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Summer time is the best time. The sun is hotter, the days are longer, the dirt ring in the tub comes back, and the food somehow tastes better.
I don’t know about you guys, but summer around here is just different. Maybe it’s because summers in Alberta seem shorter. In our house, we truly live on summer time – chores get left behind in favour of playdates at the park, bedtime is less strict because it’s just too nice to go inside, and meals become simpler but somehow more delicious.
In the summer, I find that our diet consists mainly of grilled foods and fresh salads. No one has time (or wants) to cook complicated meals, and clean up a million dishes. Food becomes a lesson in simplicity, but at the same time, a lesson in taste. I find that sometimes the most simple recipes are the most delicious. Keeping food closest to it’s most natural state often leads to the most nutritious and flavourful dishes.
When Kevin is home, he’s the grille master. I don’t really have the patience, but he does. Kevin works the grille like no one I’ve ever met. He will gladly BBQ a round of chicken thighs or tenderloin steaks for an hour if that’s how long it takes.
This recipe is kind of his creation. He came home from work one day raving about a BBQ they had at site. One of the guys brought jerk chicken and Kevin loved it. I’m not kidding that he talked about jerk chicken for over a week. That was a month ago, and we’ve now had jerk chicken 4 times! Ha!
This Buddha bowl was my way of changing up how we were eating our jerk chicken. I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t eaten this same bowl for 3 meals in a row… haha *covers eyes*
If you don’t have a jerk chicken recipe, here are a couple good ones that we’ve used with good success Diethood Jerk Rub, The Spruce Jerk Sauce. Or if you prefer, you can buy it online, here: Grace Jerk Seasoning.
Ps, I used a chopper/chipper like this to make my salsa – not only does it hide my awful knife skills, it also makes it a real breeze to cut that many veggies that fast!
HERE’S WHY IT’S HEALTHY
Spinach has always been known as the vegetable that will make you strong. It’s true! Spinach is incredibly rich in iron, 1 cup of raw spinach carries a dose of nearly 2mg of iron, has some protein and a good amount of fibre. Spinach is also rich in vitamins A and C, and has a decent amount of vitamin E and folic acid. This wonder veggie also provides us with potassium, magnesium and calcium.
This tropical fruit is a vitamin A powerhouse, primarily beta-carotene. One mango can have nearly 10,000 IU of vitamin A! Mangoes also have good vitamin C concentrations and also some vitamin E. Minerals such as zinc, magnesium, and potassium are abundant in mangoes.
Chicken is a great low calorie, high protein, and moderate fat meat. Because chicken is an animal product it is considered a complete protein, which means that it has all the essential amino acids. If you’re buying chicken, I recommend looking for free range organic chickens, I feel that a healthier animal leads to a healthier end food product.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cooked chicken thigh, grilled with jerk flavouring
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 mini cucumber
- 1 vine tomato
- red onion, to taste
- ½ cup mango salsa (recipe below)
- green onion, for garnish
- extra jerk sauce, if desired, to drizzle.
- Layer spinach at the bottom of a large bowl.
- Add other toppings.
- Garnish with green onion and jerk sauce if desired.
- 3 Ataulfos mangos, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ½ small red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- dash of lime juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and enjoy!