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One Pan Ginger Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, Carrot and Kale – Paleo, Gluten Free

One Pan Ginger Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, Carrot and Kale

one pan ginger chicken mushroom broccoli carrot kale paleo gluten freeI love a one pan meal. The easier the better. Coupled with being packed with veggies and high on the nutritional quota, we have a winner.

one pan ginger chicken mushroom broccoli carrot kale paleo gluten freeI love ginger! Love love love it. First, I love the taste. Second, it’s anti-inflammatory and protects against some cancers. Not to mention that it relieves gastrointestinal issues and helps to relieve nausea. But all that doesn’t sound as good as “I love the taste” so we’ll just stick with that.

This recipe is super easy. I found one similar here and made some changes to see if I could make it any healthier by adding tons more veggies and replacing beef with chicken. You could also replace the meat with your favorite tofu or eliminate it all together and just add more mushrooms and kale. The flavor is really in the marinade that you’ll be sauteing the veggies in.

one pan ginger chicken mushroom broccoli carrot kale paleo gluten freeYou can eat this a million ways. Ok, maybe a million is a little much. Have it on some brown rice noodles, brown rice, quinoa, in a lettuce wrap or on it’s own. It tastes awesome with any of those options.

Paleo, easy to make, vegan optional, gluten free, delicious and husband approved. Score.

One Pan Ginger Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, Carrot, Kale Stir Fry - Paleo, Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • *** ORGANIC INGREDIENTS ARE ALWAYS RECOMMENDED ***
  • MARINADE:
  • ⅓ cup coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce but it wouldnt be paleo or gluten free)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar (I used a red pepper infused variety)
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • STIR FRY:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 ounces baby portabello mushrooms, halved or chopped
  • 4 ounces shitake mushrooms, halved or chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (white part only)
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 cups chopped kale
Instructions
  1. MARINADE:
  2. In a gallon size zip lock bag, add all marinade ingredients including the cubed chicken, toss so that chicken is coated. Put in the fridge for at least a half hour. The longer the better. I marinaded mine for 3 hours.
  3. STIR FRY:
  4. Once chicken is marinated, heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium high heat.
  5. Remove chicken from bag with slotted spoon, reserve the liquid.
  6. Add chicken to heated olive oil along with minced garlic and saute for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is almost cooked. It will continue cooking when you add the vegetables.
  7. Add mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and green onions along with the reserved marinade and saute for 4 - 5 minutes until vegetables have softened.
  8. Add kale and saute until it is good and wilted.
  9. Continue sauteing until the sauce has thickened up, stirring frequently so not to burn.
  10. Serve on some quinoa, brown rice noodles, brown rice or in lettuce wraps.

 

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad – Paleo

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad protein fiber paleoI love when I can use all my leftover ingredients in another delicious recipe. It’s like a mini kitchen challenge to me. I had some leftover kale from my Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté and I had finally unpacked all of my dry goods so I was like a kid in a candy store. No really, cooking makes me that happy 🙂

Not only does kale make me do a happy dance but wheat berries do to! I love these little chewy nutty berries. They have protein, fiber, are rich in vitamins B1 and B3; and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium. I buy mine from the bulk section at Whole Foods or Sprouts. I even made a Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with them that turned out amaze-balls.

Ok so I combined my love of kale, wheat berries and coconut. Turned the protein factor up a notch and added some bite size pieces of chicken. You can actually omit the chicken if you wanted to make this salad vegan. You still get protein from the kale, wheat berries and a little from the coconut. Adding the chicken makes this a meal for me as opposed to a side.

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad protein fiber paleo

The only thing about wheat berries is that they require a little planning. I soak mine overnight in water then when I’m ready to use them the next day I cook them for an hour on the stove. Some people don’t soak overnight and cook theirs for 2 hours on the stove. I’ve done it both ways and they both work but I prefer soaking because I feel like berries get plumper by soaking. But it could just all be in my head, who knows. Wheat berries are worth the extra step in my opinion, I love them.

