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Maple Sesame Glazed Chicken and The Migraine Relief Plan- A Book Review

Maple Sesame Glazed Chicken, just one of the amazing recipes in The Migraine Relief Plan: a researched-based guide for reducing migraines through food.

The Migraine Relief Plan was received free of charge, all opinions are my own.

A History of Migraines

I have been getting migraines since I was in high school. Headaches are part of my everyday life, with migraine days varying from a couple of days a month to 10 or more. It’s been a battle, and while many people take strong meds, I haven’t had much luck with prescriptions and the ones that do help always make me tired (and I can’t just take a nap whenever I want with a toddler), so I’ve opted with just dealing and taking over the counter medicine.

When I was approached about this book, I was interested. I know certain things trigger migraines for me when I eat too much of them. Some of these include dark chocolate, parmesan cheese, and anything with MSG, but I had never heard of a diet that was so comprehensive.

Migraine Relief Plan

The Migraine Relief Plan Book Cover- Recipe photography copyright 2016 by Laura Bashar

Migraine Relief Plan

Stephanie Weaver has put together one of the most comprehensive resources for migraines I have ever seen. I actually read the book, cover to cover.

Her story of her battle with migraines gave me the assurance that I’m not alone in my battle, but on top of that, she presented the research. So often, when I read books about a medical issues, they leave out critical issues.

After reading through the introduction, I felt like I had a good understanding of migraines and I had a plan of how to combat them.

This book is a comprehensive resource. It doesn’t ask you just to give up everything you love but provides a step by step plan on how to change your diet to combat your migraines.

Included in The Migraine Relief Plan there is

  • An 8-week plan to change your diet
  • 75 delicious recipes
  • Checklists and Shopping Lists

Wild Rice and CarrotsWhat Now

After reading this book, I started to think about my food and what I should be doing to help reduce my migraines. I had no idea I was eating so much salt. I have a neurologist appointment in a few weeks, so I’m working on keeping a food diary until then and starting to see what foods may be triggering my migraines.

The Migraine Relief Plan also has an excellent symptoms guide, so I’m going to be using it to give my neurologist the best info I can.
We will also be incorporating many of these recipes into our meal plan. Maple Sesame Glazed ChickenI made both the Maple Sesame Glazed Chicken (recipe below!) and the Wild Rice with Carrots from the book.
My husband did miss the salt, but I thought they had great flavor.

The Migraine Relief Plan is available on Amazon and many mainstream bookstores. If you suffer from migraines, I highly recommend it.

 

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan, copyright 2016 Stephanie Weaver. Published by Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing, Inc

Maple Sesame Glazed Chicken and The Migraine Relief Plan- A Book Review

Maple Sesame Glazed Chicken and The Migraine Relief Plan- A Book Review
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  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar (see Cooks’ Note)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 13/5–2 pounds (0.8–1kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs (5–6 thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry toasted tan sesame seeds

  1. 1. Remove the roots and tips from the green onions. Cut the white parts into chunks and put them in a blender. Slice the green parts thinly and set aside.
  2. 2. To make the marinade, add the vinegar, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil, garlic, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and ginger to the blender and blend, along with the white parts of the onion, until smooth.
  3. 3. Put the chicken in a large bowl. Pour marinade over chicken. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  4. 4. Heat the coconut oil in large nonstick lidded skillet set over medium heat until shimmering. Add the chicken pieces and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  5. 5. Drizzle any remaining marinade from the bowl over the chicken and sprinkle the reserved sliced green onions, stirring to coat chicken. Then, partially cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium–low. Cook for 10 minutes, turn the chicken, and cook for 10 minutes more. Leave a small opening between the cover and the pan so some of the steam can escape.
  6. 6. Remove lid from chicken pan to check chicken for doneness. Cook just until done, either by checking with a meat thermometer for 165°F (74°C), or by cutting open. Sprinkle sesame seeds over. Remove from the heat.
  7. 7. Serve right away or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Madison Weaver
    March 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    This looks like such a yummy recipe! I will definitely have to try this!

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    Krysten
    March 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I need to get this book, I didn’t know that eating helped with migraines. This recipe looks delicious! I am pinning it for later!

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    Platter Talk
    March 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Nice sounding recipe. The information that your provided in this comment ia very interesting.
    I’ve got some strawberries cooking in maple syrup right now.

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    March 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This looks delicious! I absolutely love sesame chicken so this is definitely something I’d add to our rotation. I hope you feel better soon!

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    Brandi Crawford
    March 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Salmon has been my go-to lately. I love the sesame seeds!

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    Beth @ Binky's Culinary Carnival
    March 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    My best friend in high school suffered from sever migraines. Luckily, I have never been afflicted! I have read on certain sites, that turmeric may help with migraines too. Good luck!

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    Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    March 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the review on the book. I have occasional migraines and it is a hard one to deal with. Love the sesame glazed chicken. I can eat anything that has sesame in it as I love the nuttiness from the sesame seeds.

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    Daniela Anderson
    February 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    An interesting read for sure, I am fortunate enough not to suffer from migraines, but it must be such a relief to people suffering that there is something that can be done about it. Your chicken looks amazing, I do love anything that has to do with sesame seeds.

