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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

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I love Chinese food but eating healthy and Chinese food don’t always go together. I’ve posted a couple of great paleo Chinese dishes like my paleo orange chicken and paleo faux fried rice which I make on a regular basis so this dish will feel right at home.

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I found this great recipe, made a few minor tweaks, grabbed some butter lettuce and I was a happy Bunny. Nommy nom nom.

Even better was that the main cooking time of this dish goes on in the slow cooker but it’s the quickest slow cooker recipe I’ve made. What sped it up was the few minutes of sauteing the chicken. A few minutes saved a few hours in the slow cooker so that was cool.

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My hubby is usually my taste tester and I knew he loved this recipe because after he had eaten this 2 times he asked if there was any more left. The first time he had it he ate it warmed but then he started eating it on organic pita bread cold like it was a fancy chicken salad.

 { I always use organics whenever available }

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups - Paleo, Gluten-Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (white parts and green parts separated)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
  • 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or gluten free tamari)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup cashews
Instructions
  1. In a bag, combine the black pepper and flour. Add the chicken and give the bag a good shaking to the chicken is coated in the flour.
  2. In a skillet, heat the ghee and cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side on medium-high heat.
  3. In a bowl, combine all other ingredients (except for the green parts of the onion and cashews)
  4. Put the chicken and sauce into a slow cooker. Stir in the cashews.
  5. Cook on low for 2⅓ - 3 hours.
  6. Serve in butter lettuce cups and sprinkle with the green parts of the onion or on top of my paleo faux fried rice (see link to recipe in body of posting).

 

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Black Cherry Apple Paleo Ribs

Black Cherry Apple Ribs – Ribs

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As I write this, my husband is sitting next to me chowing down. He just gave me a thumbs up and quite a few moans of pleasure. Needless to say, he really really likes these. And I quote “I love having a different style of ribs instead of the same old bbq version. You get an A++ on this one.”

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Minimal preparation in this recipe too. I used my mandolin on the second lowest setting and sliced up the onions and apples in a minute. Easy peazy.

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These are for the paleo foodie for sure. Tender, fall off the bone and a touch of sweet. Searing the tops for a minute or two made these perfect. You can absolutely eat them without searing but its worth the extra minute for the extra amount of flavor.

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{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Black Cherry Apple Paleo Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein, Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 slab of ribs
  • 1 - 2 bottles (8 ounce) pure black cherry juice (can also use pomegranate or grape)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 red onions sliced thin (I used setting #2 on my mandolin)
  • 2 red delicious or pink lady apples, cored and sliced thin (I used setting #2 on my mandolin)
  • 2 Tbs coconut palm sugar + 1 Tbs more for rubbing
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1 Tbs pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbs of ghee (or coconut oil) for searing
Instructions
  1. Slice apples and onions and layer on the bottom of your slow cooker. Put a layer of onions then a layer of apple, repeat until you've used them all.
  2. Rub salt and pepper into ribs. Really rub it in there.
  3. Sprinkle ribs with 1 tablespoon coconut sugar.
  4. Bury ribs in onion/apple mixture and top everything with juice of choice and water. Cut ribs in half if they don't fit in the slow cooker.
  5. Sprinkle with cumin, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, don't stir.
  6. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  7. Remove from slow cooker and sear the tops in ghee (or coconut oil) at a high temperature for 1 or 2 minutes. It was easiest to slice the slab in fourths then sear.
  8. Serve topped with onions/apple mixture.

 

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Slow Cooker Low-Carb Coconut Chicken

Slow Cooker Low-Carb Coconut Chicken

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I love Middle Eastern and Asian influenced recipes and this one clearly has Indonesian undertones. The coconut milk helps to make the chicken extra moist. It falls right off the bone. It’s savory with a touch of sweetness.

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For some reason when I use my slow cooker I feel like a real cook which is funny because my slow cooker is the easiest kitchen appliance to use. Maybe it’s because everything I make in it turns out perfect. This recipe is no exception.

