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Paleo Chili w/ Paleo Corn Bread

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Time for some crockpot meals! I think the easiest meal to think of when using a crockpot is Chili. And remarkably enough, I have never made paleo chili! I think I honestly don’t need to call it ‘paleo’ chili. Just don’t put beans in and there you go! I made this recipe off a combination off Robb Wolf’s chili and then my own touches to make it “Kari’s Killer Chili”.

And what do you think of when you have chili? Corn bread of course! Well, since both of those words… corn and bread… are pretty much anti paleo, this isn’t exactly like the one mom makes, but at least you get a nice fluffy side you can dip into your chili while you eat. I mean smother with some butter and honey, who knows the difference?!

Ingredients for Chili:

*2lbs lean ground beef

*2 Medium onions, chopped

*1 green and 1 red bell pepper, chopped

*2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes

*1 14 oz can of tomato sauce

*1 cup brewed coffee (can substitute with beef broth if you want)

*5-7 garlic cloves

*2 T chili powder, 2T cumin, 1T oregano, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp onion powder, 2tsp pumpkin pie seasoning, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp sea salt

1. Saute your onions and pepper in about 1T of coconut oil. After about 5 minutes add your chopped garlic and ground beef. When that is nice and browned, transfer to your crock pot.

2. Add your tomato sauce and diced tomatoes along with all the seasonings and cook on high for about an hour, then low for the next 4-5 hours.

If you are not paleo, serve with some grated cheese and chopped green onions on top. If paleo, serve with green onions!

Paleo Corn Bread Ingredients:

*1/2 cup Almond Flour

*1/4 cup Coconut Flour

*1/2 tsp sea salt

*1/2 tsp Baking Soda

*3 eggs

* 2 T Ghee, melted

*2 T Honey

*2 T Coconut Oil, melted

*1/2 cup Almond Milk

1. Either line a baking dish or grease well and preheat your oven to 325F.

2. Blend all the dry ingredients together in a bowl or your food processor

3. Add all the wet ingredients and blend well.

4. Pour the batter into the greased dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes or if you insert a fork or knife, it comes out clean.

Slice up into perfect portions to eat with your chili and you are good to go!

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo zucchini boats

Zucchini boats! Yum! I haven’t posted many recipes on here lately because I’ve actually been using a ton that I have already created that are on this blog. So here’s. little something new and easy that’s very simple to whip up.

Ingredients:
*6 large zucchini’s (depends on how many you are feeding. 2 per person seems good)
*1 lb ground beef
*1 cup chopped mushrooms
*1/2 red onion chopped fine
*1-2 cloves of garlic
*low sugar spaghetti sauce
*Some oregano, salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Start by chopping your vegetables and sauté them in a little olive oil.

2. With a melon ball scooper, take out the insides of the zucchini’s. I cut a small slice on one side and then scoop from there. Chop up all of the insides and add to the sauté pan. Add oregano and some salt and pepper.

3. While veggie’s are cooking, add in your ground beef and cook until done. Drain any of the excess fluid.

4. Add about a cup of the spaghetti sauce to the mixture and let simmer.

5. If you want your zucchini boats to be a little softer, then you would put then into boiling water for about 2 mins. I didn’t and they came out a little crunchier which was still delicious.

6. Now fill your zucchini boats with the mixture and put inside a casserole dish. Top with more of the spaghetti sauce and bake for about 15-20 mins at 350.

7. Serve with a quick side salad and you’ve got yourself a great meal!

I’m thinking this can be done more Mexican style too, ground beef with seasoning, salsa on top, etc. I’ll try that way next. Enjoy!

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Beef, Dinner, Lunch, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Chicken Satay Skewers w/ “Peanut” Sauce & Watermelon, Cucumber, & Mint Salad

chicken-satay-peanut-sauce-1I woke up this morning thinking of dinner. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing! But I know it’s going to be a beautiful day outside and a perfect night to barbeque on our new BBQ. That thing is awesome! (Thanks Joe’s folks for the move in present!), so I mentally thought of my list for the farmers market today…

Anyhow, we usually BBQ steak or burgers, but I wanted to do some kind of chicken. I remembered this recipe I posted a long time ago for a “peanut” sauce and it is honestly one of the best sauces I have ever made. So what better to go with this sauce then chicken satay skewers! I also have a ton of watermelon in the fridge because I made a paleo watermelon lime sorbet last night (it’s freezing now, but I will post later), so I found a recipe for a watermelon & cucumber salad. So I am pretty excited about meal time. My folks are coming to visit in a few weeks so I always like to make really good dinners for them and I think this may be one!

Ingredients:

Chicken Satay & marinade
* 1/2 can full fat coconut milk
* 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
* 1 tbsp. minced garlic
* 1 tbsp. curry powder
* 1 tsp. salt
* 2 lbs chicken strips or breasts cut into strips

1. Mix together coconut milk, ginger, garlic, curry powder and salt.
2. Pour on top of chicken strips and make sure everything is coated with the marinade.
3. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour, but the longer you marinade the better!
4. Thread the chicken onto wooden strips (Make sure you soak the strips in water so they don’t burn on the BBQ)
5. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until lightly brown.

“Peanut” Sauce:
* 1/2 cup almond butter
* 1/2 cup apple sauce (Make sure to look for sugar free or organic raw apple sauce. They can be PACKED with sugar)
* 1/2 cup coconut milk
* 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
* 2 crushed garlic cloves
* 1/2 lime juice
* chili oil if you want a kick!

