Dinner And A Cosmic Perspective

Low Carb Coconut Chicken


This blog serves many purposes for me.  As per my daughter Jennifer, it is first and foremost my opportunity to vent.  I also see it as a chance to open conversations about politics, religion, and relationships.  Some of those conversations take place in the comment section and on Facebook.  Some of the most interesting exchanges take place in private messages and emails.  But I still view the recipes as one of the most creative aspects of Again? Really?  There are a surprising number of people struggling with Type II Diabetes or weight issues.  Finding new and tasty low carb meals is a key to long term success.

These recipes take a lot of time and effort.  It starts with a dinner that I would like to recreate as Kosher Low Carb.  I then research recipes online, regular and low carb, and print five or six.  I study the recipes for similarities and contradictions.   That normally gives me enough of a foundation to create my own concoction.  I carefully measure all of the ingredients and write down everything.

Last night was to be a new dinner night.  I had all of the ingredients and I was ready to create.  Sally was working late and would be home by 9:45.  As all of you know, timing is everything.  And in the case of chicken, the difference between moist, perfectly cooked and flavorlessly dry.  It was not to be.  Due to a late customer and other issues beyond her control, she didn’t walk in the door until 10:20.  And yes, even though I grew up in retail and know better, I still took it personally.  The good news is that this dish is idiot proof / time proof / delicious.  In my case I took the chicken out of the oven, let it sit on top of the counter, and put it back into the now cooling oven for the last 15 minutes prior to serving it.

Low Carb Coconut Chicken

1 lb.    Boneless Chicken Breast

1         Egg

½ C    Unsweetened Flaked Coconut

½ C    Almond Meal

½ t    Garlic Powder

½ t     Dried Parsley

½ t     Smoked Paprika

  • Line large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Rinse chicken breasts, trim excess fat, pat dry with paper towels
  • Cover breasts with waxed paper and pound to uniform thickness
  • Slice into 1/2″ strips
  • Beat egg and place into glass pie dish
  • Dump the dry ingredients into a one gallon Ziploc bag
  • Dip all of the chicken into the egg and then place into the bag.  Shake well.
  • Place the chicken on to the baking sheet and place into the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400
  • Bake 40 minutes

I served this with humus and cauliflower.  And I felt better once I realized that the wait hadn’t ruined the dish.


As noted previously, my favorite traditional magazine is Esquire.  I learn something new from each edition.  I am always entertained.  The current issue has Scott Raab interviewing astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.   At one point they were discussing Dr. Tyson’s previous interest in the New York Knicks, but that was a long time ago when the Knicks were a much better team.

SR: The Knicks haven’t managed to rekindle your interest?

NDT:  No, and even if they were winning, I don’t know that they would. It was just a moment in time.  But I like extreme excellence in anything.  I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Jordan.  Who didn’t?

SR:  I didn’t, but only because I was a Cleveland fan.  I’ve since come to recognize his greatness.  Back then, I took it personally.

NDT: If you have a cosmic perspective, you don’t take anything personally.