I am constantly on the hunt for simple recipes that are chock full of flavor using natural ingredients. While, I love all of these ingredients separately, I wasn’t sure this recipe was going to have enough punch to satisfy my taste buds, but I’m not as bad as Bill he’s constantly dousing all of his food with hot sauce. However, I was pleasantly surprised, all the flavors really worked together to create one amazing dish that packs loads of fresh flavor into one bite. Everything is so simple, yet goes together perfectly. You even have an amazing combination of texture, from soft yet crispy sweet potatoes to the gently sauteed kale, this dish leaves nothing to be desired.
4 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
2 sweet potato, peeled and cut in cubes
2 cup corn kernels
4 cups kale, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Rinse chicken thighs in water and pat dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper. In a medium size skillet heat the coconut oil and melt the butter together. Add chicken thighs to skillet and cook on both sides until golden. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside, we will continue cooking it in the oven.
Drain all but a tbsp of the fat from the skillet, and add onion, cooking until translucent. Add sweet potatoes and cook for three to four minutes, until slightly browned. Add corn and cook for 2 more minutes. Add chopped kale, toss everything together and cook for another minute. Add the wine and season with salt and pepper.
Add the cooked vegetables to the prepared baking dish. Place the chicken thighs over the vegetables and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken cooks through and sweet potatoes are fork tender.
Serves 4 // 287 calories
Recipe from Jo Cooks.
Almost immediately after I got engaged, I knew I wanted to do something just as special for my bridesmaids as Bill had done for me with our picture perfect proposal. I began by searching high and low for ideas of what kind of goodies to include in bridesmaid proposal boxes and let me tell you there are LOTS of ideas out there of how to compile the perfect bridesmaid box. But none seemed perfect for my gals… I mean mini champagne bottles are super cute, but are you really going to sip on that by yourself?
I decided full size bottles of sparkling wine were the way to go! That way they could choose to save it for a special occasion and break it out for themselves when the timing was just right. Next, I knew I wanted to add something unique and fun. Originally, I thought of including flower crowns, but once I started researching, nothing seemed high enough quality for what I was willing to spend. That’s when I stumbled upon Compartes Chocolatier and OMG, I am glad that I did. All their chocolate bar flavors are super interesting and everything I tried was beyond this world, yum! Some of my picks were Apple Pie, Cereal Bowl, and Donuts & Coffee!
To finish the whole package off, I went over to my local Whole Foods to use their floral geniuses to create individual mini bouquets for each of my fabulous ladies. For less than $50 in flowers, they created six gorgeous arrangements that really took my box proposals from cute to FAB! If you’ve never gone to Whole Foods to buy flowers before, you’re doing it all wrong. They are my dirty little secret for any and all floral gifts. Not only are the flowers super fresh, but they will always rewrap your picks in kraft paper and tie it all up with twine for that picture perfect Instagram.
Once the boxes were complete I hand delivered them to my six besties, complete with adorable Super Paper LA cards and lucky for me they all accepted my proposal.