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Chicken, Eggplant, Tomato and Spinach Skillet – Paleo and Gluten Free

Chicken, Eggplant, Tomato and Spinach Skillet

chicken eggplant tomato spinach mushroom paleo gluten free proteinThis has got to be one of the easier things I’ve made lately. One meal, one pan = fast and delicious!

chicken eggplant tomato spinach mushroom paleo gluten free proteinThis is an almost perfect meal. It’s Paleo, gluten free and loads of vegetables, It’s also vegan optional by just omitting the chicken. You could substitute tofu or add some quinoa to ramp up the protein factor.

chicken eggplant tomato spinach mushroom paleo gluten free proteinJust chop your veggies ahead of time and the rest of the recipe comes together within minutes. You could eat this right out of the pan or top some brown rice pasta or quinoa.

Chicken, Eggplant, Tomato and Spinach Skillet - Paleo and Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • *** I RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE ***
  • 1 lb. boneless organic chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 medium-sized organic eggplant, cubed
  • 5 ounces shiitake mushrooms, diced.
  • 5 or 6 ounces bag organic baby spinach
  • 1 organic sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 15 oz. can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh organic basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon organic minced garlic
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop your veggies separately, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and add garlic. Saute garlic for 1 or 2 minutes or until slightly browned. Be careful not to burn.
  3. Add onions and eggplant, saute for 5 or 6 minutes or until onions are translucent, stir frequently.
  4. Add cubed chicken and saute until cooked thoroughly, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  5. Add fresh spinach and mushrooms, saute until spinach is wilted.
  6. Add can of drained tomatoes and the remainder of the ingredients. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently letting some of the water from the tomatoes cook off.
  7. Serve alone or on top of some brown rice pasta or quinoa.

 

Paleo Asian Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Paleo Asian Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

asian chicken lettuce wrap pf chang appetizer protein low fat paleo gluten freeI had some organic ground chicken so I went browsing and found this awesome PF Chang-like Paleo Lettuce Wrap recipe at CaveGirlCuisine.net. I normally will find a recipe that inspires me to recreate a healthier version but this recipe needed very little change at all. The only edit I made was that I used cooking sherry instead of white wine vinegar, otherwise everything was the same.

I was so impressed at how fast this meal came together. No complicated instructions, uses just 1 pan and you only have to dice up a few things. Easy peazy lemon squeezy right?

asian chicken lettuce wrap pf chang appetizer protein low fat paleo gluten freei’m a sucker for anything that can be used in a lettuce wrap. I found this non-gmo living butter lettuce at my local grocer a while ago and fell in love. They last forever because it’s live and I use them to make blt’s or tuna “sammiches”, etc. I don’t eat bread but who needs to with these little convenient lettuce cups?

live butter lettuce cups wrapsThis recipe yielded 10 – 11 lettuce wraps so we had leftovers since it’s just the hubby and I. Just keep the chicken mixture in the fridge in a covered bowl and reheat as needed. It reheats really good. Throw a few slivered almonds and green onions to garnish if you want to get all fancy 🙂

asian chicken lettuce wrap pf chang appetizer protein low fat paleo gluten free

 

A second round of these has already been requested. I’m going to try them with organic ground turkey next. I’m confident they will be just as good, just a little less fat which isn’t a bad thing. Enjoy.

Paleo Asian Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 butter lettuce cups
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 5 ounces shiitake mushrooms, finely diced
  • ⅓ cup scallions, chopped (the white part, reserve the green part for garnish)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced OR 3 teaspoons already minced from a jar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce but then it wouldn't be paleo)
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking sherry OR white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Scriracha hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium/large skillet heat sesame oil and add ground chicken. Cook until almost done. You will be cooking it longer when the other ingredients are added so you don't want to overcook it in the beginning.
  2. Add mushrooms, scallion, ginger and coconut aminos. Cook until scallions and mushrooms are softer.
  3. Stir in garlic, almonds, sherry, mustard, Scriracha, honey and salt. Cook off most of the liquid over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon mixture into lettuce cups, top with slivered almonds or the green parts of the scallions as a garnish.

 

 

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

We are still here in gorgeous South Dakota. Yesterday we went to Mount Rushmore and marveled at this piece of Americana. Pictures definitely don’t do it justice.

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Then we went on some gorgeous nature drives through Custer State Park. We stopped off at the grocery store first to and pick up a bag of apples and carrots because we were told there would be wild burros that we could feed. What we didn’t like is that we were told that people feed them crackers and cookies. CRACKERS AND COOKIES? Well we couldn’t have that so we got them some healthy snacks. Of course we did 🙂

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Happy Burros 🙂

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After a long day of seeing incredible views we were hungry. We stopped off in a little town called Keystone, SD. I really wanted to find something to eat that I couldn’t find at home and I did. (I apologize in advance to the vegan/vegetarian souls.) I had bison ribs. If I do eat meat, I choose bison because it is very lean and has a lot less fat. Of course I was offered the typical potato side dish and bread of which I turned both down. But, this recipe for Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash would have gone PERFECT. It’s a healthy comfort food side!

I do love mashed potatoes but don’t love the actual potato so much. Not because they aren’t delicious but I don’t love the starch content and that they metabolize as sugar in the gut. They are high on the glycemic index which is the method in which to measure how certain foods spike blood sugar and insulin levels.

