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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'.

 

Lemon Dill Salmon – Fast and Easy

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LEMON DILL SALMON – FAST & EASY

Truth be told, i’m not a big fan of salmon. You will never find me ordering it at a restaurant but…I cannot resist THIS salmon recipe. When I eat this, I literally say ‘yum’ out loud and gobble it down fast. I especially like how fast this cooks up, under 25 minutes from preparation to plate. So thanks to this recipe, I am a salmon convert.

I also prefer wild caught salmon so that I’m eating the healthiest version salmon. I do not purchase farm raised fish of any kind because of the gmo pellets they are fed to artificially bulk up the fish. And since I primarily stick with organics, it just makes sense for me and my health preferences. But, that being said, this recipe will work with farm raised or wild caught.

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Fast and Easy Lemon Dill Salmon
 
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: Seafood, Paleo, Protein
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 salmon (fresh or thawed) fillets
  • 3 Tbl grass fed butter (I use kerrygold)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt (I personally use pink himalayan)
  • ½ tsp black or white pepper
  • zest from 1 lemon (then use the remaining lemon for slices)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking pan or dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine butter, dill, garlic, salt/pepper and lemon zest.
  4. Microwave thoroughly until melted but be careful not to burn the butter. About 25 seconds.
  5. Using a pastry brush, brush melted mixture generously onto each fillet. Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet at the fattest part.
  6. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes on the middle or top rack. I checked mine at 10, using a fork to check for flakiness and decided it needed another 2½ minutes because I like my salmon on the firmer side. Whatever your preference, check it at 10 minutes and go from there.
  7. Serve.

 

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritiousThe family that I cook healthy meals for recently received a new cook book for the holidays. It’s by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox who opened True Food Kitchen restaurant of which there are 2 in Arizona and they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious but must also promote the diner’s well-being.

While I haven’t been to a TRUE FOOD restaurant yet, I’ve definitely been cooking based on their awesome recipes. I do change a few things up for my particular taste but not only are these recipes delicious but that are nutritionally sound and chock full of healthy goodness.

Which brings me to this recipe. I was asked to make this recently and not only did I make it for my clients but I ended up making it for the hubby and I last night because it’s THAT GOOD!

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritiousThis recipe is just for the soup because it’s Paleo and vegan but in the cookbook, they pair this soup with these incredible Bison Turkey Meatballs which I also made separately so if I’m not in the mood for meat, I just leave them out.

This recipe really is one of the healthiest and by far tastiest soups I’ve made thus far. It’s my new soup addiction and considering that it was unseasonably cold in Arizona this past week, the timing was perfect. But I’ll be making this soup all year long for sure!

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritious

The best tip I can give you is to chop and puree everything prior to starting because it all goes pretty fast which makes this recipe all the better.

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 - 15 servings
Ingredients
  • ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS***
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium/large carrots, chopped small
  • 1 large or 2 small onions (I always use sweet), chopped
  • 3 large or 4 medium zucchini, chopped, skin on
  • 1 large jicama, chopped
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 - 32 oz. cartons vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 - 28 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes PLUS 1 - 14.5 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes, puree both
  • 1- 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, do not puree
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrot and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Add the jicama and zucchini and saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add the tomato paste, saute with the vegetables for 2 minutes, stir to blend distribute onto all the veggies
  6. Puree the 28 ounce can and one 14.5 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  7. Add the remaining ingredients: pureed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, quinoa, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt
  8. Turn heat up to medium/high until the soup starts to simmer
  9. Cover and let simmer for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring occasionally
  10. You will know it's done with the quinoa sprouts their little curly tails
  11. Remove from heat and let sit uncovered for another 10 - 15 minutes
  12. **While my soup was simmering I made the meatballs that are pictured. But this soup is phenomenal on it's own for sure.**

 

 

Turkey and Quinoa Cabbage Rolls – Paleo and Gluten Free

Turkey and Quinoa Cabbage Rolls – Paleo and Gluten Free

cabbage roll turkey quinoa paleo gluten free protein tomato onion bake

I don’t know what got me all jacked up to make cabbage rolls. I’ve never made cabbage rolls before but there was just something about it that I needed to eat.

I went looking for a great cabbage roll recipe and stumbled on a few really good ones but this one from www.12tomatoes.com caught my attention. I could easily make it paleo and gluten free so I was down-like-a-clown-wearing-a-crown 🙂

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into because I’d never made cabbage rolls before but this recipe is basically very easy if you break it into 4 small stages.

Step 1 – At the same time you are boiling the cabbage leaves you can be cooking the quinoa. Put the head of cabbage in large pot of boiling water but cut the core off first. I found it helpful to cut slices across the bottom of the leaves so that when they were ready to be peeled off I wouldn’t have to tug them off the bottom. Boil for about 8 – 10 minutes but if you see leaves starting to peel away, go ahead and remove them carefully and set aside until you have about 10 – 12 good rollable leaves.

