Village Meal Fun

I’m a Midwest farm girl and figured I was pretty qualified for village life, but at first I was actually super intimidated about pulling together meals here. But now it is actually fun and one of my favorite parts of this life! Since we don’t have any grocery stores here, mostly what we have available to us is fresh veggies, fruits and meat (like literally, the fish are still flopping) which is better for our bodies anyway. We do bring in spices and some other staples from the big city but otherwise make everything from scratch. Here is a recipe that I’ve adapted to fit what we have here, if you want to try something a little different!

Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Have you ever tried making your own BBQ sauce? I was amazed at how easy it was to put together and super yummy too! Before I joined the Pinterest bandwagon (I was super late to the game but it is a huge lifesaver these days for ideas), I decided to try and figure out a homemade BBQ sauce recipe with the ingredients we had on hand. There are lots of different recipes online as well.

Sarah’s BBQ sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 T. molasses (this we did bring from the US)
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 T. coconut aminos (a soy sauce alternative)
1/2 tsp garlic
1 tsp caroway
red pepper flakes to taste
dash of salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and store in the fridge.

Homemade Crust
I am still experimenting with gluten-free pizza crusts. There are so many different options! You can use quinoa soaked all day and then mixed in the blender with a few other ingredients, or cooked cauliflower, or different combinations of gluten-free flour. You can also do just a regular flour crust if gluten-free isn’t a concern for you.

For the pizza
Cooked chicken (I got 3 chicken wings from the market and boiled them with a little salt and pepper. This was enough meat for one pizza and I got homemade broth for future use out of the deal too)
BBQ sauce
Chopped onions
Fresh cilantro
Cheese if desired

If you have a normal oven you probably don’t have to pre-bake the crust, but we do. So, cover your crust (baked or unbaked) with BBQ sauce, add the toppings and bake for about 12-15 minutes until the cheese is nice and golden brown.

I love Cambodian food and we eat it in some form at least once a day, but it is fun to bring some Western favorites into our meal rotation as well. Even if you have grocery stores readily available where you are, have fun and try to make a meal from scratch and see you what you come up with!

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