Guys… Mondays are SO much better when you get a good rest over the weekend (dur). If you are one my newsletter subscribers, you probably received my email last Friday about how I’m going to make an extra effort to practice true self care over the weekend, because that’s something I struggle with a lot. Having your own business and making your own hours, it can be difficult to actually have a weekend, but I took all day yesterday to sleep, watch Netflix, not be near my computer, and go on a nice long walk with my dogs. It was amazing.
So today, I’m all energized and refreshed to share a brand new recipe with you guys. And I promise, you are going to want to make these Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks!
My family has been using sriracha sauce since I was young, so I’ve always been a fan. The combination of the spicy and sweet is so perfect, and my mom whipped up Asian meals often so it pretty much went well with all her cooking. These days, I don’t eat sriracha sauce often because the ingredients usually contain sugar and xanthan gum, but I do enjoy it on occasion because it’s so darn deliciously addicting. I especially love it with chicken or pork!
These Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks came out even better than I expected. The chicken is so juicy, and the sauce is so flavorful and sticky that I regretted not making more. If you don’t think 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce is spicy enough, you can add more but I think it’ll be fine as written because you’ll end up cooking down the sauce. I can handle spicy really well, and the sauce turned out perfect for my taste.
Are you a fan of spicy food? Then I really hope you make this because I think you’ll love it!
Optional: Chopped green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish
Place the drumsticks in a large bowl in a single layer
Whisk together pineapple juice, sriracha, tamari sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and ginger.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and make sure the chicken is well coated.
Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 1-4 hours, flipping the chicken half way through.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the drumsticks on the baking sheet, making sure they aren't touching.
Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
While the chicken is cooking, pour the marinade in a small saucepan and heat on the stovetop over high heat. Once the sauce starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes
When the chicken is finished cooking, brush with the reduced sauce.
Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds, if using, and serve.
Well, I’m finally back from a week long vacation from Hawaii. I didn’t think I would love Oahu this much, but it was so beautiful and fun. We hiked a bunch, explored, ate local cuisine, and hung out at the beach pretty much everyday. It’s amazing how different one side of the island is from another and they are all so pretty and unique in their own way. It was everything I look for in a vacation and I’m back fully recharged. Check out my Instagram and Facebook page for some of my travel photos because I posted a ton!
No matter how relaxing a vacation is, flying is a bit tough for me and I can feel the intense stress of it every time, so I feel a bit worn out from the 5 hour flight last night. Not worry though, because bone broth to the rescue! I LOVE how quickly I can whip up a meal in my Instant Pot and I did just that with this spicy beef stew recipe.
Feel free to adjust the hot sauce if you don’t like spicy foods. I loooooove spicy so I tend to go overboard a bit. However, C (who usually can’t handle too much spicy foods) went back for seconds, so I think it’ll be just fine. Also, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, feel free to throw everything in the slow cooker. You can read the notes section of the recipe to find out how to do just that.
I love incorporating bone broth into recipes. It’s an easy way to consume all the beneficial minerals and nutrients without even thinking about it, especially when your fiancé refuses to drink it straight on its own. I’m such a trickster, but the one that tries to get you to eat healthy. It’s like sneaking in organ meat into recipes, but this is so much less detectable for those with sensitive palates. If you need a filling, healthy recipe that’s also comforting and warming, be sure to make this spicy beef stew recipe. You are gonna love it!
Set your Instant Pot to Sauté setting and add avocado oil.
Add the meat and stir until the meat is browned.
Add and stir in the rest of the ingredient, except salt.
Close the lid, and make sure the pressure valve is set to "sealing."
Set the Instant Pot to Meat/Stew.
Once finished, about 40 minutes, the Instant Pot will beep. If you are eating right away, hit "Cancel" then release the pressure valve, making sure your hand is away from the opening where the steam escapes. If not, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the "Warm" setting for the next 10 hours and the pressure will slowly lower on its own.
Taste and salt, if necessary.
Don't have an Instant Pot? You can place everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours!
My favorite fermented food hands-down is kimchi. I grew up eating it, and it goes well with almost everything. Not only that, there are so many amazing health benefits in eating fermented foods like kimchi. They promote digestion because of the healthy bacteria like lactobacilli and probiotics, aid in weight loss, boost immunity, and some studies show that they prevent cancer.
While cabbage kimchi is a more popular and well-known version in America, the traditional process of making it is time consuming with a long wait time for the fermentation. I got no patience for that. With radish kimchi, called kkakdugi in Korean, you need less ingredients, and it can be fermented in a day or 2 so you can enjoy it soon after you make it. I add carrots because I love pickled carrots, but you can use only radishes if you want to go for the more traditional route. I like to switch it up from time to time. This recipe has a small amount of sugar added, but this gets eaten away as the kkadugi gets fermented. You won’t taste the sugar at all at the end.
With its perfect crunch and spiciness, you’ll find it seriously addicting. I eat it almost every day with my meals and I feel like I’m less bloated afterwards. Make fermented, raw foods an everyday part of your diet for optimal health!