Happy Monday…. um, Tuesday! Definitely feels like a Monday, but that kind of thing usually happens over a long weekend.
How was everyone’s Memorial Day? Ours was just crud weather in the mid-Atlantic… but I sort of feel as though the weather in general has been pretty bad. I also feel as though I’ve prematurely aged mentally where I insist the weather/flies/mosquitos/hurricanes/snow/potholes/pollen/life in general gets harder or worse each year. I’ll have to press the reset button on that…. that’s not good energy to be putting out there.
Friday was a busy day, too. I worked from home — after a flurry of appointments, I finally had a chance to COOK STUFF!!! Not that I haven’t been cooking, I’ve just been making food that’s much more palatable to my family. I’ve been cooking a lot of non-paleo, non-vegan and non-keto foods since we’re all around more. I can definitely tell a difference with my body, and it does not like it. My jeans don’t, either. Oh also, I forgot how much I like beer? Yeah, this weekend wasn’t good for that.
In other news, we’ve got an interesting Full Moon. This one falls under Sagittarius, which is the best opportunity to give us a fresh perspective.
Is there anything you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around? Have you been wrestling with thoughts that you just can’t seem to get behind? This is an amazing time to really gain a different lens and to garner better insight to everything going on in your life. Sagittarius energy is really about building on what you already know and already have, and broadening your horizons. What have you done so far that’s really propelled you towards where you want to go? How are you going to use this to get where you’re going next?
This sounds vague, but it really isn’t. It applies most closely to whatever you’re experiencing in life. If there’s something you’ve been waiting to do, wait no more. If you’re waiting to take a risk, move somewhere, take a job, make a big decision, splurge on a vacation, this is the perfect time to start the momentum on that and get it moving. Reevaluate your goals to make sure they still fit you, and to check your state of mind to ensure you’re an open book for growth.
Onto the foodies…. these wings have made an appearance in quite literally everyone’s house this weekend. I made them. All. Weekend. I love them! The key is keeping a bit of the marinade separate and brushing it on right before serving so they keep that really tasty briny and gingery flavor. Try these out on the grill… I whole heartedly believe that good wings always belong on the grill. Plus, while chicken wings certainly aren’t the bare essentials of paleo eating, who doesn’t love a good wing? YUM.
Zesty Ginger Sesame Chicken Wings (Paleo!)
prep time: 20 active min, plus marinating time
cook time: 20 min
Serves anywhere from 1-5 people, depending on your appetite
- 2 packages organic or all natural wings (separated into wings and drumettes,
- 1 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 stalks of scallions, green and white parts, sliced thin
- 2 tbsp tahini paste (or miso, if not strict paleo)
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tbsp of fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds (black and white preferred for aesthetics, but any color will do)
- Whisk together your tahini and coconut aminos in a large bowl first to emulsify.
- Once the sauce is thoroughly mixed, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. It should taste VERY briny — chicken absorbs a lot of the salty flavor, so it should have enough zest to really taste salty. Set aside a 1/2 cup of the mixture in a small bowl.
- Place your chicken wings in a bag, pour your sauce over them and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, up to 24 hours. Refrigerate your separate sauce as well.
- Once ready to cook, preheat your grill to 400 degrees. We want high heat to make sure the skin is crisp.
- Place the wings on the grill, about 1 inch apart. Turn as needed, once the wings darken and appear blackened. They aren’t necessarily burnt — the caramelization from the coconut aminos will just make them appear darker.
- Continue to turn until thoroughly browned on all sides, about 15-20 minutes in total.
- Remove from heat, and brush with remaining sauce. Garnish with a pinch of scallions.