Summer has officially begun! The Sun moved into Cancer on the same day as Summer Solstice, Monday, June 20, ushering in the season we’ve all been waiting for. Now we can get on with everything that entails such as no school for the kids, sleeping in, lazy beach days, boating and water skiing, barbecues, picnics, river rafting, camping trips, summer camp and all the things that you loved doing as a kid during summer vacation.
Growing up in central California, there was always something going on every weekend! That’s the beauty of the location, we could literally jump in the car and head off in any direction for a different adventure. Whether we were off to Lake Berryessa for a houseboat trip, taking the ski boat to Folsom Lake to water ski, County fairs, music festivals, food festivals, Fourth of July, and big fireworks displays. One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit and vegetables of the season, as well as barbecues and eating outdoors. Have you ever noticed how much better food taste when you eat outside? It’s true! If you haven’t noticed I urge you to see for yourself. I remember noticing this when I was very young while camping. At any rate, I’d like to share one of my all time favorite grilled chicken recipes from my book, Lobsters for Leo, Cookies for Capricorn: An Astrology Lover’s Cookbook. It has an island twist from all my years on Maui with the pineapple-mango salsa. I hope you love it as much as my family does! It also happens to be one of the Cancer recipes. Bon Appetit!
These Cancer selections are great for the tummy and the entire digestive system. Nothing can waylay a person like an upset stomach or sluggish digestion. Cancer can benefit from these foods to avoid uncomfortable and often embarrassing digestive issues. They know all about nurturing, comforting, and making everyone feel better, so it is only natural Cancer rules the tummy.
Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple contains vitamins A and C, bromelain, and other enzymes that greatly benefit the digestive system. Slices of fresh pineapple after each meal will enhance the whole digestive process. The touchy Cancer stomach will appreciate soothing. Anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Take a cue from Crabs and have your daily dose of fresh pineapple or sip the golden juice.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple-Mango Salsa
Pineapple-Mango salsa is always a favorite, but serve it with Teriyaki and you have a dish to die for!
- ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup dry sherry
- ½ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced small
- 1 cup fresh mango, diced small
- ½ cup roasted red pepper, diced
- ½ cup red onion, diced small
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Salt to taste
1. Add the first seven ingredients for the chicken marinade in a
medium size mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the chicken
breasts to the marinate, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
2. Mix all ingredients for the salsa in a small mixing. Cover and
refrigerate for at least one hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Preheat a grill to medium-high
heat. Mark chicken on each side on the grill, for approximately
three minutes on each side. Remove from the grill to a baking dish.
Cover with foil and transfer to the oven for 15 minutes. Remove
from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with the salsa.