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Paleo Chicken Marsala

Paleo Chicken Marsala

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootMarsala wine is walking a fine line by calling it paleo but then I’ve been known to have 18 items in the “15-item only” line so I’ll be a rebel with this one.  But by all means, if you find a suitable paleo substitute for marsala wine, knock your socks off. That being said, this recipe is paleo(ish), dairy free and gluten free so that’s pretty good I’d say.

First of all, I want to give mad props to http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2015/03/skinny-chicken-marsala/  for providing the basis for this recipe. I changed up a couple of things like using arrowroot starch (paleo and gluten free) and using bone broth instead of chicken stock because I wanted to amp up the nutritional stats.

First, split each chicken breasts in half (you’ll have 4 pieces total) and place them between plastic wrap or in a big plastic bag and hammer away. Pound those babies till they are about a 1/4″ thick. Normally I would use a meat mallet but I don’t have one so I improvised.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootSeason generously with sea salt and pepper then dredge in the arrowroot starch. You can use regular or gluten free flour if you aren’t concerned with being paleo. Tap off the access and repeat until all 4 pieces are dredged.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootHeat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. When good and hot, place chicken in pan. Leave chicken untouched for around 3 – 4 minutes to brown. Once browned, turn over and repeat on the other side. Set aside.

I cooked my chicken 2 pieces at a time so they wouldn’t be too crowded in the pan. If you have a really big pan, you can cook them all at once.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootWhile your chicken is cooking, chop your shallots and slice mushrooms. I used my new portable food processor for the shallots and bought pre-sliced shitake mushrooms so the only thing I really had to chop were the button mushrooms.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootOnce chicken is done, place on a plate and set aside. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and another 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add shallots and garlic to the pan. Saute for a couple of minutes until shallots are soft.

Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 – 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though.  Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootAdd marsala wine and cook it down for a minute, scraping any burnt bits off of the bottom of the pan. Add your bone broth and continue cooking until it thickens up a bit. About 2 or 3 minutes.

Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootYou can eat it ‘as-is’ or top some organic brown rice, quinoa, farro or zucchini ‘zoodles’.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootHubby’s review: He gave me the thumbs up and said “good chit babe”. Pretty legit review <3 Enjoy.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowroot

Paleo Chicken Marsala
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE***
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup shallots, diced
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth (can substitute with regular chicken broth)
  • ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch, separated
  • ⅓ cup marsala wine
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Butterfly each chicken breast in half making a total of 4 pieces.
  2. Place pieces between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Salt/pepper each piece generously.
  4. Dredge each piece in arrowroot starch and shake off access.
  5. Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter in a large non-stick pan on medium/high.
  6. Place chicken in pan and leave untouched for about 3 - 4 minutes until browned. Turn over and repeat on the other side, set aside.
  7. Heat other ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter.
  8. Saute garlic and shallots until shallots are softened. About 2 minutes.
  9. Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 - 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though. Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.
  10. Add marsala wine and cook off for a minute, scraping the burnt bits from the bottom of the pan if any.
  11. Add bone broth and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
  12. Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.
  13. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, farro or zucchini noodles or eat 'as-is'.

 

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake

Gluten Free & Vegetarian

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThis vegetarian bake is so simple yet so tasty. A great dish for Meatless Monday or to enjoy a low fat comfort food. You can serve this either as a main dish or a side dish.

This recipe is from an amazing cook book called True Food. This is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks. I followed the directions to a T but ended up adding more zucchini and more onions than called for. I like my meals chock full of veggies.

The steps were very easy. First poke holes in your spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. When the outside is soft enough to poke a knife easily into, she’s done.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your squash is cooking, you can caramelize the onions. Easy peazy. Just slice em, heat some oil and saute on medium for about 25 minutes until nice and browned up and soft. I ended up making way more onions than the recipe called so I could use them for other recipes like to top my veggies burgers with.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your onions are cooking and spaghetti squash is cooling, shred your zucchini. Make sure to squeeze out the water. I use doubled up paper towels and squeeze out the water and repeat 3 times to make sure I got out as much water as possible. Otherwise your bake will come out on the watery side.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThen just mix everything together including the tomato sauce but not the cheese and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianOnce it’s baked, crank up the stove to broil. Top your veggies with cheeses and broil for 3 minutes. The top should be nice and browned.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianAll done and all yum! I could easily eat the whole pan. The leftovers are even better tasting!

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake - Gluten Free, Vegetarian
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free,Vegetarian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced thin (about a ½ cup cooked)
  • 2 or 3 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed to remove water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup grated parmasen
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 1 - 2 olive oil
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Poke holes all over the spaghetti squash, place a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. Once done, remove from microwave and let cool before cutting. Once cooled enough to handle, slice in half lengthwise. I find it easier to slice if I cut off the hard knob first. Once sliced, discard seeds and rake the "spaghetti" with a fork. Place "spaghetti" in a large bowl.
  3. While the squash is cooking, prepare the caramelized onions. In a large pan, heat oil and add sliced onions. Cook on medium/high, stirring frequently for 20 - 25 minutes or until nice and browned.
  4. While onions are cooking, shred zucchini with skin on. Squeeze out as much water as possible.
  5. Once onions are done, combine all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl and combine thoroughly. I used my hands to make sure everything was mixed well.
  6. Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
  7. Remove baking dish from oven and crank it up to broil.
  8. Once oven is at broil temperature, top mixture with cheese, put back in oven for 2 - 3 minutes (watching carefully) until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving as it will be blazing hot.
  10. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato So I hear that it’s gloomy and cold in my hometown in the suburbs of Chicago but it sure doesn’t seem like it here in sunny Arizona where it was 81 degrees 2 days ago. On November 9th, it’s sunny and 81!! Unheard of. At least for me because I’ve lived in Illinois the majority of my adulthood.

But my internal clock tells me it’s yummy cozy slow cooker soup season for sure. I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I loved the simple ingredients and the fact that it included couscous which makes me feel like I’m being bad and eating pasta but couscous actually has protein and fiber in it. So I’m not being super bad by eating pasta but also not being super awesome by eating quinoa, couscous is somewhere in the middle for me.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato This recipe came together so fast and easy and unlike other crock pot recipes that take 4 – 6 hours, this one only takes about 2 hours on low. A nice, easy, healthy, warm and cozy vegetarian soup just like that. And it freezes really good too.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth If you really like carrots, add more carrots, if you like more green red orange or yellow bell peppers then add more. The recipe is so simple that you can easily customize it to your particular taste.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth You can decide how much seasoning you prefer too. I like a little kick to my recipes so I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and it was perfect for me. But at the very least, the salt, pepper and oregano give a great flavor and mix really good with the flavor of the fire roasted tomatoes.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth I love having a good soup in the fridge ready to heat up. This recipe makes A LOT. I had to use my 6 quart slow cooker. But it’s so good and hearty, not to mention nutritious that the hubby and I go through it really fast. None goes to waste, that’s for sure.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato

Easy Couscous Soup in the Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Israeli or Pearl Couscous, NOT cooked
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) organic red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 to 15 ounce can) organic diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup organic carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 organic bell pepper, finely chopped. (I used red but use whichever is your favorite)
  • 1 organic onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (grass fed or ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you like a little more zing
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in skillet and add onions, carrots and bell pepper.
  2. Continue sauteing until the onions become translucent (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add all other ingredients to the crock pot and when the vegetables are done sauteing, add them too. Stir.
  4. Set slow cooker on low for 2 hours. After 2 hours, check to see if the couscous is tender. If so, stir and turn off but let soup sit for another 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Eat and be warm and cozy.