You can time this recipe very easily if you just follow the simple instructions. If you have pre-soaked your berries you will drain them, put them in a medium saucepan and cover with water about an inch above the berries. Heat to a low boil for an hour. But…1/2 into the boiling you can start the rest of the recipe and everything should come together at the same time.

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Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad - Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. chicken breast (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 4 cups kale (washed, stems removed and leaves torn into little bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I used large flakes)
  • ½ cup wheat berries that have been pre-soaked overnight
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce but it will not be a paleo recipe then)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (for cooking chicken)
  • 1 tsp dark sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ground ginger powder
  • pinch of salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook soaked wheat berries in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil, cook for 1 hour adding a little water if it boils away. 30 minutes into cooking the wheat berries, start the rest of the recipe in the order below.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, sesame oil and coconut aminos. Remove 2 Tbsp of mixture and set aside to use at the end of the recipe.
  4. Add kale and coconut flakes to olive oil mixture and combine so that the kale is covered. I used my hands and massaged the oil into everything.
  5. Place kale/coconut now covered in olive oil mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Toss kale/coconut and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. While the kale is cooking, saute the chicken.
  7. In a large saute pan, add chicken, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, ground ginger and salt/pepper. Saute until chicken is slightly browned all over.
  8. At this time, everything should close to being done all together, give or take a minute or two.
  9. Once all of your ingredients are prepared (wheat berries, kale/coconut and chicken), combine everything into a big bowl and top with the 2 Tbsp of the olive oil mixture you reserved.
  10. Toss everything and serve.
  11. Store leftovers in a covered bowl in the fridge and reheat as needed. It reheats really good so it can be made ahead of time.

 

 

Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté – Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo

Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté

nutritional yeast cheese dairy free paleo vegan gluten free coconut oil lemon garlic ginger fiber calcium proteinThis is my first recipe in our new house in Fountain Hills, AZ! I’m so excited. So what better way to celebrate than with some KALE! But seriously, I made this recipe because it was so super easy. Not only easy but DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN and PALEO! Plus calcium, protein and fiber.

What makes it so cheesy is the nutritional yeast. I use Bragg Nutritional Yeast. I found mine at Vitamin Shoppe but Amazon has it too. I use it to make Baked Cheesy Kale Chips too. If you don’t know about nutritional yeast, I use it as a substitute for cheesy flavor. It’s tangy like a sharp cheese and melts up pretty good. I even shake it on my popcorn.

nutritional yeast cheese dairy free paleo vegan gluten free coconut oil lemon garlic ginger fiber calcium proteinI found this recipe at www.fannetasticfood.com, made a couple of tweaks and bam, yummy cheesy chickpea kale salad!

The directions are so easy peazy. Put everything in a saute pan, saute for 5 – 10 minutes and serve warm or cold

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I cooked mine for a good 10 minutes because I like my cooked kale really soft but if you still like a little crunch, 5 minutes worked good.

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Easy Peazy "Cheesy" Chickpea and Kale Sauté - Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Ingredients
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups fresh kale, stems removed and leaves torn into little pieces
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a saute pan, cook on medium for 5 to 10 minutes. 5 minutes for a crunchier kale, 10 minutes for a softer kale.
  2. Serve warm or cold.
  3. See, I told you it was easy peazy :)

 

 

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyAfter not eating the best on our recent vacation, I was really looking forward to getting back into our healthy clean eating habits again. It’s only been a couple days and thankfully my body is already starting to feel like itself again.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI love what kale does for my body so when I found this recipe at ifoodreal.com, I knew it had to be made STAT! I made my tweaks and chowed down. This is now my new favorite summer salad. Vegan, gluten free and absolutely paleo optional just by omitting the sliced almonds.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI used baby kale mixed with the mixed greens to cut the bitterness that kale can have at times. Massaging olive oil into the leaves and using sweet fruit completely wiped out any bitterness too. I added a small handful of shredded carrots just because I had some leftover in the fridge so if you have random veggies that you don’t want to go to waste, throw them in too.