While the cabbage water is heating up put a cup of quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth (organic of course) in a medium pan and bring it to a boil. If you have a favorite way to make quinoa, got for it but this is how I make mine and it comes out perfect every single time. I use the already rinsed kind so I don’t have to do that step.

Once the quinoa is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Set timer for 20 minutes. Stirring the quinoa about every 4 – 5 minutes until you see the curly ends sprout from the quinoa. Once done, remove from heat and let cool before adding it to the egg/turkey mixture.

Step 2 -While cabbage is boiling and quinoa is simmering you can start the next stage.

In a large bowl combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar), lemon juice and coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or Worcestershire). Set aside.

Step 3 – In another large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, onion, coconut milk (can sub with regular organic milk), salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the quinoa once it has cooled off. The reason for this is that the hot quinoa can prematurely start cooking the egg.

Step 4 – Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. I sprayed it mine with coconut oil. Put about a little over a 1/4 cup of turkey/quinoa mixture in each leaf, fold in edges and tuck everything in.

cabbage roll turkey quinoa paleo gluten free protein tomato onion bake

 

cabbage roll turkey quinoa paleo gluten free protein tomato onion bake

Put cabbage rolls in pan folded edges down. Once you’ve got all your rolls rolled, pour the tomato mixture over the top.

cabbage roll turkey quinoa paleo gluten free protein tomato onion bake

cabbage roll turkey quinoa paleo gluten free protein tomato onion bake

Put in the oven for an hour at 350 and BAM, you friggin’ made CABBAGE ROLLS – what what!!

Turkey and Quinoa Cabbage Rolls - Paleo and Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 10 - 12 organic cabbage leaves, steamed
  • 1 cup organic quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 organic egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup organic coconut milk, unflavored
  • ½ cup organic onion, diced fine
  • 1 pound organic ground turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce cans organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 8 ounce can organic tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs coconut palm sugar (can sub with 1 Tbs brown sugar)
  • 1½ Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the head of cabbage in large pot of boiling water but cut the core off first. I found it helpful to cut slices across the bottom of the leaves so that when they were ready to be peeled off I wouldn't have to tug them off the bottom. Boil for about 8 - 10 minutes but if you see leaves starting to peel away, go ahead and remove them carefully and set aside until you have about 10 - 12 good rollable leaves.
  3. While the cabbage is boiling, prepare the quinoa. Put 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for 20 minutes. Stir every 4 or 5 minutes. Quinoa will be done when most of the liquid has boiled away and the little curly q's have sprouted from the quinoa. Set aside and let cool.
  4. In a medium bowl combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut palm sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  5. In another medium bowl combine beat egg, coconut milk, turkey, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper and cooled off quinoa.
  6. Put a little over a ¼ cup of turkey mixture into each leaf. Wrap, tuck in the ends and place in baking sheet folded side down.
  7. Pour tomato mixture over cabbage rolls.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

 

Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad

Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad

lime shrimp quinoa protein mixed green walnut shellfish lemon zest

Posting from South Dakota again. Today we have a vigorous 10K hike up Harney Peak. Very excited. Yesterday we visited the Badlands and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never seen this part of the country.

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This picture above was taken at the prairie dog park where we got to hand feed little prairie dogs. There were tons of babies too. After that we moved on down the road to an unbelievably vast site. So why not do a little yoga? Made sense to me. Yoga is awesome anywhere.

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Onto today’s lean clean protein machine recipe. This is a super fresh, filling, low-fat, paleo salad. Clean protein from the shrimp and the quinoa. Tons of flavor too.

lime shrimp quinoa protein mixed green walnut shellfish lemon zest

I made a lime walnut version of quinoa which complimented the lime shrimp perfectly. I love quinoa period and one of the main reasons is that it is so versatile that you can adapt it to pretty much any recipe and it always turns out great.

The other main reason I love it so much is that it’s so nutritious. If you look through my other recipes, you’ll see I’m a huge quinoa nut. Hence my quinoa mac & cheese, coconut vanilla quinoa, quinoa pizza snacks just to name a few. Yup, I’ve got it bad for quinoa.

lime shrimp quinoa protein mixed green walnut shellfish lemon zest

{ I always use organics whenever available }

Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Fat, Protein
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ pound thawed raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup dried quinoa (rinse according to box instructions if not using pre-rinsed)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped green onions (the green part)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • dash of salt/pepper
  • Optional: ½ lemon, sliced into wedges
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup dried quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, cover and lower to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Fluff with fork.
  2. Add zest of a half of a lime, juice of a half of lime, olive oil, ¼ cup of chopped walnuts, chopped green onions and dash of salt/pepper to the quinoa. Stir to combine.
  3. While the quinoa is simmering, get the shrimp started.
  4. In medium saucepan, heat ghee and saute shrimp.
  5. In a small bowl combine zest of ½ of a lime, juice of half of a lime and coconut palm sugar. Pour mixture into saucepan on top of the shrimp and continue sauteing shrimp in lime/sugar mixture until shrimp is thoroughly pink.
  6. Serve shrimp with quinoa on a bed of mixed greens. Squirt lemon wedge over everything.

 

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