October 11, 2017

Weeknight Spaghetti & Meatballs

Last night, I was looking for a new way to make ground turkey and decided to make turkey meatballs. Then, I couldn't decide how to prepare them--with just veggies on the side, with gravy, or like spaghetti.  And, I definitely did not feel like going to the grocery store. Here's what I decided, and I LOVED how it turned out.

For "noodles," prepare a spaghetti squash or any other kind of noodles, like zucchini.

Turkey Meatballs
1 package ground turkey (~1.25 lbs)
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped spinach (I used fresh.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/4 c. parmesan cheese (optional)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. almond flour OR Italian breadcrumbs (non-paleo)

Preheat oven to broil on high. Mix everything together with your hands. (If they seem a bit moist, that is okay--as long as they stay together when you form them into meatballs.) Form into golf ball-sized meatballs. Place on a non-stick baking sheet or a lined baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes.

While the meatballs are in the oven, prepare the "sauce":

1 can diced tomatoes with basil and garlic (with juice)
1 can (small) tomato paste
1/4 c. chicken broth
parsley
oregano

Simmer sauce on medium until mixed together, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low.  When the meatballs come out, transfer to the sauce and  continue simmering until everything comes together.  Serve over "noodles."

October 4, 2017

Pulled Chicken Tacos

We have been a huge fan of taco meat lately. And, I have been a huge fan of using the crock pot. Yesterday, I quick threw some chicken and seasonings in the crock pot, and it turned out so good. So good that the dog ate the leftovers I was putting away for today's lunch. (He pulled the container off the counter and when I went in the kitchen to find him, it was gone.)

Here is the recipe that is in the Recipe Book:

Taco pulled chicken (crock pot)
2 chicken breasts, trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder
chicken broth (1/2 cup)
salsa (1/4 cup)

Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken breasts in the bottom, season with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder. Add salsa. Cook on low for 6 hours.  Shred chicken breast with a fork. Toss in the chicken broth/salsa that is in the crock pot.

If you see that the breasts are starting to dry out at any point, add more chicken broth.

October 2, 2017

BBQ Chicken

Today, I threw two chicken breasts in the crock pot, seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and a little smoked paprika. I added a little chicken broth (reduced sodium) for moisture and turned it on Low. When I get home from work, I'll shred the chicken and toss with some BBQ sauce for an easy, weeknight meal! On the side: baked or roasted sweet potatoes depending on when I get home.

Update: It was so yummy. We had it with roasted sweet potatoes and peas. When I got home, it was starting to dry out so I dded a little more chicken brother, pulled it, and then mixed it with BBQ sauce.  I'll add the recipe to the Recipe Book.

June 15, 2017

Summer Crockpot Ideas

My boyfriend is moving in at the end of the summer, which really means we live together now but he still has his own lease, which means feeding two each night and not as many lazy nights eating whatever I find. When we met, he ate the same thing every night: chicken breast sauteed, green peas, and boiled red potatoes. I've been trying, without ruining the healthiness of the meal, to put a creative spin on his every night chicken. This week, I've been loving the crockpot and figured it'd be useful for everyone planning weeknight meals for >1.

Taco-Seasoned Chicken
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 clove garlic
2 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
crush red pepper
black pepper

Put the olive oil and garlic, pressed, in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the chicken breasts in and pour in the chicken broth. (If you pour in the chicken brother after seasoning the chicken, it will wash off all of the seasoning.) Add seasonings, to taste. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Shred with a fork and add chicken broth, if needed, until dinner.

You can make a great chicken taco salad with this by making a bowl of lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, etc., and the chicken on top!

Smoky, Seasoned Chicken
Not sure exactly what to call this, but it's turned out great, twice!

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. smoked paprika
salt
pepper

OPTIONAL: baby carrots and frozen peas

Put the olive oil and garlic, pressed, in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the chicken breasts in and pour in the chicken broth. Add seasonings, to taste. Cook on low 7-8 hours OR high 4-5 hours.

You can also slice the chicken breast before putting it in the crock pot.

May 18, 2017

Smoothies



I have always been a huge fan of smoothies, especially for a quick breakfast to-go that will keep you full. Lately, I've been converting my boyfriend to a smoothie-lover too and, in doing so, have been challenged with making banana-less smoothies since he's somewhat allergic to them. Here are some easy smoothie recipes with and without bananas for you to try.
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Source: Food Network


Mixed Berry
1 c. almond milk
5 frozen strawberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1 scoop soy protein
1 c. spinach

Blend everything together. If needed, add ice cubes. You can also use other berries, but I don't like how blackberries and raspberries leave seeds in my smoothies.

Tropical Berry
1 c. almond milk
4 frozen strawberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. frozen pineapple
1 tbsp. honey (optional)
1 scoop soy protein

Blend everything together.  If needed, add ice cubes. The pineapple may be a bit sour, so you can add some honey. Another good fruit to try is frozen mango.

My Usual
1 c. almond milk
1 frozen banana
4 frozen strawberries
1 scoop soy protein

Blend everything together. The banana, if frozen, is great for texture; so, you shouldn't need ice.

Here's an old post on smoothies with more recipes. You can also add almond butter to any smoothie for added flavor/protein.

May 17, 2017

Chicken Salad Chick

A friend of mine was just put on a paleo-type diet by her doctor, which inspired me to open up the Blog and write.  Today, I picked up Chicken Salad Chick for lunch and brought it home for my boyfriend and me.  This is one of my recent-favorite places!  The people are always friendly, and it always seems so fresh.


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I learned, when I was ordering, that you can order an extra scoop of chicken salad as your side, which is great because most of the sides are not paleo-friendly! Oh, and you can also add lettuce, tomato, and bacon to your sandwich--though without the bread. ;)

My Order: The Chick (one scoop + one side) with Fruity Fran (scoop) and Fancy Nancy on the side. These chicken salads only have fruit and nuts in them, so nothing that is anti-paleo. Look closely at the ingredients though, some of them have cheese included.

Of course, their meals come with cookies that are not paleo-friendly, so ask for no cookie. They also come with a pickle. And, you can have a Salad on the side if you're feeling that instead.

October 11, 2016

A More Savory Chicken Salad

Most of my chicken salads are on the sweeter side--with green apple and/or grapes.  Last night, I decided to go for a more savory kick.  Here's the new recipe:


1 chicken breast, baked and cubed
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Parsley
1/2 tsp. Oregano
2 stalks green onions, minced
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Salt & Pepper

Full recipe in the Recipe Book.