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I’m so glad I stumbled on this recipeNot only does it have great flavor but it’s paleo, low-carb, has lots of protein and is only 6 points (if you are following a Weight Watcher plan).

I made some quinoa using a can of coconut milk instead of water or broth which gives the quinoa a sweet creaminess that compliments the chicken deliciously. Top the quinoa with your chicken and drizzle some of the liquid on top, perfecto!

UPDATE: The leftovers reheat very well, especially over some coconut quinoa. It was so savory that I licked the bowl clean. I’m not proud but it is what it is.

Slow Cooker Low-Carb Coconut Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Carb, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken - with bones or boneless (I used legs and breasts)
  • 1 large yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 15oz can light coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: ¼ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, garlic and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Rub mixture all over chicken, really rub it in there. Use all of your mixture.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker and cover with chopped onion.
  3. In a medium bowl combine coconut milk, paprika and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Whisk until combined.
  4. Pour coconut milk mixture over chicken.
  5. Set slow cooker on low for 5 hours.
  6. Serve and sprinkle with chopped cilantro (optional of course).
  7. Serving suggestion: Enjoy on top of some quinoa that has been cooked in coconut milk instead of water for added flavor and creaminess.

 

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Slow Cooker White Bean and Kale Soup – Gluten Free, Vegan

Slow Cooker White Bean and Kale Soup – Gluten Free, Vegan

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We eat this soup all year long. It’s very popular in our house and it just dawned on me that I haven’t shared it yet. Why should I keep this awesome soup to myself? It’s got so much going for it:

  • Gluten Free
  • Protein rich
  • Fiber Rich
  • Few Ingredients
  • Slow Cooker Simple
  • Reheats so good. The leftovers get better tasting each time
  • Includes KALE! Anything that includes kale is super awesome.
  • Makes enough for us to eat it all week long, which is especially good on busy days when we don’t have time to cook.
  • Vegan but can be adjusted easily for carnivores. (Cubed ham would be very tasty and chicken breasts would be so tender they would shred right into the soup with the twist of a fork)

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 { I always choose organics whenever available }

Slow Cooker White Bean and Kale Soup
 
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Slow Cooker White Bean and Kale Soup
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker, Protein, Vegan,
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry northern beans
  • 1 large bunch of fresh kale (leaves removed from thick stems and leaves torn up into smaller pieces)
  • 7 cups water
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (or you can use all water, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot except for the kale.
  2. Cook on low for 9 hours.
  3. Put kale in at hour 8 and continue cooking until kale is wilted to suit you. Some people like their kale wilted like spinach and some like it more sturdy. It's totally up to you.
  4. Makes awesome leftovers too.

 

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili

Grass-Fed Bison Chili

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We are big fans of grass-fed bison in our house. I like the flavor of bison much better than beef and it’s naturally lower in fat and higher in protein which I love too. I recently wrote about grass-fed bison stuffed peppers that were phenomenal.

Since the peppers were a big hit, I picked up some more bison at Whole Foods and tossed around ideas for the next bison recipe. The hubby suggested chili. Since it’s still friggin’ cold as snot here (at the end of MARCH no less), chili was not out of the question. Plus we can eat it all week.

We basically winged the recipe and what resulted was this savory chunky chili. This recipe has a good amount of heat. Just enough to feel it in the back of your throat. I personally like a LOT of heat so I added some hot peppers as a garnish afterwards. The hubby doesn’t like too much heat so I didn’t go nuts in the recipe because the thing with heat is that you can add as much as you want but you can’t take it out.

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground grass-fed bison
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • **Optional: 1 large jalapeno diced (include seeds for more heat, exclude for less)**
Instructions
  1. Cook onion and grass-fed ground bison until bison is browned, drain fat. You'll want to use a little oil in the pan because bison is naturally low in fat (I used coconut oil).
  2. Combine cooked bison/onion mixture and all other ingredients in a 6 quart (or larger) Crock Pot.
  3. Set on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-5 hours.

 

 

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