I’ve been in a conference all day today and I was in the same conference all day yesterday, so I made this meal in stages which means I forgot to do my ingredients picture. I’m so sad! I really like taking a picture of the ingredients because most of the time it is all fresh or simple ingredients and I really like emphasizing that.
Let’s talk about this fresh salad! Avocado, orange (okay, I lied earlier, I used a clementine instead of an orange, substitution number 2), lime and cilantro. Yum! So fresh and light but satisfying! I wish I had finely chopped the cilantro instead of coarsely chopping it. That would have improved it exponentially. But hey, I’m learning, so it’s all good!
I mixed up the spice seasoning mix this morning before I left the house! I really like it when the directions say, “you can do this up to ## days ahead of time”! It encourages me to read through my recipes a few times before I make the dish. It also encourages me to do an appropriate amount of prep work when I have a few moments here or there!
The shallots and raw pumpkin seeds are ready to be mixed with the rice!
Oh my goodness! The flavors and aromas!!
So sometimes I’m a ninny and forget that when you remove a pan from the oven, the handle you can normally grab shouldn’t be touched without a pot holder. Ouch, I’ll be doing burn wound care this evening. (I’m okay, my palm just looks like I spent some time in the sun.)
I have no idea why or how these flavors complement so well, but this was a very tasty meal!
Southwestern Roasted Chicken:
- Coriander, dried – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Paprika – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin – 1/2 tsp
- Chili powder – 1/4 tsp
- Black pepper – 1/4 tsp
- Shallots – 1 clove, chopped
- Pepitas / pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup
- Chicken thighs, boneless (with or without skin) – 1 1/2 lbs
- Oil, cooking – 2 Tbsp
- Cooked wild rice (leftover from Monday) – ~2 cups
Orange Avocado Salsa:
- Oranges – 2, segments, roughly chopped
- Avocados – 2, chopped
- Cilantro – 1 Tbsp, leaves torn
- Limes – 1/2, juice of
*This meal is part of Cook Smarts subscription meals!