I applaud those of you that have kids. I got to thinking today how in the world would I have time to do everything in my day AND take care of kids. They are some needy little people. Way needier than our kitties.
My point is that I appreciate an easy meal, especially a paleo one. I wanted to share a paleo recipe that makes it’s way into our oven frequently.
The recipe is basic for chicken fingers, you can customize the flavor by swapping garlic powder, curry powder, ground ginger or dry mustard for the chili powder.
If you are new to coconut flour, it is super absorbing of liquids therefore I recommend some kind of dipping sauce or topping for these because the coconut flour tends to be on the dryer side. You can even top these with some tomato sauce too. There are tons of dipping sauces out there depending on your taste…ranch dressing, sweet chili sauce (my favorite), ketchup, honey, tahini, honey mustard, etc.
I, much like little kiddie hands enjoy a good fruity gummy snack but unlike kiddie hands, I care about the food coloring, preservatives, sugar and nutritional value in the foods I put in my body. Pretty exciting. I know, I live on the edge.
Real Fruit Gummy Snacks
Lucky for me, I found this great recipe for Real Fruit Gummy Snacks at Don’t Mess with Mama.I tweaked it a little bit and created my own awesome version.
There are only 4 all natural ingredients: organic pure fruit juice, organic blueberries, organic maple syrup and grass fed gelatin.
What makes me giddy (or kiddie as it were) about these is that there are no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, and use grass fed gelatin. They are also gluten-free and paleo!
I read about the health benefits from grass fed gelatin and was really surprised. According to Thank Your Body, these are just some of the benefits associated with grass fed gelatin. You can go to their site for more a more in-depth explanation.
Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture. (Want shiny, strong hair naturally? Take your gelatin!)
Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet. (Note: It is not a complete protein so it shouldn’t be your only source for protein.)
Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
Real Fruit Chews completely satisfy my need for something sweet, chewy and fruity. These all natural chews are also nutritious.
Author: The Organic Rabbit
Recipe type: Snack
1 cup organic pure cranberry or pomegranate juice (I used a mixture of both)
1 cup frozen blueberries
3 tbsp organic pure maple syrup or raw honey
4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
In a saucepan combine the berries and a ½ cup of juice.
Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until the fruit is tender and softened
Add maple syrup
Use an immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree mixture
Transfer mixture to a glass bowl
Very gradually whisk in the gelatin. I whisked constantly and sprinkled the gelatin in the bowl a little at a time until gone and there were no lumps. (If you do end up with some lumps, use your immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree it smooth)
Add the last ½ cup of juice after everything is smooth and there are no clumps.
Pour into a glass pan (I used a 8.5 x 6.5 pyrex dish) or cute little silicon molds.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Cut into squares and eat.
***Word of caution if using a Nutribullet - let the mixture cool for a minute or 2 before putting in the Nutribullet. I put the mixture in while it was still hot and when I unscrewed the top after blending, it exploded all over the place. Blueberry juice on the ceiling. So let it cool before using a Nutribullet***
I know there are 2 sides of the coin when it comes to consuming animal proteins. Having been vegan for years, I recognize the beliefs/benefits of the health and morality of that lifestyle. For me personally, I was sicker than I ever being vegan and am the healthiest I’ve ever been now consuming animal protein. I am in no way endorsing or condemning the consumption of animal proteins, just sharing a recipe for those that do consume it.
It’s Sunday again and in our house that means we don’t leave the house and we do whatever makes us happy. If that means taking a nap on the couch at 1pm or working on that quilt that’s been under construction for the past 10 years, that’s what we do. Whatever makes us happy. But more times than not that includes a good slow cooker recipe.
Easy Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken
This recipe adds to my happiness for several reasons.
It’s SUPER easy
Using the slow cooker on Sundays makes me feel very “wife-ish”
There will be leftovers because it’s just the hubby and I
This is hands down the easiest paleo chicken recipe. A whole chicken, spices and a slow cooker is all you need.
Author: The Organic Rabbit
Recipe type: Paleo
**Use organics whenever possible**
1 whole chicken (4 - 6 pounds)
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
½ tsp thyme
1 cup chopped onion
In a small bowl combine all spices
Wash chicken and remove giblets
Place chicken into slow cook and rub spices onto chicken, really rub it in
Top with chopped onion
As the chicken cooks it will release it's own natural juices so there is no need to add any extra liquid
Set slow cooker on low for 5 hours. After 5 hours check temperature of chicken with a meat thermometer. It should be at least 165 degrees. Mine was 170 after 5 hours and the meat fell off the bone
After 3 hours, baste the chicken with the juices that are at the bottom of the slow cooker. (If you aren't home while it's cooking, don't worry because I did not baste mine and it was still fall off the bone tender)