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    carlie
    February 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    This looks delicious! I am always looking for healthier choices for dinner.

  • Reply
    Anna
    February 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Now i know what I’m gonna be making for dinner. This looks so delicious and healthy. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe.

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    February 28, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this helpful recipe. Also, I didn’t know about this book, but I am so glad to know! So helpful, thank you!

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    Beth Giusti
    February 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing! A must try. I too suffered from migraines but when I was a child. I have since grown out of them but do still have more headaches than the norm.
    I’m going to have to check out this book! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    February 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

    That book looks super interesting, I’m going to have to check it out! I love maple in pretty much everything, I bet it’s amazing on this chicken with sesame seeds!

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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    February 27, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I am so fascinated by this book! I can’t believe you just deal with the migraines with a toddler. When one strikes me, I am on the floor vomiting for a good 24-48 hours – I am literally unable to sit upright. I have no idea how you can also chase after a toddler while you feel like that! Dealing with parenting and migraines was one of my biggest concerns, but fortunately they’ve decreased since I was pregnant – now I mostly deal with tension headaches, which are much more manageable (no severe nausea/vomiting).

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    Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health
    February 27, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I had problems with migraines few years back. It’s awful condition. I used to take so many painkillers but pill only mildly helped. Than I changed my lifestyle, started eating healthy, fresh, seasonal, organic… and I get rid of migraine. Food is powerful medicine. I’m so glad you write about this. Love the recipe. Love the book. Pinning and sharing!

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    Nicole Dawson
    February 27, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Migraines are awful! I do hope you find this is a resource you can use to help with relieving yours as well.

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    Molly Kumar
    February 27, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I’ve never made chicken with maple glaze but this sounds delicious and easy to make. Would try the recipe soon.

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    Hanady | Recipe Nomad
    February 27, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Lots of good information for migraine sufferers. My brother gets them a lot- I’ll pass the book to him. The Glaze sounds really nice and I love that it’s low salt.

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    ManilaSpoon
    February 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    For someone who experiences migraine on a monthly basis I am excited to learn about how to help cope with it with recipes that don’t trigger it. I know I ought to be more careful with what I eat so this would be so helpful!

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    Christine McMichael
    February 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Love sesame glazed chicken! This one looks and sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it for dinner soon!

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    swathi
    February 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Your maple sesame glazed chicken looks delicious, I like your review sure going to check it out this book. I don’t have migraine, but I think it will interesting to read how the food helps to cure these.

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    Megan Marlowe
    February 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Unfortunately, I have so many friends who battle migraines. I will definitely pass along this book recommendation as well as this recipe. This maple glazed chicken sounds delicious!

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    Dene' V. Alexander
    February 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    It truly amazes me that there are foods that can treat a migraine. If I dealt with migraines, I would eat this chicken everyday. Probably on days that I didn’t have a migraine!! Yummm-e!!

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    Gunjan
    February 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I like the idea that its gluten free. The combination of maple and sesame is my all time favorite. I usually se that combination for my salads and this recipe looks perfect for my diet.

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    Amy
    February 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I have ever had to deal with migraines but they sound terrible! I’m sorry! This chicken sounds amazing though.

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    February 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Ok…I know all about migraines. I will have to take a look at this book next time I am at the store. Love the sound of this tasty chicken dish.

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    Alisa Fleming
    February 25, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Hard to believe you an have low-sodium Asian food! This dish looks delicious. There are definitely different triggers for different people – it’s great that she puts forth many options to consider.

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    Lauren
    February 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This looks delicious! I too have had migraines for years. MRI after MRI and no one really had an answer. Last August I had a food intolerance test done and it revealed that I was moderately intolerant to eggs and highly intolerant to peanuts (two things that we’re in my diet fairly regularly. LOVE me some Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups 😉 After cutting out those two things and the various other things it pulled my headaches practically ceased to exist! It’s been amazing and now when I do eat something with eggs I can pretty much guarantee I’ll have a headache for days. I would highly recommend a food intolerance test, especially if nothing else has worked in the past.

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    Adriana Lopez Martn
    February 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

    What a lovely complete dish with a balance between protein and veggies. Must include this in my weekly menu, One of my step daughters suffer migraines this is a yummy way to prevent them.

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    Sarah
    February 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t eat chicken but I’ll take a big bowl of that wild rice with carrots! Migraines are no fun, my husband and oldest daughter suffer from them.

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    Veena Azmanov
    February 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I have been dealing with Migraines all my life. But I believe mine are more related to my activities, like going out in the sun, high humidity, strong smells…. My headache are more in summer than in winter…. but mine only last a day or two not as you say… month…. Wow must be tough.
    I must get this book – would love to read more about it for sure.

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    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    February 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    That was interesting to read your review about migraines! I’ve been fortunate enough to never have to deal with them but I’m sure diet can probably help. This maple glaze sounds good for any kind of diet though!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    That is such a wonderful glaze! The sweet and sesame is perfect!

  • Reply
    Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC
    February 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Amanda, thank you so much for this comprehensive review. I am so glad that you found the book as helpful as you have, and I hope it leads you to reducing your migraine frequency and severity. Hang in there!

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