Winnie the Pooh had it right all along. Honey is the best!
Honey has more than just medicinal qualities; it contains all the sugariness you need to sweeten your food not only does it adds sweetness to your desserts, when added correctly it also contains the perfect element to balance all your savories. After all, none of us can resist a mouthwateringly perfect recipe.
Here are some recipes that you should try!
1. SPICY HONEY CHICKEN
Chicken-lovers are always looking for some new taste to experiment. Well, here’s something for you to explore.
- 1 package of chicken thighs/wings
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce (or any hot sauce)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. ketchup
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. brown sugar or sugar
- 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce (or any hot sauce)
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic (if desired)
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- Take a large bowl to mix your marinade of honey, chili sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Place chicken into a bowl and start marinating the chicken and make sure all pieces of chicken are coated with the mixture. Once done leave it overnight.
- Preheat your oven (or toaster oven) to 375F.
- Place chicken pieces on top on baking sheets with foil making sure that no pieces are directly on top of each other. Bake for at least 25-30 minutes or until done.
- Meanwhile get started with the preparation of sauce, mix ketchup, honey, soy sauce, sugar, chili sauce, garlic and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Mix it thoroughly and place into microwave at 30-sec intervals on high until the sauce begins to thicken.
- If required, baste the chicken a couple times. Once chicken is done place into your sauce bowl and toss, feel free to garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green scallions and serve.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green scallions
Tip: Leftovers can be enjoyed cold and served chopped up on top of a salad or reheated in a yummy noodle soup.
2. HONEY-GINGER GLAZED SALMON
It’s always a pleasure to serve a delicious meal to your family and guests, and at times it can be tricky to present them with new recipes on every occasion. No worries, this recipe will ease out your dilemma.
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
- 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Preheat oven to 400°. Take a jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.
- Combine honey with lower-sodium soy sauce, freshly peeled ginger and garlic clove in a small saucepan over medium heat; simmer 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool marinade to room temperature.
- Place fillets in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour cooled marinade over fillets, thoroughly coat each piece. Let it stand for ten minutes.
- Transfer fillets to the prepared pan. Strain marinade through a sieve into a saucepan; discard solids.
- Bring the marinade to a simmer over medium heat; let cook five minutes. Reserve two tablespoons marinade in a small bowl and three tablespoons in a separate small bowl.
- Roast fillets at 400° for five minutes; remove pan from oven.
- Preheat broiler to high.
- Brush fillets with reserved 2 tablespoons marinade; broil one to two minutes or until fillets are done and glazed on top.
Tip: You may serve fillets over rice; drizzle
with remaining 3 tablespoons marinade.
3. HONEY-PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
We all need an early morning snack to kick start our mornings. After all, a balanced diet is a cookie in both hands. Let’s see what you will need to bake this irresistible treat.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- Start by preheating the oven to 350°.
- Take a bowl, mix butter, peanut butter and honey in the bowl then add eggs; blend it well till you draw a thick paste.
- Once done combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add it to the peanut butter mixture and mix well.
- Take small amounts of the well-mixed batter on your palm to roll them into balls; place them on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten it with a fork dipped in flour.
- Bake it for 8-10 minutes or until set.
- Set it aside to cool
Tip: If you don’t have an Oven, cooktops and stoves are other alternatives that can be used for baking.
4. HONEY GRANOLA BARS
As long as we are talking about healthy snacks it will not do to leave the best one out. We kept the most luscious for the last as this one will become one of your favorite snacks.
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- ¾ cup honey
- 4 cups pre-made dark chocolate almond granola (or your favorite pre-made granola flavor)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips, divided
- Start with this pre-baking preparation: Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Then set it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat together the peanut butter and honey. Mix it well and add in the granola and oatmeal until well combined, then, in the end, stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
- Use a spatula or your hands with parchment paper under them to press down firmly all over the top of the mixture making sure the top is smooth and the mixture is as compact in the dish as possible.
- You can lift the bars out of the dish with ease using the edges of the foil or parchment paper and immediately cut into bars with a sharp knife or you can cover the dish with plastic wrap and place the bars in the refrigerator to firm them up even more, about 30 minutes, before cutting them into bars. Store cut bars in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Tip: These granola bars can be baked at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, if desired.
Now that you have some amazingly easy recipes to try out, don’t let the cook (or the foodie inside) wait any longer, you can thank us later!
Author’s Bio -Tejas Shahakar is currently the Content Manager at Raw Forest Honey. His experience as a content manager includes working on content related to all things ‘Honey’. He is also a health and wellness blogger with a main focus on natural remedies and Ayurveda. Website: https://www.rawforesthoney.com/