November 3, 2013 Leave your thoughts
While I love my friends to death, unfortunately, none of them are aspiring nutritionists or big foodies, and since I started reading food blogs, I’ve been looking out there for someone like me…and in June, I found her.
Today, I’m here to introduce you to someone very special. Everyone, this is my friend, Natalie Wester, who runs The Mean, Green, Clean-Eating Teen. She, like me, is passionate about healthy food, and over the past few months, I have been so grateful to have someone to bond with about what both of us love so much. I’m happy to call such a beautiful, wonderful girl my friend…and have her be the first guest poster on Yes to Yummy’s new website.
Take it away, Natalie!
First, I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Abby for having me on her blog. When I first was introduced to her, I was in awe… her blog, food, and overall personality was inspiring and really, really amazing. I am humbled to know someone as talented at her and I am excited that I am not the only healthy teen out there!
I am a high school student from Texas, and run a health blog, Clean Eating Teen.
Everyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE health and fitness nut. I am known around family and friends and at school as the “hippie” chick–and they’re right! I have BIG plans to obtain a certification in holistic nutrition, as well as to become a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer. I’m so passionate about this field that I’m usually seen carrying nutrition books around school campus.
I help my family and peers in any way I can, trying to help people obtain a healthy and active lifestyle. I make meal plans (with any donations I earn going towards yoga teaching tuition) and workout with those who are interested, and love to share anything I know about health and nutrition to those wanting to learn more.
All this being said, you can definitely say I am one who LOVES to cook. I actually do most of the cooking in my house (nothing my mom can complain about). Apart from preparing healthier versions of junk food for my small sister who loves pre-packaged stuff (I’ve made home made ranch, bean dip, potato chips, etc.), I find it exhilarating to read new recipes and try them out. Since growing more comfortable in the kitchen, I have even learned to experiment a bit myself!
Today I have a recipe with chicken thighs. I have never cooked with them before, and was really happy with how this came out. I was SO inspired seeing the yummy-looking pictures Abby had posted in her Chicken Tandoori recipe–I just had to try this piece of meat for myself.
Plus, this was really simple, so that’s a plus with any busy work or school schedule!
Prepare your thighs to marinade overnight. Combine ½ cup unsalted chicken stock with 3 twigs of fresh rosemary (I left mine whole but you could chop them too), and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder. Evenly distribute the mix on the meat.
Place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large pan and melt on medium high. Saute 1/2 of an onion, chopped, until tender, about 3 minutes.
This is where the fun beings! Place two large, boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the pan, including the marinade left over and rosemary. Cook for at least 10 minutes on each side, checking if it is done occasionally. It does not have to be completely done to move on to the next step, but it should be very close.
You may need to add moisture in the form of water or chicken stock if you feel the coconut oil isn’t enough.
You should see some browning on the sides ! Yummy!
Chop up your tomato and add it to the pot! Leave it in there uncovered. This creates a nice type of sauce, with the fat from the chicken and the liquid from the tomatoes. This should take about 5 minutes.
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