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Salad, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 4 packed cups organic baby kale (rinsed and de-stemmed if necessary)
  • 3 packed cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Orange zest from a whole orange
  • ½ large orange, peeled & diced
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
  • ⅓ cup slivered or sliced almonds (can omit almonds if making paleo)
  • ⅓ cup mushrooms, diced small
  • Pinch of salt
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 orange peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (about a 1 inch piece)
  • Pinch salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix kale, mixed greens and olive oil. Massage olive oil into leaves with your hands. The leaves will shrink up once the oil is massaged into them.
  2. Add the remaining salad ingredients and mix to combine, set aside.
  3. Prepare dressing by placing all dressing ingredients in your blender (I used a Nutribullet) and blend until liquid.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix.
  5. Eat and be happy.

 

 

Kale Chips Baked – Easy and “Cheesy”

I love me some kale!  I use it soups, salads and snacks.  I even included them in my Top 7 Favorite Snacks post a while back. I used to purchase my kale chips from the store but I eat them so fast that I would need a cart full and a lot of money to keep me in healthy snack heaven.

Do you know how awesome kale is?  One of my all time favorite blogs MindBodyGreen wrote about kale.  I encourage you to read it. You won’t believe how incredible this leafy vegetable really is.

Here is a basic list of the benefits that I found here:

1. Detox and weight loss: One cup of kale has 36 calories and zero fat. It also contains 5 grams of fiber, lowering cholesterol, and aiding in digestion and elimination.

2. Chock full of Vitamin C: (200% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)), which increases metabolism, supports the immune system, promotes healthy blood sugar levels, relieves stiff joints, and maintains healthy cartilage.

3. Kale is great source of iron for vegans and vegetarians: Containing more iron than beef. Iron is necessary for hemoglobin formation, oxygenating the blood, cell growth, muscle function, and proper liver function

4. Kale contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids:  Providing health benefits for skin. Fatty acids are also great anti-inflammatory component, fighting arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

5. Packed with vitamin A: (180% of the RDA), Kale helps strengthen eyes, nourish the skin, and prevent lung and oral cancers.

Now that we’ve had our lesson in kale.  Here is how I make mine.  It was difficult not to eat it all before I had the chance to take pictures.

Kale Chips Baked – Easy and Cheesy

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To create the “cheesy” flavor I used Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning.

This stuff is an amazing seasoning.  It is nutritious, vegetarian, gluten-free, salt-free, sugar-free and is full of B-Vitamins.

It wasn’t easy to find though.  I know now that Whole Foods sells it in the bulk section but before I learned that, I found it at my local Vitamin Shoppe.  Go figure.  I felt like I won the lottery when I finally found it.

If you can’t find it locally, you can purchase it on-line here.

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kale chips www.theorganicrabbit.com

Kale Chips Baked - Easy and Cheesy
 
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Kale chips are a super nutritious snack that will not stay in your house very long. They are delicious and addicting. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Recipe type: Snack
: Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Prepare the kale. Separate the curly leaves from the thick stem that runs up the middle of each kale leaf. Keep the curly pieces as large as you can because they do shrink up in the oven.
  3. Next, rinse each leaf and pat dry with paper towels.Try to get as dry as you possible can. I lay my rinsed kale out on paper towels for a little bit then cover with another paper towel and pat dry.
  4. In a large bowl put about half of the rinsed and dried kale and drizzle with a little oil of your choice. Start with a little because it goes a long way. You can always add a smidge more if you need it.
  5. Massage the oil into each leaf. It goes pretty quick as raw kale is pretty hearty.
  6. After massaging leaves with oil, sprinkle about a ¼ teaspoon of salt and about a tablespoon of yeast. Toss so that all the leaves get some salt and yeast.
  7. Place kale leaves on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with more yeast if you want.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes then remove from oven, turn leaves over and rotate pan.
  9. Bake for another 25 minutes
  10. Transfer to a container of your choice.
  11. Repeat process until you have baked the whole bunch. I'm guessing that your first batch will almost be gone by the time the second batch is done baking.
  12. Because I go through these so fast, I make 2 bunches at a time, usually on a day that I'm home bound since they take a little time.

 

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