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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'.

 

Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper I have to tell you, I’m having a hard time writing this recipe because I can’t put this dish down. It is so delicious. The healthy stats on this dish are off the charts too.

This dish is so nutrient rich. Check this out…it’s vegan, paleo (clean eating), dairy free, chickpeas, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, tomato, onion, cauliflower, red bell pepper, coconut milk, spices and water. It’s hoppin’ delicious! You say it can’t be? Oh, it be!

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

First, chop those veggies. That’s the hardest part. I used by mini food processor for the carrots.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Heat the olive oil and add the onions. Saute for a few minutes, add garlic, saute for another minute. Then add your carrots, red bell pepper, sweet potato, tomato and cauliflower. Stir to combine and then partially cover pan and cook for 8 – 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the pot lets the veggies steam and soften better.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Next, add chickpeas, pumpkin and all of the spices. Combine thoroughly. Then finally add the coconut milk and water, combine with the veggie mixture. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done once all your veggies are cooked. The longer you let it simmer, the thicker it will get so go by your preference.

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I served mine with some cooked wheat berries. Eat it plain or top some quinoa or brown rice or any other ancient grain you prefer.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Paleo
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • *I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE*
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinse and drained
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomato, drained
  • 1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 - 15 oz. can coconut milk (light or full-fat. I used full fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small/medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Optional: ½ lime
Instructions
  1. Start out by chopping all your veggies ahead of time.
  2. Heat oil in a medium to large saucepan. Add onions and saute for 3 - 4 minutes until onion become soft.
  3. Add garlic, combine and saute for a minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato, cauliflower, red bell pepper, stir to combine and let cook partially covered with lid for 8 - 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the veggie mixture allows the veggies to steam lightly.
  5. Add chickpeas, pumpkin, curry, ginger, salt, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir everything to combine well.
  6. Add coconut milk and water to the mixture, stir well.
  7. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 - 25 minutes depending on how thick you like it. Make sure to stir every at least every 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with a ½ lime to squeeze onto the dish if desired.
  9. You can eat this amazing dish just as it or top some quinoa, wheat berries or farro. I had mine over some nice chewy wheat berries.

 

Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry

Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry
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So there I was at Costco one weekend enjoying an interesting people watching episode when I found myself standing next to the PB2. I had heard about PB2 but wasn’t really sure what it was. So, being that I was in Costco, I threw it in my cart because I knew I needed it. I just didn’t know for what yet.

Later that night I was cruising Pinterest for what to do with PB2. I found a zillion recipes. I feel like I’ve been missing out on so many yummy things because of all the fat in regular peanut butter. So I wasted no time in picking a recipe.

If you don’t know about PB2, its a powdered peanut powder. Think, powdered peanut butter. 85% of the fat and oil is removed making it only 45 calories a serving compared to peanut butters 165 calories. It also has 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat) compared to peanut butters 16 grams of fat! That’s huge. 

I love a creamy peanut sauce with my Thai food so I found this recipe, tweaked a couple of things, made it and LOVED IT. No more shying away from Thai peanut recipes because of all the fat in peanut butter!!

Chop those veggies!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliSaute those veggies!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliWhip up the sauce! So easy.

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliCombine shrimp with cooked veggies then add sauce. That’s it.

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliEnjoy!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoli

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Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry
 
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Recipe type: Protein, Low Carb, Pescetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SHRIMP:
  • 12 ounce bag frozen cooked shrimp
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, shaved
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • *Optional: 1 tsp red pepper flakes or more if you really like your eats hot hot hot
  • SAUCE:
  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha (more if you like it really spicy)
  • 4 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 5 Tbsp pb2 (powdered peanut butter). Can add ½ Tbsp at a time if needed for thickening up the sauce.
  • **Serving suggestion: Top some sprouted brown rice, quinoa, brown rice pasta or shredded cabbage.
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil on medium heat and add your sliced bell pepper, onion, carrots and broccoli. Saute, stirring occasionally.
  2. While your veggies are sauteing, prepare your sauce.
  3. In a small bowl mix coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, PB2 and sriracha. If you feel you would like the sauce thicker, add a ½ Tbsp of PB2 at a time until thick enough for your taste.
  4. Once veggies are almost fully cooked, add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Once the shrimp has cooked for about 2 minutes, add the sauce and continue cooking another minute or so.
  6. Eat it as is or top some sprouted brown rice, quinoa, brown rice pasta or shredded cabbage.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganA friend of mine posted this recipe and I immediately knew I was going to make it in the very near future. Well, today was that day. I was craving something sweet but healthy. This totally did it for me. I just changed a couple of ingredients but I’m sure the original recipe is just as fantastic.

This sweet filling treat is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has loads of protein. Hullo!! Next variation will be made with cocoa powder so it resembles coco wheats!! Add some strawberries to that and whoa nelly, you’ve got a chocolate covered strawberry superstar!! Sorry, I’m usually one recipe ahead of myself. Back to this delicious recipe….

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganLets run down the ingredient line up here and you’ll see why I’m so jacked up about this treat.

  • The 1/2 cup of pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of protein
  • The quinoa has 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. 12!!
  • The 2 tablespoons of flax seed has almost 6 grams of fiber and almost 4 grams of protein

Getting excited yet? That’s not even the best part. It’s DUH-LICIOUS!

Plus it’s super easy. You are heating stuff up and stirring it. So exercise your stirring hand and make this deliciously filling healthy treat!

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Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • **USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed and drained (I use the pre-rinsed brand)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (in addition to the 1½ cups listed above)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. You want your mixture to thicken up like oatmeal.
  4. Once mixture is thickened up, remove from heat and stir in flax seed.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. I topped mine with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

Next up is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Quinoa Dessert. I’m so excited 🙂 Enjoy!

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

watermelon sweet fruit nature ripe vegan vegetarian This might  be common knowledge to most people but I did not know this about picking the sweetest watermelon. I figured that since I didn’t know, maybe there someone else that needed this colossally delicious information.

Picture this: it’s a hot summer day, sweat dripping down your face and all you can think about is a nice big juicy sweet piece of watermelon. Natures ultimate candy. You get your big ole piece, bite into it and IT TASTES LIKE CRAP! Your whole summer-vibe bubble is burst.

I vowed, NEVER AGAIN!! I did a little research and a few experiments and the results were insanely successful. Every single time we have used this criteria in picking a watermelon, it’s been spot on. No more skunky watermelon!

It’s really very simple once you know. Almost too simple actually. But it makes perfect sense.

  1. You want a watermelon that has a big yellow creamy spot on it. If the spot is white or non-existent, it’s under ripe. The dark yellow creamy spot is called the ‘field spot’ because that’s where the watermelon was resting in the field ripening on the vine. The yellow spot indicates that it was ripening on the vine a good long time.
  2. Pick up the watermelon. Is it heavier than you think it should be for its size? That’s what you want. If you have 2 of the same size watermelons, you want the heaviest of them.
  3. The best ones are also uniformly shaped. Weird lumps and bumps may be a sign that it didn’t get consistent sun and/or water.

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There you have it. We usually go with the “yellow spot rule” first and foremost and have not been steered wrong once. We get amazingly sweet ripe watermelons every single time.