Dinner for a friend

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  1. koukouvagia

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    My good friend is coming by and I'd like to cook dinner for her. She is 7 months preggo and has gestational diabetes. She can't have any starches or sugar and no raw fish/meats or unpasteurized dairy. She likes spicy foods. I have bone in chicken breasts I would like to roast, and maybe roast up some spicy cauliflower with veggies? Can I serve gravy? I also have a raddichio, avocado, almonds, broccoli, carrots, lentils, an staples. I'm drawing a blank on sauces, gravies and sides!
     
  2. teamfat

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    Sounds like flour based gravies are out.  I'd be looking at some Asian options, like roast chicken with a teriyaki type sauce, hard to do with no sugar but soy, sherry and rice vinegar play well together.  And cauliflower brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of red pepper flakes and roasted is pretty good.

    mjb.
     
  3. french fries

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    You could look to other countries for an alternative to a gravy. Ingredients you could use for a marinade - and if you wish, reserve some to serve as a sauce:

    • Thai

    coconut milk

    fish sauce

    garlic

    lime

    chilis

    scallions

    shallots

    coriander

    • Morrocan Charmoula

    cilantro

    parsley

    garlic

    cumin

    chili

    lemon

    olive oil

    • French (recipe from Guy Marchand) Chicken + Roasted Zucchini + Kalamata Olive puree.

    Brine the chicken with water, sugar, salt, thyme, white wine vinegar, mustard seeds, garlic

    Roast the zucchini with olive oil and fleur de sel, chili and thyme

    Puree the kalamata olives with lemon and olive oil
     
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    Turmeric, ginger, and cumin make a great flavor on chicken. I like FF's idea of morrocan flavors. You could also look up recipes for a Tagine to get some ideas.
     
  5. koukouvagia

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    I've decided to combine cauliflower, carrot, red peppers and fennel bulb, seasoned with lots of coriander, cumin and cayenne, roasted.

    Alongside a radicchio and arugula salad with spiced almonds and citrus vinegraitte.

    Now I need an idea of how to season the chicken and serve it with a sauce of some sort?
     
  6. jake t buds

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    When you say no sugar -  do you mean processed sugar or the natural sugars in the vegetables?

    What about the sugars from alcohol? I have a recipe that braises chicken pieces in white grape juice. Salt/pepper chicken and brown in olive oil. Add brandy and burn off, then add grape juice; just enough to come up about half way on the chicken, cover. Add real grapes halfway through the braise. Remove meat, add a pad of butter and whisk to thicken sauce. It's quite tasty. Might go well with your sides. Or :  Stuff the chicken with some lemon zest, ground up toasted almonds and mascarpone under the skin. S/P, and brown the chicken skin side up in a pan, and then in the oven to finish. Remove and rest, add chardonnay to the pan with some stock, and deglaze and reduce for sauce. 

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  7. koukouvagia

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    Hi Jake I missed your post but I did something similarish. I was watching Ina Garten briefly ad she just happened to be cooking chicken breasts so I tried her recipe! Basically I heated up 6 sliced garlic cloves in about a half cup of olive oil on low heat. I added the zest and juice of 2 lemons, vermouth, thyme and oregano. Then I marinated the chicken and roasted them in a hot oven in the sauce. It was kind of awesome and the lemony sauce went really well with the spicy veggies.