I’ve never been a fan of adding fruit to non-fruity meals, but this surprised me with how good it was.

  • brown rice (however many servings you need.  I always make enough so at least half of my 1.988 friends on Facebook can have some.  And its usually still hard when we eat it.  Rice. )
  • high heat cooking oil
  • 8 oz of chickpeas (you can use canned, but, ya know.  Gross.  I make a huge batch in the slow cooker occasionally and freeze them in 2 cup increments, so I used one of those)
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced (I used a potato peeler and just peeled the whole thing into thin pieces)
  • 1 T Tamari (this is a cleaner version of soy sauce.  It tastes the same.  If you can’t find it, use reduced sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1 orange, peeled, and chopped into small chunks
  • 2 green onions, sliced (I just cut them with scissors.  Why do directions always say to chop those?  Have you ever tried to chop green onions?  It’s hard.  They’re gooey.  Just cut them.)
  1. Cook rice according to package directions, and not the way I do it.
  2. Heat a dash of oil in a skillet (medium high heat) and add chickpeas.  Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly hardened.  Transfer to a bowl, season with salt and cayenne and cover to keep warm.
  3. In a steamer basket, steam broccoli until done.
  4. In the same skillet, heat another dash of oil.  Cook garlic slices until crisp, then transfer to a small bowl and add the rice wine vinegar.  Set aside.
  5. Cook chicken in oil until done, then add zucchini, tamari, and ginger.  Stir to coat, and cook until heated through or until you can smell it.  Stir in broccoli, orange, onions, and vinegar mixture and heat through.
  6. Serve over rice with chickpeas as a side or over the top.

Note:  While the tamari is lower sodium, you still need to drink plenty of water, especially if you are cleansing!