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Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo Once again I am posting from beautiful South Dakota while sitting in a Perkins because they seem to have the best wifi connection in town.  Yesterday we did a 10K hike (3.5 miles each way) to the top of Harney Peak in Custer State Park.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeI was overcome with gratitude that my husband and I were able to do this challenging 5 hour hike because 100 pounds ago, it may have killed me. So when people ask “why would you want to hike to the top of a mountain?”, my response now is always, “because I can”.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeWhile vacation is always great, I do miss home cooking and creating healthy recipes. Eating out can be challenging, especially in an area that doesn’t really make organic, preservative free meals a priority. That being said, try cooking this Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken in my honor while I’m out West.

This recipe is so easy and simple. Very few ingredients and full of protein and flavor. Seriously, anybody can make this. You cannot screw it up. That might be going too far because I’ve been known to mess up the simplest of things but you know what I mean.

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While this was cooking in the slow cooker, my house smelled like Hawaii. We rent homes when we vacation there so we can cook our food and play like we live there so using mango and coconut in anything automatically brings my senses back there.

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You can also serve this as a chunky stew or top some cauliflower rice with it. I do recommend the topping of sweetened coconut flakes, it really adds a lot to the flavor.

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Fat, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cubed
  • 2 medium semi-ripe mango, diced into chunks, reserve pits (you will use the pits in the slow cooker for extra flavor and discard after cooking is finished)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • shredded sweetened coconut (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. Put mango chunks, mango pits, coconut milk, chipotle flakes and red pepper flakes in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cube your chicken into bite size pieces and add to the slow cooker. Stir to make sure all chicken is coated in coconut milk mixture.
  3. Set slow cooker on low for 5 hours.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mango pit and discard.
  5. SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
  6. Using a slotted spoon, drain and spoon onto butter lettuce cups, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  7. Spoon chicken with the coconut sauce over some quinoa or cauliflower rice, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  8. Just have a bowl of chicken and coconut sauce as a stew and a fresh pita.

 

Sweet & Tangy Peach, Tomato & Blue Cheese Salad

Sweet & Tangy Peach, Tomato & Blue Cheese Salad

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It’s finally warm out and it’s time to break out the summer salads. We found the first of the summer peaches this weekend and I wanted to make this recipe I remember finding in a magazine recently.

This salad makes my mouth super happy because of the combination of sweet and tangy and my body happy because it’s low-fat and gluten-free.

peach tomato heirloom blue cheese shallot tangy salad

I found a great little pre-packaged mix of tri-colored heirloom tomatoes the same day so it was destiny that I make this. I love the mix of color from the orange, yellow and red heirlooms. It makes a very attractive looking salad. I would even top this with a grilled chicken breast if I was having this as a meal rather than a side.

peach tomato heirloom blue cheese shallot tangy salad

{ I always use organics whenever available }

Sweet & Tangy Peach, Tomato & Blue Cheese Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 2 ripe peaches, sliced
  • Mixed greens
  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. SALAD:
  2. Toss sliced peaches, diced tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, shallot slices with your mixed greens.
  3. DRESSING:
  4. Whisk dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt/pepper.
  5. Combine salad and dressing and top with a little more blue cheese if you like.

 

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Easy Being Green Paleo Protein Shake

Easy Being Green Paleo Protein Shake

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One of my favorite breakfasts besides a hot cuppa joe is a delicious protein shake. They just start me off right.  I make this shake for a sweet snack too.

This is one of my most made shakes because it’s simple, has protein, potassium, a little calcium and good fats. Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and surprisingly filling at only about 160 calories. Oh and I didn’t even mention how sweet, creamy and delicious it is.

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Since the weather is gets warmer, I’ll be ramping up my shake/smoothie intake. My Nutribullet is going to be very busy.

The next super hot day I’m absolutely making my Healthy Chocolate Shake which happens to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty, just sayin’.

Easy Being Green Paleo Protein Shake
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ can light coconut milk (in the can)
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup tightly pressed fresh spinach, about 1 big handful
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 5 - 6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Blend everything. A Nutribullet, Magicbullet or something similar will work fine.
  2. Enjoy your tasty green healthy treat.

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Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

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Quick, creamy, healthy, paleo fudge. Just because I eat clean and healthy and poo-poo refined sugar, food coloring, chemicals, etc. doesn’t mean that I can’t have something sweet and delicious.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

I posted a great chocolate paleo fudge a while ago that turned out amazing but sometimes I’m not in the mood for chocolate. This fudge reminds me of a creamy peanut butter banana. I prefer almond butter to peanut butter any day. While the tastes are similar, peanuts don’t have the nutrition that almonds do.

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This recipe only has 5 ingredients which is another reason I love these. If you read most labels at the store, the list of ingredients is a mile long and most of them I can’t even pronounce. I don’t want that in my body and you don’t have to either.

I made this batch in less than 10 minutes and put them in the freezer overnight. This morning I had delicious creamy almond butter banana fudge. I used my silicone mold but you can use any baking pan that has sides. Just make sure to line it with parchment paper so you can get the fudge out easily.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

Keep them in the freezer because the coconut oil and honey melt very easily and quickly but won’t freeze. No thawing required, soft and creamy right out of the freezer.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup of raw honey
  • ½ of a ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 - 1½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients (make sure your banana is always mashed).
  2. Heat over medium heat until everything is just melted, not super hot. Just melted.
  3. Remove from heat and put everything in a food processor. I used a Nutribullet. Blend for 30 seconds or so.
  4. Pour liquid into your baking pan (with sides and parchment paper lined) or silicone molds.
  5. Put in freezer until solid.
  6. Keep leftovers in the freezer.

 

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Blue Cheese and Honey Figs

Blue Cheese and Honey Figs

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Fresh figs make me all kinds of giddy and happy. Since they are seasonal, I don’t get to eat them as often as I would like. I usually have to wait well into Summer to enjoy my favorite fruit so imagine my surprise and delight when my grocery store had figs already, in late April. I may have squealed aloud in the store – whoops.

I love figs for their sweetness, the quick shot of fiber, high potassium levels, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, skin healing properties, etc. Read this little post about all the awesome goodness of the fig. I knew they were healthy but didn’t realize how healthy until I read up on them. 

My favorite fig treat is simple but oh so decadent. Just wash gently, slice into quarters, sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and drizzle with some organic honey.

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Blue Cheese and Honey Figs
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 fresh figs
  • 1½ tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
Instructions
  1. Gently wash and dry figs.
  2. Quarter figs.
  3. Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Prepare to make your mouth happy.

 

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