’m giving up junk food much to the excitement of my body. After only a few elimination days where I cut out hard alcohol, coffee and processed sugars my insides are already thanking me.     

So what is the anti inflammatory diet? It’s a healthy way of eating that can help alleviate painful conditions like arthritis, allergies, fatigue, chronic pain, and possibly even stave off cancer. I’m sure you know the old adage you are what you eat. So true! 

    

I’ve been researching this diet and compiling notes. Some sources say to cut out certain foods while others say they are ok. That’s basically because everyone’s bodies respond differently to various foods. Some people may handle acidic foods (tomato, orange, lemon) just fine while others get upset stomach, acid reflux or even vomiting when consuming too much acid. How can you tell if your stomach is to acidic? PH test your urine;) So when considering any diet keep in mind that you can custom tailor it to your specific needs. Also start off slowly and give yourself plenty of wiggle room. The first few weeks might be an adjustment period but your body with get used to the high fiber that comes with eating “clean.” 

So now for the fun part! 
Recipes! 
This morning I had spinach and onion egg bake with a watermelon blueberry smoothie. I found this very easy to make and super nutritious. If for some reason this doesn’t sound good to you, stay tuned because I’ll be posting many more recipes in the coming days. 

Dominique’s Take on the Spinach and Onion Scramble 
Ingredients:: 1 tbs olive oil

1/2 medium onion diced

8-10 cups chopped spinach

One tsp juice (I used pink lemonade) 

4 large eggs

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and chop onion. Place half the onion in a hot pan with olive oil. The other half can go in the fridge for another time. Chop the spinach and add to the pan once onion is tender. 

Then add a teaspoon of juice (lemon, lime, or orange). I used pink lemonade. Salt and pepper to taste.

Yum. 
Cook the spinach for about five minutes or until properly wilted. 

Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan and make four little impressions to set the eggs in. Crack eggs into the holes and transfer skillet to the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. If you like your eggs really hard like me break the yolk, cover and cook for another minute or two. 

While your egg dish is in the oven you can make a smoothie if you like them. 

I made a Watermelon Blueberry Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

Ingredients: ~3 cups watermelon 

~3 cups blueberry

One inch fresh sliced ginger root

One table spoon chia seeds

Two cups apple juice 

6 ice cubes

Just blend and enjoy! 

Stay tuned for lunches and dinners, even more anti inflammatory recipes coming up soon! 


-Dominique Barrentine 

Mondo Barrentine Bean and Cheese Burrito 


Mondo Barrentine Bean and Cheese Burritos

What you will need

1 can or 1 cup of cooked pinto beans

1 can or 1 cup of cooked black beans

An onion

1 cup grated cheese

Tortillas

~1/2 cup diced tomatoes

~1 tsp cumin

Tbs fresh diced garlic

A dash of cayenne pepper

A dash of Tapatio or other hot sauce if desired

A spoon a salsa

Sour cream

Start by bringing beans to boil in a pot with a little bit of water (~1/2 cup), diced onions, fresh garlic and spices (add other southern spices if desired now).

Once onions and garlic are cooked begin mashing beans. Add in tomatoes, sauce and cream at this point


Salt and pepper to taste.

Mash into a paste and cook on low for anywhere between 5 minutes and 24 hours. The longer you cook refried beans the better they taste. These are vegetarian style. Some people add pig fat.


The next stage of making homemade burritos is to make the burrito. So take your tortilla and put a scoop of beans and a handfull of cheese. Add more sauce and cream if desired. Fold burrito.

In a large frypan heat olive oil (or corn or whatever) over medium heat. Cook burrito in pan for a couple minutes until golden brown, flip, cook for a couple minutes and you are done!

 We couldn’t wait to dig in before I remembered to take photos. Nom nom nom
Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

-Dominique Barrentine 

What’s cooking

Chicken Dinner Dominique Baked Chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

What you will need::

1 Organic Chicken

Olive Oil

A Lemon

An Onion

Fresh Garlic

2-3 cups of chopped veggies I use carrots, squash, and zucchini
Chicken Seasoning: I use a mixture and it’s a little different each time a pinch of this and a pinch of that. Something along the lines of::

1 tbs salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

A pinch of cayenne pepper

A pinch of basil

Or more…probably more because I like things really spicy. If it smells kinda like baked chicken seasoning then you have a good mixture. You may also just buy premixed poultry seasoning and use 1-4 tbs depending on tastes
Step 1 preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2 cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil.

Step 3 rinse off your chicken with water and pat dry.

Step 4 rub seasoning all over your chicken, don’t forget inside the chicken! I start on the back, then do the inside, then I rub some up under the skin on the breast and also sprinkle on top. Often I will crack some extra fresh black pepper and garlic onto the top. You could also add Parmesan cheese if you wanted to.

Step five place veggies around chicken

Step six drizzle with olive oil

Step seven slice lemons in half. Squeeze juice onto chicken then shove lemons into chicken cavity.

Step 8 quarter onion and fill remaining space in cavity, place onion on chicken.

Step 9 add fresh garlic

Step 10 cover in foil


Chicken just before cooking.

Bake in the oven until done. ~3 hours


Chicken fresh out of the oven!