1. Mix all ingredients together in your food processor until creamy and you are good to go!

Watermelon, Cucumber, Mint Salad:
* 2 cups watermelon, diced
* 1 cucumber, diced or sliced
* 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
*4-5 tbsp. mint, minced
* 3 tbsp. olive oil
* 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
* salt/pepper to taste

1. Combine all fruit, veggies, and mint together
2. Combine the olive oil and vinegar together and pour on top of salad. Mix together.
3. Garnish with some of the mint. DONE!

Now you have your perfect, healthy, summer BBQ dish and salad.
Props to PaleOMG, Paleo Foodie Kitchen, and myself for the recipes…

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Appetizers, Chicken, Dinner, Salad, Sauces

 

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Chipotle chicken salad with paleo mayonnaise

Tasty-Kitchen-Blog-Guacamole-Chicken-Salad-07I learned how to make paleo mayo! I tried before and it came out super runny and gross but I used olive oil. This time I found some avocado oil at Costco and it turned out perfectly. So I have a feeling I will be making this mayo again for quite a few things.

This dish is super easy and tastes really bad for you, but it’s actually really healthy and delicious! I am putting this over lettuce while Joe is making it into a chicken salad sandwich. I’m pretty excited about this dish since it came out just like the ones you buy at a grocery store.

Ingredients for mayonnaise:
* 1/2 cup avocado oil
* 2 egg yolks
* 1/2 of a lemon juice
* tsp salt dash of pepper
* tsp chipotle sauce
* dash of onion powder.

Ingredients for chicken salad
*one of those rotisserie chickens from any grocery store
* 4 celery stalks chopped up
* 1/2 white onion chopped

1. Mix the 2 egg yolks and 1/2 lemon juice in a food processor. When that is combined then slowly add the avocado oil about a tablespoon at a time. It will magically thicken up. Add the remaining spices and chipotle sauce. Taste and add more salt/pepper to you liking.

2. Take your rotisserie chicken and shred all the meat on the chicken into a large bowl.

3. Chop your onions and celery into small pieces and add to the chicken.

4. Combine your mayo with the chicken mixture and stir around until completely mixed in.

That’s it! This is really great on a bed of lettuce with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar or if you eat bread (ahhhhhh bread) then makes the perfect chicken salad sandwich. Makes a good amount too so great for leftover lunches.

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner, Lunch, Salad

 

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Paleo Baked Talapia with sautéed Zucchini and Dill

Lemon-dill-soup-9236So this post is dedicated to Molly. She told me the other day she loves looking at my blog for recipe ideas BUT… Can I please add more seafood? So I decided to branch out and try a fish I have never cooked before. Talapia. It was fine. I don’t really know a whole lot about white fish, so if there is a better white fish to cook like this – please – suggestions welcome!

The real star of this dish is the sautéed veggies. I love this combo of veggies with dill together. Delish!! This is a must have side dish to serve to guests.

Ingredients:

* 2 talapia fishes or other white fish pieces
* fresh dill
* olive oil
* seasoning of your choice
* juice of 1 lemon

* 2 small zucchini’s
* 2 small yellow zucchini’s. I forget the official name of them
* 1 small white onion
* fresh dill
* salt/pepper

1. Make little boats with aluminum foil that you will put your fish in. Coat the bottom with a little olive oil.

2. Add your fish, drizzle with olive oil, squeeze a ton of lemon, and add a ton of fresh dill and seasonings to it.

3. Close up tight, put in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the fish is completely white and not transparent.

4. While your fish is cooking slice up your yellow and green zucchini’s and cut your onion into slices. Add these to a sautéed pan with some olive oil.

5. Chop up your fresh dill and add this to the veggies along with some salt and pepper. I have this amazing ‘Thai salt’ that I use and is so good. Don’t overcook these or they will get mushy. About 5-7 minutes. The more dill the better. I’m sure you can use dry, but fresh really makes this pop.

Unwrap fish, serve veggies, and enjoy!

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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Dinner, Seafood

 

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Paleo Burgers

A picture is worth a thousand words… And here are a few: Get.In.My.Belly!

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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Bacon, Mushrooms, Artichoke hearts, and Spinach

chicken-breastThis is kind of a left over type of meal. Just see what you have left in the fridge after your week of meals, sautee it all together, and then stuff it into the center of a chicken breast! Serve with a side of roasted brussell sprouts and you are good to go!

Ingredients:

* 2 chicken breasts
* 4 slices of bacon- chopped up
* 2 cloves of garlic
* about 6-8 oz of chopped mushrooms
* Half a jar of artichoke hearts chopped up
* couple handfulls of spinach

1. Chop up your bacon into bite size pieces. You can cook the bacon and then chop, but I think its easier this way. Cook until nice and crispy and take out of pan and onto a paper towell.

2. Keep the bacon fat in the saucepan and add your chopped garlic. After just a minute, add your chopped mushrooms and cook unitl soft. Add your chopped artichoke hearts. Throw in your spinach and when the spinach is wilted and everything is combined together your ready to stuff!

3. Take your chicken breasts and cut them in the middle so you create a pocket. Stuff the mixture inside and then close them with toothpicks.

4. Cook at 375 for about 30 minutes. That’s it!

5. Serve with any vegetable- I prefer roasted brussels. I would have put bacon in the brussels but its already in the stuffed chicken. But if you dont mind bacon overload- throw that in with the brussels. Delish!

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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