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

But you don’t need to give up the creamy garlic mashed potato flavor. Simple substitutions make all the difference in terms of creating a healthy side that is gluten free, full of fiber, protein, good fats, low-calorie and low in carbs.

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

Since cheese isn’t included on the paleo or vegan diet, you can omit the cheese or use nutritional yeast instead and make this true paleo and vegan.

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash
 
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Recipe type: Low-carb, Low-fat, Paleo, Vegan
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  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped (the white part)
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped (the green part)
  • 3 Tablespoon full fat coconut milk
  • 3 Tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and boil in a large pot for 15 minutes until very tender.
  2. Drain cauliflower and using a potato masher, mash cauliflower until there are no more lumps. You could also put it in a food processor if you like. I just used a masher.
  3. In a large bowl combine mashed cauliflower and all other ingredients.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  5. Serve warm. Reheat in the microwave if necessary.

 

 

 

Low-Carb Bacon Mushroom Spinach Carbonara

Low-Carb Bacon Mushroom Spinach Carbonara 

low carb carbonara spaghetti squash spinach onion mushroom bacon gluten free
A couple of weeks ago a friend asked me for a healthy carbonara recipe. I didn’t have one created yet but I love a challenge. Since my husband was home today and I needed to feed him, this amazing recipe was born.

low carb carbonara spaghetti squash spinach onion mushroom bacon gluten free

This recipe has so much flavor between the sweetness of the onions, saltiness of the bacon and tang from the tomatoes. The spaghetti squash adds a slightly nutty flavor to the whole thing. It turned out amazing! But you can easily make this paleo by omitting the bacon. It will still have tons of flavor.

You can use spaghetti squash or a quinoa pasta. I wrote about spaghetti squash a while ago and how it’s flavor is so mild and versatile that you can top it with pretty much anything. it’s really easy to cook and shreds up just like angel hair pasta. Try it with some marinara and olives, a little olive oil and Parmesan cheese, etc.

low carb carbonara spaghetti squash spinach onion mushroom bacon gluten free

 P.S. The hubby LOVED it

low carb carbonara spaghetti squash spinach onion mushroom bacon gluten free

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Low-Carb Bacon Mushroom Spinach Carbonara with Spaghetti Squash Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • ½ lb uncured bacon
  • 1½ cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped white or sweet onion
  • 2 big handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons ghee (could sub with olive oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • ½ can fire roasted tomatoes (reserve liquid)
  • Dash of salt/pepper
  • Optional: red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Wash outside of spaghetti squash and carefully poke about 10 holes in it. Place on baking sheet (be careful it doesn't roll off). Bake for 60 minutes.
  2. While the squash is baking, prepare your sauce.
  3. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces, don't worry about separating them because they will come apart while cooking.
  4. In a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon of ghee (or oil of choice) and cook bacon until crispy.
  5. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon, set aside and discard grease.
  6. Using the same pan, add ½ tsp of ghee and saute onions, garlic, dash of salt and pepper on medium heat until translucent. About 4 - 5 minutes.
  7. Add another ½ tsp of ghee and add mushrooms and spinach, saute on medium heat until spinach is thoroughly wilted.
  8. Add fire roasted tomatoes plus all of the liquid in the can to the pan. Continue to heat on medium until most of the liquid cooks off.
  9. When your squash is finished baking, place on counter for about 10 - 15 minutes so it's cools off enough to cut in half.
  10. Once cooled enough to handle, slice squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  11. Rake fork along the flesh to separate the "spaghetti" from the outer shell.
  12. Serve spaghetti squash topped with your delicious carbonara sauce.
  13. Optional: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

 

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Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionAdd quinoa to the list of things I love the most. Puppies, unicorns, purple and quinoa. I could eat quinoa every single day (and almost do). It’s so versatile, loaded with protein and adapts to so many different flavors, even sweet things. Some days I’ll make Coconut Vanilla Quinoa for breakfast and Amazing Quinoa Mac and Cheese for lunch.

Even though I eat foods that are nutritionally dense doesn’t mean I don’t crave things like pizza. So now I get to enjoy the flavors of pizza but none of the guilt. These babies have lots of protein from the eggs, quinoa and a little from the cheese. You could replace the cheese with vegan cheese if you so choose.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionJust cook your quinoa and in a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except for topping. Once the quinoa is done, mix it as well.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionSpray muffin tins with non-stick spray. I use coconut oil spray. Fill each cavity to the top and press down lightly with a spoon.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionLet cool properly and run a butter knife around the edges if the pizza snacks don’t pop out for you. Top with fire roasted tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a tasty healthy pizza snack. Yay!

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onion

 {use organics whenever possible}

Quinoa Pizza Snacks - Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (usually 1 large onion will make a cup)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (can sub with vegan cheese)
  • 1½ cup diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained. (I use the Muir Glen brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • **TOPPING**
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of uncooked/rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except for the 2 pizza sauce ingredients.
  5. Once the quinoa is cooked, fold it into the mixing bowl with everything else and combine everything thoroughly.
  6. Spoon quinoa into a greased muffin tin. You can fill them to the top and press down gently with a spoon. I used an ice cream scooper and it works perfectly.
  7. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  8. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes as they will firm up once cooled. If not cooled off properly, they will be more crumbly.
  9. The leftovers reheat really good too. Just pop them in microwave for about 25 - 30 seconds.
  10. Top with fire roasted diced tomatoes.

 

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